Friday, February 28, 2014

Marvelous March

This is my list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of March 2014.  I compile this list every month for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 1-5, but most events have much wider appeal. I look for events with some cultural or educational value.  This month, I figured what I needed was a robot to help me proofread. So I asked Cakenstein to give me a hand.  Unfortunately, he just wanted to party!  So please be sure to doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes, and cancellations.

Sometime in Mid-March, registration will open for the very popular Columbia Springs Kids Fishing Festival which takes place on Saturday, May 3, 10AM-2:30PM. More info here: 

11th Annual SE ARTWalk”, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 10AM-5PM, SE Portland. Free. “The SE Area ARTWalk will allow you the opportunity to go on a free, self-guided tour by visiting the studios, home workspaces, galleries, host homes and businesses within the ‘walkable/bikeable/busable’ boundaries of SE 9th - SE 41st and SE Hawthorne to SE Powell Blvd.”

Reader’s Theater for Kids”, Saturday, March 1, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “his dramatic event includes a performance of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” and, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, “The Sneeches.” Established in 2002 by the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lake Oswego’s Youth Action Council has evolved into a popular alternative for teen volunteer service in the community. Composed of students from both local high schools, the group plans volunteer projects,  community activities and fundraisers, all with the goal of enriching Lake Oswego.” 

Classics from Studio Ghibli”, Saturday, March 1 through Saturday, March 29, NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $9 adults, $8 seniors and students. Anime fans rejoice! “With the recent release of Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’, we are pleased to present “Classics from Studio Ghibli.” Founded in Tokyo in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been critically praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling and loved by audiences of all ages throughout the world. We are pleased to bring these great films back to the big screen on new 35mm prints made especially for this studio retrospective.”

Art in the Parks- Basket Weaving”, Saturday, March 1, 11AM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitors Center Auditorium. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Historic Champoeg present Art in the Parks 2014. A series of traditional and contemporary arts projects, demonstrations and hands on workshops presented throughout the year. Kalapuya basket weaving with Tribal member Stephanie Wood. Stephanie is a Kalapuya, Rogue River, Chinook, and enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Students will spend the day learning how to process Western Red Cedar, prepare it for weaving, weave a medium sized basket and have a completed basket by the end of the class to take home. Each student will learn how to traditionally process the bark and will learn four different weaving techniques (plaiting, twine, 3-strand twine, and cordage), a rim and how to make cordage.”

Let’s Go Birding”, Saturday, March 1, Sunday, March 9, Saturday, March 15, Monday, March 17, Sunday, March 23, and Saturday, March 29 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.”

Community Resource Fair”, Saturday, March 1, 10AM-2PM, Tualatin Library. Free. “Learn about available local resources at this free fun library event for all ages. Representatives from local area organizations, non-profits, and businesses will be on hand to show you what resources are available in our community. There will be fun free activities for all ages too!” 

Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, March 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!”

Glacial Lake Columbia”, Saturday, March 1, 1PM, Hood River Library, 503 State St., Hood River. Presented by Bruce Bjornstad. “Humongous Ice Age floods from Glacial Lake Missoula are well known and documented for this region. Another, less-well known source for outburst floods was Glacial Lake Columbia that released a last deluge at the end of the Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago. Prior to that time Lake Columbia played a major role in resupplying our deeper basalt aquifers for thousands of years. However, with the draining of Lake Columbia, recharge water to the deep basalts was permanently cut off; today water levels are dropping precipitously as irrigation wells continue to mine the unreplenished ‘fossil’ water.”

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

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.

Beaverton Civic Theater Presents, “Crossing Delancey”, now 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.”

Mason Bees Made Easy”, Saturday, March 1, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego (preregistration required; call 503-620-7454); Friday, March 7, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 N.E. Fremont St., Pdx. (preregistration required; call 503-445-2699); and Saturday, March 8, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton (preregistration required; call 503-626-0949). Cost is $5 which includes a $5 coupon for Backyard Bird Shop. “Join staffer Mark Fitzsimons for his informative and fun “Intro to Mason Bee Class.” Mark offers a primer good for getting started with Mason Bees or as a refresher course on optimizing colony growth and health.”

Meet the Artist!”, Saturday, March 1, 10AM-12PM, Stevenson Library. “Photographer Debbie Paganucci will be ‘in residence’ on, this, the last day of her photography exhibit at the Stevenson Library. From 10-12 she will be in the Gallery to answer questions about her photography. The exhibit includes landscape and still life photos from Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and of course, Columbia Gorge.” 

Parent and Student Invitation to the NW Regional Oregon Council of Teachers of English Conference”, Saturday, March 1 9:30AM-3:15PM, and Sunday, March 2, 9:30AM- 2:45PM, Portland Marriott, Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy., Pdx. On site admission $10 per person for both days. “The Oregon Council of Teachers of English welcomes students accompanied by a parent or teacher to attend the seven Author Panel series, featuring 21 authors. Students are encouraged to attend panel discussions and stay for conversation with the authors as well as autographing of books offered for sale.” Many children’s authors are included! Check out the full list of topics and authors here:

Portland Lindy Exchange”, Saturday, March 1, 1PM-4PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “The Portland Lindy Society will be hosting a live music event that will showcase the Midnight Serenaders playing music from the 1920's-1940's. All are welcome to join and dance!” 

Plant Propagation”, Saturday, March 1, 9AM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Expand your stewardship skills and native plant knowledge by learning native plant propagation techniques. Join the Friends’ education director, Matthew Collins, as he shares plant propagation techniques and tips for winter twig identification. These stewardship days will assist with restoration efforts in the park and the greater Tryon Creek Watershed and are co-sponsored by the Friends of Tryon Creek and the Tryon Creek Watershed Council. Light Breakfast included. All minors must check in at the Nature Center and be accompanied by an adult. Light breakfast included. Registration is not required. Please carpool if possible. Gloves our provided, but please bring your own water bottle. Please dress for the weather as we work rain or shine.”

Owl Fest”, Saturday, March 1, 5PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, owl crafts, owl presentations, guided hikes, snacks by Clif Bar, and close-up encounters with the Audubon Education Owls- Hazel and Julio!” This is a very popular event. I highly recommend showing up early due to limited parking and limited spaces on the guided hikes. 

Weekend Guided Hikes”, Saturdays in March, 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.” March 1- Mysterious Mosses; March 8-Oregon Owls; March 15- Amazing Amphibians; March 22- Introduction to Wild Foods; March 29- Woodpeckers, Drummers of the Forest.

West African Dance Series”, Saturdays in March, 11:30AM, Midland Library. “This series will focus on movement and rhythm specific to traditional West Africa. The workshops will be accompanied by recorded music and live drumming by Habiba. Students are encouraged to create, express and find their own unique voice through movement.”

Exhibit, “Light Drawings: Artist James Minden”, now through April 13, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “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.”

Symphony Storytime”, Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, and 22, 1PM, Gresham 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!”

