Friday, January 31, 2014

February Fabulousness

This is my list of free and low cost events all around the greater Portland area for the month of February 2014.  I've been compiling this list for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 1-5, but most have much wider appeal.  I look for events with some educational or cultural value. This is the 4th anniversary of when I began posting this list monthly on this blog.  Whew!  If you find it useful, please share it! The more people who use it, the more reason to drag my weary self to the computer each month to finish it! This month, I wanted someone with a good attitude to help me proofread.  So I asked my friend Oscar, who was certainly thrilled...  And in honor of Valentine's Day, he's even sharing a beautiful love song! So please, please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos or cancellations.



Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2014- Year of the Horse”, Saturday, February 1, 11AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Pdx. $8, free for kids 6 and under. $3 coupon available on their website. “Come join us at the fair for stage performances, Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, food booths and much more!” http://www.portlandchinesetimes.com/event_cny.php

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

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, February 1, 10AM, OMSI, Life Science Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket. To reserve a space, buy tickets online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/squid-dissection/020114 or at the OMSI Ticket Desk. “Participants will look for clues in the squid anatomy to figure out how these animals live. One squid per ticket, maximum two people per squid.” 

Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides”, Saturdays through March 15, 1:30, 2:30,. 3:30 and 4:30PM, departing from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Ave., Pdx. Purchase tickets upon boarding, $5 per person, free for kids under 2, cab rides $10. Rides 40 minutes long. On some Saturdays, the OPR offers special motor car / railroad speeder rides along with train rides. On these days, tickets to ride in the speeder are $5 per person. http://www.oregonpacificrr.com/charters.html 

One Book One Community”, Saturday, February 1, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. “The Friends of the Library members have selected an award-winning debut novel, ‘Running the Rift’ by Naomi Benaron as the book for their 7th annual community reading program. Free copies of ‘Running the Rift’ will be distributed at the kick-off party. Sam Munyandamutsa of the Pacific Northwest Rwandan Association will provide Rwandan food and share his story.” More about the book here: http://naomibenaron.com/books/running-the-rift More about the PNRA here: http://pnra-rw.org/index_files/Page621.htm

Lunar New Year Celebration”, 1:30PM, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton. “Happy Lunar New Year! Come celebrate with Beaverton Uwajimaya and enjoy our line up of entertainment to bring you good luck and good fortune in the year of the Horse! 1:30pm – 2:15pm Yoyos and Folk Dance
; 2:25pm – 2:55pm Lee On Dong Benevolent Association Lion Dance; 3:00pm – 3:30pm Sunflower Dance Troupe.” http://www.uwajimaya.com/events/beaverton

Lunar New Year”, Saturday, February 1, 1:30PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Wednesday, February 5, 5:30PM, Midland Library. “The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and traditional treats. 2014 is the Year of the Horse.” 

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

Author and Illustrator Talk, “Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “From Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’, comes ‘Wildwood Imperium’, the stunning third book in the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series the ‘Wildwood Chronicles’. A young girl's midnight séance awakens a long-slumbering malevolent spirit. . . . A band of runaway orphans allies with an underground collective of saboteurs and plans a daring rescue of their friends, imprisoned in the belly of an industrial wasteland. . . . Two old friends draw closer to their goal of bringing together a pair of exiled toy makers in order to reanimate a mechanical boy prince. . . . As the fate of Wildwood hangs in the balance.” http://www.wildwoodchronicles.com/

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, February 1, 6PM- 10PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/haggart.htm Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it! 

Willamette Falls- Where the Future Began”, Saturday, February 1, 11AM-4PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Four new exhibits: ‘Industries and Engineering: Power of Willamette Falls’, ‘Marvel Comics Artist Alex Schomburg’s Lost Mural: Fishes of Clackamas County’, PGE’s New Documentary ‘Willamette Falls: Where The Future Began’, and ‘Dished: Tastes of Clackamas County’. 12PM Modern folk music for kids by Warm Springs/Wasco ‘Spider Moccasin’. Tribal Arts honoring the Falls, 1PM Blessing Song, Cultural Address and Salmon Carvings unveiled. 2PM Papermaking ‘West Linn Paper Company History and Ecology’ with demo. 3PM free papermaking workshop.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=790160934331309&set=a.769319719748764.1073741829.120917831255626&type=1&theater

Civil War-era Reenactment Muster, Drill, and Cannon and Rifle Demonstrations”, Saturday, February 1, 11AM-4PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. “Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be hosting a muster and drill program with 20-25 Civil War-era reenactors from the 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry on the park's historic Parade Ground. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., there will be public cannon firing demonstrations on the Parade Ground, followed by muster (assembly) and drill exercises onsite until 4 pm. The drill activities will include rifle and musket-rifle firing demonstrations, too.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=671796-307230

Oregon Shadow Theatre Presents, “Jack and the Dragon”, Saturday, February 1, 10AM, Linn Benton Community College-Forum, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Free. “There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King's daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.”  http://oregonshadowtheatre.com/jack.html  Highly recommended! 

Ft. Vancouver Lantern Tour”, Saturday, February 1, and Saturday, February 15, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10 ages 16 and older, $7 for ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6230. “Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a park ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort's buildings. Finish of your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/lantern-tour.htm

Morning Birdwalk on Gresham-Fairview Trail”, Saturday, February 1, 10AM-12:30PM, meeting at the Linnemann Station Springwater Corridor Trailhead. Preregistration required; contact Gladys Ruiz of the Audubon Society at
503-349-9554 or gruiz@audubonportland.org. Free. “Join the Audubon Society of Portland's Jim Labbe and Steve Engel for a morning bird walk in Gresham. We'll go on a leisurely stroll along a scenic section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail and take in views of Grant Butte, surrounding wetlands and avian fauna. We'll also discuss restoration and conservation efforts taking place at this site, including work to protect the area's unique Painted Turtle and American Bittern populations.” Directions and more info here: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/gresh

Ticket giveaway to hear Kim Stafford speak”, Saturday, February 1, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Tickets will be available Saturday February 1 at the Lake Oswego Public Library starting at 11 am. Kim Stafford will speak on February 13 at 7:00 pm, at the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. There will be a two ticket per person limit and a Lake Oswego Public Library card is necessary.” 

Sewing for your Valentine”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Are you tired of giving candy on Valentine’s Day? Then come to the library and learn how to sew a small heart-shaped pillow! All ages welcome. Supplies needed: 1/2 yard of fabric, and about 8 oz. of fiberfill. Your sewing machine would be welcome, but a couple of machines will be on hand.” 

Weekend Guided Hikes”, Saturdays in February, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Venture out with a park guide for a free, nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” February 1-Lichen, the Odd Couple; February 8- Douglas, the Tree Squirrel; February 15- Incredible Epiphytes; February 22- The Hole Hike. http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Concert, “Eric John Kaiser Trio”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Since 2006, when French native, Eric John Kaiser, has moved from Paris to Portland (Oregon) he has logged every year close to 10,000 miles via air, land and sea. Exploring North America on multiple lengthy tours, he has gigged his way up through Canada and down through the South, as far as New Orleans and Washington D.C., where he performed as an Artist in Residence for the Smithsonian Museum. Sometimes driving his trusty Subaru under the wide Montana sky, sometimes riding the subway under the New York City canyons... Then jetting across the Atlantic to tour through France... His music has logged as many miles and picked up accents from across the American landscape: his latest songs resonate now with a very American rhythm, like bouncing across the vast plains on horseback… some western lap steel guitar... some dirty roadhouse blues…” http://www.ericjohnkaiser.com/

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

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

Paper Bead Jewelry”, Saturday, February 1, 12PM, Hillsdale Library. “Like the African Abuyadaya community from Uganda, we'll be using colorful paper strips from magazines to make beautiful, one of a kind beads. Make an assortment of them to bring home and string into a necklace for yourself or to give as a gift.” 

Riddles, Sea Turtles and Pirates, Ahoy!”, Saturday, February 1, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Tuesday, February 11, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Join Portland's own sister/brother team of Laura and Robert Sams -- award-winning authors, filmmakers and musicians -- for a hilarious, ocean-filled, pirate-filled, music-filled program. First, watch their award-winning underwater children's film The Riddle in a Bottle, filled with high definition footage of sea turtles, tide pool creatures, dolphins and a one-legged singing pirate. Then see how they turned the pirate's Peg Leg Song into their award-winning children's book called A Pirate's Quest. Sing with the one-legged pirate! Look for underwater animals! Watch how Robert Sams posed as a pirate for the book's illustrator, who painted more than 40 original oil paintings for the story.” http://www.sisbro.com/presentations/overview/_pirate_childrens_book_assembly.html

The Winter Blues: A Guide to Seasonal Affective Disorder”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, Belmont Library. For adults- if you’ve been feeling the winter blues a bit too much lately, treat yourself right and check it out! Free! “If you have lived in the Pacific Northwest for any period of time, you know that all this beautiful green nature around us comes at a price – rain. For some of us, the dark, dreary days of winter seem to stretch on endlessly, having a profound effect on our mood and quality of life. Psychologists Jason Luoma and Brian Thompson of the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic will share the latest information about seasonal affective disorder, including the available treatments and behavioral changes that can lessen its effects.” 

Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. “Lars Nordstrom will discuss his book ‘Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives’. This book is a compilation of personal stories describing a number of Oregonians' immigration experience.” http://www.swedishrootsinoregon.org/

Pop-Up Cards”, Saturday, February 1, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Tuesday, February 4, 4PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM); Saturday, February 8, 11AM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/pop-cards/18566#block-simple-registration-client-register); and Saturday, February 15, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Children of all ages (and their adults) are invited to join book artist Sarah Fagan in handcrafting their own pop-up style greeting cards. The structure is deceptively simple -- but the possibilities are endless! All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite collage materials for a personal touch.” http://www.sarahfagan.com/

North Portland Library Centennial Celebration”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Come join our 100th birthday celebration. We'll have music, refreshments and fun activities for the whole family. Share your neighborhood stories, then view our archival photos. Over 100 years of dedication to serving our community.” 

