Friday, October 31, 2014

Notable November

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of November 2014.  I compile this list for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 2-6, but most have much wider appeal.  This month, I had planned for lots and lots of time to thoroughly proofread it, I really had... but then the robots took over!  So please be sure to doublecheck any event you plan to attend in case of mistakes, typos or cancellations.
The rainy season means it's an ideal time to plant trees! Solve and Friends of Trees continue to have lots of tree planting events, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come! If you are interested in finding more kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful resource. 

Veteran’s Day is Tuesday, November 11, and observances will be held on various days both before and after. There’s a great list of Oregon events here: and Washington events here:

Día de los Muertos”, Saturday, November 1, 11AM, Beaverton Library Storytime Room. Suggested for ages 2-11. “Celebrate the Day of the Dead with crafts, including sugar skulls, in the Storytime Room.”

Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour of Washington and Oregon”, now through January 15. Pick up a hard copy of the Passport at Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. Vancouver, or download it from their website: “This passport is your guide to an automobile adventure celebrating Carnegie libraries – the cultural legacy of 19th century steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. Use the maps to find potential stops in Washington and Oregon. Get your passport stamped to be entered to win a prize, and use the scavenger hunt to learn more about each location! If the location you visit is participating, ask the staff there to stamp or initial your passport in the space provided. Once you collect at least three stamps from participating locations, mail the page in with your contact information to be entered into a prize drawing done each January 15 (until passport supplies are exhausted).”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, November 1, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants are led through the anatomy of an eye and discover how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow-up to Squid Dissection so it is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to this one. One cow eye per ticket, maximum two people per cow eye.”

Polk Station Rail Model Railroad Club Open Houses”, Saturday, November 1, Sunday, November 2, Saturday, November 29 and Saturday, December 6, 10AM-3PM, Rickreall Grange Hall, 289 Main St., Rickreall, OR. Donations requested. “Polk Station Rail Open House, Train Swap Meet, and Holiday Craft Bazaar. Great food, free parking. Something for the whole family!”

Clay Skulls Workshop”, Saturday, November 1, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. (preregistration required; register online) and Saturday, November 1, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library (preregistration required; register online) Suggested for grades 3-6. “Come celebrate Day of the Dead by painting a special calavera (clay skull), a traditional symbol for the Day of the Dead. This Mesoamerican holiday is dedicated to the ancestors and honors the cycle of life.”

Día de los Muertos Community Celebration”, Saturday, November 1, 1PM-5PM, Free. Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. Preregistration required; register online: “This free community event celebrates the lives of loved ones who have left a legacy for each of us. This traditional Mexican festival features performances, food, and art activities for the entire family. Aztec Dancers: Huitzilopochtli of Woodburn, Oregon; Youth Mariachi Project with instructor, Ben Rice; Chayag: Andean music and dance; music, stories, poetry, and more!”

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

Annual Chestnut Roast”, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 1PM-5PM, Nella Chestnut Farm, 3435 Neal Creek Rd., Hood River. Free. “Here at Nella Chestnut Farm, we combine our efforts with a local winery, Hood River Vineyards, and celebrate a chestnut roast with red wine, Italian Style. Come join us for a fun filled day of enjoying chestnuts hot off an open fire and vino. According to Italian custom, the chestnuts are roasted, peeled and dropped into a glass of red wine. As the wine is sipped, the flavors and aromas of the chestnut mingle with the fruitiness of the wine, creating a unique sensation.”  Hood River is gorgeous this time of year, and chestnuts are yummy even without wine.

Dia de Muertos - A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed”, Saturday, November 1, 12PM-7PM with an all ages dance and Celebration 7PM-9PM, and Sunday, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center, Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead. The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. This Day of the Dead festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.”

¡O Romeo!”, now through Sunday, November 9, Milagro Theater, Advance tickets $24, $19 for seniors and students. ”This year Portland’s oldest celebration of the Day of the Dead will revive Shakespeare himself for a reunion with some of his most beloved characters. Inspired by stories of the New World, Shakespeare encounters the emerging traditions of Día de muertos. In the land of the dead all is possible, all boundaries are crossed and there are no barriers of languages or nationalities as Shakespeare’s dead discover with comedy and philosophy the Latino within them!”

Salmon River Canyon Hike”, Saturday, November 1, 8:30AM- 5PM, Mt. Hood National Forest, carpools meeting in Portland. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 5.5 miles, 100’ elevation gain. “In the 1960s, some confused folks had the not-so-great idea that a highway should run straight up Salmon River Canyon as an alternate route to Highway 26. Lucky for big trees, the salmon that rely on them, and us hikers who love to experience the wild beauty of the Mount Hood National Forest, the plan died. Today, much of the area is protected in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. The canyon and the river below support wild salmon that return each year to spawn. On this hike, we'll walk along the trail surrounded by giant Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Be ready to experience the big and the small, the beautiful and the fine on this close-in hike.”

Dracula Revamped”, Saturday, November 1, 2PM, and Sunday, November 2, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $7 for ages 2 and up.” Dracula's wife gets eaten by King Kong and her head gets donated to Dr. Frankenstein. But the new bride created does not want to marry Frankenstein's Monster, instead she runs off. Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolf Man and others chase after her to try and win her heart.”

Koll Creekside Bird Walk”, Saturday, November 1, 8AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 11492 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-1949. “This marsh, situated along Fanno Creek, is an excellent place to watch Belted Kingfishers in action. Look for them perched on an exposed branch or cruising over the open water, sometimes hovering momentarily before hitting the surface with a splash. Successful dives usually result in a catch of a small minnow, which the bird carries to a nearby perch. Occasionally the prize is a large frog, nearly as big as the bird itself! The Great Blue Heron is a common resident and can often be seen feeding on fish or frogs or squabbling with a neighbor over a favorite fishing hole. The marsh abounds in other wetland birds. It’s my favorite place for viewing the snipe, a secretive and well-camouflaged bird. Other birds to look for include Hooded and Common Mergansers, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal, wigeon, shovelers, coots and – of course – mallards. Scan the trees for Red-tailed Hawks, kestrels, Band-tailed Pigeons, Mourning Doves and a variety of sparrows and finches. Listen for the calls of the Ring-necked Pheasants.”

Crafting with Wheat”, Saturday, November 1, 1PM, West Slope Library. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “International artist, Daniela Mahoney, will provide instruction and supplies to make one-of-a-kind wheat creations.”

Open Studios Preview and Artist Reception”, Saturday, November 1, 5PM-8PM, VOCA, 906 Harney St., Vancouver. “Open Studios is a juried art event designed to enhance community awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods. Meet all the artists participating in the tour and get a sampling of their work at this preview and reception event.” Open Studios are November 8-9.

Author Talk, “Kristen Ohlson”, Saturday, November 1, 2PM, Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “Bestselling author and soil expert Kristin Ohlson will give a talk about the hidden dynamics of soil and its potential to save our planet. In ‘The Soil Will Save Us’, Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming.”

Weekend Guided Tour”, Saturday, November 1, 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.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in November, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park. “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.” November 1- Unseen World of the Forest Canopy; November 8- Conifers of Tryon Creek; November 15- Crows, Ravens and Jays; November 22- Woodpeckers: Homebuilders of the Forest; November 29- Mysterious Mosses.

All Hallows Read Book Fair”, Saturday, November 1, 10AM-4PM, Molalla Library. “The Molalla Library will be hosting a Book Fair in the library community room. The fair will feature 14 authors from throughout Oregon who write in a wide variety of genres: children's, YA, and adult fiction and nonfiction! This is a great opportunity to meet with authors, learn more about their work and buy signed editions. Also, it's a wonderful time to cross a few items off your holiday shopping list by finding a gift that will be loved season after season. Authors include: Heather Nelson, Lis Manning, and Carrol Haushalter, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Kate Scott, J.M. Nydam, Amanda Morgan, Trevor Dodge, Richard David Bach, George Byron Wright, Diana Greene, Jacqueline Carl, and Janette Ackerman, DVM.”

Traditional Uses of Native Plants of Western Oregon”, Saturday, November 1, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5 to adult. “The presentation will cover the Native American traditional uses of native plants found in Western Oregon, including for food, medicine, and other aspects of daily living. Presented by Greg Archuleta. Greg Archuleta is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and conducts a variety of education and outreach activities and classes related to the culture and history of the Tribe, including on ethnobotany, native art design, basketry, carving and other arts and crafts.”

Creatures of the Night”, Saturday, November 1, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for K-6th grade. $6 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover how Tryon’s creatures of the night use their incredible sight, their powerful sense of smell, and their exceptional hearing to find prey and survive in the nocturnal world. During this exciting evening of night hikes (hike times will be assigned during check-in) and nocturnal activities we will explore the forest through games and using our senses to find these creatures.”

Come One, Come All, To the Circus Parade!”, Saturday, November 1, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Come one, come all, to the best circus in town!! Let’s walk on the tightrope, visit the animals, twirl our batons and practice our best circus march! This dynamic workshop for kids and families is one-half art-making adventure, one-half musical performance! Play with artist and educator Anya Hankin as we construct beautiful paper masks and circus accouterments. Then, we will be joined by a professional musician who will lead us in a rousing circus parade, with live music and songs to help us sing and celebrate! Kids are encouraged to come in costume. We will share animal cracker treats, and all materials will be provided.”

A Shared City: Native Americans in Early Portland History”, Saturday, November 1, 2PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Saturday, November 8, 2PM, Midland Library. “The first written histories of our city never mentioned that Portland’s recently arrived white residents were outnumbered three to one by the Native Americans who lived along the Willamette River at the foot of Jefferson Street and other sites around Portland. Portland historian Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D., recently uncovered this completely neglected part of Portland's history, and in this presentation, she will share rare photos and early stories about Native Americans in Portland.”

It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's a Flood!”, Saturday, November 1, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Find out all about floods from an expert with the National Weather Service. You’ll even have a chance to create a flood with a hands-on activity!”

"Hmong New Year Celebration", Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 9AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds. $3 adults, free for kids 5 and under and seniors. Cultural performances, vendors and food. "This year's Marketplace will feature vendors selling Hmong clothes, movies and music. We currently have four food vendors participating in this year's celebration. Make sure you get here early for your favorites: papaya salad, spicy sausage and sticky rice, pad thai, nab vam and more!"

Lab Rats”, Saturdays in November, 11AM, Gladstone Library. Suggested for all ages. “Discover the world of science through stories and hands-on experiments. This is a lively and action packed storytime.”

Exotic Feathers Bird Show”, Saturday, November 1, 1PM, Sherwood Library. “All ages are welcome to join Douglas Oberst and his pet macaws for this hands-on, educational program! Learn fun facts about parrots in captivity and in the wild.”

"Día de Los Muertos Celebration", Saturday, November 1, 1PM- Midnight, Audio Cinema, 226 SE Madison St., Pdx. $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under, plus a non-perishable food donation. "Please join us for the 6th Annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration as we come together to remember our loved ones that have passed on. Visit the altars, decorate a sugar skull, warm your soul with delicious Mexican treats and libations, or dance the night away to live music as we celebrate our departed amigos and familia. All ages are welcome as we will have activities for children during the event and special story-times by Multnomah County Library y mucho mas!! Enjoy special musical performances from Son Jarocho, Los Cumbiamberos, El Mariachi Azteca de Oro with Ballet Papalotl, and Grammy Award winners Los TexManiacs!