75th Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, March 1, 1PM-3PM, West Linn Library. “The library opened on March 1, 1939 so we're throwing a party to celebrate 75 years of serving the West Linn community. Join us for music, cake and punch, the official opening of the new parking lot, the dedication of the new wall mural, and a kids craft. Also stop by the Community Room to see the ‘Life in 1939’ exhibit.” 

Concert, “Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising”, Saturday, March 1, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Family friendly award winning original roots music. Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising is all about the stories, and the stories of everyday America are what you get from these four personable entertainers. Members include the 2008 RMA Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year, the 2010 City Love Music Songwriter of the Year, and lead singer who's songs have been compared to those written by Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. Warm hearted, personable and fun, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising are an ensemble who not only connect with the audience from the stage, but who also make every effort to give back to the community. With 5 CD's receiving airplay around the world, this group has fans everywhere they go, and they work social media well to stay connected with those fans at all times. This group is guaranteed to deliver. Connecting with people is what they do.”

An Afternoon of Eco-poetry and Fiction”, Sunday, March 2, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Join acclaimed authors Gretchen Primack and Midge Raymond for an afternoon of eco-poetry and fiction. The authors will read from their ecologically themed work, then facilitate a discussion about addressing the topics of the environment and animal protection in the context of fiction and poetry. This event is for all readers, as well as writers, who are passionate about animals and ecology.”

Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, March 2, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. End Road, Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under with an adult. “Dvorak Symphony No. 9 from The New World, Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, WFS Members Concerto Competition winners will also perform. Bruch Violin Concerto Op. 26 Finale with Albert Yen, soloist, and Arutunian Trumpet Concerto with Ben Shirley, soloist.”

Music From Beyond the Forest”, Sunday, March 2, 2:30PM, Salem Library, Loucks Lecture Hall, 585 Liberty ST. SE, Salem. “An all new program of early Transylvanian music from Codex Caioni. Selections from a musical manuscript hidden in a wall of a Transylvanian monastery. Twelve musicians will perform music on violin, viola da gamba, sackbutts, recorders, cornamusen, krummhorns, bagpipes, racketts, tartold, spinettino, tabor, and voices. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Daphne Clifton, Lori Fitch, Cindy Markham, Ben Fitch, Polly Gibson, Kathryn Richer, Sharon Cheney, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman.”

How to Track a Rhinoceros”, Sunday, March 2, 10AM, George Rodgers Park, 611 S. State St., Lake Oswego (preregistration required; call 503-.620-7454 to register); and Sunday, March 9, 10AM, Kelley Point Park, N. Kelley Point Park Rd., Pdx (preregistration required; call 503-445-2699 to register). Free. Suggested for ages 5-11; younger siblings welcome. Presented by the Backyard Bird Shop. “Learn the basics of animal tracks and signs so you can get the most from your time outdoors – in the wilderness, local parks or even your own backyard. While we won’t really see a rhinoceros track, you will learn about local animals found here and you will get a few rhino tracking tips in case you ever need them!”

3rd Annual 90-Second Newberry Film Festival”, Sunday, March 2, 3PM, da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 NE Everett St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: "Welcome to the third annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—a yearly video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire story of a Newbery award-winning book in 90 seconds or less. We screen annually in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Tacoma! Make your free reservation to the Portland Screening of the third annual 90-Second Newbery! The screening is hosted by film festival founder and children's author James Kennedy with special co-host Portland author Amber Keyser! The creativity in the movies we've received this year has been astonishing—by turns hilarious, ingenious, and inspiring.”

All Ages Bhangra Social”, Sunday, March 2, 5:15PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “On the first Sunday of every month DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Henry IV Part 1”, Sunday, March 2, and Sunday, March 9, 2PM, Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St., Pdx. Free.

Climate Change Impacts”, Monday, March 3, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Kathie Dello, Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, will present on a range of projected climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest and plans for adaptation. Dello works on climate impacts analysis, climate adaptation, and public outreach for OCCRI and the Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC). She coordinated Oregon’s first climate assessment report.” 

A Brief Illustrated History of Tunneling in Seattle”, Monday, March 3, 7PM, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds, WA. Yes, this is far flung but pretty cool so I’m including it anyhow! Free and open to the public. Presented by the Puget Lobe chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. “The meeting program will be presented by Robert ‘Red’ Robinson, who is Senior Vice President and Director of Underground Services with Shannon and Wilson, a prominent geotechnical and environmental firm that is actively engaged in projects around the world and has its headquarters in Seattle. He will describe how the Seattle area has experienced 130 years of increasingly challenging tunneling, constructing more than 150 tunnels totaling over 80 miles beneath hilly topography and through complexly interbedded glacial and inter-glacial soils. To handle these conditions, local tunneling has evolved through at least four phases, beginning with hand-mining and timber support, leading to today's huge closed-face tunnel boring machines and pre-cast tunnel segments. Most of the local tunnels constructed over the years are still in use today. The immediate situation regarding the machine known as ‘Bertha’ will not be the principal focus of the presentation.”

Humans and Clothing: How Comfortable Are We?”, Monday, March 3, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Woody Blackford, Vice President of Innovation and Design at Columbia Sportswear. “Humans adopted clothing an estimated 90,000 years ago. Adopting clothing was part of our evolution. It stems from our desire to adorn ourselves in a costume that defines us socially and our need for a functional tool that expands our climate boundaries. 90,000 years later it is roughly estimated we have made ourselves 20 trillion items of clothing. But how comfortable are we? Are we any better off then the rest of the creatures we share the planet with? In this talk, Woody will take us through clothing over time and changes at work that are allowing humans to go to the next level in how we live within climates. He will explain several new technologies Columbia has developed since 2008 that are pushing the boundaries of keeping us all Warm, Dry, Cool and Protected.”

Homeschool Archery”, Monday, March 3, Tuesday, March 4, Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, behind the Dollar Tree building, Tigard. All ages welcome! $6.75 per session.

A Hollow, A Creek, and a War About Geese: Historic Goose Hollow”, Monday, March 3, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Tracy J. Prince, PhD. “Dr. Tracy J. Prince will present a slideshow of historic photos that show the earliest days of Goose Hollow. She will tell stories of famous residents such as Daniel Lownsdale, C.E.S. Wood, Dr. Marie Equi, John Reed, and Bud Clark and historic institutions such as Civic Stadium, Multnomah Athletic Club, Lincoln High School, and Washington Park.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, March 4, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata.”

Author Talk, “Roseanne Parry”, Tuesday, March 4, 6:30PM, Newberg Library. “Come meet the author of Written in Stone, Second Fiddle and Heart of a Shepherd as Oregon author Rosanne Parry speaks about writing, and her creative process. Don't forget your books to be autographed- or buy her books at the event from Chapters Books and Coffee!”

Concert, “Ronnie Robins”, Tuesday, March 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Robins is a singer/songwriter/guitarist. His music is infused with the Brazilian sounds of bossa nova, samba and jazz. His warm and rhythmic vocal style soars above his percussive, danceable guitar accompaniment.” 