Broken and Recycled Hearts”, Saturday, February 1, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, February 8, 2PM, Northwest Library. Presented by artist Kathy Karbo. “Artists will work with recycled light metals, wire and found objects to create a heart memento. The metal sculptures of Mexico, India and Africa will serve as inspiration for our broken and embellished metal hearts.” Kathy is awesome! 

Discover the Rhythms of Ghana”, Saturday, February 1, 11:30AM, Midland Library; and Saturday, February 22. 3PM, Kenton Library. “Shi Dah performs Ghanaian drumming, dance, songs and rhythms in traditional clothing. The audience will have the opportunity to dance, drum and discover the rhythms of Ghana in this interactive celebration.” http://www.chataaddy.com/shi_dah_traditional/

Chinese New Year Party”, Sunday, February 2, 1:30PM, Beaverton Library. “Come and celebrate the Year of the Horse with fun crafts and activities!” 

Exhibit, “The Fujita Collection”, Sunday, February 2, through Friday, February 28, Kenton Library. “Nobuo Fujita was the Japanese fighter pilot who dropped the first bomb on United States soil, just west of Brookings, Oregon, during World War II. In his later years, Nobuo Fujita became a pacifist and reached out to the town. In the 1990s, he gave the Brookings Public Library $1,000 with the request that the funds be used to create a collection of children’s books about other cultures. Come see a photo exhibition about the pilot and his bequest created by photographer Nolan Calisch.” http://nolancalisch.com/the-fujita-collection

Historical Diaries”, Sunday, February 2, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “Sally of www.sallysdiaries.wordpress.com will discuss collecting historic diaries, with an emphasis on diaries written during Oregon Trail times. Sally will share some gems from her antique diary collection.” 

Author Talk, “Rob Dietz”, Monday, February 3, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Rob Dietz is a writer, researcher, and activist trying to help build a better economy—one that works for people and the planet. He will present a short video and a reading, answer your questions, and sign copies of his highly acclaimed book ‘Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources’.” http://steadystate.org/discover/enough-is-enough/

Words that Burn”, Monday, February 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “World War II built many walls. In Europe, walls of barbed wire surrounded death camps for Jews. Here in the United States, Japanese-Americans were confined in internment camps, and conscientious objectors in Civilian Public Service camps. And in the Pacific theatre, banzai attacks of Japanese soldiers refusing to surrender created walls of fire and steel. Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writer’s collective, will present a short excerpt of Words That Burn: A Dramatization of World War II Experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldón in Their Own Words performed by actors Damon Kupper, Paul Susi, and Joaquín López. Creator Cindy Williams Gutiérrez will introduce the creative impulse for the work by discussing the lives and writings of Oregon Poet Laureates William Stafford and Lawson Inada, as well as that of Chicano Marine Guy Gabaldón. The abridged reading will be followed by an audience discussion moderated by director Gemma Whelan.” 

Ava Helen Pauling: Partner, Activist, Visionary”, Monday, February 3, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. “The untold history of the Oregonian who married future Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, and became not only a homemaker but a partner in his work as well as a leading political activist for women’s rights, racial equality and world peace.” http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/ Limited seating at this venue so get there early! 

Trimet Bridge Talk”, Monday, February 3, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Two experts discuss details of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge . A new icon is being built across the Willamette River in Portland: a transit bridge that will connect eastside and westside, carrying light rail trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians. At more than 1,700 feet across, it will be the longest car-free bridge in the country. Join the new bridge’s designer and architect, Donald MacDonald, and the chair of the Bridge Naming Committee, Chet Orloff, for a discussion and Q and A about the design and naming of the new bridge. MacDonald has successfully completed designs for more than 35 bridges throughout the United States, and is the architect of the recently completed East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Orloff is director emeritus of the Oregon Historical Society and a 22-year member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board. He also manages the Pamplin International Collection of Art and History and is an adjunct professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.” 

The Limited Scope of Conscious Awareness: Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience”, Monday, February 3, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Dr. Ed Awh, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. “How many things can you think about at one time? Most people have a subjective experience of a rich inner mental life in which a multitude of incoming sensory impressions and ideas co-exist. When careful objective measures of our awareness are obtained, however, striking gaps in our awareness can be clearly demonstrated. This Science Pub will review recent evidence from psychology and neuroscience that provides insight into the true scope of our awareness and the brain processes that support our limited window on the world.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/020314

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, February 3, Tuesday, February 4, Monday, February 17, and Tuesday, February 18, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, behind the Dollar Tree building, Tigard. All ages welcome! $6.75 per session. http://www.archersafield.com/homeschool.html

Blackout Poetry”, Monday, February 3, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Create fun, witty, quirky, and wise poetry from the pages of old books. Your poems will be displayed on the walls of the Community Room for the whole month. Fun for all ages!” 

Tales for the Year of the Horse”, Tuesday, February 4, 6PM, Holgate Library. “Have fun learning about Chinese New Year (2014: The Year of the Horse!) as master storyteller Anne Rutherford tells a lively group of tales that celebrate the spirit and meaning of the holiday.” http://www.annerutherford.com/

Let’s Go Birding”, Tuesday, February 4, Saturday, February 8, Sunday, February 16, and Saturday, February 22, 9AM -11:30AM, Fort Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russel. “Come join Fort Stevens State Park on our weekly bird surveys and see some of the amazing variety of birds in our local area. The surveys will monitor the bird species that are utilizing the park from season to season, and will be conducted weekly for an entire year. No birding experience is required, and experts are welcome to come share their knowledge. Binoculars are recommended, and we have a few binoculars that first-timers may borrow. The survey will take around 2 hours and will cover several diverse habitats within the park. The sites will be accessed by walking and driving.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvents&parkId=129

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, February 4, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm!’ by David Shapiro. http://iceagecataclysm.craigmorecreations.com/

Deep Sky Wonders”, Tuesday, February 4, 6PM, 7:15PM, and 8:30PM, Mt Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
 featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Paula Sinclair Sings Stafford Poems”, Tuesday, February 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Singer/composer Paula Sinclair was inspired to set her most beloved poems to original music starting in 2006, interpreting the poems’ feel and imagery through vocals and acoustic guitar. In 2007 Sinclair recorded the album The Good Horse, which focuses on Oregon poets, including William Stafford, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Jarold Ramsey and Debbie West. In 2008 Paula worked with Allan Halbert, conductor and music director of Tigard-based orchestra Starlight Symphony, to produce a symphony-backed concert of her Stafford poems. Jean-Pierre Garau will be on the keyboard.” http://www.paulasinclair.com/poem-songs.html

Adventures on the Oregon Desert Trail”, Tuesday, February 4, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 2nd Floor, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Oregon west siders, mark your calendars! Join Oregon Natural Desert Association and two other special guests 1859 Oregon Magazine Editor Kevin Max and New York Times contributor Tim Neville -- for tales of adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail. Both are master storytellers and both have tested their mettle on sections of the 800-mile route. We’ll also share news on the upcoming public release of the Oregon Desert Trail's maps, guide information and GPS data. We hope to see you there!” http://onda.org/get-involved/events/sage-clegg-800-miles-on-the-oregon-desert-trail

Tween Book Blast”, Tuesday, February 4, 3:15PM, La Center Library, Vancouver. “This month we're discussing ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznik. When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.” http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.com/about_brian_bio.htm

Author Talk, “Kathy Masarie”, Tuesday, February 4, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. For parents. “Kathy Masarie reads from ‘Face to Face: Cultivating Kids' Social Lives in Today's Digital World”. She is one of six contributing authors. “As caring adults, we must protect the building blocks of kids' vitality and wellness. Outdoor play, family ties, safe havens, creativity, and rituals—these critical assets are especially vulnerable in a time of unprecedented busyness and ever-present media influence. To assist parents, grandparents, educators, and counselors in helping their children navigate the complexity of fostering relationships, we have written an inspiring guide: Face to Face: Cultivating Kids' Social Lives in Today's Digital World. The more people who read our book or hear our authors speak, the sooner we can shift the consciousness toward the value of real relationships in our kids' lives.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjrKD5kR9tQ

Magic Workshop for Tweens”, Wednesday, February 5, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested or ages 8-12. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/magic-workshop-tweens-0 “Tweens will learn some awesome magic tricks at this workshop! Would you like to dazzle your friends and family with your amazing magic skills? Come to the library for a magic workshop where you will learn three magic tricks. Kids will leave with all the elements necessary to perform the three tricks at home.” 

Symphony Storytime”, Wednesdays in February, 1PM, Sherwood Library. “Each one-hour storytime features one of the four families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Children and their parents experience a live musical collaboration between the library reader and an Oregon Symphony musician 4 times in a month at each location. Musicians play short selections, talk a little about their instrument and, after the stories are read aloud, audience members can try out each instrument!” http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/storytimes.aspx

Battle of the Books Club”, Wednesday, February 5, 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.” Read “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary. 

African- American Oregonians”, Wednesday, February 5, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Gwen Carr, a leader in the upcoming Oregon African-American Museum in Salem, will headline the February 5 monthly program of Tualatin Historical Society. Ms. Carr will highlight selected roles and contributions persons of African descent have made in Oregon history dating as far back as 1744. Close to Tualatin, for example, was John Livingstone, who grew up in Hannibal, Missouri , and was a childhood friend of Mark Twain. A child of slaves, Living- stone remained loyal to his master who brought him West in a wagon with John hiding some of the time in a big box to escape Union soldiers’ attention. They arrived in Clackamas County in 1864 where Livingstone eventually took over his former master’ s ranch, accumulated more farm lands in Oregon, and was a prominent member of the State Grange. At Livingstone’ s death in 1912, a Clackamas County justice said: 'His skin was as black as coal but his heart was alabaster. His word was gospel and I have often heard the bankers of the city say they would rather have John Livingstone’s word than that of any white man in the county in a financial transaction.' In 1911, George Fletcher competed in the World Championship Bronco Riding event at the Pendleton Rodeo event but was awarded second place only to be voted the ‘people’s champion.’ He was in the first class of inductees at the Pendleton Roundup Hall of Fame in 1969 and also the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2006. Injuries in World War I ended his rodeo career but he continued working as a ranch cowboy in Umatilla County until his death in 1973.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

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

Raptor Road Trip Rev-Up”, Wednesday, February 5, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx (preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/rrtrevup14); and Thursday, February 6, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $15 (preregistration required; email gruiz@audubonportland.org or call 503-349-9554. More info: http://audubonportland.org/sanctuaries/ep/raptor2014). “The Willamette Valley in winter is home to a host of hawks, eagles, and falcons - attracted by the mild climate and abundance of waterfowl. Identifying these raptors may seem daunting at first, but sorting through them all isn't so hard when you know what to look for. We'll learn the key field marks for all the local wintering raptors, and make side-by-side comparisons of similar species. This class is a great way to prepare yourself for the Raptor Road Trip extravaganza - sponsored by Portland Audubon, Metro and Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - which takes place the following Saturday at Sauvie Island.” 