Día de los Muertos”, Saturday, November 1, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. It is a tradition that varies from region to region and has its roots in ancient Aztec religion. Día de los Muertos is a festive occasion set aside to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Join us with your family as we celebrate this holiday with special crafts, games, and food.”

Story Trivia and Authors’ Visit”, Saturday, November 1, 4:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 9-13. Preregistration requested; register online.  “How well do you know Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, or The Lightning Thief? If you're a fan of middle grade and teen books, don't miss Story Trivia! Test your knowledge for fabulous prizes like books, book-themed prize packs, gift certificates, and more! After the game, Portland authors Robin Herrera, Chris Struyk-Bonn, Heidi Schulz, and Mary Elizabeth Summer will stick around to read from their books and answer a few audience questions. If you're a reader, you're a winner!”

Native Music and Dance: Yesterday, Today and Forever”, Saturday, November 1, 3PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM), Saturday, November 15, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Saturday, November 22, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Painted Sky's primary goals are to engage youth in the study and performance of Native American music, dance and song. Come join Painted Sky for a lively and educational experience.”

**Daylight Savings Time ends at 2AM on Sunday, November 2** Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour!

Día de los Muertos”, Sunday, November 2, procession at 4PM at PSU Urban Center, SW 5th and Mill St., and entertainment at 5PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St, $10 advance tickets, $12 at door, free for kids 12 and under.  "Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a celebration of all the saints in our lives who have passed away. It is an event that is rich in Mexican American traditions. This is a holiday of indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to a Goddess called Mictecacihuatl, a celebration that gathers family and friends to pray for and to remember those family and friends who have died. Our 4th annual 'Day of the Dead' (Dia de los Muertos) celebration in Portland is scheduled for Sunday, November 2. It will start with a traditional procession led by music through the streets of Portland. Participants will be dressed in black and have painted faces, 'como esceletos catrinas y catrinos.' The procession will be meeting at 4pm at the PSU Urban Center on SW 5th and SW Mill St. and will be led by Clandestino. Please be sure to bring your umbrella in case of rain. It will end at the Crystal Ballroom, where inside, the festivities will continue. These include performances of Mexican Prehispanic Music and Aztec dancing, as well as live music from a Cumbia band and other Latino musicians from the surrounding community. The procession and festivities are open to the community: family, children, and friends."

Letterboxing: Family Treasure Hunt and Stamp Craft”, Sunday, November 2, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Learn from a local expert about this intriguing family pastime practiced around the world!  Create a simple handmade personal stamp and journal. Search around the library, following clues, to locate tiny hidden boxes. Inside each box, you’ll find a beautiful handmade rubber stamp and a logbook. Add your stamp to the logbook to prove you were there and record your findings in your journal.”

Mushrooms for Beginners at Mt. Talbert”, Sunday, November 2, 10:30AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. Ages 10 and up. $6 per adult, $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Join naturalist Alice Froehlich for an exploration of the fungi at Mount Talbert. The basics of fungi will be discussed along with how to identify this complicated group of strange and fascinating life forms that grow in an amazing variety of shapes, colors, textures and smells. Edibles will be discussed but this is not a wild edibles collecting trip.”

Día de los Muertos”, Sunday, November 2, 1:30PM, Tigard Library. All ages. “Join our Dia de los Muertos event, where we will celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on. Listen to stories, make mini altars and skeleton puppets, decorate sugar skulls and make tissue paper marigolds. Enjoy hot cocoa and pan de muerto, too!”

Author Talk, “Dan Pashman”, Sunday, November 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Dan Pashman presents his book, “Eat More Better”. “What if you could make everything you eat more delicious? As creator of the WNYC podcast ‘The Sporkful’ and host of the Cooking Channel web series ‘You're Eating It Wrong’, Dan Pashman is obsessed with doing just that. Eat More Better weaves science and humor into a definitive, illustrated guidebook for anyone who loves food. But this book isn’t for foodies. It’s for eaters. Written with an infectious blend of humor and smarts, ‘Eat More Better’ is a tongue-in-cheek textbook that teaches readers to eat for maximum pleasure. Chapters are divided into subjects like engineering, philosophy, economics, and physical science, and feature hundreds of drawings, charts, and infographics to illustrate key concepts like The Porklift—a bacon lattice structure placed beneath a pancake stack to elevate it off the plate, thus preventing the bottom pancake from becoming soggy with syrup and imbuing the bacon with maple-based deliciousness.”

Birding at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden”, Sunday, November 2, 9AM, 6015 SE 28th Ave., Pdx. “Join Audubon Society leaders Max Smith and Sarah Swanson for a morning walk through southeast Portland’s Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.”

Author Talk, “Brian Doyle”, Sunday, November 2, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Join the Beaverton Library in celebrating Oregon Reads at a very special event with award winning Oregon author, Brian Doyle. Oregon Reads is a statewide program that encourages all Oregonians to read the same book and this year commemorates the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford. Doyle will speak about William Stafford’s peace writings and how they have inspired some of his own works. A book-signing is scheduled for after the presentation. William Stafford (1914-1993) was born in Kansas in 1914. He received many honors during his lifetime including the National Book Award for Traveling through the Dark. He taught at Lewis and Clark College for thirty years and also served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, and the author of many books, notably the sprawling novels ‘Mink River’ and ‘The Plover’."

Straight Outta St. Johns: Rap from the City’s Edge”, Sunday, November 2, 7PM, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages. “Join The Oregon Encyclopedia for a special event on the history of rap music in Portland. Writer Casey Parks, the author of “Straight Outta St. Johns,” will present on her recent Oregonian article on musicians Glenn Waco, Illmaculate, and Egbevado Ananouko (read their follow-up article, with an interview with Mic Capes, here). Photojournalist Beth Nakamura will share her incredible images that accompanied the article. And rap artists Glenn Waco, Mic Capes, and Egbevado Ananouko will hold a panel presentation to answer questions and tell the stories behind the music produced and performed in St. Johns. A performance will follow.”

Communication Strategies for Families”, Sunday, November 2, 1PM, Hillsdale Library. “Interactive and fun 90-minute learning session developed to support parents and their children in improving effective communication with family and peers. Learn 3 - 4 American Sign Language signs that you can use to support improved impulse control, safety, and following directions. Identify 2-3 effective communication strategies you can use right away to support improved communication with your children and tools you can use to meet goals in a fun, positive and enriching method. Practice using your body language and voice to convey messages in a positive, and rewarding manner so everyone feels like it was a win-win!” 

"Día de Los Muertos Celebration", Sunday, November 2, 12PM- 8PM, Roots Salon, 5400 NE 30th Ave., Pdx. Free. "Please join us on Sunday, November 2 (All Souls' Day) for day two Día de Los Muertos 2014 as we bring it back to Roots Salon for our 6th annual celebration. A day for family, friends, and community to come together and remember loved ones who have passed on. There will be a community altar so feel free to bring an offering (ofrenda) as a gift to those who are no longer with us. There will be food, drink, music, dance, and children's activities as we celebrate the lives of our deceased loved ones. Hope to see you all there!!"

Native American Art of Oregon”, Sunday, November 2, 3PM, Kenton Library; Tuesday, November 4, 6PM, Hollywood Library; and Saturday, November 15, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Many people use the collective term "Native Art of the Pacific Northwest." However, there were many differences between tribes in Oregon and tribes in Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. For example, historically, totem poles weren't part of Oregon's tribal cultures. Portland State University scholar-in-residence Dr. Tracy J. Prince uses historical photos to demonstrate how Oregon's tribes showed artistic expression via basketry; canoes; longhouses; beadwork (on clothing, necklaces, headdresses, and cradleboards); burial platforms; and rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs). Oregon’s tribal traditions faced an extreme impact in the 1950s when 62 Oregon tribes were terminated by the government. Yet, today many Native Americans in Oregon are active in reclaiming and teaching cultural traditions.”

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, November 2, 5:30PM, 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.”

Portland Opera Preview: Die Fledermaus”, Sunday, November 2, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Join Portland Opera Resident Artists Katrina Galka, Ian José Ramirez, and Alexander Elliott for a preview of Johann Strauss Jr.’s ‘Die Fledermaus’, led by Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox.”

Holiday Sweets”, Monday, November 3, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853 x6. “Bring the family for an evening of hands-on sweets! Jean Johnson will demonstrate how to make holiday chocolate goodies and you'll have treats to take home.”

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, November 3, Tuesday, November 4, Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18, 10:30AM-12PM, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy Ste #121, Tigard, just behind the Dollar Tree building. $8.50 per session. All ages welcome!

How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced its History”, Monday, November 3, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. Presented by Dr. David A. Johnson, PhD., Professor of History, Portland State University. “Johnson will discuss how the Donation Land Act of 1850 initiated a land rush to Oregon, hastened the European American conquest of the territory, and – by virtue of the sheer size of the Donation Land Claimant population – influenced the political, economic, and cultural history of the state thereafter.”

Author Talk, “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz”, Monday, November 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx; and Friday, November 14, 7PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz presents her book, “Dr. Mütter's Marvels”. “A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time. Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.”

Tech Trackers”, Tuesday, November 4, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. “Explore different ways to be creative using apps and the library’s iPads.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Tuesday, November 4, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “This high-energy, one-man variety show combines comedy, jokes, juggling and magic from master physical comedian Angel Ocasio. Experience an interactive show full of hilarious antics!”

3D Printing: See It Made!”, Tuesday, November 4, 7PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “3D printing is the wave of the future! Come learn about the technology, see a demonstration of desktop 3D printing, and leave with the knowledge to design and print your own ideas.”

Tween Book Discussion”, Tuesday, November 4, 3:15PM, La Center Library. “Join us and talk about books!”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, November 4, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.”

The Milky Way”, Tuesday, November 4, 6PM, 7:15PM, and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. Campus map on their website: “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, 
featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, November 4, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond’ by Brenda Woods.”

Teen Anime Club”, Tuesday, November 4, and Tuesday, November 18, 5PM, Northwest Library; and Wednesday, November 12, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Grade 6 and up. “View, review, snack and yak about all things anime.”

Concert, “Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner”, Tuesday, November 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of good company, piano and bass with Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner at the Lake Oswego Public Library. They will play a full set of old and new favorites from musicals to classical and pop for this special fall concert.”

Traditional Crafts of Latin America”, Tuesdays in November, 5PM, Rockwood Library. “From piñata to papel picado, join us for traditional crafts from Latin America.”

Middle School OBOB Book Club”, Wednesday, November 5, And Wednesday, November 19, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-8. “Discuss Battle of the Books titles and answer trivia about a different book each session. Nov. 5: ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu. Nov. 19: ‘Bomb’ by Steve Sheinkin.”

Weird Science”, Wednesday, November 5, 4PM, Gresham Library. Suggested for ages 6-11. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for fascinating and fantastic hands-on experiments. Dress for mess (that is usually a sign that something is going to be a lot of fun).”

Author Talk, “Tim Palmer”, Wednesday, November 5, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Photographer and river conservationist Tim Palmer will present his new book, ‘Field Guide to Oregon Rivers’ in a free evening program at Audubon. Profiling 120 waterways throughout the state, from the Alsea to the Williamson, Palmer’s book is both a natural history of Oregon’s rivers, and a recreational guide to hiking, fishing, and exploring by canoe, kayak, or raft. It is conveniently sized to keep in your pack or glove compartment, and will be a must-have reference for any Oregon outdoor enthusiast or nature lover.”