Birding at Fernhill Wetlands”, Tuesday, March 4, 9AM-11AM, SW Fernhill Rd., Forest Grove. “Join Audubon Society leader Dudley Thomas for a walk around Fernhill Wetlands. We expect to find wintering waterfowl, gulls, sparrows and raptors, some early migrants and perhaps some surprises.”

Spring Garden Maintenance”, Tuesday, March 4, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Wondering what to do in your garden this Spring? Confused about what to cut and what to leave alone? Clackamas County Master Gardener Darlene Reimer will share insights and tips for preparing your garden this Spring.” 

Author Talk, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Tuesday, March 4, 7PM, Forest Grove Library; and Monday, March 24, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Author R. Gregory Nokes will discuss his new book ‘Breaking the Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory’. Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes, and their children, are brought to Oregon by their owner over the Oregon Trail in 1844, expecting to soon be freed in a region closed to slavery. But slaveholder Nathaniel Ford, destined to become an influential Oregon legislator, ignores the law and keeps them in bondage. Ford isn’t alone. Other Missouri slaveholders bring slaves to help them develop their Willamette Valley farms. Some slaves receive their freedom after a few years; others are held much longer. Holmes and his wife gain their freedom in 1850, but Ford refuses to give up their three children. Despite being illiterate and with the odds stacked against him, Holmes takes his former master to court in an attempt to get his children back. Finally, following an agonizing 15-month court battle, the third judge to hear the case, George H. Williams of the Territorial Supreme Court, rules in Holmes’ favor and returns his children. Holmes vs. Ford, decided in 1853, is a landmark case in Oregon and the only slavery case ever brought in Oregon courts.”

Jupiter and the Spring Sky”, Tuesday, March 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.”

Comedy Improv for Tweens”, Wednesday, March 5, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Tweens will learn some awesome improvisational skills at this workshop. Let go. Have fun. Laugh out loud. If you are interested in drama and acting, if you like performing, or if you just like to laugh, this program is for you. Play improvisation games and learn some acting basics. Registration is required but no experience is necessary.” 

Exploring the Boundaries of Taiko”, Wednesday, March 5, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave., Pdx. PSU parking lots are free after 7PM. Free and open to the public. “Wynn Kiyama, assistant professor of musicology and ethnomusicology and the music history coordinator at Portland State University will present about taiko drumming. Developed in the 1950s with strong ties to Japanese festival music, the genre and repertoire of taiko drumming has since expanded to include a plethora of regional and cross-cultural musical influences. In this presentation, Dr. Kiyama will contextualize ‘traditional’ taiko compositions with live demonstrations by the PSU Taiko Ensemble; and will survey the use of taiko in new musical settings, from chamber and orchestral music to jazz and popular music.”

Hundred-Year Art Adventure Classes for Kids”, Wednesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 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.” March 5- Pop Art; March 19- Installation Art. More info here:  

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

InBeTweens” Book Discussion for 8-12 years”, Wednesday, March 5, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month. This month we’re reading ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ by Trenton Lee Stewart.”

Book Buddies”, Wednesday, March 5, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “A book club for 2nd and 3rd graders! Books and fun activities. Sign out this month’s book from the library’s information desk. No library card necessary.” March: “Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest” by John Lechner.

Oregon Battle of the Books Club”, Wednesday, March 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. This month: ‘Young Fredle’ by Cynthia Voigt.”

Storytelling with Jacque”, Thursday, March 6, and Thursday, March 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, March 6, and Thursday, March 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.” 

The Story Unfolds: Accordion Adventure Book”, Thursday, March 6, 5:30PM, Hollywood Library; and Monday, March 31, 5:30PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist Suki Allen. “In honor of Multnomah County Library turning 150 years old, we will create a book together using the theme of "The Story Unfolds." Come build an accordion book that has fold out pages, a signature of graph paper for note taking, two pages of heavy watercolor paper for sketching or painting on, and a reclaimed map hard cover. It is the perfect book in which to record your next great adventure. Learn the basic skills of bookmaking and leave with a handmade book of your very own.” 

Author Talk, “Ralph Beebe”, Thursday, March 6, 7PM, Chehalem Cultural Center Lobby, 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “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.” 

Author Talk, “Peter Ames Carlin”, Thursday, March 6, 7PM, Milwaukie High School Black Box Theater, 11300 SE 23rd Ave., Milwaukie. “Peter Ames Carlin is a writer and the author of several books, including ‘Bruce’, a biography of Bruce Springsteen published in October, 2012. Carlin has also been a free-lance journalist, a senior writer at People in New York City, a television columnist and feature writer at The Oregonian. He is a regular speaker on music, art and popular culture. Carlin lives in Portland with his wife and three children.”

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, March 6, 4PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 5-8. Calling all Reading Rangers! Are you too old for storytime? Ready for chapter books? Then grab an adult to join you and come ready to discuss, have fun and make new friends. Pick up your free copy of the book for that month at the Cascade Park library, read it together and come to discuss it and do an activity.” 

My Adventures With DNA”, Friday, March 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 Morgan Pope. Morgan is married to a half-Swede and has spent a lot of time and effort hoping to prove he too has some Scandinavian roots. What will the National Geographic Genographic project say about his origins, and what will it mean?”

The Influence of Artificial Light on Wildlife Use of Undercrossing Structures”, Friday, March 7, 12:15PM, Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave., Room 370 A/B, Pdx. Free. Lecture presented by Leslie Bliss-Ketchum, PhD Candidate. “Artificial light severely disrupts migratory behavior in birds, sea turtles and bats among other species. Its effects on the movement and activity patterns of terrestrial animals, however, are largely unknown. Such information is needed to inform mitigation of habitat fragmentation in the face of expanding urbanization. Wildlife crossing structures can help mitigate habitat fragmentation by roads although some crossing structures are proposed as dual-use (for use by foot or bike traffic as well as for wildlife) and typically include artificial light. The undercrossing in this experiment is a bridge structure used solely for water and wildlife passage that has three ~30 m long sections. On a weekly basis each section was subjected to either high ~10 foot candles (fc), low ~5 fc, or zero light followed by a “break” period where all light treatments were off. Sand tracking data was collected to determine use by the terrestrial vertebrate community. Data was collected during the summer seasons of 2011 and 2012 and documented 23 species of mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian. ANOSIM analysis gave a significant result (p=0.001) for the difference in the vertebrate community detected between light treatments. Species were then grouped by activity period into nocturnal, non-nocturnal and crepuscular. ANOVA analysis showed a significant difference for nocturnal (p=0.002) and crepuscular (p=0.002) taxa between treatments and no difference for non-nocturnal taxa (p=0.14). It is clear that for the terrestrial vertebrate community habitat connectivity is disrupted by the presence of artificial light with the strongest response by nocturnal and crepuscular species.”