Tween Book Club”, Wednesday, February 5, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 5-8. “Pick up the monthly pick at the Teen Desk; then join us for pizza and chat on the first Wednesdays of each month.” 

Hundred-Year Art Adventure Classes for Kids”, Wednesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 19, 4PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $10 per child, per class. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. “This winter, we’ll explore six art making trends of modern and contemporary art history, giving them all a try. Each class will involve painting, collage, sculpture, or installation experiments as well as a book form to take home that makes use of these materials and methods.” February 5- Mobiles; February 19- Action Painting. More info here: http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com/1/post/2013/12/hundred-year-art-adventure-classes-for-kids1.html 

Storytelling with Jacque”, Thursday, February 6, and Thursday, February 20, 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: Human Body”, Thursday, February 6, and Thursday, February 20, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Join us as we learn about the amazing human body - heartbeats, bones, eyesight, balance, and more! Craft time included.” 

Exhibition, “Inside Wildwood”, Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, April 5, Central Library, Collins Gallery. On Saturday, February 15 at 4PM there will be a brief talk by the curator and a book signing by the author and illustrator. “In 2011, the first book of the ‘Wildwood Chronicles’ was published to great acclaim. Written by Colin Meloy, singer and songwriter for the innovative Portland band The Decemberists, ‘Wildwood’ took readers on a lively adventure through the fictional forests of the Impassable Wilderness. Coupled with wonderful drawings and paintings by Carson Ellis, the husband and wife team produced a second book in 2012, ‘Under Wildwood’, and the final book in the trilogy, ‘Wildwood Imperium’, appears in February 2014. This is the first exhibition to combine the rich texts of Meloy with the stunning artwork of Ellis, with a little Decemberists thrown in. Manuscripts, notebooks, fragments of texts, sketches, finished drawings, paintings and memorabilia from the Decemberists will all be on exhibit.” http://www.wildwoodchronicles.com/

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, February 6, 4PM, Cascade Park Community Library. 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, “Mark Braverman”, Thursday, February 6, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “While Israel was established as a safe haven for the Jewish people, the expansionist aims and the oppressive policies of Israel make the prospects for peace in the Holy Land recede further as the years go by. Why, then, have the majority of Americans unconditionally supported Israel's policies, ignoring the human rights violations and thwarting the possibility of pulling Israel back from its self-destructive course? An American Jew, Mark Braverman thought he understood the reasons for Israel's existence. But when he began to understand the forces perpetuating the conflict, he realized just how far we are from achieving peace. Drawing on the historical lessons of the Civil Rights movement and the struggle against South African apartheid, Braverman offers a course of action both at home and abroad that will bring about a just and lasting peace. He delivers a strong message to Jews and Christians alike: it is not anti-Semitic to stand up for justice for the Palestinian people. A Wall in Jerusalem offers a provocative and unique perspective on this controversial issue and specific, real-time prescriptions for action, with specific emphasis on the role of the church in our time. Mark Braverman is an internationally known and respected author and speaker on the role of faith traditions in bringing healing and peace to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.” http://markbraverman.org/a-wall-in-jerusalem/

Climate Impacts of Fossil Fuel Exports in the Pacific Northwest”, Thursday, February 6, 12PM, Washington State University Vancouver, Center for Social and Environmental Justice, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, 14204 SE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free and open to all. “Join us for a free lecture presented by the Center for Social and Environmental Justice. The colloquium speaker is Eric de Place, policy director at Sightline Institute in Seattle. WSU Vancouver faculty respondents: Laurie Mercier, Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of History; Paul Thiers, associate professor of political science; and Steven Sylvester, associate professor of molecular biosciences. Eric de Place spearheads Sightline’s work on climate and energy policy. He is a leading Northwest expert on strategies to cut carbon pollution, writes extensively about coal and oil exports, and is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, railway congestion, coal dust, water pollution and economics. He also conducts research on demographics, stormwater runoff, transportation, land use and economic security. Previously he worked with the Northwest Area Foundation, developing strategies to alleviate poverty in rural communities. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.” http://events.vancouver.wsu.edu/event/eric-de-place-“climate-impacts-fossil-fuel-exports-pacific-northwest” 

Labor: The History of Work and Workers in the Pacific NW”, Thursday, February 6, 7PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Working people have created the economic, cultural, and social wealth of our nation. Yet their stories are missing from school textbooks, television and films, or even the daily newspaper. This panel discussion with three noted PNW authors will discuss the labor history of men and women in this region whose labor provided products to sustain and build communities while transforming the local job market to provide a living wage. This program kicks off a 3 part book discussion series that will take place at the Clark County Historical Museum in the spring. FVRL will provide copies of the books to interested parties who want to dig deeper into this subject. This program accompanies the current major exhibition at the CCHM- Labor: A Working History.” 

Author Talk, “Ralph Beebe”, Thursday, February 6, 7PM, Chehalem Cultural Center Lobby, 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=9448 “It is the 150th anniversary of our nation's Civil War. Experience a slice of American history through reader's theatre, live traditional music, and Q and A with local author and historian Ralph Beebe. Copies of ‘Cousins at War: A Civil War Novel’ will be available for purchase and the author will be on hand to sign books.” http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10917541.htm

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

Minidoka Kamishibai: 
Traditional Japanese Storytelling”, Friday, February 7, 7:30PM, Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (room to be decided), 8235 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Oregon Nikkei Endowment has partnered with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington to present the Minidoka Kamishibai at the 67th Annual NW District Buddhist Convention. The Minidoka Kamishibai honors the centuries-old tradition of Japanese storytelling, or kamishibai, which started in the early 12th century when Buddhist monks first used picture scrolls to tell stories with moral lessons. For the Minidoka Kamishibai, storyteller Fumiko ‘Fumi’ Groves will use illustrated pages from the children's book ‘The Minidoka Story’ to share firsthand memories of when Japanese Americans were imprisoned without trial during World War II. Kids and adults alike are invited to learn a moral lesson that should be passed on and never forgotten. Following the program, the author of The Minidoka Story, Sat Ichikawa, will join Fumi for a question and answer session and book signing.” http://www.oregonnikkei.org/activities.htm

Screening, “The Dark Side of Chocolate”, Friday, February 7, 6:30PM, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. “Before you bite into that Valentine’s Day chocolate, consider this: where did it come from? Much of the chocolate in the United States comes from cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, many of which use child labor and slavery, human trafficking, and other abuses. This 2010 film explores those abuses and what consumers can do.” http://www.thedarksideofchocolate.org/

“Settlement of Kiev and the Rus”, Friday, February 7, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served after the lecture in the Finnish Room in Cramer Hall. “Presenter is Dr. Sandra Freels. Dr. Freels will explain the unique history of Kiev with the blending of influences both from Scandinavian and Byzantine cultures.” http://www.scanheritage.org/c-15-friday-night-lecture-series.aspx http://www.pdx.edu/profile/meet-professor-sandra-freels

An Evening with Gary Snyder”, Friday, February 7, 5:15PM, Reed College, Vollum Lecture Hall, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Campus map here: http://www.reed.edu/facilities_services/reed_static_map.html “Poet, author, farmer, activist, and Buddhist scholar, Gary Snyder has published numerous collections of poetry and prose. A literature and anthropology major at Reed, Snyder was instrumental in the Beat Generation and San Francisco poetry movements of the’50s and ’60s. He studied linguistics and anthropology at Indiana University and East Asian languages at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1956 to 1968, he lived and studied in Kyoto, Japan. Snyder is an emeritus professor of the University of California at Davis. He has worked with a broad range of artists, scientists, environmentalists, and public policy specialists in dealing with the problems of nature and the wild in the global economy. His work has received the Pulitzer Prize, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the International Award from the Buddhist Transmission Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Letters and once served on the California Arts Council. Snyder was a keynote speaker at the Watershed conference on literature and the environment in Washington, D.C., and was the subject of the documentary ‘The Practice of the Wild’. He lives on a mountain farmstead in the Northern Sierra of California.” http://events.reed.edu/posts/2013-14/eliot-award-gary-snyder.html

The Hula of Hawaii”, Saturday, February 8, 3PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Come in from the cold and say ‘Aloha!’ to the hula. Dancers from Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a will perform and share the history of the hula in Hawaiian culture.” http://www.hulaaloha.org/

Basic Bird ID and the Great Backyard Bird Count”, Saturday, February 8, 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/basic-bird-id-the-great-backyard-bird-count/ “Get an overview of birding basics with Park Manager John Mullen and receive a packet of resources to help you get started or brush up on your bird identification. This is just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17. After 45 minutes of classroom discussion we’ll head out for some late afternoon birding. Appropriate for all ages with bird interests.” 

Raptor Road Trip”, Saturday, February 8, 9AM-2PM, Sauvie Island, beginning at Kruger’s Farm Market, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx. $10 per vehicle, cash only, which includes a daily parking permit for Sauvie Island. (The Audubon Society always uses the occasion to release rescue birds if they have a wild bird that is ready for release. Releases take place in the early afternoon at Howell Territorial Park. Be sure to ask if there will be a release when you arrive because it’s something you’ll not want to miss!) “Explore Sauvie Island in search of the magnificent Bald Eagles, hawks, and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts will host activities and answer your questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close, and sharpen your hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and donuts are available in the morning to keep you warm while you breakfast with the birds. Spotting scopes and a crash course in raptor identification will be provided at three island viewing locations, along with naturalists to help spot the birds. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, and dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine. The road trip is suitable for birders of all skill levels, and families are welcome! Three of the sites — Howell Territorial Park, Coon Point, and the Wildlife Viewing Platform — are wheelchair accessible.” http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/raptor-trip  If you’ve never been birding on Sauvie Island, it’s amazing! 

