Thursday, July 31, 2014

Astonishing August

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of August 2014.  I compile this list for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 2-6, but most events have much wider appeal. I look for events with some cultural or educational value. (I include events for teens when they specify that they include 6th graders.)  This month, I was all ready to settle down for a nice, long proofreading session, but suddenly I realized, "The mountains are calling and I must go!"  So once again, my long-suffering sock monkeys were called into action to fill in for me...  Please, if you plan on attending anything, be sure to doublecheck in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations.

August is when peaches, plums, apricots, apples and pears are ready at pick your own farms. Find a farm near you on either (which also lists farm stands) and

Oregon State Parks have far more fantastic things going on this month than I can list here, although I’ve done my best to include the highlights. Check out the complete list:

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: There is a special series of events August 8-15 in Washington Park with details here:

"Birdwatching Presentation", Friday, August 1, 11AM, Tualatin Library. All ages.  "Interested in birdwatching? Gary Fawver, a volunteer with the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge will give a multimedia presentation about local birds. Bring your lunch!"

Nature Mobile: Birds of a Feather”, Friday, August 1, 9:30AM, at West Slope Community Library, near the entrance to the Community Garden on the grounds of Raleigh Park Elementary School. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “The Nature Park Interpretive Center Nature Mobile brings a special program to the library, all about birds! This program includes fun and educational games and hands-on activities that help you identify bird adaptations, understand the importance of camouflage, identify prey and predators, and see differences between the eggs, nests, and bones of different birds.” 

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “Robin Hood”, Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 10, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $5.

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays 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.”

Keys to the City”, Friday, August 1 at 9AM through Sunday, August 10, 6PM, Vancouver. “Everyone is welcome to play and enjoy our Keys to the City! Unlock your creative side and participate in our Key's to the City event. This is an interactive arts project featuring total community involvement from start to finish. 10 - 15 beautifully decorated pianos by local artists. The placement of the pianos in the greater Vancouver area's most public spaces and gathering spots. Professional and novice artists will share their creativity by performing in public. Pianos will be arriving at their locations on August 1 through August 10.”

Downtown Walking Tours”, Fridays in August at 12PM and Saturdays in August at 9AM, Through August 29, various venues in Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; call 360-993-5679. August 1- Entertainment Expedition; August 2- Business Marches On; August 8- Sacred Suburbia; August 9- Short Walk; August 15- School Time Suburbia; August 16- Short Home; August 22- Movers and Shakers; August 23- Officers Row; August 29- Labor: A Walking Tour.

Ranger Led Archaeology Tours”, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August 15, 10AM-11:30AM, Champoeg State Park, meeting at the Town Site Trailhead Parking Lot. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Have you ever seen an active archaeology dig in person? Well now is your chance! During July and August 2014, Champoeg visitors will have the opportunity to tour the excavations at the Robert Newell dig site where Oregon State University holds its annual summer archaeology field school. Watch archaeology students excavate, recover, clean and catalog artifacts that help tell the story of early settlement of one of Oregon’s pioneering communities and a thriving commercial hub.” We’ve been to see the summer archeology school in action twice at two different locations, and it’s really not to be missed if your family has any interest in archaeology.

Nature Walks at the Tillamook Forest Center”, nearly every day in August, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. All ages. Topics include “From Flames to Forest”, “Bashful Bears”, Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest”, Incredible Insects”, “Signs of Wildlife”, “Tracking in the Tillamook”, “Plant Discovery Walk”, “Water Wonders”, “Forest Bounty: Eating Local”, “Feathered Friends”, “Eco-Pictionary”, “Fire Lookouts: Alone in the Strike Zone”, “Browsing for Beavers”, and “Bald Eagles: Soaring Scavengers”. Details here:

The Reptile Man”, Friday, August 1, 10:30AM, La Center Library; Friday, August 1, 2PM, Woodland Library; Thursday, August 7, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, August 7, 6:30PM, Newberg Library, Carnegie Court; Friday, August 8, 11AM, Canby Library; Friday, August 8, 3:30PM, Goldendale Library; Tuesday, August 12, 2PM, in Scott Park near Ledding Library of Milwaukie (weather permitting); Thursday, August 14, 10AM and 1PM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone; Thursday, August 14, 4PM, Kenton Library; Friday, August 15, 2PM, Woodstock Library; Saturday, August 16, Parkdale Community Church, 4910 Baseline Dr., Mt. Hood, OR; Wednesday, August 20, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest Dr., North Plains; Wednesday, August 20, 5:30PM, Hood River Library; Thursday, August 21, 11AM, St. Johns Library; Thursday, August 21, 3PM, Northwest Library; Thursday, August 21, 6PM, Midland Library; Saturday, August 23, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 11:30AM); Tuesday, August 26, 1PM, Holgate Library; Wednesday, August 27, 1PM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, August 27, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Thursday, August 28, 3PM and 4:15PM, Belmont Library. “Snakes and lizards and turtles, oh my! Learn all about scaly critters at this thrilling show featuring more than a dozen live reptiles.”

Rick Meyers Old-Time Music Show”, Friday, August 1, 3PM, Goldendale Library. “A delightful mix of historical information, playful dialogue, audience participation, and pioneer music played on the banjo, guitar, autoharp, spoons, musical saw, jewsharp, noseflute, limberjack, harmonica, ukulele, washboard, and washtub bass.”

Gem Faire”, Friday, August 1 12PM -6PM, Saturday, August 2, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, August 3 10AM- 5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass for those over age 12, under 12 free, 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: This is mostly beads, but there are always rocks, crystals, and fossils of interest to rockhounds as well. If you go once and give them your address, they will send you free admission coupons for future Gem Faires.

Clark County Fair”, Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 10, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield, WA. Parking $5, Admission $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 7-12, $6 seniors. Watch people set themselves on fire and then high dive off tall towers! Really, this is one of their performers.  Whoo hoo!

Marine Mammals”, Friday, August 1, 11AM, White Salmon Library. Presented by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “Seals, sea lions and sea otters! Get to know these amazing marine mammals using costumes, bones, pelts, skulls and a life-sized inflatable elephant seal and sea lion.”

Naftali, Story Voyager”, Friday, August 1, 11AM, Canby Library; and Tuesday, August 5, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Presented by Jewish Theatre Collaborative. “Naftali is your captain and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s old world tales are your passport to this lost world of the Jews. A dynamic introduction to Yiddish, the Shtetl life it flourished in, and the signature Yiddish humor used to get through rough times.”

Anime and Manga Drawing”, Friday, August 1, 3PM, Kenton Library. 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.”

Science Camp”, Friday, August 1, 3PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 4-10. “Discover your inner scientist!”

Storytime with a Beekeeper”, Friday, August 1, 10AM, Cornelius Library. “Join us for our special guest: Beekeeper! Lynn will share stories and fun facts about bees! She will have the beekeeper gear on, and tools used to collect the honey. All ages are welcome.”

OMSI Fantastic Family Summer Science Fest”, Friday, August 1, 10AM-1PM, Forest Grove Library. 

Multicultural Portland Tour”, Thursdays and Fridays in August, 3:30PM, meeting at the Know Your City Kiosk in Ankeny Alley, 200 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. $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.”

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Fridays, August 1 and 29, Saturdays, August 2 and 30, and Sundays, August 3 and 31, 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.”

Nature Mobile”, Friday, August 1, 1PM, Beaverton Library on the library lawn. 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.”

Lab Rats”, Saturdays in August, 11AM, Gladstone Library. “Science through stories and experiments.”

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

Concert, “PDX Broadsides”, Friday, August 1, 7PM, Cedar Mill Community Library. “Experimental piratical geek fusion out of Portland, Oregon, meet Jessica Hebert, Hollyanna Smith McCollom and Christian Lipski. Pdx Broadsides is a nerd band on fire!”

Cascade Geographic Society’s 12th Annual Living History Village”, Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, 12PM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement, 73370 East Buggy Trail Dr., Rhododendron, OR behind the Still Creek Inn. Free admission and parking. “Take a journey back into time with Cascade Geographic Society in their special living history village known as the Oregon Country Settlement. Here, on beautiful Mount Hood and located along the Oregon Trail, the sights, sounds, and smells of frontier life can be revisited once more as interpreters in period clothing take you on a unique journey of history and wonderment. Amongst this cluster of protected historic buildings and wilderness shelters, the 1840’s is alive and well. View life as it once was as you visit the Wilderness House, the Trading Post, the Blacksmith Shop, the Wash House, the Spirits House, the Parlour, the Community House (school and church), the Cook’s Shack, the Pantry Building, the Mess Hall, the Carpenter’s Shop, the Stables, the Hermit’s Shack, the Tyee Bear Lodge, the Smoke House, the Bell Tower, the Native American Storytelling Lodge, and other unique structures. Purchase pioneer foods like Oregon Trail Buffalo Stew and Frontier Biscuits, fire-brewed Barlow Trail Coffee, and hot Mount Hood Apple Cider, listen to great traditional Native American flute and old-time music, Oregon Trail and Native American storytelling, try your skill at throwing knives and tomahawks, and take advantage of our gift shop where Huckleberry Jam and other goodies awaits you along with history and nature books, nickel postcards, and a whole lot more. A great family experience!”

Antique Powerland Annual Steam-Up”, Saturday August 2 and Sunday, August 3, 7AM-6PM, 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR. $12 adults, $20 weekend pass, $30 family, free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. “The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and it involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. A parade takes place each day at 1:30 PM and it includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates twice a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon develop and grow. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of times past. Machines on display include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. Scheduled activities: Train and trolley rides, BIG parade, steam sawmilling, traditional tractor pulling, machinery demos, threshing, flour milling, fire apparatus demos, museum tours, kids pedal tractor pulling and a Youth Passport program. Other Attractions: Blacksmithing, Brooks Depot, a country store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, swap meet and flea market sales, country music, and great food! Church services held Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. on August 3.” Highly recommended! It does get mighty hot here, so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and cash for shaved ice!

Draw Marvel Comics with Illustrator Steve Sunnes”, Saturday, August 2, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. They don’t always mention on their website if preregistration is required so it’s best to call: 503-431-7575. “Kids, teens and adults are invited to bring their sketchbook, markers and pencil for a demonstration that will teach you how to draw the basics of some of your favorite Marvel characters. Local illustrator Steve Sunnes joins us as our special guest.”

No, No, No, Pinocchio”, Saturday, August 2, 2PM, and Sunday, August 3, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up. “You’ve never seen Pinocchio told quite like this. Staying close to Carlo Colodi’s original Italian story, The Olde World Puppet Theatre uses their jewel-like marionettes to tell their own very Italian version. The music is by Rossini, (conducted by Toscanini) -- now that’s Italian! The puppets even enlist the aid of the puppeteers to play some of the roles. Come join us on this madcap comedy romp through the land of Pinocchio, Gepetto, Lampwick and a Blue Fairy who has to be seen to be believed.”

Mt. Hood Jazz Festival”, Saturday, August 2, doors open at 11:30AM, event from 12PM-10PM, Gresham Center for the Arts, 488 NE 3rd St., Gresham. Adults $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; students $10, children 6 and under free. “The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival returns with a day of live music on Gresham's Arts Plaza. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.” See the lineup and more details here:

Beaverton Modular Railroad”, Saturday, August 2, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 3, 1PM-4:30PM, Beaverton Library. “Plan to drop by this weekend and visit with members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club. The club will have models set up for viewing and be available to answer questions about this fascinating hobby.”

“15th Annual Iranian Festival”, Saturday, August 2, 10AM-5PM, SW Park Ave. between College St. and PSU Library next to the Farmer’s Market, Pdx. Free. “Live music, food, dessert and beverages, activities for children and adults, live dance performances, traditional arts and crafts, showcase of traditional outfits, Iran-related book fair, vendors, visual art showcase including calligraphy and traditional Persian carpets.”

The Dirty Side of Portland Bus Tour”, Saturday, August 2, 11AM, and Sunday, August 3, 1PM, meeting at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave., Pdx. Sliding Scale $10-$25 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Although the Portland area is recognized for its environmentally sustainable infrastructure, the Portland Harbor Superfund Site is an important reminder of our city and region’s legacy of questionable environmental policy. More than a century of industrial use along the Willamette River has heavily contaminated the river bottom with many hazardous substances harmful to human health and to the environment. Limited regulation has resulted in polluted properties located throughout all Portland-metro neighborhoods, but are disproportionately concentrated in low-income areas and communities of color. Join Groundwork Portland and Know Your City on this bus tour to view important sites, become familiar with health and environmental impacts and learn what citizens and policymakers can do to make our city safer. Along the way, we will meet with policymakers, activists and stakeholders to hear a variety of perspectives on environmental health and safety. The tour will start at the Willamette River, head to Emerson Street Garden, a brownfield site-turned-garden in NE Portland, and then take a look at brownfields in East Portland.”

Obonfest 2014”, Saturday, August 2, 3PM-9PM, Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “Obon is an annual Japanese festival commemorating one’s ancestors The festival is held to honor family and friends who have passed away, remembering the many contributions they made to help make our life what it is today. There will be entertainment by the Portland Taiko among others, a variety of tasty foods such as yakisoba and takitori, omiyage (gift) sales, Temple talks and booths run by community groups and outside vendors. The highlight of Obon is the Bon Odori (dancing) that starts at 7 PM. Prior to the Bon Odori, a service will be held in the Temple for dancers at about 6:30 PM.”

Megafloods on Earth, Mars and Beyond”, Saturday, August 2, 1PM, Hood River Library Upstairs Reading Room. “For more than 40 years University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Victor R. Baker has been studying the most spectacular and immense flood phenomena that are currently known to occur anywhere in the solar system. The immense megafloods of the last Ice Age created bizarre landscapes like the Channeled Scabland and altered the circulation of the oceans thereby changing Earth’s climate. More surprising was the discovery that much larger megafloods occurred billions of years ago on the planet Mars. The Martian megafloods formed temporary bodies of water on that planet, even generating a kind of ocean that facilitated environmental conditions on Mars that may have been like those of an ice age on Earth. These discoveries are showing that Mars, like Earth, had a long-term cycle of water circulation that produced a habitable planet, and these are exactly the kinds of processes to seek out in the newly initiated search for the other habitable planets of the universe.”

DIY PDX Tour”, Saturdays and Sundays in August and also on Thursday, August 14, 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. “

Orchids and Citizen Science at Hoyt- Guided Tour”, Saturday, August 2, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Join Daniel Salomon, Hoyt tour guide and citizen scientist for an interpretative tour of a stand of uncommon Spiranthes ladies tresses orchids. Thought to be locally extinct, the orchids were rediscovered here at Hoyt by an arboretum visitor. During the tour, learn about the Citizen Science program and how this program is trying to empower ordinary citizens to contribute to scientific research about climate change. Then take a walk down the hill to a stand of ladies tresses orchids where Citizen Scientists are working with Hoyt Arboretum's taxonomist to explore preserving this precious orchid stand, propagating and expanding our ladies tresses orchid stand, removing invasive grasses and non-native wildflowers and recovering and restoring a remnant prairie wetland. The tour will end in a nearby temperate rain forest where Hoyt Arboretum has already engaged in restoration ecology, showcasing what is possible in terms of ecological healing.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in August, 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.” August 2- A Story of Stumps: Tryon Creek History; August 9- The First Peoples of Tryon Creek: Living in a Land of Plenty; August 16- Unseen World of the Forest Canopy; August 23- Conifers of Tryon Creek; and August 30- Ethnobotany: People’s Uses of Native Plants, Past and Present.