“OBOB Book Club”, Wednesday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 19, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Come discuss Battle of the Book books and answer trivia about a different book each session.” November 5- “The World According to Humphrey”. November 19- “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” and “Sasquatch”.

InBeTweens”, Wednesday, November 5, 5PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.” 

“Crafteroon: Wet Felted Balls”, Wednesday, November 5, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades K-3. Preregistration required; register online: “Join local artist LeBrie Rich for a special crafting program. Kids will learn to transform sheep’s wool into felt using only hot water, soap and a little elbow grease. The miraculous process of feltmaking has an ancient history that we’ll learn about as we get a little wet and make felt balls.”

"Lunch with the Birds", Wednesdays in November, 12PM-1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. "Join Jackson Bottom staff at the North Viewsite to watch winter waterfowl and raptors. Learn ID tips and natural history facts of our local wildlife. For birdwatchers of all levels. Bring binoculars if you have them, and be prepared for the weather rain or shine."

“Fly Gals! Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II”, Wednesday, November 5, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room, and Tuesday, November 18, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “The WASPs were the first American women military pilots in history. During the war they flew vital ferry, training, and flight test missions to free up men for combat operations. Led by famed aviators Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Love, more than a thousand women private pilots from all parts of the country graduated from military flight training and flew difficult and often hazardous missions. Disbanded before the war’s end for political reasons, they were forgotten for decades until Congress officially recognized their service and bestowed full military benefits in 1978. Author and speaker Sig Unander, Jr. tells the fascinating story of this distinctive organization with rare period photographs and profiles of individual WASPs, including Portland’s remarkable Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American woman pilot, who died completing a dangerous fighter plane ferry mission. Lee was one of 38 WASPs who lost their lives while serving their country in World War II.”

“Night at the Refuge”, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; Email Jenna Mendenhall or 503-625-5944 for more information or to register. “Have you ever touched a coyote, seen a bat skeleton, or hooted like an owl? Join refuge staff and volunteers for Night at the Refuge. Learn about the nocturnal creatures that call the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge home, and what makes them so unique. We will start inside exploring pelts, skulls, feathers, and much more. Then we will head out on the trail to look and listen for the sights and sounds in the night. This is a family friendly event.”

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, November 5, 3:30PM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Program Room, 3rd Floor. “Drop in for self-guided family science exploration for ages 5-11. This month: Deconstructing technology!”

The Secret Life of Fungi”, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30PM, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA. $5 per person, suggested for ages 7 and up. Preregistration required; register online:  “Neither plant, nor animal, fungi have got their own entire kingdom in the natural world - and that deserves our attention! Join Andrew MacMillan, Chairman of the Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society, and IslandWood naturalists for an informal evening workshop.
We'll explore the fascinating natural history of the fungus among us in an entertaining and informative presentation followed by hands-on, mushroomy investigations. The Pacific Northwest is a drizzly place - and that means our local fall mushrooms are in season now but won't last forever. The fungi in our forests come in a variety of colors, shapes, textures and yes, even odors. Learn about the lives of mushrooms in your backyard and be prepared to 'get your geek on' with other mycology enthusiasts. We'll have a medley of mushrooms to explore using various scientific tools, so you can get up close and personal with a fungi. Which are choice edibles in our woods and which to avoid? Fungi play a vital role in our ecosystem, - join us and learn why.” 

How Could this Happen: Explaining the Holocaust”, Thursday, November 6, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “While there is no shortage of excellent scholarship and historical research on the Holocaust, there has been little that has adequately answered the vital question: How was such a nightmare possible in the heart of Western civilization? Historian Dan McMillan distills the vast body of Holocaust research into a compelling analysis that looks at a combination of factors—from Germany's failure to become a democracy until 1918, widespread acceptance of anti-Semitism and scientific racism, aftermath of World War I, and the class and political divisions it produced, etc. Along the way, McMillan puts the Holocaust into context with other tragic genocides including Rwanda, Cambodia, Armenia, ultimately offering a compelling argument for how the perfect storm of bleak circumstances, malevolent ideas, and damaged personalities unleashed such terrifying atrocity and answering the question of whether it could happen again.”

Hibernation/Migration! Nature Program”, Thursday, November 6, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; register online.  Suggested for grades 1-3. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Animals are preparing for winter. Some hunker down while others travel thousands of miles to avoid winter. We’ll learn about how local critters ready themselves for the cold months. You can ready yourself too with weather appropriate clothing. We will be doing some exploring of how the plants handle winter months as well.”

Author Talk, “Ken Jennings”, Thursday, November 6, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard, and Wednesday, November 5, 7PMN, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Join us to meet author and Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings as he presents his new books for kids, 'The Junior Genius Guides.' Titles include, Outer Space, Maps and Geography, Greek Mythology and U.S. Presidents. Join us for an author talk and signing.”

Birding at Tillamook Bay”, Thursday, November 6, 8:45AM. Preregistration required; contact Dick Demarest at 503-407-7912 or “Meet Audubon Society leaders Ken Chamberlain and Dick Demarest at the Safeway Store parking lot (NW corner) at the corner of 4th St and Stillwell Ave in Tillamook. We will bird Tillamook Bay including Barview Jetty and Bayocean Spit.”

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, November 6, 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. Pick up your free copy of the book for that month at the Cascade Park library, read it together and come to discuss it and do an activity.”

Author Talk, “Larry Colton”, Thursday, November 6, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. Larry Colton discusses his book, “Southern League.” “1964 was a pivotal year in the Civil Rights movement, and in Birmingham, Alabama – perhaps the epicenter of American racial conflict – a remarkable grand experiment was about to take place: Alabama’s first-ever integrated team, the Barons of baseball’s Southern League. Johnny “Blue Moon” Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder – both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, an escapee from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for manager Haywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who had grown up surrounded by the ways of Jim Crow just down the road in Dothan, Alabama. Critically-acclaimed and best-selling author Larry Colton – himself a former professional pitcher who played in the Southern League — traces the entire 1964 season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among the Barons players and their charismatic manager Sullivan.”

“Celebrate Fall with Reading and Apples”, Thursday, November 6, 3:30PM, Belmont Library; Saturday, November 15, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Thursday, November 20, 6PM, Midland Library. “Celebrate family reading this fall with a special presentation by award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson in honor of the 10th anniversary of her book, ‘“s’. A lively retelling of the true story of the Luelling family, Oregon's first orchardists, ‘“s’ was named the children's selection for the State's Oregon Reads Sesquicentennial commemoration in 2009. The book was also an ALA Notable selection and winner of the Spur Storytelling Award, an Oregon Book Award finalist, and winner of the Golden Kite award for picture book text. Join Deborah Hopkinson during this special presentation followed by a Q and A, book signing and family activity.”

Demystifying Fermented Vegetables”, Thursday, November 6, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room A. “Have you always wanted to make kimchi or sauerkraut but are a little nervous about it? Come learn how easy it can be! Find out why adding fermented foods to your diet can be good for your health. Naturopathic doctor and former chef, Dr. Louise Rose will show you simple steps to demystify the fermentation process and share with you delicious and easy ways to build you health in your own kitchen.”

Storytelling With Jacque”, Thursday, November 6 and Thursday, November 13, 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.”

Homeschoolers’ Design Workshop”, Thursday, November 6, and Thursday, November 20, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Ever wanted to create something? This is your chance to design your own robot, catapult, book, or game. Includes craft time.”

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays through December 5 (no session Nov. 28), Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hill Hwy., Pdx. $20 a session per adult and child pair, $10 a session for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office before attending. “Come as a family and create with clay! Includes glazes, firings and 5 lbs. of clay. Not for solo participants. This is an adult and child activity. Use of the potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.”

Multnomah Arts Center’s Annual Open House”, Friday, November 7, 5PM-9PM, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “Hands-on activities and demonstrations for the family, gallery opening featuring teaching artists, and Village Vaudeville featuring performing arts instructors and staff of MAC.” 5-7PM- Opening reception for the Instructors Show; 7PM-8:15pM- Village Vaudeville. “MAC’s Performing Arts Department presents Village Vaudeville II. Please join MAC faculty, students and community members for this fun evening of variety performance, emceed by Theatre Program Coordinator, Amy Jo McCarville. Song, dance, comedy and family friendly entertainment await you at our celebration of community. Free popcorn!”

PCC Theatre Presents, “Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing”, Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 16, PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx. $10 general admission, $8 for seniors. All ages. “Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's hilarious romantic comedy about Beatrice. Love develops between the least likely couple, but the course of love never did run smoothly!”,m,t&ws=0&sib=0&de=1&tf=0

Author Talk, “Chris Hadfield”, Friday, November 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Chris Hadfield presents, “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes; Photographs from the International Space Station”. “Chris Hadfield, one of the world's most accomplished astronauts, takes us on a tour around the world through the photographs he took in space. Divided by continent, ‘You Are Here’ represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour -- surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful -- is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of his bestselling ‘An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth’, ‘You Are Here’ opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.”

Twelfth Annual Teen Art Show- Submit Your Art!”, submissions accepted Saturday, November 8 through Monday, November 10, Beaverton Library. “Calling all artists in grades 6-12! Students and teachers - submit up to 3 pieces of art to the Teen Room during regular library hours on November 8, 9 and 10. Artists must be in grades 6-12, each artist can submit up to 3 works of art with a completed submission form. Accepted submissions will be displayed during the Teen Art Show November 13-16, 2014.” 

Me and My Family Volunteer Event”, Saturday, November 8, 6PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for ages 3-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us at the Tualatin Public Library for a little work and A LOT of fun, which will include crafts, snacks and volunteering in Spanish and English! Activities will include simple sprucing up tasks such as: dust bunny hunting (dusting), cleaning board books, and craft preparation. Additionally there will be a simple craft to help the library decorate a bulletin board in the Children’s room, and lastly, a brief fun storytime. It is going to be lots of fun!”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, November 8, 1PM with signup at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Quick, Mom! Which character was the title star of the first Pokémon movie? Dad–who was President when Oregon became a state? Combine your family’s collective brainpower and work together at Portland’s only family-friendly trivia event. It’s all the fun of Quizissippi geared for an all-ages audience. Test your knowledge of games, toys, history, science, books, movies, and more. Don’t miss the kid-friendly Multimedia Round! Free to play!”

OregonRocketry Wilsonville Launch”, Saturday, November 8, 12PM-3PM, 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.”

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, November 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In "The Power of Historical Fiction," a writing workshop for young adults, authors Graham Salisbury and Rosanne Parry will share their process for writing stories set in the past.”

Birding at Oaks Bottom”, Saturday, November 8, 9AM, meeting at the Sellwood Park parking lot on SE 7th Ave. and Malden St. “Join Audubon Society leaders Patty Newland and Candace Larson for a bird walk around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in SE Portland. We’ll explore wetlands and woodlands, talk about the history of this amazing wild space, and look for resident songbirds and wintering waterfowl. Expect to walk 2–3 miles on both paved and uneven dirt trails.”