Professional Bull Riders”, Saturday, February 8, 7:30PM, Moda Center, Pdx. Ticket prices vary. “The Professional Bull Riders announced that its Touring Pro Division, featuring some of the top bull riders from around the country, will compete at the Moda Center on Saturday, February 8th. Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. The Touring Pro Division is the gateway for cowboys striving to compete on the elite nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series, which is comprised of the Top 35 bull riders in the world. Every five events on the BFTS, the Top 5 riders (based on money earned) from the TPD are allowed to move into the BFTS.” http://www.rosequarter.com/events/detail/professional-bull-riders

2014 Vancouver Chinese Association New Year Celebration Gala”, Saturday, February 8, 5:30PM, Union High School, 6201 NW Friberg St., Camas, WA. $8 adult, $6 seniors and kids 11 and under, free for kids 2 and under. Preregistration required; please email vca_usa@yahoo.com to RSVP or purchase tickets online here: http://vca-usa.org/blog/. “Full menu Chinese food, snacks, and beverages. Exciting performances throughout the night. Red envelopes and raffle tickets.” 

Valentine Collage”, Saturday, February 8, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Learn how to create your own collage paper valentines using decorative papers, fabrics and other embellishments. Materials and supplies provided, but bring your own supplies to add your unique flare.” 

Fossil Fest”, Saturday, February 8, 10AM- 4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 S. Marine Science Dr., Newport. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family requested. “Bring in your fossils and agates to show off and identify with other beachcombers during our annual day-long Fossil Fest event! Explore our special exhibits in the Visitor Center mingle with other like-minded fossil-philes. Our special guests include the North American Research Group, Dr. William Orr and Oregon Fossil Guy, Guy DiTorrice.” http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/exhibits-and-events/events

Author Talk, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Saturday, February 8, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “OPRD celebrates Black History Month with a book presentation and author's visit. In Breaking Chains, R. Gregory Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon’s pre-Civil War courts—Holmes v. Ford. Breaking Chains sheds light on a somber part of Oregon’s history, bringing the story of slavery in Oregon to a broader audience. The book will appeal to readers interested in Pacific Northwest history and in the history of slavery in the United States. Come meet the author and hear about this chapter of Oregon's history.” http://gregnokes.com/books/

“Free Family Day”, Saturday, February 8, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Make books and spiral art while checking out our new exhibits, ‘James Minden: Light Drawings’ and ‘100 Years of Change: the Carnegie Library in Hillsboro 1914- 2014.’ Painter and printmaker James Minden explores a new art medium he calls light drawing. They are handmade holograms, as they are interactive and appear three-dimensional. These are the only serious art pieces currently being created using this medium, the largest abrasion holograms ever made and are among the largest holograms, of any kind, to be created in an art context. The interactive nature of these pieces is best seen in person.” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/familydays   http://jamesminden.com/

Concert, “Reggae Band Rhythm Culture”, Saturday, February 8, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. http://www.rhythmculture.org/Bio/

Trashanalia”, Saturday, February 8, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); and Saturday, February 22, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “It’s Trashanalia Day and the occupants of Trash Island are celebrating! Join King Neptune as he sings songs on his canjo (a banjo made of a can) and introduces a slew of trash puppets. Charleston Turtle, Scrappy Seagull and Felix the Hermit Crab learn to recycle, reduce and reuse as they sing, dance and celebrate. KC Puppetree’s performances include original songs and puppets made out of up-cycled and re-used items. Post show scrap puppet crafting is also available. This programming has been made possible through collaborations with Tears of Joy Theatre and SCRAP.” 

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, February 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. http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/events/

Concert, “Sky In The Road”, Saturday, February 8, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest write and perform songs in that magical place where heaven meets earth, the blend of ethereal and rhythmic, of eternal and temporal - where the Sky meets the Road.” http://www.skyintheroad.com/

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, February 8, 1PM, with sign-ups at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Portland’s only kid-friendly trivia event invites your whole family to the best trivia on Saturday afternoons on Mississippi Avenue. Questions for both adults and kids, multimedia clips, physical challenges, and plenty of great music mean a fun challenge and a good time for all. Teams of up to five players play FREE for fun prizes.” 

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, February 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Getting Stuck and Getting Over It,’ a writing workshop for young adults, authors Graham Salisbury and Rosanne Parry will talk about sticking with your story when the going gets tough and how you might do the same with your school assignments.” http://grahamsalisbury.com/ http://rosanneparry.com/ 

Mad Science Presents, “Where’s the Water, Watson?”, Saturday, February 8, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Thursday, February 20, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM). “Join our Mad Scientist and his detective assistant, Watson the flea, to explore the unique and magical attributes using the water cycle. Telling the water cycle story using music, interactive engagement, visual imagery and repetition will both entertain and educate our youngest audience members. From evaporation to condensation, to precipitation, to collection and back to evaporation … experience the cycle right there on stage!” 

Love Your Trees”, Saturday, February 8, 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “February is a great month to show your love for trees! Trees are special - even those that have lost their leaves for the winter. Enjoy making various crafts from different parts of a tree. Kids and families are invited to join the fun and learn more while appreciating trees.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

African American Read-In”, Sunday, February 9, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Local celebrities and community leaders read from works by their favorite African American writers at the 18th annual African American Read-In. Fiction and nonfiction for children and adults will be featured in an afternoon of good words from great works.” 

The Curious Garden”, Sunday, February 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.” http://www.curiouscomedy.org/events/curious-garden/

You Who: Children’s Rock Variety Show”, Sunday, February 9, 12PM doors open with live DJ and crafting; show begins at 1PM, Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. $10 adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, free for non-walkers. All ages welcome. Featuring Ural Thomas and the Pain. https://www.facebook.com/uralthomasandthepain “You Who, a monthly children's rock variety show, is a half hour-ish of variety entertainment featuring DJs and interactive dance parties with giant barn owls, musical guests, stories, skits, sing-a-longs, cartoons, artists, puppets, parades and performers. The second half hour-ish features a live rock, hip-hop, or dance band.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/122292-YOU-WHO-Childrens-Rock-Variety-Show-

I Love Felted Beads”, Sunday, February 9, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Pruett Room. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Are you looking for some good clean fun? Do you like to work with your hands? Come get tactile as we combine wool, water, a little soap, and a lot of ball-rolling action to make felted beads. Make one or enough for a bracelet!” 

All About Earthquakes”, Sunday, February 9, 10AM, OMSI, Watershed Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket, one person per ticket. Buy tickets online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/all-about-earthquakes/020914 “Why do earthquakes happen? Will we get a large earthquake in Oregon or Washington? 
Experiment with a simple earthquake model to see how well you can forecast an earthquake.” 

Author Talk, “John Laursen”, Sunday, February 9, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Books available for signing and purchase. “Join us for an informative and entertaining slide talk of photographs and stories from ‘Wild Beauty: Pho­tographs of the Columbia Gorge, 1867–1957’. ‘Wild Beauty’, a selection of the finest surviving historical photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, is a portrait of one of the West’s primal landscapes through nearly a century of profound change — beginning in 1867, when the Gorge still looked much as it did when Lewis and Clark made their way through in 1805, and ending in 1957, when the river was dramatically transformed by the construction of the Dalles Dam and the drowning of the centuries-old Indian fishing grounds at Celilo Falls.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm

The Art of Butchery”, Sunday, February 9, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “Discover the origins of bacon and other cuts of meat. Eric Ferguson of Fino in Fondo will demonstrate the butchering of half a pig.” http://finoinfondo.com/

Walk and Poetry Reading at the Stafford Stones”, Sunday, February 9, 1:30PM, Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Rd., Lake Oswego, beginning at the covered shelter. “Enjoy a poetry reading in beautiful Foothills Park at the historic Stafford Stones, a ring of basalt columns engraved with William Stafford’s poetry. Lake Oswego Junior High student Anushka Nair will read the two poems that are published in We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford. This recently published book is a collection of 45 poems by students from around the state of Oregon. Also, members of the Friends of William Stafford will be there to read some of their favorite works. The Friends of William Stafford is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the power of poetry and literature by modeling the legacy, life, and works of William Stafford. The docent is from the Arts Council of Lake Oswego.” 

Who is York?”, Sunday, February 9, 3PM, Kenton Library; and Sunday, February 16. 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Presented by filmmaker Ron Craig. “The Lewis and Clark Expedition - a pivotal moment in American history. But the story of York, a slave to William Clark and comrade on this journey, has been obscured by omission and stereotype. Learn about this unofficial member of the Corps of Discovery.” http://alumni.honors.uoregon.edu/content/ron-craig

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, February 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.” 

Get Out! Backpacking”, Sunday, February 9, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room; Sunday, February 23, 3PM, Troutdale Library; and Friday, February 28, 4PM, Midland Library. “Do you want to go hiking or backpacking but feel you don’t have the experience, gear, knowledge or motivation to get out there? Wilderness expert Erik Soltan, of Get Out! Backpacking, will provide you with an introduction to hiking northwest trails and will discuss the personal tools and skills you need to be self-sufficient in the outdoors.” http://getoutbackpacking.com/

Introduction to Food Preservation”, Sunday, February 9, 3PM, Troutdale Library. “Learn about how and why different methods of preservation are used, how to identify current and safe references, and what equipment is necessary or just nice for successful food preservation. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service.” 

Recycling and Composting 101”, Sunday, February 9, 1PM, Midland Library; and Tuesday, February 11, 6:30PM, Holgate Library. “Join Michelle from Waste Management of Portland as she presents an in-depth introduction to waste reduction techniques, the environmental benefits of composting and recycling, where your waste goes for processing, and which materials can be included in your composting and recycling collection.” 