Discover the Dinosaurs”, Saturday, August 2, 9AM-9PM, and Sunday, August 3, 10AM-7PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr., Pdx. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more people. Admission prices vary depending on age and whether rides are included or not, details here: “Discover the Dinosaurs is for the entire family, and especially kids, to explore the mystery of pre-historic life in an environment of learning, discovery, and fun. Discover the Dinosaurs is a unique hands on exhibit that consists of over 40 moving and replica museum quality dinosaurs that gives you the opportunity to actually get close and touch the dinosaurs! Beyond the exhibit, additional fun activities are available for kids of all ages, which make spending the day with the dinosaurs a great experience for the entire family.”

Rox In Sox”, Saturday, August 2, 10AM-4PM, The West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego. Admission free with a donation of new shoes, socks or books for children. Children’s music and book festival. Lawn seating- bring chairs or blankets! See the lineup of children’s musicians and authors here: It’s impressive! This charitable event benefits kids in Portland, Jamaica and Kenya. A raffle for prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to Maui, Hawaii, will also support the One World Chorus cause.

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays in August and Sunday, August 24, 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.” August 2- Hiking and Outdoor Skills; August 9- Big and Small: Exploring Ecosystems; August 16- Wild Careers: Be a Forester; August 23- Game of Cones: How Trees Compete for Dominance of the Forest; August 24- Banana Slug Sundaes; August 30- Creek Critters.

Who the Heck is Homer Davenport?”, Saturday, August 2, 2PM and 3PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “During the annual Homer Davenport Community Festival, Gus Frederick will present a visual overview of the life and times of Oregon’s first media super star, political cartoonist, Homer Davenport. Frederick is the author of the 2012 annotated edition of Davenport’s 1898 collection of cartoons, as well as other books of local historical interest.”

2014 Summer Festival”, Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. $5 for adults, free for ages 17 and under. “Mineral, fossil, jewelry, and bead vendors, gold panning, lapidary demonstrations, geode cutting, silent auctions, door prizes, and raffles, kids’ activities, local food, live music, and the Flintstone mobile!”

Can It: Golden Zucchini Pickles”, Saturday, August 2, 3PM, Hillsdale Library; Sunday, August 17, 3PM, Woodstock Library; and Saturday, August 23, 2PM, Belmont Library. “Extra zucchini never get wasted when you have this approach to preserving under your belt. Come learn to make these sweet and sour refrigerator pickles. In this hands-on class, everyone will leave with a jar of pickles, and as always Jean will have samples for all to taste.”

1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry”, Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Highly regarded as the bravest regiment of soldiers in the Union Army, they took heavy casualties during several key battles; sometimes facing 5:1 odds against them. Civil War camp life, cooking, battle tactics, and unit history will be demonstrated throughout each day.”

Monsters Under Bridges”, Saturday, August 2, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Join the authors and illustrators of ‘Monsters Under Bridges’ in this one of a kind show-and-tell with book reading and interactive crafts activities. In this unique guidebook, the reader is invited to take a tour of the bridges of the Pacific Northwest and meet the friendly monsters who live under them. Don't forget to bring you own copy for a book signing at the end of the event!”

Recycled Printmaking”, Saturday, August 2, 2PM, Woodstock Library; and Wednesday, August 13, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Cut, paste and roll brilliant colored inks and VOILA! you'll create beautiful art prints of your own designs. Amazing, isn't it, how old inner tubes and cardboard can be used to create a printmaking plate that can be used over and over again to make many copies of your special image. We'll play with color and you'll take home several gorgeous prints to share with family and friends.”

Paper Cutting”, Saturday, August 2, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist Addie Boswell. Intended for adults so accompany only kids that can work with x-actos independently. “Paper cutting has been an art form around the world for centuries, but you might especially recognize the black-and-white silhouettes made by Hans Christian Andersen or the modern illustrations of Nikki McClure. Learn how to make your own finely rendered paper cuts using scissors and X-ACTO knives. Your graphic designs can be applied to greeting cards, scrapbooks, or wall hangings. Option: bring a favorite photograph or drawing to work from.”

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Saturday, August 2, 6PM, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst; Sunday, August 3, 6PM, Columbia Park, Troutdale; Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 3PM, Fernhill Park; Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 3PM, Gabriel Park; Saturday, August 23, and Sunday August 24, 3PM, Washington Park; and Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1, Reed College. Free. “Portland Actors Ensemble is thrilled to present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the most popular plays in the history of the performing arts. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ brilliantly conjoins four intertwined stories: the marriage of the Athenian Duke Theseus to the Amazon Queen Hippolyta; the warring Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies; the madcap follies of four lovers in a forest; and the comically earnest efforts of a group of working men to stage a love-play for the royal wedding. Lysander loves Hermia, whose father wants her to marry Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius, who chases the eloping Lysander and Hermia into the woods, pursued by Helena. They are all fair game for mischievous Puck, Oberon’s servant, who scrambles their desires and Titania’s. As the working men press faithfully on with their rehearsals, the otherworldly night of confusion, passion and diligence proves oddly momentous, touching every life to the quick.”

Central Forest Park Hike”, Saturday, August 2, 1PM, Forest Park, Springville Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by author Marcy Houle. “Did you know that Forest Park is divided into three separate management units? What are they, and what makes each one different? Come learn the secrets of the ‘Central Unit’, and find out some interesting, little-known Portland history along the way!”

Concert, “IJenNeh: Beautiful African Music”, Saturday, August 2, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Soaring vocals, simple melodies and killer bass lines highlight the music of musicians Lasana Kanneh and Jeremy Sauer. IJenNeh is a tasty mix of African, reggae, pop and gospel music with roots in Liberia. Music that is good for your soul.”

Effective Communication Techniques to Resolve Conflict”, Sunday, August 3, 3PM, Northwest Library. For adults, but could be really useful for parents to help kids negotiate conflict. “Although we live in a dynamic world where disagreements are inevitable, we can resolve them with dignity using our own effective communication. In fact, by learning and practicing some simple, effective techniques, anyone can navigate moments of conflict. Instead of having anxiety, we can learn how to approach our conflicts with confidence in both personal and professional situations. Using principles from Non-Violent Communication (NVC), mediation, negotiation, and Theatre of the Oppressed, this interactive workshop teaches how to get others to cooperate with you (even if they disagree with you), communicate for outcomes you prefer, and resolve conflicts before they escalate.”

Guided Kayak Tour of Estacada Lake”, Sundays in August, 7:30AM, and Thursdays, 6PM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada Lake Boat Launch. Ages 8 and up. $15 per person. Preregistration required; call 1-800-452-5687 to register. “Have you ever wanted to hop in a Kayak and paddle around but didn't know where to start? With Let's Go Paddling, we'll get you started by teaching you the basics of Kayaking. All equipment is provided. You bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes, shoes that can get wet and protection from the sun. This program is open to paddlers 8 years and older--children 8-14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.”

Knights and Pirates”, Sunday, August 3, 1PM-3PM, Bridle Trails State Park, 5300 116th Ave. NW, Kirkland, WA. Washington State Parks require all vehicles to display a Discover Pass, which is $10 daily or $30 annually: “The Seattle Knights and the Pirates of Puget Sound are the Pacific Northwest's premiere sword fighting and jousting theatrical troupe. With equestrian thrills and high-octane choreographed stage combat using real weapons, the Seattle Knights bring you the best of medieval history and fantasy. The Pirates of Puget Sound (PoPS) bring you exciting steel combat, replete with swashbuckling, eye patches, and bad puns! Call on us for knights, pirates, swashbucklers, musketeers, highlanders and more, to make your event — large or small — unforgettable”

Wild Foods of Native Americans”, Sunday, August 3, 1PM-4PM, Marshall Union Manor, ground floor meeting room, 2020 NW Northrup St., Pdx. $25-50 sliding scale, children 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; registration details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Explore traditional foodways of Native North Americans. Discover foods that were used and how they were prepared and stored. Food caches, berry collecting techniques, pemmican, fruit leathers. The workshop is about how Native North Americans made a living off of the abundance of food they found in nature. How was it possible, what they did and how they managed their foods to support a complete diet for many people all year long. This core workshop helps provide a deeper understanding of the real potential of today's use of wild foods. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this seminar. Lecture/slides/resources.”

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, August 3, 5:30PM- 7:30PM, 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.”

Junior Ranger Roving Program”, Sundays in August through August 24, 11AM-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.” August 3- Scavenger Hunt: The Bridges of Tryon; August 10- Art Walk: Using Your 5 Senses to Understand Nature; August 17- Choose Your Adventure: Discover Oregon’s State Parks; August 24- Story Walk: An Ecological Story Unfolds and you Hike Through Tryon.

Drop-In Science Playtime”, Monday, August 4, and Monday, August 11, 2PM-4PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. “Stop by the Puett Room this summer for super messy fun with science!”

Guided Canoe Tour of Estacada Lake”, Mondays in August, 6PM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada Boat Launch Area. Ages 8 and up. $15 per person. Preregistration required; call 800-452-5687 to register. “Have you ever wanted to hop in a canoe and paddle around but didn't know where to start? With Let's Go Paddling, we'll get you started by teaching you the basics of canoeing. All equipment is provided. You bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes, shoes that can get wet and protection from the sun. This program is open to paddlers 8 years and older--children 8-14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian. No pets.”

On the Deck at the Library- Bagpipe Music!”, Monday, August 4, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Bill Shelton, Mark McCormick, and Robb Barrick gather to play Irish tunes with bagpipes and small pipes.”

Drones, Big Data, and the Next Agricultural Revolution”, Monday, August 4, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Ryan M. Jenson, MS, mechanical engineer, CEO and Co-Founder, HoneyComb Corporation. “Aerial robotics and agriculture aren’t usually associated with one another, at least not yet. However, agriculture is projected to become the largest adopter of drone technology−surpassing all other use cases. To understand the transformation from military to the farm you need to understand the technology, its disruptive nature, and the intricacies of precision agriculture. In this talk Ryan Jenson will discuss drone-based applications, why they’re a game changer, and how drones will become a ubiquitous tool on the farm and in everyday life.”

Author Talk, “Laurel Braitman”, Monday, August 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside. Laurel Braitman presents her book, “Animal Madness”. “Have you ever wondered if your dog might be a bit depressed? How about heartbroken or homesick? ‘Animal Madness' takes these questions seriously, exploring the topic of mental health and recovery in the animal kingdom and turning up lessons that Publishers Weekly calls ‘Illuminating…Braitman’s delightful balance of humor and poignancy brings each case of life….[Animal Madness’s] continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike.’"

Me, My Family and I: An Introduction to Genealogy”, Monday, August 4, 5:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Saturday, August 9, 3PM, Gresham Library Computer Lab; Tuesday, August 26, 5:30PM, Holgate Library; and Friday, August 29, 10:30AM, Central Library Computer Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever wanted to know more about your family history, but you weren't sure how to get started? By the end of this class, you will be able to use some basic genealogy vocabulary, be familiar with some ways to get started, know some effective online communication techniques, and understand research basics and vital records. This class is for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse.”

Oregon Children’s Theater Presents “Smarty Pants”, Monday, August 4, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Wednesday, August 6, 11AM, Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal; and Thursday, August 7, 12:30PM, Midland Library. “Eating well…saving energy…bike safety. It doesn’t exactly sound like summer vacation, but kids all over Portland are laughing, learning, and earning the title ‘Smarty Pants,’ with the Smarty Pants traveling game show. Surrounded by fast food, bombarded with messages encouraging us to buy more stuff, living in a world where everything seems to be designed to be disposable, the choices that lead to a healthy life can get awfully confusing. Smarty Pants is the free roving arm of the Educational Theatre Program (ETP)—a partnership with Kaiser Permanente. It gives audiences of all ages a chance to test their knowledge and learn new information about how to make healthy choices. And kids are eating it up!”

Oaks Park Eid Celebration”, Monday, August 4, 4PM-10PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free admission, unlimited rides $15 per person. An explanation of the Muslim holiday  of Eid is here: “Zabiha/Halal food, American, Indo-Pakistani and Mediterranean ethnic food will be available for sale. Over 4000 celebrated Eid at Oaks Park last year! Please dress modestly and be respectful to all cultures and their differences.”

Concert, “Mister G”, Tuesday, August 5, 1PM, Holgate Library; Wednesday, August 6, 1PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, August 7, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library; and Thursday, August 7, 3PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM). “Mister G’s new album “The Bossy E” is a rockin’ celebration of language, literacy and the power of imagination, with 12 original songs ranging from funk and bluegrass, to surf and world music. Mister G will sing about his life-long love of reading, what to do when daddy’s snoring, and explain why it's almost always better to be standing on top of your head. He’ll also be performing songs like ‘Cocodrilo’ from his award-winning, bilingual (Spanish/English) albums ‘Chocolalala’ and ‘ABC Fiesta’. Join us for the Portland CD release concert, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!”

Oregon’s Wild Justice”, Tuesday, August 5, 7PM, Fort Stevens State Park Ampitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “State Trooper Dave Herman will talk about how the Oregon State Police protect fish and wildlife from criminals. Meet Scruffy, OSP's deer decoy.”

Concert, “Laila Murphy”, Tuesday, August 5, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Laila Murphy and Friends will perform at the Lake Oswego Public Library on Tuesday, August 5, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Murphy is an accomplished flutist, singer and performer. Her music ranges from classical to jazz.”

“OMSI Kid Chemistry”, Tuesday, August 5, 2PM, Battle Ground Library. Preregistration required; call 360-687-2322. Suggested for grades K-3. “Join our friends from OMSI for some fun chemistry science. We will study mixtures and chemical reactions involving changes in color, temperature and states of matter. There will be hands on interactive opportunities.”

“OMSI 3-2-1 Blastoff”, Tuesday, August 5, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for grades 4-12. Preregistration required; call 360-687-2322. “Join us and OMSI as we build some paper rockets and launch them with a high-powered air compressor, examining the effects of changing variables on our rockets' flight.”

Heritage Trees Today and Tomorrow Ride”, Tuesday, August 5, 6PM, Holgate Library. Presented by Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Ride through the trees of today and glimpse the urban forest of tomorrow. We'll have an arborist along to answer your questions. Meet at 5:45 pm, ride at 6 pm. Helmets required.” 

Presto the Magician”, Tuesday, August 5, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Tuesday, August 5, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Wednesday, August 6, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; “Presto the Magician’s shows combine comedy, amazing magic, excitement, high energy, and audience involvement! Fun for children of all ages.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, August 5, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library (Read ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J. K. Rowling); and Tuesday, August 19, 1PM at Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, August 5, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); and Tuesday, August 19, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library (read ‘The Trumpet of the Swan’ by E.B. White). “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.”