Indus Diwali 2014”, Saturday, November 8, 4:30PM-8PM, Claggett Creek Middle School, 1810 Alder Dr. NE, Keizer, OR. $15 adults, kids $10, free for kids 3 and under. Tickets on sale through November 1 online “Come one, come all! The Indian-US Friendship Association brings you a night of fun, food and a taste of Indian culture. Join us for the celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights.” 

Herb Walk”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM, Forest Park, Pdx. Meeting at NW 53rd Drive’s Birch Trailhead. 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.”

Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Show”, Saturdays and Sundays in November beginning November 8, 10AM-5PM, 2505 N. Vancouver Ave., Pdx. $6 for adults and $2 for kids ages 3-11. VIP behind the scenes tours are available for $15 per person by reservation; see details on their website: “Each year, the CGMRC hosts an open house for the public to come enjoy the layout. We fully staff the layout operations with more than 30 operators at once. It gives us a chance to really give the dispatchers and operators a workout and it lets the public enjoy the layout and the many trains operating all day long. We will feature Thomas and many other famous trains kids of all ages will recognize. The layout is 4200 square feet … approximately the size of a basketball court. There are dozens of highly detailed scenes and thousands of feet of track. This is not your average table-top or under-the-tree model railroad!”

Author Talk, “Cathy Camper”, Saturday, November 8, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Cathy Camper presents her graphic novel, “Lowriders in Space”. “Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Striking, unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure.”

Clark County Open Studios”, Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, 10AM-5PM. Free. “Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour where local artists open their studios to the public and share how, why and where their art is created. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and artisans, view diverse works and buy pieces specifically created or made available for this event.” There are tons more details, including maps and info on each participating artist, on their website:

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, November 8, 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.

Mt. Hood Model Engineers Annual Open House”, Saturdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29, 12PM-5PM, 5500 SE Belmont Ave., Pdx. $2 requested donation. A really nice model railroad display with a different theme each week.

Origami Ornaments”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM, North Portland Library. Presented by artist Yuki Martin. “Make pretty origami ornaments to decorate the house with for this holiday season. You will have fun folding various kinds of three dimensional geometric shapes out of pretty paper to make ornaments out of.”

Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory's Annual Meteorite Sale and Potluck Dinner”, Saturday, November 8, 2PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 17, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. “Great balls of fire! Join Portland State University’s Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory for their annual meteorite sale and potluck. Feel free to bring food or drink to share. The mission of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory is to conduct meteorite research to help understand our place in the universe, and to share this knowledge with the wider community. Meteorites provide vital clues about the origin of the Earth and other planets, our solar system, and the molecules that serve as precursors to life. Meteorite research contributes to the larger field of planetary science, which can help society evaluate how to utilize extraterrestrial resources, how to protect our planet from the devastating effects of a major cosmic impact, and how planetary climate change might occur. The laboratory maintains and increases a carefully curated collection of meteorites that can be used for research and education.”

American Indian Heritage Month”, Saturday, November 8, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Join us for the annual observance of American Indian Heritage Month. Kids will have fun with hands-on crafts and activities. Families are invited to celebrate and learn more about native cultures.”

Friends of the Library Book Giveaway”, Saturday, November 8, 10AM-12PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Select a free children's book courtesy of our Friends at the Booktique!” 

Newt Day”, Saturday, November 8, 12PM-4PM, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton. $2 per person for ages 3 and up. “A bright orange belly and poisonous skin are just a couple of the rough-skinned newt’s adaptations. Come find out how newts evade predators, survive both in and out of water and camouflage themselves with a single leaf. Learn about the amazing adaptations of newts and other forest inhabitants at indoor exhibits and interactive activities. Find evidence of these plants and animals on a self-guided adventure into the park. This is a family-friendly event that provides activities designed to inspire exploration of nature during the season when it is tempting to stay inside. Come dressed for the weather so that you will be comfortable participating in the outdoor activities.”

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Project Warehouse”, Saturday, November 8, 5PM and 8PM, 2303 N. Randolph St., Pdx. $10 in advance; tickets available on their website: “Enjoy a night of beautiful aerial dance, local art on display, refreshing beverages and LIVE music by Brandon Chandler. Featuring performances by the a-wol company and FlyCo.” A-wol is always family friendly and perfectly amazing.

Oregon Rediscovered”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM, Midland Library. “For the first time adventurer or traveler through the Oregon cityscape and countryside, author Joe Bianco, offers personalized recommendations of where to go, how to get there, and what you find when you get there.”

Anne Louise Sterry”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Are We There Yet?”, stories and music. "Anne-Louise Sterry presents stories and songs for kids about journeys to special destinations. Sterry is a speaker, recording artist, author, singer-songwriter, and storyteller. She performs across America and Europe as herself and as her exuberant alter-ego Aunt Lena, sharing a thought-provoking and hilarious approach to living life audaciously and making a real and positive difference in people’s lives. Anne-Louise has a background in psychology, nursing, education, and performance and is a member of numerous professional associations. She has taught storytelling for Portland State University, hosts several internet video and radio shows, and has released several books and music and spoken-word CDs."

Hmong New Year Celebration”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM-10PM, Seattle Center, Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions. The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. Hmong New Year Celebration helps Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture that originates in the mountains of China.”

Traditional Craft Demonstrations”, Saturday, November 8, 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages welcome. “Traditional and Contemporary Native American craft demonstrations from Western Oregon and the Columbia River region will be shared by Grand Ronde Tribal member Greg Archuleta. Activities will include traditional basketry and carving exhibited and demonstrations on the uses of materials such as Western Red Cedar, tule, cattail and other natural materials will be provided.”

Willamette Falls Symphony”, Saturday, November 8, 2PM, Mt. Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict, OR; and Sunday, November 9, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 Adults, $10 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under. Bruckner, Symphony #7, Humperdink, Overture to Hansel and Gretel; and Aliboni, Adagio for Strings and Organ.

Paper Boxes”, Saturday, November 8, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Victorian handicraft demonstration: “Learn to create a lovely little paper box to keep your small treasures. All materials and instruction are provided for this free event.”

Spinning and Weaving”, Saturday, November 8, 11:30AM, Stevenson Library. “Mary Davis will demonstrate the steps she would take to change a newly shorn fleece (sheep's wool) to yarn that is ready to be used for a project of choice. After the presentation, members of the audience will be given a chance to look at and use the various equipment (hand cards, spinning wheel, etc.) that have been used in the demonstration. They will also be given the opportunity to practice spinning yarn on various drop spindles. Mary has been spinning yarn for over 30 years.”

Magician Steve Taylor”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM, Ridgefield Library. “Enjoy the Wacky World of Animals during this show by gifted magician and ventriloquist Steve Taylor. Enjoy finding the perfect book at the Friends' book sale.”

Flying in the Wind: Tales of Adventure, Travel and Dreams”, Saturday, November 8, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join this adventurous trio as they journey through the stories of life. Get stranded, hop a train, sail the seven seas and find your destiny in a coffee cup. Featuring Master Storytellers Ken Iverson, Anne Penfound, Anne Rutherford and emcee Terry Jordan. Refreshments provided. Door prizes.”

Gluten-Free Baking Basics”, Saturday, November 8, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Eliminating wheat does not mean you have to stop eating your favorite foods! If you are new to gluten-free living or are thinking about going gluten free, join Dori Oliver of Nourishing Foodways in this cooking presentation and demonstration. Participants will learn to make gluten-free French bread, check out some great gluten-free cookbooks, and taste samples of delicious, gluten-free breads and baked goods.”

Meet Dash’ka’yah and Coyote”, Saturday, November 8, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Meet . . .Dash’ka’yah- The monster woman - with long hair, claws for fingers, scraggly teeth, snot down to here, and bad breath! Hah! Coyote- Hear his stories: Coyote Made the Columbia River (Colville); Coyote Steals the Water from Frog (Kalypua); Coyote Eats His Own Rump (Klamath); Coyote Places the Stars (Warm Springs); Coyote Loses His Eyes (Nez Perce). Ed Edmo is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture.”

Concert, “Midnight Serenaders”, Saturday, November 8, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “A sound reminiscent of the small swing combos popular during the 20’s and 30’s, adding a Hawaiian flavor with the inclusion of ukulele and Hawaiian Steel guitar, with lots of clarinet and muted trumpet.”

Lantern Tour of Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, November 8, and Saturday, November 22, gates open at 6:30PM for 7PM tour, $10 for ages 16 and older, $7 for ages 10-15. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-812-6232. “Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort's buildings. Finish off your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!.”

Family Day”, Saturday, November 8, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for a special Family Day that celebrates India! Rasika, a local nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting and educating Indian arts and culture in Oregon, will host special activities all day long. Discover the art, music, and culture of India in a special free program presented by Rasika. Activities and performances throughout the day.”

The Lough Legacy Veterans Parade”, Saturday, November 8, 10AM ceremony, 11AM parade, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. “Join us on Officer’s Row for one of the largest Veterans Parades on the West Coast. Participants range from Boy Scout troops and bands to rifle squads and a classic locomotive! This parade is sure to please spectators of all ages. The parade begins on Evergreen Blvd. and heads west down Officers Row, south down Fort Vancouver Way, and east on 5th St. Come early and claim your spot! We hope to see you there- rain or shine!”

Doing Dough: Holiday Tarts with Almond Cream and Cookie Crust”, Saturday, November 8, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Presented by author Jean Johnson. “There's nothing like a homemade fruit tart, and cookie dough crusts are perfect for beginners. We'll draw on seasonal fruits and make our own almond cream as well. Participants will leave with the fixings to bake up a sample tart at home.” 

Making Lotions and Balms”, Sunday, November 9, 1PM, Woodstock Library (preregistration required; register online:; Saturday, November 15, 4PM, Rockwood Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Saturday, November 22, 10:30AM, Troutdale Library (preregistration required; register online: “Making your own lotions and balms is fun and easy. Best of all, by making them yourself you get to decide what goes in them. Most of the commercial lotions on the market contain low-cost, low-quality genetically modified oils, industrialized chemical stabilizers, and toxic preservatives and fragrances. Learn to make your own lotion and balm formulas easily and relatively inexpensively for friends and family with equipment you have around the house. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes, and lotions to take home. This is a hands on class taught by the owner of Sellwood Soap Company and ENSO, two local body care companies in Portland.”

Mushroom Mania Family Hike”, Sunday, November 9, 10AM, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA. $5 for ages 4 and up, free for kids 3 and under. Preregistration required; register online: “Mushrooms invite curiosity, especially from our little ones. Join us for a family-friendly hike designed to engage and educate families about the mushrooms that grow around us. We'll learn the science of fairy rings, toadstools, how to be a safe fungi explorer and even peek under some mushrooms to see if we can see any gnomes! Toadstools, puffballs, chicken of the woods, witches' butter, stinkhorns, turkey-tail, earthstar, shaggy manes... Fungi have such fabulous common names! Join us for a wild mushroom identification walk and see what's growing in our neck of the woods.”