Screening, “Every War Has Two Losers”, Sunday, February 9, 2PM-4PM, Cedar Mill Library, upstairs meeting room; Monday, February 10, 7PM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego; and Thursday, February 13, 7PM, Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Why do we believe war is inevitable? Can you win a war? When does a war end? Does it ever? A lifetime pacifist, much of the writing and activism of William Stafford focused on the potential for reconciliation as an alternative to choosing war. Based on Stafford's journals, film producer Haydn Reiss confronts collective beliefs surrounding war in this compelling film that features literary voices such as Alice Walker, Maxine Kong Kingston, Robert Bly, and Kim Stafford. Together they embark with Stafford on a search for a wiser and less violent world. Mr. Reiss travels from San Francisco to present his film and conduct a Q and A after the screening.” http://www.everywar.com/

Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood”, Monday, February 10, 4PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/name-tree-get-know-trees-your-neighborhood “Ever stopped to think about that tree in front of your house? How about those that shade the schoolyard or your walk to the bus stop? Every day Portlanders walk, bike, bus or drive past thousands of trees. They shade our streets and homes, filter water and air, and provide habitat to urban wildlife. Portland is a Tree City USA, home to a diverse and growing urban canopy. Do you know their names? How or why they were planted here? What will they look like in the fall ... in the winter? Get on a first-name basis with the urban forest in this fun session with your Neighborhood Tree Stewards. We'll teach you how to use a tree identification book, and then you'll take your new skills for a walk! The first half of this program will take place in the library, the second half will be a short walk exploring the neighborhood's trees.” 

Cry of the Pacific Lamprey: What This Ancient Fish Is Telling Us About Our Waters”, Monday, February 10, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Jeremy Monroe, Freshwaters Illustrated, and Carl Schreck, Oregon State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. “Lamprey lack the charisma of Chinook salmon, steelhead or even the sturgeon. With a powerful mouth disc, lamprey latch onto other fish and suck out body fluids. Older than the dinosaurs, these ancient fish have successfully negotiated at least four planetary extinction events. However, they may not survive changes brought about by humans. At the February 10 Corvallis Science Pub, Jeremy Monroe and Carl Schreck will take us on a trip underwater to see lamprey in their native habitat. We’ll hear what researchers are doing to understand the lamprey lifestyle and what we can do to sustain lamprey and preserve their function in freshwater ecosystems. Marine mammals and birds prey on lamprey, and humans have harvested lamprey for millennia.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis/021014 

Make Your Own Kombucha”, Monday, February 10, 6PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Wednesday, February 19, 6PM, Hollywood Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/make-your-own-kombucha/17083). “Kombucha tea is an ancient, health-promoting, probiotic tonic that is easy and inexpensive to make at home in your own kitchen. Join local fermentation expert Dori Oliver to learn the five simple steps to making your own delicious kombucha. In addition to tasting a variety of brews, you’ll take home a packet of recipes, learn tips and tricks for increasing the natural carbonation, and how to add fruit flavors and herbs.” http://nourishingfoodways.com/about-dori/

Analog Post Revival: Valentines”, Monday, February 10, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5- $20 suggested donation. “Join us on the second Monday of every month for the Analog Post Revival Series, an all-ages community arts event dedicated to bringing back the lost art of sending letters. Each session will begin with a short tutorial on topics like stationery-making, handmade card crafting, or upcycled postcards and envelopes, followed by an open studio session for writing letters, finally sending out those thank-you notes, or even signing up for a post-art pen-pal. If you’ve been meaning to come check out what the IPRC has to offer, bring a friend down to the studio and spend an evening crafting with us for free. Donations accepted, snacks welcome, some materials provided.”  http://www.iprc.org/category/calendar

Portland Opera To Go Presents, “ La Bohème”, Monday, February 10, 12PM, Portland5, Antionette Hatfiled Hall Rotunda Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “Portland Opera to Go presents an abridged version of the classic opera, La Bohème. With music by Giacomo Puccini and set in 1830’s Paris, La Bohème is the story of four Bohemian friends: a poet, a painter, a musician, and a philosopher. The poet, Rodolfo, falls in love with Mimì, a seamstress who is in fragile health. Their romance is stormy, the music is unforgettable, and the ending is tragic yet beautiful. Share this special event with your child or grandchild.” http://www.portland5.com/antoinette-hatfield-hall/events/noontime-showcase-portland-opera-go Seating is always limited, so I suggest getting there early! 

Oregon Battle of the Books Club”, Tuesday, February 11, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required in person at the library. “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 October through March, we will talk about two great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd through 5th grade. Twenty children will be given free copies of the two books being discussed! Registration for February's session will begin on Thursday, January 2. PLEASE NOTE: You must register in person at the library. Parents may register their own children, or any children that are present. You will be given the option to take home free copies of the two books. If you already own the books, we appreciate if you leave the free books for a child who does not already own them. In February, we will discuss ‘Waiting for the Magic” by Patricia MacLachlan and “Pie” by Sarah Weeks.” http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/Kids/AuthorsAndIllustrators/ContributorDetail.aspx?CId=12425 http://www.sarahweeks.com/sweeks-pie.htm

Family Book Group- For the Younger Set”, Tuesday, February 11, 3:30PM, Northwest Library. “Boys and girls in grades 1-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.” 

Canby Celebrates the Great William Stafford”, Tuesday, February 11, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Stafford expert Brian Doyle will let us glimpse into the life and work of Oregon's most famous poet and writer.” 

Marbled Murrelets- Recovering a Rare Bird”, Tuesday, February 11, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 SW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “For a bird that is shy, secretive and well-camouflaged, the Marbled Murrelet spends a lot of time in the limelight. On Feb. 11, Marbled Murrelet experts Maria Mudd Ruth and Paul Engelmeyer will share stories and slides about the high-profile species and ongoing efforts to protect it. From the groundbreaking discovery of a Marbled Murrelet nest site in 1974 to recent court victories that have protected the bird’s habitat, the presentation will provide a fascinating look at species recovery. For 185 years, this Pacific Northwest seabird drew the attention of ornithologists, birders, and naturalists who searched the coast for its nests – no one knew where the robin-sized bird raised its young. The species’ nest site was long considered the “greatest ornithological mystery in North America,” and Marbled Murrelets came to be known as the “enigma of the Pacific.” The mystery was finally solved in 1974 when an arborist found a Marbled Murrelet nest in an old-growth Douglas-fir tree. This revelation helped scientists determine that murrelets depend on mature and old-growth coastal forests for survival, and that the continued logging of these forests posed a major threat to the birds’ survival. Led by the Audubon Society of Portland, conservation groups rallied around the Marbled Murrelet and in 1992 won protections for it under the Endangered Species Act. Today, conservationists use a variety of approaches to protect the species, including habitat restoration, population monitoring, and litigation.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-feb2014

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk about Books”, Tuesday, February 11, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 9-11. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. This month we're reading ‘Juliet Dove Queen of Love’ by Bruce Coville. A shy twelve-year-old girl must solve a puzzle involving characters from Greek mythology to free herself from a spell which makes her irresistible to boys.” http://www.brucecoville.com/books.asp?tid=171

Heart of Hearts”, Wednesday, February 12, 4PM, Midland Library. “Get creative this winter by making your own origami valentines! Under the instruction of artist Eileen Holzman, participants will learn to fold various origami hearts to use as embellishments for beautiful cards.” 

Concert, “The Stomptowners”, Wednesday, February 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “The Stomptowners is a dynamic group featuring traditional Irish instrumentation, voice and foot percussion. Expect to hear an exciting blend of foot stomping jigs, reels and hornpipes interlaced with melodic, soulful Celtic songs, feisty sea shanties and a few good pub songs. Having percussive dance adds a key visual component which sets the act apart from other traditional Irish bands. Do not just sit there passively! Lead vocalist and local Liverpudlian, Andrea Wild, is only too pleased to lead a rabble rousing chorus and foot percussionist extraordinaire and Irish dance choreographer, Maldon Meehan, will have you up on the floor in no time.” http://www.reverbnation.com/thestomptowners

Concert, “Chuck Bolsinger”, Wednesday, February 12, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Chuck Bolsinger presents guitar and harmonica arrangements, both instrumentals and vocals from here, there and yonder.” 

Concert and Talk, “Enric Sifa”, Thursday, February 13, 7PM, North Plains Library. “Musician Enric Sifa will perform Rwandan songs and tell his story of growing up during the Rwandan Genocide.” More about Enric and his story here: http://enricsifa.com/enric-sifa-at-running-the-rift-a-one-book-one-community-event/

Roots, Reality and Rhyme Poems by Turiya Autry”, Thursday, February 13, 6:30PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “A book release for poet Turiya Autry. Free and open to the public.” http://www.turiyaautry.com/ Some curse words will most likely be employed in her poems. However the samples of her poetry I read on her website were pretty awesome. 

The Higgs Boson: How It Was Discovered and What It Tells Us About the Universe”, Thursday, February 13, 7PM, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. Presented by Jim Brau, the Philip H. Knight Professor in the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Oregon. “Brau will engage you in a lively discussion about the Higgs Boson, including the search for and discovery of this elusive particle. He will explain why its discovery was expected and how it relates to the origin of the universe.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene/021314

Origami After School”, Thursday, February 13, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Kids - learn the ancient art of paper folding during this fun afternoon program led by Sensei Lois.” 

Stories from the Twilight Zone”, Wednesday, February 12, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver Room Level 5. “Join us for readings of short stories from that realm of imagination called ... the Twilight Zone.” 

Successful Organic Vegetable Gardening”, Thursdays, February 13, 20, and 27, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Oak Grove resident and expert gardener Arthur Moore brings his years of experience to the library for a 3 week series. He will share his insights on a number of subjects, including soil preparation, organic fertilizer, raised beds, timetables, vegetable varieties, seed saving, and winter gardening.” 