Eartha the Ecological Clown”, Tuesday, August 5, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood. “This unique clown teaches ecological awareness and features live animals and puppets in her magic show.”

Ugly Dolls”, Tuesday, August 5, 2PM, Beaverton City Library; Wednesday, August 6, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Thursday, August 7, 2PM, Garden Home Library; Grades 6 and up. “Learn to sew an ugly-doll style plushie of your own design! Your cozy creation can have as many extremities as you see fit. Draw a creature, scale up the drawing using a grid, make a pattern with seam allowance and then hand-sew. Have fun creating a new friend.”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin! Pop! Boom!”, Tuesday, August 5, 6:30PM, Tigard Library; and Wednesday, August 13, 5:30PM, Midland Library. “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!”

Concert, “Aaron Nigel Smith”, Tuesday, August 5, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “Come move and groove with kids' musician and winner of multiple Parents' Choice Awards, Aaron Nigel Smith. You won't want to miss this world-class kid's rock show!”

Trolley Talks”, Tuesday, August 5, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Author/Historian Richard Thompson explores Oregon's rich electric railway past with a presentation on Portland's streetcar lines.”

Concert, “Didgeridoo Down Under”, Tuesday, August 5, 3PM, Midland Library; Wednesday, August 6, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); and Thursday, August 7, 3PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM). “Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, science (biology, ecology, physics), puppetry, comedy, character building, reading motivation and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollowed-out tree trunk or branch, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its mesmerizing sound. But DDU is much more than music – it’s interactive, educational, motivational and highly entertaining. The performers use an assortment of exotic didges, percussion instruments, puppets, pictures, artwork, maps, globes, motivational signs and even a vocabulary list to enhance their program.”

Physics for Rock Stars”, Tuesday, August 5, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $10 suggested donation, $8 advance tickets. Minors with an adult. Presentation by Christine McKinley, author of ‘Physics for Rock Stars”. “Come learn about physics with clarity, humor, music, and real world examples involving ninjas. Christine McKinley, mechanical engineer, musician, and author, will explain why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, and how to jump off a moving train or do a perfect stage dive. There will be no equations, numbers, or tricky concepts—just an inspiring tour through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.” Our experience with Nerd Nite is that like OMSI science pubs, kids can hear talks on neat science topics without being talked down to, because they are intended for adults, but unlike most Science Pubs the presentations can be superfluously vulgar at times.

Colors of the Jungle”, Wednesday, August 6, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! Learn about the natural history of parrots and their behavior in captivity, responsible pet ownership, and why some parrots are now critically endangered.”

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays through August 27, 11AM-2PM, with a free performance at 12PM, SW Main St. at SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Every summer, the streets of downtown Portland become a popular destination for locals, including downtown-area workers, tourists and residents. One reason for the increased foot-traffic is the free Summer Arts on Main Street series produced by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. The series, presented every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., includes free music (and other miscellaneous) performances, children’s activities and outdoor booths featuring local artisans selling handmade crafts. Begun in 2004 the event has evolved into a rite of summer for downtown Portlanders, offering a wide range of family-friendly activities along Main Street between SW Broadway and Park Avenue. Adjacent to the Portland Farmers Market on the South Park Blocks and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Summer Arts on Main Street has helped transform this swathe of downtown into one of the most visible, heavily trafficked areas of the city.” See the complete schedule of bands here:

Music on Main Street”, Wednesdays through August 27, 5PM-7PM, SW Main St. at SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and the ArtBar and Bistro are proud to present the 9th annual Music on Main Street outdoor concert series. The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway and Park Ave., next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. On Wednesday evenings, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, our free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local musicians playing a diverse collection of music. The 2014 season features jazz, salsa, tributes to the Beatles and the Allman Brothers, Ghanaian drummers, power pop, songwriters, and bohemian cabaret. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar and Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm.” See the complete schedule of bands here:

Outdoor Skills”, Wednesdays in August, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn skills that are useful when hiking, camping and spending time in the great outdoors. Programs are hands-on.” August 6- Get to Know Your Senses at Night; August 13- Dutch Oven Cooking: The Basics; August 20- Staying Found with Map and Compass; August 27- 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, August 6, 3:30PM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Program Room, Level 3. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Self-guided family science exploration.”

Tillamook County Fair”, Wednesday, August 6 through Saturday, August 9, 10AM-10PM, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4603 3rd St, Tillamook. Parking starts at $5, admission $10 for ages 12 and up, $6 ages 6-11 (and seniors Thursday only), free for kids 5 and under. Why you should totally go: The Pig-N-Ford Races. “The Pig-N-Ford Races are world famous and have been part of the Tillamook County Fair for the past ninety years.” From Wikipedia: “Drivers use stripped Model T Fords with stock mechanicals. Five cars are lined up with the engines off at the start line of the Averill Arena horse racing track. Drivers stand next to the grandstands. When the starter pistol fires, the drivers run to the opposite side of the front straight, grab a live 20-pound pig from a bin, then must hand-crank their car and drive it one lap. They then stop, kill the engine, get a different pig, and race another lap. The first driver to complete three laps in this manner without losing their pig is the winner.” Two races Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, starting at 5:30PM.

InBeTweens”, Wednesday, August 6, 5PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month.”

Teen Book Group”, Wednesday, August 6, 5PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “For ages 11-14. Join us in reading and talking about great books. This month we will be reading and discussing ‘Revolver’ by Marcus Sedgwick.”

OMSI Presents, “Cowabunga Chemistry”, Wednesday, August 6, 1:30PM and 2:30PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets to be given out 30 minutes before each show); and Thursday, August 21, 3PM and 4:15PM, Belmont Library (free tickets to be given out for both shows at 2:30PM). “Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties: polymers.” 

Birding at Timberline Lodge”, Wednesday, August 6, 7AM-3PM, meeting at Clackamas Center parking lot off Sunnyside Rd., Happy Valley. Preregistration required; call Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at 503-771-3454. “Interested in exploring the timberline habitats on the slopes of Mt Hood? Chance to see Cassin’s Finch, Calliope Hummingbird, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. We will hike the trails above and around Timberline Lodge. We leave Clackamas Town Center parking lot off Sunnyside Rd (off I-205) at 7am.”

Autumn Shorebirds”, Wednesday, August 6, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15 class only. (There is an optional field trip to the coast and combined with the class it’s $105.) “The southbound shorebird migration begins early and goes late, from July to October, with changes every week. Fall begins with adult birds that sport worn plumage arriving in the Northwest as early as July. Juveniles follow weeks later and increase numbers and diversity. Join local author and guide John Rakestraw for an evening class to learn how to identify these long-distance migrants, then take part in a full-day field trip to the coast.”

Experience Wednesdays”, Wednesdays through August 20, 1PM-3PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Admission $6 adults and $4 youth, seniors, students and active military. Suggested for ages 7-11. “Youth visitors can experience the Museum’s exhibits in a new way this summer by getting hands-on at the Museum! Participants will receive a passport to guide them through activity stations. Activities will focus on a new exhibit each Wednesday.” August 6- Photos; August 13- Carnegie Library; August 20- Braceros. Good descriptions of the activities in each program on their website: The Washington County Museum's programs that we've been to have been surprisingly good.

Red Yarn Presents, “Deep Woods Naturalist”, Wednesday, August 6, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Calling all naturalists! Sing, dance and laugh along with Red Yarn and his lovable critters as they take you on a scientific journey into the Deep Woods.”

Legends of Mexico”, Wednesday, August 6, 4PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, August 9, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Mexico is very well known for its legends, myths and tales. We have legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Huicholes, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent. We have legends that talk about love, nature and everyday life. Nuestro Canto has gathered legends from all over Mexico and has composed music especially for the legends we narrate during our performances.”

Underwater Creatures in Origami”, Wednesday, August 6, 4PM, Kenton Library. Presented by artist Yuki Martin. “Learn how to fold various kinds of fish, whales, shrimp, clams, sharks and more. Put staples on your folded creatures and catch them with a fishing pole made from a chopstick and a magnet.”

Summer Book Club”, Wednesday, August 6, 13 and 20, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. “Looking for a great way to enjoy reading this summer? Come explore fun books together at our summer book club at Shute Branch. We will vote on which books to read, enjoy a snack, and have fun discussing what we read each week.” 

Emergency Preparedness”, A series of 3 Wednesdays, August 6, 13, and 20, 5PM, Gresham Library. For adults and definitely of interest to parents. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you know what to do to help keep your family safe in an emergency? Would you know what supplies you need in case the power goes out, or what documents you should have on hand if you need to evacuate your home? Being prepared and knowing what to do will make all the difference when seconds count in an emergency. Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management will show you how to craft an emergency supply kit, develop family communications, and get information on various natural and man-made disasters that could occur in our area.”

Watermelon Feed and Seed Spittin’ Contest”, Wednesday, August 6, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “Love watermelon? Join us for watermelon and test your seed spitting abilities! All ages are encouraged to participate.”

Science in the Park”, Wednesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 13, 1PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. “Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.” August 6- Fossils; August 13- Some Fascinating Things in the Sky.

Tween Book Club”, Wednesday, August 6, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 5-8. “Come by the Teen Desk to check out your copy of the latest pick. Then join us for pizza and chat on the first Wednesdays of each month. This month's pick is ‘Wild Born’ by Brandon Mull!” Leave it to the Beaverton Library to redefine “tween” once again…this time to include 14 year olds.

The Magical World of Bob Eaton”, Thursday, August 7, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. Good old-fashioned magic show!

Author Talk, “Benoit Denizet-Lewis”, Thursday, August 7, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Benoit Denizet-Lewis presents his book, “Travels with Casey”. "'I don’t think my dog likes me very much,' New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis confesses at the beginning of his journey with his nine-year-old Labrador-mix, Casey. Over the next four months, thirty-two states, and 13,000 miles in a rented motor home, Denizet-Lewis and his canine companion attempt to pay tribute to the most powerful interspecies bond there is, in the country with the highest rate of dog ownership in the world. On the way, Denizet-Lewis—known for his deeply reported dispatches from far corners of American life—meets an irresistible cast of dogs and dog-obsessed humans. Denizet-Lewis and Casey hang out with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, search with a dedicated rescuer of stray dogs in Missouri, spend a full day at a kooky dog park in Manhattan, get pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri, and visit ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan in California. And then there are the pet psychics, dog-wielding hitchhikers, and two nosy women who took their neighbor to court for allegedly failing to pick up her dog’s poop. ‘Travels With Casey’ is a delightfully idiosyncratic blend of memoir and travelogue coupled with an exploration of a dog-loving America. What does our relationship to our dogs tell us about ourselves and our values? Denizet-Lewis explores those questions—and his own canine-related curiosities and insecurities—during his unforgettable road trip through our dog-loving nation.”

Junior Rangers: Ingredients for a Garden”, Thursday, August 7, 10AM, Champoeg State Park, meeting in front of the Visitor Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Junior Rangers! Come discover that like cooking at home, there are several important ingredients that make up a garden. Learn how the pioneers grew food, planted seeds, and watered their gardens.”

Author Talk, “Paul Gerald”, Thursday, August 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Paul Gerald presents his book, “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland”. “Updated maps, new hikes, new photos, and useful backpacking options make Paul Gerald's authoritative guide to Portland's best day hikes even more useful than before. Whether travelers want a convenient city bus ride to the flat and fascinating Washington Park, a bumpy drive to Lookout Mountain, or the thigh-burning experience that are Kings and Elk Mountains, this guide outlines what to bring, how to get to the trailhead, where to go on the trail, and what to look for while hiking. Paul Gerald profiles 60 select trails that provide everything there is to enjoy around Portland — mountain views, forest solitude, picturesque streams, strenuous workouts, casual strolls, fascinating history, fields of flowers, awesome waterfalls, and ocean beaches.”

Open Collage Night”, Thursday, August 7, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Donations requested. “Join us for our new monthly collage night, where all are welcome to come hang out, create, and share work with other enthusiasts of collage art. If you have always wanted to learn more about collage or perhaps used to collage and haven’t in a long time, here’s your chance to do so in a fun environment of people eager to create and explore this easy-to-learn and very DIY medium. The night will kick off with a short slide show of collage art from around the world designed to inspire you with ideas. And then the cutting and pasting will commence! This event was created by local collage artists A.M. O’Malley and Kevin Sampsell. Some materials (scissors, paper cutters, glue stick, old magazines and books) will be provided, but please bring some of your own materials as well.”

Family Campfire Adventures- Animal Feet”, Thursday, August 7, and Thursday, August 21, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5-12 with an adult. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Can you imagine one ear higher than the other? What if your whole body could hear? Explore the world of animal hearing on this fun night. 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. “

The Science of Swordfighting”, Tuesday, August 7, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Tuesday, August 12, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Presented by 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.”

Polk County Fair”, Thursday, August 7 through Saturday, August 9, 10AM-10PM, and Sunday, August 10, 10AM-6PM, 520 S. Pacific Hwy. West, Rickreall, OR. Admission $7 adults, $3 ages 11-15 and seniors, free for ages 10 and under, military with ID, and seniors on Thursday.

Maker Camp”, Thursday, August 7, and Thursday, August 14 3PM, White Salmon Library. Suggested for ages 12-18. “The White Salmon Library and Gorge MakerSpace invite teens age 12-18 to MakerCamp! Each session consists of a webcast followed by a hands-on Maker activity. All supplies included.”

Science Blast Craft and Activity Fair”, Thursday, August 7, 2PM, West Slope Library. “Join us as we have a blast discovering the science of everyday activities and objects! We'll have lots of fun activities, including playing with ‘quicksand’, creating your own fossil, contributing to a collaborative art project and more!”

Bicycle Rodeo”, Thursday, August 7, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Bring your bicycles and participate in a bike rodeo and learn about bicycle safety with officers of the Hillsboro Police Department. We will meet by the bicycle pavilion located at the north end of the Library.”

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, August 7, 4PM, Cascade Park 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.”

Naruto Skittles Mural”, Thursday, August 7, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. “Help us create a colorful Naruto skittles mural for the graphic novel section in the Teen Room!”

Honey: The BEE-utiful Super-Organism!”, Thursday, August 7, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Saturday, August 23, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “Are you afraid of bees? You won’t bee after learning about their magical ways with Brian Lacy, apiarist and bee enthusiast since the age of 14. This visual presentation is filled with filmed clips and stills that surround children with the sights and sounds of bees. After the presentation, children can taste honeycomb, look into a real hive (no bees) and handle equipment that beekeepers use in the field.”

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

Salmon Cycle”, Friday, August 8, 9:30AM-11:30AM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Drop in to learn all about nature through fun games and activities led by a naturalist from the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center! Water color fish prints, salmon obstacle course, ocean bingo, go fish card game, fish jeopardy and coloring.”

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, August 8, Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10, 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.”