Sci-Fi Authorfest 8”, Sunday, November 9, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “A starfleet of science fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Attending authors include: Bryan Thomas Schmidt, J. A. Pitts, Phyllis Irene Radford, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, Kristine Kathyrn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Andy Mangels, Leah Cutter, Jason Hough, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Daniel H. Wilson, Wendy Wagner, Steve Perry, Diana Pharoah Francis, Adrian Phoenix, Mark Ferrari, Shannon Page, Brent Weeks, Devon Monk, Ru Emerson, Jason Gurley, Ken Scholes, Todd McCaffrey, Jennifer Brozek, Annie Bellet, and Lindsay Johnson. The Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion and the Kashyyk Base of the Rebel Legion will also be on-hand.”

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Sunday, November 9, Saturday, November 22, and Saturday, November 29, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park, Coffenbury Lake, Picnic Shelter A. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle for Coffenbury Lake. “Join a Park Ranger for a program on wild mushroom followed by a hike to hunt for fungi.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, November 9, 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.”

The Curious Garden”, Sunday, November 9, 10:30AM, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Come to the Curious Garden to see your old friends Razzie the Fairy, Ribbit the Frog, Flappy the Chicken, Meowzers the Cat, Renard the Raccoon, and Dottie the Ladybug! The Curious Garden is a show for all ages -- especially kids 0-8 -- and occurs every month on the second Sunday at 10:30am. And remember each episode ends with an open mic where you can sing, dance, tell a joke and show off your talent at the Curious Garden.”

Fabulous Fossils”, Sunday, November 9, 10AM, OMSI Paleontology Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Handle an assortment of rocks and fossils to determine what a fossil actually is. Help clean a real 65-million-year-old Triceratops and other fossils using professional tools and techniques. Then make a copy of a raptor dinosaur claw to take home. Allergy note: claws are made of flour.”

Holocaust Remembrance of Kristallnacht”, Sunday, November 9, 2PM, Tigard Library. Obviously unsuitable for many young children- you will know about your own. “Local Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences under Nazi persecution during WWII. Kristallnacht was a coordinated attack on the Jew of Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. Historians consider it the first real sign of the Holocaust.” 

Storyteller Habiba Addo”, Sunday, November 9, 2:15PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Addo offers an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movements. Her stories help us explore our own world as well as those far away.”

Veterans Day at the Audubon Society of Portland”, Sunday, November 9, 11AM-3PM, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Only for veterans, current members of the military and their families. Preregistration required; registration and lots more details here:

Storyteller Julie Strozyk”, Sunday, November 9, 3:15PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Travel back in time with Storyteller Julie Strozyk as she shares traditional, mythological and epic tales from early cultures.”

Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen and Lucy Begay, Traditional Navajo Weavers”, Sunday, November 9, 3PM, St. Johns Library; and Tuesday, November 11, 6PM, Holgate Library. “Author Gary Beaudoin will present the art of mother and daughter, Lucy and Ellen Begay. Their textiles of extraordinary beauty and complexity are both a personal accomplishments and a testament to an important heritage.”

From Paper to 3D Printer: You Made It!”, Sunday, November 9, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; please only register one person for the whole family, and register online: Presented by OpenFab Pdx. “3D printing is the wave of the future! Come learn about 3D printers, see one in action, and design your own 3D printed refrigerator magnet or cookie cutter to take home.”

A Soldier’s Images of the Vietnam War”, Monday, November 10, 7PM, Tigard Library; and Tuesday, November 18, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Celebrate our Vietnam veterans with combat correspondent Karl Karlgaard, whose photographs and articles appeared in military publications including Stars and Stripes, Army Times, and Tropic Lightning News. Karlgaard will share photographs, stories and artifacts from the Vietnam War.”

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Monday, November 10, and Sunday, November 30, 1PM, “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.”

Let’s Talk Film Gala”, Monday, November 10, reception at 6PM and Gala at 7PM, Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “As part of the Let’s Talk Trash series, Metro challenged local filmmakers to create short films about garbage? Where does garbage go once it leaves the curb? Where should it go? What happens to garbage? How can or could technology affect garbage? What does garbage do for us? Or what could it do? Five films will be featured at this event, and the audience will pick the winning entry. Top prize is $500. The five films to be featured, each under 10 minutes, are: ‘Garbage Days,’ a film by David Wester that illustrates the role of consumerism and discarded packaging on our economy and our waste stream; ‘Meet the Freegans,’ a film by Travis Shields that follows the story of Steve, a well-educated, professional, home-owning Portland man who sees value in eating food from dumpsters; ‘Rubbish Removal,’ a film by Marissa J. Thompson that tells the story of a man who has no idea of the mess he’s leaving behind; ‘Talking Trash,’ a film by Levi Anderson describing where the Metro region’s trash ends up and its effects on rural Oregon communities. ‘There is No Away,’ by Suzan Beraza that follows someone who tries to unravel the complexities of where trash goes and whether or not recycling is all that it’s cracked up to be. The event will include a discussion with the filmmakers about their films and what they learned about garbage: where it goes, what becomes of it, and what it can do for us. It will also include a question-and-answer period with the audience.”

Storytime with the Ballet: Changing Seasons”, Monday, November 10, 10:15AM, Midland Library. “Join your librarian and the Oregon Ballet Theatre and read books about fall and seasons changing. Don’t miss a chance to dance a story with an Oregon Ballet Theatre teaching artist! OBT’s sought after teaching artists bring years of experience dancing with children of all ages. Children love to use their bodies to imagine and pretend, especially with their favorite books. Each storytime will include a time to see and touch something from the world of ballet. Come prepared to be moved!”

Paper Engineering 101”, Monday, November 10, and Monday, November 28, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Tweens (ages 8-11yrs) - come learn the basics of paper engineering ! We will be designing and making things from paper using a variety of techniques. All supplies provided.” November 10- Boxes and Cubes; November 28- Paper Bowls.

Author Talk, “Kurt Koontz”, Monday, November 10, 6:30PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, November 11, 6PM, Midland Library; Wednesday, November 12, 6PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, November 13, 6PM, Hillsdale Library; and Friday, November 14, 4PM, Belmont Library. Kurt Koontz discusses his book, “A Million Steps”. “Kurt Koontz thought he was well prepared for his 500-mile walking trip on the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. He was fit and strong. He had a good guidebook and all the right equipment. His pilgrim passport would grant him access to the shelter of hostels along the way. But all that, however helpful, did not begin to encompass the grandeur of his external or internal adventure. While following the yellow arrows that mark the route, Koontz also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world. Part diary, part travelogue, ‘A Million Steps’ is a journey within a journey all the way to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and beyond.”

Concert, “Mixed Medleys”, Monday, November 10, 12PM, Portland5, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. All ages. “Mixed Medleys performs a mosaic of musical genres including classical (Schubert), modern (Turina and Waughn Williams), tango (Piazolla) and klezmer (Kovacs). The trio plays clarinet, piano, and contrabass.”

“Twirly Whirlys”, Monday, November 10, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); and Saturday, November 22, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist Kathy Karbo. “Create this simple toy with wire, beads and found objects. Watch the beads shimmer and dance as you move it in your hands. Gain experience with needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, hammers and anvils to create your one-of-a-kind toy.”

American Indian Storytelling and Drumming”, Tuesday, November 11, 12PM, St. Johns Library; Tuesday, November 11, 2:30PM, Woodstock Library; Thursday, November 13, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library; Thursday, November 13, 4PM, Northwest Library; Saturday, November 15, 10:30AM, Albina Library; Saturday, November 15, 3PM, Kenton Library; Saturday, November 22, 10:30AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); and Saturday, November 22, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM). Presented by storyteller Esther Stutzman. “These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

White Lotus Japanese Club”, Tuesday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 25, 4PM, 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!”

Aviation History”, Tuesday, November 11, 7PM, Beaverton Historical Society, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. $2 suggested donation. Presented by Tom Philo, Secretary/Archivist/Historian for local Oregon 8th Air Force Historical Society. “Tom Philo is the Secretary and the Archivist/Historian for the local chapter of the Oregon 8th Air Force Historical Society. Tom has been active in reading about, researching, and sharing knowledge of all types of history since grade school. Tom joined the Oregon 8th AFHS chapter in 1997 due to his love of aviation and history and volunteered to become the secretary soon after joining. Once of his first presentations to the chapter was a photo journey of what remains of the 8th Air Force bases in the UK culled from photos that he has taken during his 7 trips to the UK he since his first trip ‘over there’ in 1982. Aside from reading books on all aspects of the 8th Air Force, and history in general, he has also flown in a few WW II aircraft including a Boeing B-17G ‘Flying Fortress’, North American B-25H ‘Mitchell’, an Boeing AT-6 ‘Texan’ trainer plus he has ‘stick time’ in a Travel Air ‘Mystery Ship’ bi-plane as well as a Boeing ‘Stearman’ bi-plane. He has sat in numerous different WW II type aircraft over the years as well as going looking through the insides of many Allied and Axis and taking photos.”

Oregon Geology”, Tuesday, November 11, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx, free:; and Thursday, November 13, 7PM, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene, $5 suggested donation: “Ever wondered what forces formed the sheer walls lining the Columbia Gorge, or the dramatic landscape of Crater Lake, or the iconic Basin and Range formations of southeastern Oregon? From drives on I-5 to the small roads leading to Malheur, it is amazing how many different aspects of Oregon’s fascinating geological past and present can be observed from the road. Join geologist and photographer Dr. Marli Miller for this Nature Night talk and book-signing as she provides the answers to those ‘how did that get there?’ questions and talks about her book, the newly revised "Roadside Geology of Oregon" just published by Mountain Press. Using her own wonderful photographs and stories, Dr. Miller will describe Oregon’s recent but event-filled geological history and the evolution of its dramatic landscape. She will highlight geology as seen from roads in each of its six different geologic provinces, from the Lava Plateaus to the Klamath Mountains.”  

OBOB Book Group”, Wednesday, November 12, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Students in grades 6-8 are invited to join us to discuss “Ungifted” by Gordon Korman over snacks. Please register in advance at the Circulation Desk. The first 6 students to sign up will receive a free copy of the book!”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, November 12, 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.”

Power of Play: Promoting Health and Creativity”, Wednesday, November 12, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “In our age of inactivity and frequent screen time, what are our kids learning from us about how to be healthy adults? Research shows that play has positive effects on children's health, well-being, and education; play also boosts health and creativity in adults. What is the value of play? This is the focus of this free program with play activists Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty of Playworks.”

Discovering Dubai”, Wednesday, November 12, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities on earth with a diverse population that represents 200 nationalities. As the center of the Arabian Gulf region it has undergone a rapid transformation in recent decades and is undoubtedly a 21st century city. Often described with words like ‘record-breaking’ and ‘astonishing’ Dubai is, not surprisingly, home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, many skyscrapers, excellent infrastructure, shopping malls, and more than 2 million people. Dubai blends tradition and modernity to create a unique oasis in the middle of the desert. How do they do it? Come learn about Dubai from a seasoned traveler who will showcase the city from an investment perspective and a tourist’s eye.”

Shoehorn”, Wednesday, November 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “An original performance artist who creates music with his feet and dances with his horn. Michael Shoehorn Conley has combined organic body rhythms and sophisticated jazz forms and concepts into an entertaining spectacle. While specializing in sax and tap dance, he is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, utilizing a variety of wind and percussion instruments, original poetry and songs and an ear for music from around the world.”