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning”, Thursday, February 13, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “February is the perfect time to prune many fruit trees grown in the Willamette Valley! Good, timely pruning can improve the shape, strength, and fruit set of your trees while reducing pests and disease. Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit will give you the information you need to prune your fruit trees with confidence and skill.” http://www.corefruitinstitute.com/

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe”, Thursday, February 13, 7PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Traditional African dances with two drummers. The performance is suitable for all ages.” http://www.kukatonondancetroupe.com/

Mathmania”, Friday, February 14, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. “Have fun with math activities.” 

Valentine’s Dance”, Friday, February 14, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Put on your dancing shoes and swing and strut to the tunes of Calamity Jazz Band. Or just sit back and enjoy the music. They will woo you with a variety of musical styles ranging from traditional jazz, ragtime and swing to big band classics, plus romantic classics such as ‘L-O-V-E’ and ‘Just a Kiss to Build a Dream On’.” http://www.calamityjazz.com/

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, February 14, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library. “Join us for a great book each month. Pick up a book at the library to read before the meeting. Light refreshments provided. Stay after for a craft. This month we are discussing ‘Marley: A Dog Like No Other’ by John Grogan. Make way for Marley! When the Grogan family is ready for a dog, they choose Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. Marley has a zest for life, and as he grows, so does his enthusiasm. He has an appetite for whatever he can get his paws on—from fine jewelry to underwear—and the one thing he always finds is trouble. Marley even gets kicked out of obedience school! Can this rambunctious pup ever learn how to be a good boy?” http://www.johngroganbooks.com/marleychild.html

Great Backyard Bird Count”, Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17. All the info you need to participate is here:  http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ “The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds. Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website. Scientists use the GBBC information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the big picture about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions.” 

The Bug Chicks”, Saturday, February 15, 1:30PM, Sherwood Library. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Insect Workshop: Two lively entomologists will lead this fun educational program about BUGS! This interactive class features live insects and arthropods.” 

Music Maestrali Presents, “Capricci a Due Stromenti: 17th-Century Duets for Lutes and Theorbos”, Saturday, February 15, 7:30PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors. “Hideki Yamaya of Musica Maestrale will be joined by John Lenti, lutenist for Portland Baroque Orchestra, for an exciting program of Italian early baroque music for lutes and theorbos. Of particular interest are duets by Bellerofonte Castaldi for theorbo and tiorbino, or octave-pitched theorbo, an extremely rare instrument. Other composers represented include Alessandro Piccinini and Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger.” http://musicamaestrale.org/

Quick and Easy Plant Propagation”, Saturday, February 15, 10:30AM, Forest Grove Library. “Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners.” 

Soap Making”, Saturday, February 15, 10AM, OMSI, Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $15 per ticket, maximum 3 participants per ticket. Tickets available online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/soap-making/021514 “Make soap while learning about the reactions that go into making soap and why it is so great at cleaning! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket gets you all the ingredients necessary to make one pound of soap (about 6-8 bars).” 

150 Years of Library Love”, Saturday, February 15, 11AM, Northwest Library; 11AM, North Portland Library; 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; 12PM Midland Library; 1PM Central Library US Bank Room; 1PM St. Johns Library; 1PM Albina Library; 1PM Belmont Library; 1PM Gregory Heights Library; 1:30PM Rockwood Library; 2PM Woodstock Library; 2PM Fairview-Columbia Library; 2PM Hillsdale Library; 2PM Capitol Hill Library; 2:30PM Kenton Library; 3PM Gresham Library; 3PM Holgate Library; 3PM Troutdale Library; 4PM Hollywood Library. “Come celebrate Multnomah County Library's 150th birthday and show your 'Library Love' by writing love notes to your library. Join us for fun family craft activities and heart-shaped treats!” 

Monster Jam”, Saturday, February 15, 2PM and 7:30PM, Moda Center, Pdx. Ticket prices vary. “Monster Jam stars the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - or smash through. The 2014 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.” http://www.rosequarter.com/events/detail/monster-jam

Native Conifers 202- Conifers of the Pacific Northwest”, Saturday, February 20, 1PM; and Wednesday, February 19, 10AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Learn to identify all 30 conifers native to the Pacific Northwest! “Interested in expanding your knowledge of native conifers? This winter take a class with author Ken Denniston to help you identify the conifers of the Pacific Northwest. Each class will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.” http://www.nwconifers.com/ 

Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home”, Saturday, February 15, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library, upstairs community room. “Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home. The trials of homecoming are vast and complex, often resonating with tales of Odysseus' journey back to Ithaca from the Trojan War. Photographer and free lance writer Jim Lommasson leads a conversation considering the wars at home faced not only by returning veterans but also by communities at large.” http://lommassonpictures.com/

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, February 15, 12PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “A series of live demonstrations, and talks about the history, people and crafts at Champoeg. The events will run from noon till 3:00 pm. Times and topics are in order of appearance and visitors can choose to attend one or all. Archaeologist DJ Rogers will present ‘Contracts for Adventure: the Hawaiian Laborers of the Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trade’. Not only did the Hudson’s Bay Company have a re-supply station in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), they also hired Islanders for work. These men were an integral part of the fur trade and thus a part of the Northwest. Tools of the Beaver Trapper- Hide tanner and artist, Shaun Deller, will present a thorough look at the tools and day to day life of the beaver trapper in the early Oregon Territory. Who were these men? Why did they come to the Northwest to trap beavers? What were the tools of the trade? Why did these trappers frequently camp at Champoeg? A Webfoot Volunteer- Park Ranger Matt Huerter from Fort Yamhill State Park will present another first person living history demonstration. Portraying a soldier of the U.S. Army who would have been stationed in western Oregon from 1856-1858, Matt takes us back in time to see what a soldiers life was like and the history they participated in.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=41998

Birding at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, February 15, 9AM-12PM, 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. Dress for the weather. Beginners welcome.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/oaksbfeb

Concert, “2jazzguitars”, Saturday, February 15, 2:30PM, Belmont Library. “We never know where the conversation will go or how the musical story will unfold, but that’s part of the excitement with Ben Graves and Neil Mattson’s jazz guitar presentations.” http://2jazzguitars.com/

Preserving Oregon’s Sweetest Things”, Sunday, February 16, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Join us for an overview of canning, freezing, juicing and jamming Oregon’s delicious and abundant fresh fruits. Review basic techniques, necessary equipment, and up-to-date references and resources to help prepare you for the upcoming food preservation season. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service.” 

Community Critter Dive”, Sunday, February 16, 10AM, Fort Ward Park, 2241 Pleasant Beach Dr., Bainbridge Island, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://islandwood.org/event/community-critter-dive “Join IslandWood educators and certified beach naturalists as we identify sea stars, nudibranchs, sea cucumbers, urchins, marine worms and more! Participants will get a close-up look at critters brought back from the briney deep by volunteer divers and placed gently into kiddie swimming pools. We'll have some of our favorite marine life field guides to enhance identification. Beach naturalists will model respectful techniques for interacting with wildlife as we practice being responsible beach stewards while enjoying our investigations and outdoor fun alongside Rich Passage (part of the Puget Sound). Please wear rain boots and warm clothing. For the safety of the marine life, please no dogs at this event.” We went last year and it was an extra super cool event! We never guessed there were so many strange and beautiful critters just a few yards from the beach. Worth the drive! 

Wildlife Care Center Open House”, Sunday, February 16, 11AM-5PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. If you call 503-292-0304, you may be able to reserve a behind the scenes tour of the wildlife care center. There is a suggested donation of $5 per adult or $10 per family. Otherwise there is still plenty to see, including the 8 education birds greeting visitors, a hands-on raptor education station, and a question and answer time with a wildlife veterinarian. Plus the trails behind the building, in the wildlife sanctuary are gorgeous! http://audubonportland.org/wcc/openhouse

African Flower Dance”, Sunday, February 16, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “Join the Mathias Galley African Dance Ensemble in learning the ceremonial African flower dance that is performed during weddings, births and holidays. Mathias will do a short performance before teaching these moves to the audience. In this fun and energetic workshop, Mathias will use native instruments, including African drums and bells, to get the audience up and moving to the beat.” http://www.mathiasgalley.com/

Poetry Reading, “Henry Carlile”, Sunday, February 16, 7PM, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego. “Poet Henry Carlile will read from his most recent publication, Oregon . A native of San Francisco, Carlile grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, and numerous other journals. Carlile is the author of four published collections of poetry. He will share his memories of William Stafford and discuss Stafford’s influence on his own poetry. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite Stafford poem to read.” http://www.henrycarlile.com/

Concert, “Corral Creek Bluegrass”, Sunday, February 16, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “Join Corral Creek Bluegrass for a family show including sing-a-longs, humorous stories, and good old Gospel and Bluegrass music.” http://corralcreekbluegrass.com/

PCC Lunar New Year Celebration”, Monday, February 17, 11:30AM-2PM, Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Pdx. “The family friendly event features a lion dance, face painting, music, Asian dances, vendors, door prizes, Asian buffet, and more. Open to the public - children are welcome!” http://www.pcc.edu/about/events/asian-new-year/

White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Tuesday, February 18, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the state remains one of the whitest in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse, inclusive communities despite the accomplishments since the civil rights era. What does the racial integration of place require of us, and how might we prepare to create and embrace this opportunity? Emily M. Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. Her primary areas of research involve understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions.” 

Easter Island: 15,000 years of New Discoveries “, Tuesday, February 18, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “For the past 10 years, paleoecologist Candace Gossen has cored the ancient crater lakes on Easter Island. Challenging the current theory that humans cut down the forests and caused their own demise, Candace wanted to know if there was another reason like climate change, drought, insects, or something else yet unknown that may have caused the disappearance of the largest palm trees in the world. Before 1980 there was no evidence that any tree existed on this island ever. In 1920, Carl Skottsberg, a naturalist sailing the South Pacific Islands, conducted the first survey of the plants and living things on the island. He found what most explorers landing in the 1700s wrote about as a barren grassland with no trees standing over 10' tall. However, Skottsberg claimed this island should be anything but a grassland, something was wrong. He called the crater lake, Rano Kao a ‘somewhat dangerous quagmire which cannot be bored with usual methods.’ Come find out what Candace has discovered, see videos of her coring adventures and hear the real story of Easter Island.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/021814 

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, February 18, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘The Magic Half’ by Annie Barrows.” http://www.anniebarrows.com/magichalf/aboutmagichalf/

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, February 18, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read ‘Al Capone Does My Shirts’ by Gennifer Choldenko.” http://www.choldenko.com/

Bhutan: Treks and Tours in the Exotic Eastern Himalayas”, Tuesday, February 18, 6PM, Stevenson Library, Stevenson, WA. “Author Don Messerschmidt will give a presentation on his most recent travels and trekking in Bhutan.” 