Unearthing Africa’s Crocs, Dinosaurs and Ancient Civilizations”, Friday, March 7, 7PM, University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 130, NE Chelan Lane and Spokane Lane NE, Seattle. Free and open to the public. Preregistration required; register online: “Sail-backed meat-eaters, toothy fern-mowers, digging raptors, super-sized crocs, soaring pterosaurs, and pre-Egyptian humans are featured in this journey back in time with National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and University of Chicago professor, Paul Sereno. Join us as Sereno paints a vivid picture of how a lifetime of discoveries and field research carried him to remote corners of the Sahara to discover dozens of new species. Explore the transformations the land, people, and animals have gone through over millions of years under some of the most brutal conditions on Earth. Paul Sereno works with students, technicians and artists in his Fossil Lab to bring to life fossils unearthed from sites around the world. Sereno’s field work began in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina, where he discovered the first dinosaurs to roam the Earth some 230 million years ago. His expeditions have led him through the Sahara, Gobi and Thar deserts, as well as remote valleys in Tibet. He also works closer to home excavating a dinosaur graveyard in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. With a menagerie of spectacular dinosaurs to his credit, he also is known for discovering a series of extinct crocodilians, including the 40-foot long dinosaur-eater dubbed "SuperCroc." Sereno’s latest discovery, an archaeological site in the Sahara predating the Egyptian pyramids, provides a snapshot of human life in a once “green” Sahara.
 Please note: this talk may include images of human remains.”

Screening, “Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story”, Friday, March 7, 5PM, Mercy Corps, 28 SW 1st Ave., Pdx. $5. “Taylor Anderson was the first confirmed American casualty of the 3/11/11 tsunami in Japan. As part of the JET program, Taylor spent 2 years teaching English to school children in Ishinomaki. She was last seen helping and assuring her students after the earthquake. A Portland community remembrance commemorating the third anniversary of the tragedy, the event includes comments from her father, Andy. The film is a story about Taylor and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Join us for this touching and inspiring story.”

"Ventriloquism with Dave Miller", Friday, March 7, 7:30PM, and Sunday, March 9, 4PM, Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum,  906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up.  "Come and spend a fascinating session with Dave Miller as he does some venting, talks story, and entertains you with his ventriloquism talents giving you a behind the scenes look at American ventriloquism.  Dave Miller's interest in ventriloquism began in his early teens.  At that time Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy radio show as very popular and was a big influence on Dave.  He thought to himself, "Hey, I can do that!".  He found a Charlie McCarthy doll in a Goodwill store, and with the help of books on ventriloquism found at the library, he learned how to put life into his newly acquired partner.  50+ years later- he's still at it."

Family Clay Nights”, Friday March 7 and March 14, 6PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7788 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.”

56th Annual Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club Rock and Mineral Show”, Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 9, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Admission $1 and free for kids 12 and under. “Jewelry, gems, demonstrations, fossils, door prizes, exhibits, beads, supplies, dealers, educational programs, kids corner fun.”

Jammin’ With Johnny”, Saturday, March 8, 10AM, Hillsdale Library. “Johnny performs original songs, as well as some old-time folk favorites for children (and their grown-ups!). The program is filled with sing-a-longs, movement, humor, and energy.”

Tears of Joy Puppet Theater Presents, “Papagayo”, Saturday, March 8, 11AM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Crafts from 10AM-1PM in the gallery. “Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the daytime slumber of the Animales De La Noche. But when the Ancient Moon Dog wakes up, and starts to eat the moon, the Night Animals are too afraid to do anything. Only Papagayo knows what to do. The Night Animals learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Fun and interactive, this bilingual one person show brings the Guatemalan jungle to life with brightly colored puppets. Join us as we sing, hoot, croak, crow, and work together to scare away the Moon Dog!”

William Stafford Bigfoot Reading!”, Saturday, March 8, 1PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “’Everyone Out Here Knows’ is a gorgeously poetic new picture book recently selected by Oregon Reads and written by Oregon's fourth poet laureate, William Stafford.
 We'll have Tim Barnes read from this beautifully illustrated picture book about Big Foot and nature.”

Author Reading, “Sara Swanson”, Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. “Join local author Sara Swanson for a presentation about her and Max Smith’s new book –‘Must see birds of the Pacific Northwest: What we learned about birds, birding and books’. She will sign books after presentation.”

Author and Illustrator Reading, “Emily Winfield Martin”, Saturday, March 8, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Emily Winfield Martin reads from “Dream Animals.” “Author and Illustrator Emily Winfield Martin invites children to discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. Within the gentle rhyme and lush illustrations, ‘Dream Animals’ introduces a new night time mythology, ideal for bed time reading.”

Magenta Improv Theater Presents, “A Night of Family Friendly Improv”, Saturday, March 8, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10 adults, $5 kids 13 and under. “Join us for an evening of fast and funny improv! You can be part of the action when our MIT troupe performs games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Whether you’re 8 or 80, MIT shows appeal to all ages. Our goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening for you, your family and friends. Plus, you’ll see some familiar Magenta faces as you've never seen them before!”

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In "Funny Facts: How to Write Funny," a writing workshop for young adults, author Ruth Musgrave will offer tips to help you discover how to add your own style of wit and humor to your nonfiction or fiction. Join us!” 

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

Student Poetry Reading”, Saturday, March 8, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Students at 28 high schools in 19 Oregon communities are preparing to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Now in its ninth year (and reaching nearly 4,000 Oregon students), Poetry Out Loud involves the memorization and recitation of classic poetry. Participants compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels. Nationwide, more than 300,000 students are expected to participate. Schools in the northern and eastern parts of Oregon, including the Portland metro area, will compete for the chance to advance to the state competition. Join us!” 

Oregon Mandolin Orchestra”, Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. All ages welcome. “Founded in an effort to revive the beauty and popular impact of this turn-of-the-century art form, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra gives eclectic and unique performances that highlight the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family. This special matinee concert features multi-genre classics and special performances, with Music Director by Conductor Brian Oberlin and selected members of the orchestra.”

People’s Hearing on Coal Export”, Saturday, March 8, 12PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Pdx. “Concerned Oregonians are gathering in downtown Portland on March 8th with a clear message for Governor Kitzhaber: Say No To Coal! The People's Hearing is our chance to tell Oregon decision makers why we oppose coal projects in Oregon.” Testify against coal export (testimony from kids and families prioritized), live music by Counterfeit Cash, aerial art action with 350PDX, children’s activity area.” Apparently coal must be transported in open top train cars or river barges because of the danger of combustion in closed containers. Coal would be shaken loose to pollute the Columbia River Gorge at the rate of 10,200 pounds of coal dust per coal train, and the proposal is for 18 additional trains per day. Alternatively coal could be carried by 48 barges per week and the coal dust would fall directly into the river. Quite a reason for concern! Yet more info here:

Welcome Back Vulture Day”, Saturday, March 8, 12PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Have you noticed that Turkey Vultures only live in the metropolitan area during the spring and summer? They migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but it’s time to welcome them back to the city! Celebrate the beauty of vultures at the Audubon Society of Portland's free Welcome Back Vulture Day, held at our East-side Branch at Leach Botanical Garden. This family-friendly event will keep kids of all ages engaged with fun, hands-on activities focused on increasing their knowledge of these amazing creatures. Guests can meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture, and other Audubon education birds, compare their “wingspan” to that of a California Condor, make a crafted vulture and mask, learn fun vulture facts, play 'upchuck chuck!'”.