Noiseguy”, Friday, August 8, 11AM, White Salmon Library. “Breaking the Sound Barrier! Explore the science of how sound is produced in nature and by humans. Charlie is a vocal sound impressionist, author and a kids comedian.”

Summer Asian Rolls for Families”, Friday, August 8, 3PM, Kenton Library. Presented by Nang’s Kitchen. “Join us for an experience for the whole family. Parents, bring your children to this class and learn how to make shrimp salad rolls and Lao chicken salads together.”

Exhibition: “GLEAN”, opening reception Friday, August 8, 6PM, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. Exhibition runs August 8- 31, with gallery hours 12PM-5PM, Friday through Sunday. “The spirit of rejuvenation, rebirth and environmental conservation come to life in artworks on view at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center as part of the GLEAN exhibition. GLEAN features five artists – Sarah Bernstein, Francesca Berrini, Alyssa Kail, Michelle Liccardo, and Whitney Nye – displaying sculptures, collages and bas-relief works made from discarded objects taken from Metro's garbage station. Each year, a jury of arts and environmental professionals chooses five artists to participate in the program. The artists have 6 months to glean materials from the Metro Central transfer station (aka, the ‘dump’) from which to make their art. Each artist is required to make ten pieces and receives a stipend of $2,000. Opening simultaneously at Nisus Gallery next door, with a reception at the same time, is a solo show, ‘Waste Not,’ by Portland artist Natalie Sept. Her series of portraits capture uneventful daily drama of employees at the station and the dizzying volume of trash. The shows raise awareness about our trash habits and ideas about trash as a resource.”

Concert, “Mona Warner”, Friday, August 8, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library. “Bilingual Music for the whole family.”

Steampunk for Kids”, Friday, August 8, 12PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Suggested for grades 2-8. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-655-5574. “New, steam-power era workshop explores a child's life in the Industrial Revolution. Letterpress typesetting and Oregon's first newspaper, child labor, Oregon City's mills and hydro-power harnessed on the Willamette. Don period costumes and a play a game of marbles after ‘payday’.”  (So this has nothing actually to do with steampunk...)

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The True Story of the Three Little Wolves”, Friday, August 8, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “Mr. Wolf is having a big bad day. Everyone keeps thinking that he's trying to eat everybody so his three sons must find a way to bring them all together so that they can hear the truth about what happened.”

Quidditch Tigard Cup Tournament”, Friday, August 8, 1PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Enter the sporting world of Harry Potter right here at the library! Get sorted into teams and learn to play using the official International Quidditch Association rules. The members of the winning team will have their names inscribed on the Quidditch Cup, which will be on display in the library.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “The Taming of the Shrew”, Saturday, August 9, 2PM, Gabriel Park; Sunday, August 10, 2PM, Mt. Tabor Park; Friday, August 15, 6:30PM, Esther Short Park, Vancouver; Saturday, August 16, 7PM, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst; Sunday, August 17, 2PM, Lents Park, Free Shakespeare in the park! Details here:

Northwest Fossil Fest”, Saturday, August 9, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Free admission to festival and museum. “North American Research Group is sponsoring a free event for families to learn about fossils, fossil collecting, preparation, identification, and display. There will be informative displays, demonstrations, and educational activities for children. Lectures are scheduled on petrified wood collecting and identification, as well as the latest in recent fossil discoveries in the Pacific Northwest. The theme was inspired by the many NARG members who have a passion for petrified wood. This year's fossil fest will feature exquisite displays and lectures on the topic. Kids, have you ever wanted to find your own fossil? 
Try your hand at screening for shark teeth 
or participate in a fossil hunt. Learn to use the same preparation tools and techniques the professionals use to make fossils look cool. Learn to make an acetate peel from an ancient piece of wood to look at the internal cell structures. Plus other games and educational activities. 
All kids will go home with free fossils.”

International Praise Festival”, Saturday, August 9, 11AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Our mission is to offer the City of Portland an annual praise festival that promotes unity among the Christian community. Carnival games, giant slide, food vendors, free school supplies, prayer booth. Family, youth, community, culture, music!”

OMAS Annual RC Air Show”, Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 9:30AM-4PM, 46100 NW Strohmayer Rd., Forest Grove. Free admission, $6 parking with $1 discount if you donate a canned good. “Join the hundreds of spectators and aviators for an exciting weekend of amateur to expert demonstrations of aircraft and watercraft. It’s a great time to get a close and personal insight into the sport of radio control modeling. This year we are adding a food drive. Please help with a donation of items such as canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, 100% fruit juice and other healthy choice foods. Enjoy the day with delicious picnic lunch selections and snacks. Shaded area and seating provided. Bring the whole family!”

Behind the Scenes of the Digits”, Saturday, August 9, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, and 5PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free and open to the public. “The Digits are debuting their pilot script for broadcast TV! This event is a sneak peek of their math and science show just in time for back-to-school. The Digits is the world's first interactive educational kids show. Their fun adventures can be seen via live Skype chats, web video and mobile apps, and soon, a broadcast TV show. Using a kid-tested, teacher-approved curriculum, The Digits teach children all about math and science, while fighting an evil corporation that is out to turn the galaxy stupid. The Digits are heading for national television and they're putting the ‘Public’ back in ‘Public Media’ with this first-of-its-kind event. Audiences will be treated to a staged reading of the first script for the television series where the audience gets a say in what happens. At the end of the performance will be a Q and A session with the cast and creative team, and a meet and greet with the characters from the show. For anyone passionate about elementary education and Portland-based media, this marks a rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the future of educational television.”

Washington Civil War Association Presents, “Battle of Roy”, Saturday, August 9, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 10, 9AM-3PM, Route 507, Roy, WA. Adults $10, students $5, kids 7 and under and active military free, canned food donations requested. Opening ceremonies 10AM Saturday. Battles daily at 11AM, 3PM Saturday and 2PM Sunday. “Living history military and civilian encampments, infantry, cavalry, and artillery demonstrations, modern food vendors and period merchants. There is no official address for this property. Roy is a very small town... follow the signs.”

Author Talk, “Steven Schomler”, Saturday, August 9, 12PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “Steven Schomler writes about one of Portland's best qualities: food carts. Not only will you have the opportunity to meet the author of ‘Portland Food Cart Stories’ who has recorded the great stories surrounding these local food carts, but a local food cart will be sampling!”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, August 9, 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.

Science Fun!”, Saturday, August 9, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades K-6. “Have you ever wondered what it might look like to see a volcano up close? Have you ever played with something that is slimy one instant and solid the next? Come to the library to explore science mysteries with experiments for you and your parents to do together.”

Vancouver Barracks at the Turn of the Century”, Saturday, August 9, 11AM and 2PM, Ft. Vancouver Historic Site. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Free with admission, $3 for ages 15 and up, free for 14 and under. Preregistration required; contact Museum Technician Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255, or via an online form: . “Curious about what can be discovered in Fort Vancouver's collection of two million archaeological and historic objects? Find out at our Museum Collection Open House tours! In this popular program, visitors go behind the scenes inside our curation facility to get up close to actual artifacts that come to us through archaeological excavations or are donated by members of the community. Each month's open house focuses on a different topic - ranging from military history, to hygiene and health, to our present day archaeological excavations. At the turn of the 20th century, troops from Vancouver Barracks played a large role in many world events - the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War and the period of occupation that followed, and the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Discover the effect of these troop movements and global events on Vancouver through historic and archaeological artifacts.”

Plants and Pollinators”, Saturday, August 9, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Did you know that plants can travel? Find out how during the Water Center’s Second Saturday event. Learn about pollination. Plants need pollinators; in fact, you can be a pollinator, too! Kids and families are invited to learn and maybe get your hands dirty.”

Wildlife Center of the North Coast”, Saturday, August 9, Wednesday, August 20, and Sunday, August 31, 7PM, Fort Stevens State Park Amphitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come and see how the Wildlife Center of the North Coast rehabilitates birds and animals. They will have live animals that have been rehabilitated and you can learn how to help protect them. Live Animals, no dogs please.”

DIY Hangout: Paper Crafter”, Saturday, August 9, 2PM, Albina Library. “PDX DIY is a young makers club that fosters creative minds and a 'create it over buy it" attitude. During our hangout, paper crafters can make any shape through elegant folds, cuts and connections. You will fold origami, sculpt with paper, or build your own paper vehicle.”

Taft Beach Sand Castle Competition”, Saturday, August 9, 1PM, Siletz Bay, Historic Taft District, SW 51st St., Lincoln City. Fee of at least one can of food for the Lincoln City Food Pantry to enter the competition. Registration is at 1PM and judging at 5PM. Free to watch! Complete rules and details here:

What’s Inside Your Robot?”, Saturday, August 9, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Wednesday, August 27, 4PM, Rockwood 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.” 

Mi Piñata”, Saturday, August 9, 3:30PM, Troutdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM). “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.”

Art ala Carte”, Saturday, August 9, 2:30PM, Midland Library; Saturday, August 16, 1:30PM, Woodstock Library; and Wednesday, August 20, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland 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.” 

Floreo de Soga”, Saturday, August 9, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. “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.”

Barn Dance”, Saturday, August 9, 6PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come join us in the historic Mason barn behind the visitor center for a good ol' fashioned barn dance!”

“Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, August 10, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it.”

Eaten Out of a Tent, Wagon and Lean-To”, Sunday, August 10, 2PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. “Donna Hinds, a living history interpreter and historical researcher, uses humor and solid research to define what cooking and recipes were like for the early Pioneers to Champoeg and the French Prairie.”

All About Earthquakes”, Sunday, August 10, 10AM, OMSI, Watershed Lab. $8 per person. Suggested for ages 8 and up. 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.”

A History of Cheese in the Pacific Northwest”, Sunday, August 10, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Oregon’s renaissance of artisan cheese-making began in the 1960s and 1970s with influence from the era’s countercultural back-to-the-land movement, but the history of cheese-making in the region dates to the early nineteenth century. Writer Tami Parr will tell the story of how regional cheese-making transformed from work done independently on small farms to a consolidated industry with larger companies and cooperatives and then back to the farm. Parr is the author of ‘Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest’ and ‘Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History’. Books will be available for sale and signing.”

OregonRocketry Wilsonville Launch”, Sunday, August 10, 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.”

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Sunday, August 10, and Sunday, August 31, 1PM, meeting at the front doors of the Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Donations requested. “Come tour Historic Downtown Gresham, and learn about historic buildings and homes, historic graves and trees, some historic local figures, and about the shops that used to line Main Ave. These tours will be fast paced and will cover around a mile of mostly flat, even ground. Umbrellas and sunglasses are recommended.”

Portland Roots Festival”, Sunday, August 10, 12PM-8PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives is proud to present the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival. Once again, we are coming together to promote healthy living through nutrition and exercise by tapping into the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these cultures took through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon. The celebration will feature some of Portland’s tastiest Afro-food vendors, a variety of fun and educational health-related activities for the whole family, and plentiful information from local health based organizations. PCRI residents will be there to share their healthy food access journey through community gardening, nutrition education, senior food bank, and youth summer health camp. We’re excited to have you and your organization participate in the event and help PCRI continue enriching our residents’ lives through the promotion of healthy life choices. The event will feature local performers, a key-note speaker, African, African-American, Afro- Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, local non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. We expect about 5,000 people to attend the festival and we invite you to join us.”

Night Hike at Steigerwald”, Sunday, August 10, Monday, August 11, and Monday, August 18, 7:30M-10PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or “A unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Refuge after hours - use your ears, not your eyes as we use a bat detector to locate bats and listen for other nighttime residents!”

Traditional Technologies Day”, Sunday, August 10, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit, 28908 NE Main Ave., Ridgeflied, WA. “Experience traditional technologies of the Lower Columbia River and around the world! Come out and try archery, atlatl throwing, friction fire, basketry and more!”

Drop-In Science Playtime”, Monday, August 11, 2PM-4PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. Suggested for all ages. “Stop by the Puett Room on Monday afternoons this summer for super messy fun with science!”

Concert, “Cinda Johnson”, Monday, August 11, 5PM, Rockwood Library. “If You’re Happy and You Know It: An interactive program of music and magic for all ages. Spanish words are spoken throughout Cinda's songs. The magic always wows the older kids.”

Otakugumi Anime Club”, Tuesday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 26, 6PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. “Otakugumi Club meetings are THE library events for Anime and Manga lovers! Enjoy Japanese candies, see great anime movies and chat it up with fellow fanatics.”

History of the Gorge with Helen Wand”, Tuesday, August 12, 6PM, Gladstone Library. Helen Wand is the author of “Where Eagles Nest”, historical fiction about the wave of pioneers that came to Oregon following the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

OMSI Science Festival”, Tuesday, August 12, 12PM-3PM, Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal. “Construct a dinosaur skeleton, dig for fossils or explore the world of magnets with these dynamic and educational demonstrations that will engage and amaze!”

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch”, Tuesday, August 12, 9PM, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year; the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch! Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9:00 pm to watch and enjoy the wonder of these famous meteors. The event, sponsored by OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers, the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreation will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations, and the summer sky. 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. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.” You can certainly watch the meteor showers from anywhere- many will be bright enough to see even if you are surrounded by city lights, and a few will be visible in the daytime. But these state parks provide wonderful vantage points. My advice is to get there early and plan an evening walk and picnic before crowds arrive and parking gets annoying. You’ll be glad you did! The meteor shower is something everyone should see and it’s really fun when a shooting star appears and a thousand people say “ooooh!” together.

“1917 Hupmobile Model N”, Tuesday, August 12, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. $2 suggested donation. “Chris Becker will bring his 1917 Hupmobile, Model N. See this car and learn all about the history.”

Music in Action!”, Tuesday, August 12, 1PM, Holgate Library; and Thursday, August 14, 3PM, Belmont Library. “A freewheeling fiesta of songs, creative movement, comedy and audience participation led by the irrepressible (and bilingual) Rich Glauber. Using guitar, accordion and his joyful personality, he turns every show into a community celebration. Presented in English and Spanish.”

The ‘Tween Scene”, Tuesday, August 12, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call Holly at 360-906-4790. “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. Come to the library to pick up a copy of the "book of the month" which is yours to keep.”

White Lotus Japanese Club”, Tuesday, August 12, and Tuesday, August 26, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Grades 6 and up. “If you like anime, manga, or Japanese culture, come on in! We will be drawing, reading, socializing, watching movies, and even cooking Japanese food every now and then. Come and learn more!”

Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo”, Tuesday, August 12 through Sunday, August 17, Clackamas County Event Center, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. Parking $5, daily admission $9 adults, $5 kid ages 7-12 and seniors, free for ages 6 and under and seniors 75 and older.

Touch Painting”, Tuesday, August 12, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Monday, August 18, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Free Arts NW. “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.”

Belmont Knit Fix”, Tuesday, August 12, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for ages 8 through adult. “Do you want to learn to knit, crochet or spin? Need help with a project? Just want to hang out for conversation, project help and inspiration? Join us for some fiber fun. Bring your own supplies. All experience levels welcome.” 