Author Talk, “Richard W. Etulain”, Wednesday, November 12, 6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Richard Etulain discusses his biography, “The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane”. “Everyone knows the name Calamity Jane. Scores of dime novels and movie and TV Westerns have portrayed this original Wild West woman as an adventuresome, gun-toting hellion. Although Calamity Jane has probably been written about more than any other woman of the nineteenth-century American West, fiction and legend have largely obscured the facts of her life. This lively, concise, and exhaustively researched biography traces the real person from the Missouri farm where she was born in 1856 through the development of her notorious persona as a Wild West heroine.”

Concert, “Lisa and Molly Hanson”, Wednesday, November 12, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Lisa and Molly Hanson perform baroque and classical music as well as theme music from popular movies on violin and cello.”

Poetry Reading, “David Filer”, Wednesday, November 12, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Join us for a poetry reading by David Filer. David's most recent books are Housekeeping, a chapbook of sonnets from Finishing Line Press, and The Fear of Love, a full-length collection from Plain View Press (both 2012). Proceeds from the sale of David's books are donated to The Imani Project's orphan support fund.”

Made in Oregon: 16mm Industrial Films from the Pacific Northwest", Wednesday, November 12, 7:30PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $8. “From the vaults of the Oregon Historical Society comes an evening of 16mm films produced by local area businesses. Primarily from the 1960s through the early 1980s, these films were created as public service announcements, training films, and as plain old goofy advertisements. Learn why it might make sense to open an Organ Grinder franchise, how Son of Hibachi makes the party, or why Homer Groening thinks we can make the world a better place. Some of the local institutions that will grace the big screen with their weirdness include: The Organ Grinder, the Oregon Zoo, Tektronix, Jantzen Swimwear, Blitz Beer, and more.”

Club Improv for Teens”, Wednesday, November 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.”

Oregon’s Role in WWII”, Thursday, November 13, 7PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “he 41st Infantry Division was an Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana National Guard division activated for the longest time during WWII, fighting through New Guinea, the Philippines and onto occupation duty in the Hiroshima district of Japan. Hear their stories and hear how men and women of Oregon impacted the efforts of World War II. Also learn about the current work to bring Oregon Military Museum to life in Clackamas.”

Origami Afterschool”, Thursday, November 13, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Kids - learn the art of origami folding in this fun afternoon program.”

Birding at Baskett Slough and Ankeny NWRs”, Thursday, November 13, 8AM- 4PM. Preregistration required; please contact Denny at 503-659-1245. “This is a good time of year to see migrating waterfowl and raptors in the Willamette Valley. Join Audubon Society leader Denny Graham at the NW corner of the Walmart parking lot in Woodburn for a trip to Baskett Slough NWR and Ankeny NWR. Bring lunch, water, and scope if you have one. We’ll arrange carpools at the meeting point. Take I-5 to the Woodburn exit 271. The Walmart store is just SE of the freeway exit.”

Drop Everything and Read Book Discussion Group”, Thursday, November 13, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “This is a "tween" book discussion group geared towards children 9-11 yrs. of age. Pick up a copy of the book from the library and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! Please, no younger siblings. This month we are discussing ‘The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate’ by Jacqueline Kelly.”

Author Talk, “George Edmonston Jr.”, Thursday, November 13, 7PM, Newberg Library. “Join local author George Edmonston Jr. as he shares his new book, ‘Newberg; Stories from the Grubby End’. The book, taken from the columns Edmonston writes for the ‘Newberg Graphic’, is filled with stories of our community and even more, how our community fits into the larger world. You'll learn about Newberg's connection to the KKK, the major league baseball and Captain America. Edmonston will have copies of the book for sale and to be autographed. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local history collection of the Newberg Public Library.”

Discussion Junction”, Thursday, November 13, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. Ages 8-11. “Join us to read and talk about a different book every month. Each month a free copy of the next month’s book of the month will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For readers ages 8-11 with a participating adult. No older or younger children, please.”

Author Talk, “William J. Hawkins III”, Friday, November 14, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. “Join author William J. Hawkins III for a presentation on his new book ‘The Legacy of the Olmstead Brothers in Portland’ followed by a book signing.”

Homeschool Aviation Day”, Friday, November 14, 10AM-3PM, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. $23 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; register online: “Strap in and prepare for takeoff! Aviation Day is packed to the leading edge with fun activities and lessons that range from basic aerodynamics, to an actual preflight inspection of a real fixed wing aircraft! Students will learn about the three axes of controlled flight, the basics of airplane engine operation and facts about pilot’s licenses and flight training. Follow your instructor through history and meet pioneers of aviation like the Wright Brothers, Harriet Quimby, and Howard Hughes. You won’t want to miss it!”

14th Annual Yachats Celtic Music Festival”, Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, Yachats Commons, 441 US 101 N., Yachats. Various ticket prices. “For many years the Festival has thrilled audiences with a lively blend of foot-tapping Celtic music, humor, scrumptious food, and graceful dancers. For this Festival, acclaimed performers from other countries will mix harmoniously with home grown American masters to fill the Village of Yachats with traditional (and not so traditional) Celtic Music.”

“Pacific Crest Trail”, Saturday, November 15, 2PM, Cascade Locks Library. “Dana Hendricks, Regional Representative of the Columbia Cascades Pacific Crest Trail Association, will talk about how the trail originated and continues to be.”

“Meet the Mammals”, Saturday, November 15, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Free with admission, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 youth ages 5 and up and students with ID. “Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection. Meet the Mammals is the only opportunity of the year for visitors to see hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection on display. There will be hands-on activities for the whole family; many of the specimens can be held or touched. Mammal experts are on hand all day long to answer questions and talk about the amazing diversity of mammals! Meet Conservation Canines and Seattle Police Dept. K9 Officers, and learn how mammals help in research and public safety. See and touch teeth, claws, fangs, and fur. Hear music played on instruments made from mammals. Make a mammal mask, play games, and test your knowledge in our all new Mammal Challenge.”

Forest Hike”, Saturday, November 15, 9AM, Forest Park, Pdx, meeting at the Springville Trailhead off of NW Skyline Blvd. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “The maple and alder leaves have fallen; the creeks are beginning to run again. Join local author and biologist Marcy Houle on this guided hike and see for yourself the beauty of Forest Park in November!”

Soap Making”, Saturday, November 15 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $15 per ticket, maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 10 and up. “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.”

Birding at Rentenaar Road, Sauvie Island”, Saturday, November 15, 8AM. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano for a waterfowl and winter sparrow adventure on Sauvie Island. Meet 8 am at the Eastside Check Station Parking Lot on the corner of Reeder and Rentenaar Rds. We will walk Rentenaar Rd and back (1.6 miles round trip). All vehicles will need a Sauvie Island parking permit. From the Sauvie Island bridge take Sauvie Island Rd north 2 miles to the intersection with Reeder Rd. Turn right on Reeder and continue north 9 miles to the Eastside Check Station and Rentenaar Rd on the left (allow 25 minutes to drive from the bridge to the check station).” Parking permits can be purchased online:

Salmon Release”, Saturday, November 15, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. Free. Before you go, be sure to call (503) 815-6800 or doublecheck their Facebook page for the latest updates on whether the salmon are ready for release: “Submerge yourself in the world of salmon. In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. We will be exploring the wild salmon habitat as we walk a short distance to release live small fry into Jones Creek. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.” 

Magenta Improv Theater Presents, “A Night of Family-Friendly Improv”, Saturday, November 15, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10. “The winter holiday season is soon upon us, so why not start if off with some Improv Holiday fun! It’s our last show of 2014 and MIT is set to help get you into the Holiday Spirit! Join us as we spice up our improv and sprinkle it with some extra special musical goodness! We will make you laugh, chuckle and guffaw, and maybe even sing-along or hum a happy tune! And as a special treat … immediately following the MIT show, the audience is invited to stay and enjoy an improvised musical by long-form improv group, Sound Asylum. Sound Asylum is a new long-form improv troupe from Portland who specializes in musical improv. This energetic group of 5 will take a single suggestion and weave together songs and scenes into a 20-30 min musical story!”

“Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, November 15, 5:30PM- 9PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Daniel Klug”, Saturday, November 15, 12PM, Barclay House, 719 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Champoeg’s Chief Interpretive Ranger Daniel Klug will be speaking on how events in Champoeg during the 1840s helped shape the future of Oregon Country.”

Sell It All, Pack One Bag, Hit the Road”, Saturday, November 15, 3PM, Belmont Library. “Last year, Louise Lague and Tom Lichty sold everything, said goodbye to all that was comfortable and secure, packed one bag each, and embarked on an adventure without an end in sight. They are somewhat over fifty, but what they learned can be helpful to wanderlusters of any age.”

Scouter’s Mountain Nature Hike”, Saturday, November 15, 10AM, Scouters Mountain Natural Area, Southeast Boyscout Lodge Rd. and SE 147th Ave., Happy Valley, OR. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Spend this crisp autumn morning exploring Metro’s newest nature park. A naturalist will guide you along the forested trails atop this extinct lava dome in the East Buttes complex. We will search for wildlife signs on the slopes of the butte and learn about the native plants and trees that grow along the trails.” 

GirlFest”, Saturday, November 15, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 advance (before Nov. 12), or $15 at the door, plus $8 parking, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “Join us for our biggest Girl Scout celebration of the year, GirlFest! Discover hundreds of amazing activities – learn to ride a skateboard, ‘drive’ a submarine, control a robot and more (see partners below). Finish your day with a rockin’ concert from American Idol finalist, Glee guest star and international recording artist Jessica Sanchez! Have fun with your friends and experience everything cool about being a girl. Everyone is invited to share in the fun (boys, too!) and you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend. We can’t wait for you to join us!” Check out the impressive list of activities on their website:

Weaving Workshop”, Saturday, November 15, 10AM-2PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. $25. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call Kathleen or Kaylyn at 503-585-7012. “Join us for the unique opportunity to learn traditional fiber crafts in a historic setting. This month’s focus will be weaving. We’ll start by examining woven artifacts from the museum’s textile collections of rugs, coverlets, linen towels and tablecloths, then explore weaving on different types of looms in our classroom collection. After lunch and a textile focused tour of the Lee and Boon Houses, we’ll come back to the classroom to construct our own simple back strap looms and begin weaving. Projects determined by the imagination of the student- bookmark, belt, guitar strap or cell phone case.”

Poetry Reading, “Clemens Starck”, Saturday, November 15, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Clemens Starck has made his living as a carpenter and construction foreman in California and the Northwest. He is the author of five books of poems: 'Journeyman’s Wages', 'Studying Russian on Company Time', 'China Basin', 'Traveling Incognito', and 'Rembrandt, Chainsaw'. He is a recipient of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry as well as the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. He lives outside of Dallas in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon.”

Ayres and Fancies. Music for two Bass Viols”, Sunday, November 16, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “The viola da gamba is the deep and sonorous seven-stringed cousin of the cello. One of the most popular instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries, many composers wrote some of their finest works for these instruments. Tim Scott and Max Fuller, members of the Portland Viol Consort, will present a program of imaginative, lively, and intimate works for two viols. The program will include works from the court of the Sun King in France and the golden era of the viol in England.”