Dancing with No Shoes On”, Saturday, March 8, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Get down and boogie with awesome musician Chuck Cheesman.”

Concert, “Stephen Cohen”, Saturday, March 8, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Stephen Cohen will sing some original Dr. Seuss tales set to music. An award-winning songwriter, performing and recording artist, Cohen performs original songs and music using guitar and voice. He uses original sculptured percussion instruments made from various metals, woods, recycled materials, and found objects. Kids enjoy participating in his show by singing and dancing along, playing instruments, and even adding words and stories to one of the songs.”

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Olive Rootbeer!”, Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Sandy Library. “Story Time with Olive Rootbeer and Dingo engages the spirit of voice and movement and the funny bone in the whole family. A show full of comedy, favorite stories/songs with a colorful twist and balloon fun to boot: Olive and Dingo will share some of their favorite Dr. Seussical books and memories in honor of the famed poet as we celebrate his birthday month. Two of Olive and Dingo's favorite things to celebrate: Birthdays and books and adventures of amazing artists!”

Steamships of the Willamette: Boilers Gone Bad”, Saturday, March 8, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join us for an interesting hour of steamboats, the Willamette River, and some of the catastrophes that occurred when a boiler blew. The Willamette River was the Interstate 5 of its day. Early merchants and fur traders plied the river with canoes. However, with the advent of steam power and ease and efficiency in transporting cargo began. Steamboats on the river proved their worth, but there were also dangers lurking. Come listen to Oregon Maritime Museum Naval Engineer, Ed Wilson as he talks us through Boilers Gone Bad.” 

Spring Into Spring: Seed Starting”, Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Washougal Library. “Learn how and when to start crops; take home seeds and starts for your garden. Bring items to share if you wish. Taught by local expert Pixie LaPlante.”

Dino Day”, Saturday, March 8, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle, WA. Free with museum admission, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students with ID and youth 5 and up, free for kids 4 and under. “Join the Burke Museum for our most popular annual event! Get an up-close view of the Burke Museum’s paleontology collections. See and touch fossils, meet Burke paleontologists, try out a fossil dig pit, and more! Burke paleontologists had a busy summer—they brought back a ton of fossils from the Cretaceous! Explore the end of the dinosaur era and the emergence of flowering plants at Dino Day. See for the first time several Triceratops from Montana and Wyoming, the dinosaur precursor Asilisaurus from Tanzania, and other fossils that play a vital role in research both in the Northwest and around the world. Additional activities: See the newly discovered mammoth tusk from South Lake Union; Uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit; Watch scientists prepare a Triceratops fossil; Help paleontologists search for shark teeth and see them up-close under a microscope; Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center; Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you; Dress up like a dinosaur; Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, March 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.

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations”, Saturday, March 8, 12PM-4PM, McLouhlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Want to learn to knit? We'll teach you! Already know how to knit? Learn 19th Century knitting styles!”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, March 8, 8PM- 11PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it! 

OregonRocketry Wilsonville Launch”, Saturday, March 8, 12PM-3PM, Memorial Park, 8100 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. Free and open to the public. Model rocket launch. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Wilsonville launches are free to the public. All launches at Wilsonville are sanctioned under NAR.”

Woven Basket”, Saturday, March 8, 11AM, North Portland Library; Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Albina Library; and Tuesday, March 25, 2PM, Woodstock Library. “The whole family is invited to join papercraft artist Sarah Fagan for eco-friendly basket weaving this spring. Our basket armatures will be crafted from recycled cardstock with the woven strands coming from a variety of repurposed sources such as magazines, road maps and old sheet music. The final products are perfect for holding eggs, wildflowers or other spring treasures.”

Bricks Cascade”, Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $8 per person or $28 for a family of 4. “Bricks Cascade is a convention held by LEGO® fans in Portland, OR. Builders from the region bring their creations to share with each other and the public. Join us to view thousands of artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult LEGO® enthusiasts and very talented young builders from around the world. Vendors will also be available for purchase of T-shirts, LEGO® Minifigs, custom made plastic elements and old/vintage LEGO® sets. The first 1,000 children to enter the doors on Saturday and Sunday will receive a FREE Minifigure! We are also raffling away grab-bags of bricks every half-hour.”

Recess Rules!”, Sunday, March 9, 1PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Playworks' founder Jill Vialet will hold a special reading of her new children's book ‘Recess Rules!’. First five individuals to show up and let Jill know your favorite recess game will receive a free signed copy of her book!”

Hand-Cut Paper Creations”, Saturday, March 8, 3PM, Kenton Library; Tuesday, March 11, 6:15PM, Albina Library (preregistration required; register online: ); and Tuesday, March 25, 6PM, Holgate Library. “The delicate art of cut-paper creations comes from many cultures – from Mexico to China to the United States. Requiring only colorful papers, an X-ACTO knife and a steady hand, paper-cut artists render stunning works that celebrate tradition, tell stories, and bring beauty to viewers around the world. Join paper-cut artist and teacher Judith Hankin for a lesson in this fascinating artistic medium. Participants will learn some of the history of paper-cut making and will be invited to cut their own designs. No experience necessary.” 

Concert, “Retta Christie Trio”, Saturday, March 8, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Retta Christie has staked a claim to a fabulously rich but oft-overlooked vein of Americana, a musical mother lode located at the dusty crossroads where the American Songbook and the country-western canon converge.”

Creative Personal Journals”, Saturday, March 8, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Saturday, March 15, 2PM, Albina Library; and Saturday, March 29, 11AM, Capitol Hill Library. “Celebrate 150 years of library services by exploring your creativity. Let your story unfold by designing a one-of-a-kind journal to record your ideas and dreams. Each participant will receive a blank journal notebook with its very own 150 logo library checkout card and pocket - just like how we used to check out books before the digital age. Participants will create a unique cover using a variety of papers, buttons and feathers. We encourage you to bring a copy of a favorite photo or picture to further personalize your book. Pens and pencils will be available so you can begin your journaling adventures!” 

Wonders of Water”, Saturday, March 8, 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, 
Vancouver. Free. “World Water Day 2014 is celebrating Water Energy. For March’s Second Saturday event, explore interesting ways water can be energizing. Families will enjoy fun, interactive activities while learning all about water.”

Concert, “Kathryn Claire Duo”, Saturday, March 8, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her guitar and fiddle-playing exhibit a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence and those roots can be heard in her own original music.”

Steigerwald Lake Bird Walk”, Saturday, March 8, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway St., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Enjoy the sights and sounds of migrating and wintering geese, ducks and other birds on this free expert-guided bird walk at the gateway to the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. An easy 10-mile drive from Vancouver, Steigerwald Lake offers historic riverine flood plain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and stands of Oregon white oak, as well as great views of the Columbia River.”