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebration”, Tuesday, August 12, 5PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work! Three professional actors will provide an entertaining and informative orientation into who Shakespeare was, interspersed with performances of some of the Bard's best-loved plays and sonnets, as well as musical selections. The cast includes current members and the director of Portland Actors Ensemble's upcoming production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’, a free Shakespeare in the Parks show set for summer 2014. Cast members' professional background includes performing Shakespearean roles on Broadway, London's West End, Paris, regional Shakespearean Festivals, musical performances at Carnegie Hall, Preservation Hall and traditional Jazz festivals, as well as many local theatrical and musical productions.”

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Presentation”, Wednesday, August 13, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. Suggested for all ages. “Come learn all about outer space, rockets, space suits and more!”

Puerto Rican Dance”, Wednesday, August 13, 3PM, Rockwood Library; and Wednesday, August 20, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Learn traditional and contemporary dance moves. Experience the traditions and movement of Latino culture with Rumba Boricua.”

Euro Games: Play and Learn Class”, Wednesday, August 13, 6PM, Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery, 8231 SW Cirrus Drive, Beaverton. $5. Preregistration required; registration details on their website: “We will be looking at some of the most popular European Style board games, including Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride. We often adjust which games to play based on the group we have. We'll learn about the history of these games as well as how to play them and some basic strategies for each.”

Concert, “Sweet Wednesday”, Wednesday, August 13, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Sweet Wednesday is an award-winning acoustic duo, performing original songs about topics as diverse as a disaster ridden day in New York City, long distance friendships, and ghosts along the historic old highway 66. Heartfelt and beautiful vocals, harmonies, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and banjo combine to take you traveling across uncharted waters, to places and people you never dreamed of meeting, but whom you will never forget, with humor and stories popping up along the way.”

Musician Courtney Campbell Presents, “Billy Bradley Bakes Bread Badly”, Wednesday, August 13, 1PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, August 14, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Friday, August 15, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM). “Billy Bradley bakes bread badly, Billy's brother Ben bakes bread better ... every word in this hilarious song begins with the letter B! Come hear this and other songs and stories like ‘Toast,’ ‘Jenny Has a Dog’ and ‘The Camel with a Runny Nose.’ Courtney Campbell is a very engaging, delightful entertainer. Her highly interactive performances are suitable for families and children from 3-8 years old. Courtney performs world-wide and also stars in the PBS TV/DVD series Mustard Pancakes. Please come and join in the fun.”

Teen Maker Day”, Wednesday, August 13, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x112. “Plan and create your own musical instrument. We’ll supply the materials, you supply the ideas. We’ll see whose instrument plays the best tune at the end of the program.”

Worm Composting with the Zoo Animal Presenters”, Wednesday, August 13, 1:15PM, Rockwood Library. “The Oregon Zoo is coming to the library! Join Zoo Presenters in a guided discussion with interactive activities about the worm composting cycle. Study how the composting bin is a natural habitat for worms and how composting impacts with the world.”

David Lee: A Poet’s Papers Opening Reception”, Wednesday, August 13, 6PM, US Bank, Collins Gallery. The exhibition runs from August 13 through September 22. “Please join us for the exhibition, light refreshments, brief remarks from John Wilson Special Collections Librarian Jim Carmin, and a few words — and perhaps a poem or two — from the poet, David Lee. Celebrating award-winning poet David Lee’s 70th birthday, this exhibition is filled with his archives, books and broadsides from Multnomah County Library’s John Wilson Special Collections, pulled largely from a gift to the library from the poet. Photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and ephemera of all kinds related to this important western poet will be on view. Lee is a summertime resident of Oregon and former Poet Laureate of Utah.”

Club Improv for Teens”, Wednesday, August 13, 4:30PM, Tualatin Library. 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.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Wednesday, August 13, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Presented by Angel Ocasio. “This very funny and whacky show brings a comedy twist to juggling, object balancing and magic tricks.”

DIY Craftshop: Bookmarks”, Wednesday, August 13, 6PM, Sherwood Library Community Room. Suggested for ages 11 to adult. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Join us to make personalized metal bookmarks with beads, charms, and feathers. We’ll provide crafting supplies.”

Christopher Leebrick”, Thursday, August 14, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “Join this talented Oregon storyteller as he brings ‘An Explosion of Stories’ to life with words and instruments.”

Author Talk, “Mark Harvey”, Thursday, August 14, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $5. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was written in 1964 by Howard Zahniser. The federal legislation created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States and led to the protection of 9.1 million acres of federal land. Join us as we mark this important anniversary with author Mark Harvey, who will share a presentation on his new book, ‘Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act.”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, August 14, 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 ‘The White Giraffe’ by Lauren St. John.”

Bat Chat”, Thursday, August 14, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Sign up for a free night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek. We will talk about the amazing adaptations that allow bats to survive while we walk in groups through the park, ending at the meadow. Once in the meadow, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector.”

Origami”, Thursday, August 14, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Learn the art of origami folding during this fun afternoon program for school-age children.”

Pink Pig Puppet Theater Presents, “I Wonder Why Tales”, Thursday, August 14, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City.

Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial”, Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15, and Saturday, August 16, 8AM-5PM, with finals Sunday, August 17, 9AM-2PM, Johnson Dairy Farm, 104 NE 252nd Ave., Camas, WA. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under, and free parking. “The Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial is a sanctioned and competitive event featuring many of the most talented handlers and dogs on the West Coast and British Columbia. Johnston Dairy, nestled in a quiet valley near Camas, Washington, is the perfect venue for this event. The international style course will be challenging for the handlers and provide exceptional spectator viewing. Spectators are encouraged to attend and your dogs are welcome. Trial programs will be distributed free of charge. Concessions open daily for breakfast and lunch.” The sheep dog trials are fun to watch and we’ve found friendly folks excited to explain what is happening! 

Astronomy in Oregon: Boldly Going Where Few Astronomers Dare to Tread”, Thursday, August 14, 7PM, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Scott Fisher, PhD, faculty member and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon Department of Physics and associate director at Pine Mountain Observatory. “In this presentation Dr. Fisher will describe and speak about a new vision for astronomy education, research, and public outreach in Oregon. Along the way he will talk about what it is like to work as a staff scientist at a modern, large-aperture telescope, and how he plans to bring cutting-edge observational astronomy to Oregon by creating education and research programs for both science and non-science majors. In particular Dr. Fisher will discuss the Oregon Observatory Remote Control Center – or the OORCC, a proposed on-campus center at UO that will enable our astro-interested community (including K-12 schools and the public) to observe and take part in research being conducted at our own Pine Mountain Observatory. He will also talk about his own research projects on star and planet formation, and about some of the discoveries that are being made at the largest telescopes in the world. This presentation is full of images and videos that will be presented at a level that is appropriate for all ages and for all levels of astronomy knowledge. Dr. Fisher will also host a game of “Stump the Astronomer” where audience members get to ask questions about the discoveries discussed in the talk – or about any astronomy related topic!”

Henna and Bollywood Afternoon”, Thursday, August 14, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Get a professional Henna design by Roving Horse Henna and watch a Bollywood movie while you wait!”

Wire Sculpture Course”, Thursday, August 14, 9AM-1PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $30. Suggested for ages 9-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Creating 3-D art is fun, easy and you’ll take home a work of art you can use and enjoy. We’ll make two very different projects—one you can put in your own home garden and the other you can enjoy in your room. If you enjoy working with your hands, you’ll love wire sculpture! No art experience necessary. Instructor: Thomas McCarley (Leach Garden Summer Camp Instructor)”

Book Group for Ages 12-14”, Thursday, August 14, 6:30PM, Vancouver 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 are reading ‘Far, Far Away’ by Tom McNeal.”

Quilt! Knit! Stitch!”, Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, free for kids 10 and under. “Quilt! Knit! Stitch! will feature exhibitor booths, quilts and fabric art on display, and many educational opportunities on the show floor. But what will set it apart from the International Quilt Festivals currently held in Cincinnati, Chicago, Long Beach, and Houston will be a greater emphasis across the board on needlearts like knitting, embroidery, crocheting, cross-stitch, tatting, and sewing, recognizing the diversity of needlearts practitioners in the Pacific Northwest.”

Discussion Junction for Ages 8-11”, Thursday, August 14, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library. “Join us to read and talk about a different book every month. Each month a free copy of the next month’s book of the month will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For readers ages 8-11 with a participating adult. No older or younger children, please.”

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Art in the Dark”, Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15, Thursday, August 21, Friday, August 22, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 7:30PM, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Dr., West Linn. All Ages. Bleacher seating and bring your own seating is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $12 for children under 12. “Suspended in trees, surrounded by beauty and illuminated by the stars... A-WOL invites you to enjoy this summer's signature aerial event, Art in the Dark, with the original presentation of ‘10 Laws’ and live music collaboration with East Forest. This year celebrates 10 years of Art in the Dark and we honor those years with a show about life, survival, togetherness and community. A-WOL's Art in the Dark annual performance is a fantastical, illuminated, full-length, evening production set in a unique and rare outdoor theater style setting. Transforming a dirt plot into a performance spot, each show is packed with the flavor of the Northwest and a wonderful taste of the talent this area has to offer! Last year's show sold out entirely - get your ticket early.” Highly recommended!

Snowglobe Craft”, Thursday, August 14, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Summer snowstorm snowglobe craft.”

Teen Drawing Class”, Two session class on Thursday, August 14 and Thursday, August 21, 10AM, Lake Oswego Library. Grades 6-12. “Join us on August 14 and August 21 to get some wonderful drawing instruction!”

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “Tad and Fry: A Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis”, Thursday, August 14, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “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.”

Nature Mobile”, Friday, August 15, and Friday, August 29, 1PM, Beaverton Library on the library lawn. 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.”

18th Annual Clatsop County Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show”, Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17, 10AM- 8PM, Seaside Convention Center, 415 1st Ave., Seaside. Free admission.

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, August 15, Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 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.”

Return from the Burn”, Friday, August 15, Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 10AM- 5PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Join us for a day of fun celebrating the unique Tillamook State Forest. Throughout the weekend we will host engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during and after the fires. Meet Smokey Bear and his fire-fighting friends – receive a free goodie bag! Enjoy children’s story time and puppet show. Visit with wildland fire fighters and see their gear. Tap your feet while listening to Timberbound’s old logger’s songs (Saturday only). Watch a special steam donkey presentation. Unique seasonal displays, face painting and much more!”

Tillamook County’s “A Step Back in Time”, Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17. “Tillamook County museums and organizations will be offering a special combined and discounted ticket price on August 15th, August 16th and August 17th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Garibaldi Maritime Museum, Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, and the Old Iron Show are included in the flat ticket price of $15.00. This ‘Pass to the Past’ will allow access to these museums and organizations with children under the age of 11 being free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad will charge a modest fee of $2.50 for ages 3-11. The Cape Meares Light House and the Tillamook Forest Center will also be working in conjunction on this event. Tickets will be sold at the following locations: Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Garibaldi Maritime Museum, Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Advanced ticket sales can be purchased by calling Latimer Quilt and Textile at (503)842-8622. A limited number of tickets will be sold. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is hosting blacksmith Gary Lewis from Lone Wolf Forge from 9:00 am to 2:00 PM on the East Lawn of the Museum. The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center will be offering Tours of their Repository. Bed Turnings will take place at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. They will have looms to weave on, a quilt frame for hand quilting, a rug hooking frame, embroidery, spinning and wool carding to try. Special crafts for children will be available. The Garibaldi Maritime Museum is hosting Richard Coon from Richard’s Gun Shop. On Friday from 10:30 to 12:00, Richard will be giving an antique fire arms presentation explaining the uses of many of the firearms on display at the museum. On Saturday at 10:30 Ben Jacobsen will be giving a presentation on harvesting sea salt from Netarts Bay. The Old Iron Show will be exhibit antique tractors, engines, and classic cars. Open Friday12:00-5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 9:00am to 3:00pm. Cape Meares Lighthouse will be offering a free remembrance when tickets are shown. Open 11:00am to 4:00pm. Tillamook Forest Center will be presenting a day of fun as we remember the Tillamook Burn and the work to help the forest recover from fires.”

En Taiko”, Friday, August 15, Village Green Park, 13786 SE Sieben Pkwy, next to the Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Head to Village Green Park to listen to the sounds of Japanese drumming, then try it yourself.”

The Baby Dragon Gets a Job”, Friday, August 15, Saturday, August 16, Sunday, August 17, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, times TBA, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up. “From our Tales of Belvuria, this is the story of how pieces of gold begin to mysteriously disappear from King Humphrey’s treasure room. The king decides to take drastic measures. Trouble, laughter, and total confusion plague the palace when the king’s tall, economy sized, mail-order dragon arrives. Was the king shorted on the deal or did he really check small economy size by mistake? Will the baby dragon get the job, and will he be able to catch the mysterious thief?”

Loose Goose VII Hot Air Balloon Rally”, Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17, 6AM- 9PM, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. Friday is Education Day, a free event that requires preregistration- see details on their website: “Join us for a fun and spectacular Museum summer tradition—our 7th Annual Loose Goose Hot Air Balloon Rally! Experience this amazing and colorful event up close. Balloons take flight from the Museum each morning, and light up the evening sky with the ‘Night Glow’ on Saturday. Celebrate with good food, beer, wine and music! Photography of all parts of the Loose Goose event is allowed and encouraged.” There is no charge to see launches or Night Glows, but there are charges and limited availability for other activities. 

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “Into the Woods, Jr.”, Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 24, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $5.

Subs on the Slough”, Friday, August 15, 11:30AM, meeting at the Columbia Slough Trailhead, Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour. Learn about protecting Portland’s underground drinking water source in the Columbia Slough Watershed, and view the solar array that helps off-set the Portland Water Bureau’s energy needs. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail.”

Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said it Couldn’t Be Done”, Thursday, August 7, 7PM, Clark County Historical Society, 1511 Main St., Vancouver (free with admission of $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children or $10 families, free for active duty); and Saturday, August 16, 11AM, Troutdale Library. “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.”

Mail Armour Bracelets”, Saturday, August 16, 2PM, Albina Library. Suggested for grades 6 and up. “Make your own mail armour bracelet just like what was worn by knights during medieval times. Knights of Veritas challenges the common myths and misconceptions about knights and medieval history, encouraging reevaluation of long-held beliefs and building critical thinking skills.”