Powell Butte Bird Walk”, Sunday, November 16, 8AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8960 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-496-0908. “Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and host Clackamas Backyard Bird Shop for a free tour of this unique Portland natural area and discover the birds and wildlife of Powell Butte Nature Park. One of Portland’s extinct volcanoes, Powell Butte, features meadows, wild hawthorns and cedar groves, that provide a home to a variety of species. This expert-guided walk amid the slopes of Powell Butte will cover slopes and meadows of Powell Butte so be prepared for some ascending to lofty views of several raptor species and on clear days, Mt Hood.”

Author Talk, “Matt Parker”, Sunday, November 16, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Matt Parker presents his book, “Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension”. “A book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math fun again! Math is boring, says the mathematician and comedian Matt Parker. Part of the problem may be the way the subject is taught, but it’s also true that we all, to a greater or lesser extent, find math difficult and counterintuitive. This counterintuitiveness is actually part of the point, argues Parker: the extraordinary thing about math is that it allows us to access logic and ideas beyond what our brains can instinctively do—through its logical tools we are able to reach beyond our innate abilities and grasp more and more abstract concepts. In the absorbing and exhilarating ‘Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension’, Parker sets out to convince his readers to revisit the very math that put them off the subject as fourteen-year-olds. Starting with the foundations of math familiar from school (numbers, geometry, and algebra), he reveals how it is possible to climb all the way up to the topology and to four-dimensional shapes, and from there to infinity—and slightly beyond. Both playful and sophisticated, ‘Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension’ is filled with captivating games and puzzles, a buffet of optional hands-on activities that entices us to take pleasure in math that is normally only available to those studying at a university level. ‘Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension’ invites us to re-learn much of what we missed in school and, this time, to be utterly enthralled by it.”

Feather Finery”, Monday, November 17, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online.  Suggested for grades 1-3. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “We know feathers keep birds warm and dry but they do so much more! We'll use hand lenses, microscopes, and our own senses of touch and sight to explore bird feathers and learn some amazing things about them.”

Columbia Slough Stories”, Monday, November 17, 6:30PM, Multnomah County Drainage District, 1880 NE Elrod Dr., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “The Columbia Slough Watershed Council celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and there are a thousand stories to tell. We are working to document efforts large and small that have improved the Columbia Slough watershed and raised public awareness of the waterway and the region. You are invited to join us for the conversation and a trip down memory lane (or should we say a paddle down memory slough). This evening includes facilitated oral history sharing, opportunity for video documentation, artifacts exhibition (maps, photos, videos, items), food and beverages. Please bring visual aids/artifacts that help you tell the watershed story. This includes: maps, books, artifacts, letters, photos, videos etc. (We will have a variety of digital media and traditional documentation methods available at this event).”

Let’s Go Birding- Bird Survey”, Monday, November 17, 9AM, Fort Stevens State Park, Battery Russell. “Come join Fort Stevens State Park on our monthly bird surveys and see some of the amazing variety of birds in our local area. The surveys will monitor the bird species that are utilizing the park from season to season. No birding experience is required, and experts are welcome to come share their knowledge. Binoculars are recommended, and we have a few binoculars that first-timers may borrow. The survey will take around 2 hours and will cover several diverse habitats within the park. The sites will be accessed by walking and driving.”

Ripples in the Fabric of Spacetime: Searching for Gravitational Waves with LIGO”, Monday, November 17, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. All ages. “Almost 100 years ago Albert Einstein invented General Relativity, his theory of gravity. One of its key predictions is the existence of gravitational waves that should propagate throughout the Universe carrying information about extreme events such as the coalescence of two black holes. Their existence has been confirmed indirectly, but they have not yet been directly observed. However, this might all be about to change. In this talk, physicist Rick Savage will detail the efforts of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project to bring on-line the most sensitive gravitational-wave detectors ever constructed at their sister observatories located near Richland, WA and near Livingston, LA. Their goal is nothing short of opening a new window onto the Universe by the direct observation of the waveforms of gravitational waves, sometimes referred to as Einstein’s messengers.”

“BookTRON”, Monday, November 17, 4:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Grades 6 and up. “Teens Read Outrageously Now. Join this teen book discussion group and discover some outrageous reads while enjoying snacks, games and crafts. Registration required. Sign up at the Children's Reference Desk and get your free copy of the book while supplies last. Read ‘The Lions of Little Rock’ by Kristin Levine.”

“Bio-Mania!”, Monday, November 17, 4:30PM, Midland Library. Presented by AKA Science. “IT'S ALIVE! Dissect owl pellets and investigate jumping beans! From shark teeth to camel feet, living things are full of surprises. How do fish float? Why don't spiders get stuck in their own webs? Come on a science safari to find out...then take stuff home to show your family and friends!”

Author Talk, “Mark Winston”, Monday, November 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Mark Winston presents his book, “Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive”. “Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes—from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe. ‘Bee Time’ presents Winston’s reflections on three decades spent studying these creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world.”

What’s Your Gut Saying to You?”, Tuesday, November 18, 6PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Niki Strealy, RDN, LD, is an experienced dietitian, author and mom of five who has no problem talking about poop. She specializes in gastrointestinal disorders and will discuss detailed-- even surprising gastrological and digestive topics! Diet fads, human digestive physiology, diseases, and the microbiome in digestion will be revealed. She will wrap with a question and answer period.” (Ohmygosh…. Science for those little boys who love to talk about poop and farts constantly!) 

Waterfowl: Ducks, Geese, and Swans”, Tuesday, November 18, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Another great class with Harry Nehls, author of Familiar Birds of the Pacific Northwest and the voice of the Rare Bird Alert. This should be an excellent evening program covering the wide variety of waterfowl that arrive in the northwest in fall and winter. Wigeon, teal, geese, swans, and more! Learn the differences of these birds and how to pick them out in a crowd.”

Red Yarn Puppet Show”, Tuesday, November 18, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Puppeteer Andy Ferguson brings his fantastic puppets for an evening show with stories and music.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, November 18, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘Flora and Ulysses’ by Kate DiCamillo.”

OBOB Book Club”, Wednesday, November 19, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register in person at the library and receive free copies of the two books being discussed. “Do you like to read? Do you like to get free books? Are you in 3rd through 5th grade? If so, you are invited to join our Oregon Battle of the Books Club! Each month from September through February, we will talk about two great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd through 5th grade. November’s books: ‘The World According to Humphrey’ by Betty Birney and ‘Kizzy Ann Stamps’ by Jeri Watts.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Wednesday, November 19, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library, hearth area. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

Return of the Mighty Condor”, Thursday, November 19, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 suggested donation per adult. “Lewis and Clark were amazed by giant birds they first described for science along the lower Columbia River. With wing spans as wide as 9 feet, the California Condor has not soared in our region for decades since most died from lead poisoning and poaching. For nearly ten years the Oregon Zoo and U.S. Fish and Wildlife experts have worked to bring back this ancient creature. Hear about this history and restoration effort from Dr. David Shepherdson who is credited with the program’s success.”

Concert, “Gold Dust”, Wednesday, November 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Gold Dust is a Portland-based Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Their six-member band is made up entirely of professional musicians who have been playing for over 20 years. They are dedicated to creating the full Fleetwood Mac experience including costuming and signature licks, and they seek to capture the essence, atmospheric tone, and quality of their greatest hits.”

Universe Expiration”, Thursday, November 20, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-5. Preregistration required; register online.  “Does alien life exist? Learn about astronomer Jill Tarter, who is the former Director of the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute and who dedicated her career to the search for extraterrestrial life. Afterwards you will explore the universe and create life forms that could exist on a distant planet.”

Film Screening, “The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield”, Thursday, November 20, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $10. “During his service as Governor of Oregon from 1959-67 and as United States Senator from 1967-97, Mark Hatfield earned a reputation for independence and integrity. Documentarians Kevin Curry, Devon Lyon, and Rick Dancer recently completed The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield, a ninety-minute documentary on Hatfield’s life and legacy. The documentary features interviews with many of Hatfield’s former colleagues and staff members who reflect on subjects ranging from Hatfield’s opposition to the Vietnam War, his fight for the restoration of Oregon’s Native American tribes, and his efforts to direct additional federal resources to health research. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to have provided archival footage and photographs to support the creation of this documentary. Following the movie, OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk will moderate a question and answer session with documentarian Kevin Curry.”

5Point Film Festival”, Thursday, November 20, 5PM, Cinema 21 Theater, 616 NW 21st Ave., Pdx. $15 advance tickets. A benefit for Portland Audubon and Adventures Without Limits. “Enjoy an exciting program of 11 short films filled with an adventurous spirit that will inspire you to get off the couch, pack your van and embark on a new adventure. Sound incredible? It will be.” More info and tickets here:

Bookaneers”, Thursday, November 20, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s book of the month will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 6-9 with a participating adult. This month we’re reading ‘Mercy Watson to the Rescue’ by Kate DiCamillo.”

Tween Book Group”, Thursday, November 20, 3:30PM, Woodland Library. “Are you between the ages of 9 and 12? Do you like reading? Do you like talking about cool books? So join us for our Tween Book Discussion Group! The first 10 to sign up get a free book to keep.”

Uke Can Do It”, Thursday, November 20, 4PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853 x4. “This beginning ukulele class designed for new uke players who are ready to play and sing outside the box! Cinda’s high energy ukulele class is filled with little tricks of the trade for getting you comfortable with playing a pocket song among other people, even if you’re a beginner!”

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival”, Thursday, November 20, Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22, 10AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 for 3 day admission, $5 off coupon on their website: Free classes, workshops and demos! Sewing, quilting, needle-arts, crafts. Show program with class listing and vendor list will be available about 2 weeks prior to show date.”

Concert, “Enric Sifa”, Thursday, November 20, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Sifa last played at the Lake Oswego Library during the Lake Oswego Reads Running the Rift program performing Rwandan songs and telling his story of growing up during the Rwandan Genocide. Enric has a new album, The Coronation Ceremony, which is the first album that is being released through his new record label, MyiBOBO Entertainment. Guests will easily feel the African roots, the soul behind the lyrics and won’t be able sit still.”

Author Talk, “Heather Vogel Frederick”, Thursday, November 20, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Heather Vogel Frederick presents her middle reader, “Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery.” “An unsent letter in a first edition copy of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of ‘The Mother-Daughter Book Club’. Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years. With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of ‘Charlotte’s Web’, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”

Cape Perpetua Land/Sea Symposium II”, Friday, November 21, 5:30PM, Yachats Commons, 441 US 101 N., Yachats. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “The Cape Perpetua Land/Sea Symposium is a community event being held on November 21st at 5:30pm in the Yachats Commons. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, this year's keynote speaker will feature Jim Furnish, former Deputy Chief of the 192 million acre National Forest System. Prior to Deputy Chief, Jim served as Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor directing a total reformation from a timber-dominated mission to one of conservation biology under the Northwest Forest Plan with significant contributions to the Cape Perpetua area. Dramatic reductions in timber harvest and forest road networks were followed by a focus on young-stand management to enhance late-successional habitat for wildlife, fish, and other old-growth dependent species. Jim was generally regarded as one of the most pro-environment senior officials in the Forest Service. Hosted by the Surfrider Foundation, Audubon Society of Portland and the Cape Perpetua Foundation, the event is aimed at raising awareness about local conservation and current research as well as fostering stewardship within the Cape Perpetua near shore and adjacent watersheds. The event is free and open to the public. Jim Furnish's keynote will be followed by short presentations from various research and monitoring projects within the Cape Perpetua near shore, and a social mixer with light appetizers and beverages to identify topics of future interest and ways to collaborate with greater capacity.” 