Author Talk, “Kate Scott and Suzy Vitello: Portland Teen Read Novelists”, Tuesday, February 18, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Kate Scott's debut novel for teens, ‘Counting to D’, is set in Southwest Portland. The kids at Sam's school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That's what it means to be dyslexic: smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam's got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight--without being able to read. http://www.katescottwrites.com/p/books.html Suzy Vitello's ‘The Moment Before’ is a novel about a 17-year-old girl, Brady Wilson, whose popular sister has just died in a tragic cheerleading accident. Brady is an artsy loner type, who lives in a slightly altered version of Southwest Portland. As she emerges from the shock of the tragedy, Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents' marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in her search for answers surrounding her sister's death. As this unlikely friendship blossoms, Brady learns more about her sister--and love--than she bargained for.” http://www.suzyvitello.com/books/the-moment-before/ 

Battle of the Books Club”, Wednesday, February 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.” Read “Pie” by Sarah Weeks. http://www.sarahweeks.com/sweeks-pie.htm

Author Talk, “Tom Zoellner”, Wednesday, February 19, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Tom Zoellner reads from his book, “Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World—from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief”. “Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new book he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic MagLev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man’s relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil. Zoellner also considers America’s culture of ambivalence to mass transit, using the perpetually stalled line between Los Angeles and San Francisco as a case study in bureaucracy and public indifference. Train presents both an entertaining history of railway travel around the world while offering a serious and impassioned case for the future of train travel.” 

Concert, “John Nilsen”, Wednesday, February 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Local pianist John Nilsen will perform a mix of jazz, folk, and rock.” http://www.johnnilsen.com/johnnilsen.html

Natural History of Red Tree Voles in Oregon”, Wednesday, February 19, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.owhf.org/discovering-wildlife-lecture-series “Since it was first discovered in 1890, the red tree vole has remained a mysterious resident of the forests of western Oregon. Most people don’t even know they exist, and even those who study them often have a difficult time finding them. Although they appear to be a fairly common resident in old forests in western Oregon, there is concern that their numbers may be declining as a result of habitat loss, especially in northwest Oregon, where there is little federal land and very little old forest. Because of concerns about habitat loss and evidence of low population numbers in some areas, the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently concluded that the red tree vole warrants listing as a threatened species in parts of its range. In this talk Eric will describe what we know about the distribution and population status of the tree vole and describe the behavior of the species based on recent studies in which video cameras were used to observe tree voles at night. Please join us for a presentation on the natural history and management of red tree vole in Oregon.” 

Tualatin High School Theatre Presents, “The Adventures of Hir and Ranjha”, Wednesday, February 19, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Tualatin High School Theater presents an abbreviated Punjabi version of Romeo and Juliet written in 1748 by a man named Waris Shah.” 

West African Dance Workshop”, Thursday, February 20, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Experience the joy and richness of West African countries such as Senegal, Guinea and Ghana through dance, drumming and traditional call and response songs. Presenter Habiba Addo's warm sense of humor and genuine respect for revered African dance traditions guarantee an enjoyable and uplifting experience for all participants.” http://www.habibasvillage.com/

A Power-ful Story That Continues Today”, Thursday, February 20, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 suggested donation. “PGE traces the history of how the falls at Oregon City became the first hub for regional power generation and manufacturing that employed hundreds of Oregonians for generations. PSU geology professor Scott Burns and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde often cite the unique history of the Falls that is still evolving today. The site is now protected as a national heritage area. Join us at the Heritage Center for this interesting program.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Concert, “Here Comes Everybody”, Thursday, February 20, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Northwest pop/rock band Here Comes Everybody will perform original tunes based on William Shakespeare's plays: Hamlet, MidSummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. Come experience the words of Shakespeare set to music and brought to you by experienced songwriters and skilled musicians.” http://herecomeseverybody.com/

Author Talk, “Elizabeth Kolbert”, Thursday, February 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Elizabeth Kolbert reads from her book, “The Sixth Extinction”. “A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.  Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In ‘The Sixth Extinction’, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/elizabeth_kolbert/search?contributorName=elizabeth%20kolbert

Paracord Bracelets”, Thursday, February 20, 4PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853 x4. “Paracord bracelets have been used by hikers and military personnel as a handy emergency tool for years. Learn to make your own in just one short lesson! “ 

Family Heirloom Arts Workshop”, Thursday, February 20, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Join Lisa Kagan as she shares her own process in uncovering her family history and creating an illustrated family heirloom book. She will offer tips for getting started in creating your own illustrated family heirloom book. Participants will explore how to uncover hidden family treasures, conduct interviews, research, write, illustrate and design their book. Personal history projects are a wonderful way to preserve your family stories, honor your ancestors, deepen your understanding of your relationship with your own life, and share the wisdom and experiences of the past with future generations.” 

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, February 20, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Watch episodes of all the Doctors and discuss/share any "Who" related news. All ages welcome. Third Thursday of every month.” 

Concert, “MT Duo”, Friday, February 21, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. Mary Rowell and Tatiana Kolchanova perform violin duets. http://www.rowellmusic.net/mt-duo/

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, February 22, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/wapato-nature-walks-6/ “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Directions: To reach Wapato Greenway parking lot travel from the bridge onto the island, continue north on Sauvie Island Road, past the intersection with Reeder Rd, past Ferry Road boat ramp turnoff, to the marked parking lot on the left.” 

Teatro Milagro Presents, “Aventuras de Don Quixote”, Saturday, February 22, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Bilingual. Suggested for school aged children. “Inspired by Cervantes' famous novel, Aventuras de Don Quixote is a rollicking, adventurous tale full of whimsical follies and rich with imagination. Adapted to younger audiences, Aventuras follows the journey of a young girl who does not like to read, but is unwittingly drawn into Don Quixote's surreal world of adventures at the library, where she learns just how exciting and life-changing a book can really be.” http://www.milagro.org/1-Performance-Presentacion/TeatroMilagro/aventuras.html

Birding at the Sandy River Delta”, Saturday, February 22, 8AM-11AM. Free. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano on a walk around this rich riparian area near the Columbia River looking for wintering sparrows and possible rare winter vagrants. From Portland take I¬84 east, take Exit 18. At the stop sign turn right and loop under the freeway. Meet Ron at 8am at the parking lot by the restrooms, and we should be done by 11am. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.. Beginners welcome!” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/srdfeb14

OMSI Reptile Program”, Saturday, February 22, 12PM, Cedar Hills Crossing. 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Free. “OMSI hosts this fun and educational event on Reptiles! We'll get up close and personal with live reptiles in order to study the features that make this animal unique. Join us inside the mall for this event.” http://www.cedarhillscrossing.com/events

Acting Techniques with Bag and Baggage Productions”, Saturday, February 22, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “Enjoy play acting games and learn basic physical and vocal techniques with actress Cassie Greer of Hillsboro's own Bag and Baggage Productions.” 

Nature Discovery Days”, Saturday, February 22, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “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. Explore artifacts of indigenous life in the Northwest. Learn how stinging nettle was made into fishing nets and which plants were used for arrows. See why Oregon Grape makes an excellent dye. This discovery day will be dedicated to showcasing how this forest supported human life and culture thousands of years.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/nature-discovery-days-5/

If Not For Kidnap and Rattapallax Poetry Reading”, Saturday, February 22, 7PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “The PDX-grown If Not For Kidnap and the truly international Rattapallax invite you an evening of world-class poetry and film. Matthew Cooperman, Brandon Downing, Donald Dunbar, Lucy Ives, Aby Kaupang, Nathalie Handal, and Flávia Rocha will read from their work, and the Caecilia Tripp will be screening her film Music for (Prepared) Bicycles – Score Two – New York Chapter during the evening. A special guest whose name is too big to fit in the PR will close the night out. The event will start at 7pm (sharp!) and finish up at 9:30. Refreshments will be provided for a small donation, and books will be on sale.” http://www.iprc.org/category/calendar/page/2 What looks especially intriguing to me is Caecilia Tripp’s film, of a bicycle ride through NYC with a bicycle that has guitar string spokes and makes music that mixes with the music of the city. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp and John Cage.

Pollinators”, Saturday, February 22, 10AM, OMSI, Discovery Lab. $5 per ticket. Tickets available online: https://www.omsi.edu/labexperiences/pollinators/022214 “How do animals and plants help each other? Why do bees dance? Explore these questions with your child as we dissect flowers, learn about animals that pollinate, and discover ways we can help pollinators in our neighborhoods. Students will make and take home a native ‘flower bomb’ to plant pollinator-attracting seeds.” 

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Wish You Prosperity)”, Saturday, February 22, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, JC Penny Court, Vancouver. “Celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse) with the Portland Arts and Cultural Center performing traditional music and dancing. Enjoy Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team's live performance.” 

Gardener’s Special Winter Interest Guided Walk”, Saturday, February 22, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. First-come, first-served by signing up at the Manor House to save your spot. It may be winter but there are always many wonders to view in the Garden. Join Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick at the Manor House on a Winter Guided Walk to view blooming plants such as: Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel), Lonicera standishii (Honeysuckle), Helleborus (Hellebores), Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush), and Mahonia x media (Arthur Menzies). Wear your cozy clothes and we’ll finish our walk at the Manor House to warm up with hot cider.” http://www.leachgarden.org/event/gardeners-winter-walk-2013-21/?eID=3873

Trombones Galore!”, Saturday, February 22, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Musicians from the Early Music Guild will explore the history and use of the trombone and its predecessor, the sackbut. Music old and new performed on tenor, bass, and contrabass sackbutts, and voice, as well as soprano, tenor, bass, and contrabass modern trombones. Music by Senfl, Pierre de la Rue, Haydn, Berlin, Frackenpohl, and others. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman. This concert is suitable for everyone, especially brass fans.” http://www.emgo.org/events.htm

The Story of Babar”, Saturday, February 22, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Join us for a performance of "The Story of Babar the Elephant" by Francis Poulenc, written for piano and narrator with words by Jean de Brunhoff. At the request of a young cousin, Poulenc improvised accompaniment to scenes of the classic book, later writing and publishing it. This performance features Classics 4 Kids' Cary Lewis on piano and your youth librarian as narrator in association with The Little Ears Concerts at the Historic Old Church of Portland.” 