Hood River County Fruit Loop Summer Fruit Celebration”, Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, Hood River County. “Many varieties of fruits (including berries, peaches, and Gravenstein apples) and vegetables are at the peak of perfection. Join us as we celebrate our harvest of summer fruit with BBQs, U-pick, baby alpacas, ciders, jams and more. Many farms have picnic areas.” More info on the summer festival here: A map of the Fruit Loop is available on their website (at the bottom):

Mt. Lowe and Rhododendron Ridge Hike”, Saturday, August 16, 8:30AM-5PM. Meeting at the Clackamas River Ranger District — 595 NW Industrial Way in Estacada, at 8:30AM. Free. Preregistration required; email Morgan Parks at or call 503-303-4372 x101. Easy , 3.5 miles, 200 ft. elevation gain and 1025 ft. loss. “If you’ve always wanted to explore the Clackamas Watershed, but haven’t been sure where to start, come on a Clackamas River Basin Council hike this year! Participants can anticipate spending a half to full day learning about geology, local flora and fauna, and the history of the Clackamas Watershed, while experiencing incredible scenery. Spend the day learning about geology, local flora and fauna, and the history of the Clackamas Watershed, while experiencing incredible scenery. This is a great opportunity to visit environments close to home, often pristine ones, that emphasize the natural beauty and biodiversity the Clackamas River Basin has to offer, leaving hikers with a greater sense of appreciation and motivation to protect these valuable resources. All tours are led by CRBC Board Member Bryon Boyce. See hike description below for meeting locations. Bring plenty of water, a camera, bug spray, and a lunch. Be aware that temperatures in the upper watershed are cooler than in town so layer clothing for comfort and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are free and participants will carpool. This tour will quickly reach the viewpoint at the site of the former lookout on top of Mount Lowe at 5350 ft. As we descend the ridge, boulder-fields line the route, the result of long-ago landslides. The old-growth forests feature noble fir and silver fir. This trail was originally part of the Pacific Crest Trail, before it was re-routed into the Olallie Highlands to the east. The floral highlight for this tour will be the summer-blooming scarlet skyrocket. It’s one of our most vivid native flowers, and reaches one of its westernmost stands on Rhododendron Ridge. Huckleberries should already be showing red fall color en masse. Rhododendron Ridge is the divide between the mainstem Clackamas to the east and the Collowash to the west.”

Adult Soapbox Derby”, Saturday, August 16, 10AM-4PM, Mt. Tabor Park, Pdx. Spectator map will be available on their website: “Every year since 1997, Portland's finest freaks have pulled their home built creations to the top of Mount Tabor and let gravity guide them to the bottom of the hill. Now in its 18th year, the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby continues a beloved summertime tradition at Mt. Tabor Park—a community event that draws crowds of 5,000-8,000 people to watch a colorful and sidesplitting spectacle of 39+ coaster cars powered only by gravity, whimsy, and attitude. Camaraderie abounds as some teams focus on speed and engineering (Science!). Some on crowd pleasing or simply shit talk (Art!) and still others find a place in between. It’s a perfect day for a picnic! The teams coast down the course three times before the championship rounds. Winners receive awards for speed, engineering, art, crowd pleasure and many other categories at the end of the day. The competition makes for an exciting day enjoyed by spectators of all ages who are invited to get comfortable and enjoy the race at no admission cost.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, August 16, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $15 per ticket, maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 6 and up with an adult or 12 and up without. “Make soap and discover both the reactions that go into its creation and why it has such amazing cleaning properties! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket allows up to three people to make a pound of soap (6-8 bars) together in the OMSI Chem Lab.”

Oregon Cats Classic”, Saturday, August 16, 10AM-5Pm, and Sunday, August 3, 9AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr., Pdx. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. Admission $8 adults, $5 for ages 8-17 and free for 7 and under. Family pass for 2 adults and 2 children $20. “Our 51st Annual All Breed Championship Cat, Household Pet and Veteran show and 11th Annual Cats' Agility Contest, Featuring Championship, Premiership, Kittens, Household Pets, Veterans and Agility.” These shows are a lot of fun for kids who like cats, and it’s rather funny to see them attempting to get the cats to cooperate for the agility contest!

Polynesian Festival”, Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 11AM-6PM, Beaverton Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. “Join us for two days of local island foods, island song and dance, games for the keiki, Polynesian arts and crafts and more!” See the entertainment schedule here:

"Seaport Celebration", Saturday, August 16, 10AM-4PM, Port of Portland Terminal 4, 11040 N. Lombard St., Pdx. Free. Jetboat rides will be offered every 20 minutes on a first come, first serve basis for $10 adults, $5 kids and free for ages 2 and under. Be sure to read the info on their website about security screenings and prohibited items. Photo IDs will be required of all adults for entry. "Come join the fun on the waterfront at THE family-friendly event of the summer! On Saturday, August 16, the Port of Portland's Terminal 4 will open up to the public for a unique opportunity to go inside the fences of a working marine terminal that is normally closed to the public. Best of all, parking and admission are free! Experience Portland's thriving working harbor by jumping on a jetboat ride, throwing a helmet on to try your hand at welding, perusing local artwork depicting Portland's waterfront or enjoying delicious food while watching kids partnered with professional chefs compete for the title of “Kid Creation Chef.” There is truly something for everyone."

Harvest Fest”, Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. $5 per person, free for ages 12 and under. “Learn how farmers harvested their crops in the past as antique farm equipment and draft animals harvest the oat crop. View the blacksmith and sawmill shops in action, tap your toes to old-time music, have the kids participate in pioneer activities, view the agricultural and historical displays, tour the museum, enjoy home-cooked food, and enjoy a great day for all ages.”

Taste of Micronesia”, Saturday, August 16, 1PM-4PM, Riverfront Park, 101 Front St. NE, Salem. Donations requested. “Showcasing Micronesian culture, dance, performance, and information booths. Food will be served. We will also be raffling off several items to support future Taste of Micronesia events in the community.”

Oregon Renaissance Festival”, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, August 16 through September 21, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Tickets at the door will be $15.95 for ages 13 and up, $7.95 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Advance discounted tickets will be sold; see their website: “Your admission into the Festival includes all street and stage entertainment, including the Joust Tournaments, Living Chess Match, and more! “This summer, the Washington County Fair Complex in the city of Hillsboro will host a re-creation of a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment, The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro! Bringing together some of the most talented artists and non-stop amazing stage entertainment, this is an event not to be missed. A renaissance of the Renaissance! Improv theatre surrounds as the village streets bustle with characters to greet you. Immerse yourself in this joyful celebration of life, love, laughter and drama. Marvel at the pageantry of a day in the life of the Queen, her royal court and village merchants. History comes alive along with your imagination! Thrill to see knights in shining armor in a live jousting tournament. Throughout the village, beautiful maidens, wandering minstrels, joking jesters and jugglers abound. Magicians, acrobats, comedians, swordfighters, pirates and fairies entertain and delight, all the while you feast on renaissance inspired food and drink by some of the best food purveyors in the land. Savory turkey legs, steak on a stake, bangers and mash, chocolate covered cheesecake, cappuccinos and much more! Enjoy a unique shopping experience where you will find hand made jewelry, pottery, woodworking, leatherwork, fine metal craftsmanship, renaissance clothing and much more. See one of a kind creations made right before your eyes during skilled artisan demonstrations. Entertaining games, and unique hand-powered rides are sure to keep you wondering how time flies so fast in the past.” 

Family History Day”, Saturday, August 16, 1PM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Gather with local historians for an ice cream social and informative discussion. Find out where the local homesteads were and how your family fits into the rich history of our region. Farm opens up at 11:00, and the gathering (and ice cream) starts at 1:00. Farm closes at 4:00.”

Birding at Tualatin River NWR”, Saturday, August 16, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. “Join Audubon Society leaders Dena Turner and Toni Rubin for a morning walk. We will be looking for waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds. Meet in the main parking area, and bring binoculars and a scope if you have one.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, August 16, 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!

Big Truck Day”, Saturday, August 16, 10AM-2PM, Conestoga Recreation Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton. Suggested donation $1 per child, $2 per adult or $10 per family. “Big Truck Day is a great experience for the entire family. See hauling trucks, recycling trucks, fire trucks and many more specialty vehicles. Visitors can give blood in the Blood Mobile, bring donations for Goodwill and shred documents in the Shredd-It truck. Beaverton Library will bring its truck for Story Hour, and Scholastic Books will have a book fair. Visit with safety experts and mascots, and even win prizes. Did we mention there will be dancing with Radio Disney? Enjoy great food from local food carts, arts and crafts, face painting, a bounce house and free games. There will be many treasures to collect; T-shirts and ear plugs will be available for sale.”

Stories in the Stones on Mt. Talbert”, Saturday, August 16, 10AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. Suggested for ages 8 and older. $5 per person. Preregistration required; call 503-794-8092. “Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley and explore the rugged beauty of this unique lava dome as you wander through a white oak woodland in Summer. Participants gain a basic understanding of geology in the region from the stories in the stones and land formations along the way. Trails are rough and steep in places.”

All Access Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, August 16, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor’s Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Would you love to see a sample of the trees at Hoyt Arboretum, but you aren't sure you can navigate some of its steep trails? Join us for walk along the Bristlecone Pine Trail, a flat, paved trail through a diverse collection of firs, pines and maples, as well as a few rare trees like the Modoc cypress, dawn redwood and ginkgo. Total walking distance will be 1/2 mile.”

Indigenous Cultures Day”, Saturday, August 16, 11AM-5PM, Seattle Center, Armory/Center House Main Floor, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. “Seattle Center Festal presents Indigenous Cultures Day. Explore and experience the rich culture of the original people of North America with music, food dance and activities.”

Wapato Island Wild Food Expedition”, Saturday, August 16, 8:30AM-12PM, Sauvie Island. $25-50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; registration details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “We'll investigate wild foods from marshes, fields, and woods -- including wapato or Indian potato, elderberry, wild cherry, and many other plants. This island was originally called Wapato Island by the Lewis and Clark expedition for its abundance of the plant. Wild blackberries should be ripe for picking while we are there, so bring some gathering containers if you wish to pick them after the workshop.”

Buttons, Blankets and the Trade”, Saturday, August 16, 11AM-3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Free. “Learn about trapping and the fur trade from interpreters at our fur trade camp outside the museum, then bring your “pelts” to our fur trade store to trade for button blanket trade goods. Visitors will then have the opportunity to make their own miniature button blankets from felt and sequins.”

Junkyard Wars”, Sunday, August 17, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x131. “Compete against other teams to create clothing from miscellaneous junk that we have collected. Teams will dress a mannequin for this event. Do you want armor? Do you want a dress? Your team decides! Prizes will be awarded to the best team creation.”

BrasilFest”, Sunday, August 17, 12PM-7PM, Seattle Center, Center House and Mural Amphitheater, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about this varied culture. BrasilFest (Brazil spelled with an ‘S’ in Portuguese). The lively world of Brazilian arts and culture will fill Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style. This one-day extravaganza will offer continuous music, dance, workshops and performance that represent a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions as well as traditional folkloric performers. Experience all that this exuberant and vivid culture has to offer, from Capoeira demonstrations and workshops for all ages (Brazilian martial arts), Samba workshops, children's activities (mask-making, painting), Brazilian instruments, arts and crafts, photo exhibits and films. BrasilFest is the first annual celebration of Brazilian culture in Washington State, drawing a significant audience.”

Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour”, Sunday, August 17 1PM, Meeting at the Spring Water Corridor entrance to Main City Park, Gresham. Donations requested. “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.”

Bollywood Family Dance!”, Sunday, August 17, 2PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “First Annual Family Dance at Director Park! Bring your kids down to Director Park for a day of music, dance, play, and splashing! Activities include: Interactive Bollywood Dance Lesson and Party with DJ Prashant, Portland Parks and Rec Rock Climbing Wall, Teachers Fountain, Big Chess, Henna rub-on tattoos, and more!”

Bagel On! Jewish Fun Fair”, Sunday, August 17, 11AM-5PM, Congregation Kol Ami, 7800 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Free. “Congregation Kol Ami presents "Bagel On!" - a free Jewish fun fair. All are welcome. One of the first of its kind in the Vancouver-Portland area, the fair will showcase food and entertainment. Highlights include Jewish food (Bagels with cream cheese and lox, corned beef, challah, kosher hot hogs, knishes, etc.); singing; Israeli dancing; live music; storytelling; guided tours of Kol Ami’s new building and more.”

India Festival”, Sunday, August 17, 11AM-9PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate Indian culture with great food, music, dancing and more. There will be something for the whole family at this fun, free event, which commemorates India’s Independence.”

Brain Games for Homeschoolers”, Monday, August 18, 1PM, Beaverton Library. “Homeschool families - join us for fun games that are good for your mind too! Bring your favorites to share! Pre-K – Grade 12 with family.”

Animal Sounds Symphony”, Monday, August 18, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Animals buzz, chirp, growl, drum, and sing. Let's explore different animal sounds and make a very cool insect with its own very special sound that you may take home.”

The Art and History of Letter Writing”, Tuesday, August 19, 6PM, Garden Home Library. “Join author Kamila Miller as she discusses the history of communication and the art of the letter.”

Horsetail and Triple Falls Hike”, Tuesday, August 19, 9AM-5PM, Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Suggested donation $10. Moderate, 3.3 miles, 780’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “On a list of things the Columbia River Gorge is known for, waterfalls certainly rank high. While Multnomah Falls grabs the lion’s share of attention, hiking enthusiasts know you can find a lot more when you venture beyond I-84. Who better to show you the magic of the Columbia Gorge waterfalls than Oregon Wild? Join us for a slow-paced hike that will take in Horsetail Falls, the Oneonta Gorge and Falls, and optional continuation to Triple Falls.”

Wheat Weaving”, Tuesday, August 19, 6PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 12 to adult. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. “Learn about the ancient art of wheat weaving, and complete 2 small straw projects to take home. Wheat crafts were used as giving thanks symbols and displayed in the house until the following spring.”

Paris to Provence”, Tuesday, August 19, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “Provence is known for its lavender, but there is so much more to see! Viki and Dan Eierdam visited Provence and Paris, France and took many day trips along the way. In Bonnieux, they visited a 12th century church, in Roussillon, they explored red ocher cliffs, and in Avignon they saw the Palace of Popes and walked the St. Benezet Bridge. They spent time in the regions of Lot and Honfleur where they toured D-Day beaches, enjoyed a postcard-perfect town and happened upon Benedictine Le Palais where monks have been distilling liquor for 110 years. Zut alors! Join us for a photographic tour and discussion of la belle France.”

Trickster Tales from Far and Near”, Tuesday, August 19, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy an hour of great stories—especially when there are tricksters involved! Join us for a picnic on the Walters lawn (or the theatre, in case of rain) as master storyteller Anne Rutherford tells trickster tales from around the world. Meet Qui, the Peruvian guinea pig, and many other sly and amusing characters from the oral traditions of Mexico, Africa, Asia—and our own backyard. Sit back and enjoy Rutherford’s wildly fun stories that are sure to bring a smile to your face—at any age! Please note: as grass may be damp, please bring a blanket or lawn chair, and your own picnic or snack (optional).”

Hitchcock Presents: An Evening of Mysteries in Honor of Alfred Hitchcock”, Tuesday, August 19, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Vancouver Room, Level 5. “Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday with an evening of plot twists and suspense. Our storyteller will present short stories of crime and mystery that would please the master himself.”

Balloon City Experiments”, Tuesday, August 19, 1PM, Holgate 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.”