Concert, “Jerome Couture”, Saturday, March 8, 4PM, West Linn Library. “You are invited to a free concert featuring musician Jerome Couture sponsored by the West Linn Library Foundation. Jerome Couture is president and founder of The Music School, Inc. and a master teacher and performer on 17 instruments. He is a prolific composer, performer and arranger, and released his debut album "Too Haute To Handle" in 1988 followed by a tour with the Jerome Couture Fusion Quintet. He is a frequent performer at local blues and jazz clubs, and has performed as soloist under the baton of James DePriest and with the Marylhurst Symphony. Jerome spent the last 30 years writing, arranging, performing and recording with Corinne Couture as the Haute Couture Duo. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Community Room at 5pm to thank Foundation donors.”

***Daylight Savings Time begins at 2AM on Sunday, March 9*** Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour! 

Concert, “The Stomptowners”, Sunday, March 9, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Sunday, March 16, 2PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Rooms A and B. “Get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with Celtic music group the Stomptowners. This lively ensemble performs traditional music from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales with voice, instrumentation and ‘Sean Nos’ (old style) Irish dance. All ages welcome.”

Gustafer Yellowgold”, Sunday, March 9, 3PM, Village Ballroom, 700 NE Dekum St., Pdx. $10 adults, $5 children. “Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a truly different multimedia experience that entrances children and adults alike.” These shows are really cool! 

Emergency Preparedness”, Three Sundays, March 9, 16, and 23, 12:30PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required: register online: “Do you know what to do to help keep your family safe in an emergency? Would you know what supplies you need in case the power goes out, or what documents you should have on hand if you need to evacuate your home? Being prepared and knowing what to do will make all the difference when seconds count in an emergency. Office of Emergency Management will show you how to craft an emergency supply kit, develop family communications, and get information on various natural and man-made disasters that could occur in our area.” 

Ava Helen Pauling: Partner, Activist, Visionary”, Sunday, March 9, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “The story of Ava Helen Pauling—her rich career as an activist first for civil rights and liberties, then against nuclear testing, and finally for peace, feminism, and environmental stewardship—is best told in the context of her enduring partnership with her famous husband, Linus Pauling. Mina Carson’s long-awaited first biography of Ava Helen Pauling reveals the complex and fascinating history behind one of the great love stories of the twentieth century. Join the author to learn more about Pauling’s fascinating life and career and about what it was like to write her biography.”

Documentary Screening, “The Paw Project”, Sunday, March 9, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. While many are told that it is a procedure that benefits the cat's livelihood; pet owners aren't always aware of the true physical damage that it brings to the animal. Most people do not know the current struggle aimed to protect our pets from this harm. ‘‘‘The Paw Project’’’ is a documentary that takes us inside the issue. Sharing testimony from industry professionals and pet-owners alike, ‘‘The Paw Project’’ examines the emotional and physical cost that a cat pays when declawed; and reveals the profit that the procedure generates for veterinary doctors across the nation. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats that are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200.00 per hour – even for very young kittens. Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Conrad wants it to stop. While it often puts her at odds with many in her professional field, she continues to lead the struggle. Step by step, the film follows Conrad as she refutes representatives from the American Veterinary Association (AVMA), all in her effort to protect the well-being of these felines. ‘‘The Paw Project’’ chronicles her journey from pet examinations to legislative hearings, where she urges elected officials to ban declawing in their cities. After the film, join us for a discussion with Northwest VEG.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, March 9, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it.” 

The Curious Garden”, Sunday, March 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.”

Holocaust Survivor Alter Wiener”, Monday, March 10, 6PM, Molalla Library. “Alter is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in Oregon, He will be here to share his story and book titled ‘64736: From A Name To A Number’. Come and listen to living history.” Use your own judgment about bringing kids- kids do attend his lectures, but he will tell his unvarnished story. 

Concert, “Sons of Malarkey”, Monday, March 10. 12PM, Portland’5 Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby. Free. “Sons of Malarkey (SOM) have a foot in Irish Trad and a foot in Celtic Rock and are the perfect mix of the two. Founded in 2009, their smooth vocals and fantastic music capture listeners from the first note. What began as jam sessions around kitchen tables has become a seasoned live band that performs throughout the Pacific Northwest. SOM has always had a strong love of the traditional, but they love the modern elements as well.”

Author Talk, “Peter Stark”, Monday, March 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Peter Stark reads from “Astoria”. “At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history’s dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent. Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon, while Jefferson envisioned a separate democracy on the western coast that would spread eastward to meet the young United States. Astor backed this ambitious enterprise with the vast fortune he’d made in the fur trade and in New York real estate since arriving in the United States as a near-penniless immigrant soon after the Revolutionary War. He dispatched two groups of men west: one by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies. The Overland Party, led by the gentlemanly American businessman Wilson Price Hunt, combined French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish fur traders, American woodsmen, and an extraordinary Native American woman with two toddlers. The Seagoing Party, sailing aboard the ship Tonquin, likewise was a volatile microcosm of contemporary North America. Under the bitter eye of Captain Jonathan Thorn, a young U.S. naval hero whose unyielding, belligerent nature was better suited to battle than to negotiating cultural differences, the Tonquin made tumultuous progress toward its violent end. Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation’s landscape and global standing.”

“Naturalist Skills Community Night”, Monday, March 10, 7PM, Cascadia Wild, 5431 NE 20th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Nettles: Food and Medicine. Presented by your host, Marion Warfield, herbalist student.” 

The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women”, Monday, March 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Editor Florence Caplow will be joined in conversation by contributors Jan Chozen Bays, Gyokuko Carlson, Sallie Tisdale, and Jacqueline Mandell. ‘The Hidden Lamp’ is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road. Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher—personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today—and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.”

"Companion Planting and Rotation for the Vegetable Garden", Monday, March 10, 7PM, Milwaukie Center, 5540 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie. Free. "Improve yields with less work. Inter-planting and companion planting use the natural aspects of some plants to repel insects and diseases, balance nutrient use, and otherwise encourage other plants to grow. Crop rotation differs from companion planting in some respects, but uses many of the same principles to produce higher crop yields with few pests and disease problems and nutrient inputs."

OBOB Book Club”, Tuesday, March 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 March's session will begin on Wednesday, January 29. 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.” 

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, March 11, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “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 ‘Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior” by Chris Bradford.”

The Civil War, This Country's Most Devastating War”, Tuesday, March 11, 7PM, Beaverton Historical Society, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. Donations requested. “Major Mike Tamerius will be presenting an exciting talk on The Civil War, This Country's Most Devastating War. Mike Tamerius is a founding member of the 4th US Cavalry Company A, and board member of the Northwest Civil War Council. He currently holds the rank of Major as the Federal (Union) Cavalry Commander. In this position he commands the mounted and dismounted cavalry troops at four annual re-enacting events as well as a number of parades including the Starlight and Albany Veteran's Day. The Northwest Civil War Council re-enacting events are a time travel glimpse into both civilian and military life in the mid-19th century.”