Olio Nuovo Festa”, Friday, November 21, Saturday, November 22, and Sunday, November 23, 10AM-4PM, Red Ridge Farms, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd., Dayton, OR. Free. “Come celebrate the completion of the year’s olive milling season. This is the first chance to taste and purchase our brand new olive oil. Olio Nuovo will be paired with some delicious appetizers and wine. Tours of the olive mill will be offered all day. This is a complimentary event and no reservations are required.”…a-celebration-of-new-olive-oil

Gem Faire”, Friday, November 21, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, November 22, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, November 23, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 weekend pass per person age 12 and older, free for ages 11 and under, 2 for 1 coupons on their website: “Gem Faire is one of the largest gem, jewelry and bead shows in the United States. With nearly 50 shows a year, Gem Faire brings to the west coast, and some areas of the Midwest, quality gems, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and earth treasures directly to your town.” This is mainly about beads, but the discerning rockhound will find crystals, fossils and other neato stuff too.

Coptic Stitch Notebook”, Saturday, November 22, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Sonya Richards. “Make your own journal from scratch. You’ll learn how to bind your book using the four needle coptic stitch, an ancient binding technique which allows your journal to lay completely flat when open. Perfect for making your own notebooks, albums and journals.”

Holiday Wreath Making”, Saturday, November 22, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Family event. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790 to register and specify which time you prefer. “Kendra Pearce from Urban Farm School will show us how to make a beautiful evergreen wreath for the holiday season. All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own clippers, gardening gloves or decorative accents.”

Reduce, Reuse, Create!”, Saturday, November 22, 1PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Stop in and create art with reused and recycled materials at this pop-up workshop in the library. Presenters from SCRAP in Portland will guide you through the creative process. All ages invited!”

Make a Beautiful Centerpiece”, Saturday, November 22, 2PM, Washougal Library, and Tuesday, November 25, 6PM, Stevenson Library. “Greenery and candles provided. Learn how to make a centerpiece that can be used for multiple holidays.”

Kids’ Ceramic Painting”, Saturday, November 22, 3PM, Kenton Library. Presented by “Come and paint your own car, truck, butterfly, princess, dragonfly, and much, much more! We supply the ceramic pieces, paint, brushes, smocks, water tubs and mats. You come with your imagination and talent. The pieces are painted with lead free acrylic paint and ready to be taken home in just a few minutes!”

English Country Dance”, Saturday, November 22, 6PM, Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences, 234 SW Bancroft St., Pdx. $10 per person. “English Country Dance is a form of social folk dance which originated in Renaissance England, and was popular until the early 19th century in parts of Europe, the American colonies and the United States. It is the ancestor of several other folk dances, including contra and square dance. If you’ve never had the opportunity to learn this traditional dance form now’s your chance. We’ll have live music, a caller and teachers to help you learn the steps. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.”

The (Recycled) Gift of the Magi”, Saturday, November 22, 3PM, Belmont Library. “KCPuppetree presents a new musical and interactive Puppet performance focusing on friendship, sharing, and selflessness. It is Trashanalia Day, and BagMan Hank (made of recycled bags) and his best friend Egger (made mostly of egg crates) are excited to exchange gifts with each other. Neither of them, however, have any money. Instead, they offer up their favorite prized possessions, Hank's Hat, and Egger's favorite egg, in exchange. This silly homage to the classic tale "The Gift of the Magi," is full of interactive songs, lessons on friendship and sharing, and several silly puppets made out of re-used and upcycled items. This presentation has been made possible in partnership with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP.”

Knit a Headband”, Saturday, November 22, 11AM, Lake Oswgeo Library. All ages. 

Hot Process Soap Making”, Sunday, November 23, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have fun while learning to safely make your own handmade soap at home with wholesome, nourishing, all natural ingredients. Hot process soap is the oldest form of soap making, dating back over 5000 years, and was how true soap was made until “soap” became industrialized in the 1950’s when, in order to make soap economical to product, they changed soap into detergents made with artificial colorants, fragrances, and man-made ingredients. If our ancestors were able to make natural, healthy soap you can too. We will cover the process of saponification, natural ways to color and fragrance soap and how to do it all safely. Additional topics may include working with goat’s milk and choosing oils. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes, and soap to take home. Class is taught by Sellwood Soap Company owner Kent Bromenschenkel.” This process requires some pretty toxic chemicals, so I suggest parents taking it with their older child, or taking it themselves and bringing their new skill home to share.

Forest Fungi- Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek”, Sunday, November 23, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and older. Preregistration required; register online: “Park Ranger and Mushroom Enthusiast Dane Osis from Fort Stevens State Park will visit Tryon Creek to share his knowledge of mushroom identification and ecology. This program will provide an introduction to the important ecological role that fungi fill as well as helpful tricks and tips for identifying Pacific Northwest mushrooms. We'll then hit the trail to discover what species live in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.”

Birding at Netarts Bay and Cape Meares”, Sunday, November 23, 7:30AM- 5PM. “Join Audubon Society leader Marsh Sly for a trip to Netarts Bay, Oceanside, and Cape Meares for a day of birding on the bay and coastal headlands. We will be looking for Loons, Grebes, Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Gulls, and lots of other wintering waterfowl. Bring rain gear, binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch, and water. Meet at the McDonalds on Glencoe Rd in North Plains off Hwy 26 (Exit 57) at 7:30am, or at the Tillamook Safeway (NW corner of parking lot) at 9:00am.”

Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow”, Sunday, November 23, 10:15 AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham, meeting at Group Picnic Area A. All ages. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy and celebrate the gifts of nature at Oxbow Regional Park with Metro naturalist Dan Daly, Deerdance School’s Terry Kem and others. Walk along the Sandy River as you focus on opening your senses and noticing how wildlife respond to the changing season. Afterwards, gather around the campfire to hear the “Thanksgiving Address” passed down by the Iroquois Nation. Hot drinks provided. Bring a sack lunch.”

OBOB Book Club”, Monday, November 24, 4PM, West Linn Library. “You are cordially invited to join our Oregon Battle of the Books Club! On the fourth Monday of the month, September through December, we will talk about four great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd-5th grade. Not only will we be discussing these great books, but come prepared to quiz your friends! The OBOB Book Club will be a great place to practice for upcoming battles. Participants are encouraged to write their own questions for book club! Don’t forget! The library has an OBOB collection down in the kids’ room, for all divisions. All books check out for 28 days, and there are no holds and no renewals. Why wait in line when you can be reading?” This month: The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, The Trouble with Chickens, The One and Only Ivan, Swindle. 

Anime Club”, Tuesday, November 25, 6PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. “Join other anime fanatics to eat snacks, watch anime, and master surprise anime activities!”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, November 25, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books.”

Oregon’s Aurora Colony: Its Mid-19th-Century Origins, Industry and Social Life”, Tuesday, November 25, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. “A presentation by Patrick Harris, curator, Old Aurora Colony Historical Museum.”

Can It: Golden Zucchini Pickles”, Tuesday, November 25, 6PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by author Jean Johnson. “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.”

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Tuesday, November 25, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “A fun-filled clown show featuring juggling, comedy, puppetry, magic, and dance!”

Holiday Lights”, Thursday, November 27 through December 31, 4PM-9:30PM, Shore Acres State Park. $5 day use fee per vehicle. “A community event sponsored by Friends of Shore Acres, Inc. in partnership with Shore Acres State Park, Coos Bay, Oregon. The brightest and most beautiful place on the West Coast shines as brightly as ever this season. At least 300.000 lights, almost all LED, in a walk-through display which is all-abilities accessible. Lights Sculptures: Pelicans, Puffins, Jellyfish, Shore Acres’ Cranes, Life-size leaping Orca whale, Life-size spouting Gray whale, Tulips, Rhododendron, Rose, Dahlia, Dungeness crab, Sea Star, Sea Urchin, Sea Anemone, Sea horse, Octopus, Kelp, Frogs, Butterflies, dragonfly, playful sea lions, leaping frog in pond, ship, fuchsia flower and hummingbird, Koi carp and more! Open Garden House with hot cider, punch, coffee and cookies! During the 2013 season, an estimated 48,416 visitors viewed the lights display and enjoyed the refreshments in the decorated Garden House and the entertainment in the Performance Pavilion.”

Holiday Wreath Making”, Friday, November 28, Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. $12 for wreaths and $3 for cone bird feeders. Preregistration required by Nov. 24; email with the names of all people attending. “Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make cone bird feeders and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class.”

The Holiday Express”, Friday, November 28, through Sunday, December 14, departing from the Oaks Park Station, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Advance tickets required; tickets available online: “Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad.”

Tales from Mother Goose and the Enchanted Toyshop”, Friday, November 28, Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30, 1PM and 5PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., Pdx. 100 minutes with a 20 minute intermission. All seats for the preview show on Nov. 28 at 1PM are $5. All other performances are reserved seats, $15 youth, $35 adult and $90 for a family package of two adults and two youths. “This annual Thanksgiving weekend production marks the sixth year of collaboration between The Portland Ballet and the PSU Symphony Orchestra. John Clifford, choreographer and The Portland Ballet (TPB) artistic advisor, has created several original ballets for TPB, including Tales From Mother Goose and the Enchanted Toyshop.  The Portland Ballet’s Youth Company Members dance the primary roles in each production. Talented young students from TPB’s Curriculum Ballet program also participate in the show.”

Storyteller Nancy McQuillan”, Saturday, November 29, 12PM, Ridgefield Library. “Enjoy stories told to the rhythm of the drum by Nancy McQuillan, guest storyteller at this special program. Instruments provided.”

Classroom Discovery Days- Marvelous Moss”, Saturday, November 29, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “Moss is all around us in our forest, but often overlooked. Come inspect the critters that call moss home through a dissecting scope and conduct simple experiments with moss and water. For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.”

Evening Performance”, Saturday, November 29, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Preregistration required; registration details on their website: Gates open at 5:30 and include the museum. “Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history.”

Christmas Tree Trains”, Saturday, November 29, Sunday, November 30, Saturday, December 6, Sunday, December 7, Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt, WA. Various prices. Take a historic and very scenic train ride, have some hot cocoa, hot cider and cookies, meet with Santa, and pick a Christmas tree to be brought back to the station by train. Really neat! Get tickets and all the details here:

Santa Express”, Saturday, November 29 through Monday, December 22, Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway East, Elbe, WA. Ticket prices vary. “Join us for our most magical train ride. This holiday season deliver your wish list to Santa in person as the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad transforms into the “Santa Express”. Your adventure begins at the ‘North Pole’, located at the Elbe Depot. From here you’ll travel through the forest and foothills of Mt. Rainier, visit with Santa, sip hot cocoa, nibble on a cookie and make lasting holiday memories. Bundle up and enjoy a visit to the countryside this holiday season. The excursion lasts between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Ticket includes a souvenir gift for children 12 and under. Seating is limited. Advance reservations strongly suggested.”!special-events/cpn1

Tracking Club”, Sunday, November 30, 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.

“Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour”, Sunday, November 30, 1PM, Meeting at the Spring Water Corridor entrance to Main City Park, Gresham. Donations requested. Preregistration required; call 503-661-0347 by November 28. “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.”

“Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, November 30, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $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.”

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