Author Talk, “Johanna Wright”, Tuesday, August 19, 11AM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Story Time Spectacular with Johanna Wright! Portland illustrator and author Johanna Wright reads from her newest children's book, ‘The Orchestra Pit,’ about a well-meaning snake who accidentally worms his way into an outdoor concert. Meet the local author and get your book signed. It'll be music to your ears! A fun and free family affair!”

Creating Digital Worlds: The Tech Behind the Pixels”, Tuesday, August 19, 7PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Pdx. Minors welcome with an adult. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Cooper Johnson (Cardboard Castle), Damon Redmond (Clackamas Community College DMC and SuperGenius), and J Bills (VFX/PDX). “Video Games, TV and Film are ultimate playgrounds for the mind. As technology continues to evolve and push the limits of what is possible, creatives like Avatar's James Cameron or Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón are repeatedly quoted that they were able to make those films “because the technology finally exists.” As the technology catches up with our imagination, new cities, alternate realities, and entire worlds are born. These new environments and distant universes are being created just down the street here in Portland. But how does a team go about creating these alternate realities? What are the tools and creative processes used when approaching these projects, where resources and scale seem to be limited only by the budget? At what point do you temper expectations when comparing the task at hand to big budget films or AAA game titles? Cooper Johnson will offer insight into the mind of a visual effects savvy director in this day and age, and will give us a glimpse behind the scenes of several recent projects from his studio, Cardboard Castle. Damon Redmond (along with department director Andy Mingo) will give a live demonstration of motion capture technology and talk about how it integrates into his classes at Clackamas Community College's Digital Media Communications Department and the game design workflow at SuperGenius, an Oregon City based game studio. J Bills, a local VFX artist and film professor who runs Portland's VFX user group (VFX/PDX), will moderate and provide a quick history lesson to set the stage.”

Teen Anime Club”, Tuesday, August 19, 5PM, Northwest Library. Grades 6 and up. “View, review, snack and yak about all things anime.”

Concert, “Indalo Wind”, Tuesday, August 19, 6PM, Albina Library. “Indalo Wind is a father-son duo who released their debut CD in 2013. Indalo Wind presents a unique program of energetic, eclectic instrumental music. Jacob and Eric Walter perform on a variety of acoustic instruments in a multitude of styles. They offer up a fresh acoustic blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with a dash of poetry and melodic seasonings from around the world.”

Gardening Made Easier”, Tuesday, August 19, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Still want to garden but need a little help? Several OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners will share strategies and techniques so that you may continue to garden without injury. Sprains, strains, and aching muscles don't have to be part of your gardening experience. Gain insight on ways to keep gardening safely and maintain a lifelong passion and a healthy activity. Examples of adaptive tools will be demonstrated.”

Concert, “Ricardo Cardenas”, Tuesday, August 19, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Classically-trained guitarist and composer Ricardo Cardenas will take you on a musical journey featuring the seductively beautiful sounds of Latin American classical music. This concert will include works by composers Heitor Villa-Lobos of Brazil, Antonio Lauro of Venezuela and Agustin Barrios of Paraguay.”

Where Are the Wild Things?”, Tuesday, August 19, 6:30PM, Troutdale Library. “Join artist Fred Green as he explores the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. Are you like Max? Or are you more like the wild things? Create your own art as you discover what your own personal wild things would look like.”

Tween Messy Science Experiments”, Wednesday, August 20, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for a quick, fun, messy science experiment.” 

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe”, Wednesday, August 20, 7PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St.; and Thursday, August 21, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library; and Friday, August 22, 7PM, Wilsonville Library. “Glimpse into our mysterious universe at family program for all ages. Learn about the size and scale of the universe with Kevin Manning, a retired astrophysicist and former NASA consultant. During the nearly hour-and-a-half-long program, Manning will give a Powerpoint presentation, showing video footage of cosmic occurrences. Then, if weather permits, attendees will be able to peer through his powerful 200-millimeter, eight-inch-diameter-mirror reflector telescope, which gathers 500 times more light than the unaided eye.”

Summer Book Club”, Wednesday, August 20, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. “Looking for a great way to enjoy reading this summer? Come explore fun books together at our summer book club at Shute Branch. We will vote on which books to read, enjoy a snack, and have fun discussing what we read each week.”

Independent Writers on Genre Publishing”, Wednesday, August 20, 7PM, Tigard Library. “ Interested in writing and getting published? Authors from the Northwest Independent Writers Association will discuss the ins and outs of bringing your genre fiction to the world at large.”

Linnaeus Plant Exploration”, Thursday, August 21, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-5. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. “Let’s learn about Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish scientist who organized living things so scientists around the world can tell what they are looking at. We'll take a real close look at plants!”

Festa Italiana”, Thursday, August 21 through Saturday, August 23, 11AM- 11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. Celebrate Italian American Culture in Portland, Oregon with music, food, and fun for all ages.” There will be a special performance of Italian opera Thursday at 7:15PM.

Rooster Rock and Table Rock Wilderness Hike”, Thursday, August 21, 9AM-5PM. $10 suggested donation. Moderate, 5 miles, 1,100’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “The Table Rock area outside of Molalla is a hidden wilderness gem. Designated in 1984, the Table Rock Wilderness shelters the headwaters of the Molalla River (soon to be designated as a Wild and Scenic River, fingers crossed). The area has seen its fair share of volcanic activity and the basalt formations that form the jagged rocks are quite a sight to behold. Speaking of sights, the breathtaking views from atop Rooster Rock and Table Rock allow hikers to see up to ten of the Cascade peaks, including nearby Mt. Jefferson. As we near the top, we'll also have the chance to soak in some beautiful wildflower meadows.”

Bookaneers! For Ages 6-9”, Thursday, August 21, 6PM, Vancouver Library. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s “book of the month” will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 6-9 with a participating adult. This month we’re reading ‘The Littles’ by John Peterson.”

Fun with Charles the Clown and Biscuit, the Dog Puppet”, Thursday, August 21, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City.

Poetry Reading, “Carl Adamshick”, Thursday, August 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Carl Adamshick’s ‘Saint Friend’ is that rare book that speaks in the voice of a generation. The voice comes from an acclaimed young poet who, after working years in obscurity, was feted with the prestigious Walt Whitman Award for his first collection, ‘Curses and Wishes’. This, his second book, is a freewheeling explosion of celebrations, elegies, narratives, psychologically raw persona pieces (one in the voice of Amelia Earhart), and a handful of punchy lyric poems with a desperate humor. Saint Friend is, as the title suggests, a book exalting love among friends in our scattered times.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, August 21, 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.”

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Thursday, August 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Adam Sawyer presents his book, “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon: A Guide to the State's Best Waterfall Hikes”. “Oregon is famous for its incredible scenery and this guide will lead you to some of the most enjoyable locations. This beautiful, full-color guidebook features 64 of the best waterfall hikes in the Beaver State, with another 19 honorable mentions. From the Coast Range to the Cascades, along with the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, you can explore those special places where water cascades over cliffs. Some waterfalls are remote while others are just a short hike from the trailhead, some are gentle trickles and others are roaring giants. Yet all of them offer a peaceful escape and are worth seeking out.”

Zoo Animal Presenters”, Friday, August 22, 2PM, Hilllsboro Shute Park Library. “Snakes, lizards, rabbits, rats! Zoo animal presenters from the Oregon Zoo will bring various touchable animals for you to learn about, meet, and touch.”

Family Folk Dances from Around the World”, Friday, August 22, 2:30PM, Midland 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!”

Oregon State Fair”, Friday, August 22 through Monday, September 1, 2330 17th St NE, Salem. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10AM-10PM, Fridays through Sundays 10AM-11PM. Parking is $5 and admission prices vary, with discounts for advanced purchases, coupons and discount days. Lots of neato attractions!

Cascade Geographic Society’s 30th Annual Mt. Hood Huckleberry and Barlow Trail Days”, Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, 8AM-7PM, and Sunday, August 24, 8AM-5PM, Mt. Hood Village Resort, 65000 E. Hwy. 26, Welches. Free admission and parking. “The festival celebrates the rich bounty of natural resources found in the Northwest and on Mt. Hood. It is also a celebration of Native American and Oregon Trail history. Features huckleberry pancake feed, arts and crafts, music, salmon bake, BBQ, watermelon launch, exhibits, fresh huckleberries, huckleberry jam and shakes, tours, and storytelling. The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days is actually a reincarnation of an earlier event that dates back to the 1890 when an 1840's Oregon trail emigrant, trading post operator and founder of the frontier settlement along the Salmon River named Samuel Welch opened a hotel in the picturesque village of Welches. Pies, tarts, sauces and huckleberry pancakes… there is a lot you can enjoy at the festival. There are some huckleberry pizzas too you can try out. Spend quality time at the festival and go out on Barlow Trail tours and explore the remains of the famous old Oregon Trail.”

Annual Dahlia Festival”, August 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and September 1, indoor display hours 10AM-6PM, field hours 8AM-6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby. Free admission and parking. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Food booths and refreshments will be located at the farm during this event. Live music daily 12PM-4PM.”

Trees to Know in Oregon”, Saturday, August 23, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 8 and up; kids 8-10 need to be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration requested; register online. “Explore the trees around the Main Library with Clackamas county forester Dan Green. Learn how to identify common Oregon trees, count tree rings, make bark rubbings, look for woodpecker holes, and find out about the importance of tree snags.”

Conifers 101- Guided Tour of Hoyt”, Saturday, August 23, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Do you know your native conifers? Learn your conifer basics (or ‘Conifers 101’) at Hoyt! This tour will focus on the main conifer families and genera and how to distinguish them.”

Annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration”, Saturday, August 23, 11AM-4PM, Saltwater State Park, 25205 S. 8th Place, Des Moines, WA. Washington State Parks require all vehicles to display a Discover Pass, which is $10 daily or $30 annually: “Classical and traditional music and dance, skits, games, contests, exhibits, and demonstration. Muay Thai/kickboxing/martial arts demonstration by South Sound Martial Arts. Cambodian food available for purchase.”

Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, August 23, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. $8 for up to two people sharing a microscope. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands-on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.”

Spectacular Arcade for Kids”, Saturday, August 23, 12:30PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Join Tinker Camp and imagine, design and create your one of a kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials and electronic components such as LED lights and motors.”

Northwest Reptile Expo”, Saturday, August 23, 10AM-5PM, Airport Holiday Inn, Columbia Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $9 adults, $4 kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under, admission must be cash or check only. $1 off coupon available on their website: “In addition to the show, Rich Ritchey ‘The Reptile Man’ will have a mobile venomous display exhibit set up inside the Reptile Expo! For an additional fee of $2 per person, you can tour the mobile exhibit after the reptile expo! The exhibit will feature an 11’ King Cobra, rattlesnakes, and other pit vipers.” “If you are looking for a quality reptile as a new pet or are just looking for something fun and unique to do, this is it. Our shows are fun for all ages, young and old. From a $20 bearded dragon to a $4,000 rare python morph, there is something for every level of hobbyist. Over 10,000 feet of pure reptilian excitement! The show will have over 120 tables consisting of live reptiles, amphibians for sale, along with arachnids, feeder mice/insects, educational tables, cages, supplies, books and more. An Exotic Mammal Petting Zoo will be set up by Oregon's Walk on the Wildside!” It’s really fun just to come and look. Get there early to avoid long lines!

Tibet Fest”, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 11AM-5PM, Seattle Center, Armory and Center House Main Floor, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven into the two-day festival, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old culture. Live performances, visual arts and crafts, hands-on activities, traditional foods, games, and a lively marketplace illuminate Tibet’s extraordinary past and present. Join in a group dance, create a Sand Mandala, and learn about the ancient art of herbal medicines. Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old cultural tradition with artwork, dance and discussions of the Tibetan people. Explore the rituals and traditions of Tibet with handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities and traditional food. Tibetan food expert, Yangchen Lakar, and Himalayan Super Food owners will demonstrate Tsampa making process and audience members will be able to taste Tsampa, the staple food of Tibet, known sometimes as the national food of Tibet. Visitors may also join in a group dance and decorate prayer flags.”

Hunters of the Sky”, Saturday, August 23, 7PM, Champoeg State Park Amphitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Hunters of the Sky: An introduction to basic raptor biology and a glimpse into the birds' lives with an overview of how they exist in the environment and why they are important. A presentation with live birds of prey.”

Jade District Night Market”, Saturdays, August 23 through September 13, 6PM-10PM, Fubonn Shopping Center parking lot, 2850 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us for our first Jade Night Market in the Jade District located in southeast 82nd and Division area! Night markets, a staple found throughout Asia and in cultural districts throughout the United States and Canada, are fun, family friendly events that include retail and food vendors, live entertainment, and usually beer/wine, and is something the Jade District would like to make a staple in what is now Portland's most ethnically diverse neighborhood. This event will take place over four consecutive weekends in August/September, and will feature a variety of vendors representing the international community that exists in the Jade, as well as many crafters and food vendors found at the many street fairs around the city. Come enjoy hot food, live entertainment (from dragon dancers and Wushu martial arts performances, to street dancing and live music), retail vendors, activities for the kids, and a beer garden for adults.”

Jade District Tour”, Saturday, August 23 and Saturday, August 30, 3PM-6PM, meeting at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave., Pdx. $10-$20 sliding scale. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for a walking tour of East Portland’s Asian immigrant communities. The Jade District is home to primarily Chinese and Vietnamese business and residents, located in the blocks along SE 82nd Avenue to Division. As downtown Portland’s historic Chinatown supports fewer Asian businesses and families, the immigrant population in East Portland has more than doubled in the last two decades. We will meet at Union Station in Old Town, the location of the historic Chinatown and will travel by MAX lightrail to sites in East Portland. The tour will meet with business owners and community stakeholders to hear a variety of perspectives on development and neighborhood revitalization. We’ll visit Jade District office and talk with staff. We’ll end at the Night Market, an evening marketplace for the neighborhood to shop and socialize. On both days, this tour group will leave from Union Station at 3pm and finish by 6pm, with the option to remain in the Jade District to experience the Night Market.”

Fizzy, Booming Stories”, Saturday, August 23, 10:30AM, Albina Library. “Have fun learning how early people made sense of volcanoes, thunderstorms and things falling from the sky! Master storyteller Anne Rutherford tells lively ‘pourquoi’ (why?) that will get young minds humming with how to figure things out. All science starts with someone asking ‘why?”.

Herb Walk”, Saturday, August 23, 1PM, meeting at Upper Saltzman 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.”

Latin Dance Around the World”, Saturday, August 23, 3PM, Kenton Library. “An introduction to a variety of music and cultural Latin dances from around the world. Learn the merengue, salsa, cha-cha, rumba, tango and more. Students discover how to move in fun new ways, while developing posture, coordination and spatial awareness skills. Teaching teamwork, respect, etiquette, and kindness. Students will enjoy healthy exercise and joyful activity together in this great dance workshop.”