The Box Marked Black: Tales of a Halfrican American growing Mulatto. With sock puppets!”, Sunday, February 23, 2PM, North Portland Library. “What does it mean to be black? Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Where you grew up? Is it learned? What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue? 

These were some of the questions I sat with as I began to examine my relationship to being “black enough”, to the larger questions of race identity, and to acknowledge my desire to honor my family’s story. The fruits of this investigation are ‘The Box Marked Black’, a tender solo performance piece, tracing the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era. With only Jenny Willis from The Jefferson’s as a guide, I create narrative from the perspective of both sides of my interracial family, embodying multiple characters, childhood memories (including a “Roots” re-enactment using sock puppets) and fantasy.” http://damariswebb.com/the-box-marked-black/

Winter Birds and Botany”, Sunday, February 23, 9AM-12PM. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/birdsbotany14 Presented by the Audubon Society of Portland. “Have you ever wanted to bird watch with someone who knows how to ID the birds and the bushes? Join birder Laura Whittemore and botanist Sage Jensen for this new twist in birding. By the end of the morning you should know how to recognize an alder and a kinglet, a wild rose and a towhee, a Doug fir and a nuthatch.” 

Day of Remembrance”, Sunday, February 23, 2PM, Portland State University, Hoffman Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Featuring a panel with Native American and Japanese American community members commenting on a shared history of discrimination, and a presentation from Portland Taiko and Native American drummers.” 

Mystery Mineral Day”, Sunday, February 23, 1PM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Admission for adults $8, seniors $7, students $6, and free or kids 4 and under. “It's your turn to ask us! On Mystery Mineral Day bring your minerals, rocks and fossils and we will try to identify them! Meteorite expert Dick Pugh will be here too, so bring those meteorite/meteorwrongs!!”  https://www.facebook.com/events/408141745955790/

Sunday Nature Stroll”, Sunday, February 23, 2PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. “Stroll with a refuge naturalist on a Sunday afternoon each month and learn to spot some of the more hidden gems on the refuge. Learn the animal track stories in cement, understand more about riparian habitats, learn the flowers of shrubs, trees and forbs, find out where the otters slide and much more. Reservations are not required. Please come prepared for the weather and meet naturalist in the Widllife Center plaza area.” http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/specialevents.html

Brain Games for Homeschoolers”, Monday, February 24, 1PM, Beaverton Library. “Homeschool families with kids of all ages join us to learn and practice all kinds of brain-healthy games. Bring your own favorites to share. 

Animal Architects”, Monday, February 24, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “Animals are some of the most skilled architects on the planet. Let's explore how and why they build the things they do.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. 

Apes Apart: Chromosome Evolution in Gibbons”, Monday, February 24, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. Presented by Lucia Carbone, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU and assistant scientist, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center. “The small apes (or gibbons) are primates living in South East Asia and currently threatened by extinction. They have many distinctive traits separating them from their cousins, the great apes (orang, gorilla and chimp), including the ability to move just using their arms (i.e. brachiation), pair bonding, and vocalization to defend their territory. More importantly, gibbons experienced “reshuffling” in their genome after they separated from the hominoid common ancestor. Dr. Carbone has been studying the gibbon genome in order to learn about chromosome evolution and genome instability. Moreover, she is currently leading the gibbon genome project: an international collaboration to sequence and annotate the gibbon genome. Her talk will go over the latest findings and highlight a fascinating connection between processes in evolution and human disease.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro/022414

Leonard’s of the 1930s and ‘40s”, Monday, February 24, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Donations of canned food accepted for the Oregon Food Bank. All ages welcome. “Leonard’s of the 1930s and ’40s: The Great Characters and Legends of Portland’s Unofficial Jewish Community Center: A presentation by Leonard Kaufman, son of the club’s owner; and Harry H. Stein, author of Gus J. Solomon: Liberal Politics, Jews and the Federal Courts. From 1930 to 1950, Leonard's was a downtown Portland institution, brimming with professional men and Damon Runyon-esque characters, nearly all of whom were Jewish. A café, cigar shop, and card room were its primary offerings; however Leonard's true purpose – and the reason for its success – was the fact that it served as a club and community center for Jewish men at a time when Jews were not allowed membership in many of the prominent clubs of the city. Leonard Kaufman, son of the club’s namesake, will share memories and accounts of his father and the community hub he created, as well as about the notable and colorful men who made Leonard's the legendary landmark it is remembered as today. Historian Harry Stein, author of a biography of one of Portland's most significant Jewish sons, U.S. Federal Judge Gus J. Solomon, will present a contextual view of the city's Jewish community during the early-to-mid-20th century.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/121770-LEONARDS-of-the-1930s-40s-The-Great-Characters-Legends-of-Portlands-Unofficial-Jewish-Community-Center

What Makes Timberline Cool?: The Cultural Significance of Timberline Lodge”, Tuesday, February 25, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages. “A presentation by Jon Tullis, Director of Public Affairs, Timberline Lodge, and editor of Timberline Lodge: A Love Story, Diamond Jubilee Edition (2010).” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/122496-What-Makes-Timberline-Cool-The-Cultural-Significance-of-Timberline-Lodge

Traveling in Tanzania”, Tuesday, February 25, 6:30PM, Stevenson Community Library, Stevenson, WA. “Local residents Marilyn Butler and Barbara Selstad will share experiences from their recent trips to Tanzania.” 

Screening, “H2Oil”, Tuesday, February 25, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of the process of oil sands extraction located under Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time.” http://www.h2oildoc.com/home

Poetry Reading, “Ava Leavell Haymon”, Tuesday, February 25, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana, Ava Leavell Haymon’s most recent poetry collection is Eldest Daughter, published by Louisiana State University Press. She has written three previous collections, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat, and The Strict Economy of Fire, all also from LSU Press, and edits the Barataria Poetry Series, which will premiere Spring 2014. A committed teacher of poetry writing, she worked as Artist in the Schools for a number of years, teaches poetry writing during the school year in Louisiana and, during the summer, directs a retreat center for writers and artists.” http://avahaymon.com/

Henrik Bothe”, Tuesday, February 25, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Juggler, magician, comedian, and all-around swell guy!” http://www.nwcorporatecomedy.com/

The Chemawa Indian School of Salem, Oregon: Assimilation to Affirmation, 1880s to 2010s”, Tuesday, February 25, 6:30Pm, Edgefield, Power Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages welcome. “Presentation by Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at Willamette University. This presentation will explore the visual and documentary history of Oregon’s Chemawa Indian School, the oldest federal Indian boarding school still operating in the U.S., and conclude with the screening of a short film made by Chemawa students in 2012 in collaboration with the 1491s, a Native American comedy sketch team.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/121179-The-Chemawa-Indian-School-of-Salem-Oregon-Assimilation-to-Affirmation-1880s-to-2010s

Books, Books Books…Time to Create Your Own”, Thursday, February 27, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. “Children will learn the art of making blank books in which to record their thoughts and drawings. During this class, artist will work with children to create two personal hard cover accordion pleated books. Children can design their own covers or use decorative papers to create their one-of-a-kind books. Drawing materials will be on hand for children to decorate, draw or write in their completed books.” http://freeartsnw.org/

Oregon Raptor Center Presents, “Birds of Prey”, Thursday, February 27, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Hear Susan LaFontaine, a local raptor expert, talk about working with birds of prey...and meet one in person!” 

Burns Street Kids Book Club”, Thursday, February 27, 4PM, West Linn Library. “Kids age 7-10 come join us and read some great books! Meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted. At each meeting we will learn about new books, discuss the books we’ve read and then make a craft.” 

Book Talk for Ages 5-8”, Thursday, February 27, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s “book of the month” will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 5-8 with a participating adult. This month we are reading ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ by Mary Pope Osborne. “Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?” http://marypopeosborne.com/ 

Concert, “Steve Wagner and Dave Lyles”, Thursday, February 27, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Steve Wagner and Dave Lyles will play originals and covers on cello, guitar and harmonica.” http://cellograces.com/

Your Land, My Land: Using and Preserving Oregon's Natural Resources”, Friday, February 28, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Oregonians are known for a fierce sense of independence and a rugged individuality, qualities long associated with natural resource vocations such as logging, fishing, farming, and ranching. The state is also known for its progressive environmental policies. Our sense of connection to a place informs our values and approaches to conflict over resource and land use in our communities. This is the focus of ‘Your Land, My Land: Using and Preserving Oregon's Natural Resources’. Join the conversation with Professor Veronica Dujon from Portland State University. We will also discuss Oregon Reads 2014, the statewide reading initiative to commemorate the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford, who was also an environmentalist. Copies of Stafford's books will be given away.” 

Beaverton Civic Theater Presents, “Crossing Delancey”, Friday, February 28 through Saturday, March 15, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Adults $15, seniors, students and groups of 10+ $12, youth 10 and under $5. The opening Friday performance of each play offers discounted tickets in partnership with the New Friends of the Beaverton Civic Library. Tickets are $5 with the donation of a new or used book. Discounted tickets are available only at box office on the evening of the performance. No advance sales. “Isabel is a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a book shop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother (Bubbe) in Manhattan's Lower East Side. This irascible granny and her friend, the matchmaker, have found a ‘good catch’ for Isabel, whose initial reluctance gives way to a blossoming romance when she finally meets Sam, the pickle vendor as the end of the play offers a new beginning.” http://www.beavertoncivictheatre.org/