She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman”, Tuesday, March 11, 7PM, Annie Bloom Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “She is a book of qualities illustrating the greatness of women. From "everywoman" to exemplars such as Madame Secretaries Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright to visionary artist Shiloh McCloud and poet Maya Stein, these many women represent the very best in the human spirit. Author/artists Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch have gathered these fierce and feisty females along with their best advice for our life's journey on the topics of leadership, friendship, purpose, adventurousness, cooperation, collaboration, risk-taking, resourcefulness, happiness, compassion, and much more, including what it is to inspire. Each page spread features a collection of vintage art and ephemera elegantly designed by Liz Kalloch paired with a love letter by Mary Anne Radmacher to each quality along with a tribute to women's strength, character, and the extraordinary capabilities within each and every woman. She gathers the wisdom of many wise women including Madeleine L'Engle, Laura Schlessinger, Erica Jong, Rachel Carson, Oprah Winfrey, Harper Lee, Lucille Ball, Mother Teresa, Pearl Buck, Cheri Huber, Julia Child, Drew Barrymore, and many more.”

Author Talk, “Robin Herrera”, Wednesday, March 12, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard; and Saturday, March 15, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Robin Herrera reads from her book, “Hope is a Ferris Wheel”. “Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future. With an unforgettable voice with a lot of heart, ‘Hope Is a Ferris Wheel’ is the story of a young girl who learns to accept her family and herself while trying to make sense of the world around her.”

The Climate Reality Project: What Can You Do?”, Wednesday, March 12, 6PM, Hillsdale Library. “Climate leaders trained by Al Gore deliver Climate Reality presentations in schools, homes, places of worship, businesses, and government forums. These presentations educate people about climate change and build local networks of climate activists who work in their own communities demanding solutions.”

Illuminated Manuscripts”, Wednesday, March 12, 7PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. $8 adults, $5 students. Presented by Kenneth Helphand, Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, and William Diebold, Professor of Art History, Reed College. “This talk is given in connection with the current exhibit ‘Illuminated Letters: Threads of Connection’ by Sara Harwin and an accompanying exhibit, ‘Illuminated Manuscripts: A Living History’, which includes rare volumes on loan from Mt. Angel Abbey, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, and John Wilson Special Collections of Multnomah County Library. ‘Illuminated Manuscripts’ continues Harwin’s exploration of the relationship between language and art showing the way in which text and illustration in medieval manuscripts functioned as a single language to communicate the meaning of the text. Featured manuscripts will include a Book of Hours, a Bible, a Breviary and a Psalter all from between the 13th and 15th centuries. William Diebold will discuss the ways that the books on view in Illuminated Manuscripts: Exhibiting the Written Word relate to the history of manuscript illustration. Kenneth Helphand will look specifically at the garden imagery in illustrated versions of Shir-ha-Shiram (Song of Songs).”

Man of Words”, Wednesday, March 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Rickie Birran will perform Man of Words, a dramatic recitation of selections from classic works of poetry, prose and plays. First and foremost an oral interpreter, Birran is a former college speech instructor and author of ‘Suit the Action to the Word: The Art of Reading Aloud’. As Man of Words he uses the theatrical, musical, and storytelling arts to bring reading and literature to life - to enrich, encourage, enlighten, and entertain.”

"Demo Garden Seminar:  Seed Starting", Wednesday, March 12, 9:30AM, Washington County Fairgrounds. Free. Presenter: Washington County Master Gardener, Daisy Parquet.  Daisy will demonstrate how to plant a variety of seeds in flats...and afterwards, attendees will have the opportunity to have hands–on experience and get feedback so you will have confidence to start your own seeds at home."

Revels Spring Salon”, Wednesday, March 12, 7PM, Chez Allison, 6633 SE 29th Ave., Pdx. $15 adult, $10 seniors and students, $30 family, $5 kids 12 and under. Advance tickets recommended; “Ready for a taste of seasonal delight to come? Our artistic team is hard at work on a brand-new Christmas Revels script for our 2014 show. Join us on March 12th for an evening with Christmas Revels script writer, Gray Eubank. Gray will present some of the fascinating historic research and ideas which are informing his creative process. He will unveil our 2014 Christmas Revels destination and share tidbits from the new script in the making. Come on along to enjoy a tasty preview and chat about ideas in percolation! We look forward to seeing you there.” 

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Thursday, March 13, 4PM, Tualatin Library. “We know you have always wanted to figure out how planes fly! This is the show that can teach you! Children will be amazed at the awesome properties of air pressure and what they can do to a roll of toilet paper. What will happen when they can't take apart a ball no bigger than softball? Amazing answers await within the Up, Up and Away Show.” 

Super Spiders”, Thursday, March 13, 1PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “This program teaches students about spiders through hands-on experiences and interactive activities including use of props and sharing of “first-hand” experiences. We will read a book about spiders, look at how spider webs work, build a spider, and where spiders like to call home.”

Origami After School”, Thursday, March 13, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library. “Kids - learn the ancient art of origami from sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.” 

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, March 13, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “This is a "starter" book discussion group geared towards children 5-10 yrs. of age and their accompanying adult! Pick up a copy of the book from the library read it together and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! This month’s title: ‘Savvy’ by Ingrid Law.”

"Garden Allies:  Pollinators, Predators and Parasitoids", Thursday, March 13, 7:15PM, First Baptist Church, 5755 SW Erickson Ave., Beaverton.  Free. "While the focus on insects in the garden is often on those species that wreck havoc on our plants, there are many more insects that are beneficial in the garden. This program will focus on several groups of those insects: pollinators, predators and parasitic insects. Each of these groups plays an important role. The pollinators are responsible for seed and fruit production, while the predators and parasitoids help control those insects that feed on plants. There are many ways to attract and keep beneficials in the garden. Come and learn about this large cast of characters and how you can garden to promote their presence."

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

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, March 14, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Join us for a great read each month. Pick up a book at the library to read before the meeting. Refreshments provided. Stay after the discussion for a fun craft. This month we will be discussing ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card.” 

Kells Irish Restaurant St. Patrick’s Festival”, Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17, 112 SW 2nd Ave., Pdx. Kids’ festivities Saturday 11AM-5PM and Sunday 9AM-6PM. More info and schedule of entertainment here:!saint-patricks-festival/cs2u

Home School Day: Aviation History”, Friday, March 14, 10AM-3PM, $23 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; register online: “What got the Wrights airborne? Perseverance? Luck? Or just a great engine design? Who were the faces and stories behind the Museum’s great collection of aircraft? You never know who will show up and tell their stories…will it be Willie Messerschmitt? Lindbergh? Earhart? Or Howard Hughes himself? You’ll just have to come out and see for yourself!” 

MAC Theatre Showcase”, Friday, March 14, 7PM, Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Featuring performances by MAC Theatre students.”