Sauvie Island Shorebirds”, Saturday, August 23, 7:30AM. “Join Wink Gross as we walk through grassy fields and pasture to explore Coon Point and Racetrack Lake shorebird habitat. Meet at the Sauvie Island parking lot just across the bridge at 7:30am, and we will carpool from there. Bring water and sunscreen — most of the time we will be out in the open. A spotting scope will be very helpful. All cars will need a Sauvie Island WMA parking pass, available at the Cracker Bar Store on Sauvie Island Road near the bridge.” Parking permits can also be purchased in advance online:

Bed Turning and Community Show and Tell”, Saturday, August 23 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “A ‘bed turning’ demonstration is a unique way of telling the stories and history of quilts and the lives and experiences of the quilters who made them. The fourth Saturday of the month, the museum invites the public to come and see selected quilts on various themes and invites guests to bring two quilts of their own to show and tell. The museum will bring quilts from the collection that are not on display. August Theme: “Your Best and Favorite Quilt.”

2nd Connecticut Militia”, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Let us not forget America's first great war, the Revolutionary War. The period living history group of the 2nd Conn. will demonstrate camp life and unit history, while seeking recruits for their ranks. Do you have what it takes?”

Open Cockpit Day”, Saturday, August 23, 9AM-5PM, Pearson Field Education Center, 201 E. Reserve St., Vancouver. Ages 8-17. Free. “Are you ready for the excitement of airplanes flying in and out of one of the oldest operating airfields in the United States? Ever wonder what is it like to sit at the controls of a North American T-28? Do you think you have what it takes to pilot an historic airplane in our new Flight Simulator Lab, and try your hand at landing on Pearson Field? If you answered: Yes, then it is time to come out to Pearson Field Education Center, and participate in our Open Cockpit Day. You will have the opportunity to view our incredible collection of historic aircraft and climb into the cockpit of selected specialty airplanes and get a pilot’s perspective from the controls. If the weather cooperates, volunteer pilots from Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 105 and EAA Chapter 782, will offer free airplane rides to youth ages 8 through 17 with written permission from parents/guardians. Flights are scheduled on a first come, first served basis so youth and parents should arrive early to register children for a free airplane ride.”

Concert, “Through the Portal”, Sunday, August 24, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Travel to the far corners of the world on a musical journey of passion, dreams, and magical landscapes of power and myth. David Helfand and Justin Lader will perform original world music featuring the Celtic harp, octave mandolin, guitar, and viola, inspired by Celtic, Middle Eastern, Asian meditation, and Sephardic traditions.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “As You Like It”, Sunday, August 24, 1PM, Laurelhurst Park. Free Shakespeare in the park! Details here:

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, August 24, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $8 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.”

National Park Service 98th Birthday”, Monday, August 25, 9AM-5PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will unite sites throughout the national park system on August 25 by ‘inviting the children of America to experience the treasures and wonders of national parks across the nation - to experience these places that are theirs.’ Celebrate the birthday of your national parks by exploring Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.”

OBT Exposed”, Monday, August 25 through Thursday, August 28, Times TBA, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Once again this summer, OBT is moving our dance studios outdoors to downtown Portland, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to sneak a peek inside the process of bringing a ballet to life. We kick off our 25th Anniversary Season with four days of classes and open rehearsals in Pioneer Courthouse Square. See the company's first rehearsals for choreographer Nicolo Fonte's highly anticipated world premiere, and get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the perseverance and perspiration of these classically-trained professional dancers.” Check their website for updates on times:

Author Talk, “Ian Doescher”, Tuesday, August 26, 7PM, Garden Home Library. Ian Doescher discusses his book, “The Jedi Doth Return”. “Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back’ and ‘William Shakespeare’s The Jed Doth Return’. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!”

Steamboats on the Willamette: Life and Death on Oregon’s First Super Highway”, Tuesday, August 26, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville historic maritime researcher, chair Clackamas County Commission, and former Wilsonville mayor; and Ed Wilson, Oregon Maritime Museum librarian and retired Navy commander.

Ugandan Kids Choir”, Tuesday, August 26, 6:30PM, Hillsdale Library; and Wednesday, August 27, 6PM, Midland Library. “The Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of ten talented children ranging from 8 to 12, performs Traditional Ugandan Songs and Dances. These exuberant children delight audiences with their African drumming, dancing and singing. Each of the ten children has a story to tell about how their lives have been changed through the power of education provided through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program. The choir has performed in churches and schools nationwide, as well as reputable venues such as Disneyland, KING 5 Television’s ‘New Day Northwest’ as well as Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. Be sure to experience this unique and authentic night of cultural song, dance and storytelling”

Author Talk, “Paul Collins”, Tuesday, August 26, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Paul Collins presents his book, “Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living”. “Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language. n the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, ‘Edgar Allan Poe’ is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as ‘the Shakespeare of America.’”

Ooey Gooey Science”, Wednesday, August 27, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Suggested for grades K-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy slippery, sticky, slimy, gross-out experiments.”

Steve Taylor: Magician”, Wednesday, August 27, 2PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “The Silly Sensational Science Show! Starring Comedy Magician-Ventriloquist Steve Taylor and Rudy O'Riley - The Scientific Method will be comically demonstrated as attendees will be taken on a magical journey to see Rudy O'Riley become the tiniest of all elements, the atom!”

HawkWatch International Raptor Migration Project”, Wednesday, August 27 through October 31, Bonney Butte, Mt. Hood National Forest. Free. A high clearance vehicle is necessary to reach this site. Complete info and directions here: “If you have questions about, or want to visit, please call (800)726-HAWK (4295). We are happy to accommodate individuals, families, scout troops, and other group outings. HWI has been monitoring the fall raptor migration at Bonney Butte on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Hood in northcentral Oregon since 1994. This ongoing effort monitors long-term trends in populations of raptors using this part of the Pacific Coast Flyway through the Cascade Mountains. The project runs from 27 August through 31 October each year. Annual counts typically range from 2,500-4,500 migrant raptors of up to 18 species. The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, but this site is noted for relatively high numbers of Merlins (up to 100 or more per year). HWI has also been banding migratory raptors at Bonney Butte since 1995. HWI's banding operations provide additional valuable information about migratory routes, breeding and wintering distribution, and the variations and health of individual raptors. Currently, 250-400 raptors are banded each season at Bonney Butte, with up to 12 species represented. In addition to gathering important scientific data, the Bonney Butte project provides opportunities for the public to learn about the ecology and conservation needs of raptors through on-site environmental education and interpretation conducted by a full-time on-site educator. This educational effort is the key to long-term success in securing public understanding and action on behalf of raptors and the ecosystems upon which we all rely. The Bonney Butte study site is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 6 miles southeast of Government Camp, Oregon. The public is always welcome to visit Bonney Butte during the season to take advantage of the environmental education programs and the great hawkwatching at the site.” 

Rick Huddle Presents, “The Mouse that Barked”, Thursday, August 28, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “A comical bilingual (Spanish/English) program of stories and songs that takes a humorous look at the relationships between siblings and other family members. Featuring folktales, popular folk songs and dinámicas (games that have been passed down through generations).”

"Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert", Thursday, August 28, 2:30PM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Pkwy., Pdx. Free. "This 18th Waterfront Concert begins at 2:30 pm and launches the Oregon Symphony season. No tickets are required. Bring low-profile chairs or blankets for lawn seating, a little something to eat and sit back and enjoy! Closing festivities include the traditional grand finale—Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with an elaborate fireworks show, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery." Complete schedule here:

Bubbleology Lab”, Thursday, August 28, 11AM, Battle Ground Library. “Kids - come check out the Bubbleology Lab! There will be bubble art, bubble crafts, bubbles of every size and shape, and even bubble bombs.”

CouvFest NW 2014”, Thursday, August 28, Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30, 5PM-10PM, Esther Short Park, 301 W. 8th St., Vancouver. Free. “CouvFest NW is a free, all-ages celebration of Vancouver's diverse musical talent.”

Scouters Mountain Nature Park Grand Opening”, Thursday, August 28, 5PM, Scouters Mountain Natural Area, Happy Valley. “Scouters Mountain is perched at the top of Boy Scouts Lodge Road in Happy Valley, just off Southeast 145th Avenue. Parking provided at the base of Boy Scouts Lodge Road; shuttles provided to the concert area. Celebrate the region’s newest nature park with a special edition of Happy Valley’s summer concert series. Join a guided tour offered throughout the evening, buy dinner from a local food vendor and enjoy a free slice of pie. After a short dedication ceremony, Return Flight will take the stage
 at 6 p.m. to rock the night away. Bring a blanket or chairs and settle in for a great time!”

Cycling Year ‘Round: How to Make it Fun!”, Thursday, August 28, 3:30PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Learn how to extend your summer riding through the winter months by hearing tips for staying warm and having fun during your school and work commutes. Seasoned bike traveler, Wade Leckie of Bad Monkey Bikes will share ideas for all-season clothing, safety gear, and bike maintenance. Explore strategies to conquer the fear of riding through the year!”

Bat Night”, Friday, August 29, 7:30PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Ages 5 and up. “Bring your whole family to explore nature at night! Whitaker Ponds has a high diversity of bat species who wait to hunt until after the sun goes down. Join naturalist Elaine Murphy for a quick indoor bat talk and then a guided group hike.” $5 suggested donation per person. Preregistration required; register online:

Kumoricon 2014 Anime Convention”, Friday, August 29- Monday, September 1, Vancouver Hilton Convention Center, 301 W. 6th St., Vancouver. Single day registration is $25 Friday and Monday, $35 Saturday and Sunday for adults, $15 Friday and Monday, $25 Saturday and Sunday for ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. “Celebrating 12 years of anime and Japanese culture, Kumoricon is back for its biggest year yet! Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word ‘cloudy’, we embody everything it means to live in the Northwest and love this fandom. Stretching across generations, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing Labor Day weekend event, rain or shin. Returning to Vancouver, WA, we are excited to bring you another wonderful anime convention designed and operated with the fans and their devotion in mind.”

Taiko for Teens”, Saturday, August 30, 2:30PM, Holgate Library. Grades 6 and up. “Taiko is an art and form of drumming that has its roots in ancient Japanese culture. This workshop is an introduction to this traditional form of sound and movement. Instructor Kazuyo Ito has performed with Matsuriza at Walt Disney World, Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble in California and Uzume Taiko in Canada.”

Classroom Discovery Day- Ethnobotany”, Saturday, August 30, 11:30AM- 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free drop-in program. “Explore artifacts of indigenous life in the Northwest. This discovery day will be dedicated to showcasing how this forest supported human life and culture for thousands of years. Stop in after joining OPRD for their 10:00AM hike on ‘Ethnobotany: People’s Uses of Native Plants Past and Present.’ 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.”

Silver Falls Star Party”, Saturday, August 30, 9PM-Midnight, Silver Falls State Park, Old Ranch. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join park staff and Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club members for a night of stargazing. Learn about constellations, nebulas, and other heavenly sights. Meet them up close through telescopes.”

Farmstead Day”, Saturday, August 30, 1PM- 4PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come work on the farm 1800s style! Tons of activities and fun for the whole family!”

31st Annual Willamette Valley Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show”, Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 1, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. Free admission.

Cornbread and Bluegrass Day”, Saturday, August 30, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. “Cornbread has a long and colorful history in America. Cornbread, hoe-cakes, johnnycakes. hush puppies, anadama bread are just some of the names that are variations on the humble cornbread. Our cornbread will come to you dressed up with onions, bacon, chilies, herbs, cheese, apples, raspberries, and what ever our creative cooks dream up. Have it sweet with honey or savory with butter, but either way, cornbread and its whole grain goodness is the star today. Try a few samples and take home the recipes that you like best.
While you're munching on your down home country snacks, listen to the musicians jamming on their fiddles and guitars, mandolins and banjos.”

Preserving Your Hunt”, Saturday, August 30, 2PM, White Salmon Library. “Pressure canning workshop taught by Master Food Preserver, Linda Peppers. Learn to preserve your prize after a fun hunt out in the wilderness!”

23rd Annual Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 10AM-6PM, and Monday, September 1, 10AM-3PM, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. There is a $5 per vehicle day use fee at all times at Ft. Stevens, plus for this event there will be a $15 per vehicle admission fee on Saturday and Sunday, $10 on Monday. “The Northwest's largest, full-scale, Civil War reenactment includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery along with period civilian and sutler camps. Over 700 men, women, and children recreate the feel of being in the 1860's. Multiple hour-long battles are fought throughout the weekend. There will be food vendors, period photographers, viewing stands, handicap shuttle, and period sutlers selling everything including clothing, dry goods, and toys. Presentations include cannon firing procedures, women's fashions, medical procedures of the day, and a chance to hear the Gettysburg Address from President Abraham Lincoln himself. A great historic event for the whole family to enjoy. Caution: Please leave your pets at home for this one, there are prolonged periods of very loud booms and noises during the battles, and live horses that spook.” A complete schedule will be posted here:

4th Annual Kokanee Festival”, Saturday, August 30, 11AM-4PM, Wallowa Lake State Park, Riverside Day Use Area. Free. “Fun, Fun, Fun! Come learn about Kokanee, the Landlocked Salmon in Wallowa Lake. The Kokanee are usually spawning and running the Wallowa River this time of year. You may get to see several Kokanee going home to complete their life cycle. What a great opportunity to learn about the ‘Redd’ in the river. There will be presentations throughout the day, local businesses and community booths talking about Kokanee and their effect on the surrounding watershed and the Wallowa County people. There will be activities for kids, food, scavenger hunt with prizes donated by the Wallowa Lake businesses, live music by local musicians and a picture board for photo opportunities. Blue Mountain Wildlife will bring their birds of prey, so come enjoy these magnificent birds. Remember everyone should stay out of the river due to sensitivity of the spawning kokanee. Wallowa Lake broke 4 records in 2010 for the largest kokanee caught.”

Matt Holm Drawing Q and A”, Saturday, August 30, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Free. “Calling all aspiring illustrators! Here's your chance to ask questions to bestselling and award-winning- and local- talent Matthew Holm! He'll talk about his craft before leading a drawing activity for kids! Aside from the hilarious ‘Babymouse’ series, his latest works include ‘Squish #6: Fear the Amoeba’ and a short comics story in ‘Comics Squad: Recess!’ ” Mr. Holm will also be at Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley on Wednesday, August 6, 10AM for a reading of “Happy Birthday Babymouse”.

Tracking Club”, Sunday, August 31, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

Wild Foods in Wilderness Survival”, Sunday, August 31, 1PM-4PM, Marshall Union Manor, ground floor meeting room, 2020 NW Northrup St., Pdx. $22-50 sliding scale, children 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; registration details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Learn how to determine if and when wild foods are desirable to use, which plants to seek, what are your priorities in both recreational and unplanned survival situations. See major poisonous plants. This core workshop provides information you can use in anything from normal camping and hiking to real survival situations and provides a deeper understanding of the real potential of today's use of wild foods. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this seminar. Lecture/slides/resources.”

Portland Fashion Expo”, Sunday, August 31, 11AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Donations requested for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Come down to the Portland Fashion Expo for a fashion show, live music and more! It is our goal to provide a launching pad for the brightest up and coming stars of Portland to show their city what they have to offer on a grand stage.”