BodyVox-2”, Friday, March 14, 7:30PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Tickets $15 in advance: “Modern Dance. A freewheeling, boundary-bending troupe, BodyVox-2's unique approach to theater assimilates all possibilities for movement and endows it with breathtaking physicality. Enriched with striking imagery and sparkling with wit and whimsy, BodyVox-2 creates dance that illuminates the power and joy of the human form.” 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, Saturday, March 15, 11AM, downtown Hillsboro. This is a fun community parade with lots of candy tossed to kids. Expect to see lots of horses. Details of the parade route are here: 

Stained Glass for Kids”, Saturday, March 15, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Make beautiful stained glass designs using recycled plastic, melted crayons, paper and paint with artist Addie Boswell. After drawing and cutting a design for your window frame, you can mix a variety of colors for the glass. Take your finished art home to catch sunlight in the windows and brighten up your spring. Nontoxic and great for ages 5-10.”

March Into Spring! Discovery Hike”, Saturday, March 15, 1PM-4PM, Forest Park, meeting at the Springville Trailhead via Skyline Blvd., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “March along the trail and enjoy the emergence of Forest Park’s plant communities. Be the first to spot a Trillium or the inflorescence of Indian Plum. See the forest spring into action, as we describe this dynamic renewal in detail.” 

Spring Into Spring: Sensational Salads”, Saturday, March 15, 2PM, Washougal Library. “Sample delicious recipes and learn how to create meals fresh from the garden with local author Chrisetta Mosley.”

Mock Fieldtrip for Educators”, Saturday, March 15, 11AM-3PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cary Unity Lower Parking Lot, 28909 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. Preregistration required; contact Josie Finley: (360) 887-4106 Or “Learn the brand new activities available for the 2014 field trip season! Whether you are a teacher planning to bring your students out, or a volunteer interested in helping, this is your chance to learn about the site and the activities you will be doing with students.”

Lotion Making Class”, Saturday, March 15, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Lotions, Balms and Lotion Bars. Learn how to make your own natural moisturizers from scratch using healing vegetable and seed oils. Topics include everything from the chemistry of emulsion to how to preserve your moisturizers safely (or avoid preservatives altogether). Class is taught by Sellwood Soap Company.” 

Birding on Rentenaar Road”, Saturday, March 15, 8AM-12PM, Sauvie Island. Sauvie Island parking permit required. They can be purchased online: “Join Ron Escano for a waterfowl and winter sparrow adventure on Sauvie Island. Meet at 8 a.m. at the East Side Check Station Parking Lot on the corner of Reeder and Rentenaar Roads. We will walk Rentenaar Road and back (1.6 miles round trip).”

Songs of Labor History Concert”, Saturday, March 15, 3PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Free with museum admission, $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $2 for children and $10 for families. “In conjunction with our exhibit, Labor: A Working History, the museum will host a concert of songs from the history of organized labor with Portland folk singer Joe Hickerson and accomplished duo Rebel Voices.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Underwater Adventure”, Saturday, March 15, 10:30AM, Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum,  906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up (;  Saturday, March 15, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, March 22, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Shawnery Connery tells all about the sea creatures while a small seahorse and a sting ray escape sharks, jellyfish, angler fish and the most deadly thing in the sea; pollution! Their friends Manta Ray, a dolphin, puffer fish, octopus and many other sea life come together to help them as well as to celebrate life in the sea.”

Author Talk, “Mantu Joshi”, Saturday, March 15, 1PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 4807 NE Fremont St., Pdx. For parents of special needs kids. Mantu Joshi reads from his book, “The Resilient Parent”. “The Resilient Parent combines honesty, humility, and grit with humor and spirituality to offer practical pearls of wisdom for parents of children with special needs. Mantu Joshi, a father of children with neurobehavioral special needs, shares personal and authentic experiences to illustrate ways his fellow parents can find the resilience that is within them – resilience that is absolutely crucial when parenting complicated, behaviorally-challenged children.”

Author Talk, “Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson”, Saturday, March 15, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson reads from “Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil”. “Animals, at least predators, kill to survive, but there is nothing in the annals of animal aggression remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Our burden is that humans, and in particular humans in our modern industrialized world, are the most violent animals to our own kind in existence, or possibly ever in existence on earth. We lack what all other animals have: a check on the aggression that would destroy the species rather than serve it. It is here, Masson says, that animals have something to teach us about our own history. In Beasts, he strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression.”

Henny Reading and Drawing Activity”, Sunday, March 15, 1PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Elizabeth Rose Stanton will read from her new whimsical picture book ‘Henny’ and lead children in a creative drawing activity.  
This is a quirky and charming picture book that we've just fallen in love with and we're sure you will as well!”

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, March 15, 12PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “A series of live demonstrations, and talks about the history, people and crafts at Champoeg. Dr. Richard Scheuerman, Assistant Professor of Education at Seattle Pacific University, will present ‘Willamette Valley Heirloom Grains and Northwest Agricultural Origins.’ In his presentation, Dr. Scheuerman explores the people, history, and major influences that shaped and transformed the region’s flourishing agrarian economy. Park Ranger Tom Parsons will present ‘An Early Willamette Valley Mill’. The hand hewn beams and ancient turbines of Thompson's Mills should not still be standing on the banks of the Calapooia River but they are. In fact, this anomaly of history not only stands 5 stories high but still works 150 years after being built by Oregon Trail pioneers. Tom Parsons tells us how this survivor of history has been adapted over and over to be relevant in the changing world around it.”

St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival at St. Agatha”, Saturday, March 15, 12PM, St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 SE 15th Ave., Pdx. “Today it’s the 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, at St. Agatha Catholic School in Sellwood – followed by the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. A 5k Fun Run will kick-off the festival at 11 am; at noon, join hundreds of families wearing their green with children on decorated bikes, scooters and wagons as they parade through the main streets of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood beginning and ending at St. Agatha Catholic School. Then, children of all ages will enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with cakewalk. Under the heated tent festival attendees will hear live music from the Clackamas Fire Fighters Pipes and Drum; Hyatus; Other entertainment includes Irish dancers. Enjoy an authentic Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner, corned beef sandwiches, Irish sausage rolls and many more delicious foods. In the evening, Ireland’s famous Guinness beer will be flowing along with Widmer Brewing favorites.”

Author Talk, “R C Marlen”, Saturday, March 15, 12PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Author RC Marlen will discuss her new book: ‘Grist: A Story of Oregon Country, 1835-1854’. Denied recognition and acceptance by the white people in Oregon Country, Margaret Jewett Bailey, the first novelist of the Northwest, faded into oblivion after an attempt was made to destroy all copies of her novel. Although she and her husband William J. Bailey arrived in the mid-1830s and worked beside well-known historic figures such as Jason Lee and John McLoughlin, today few know of the Baileys. Why? Their story is explosive. In 1835, William arrived at the Methodist Mission with a long tomahawk gash in his face and later would avenge the attack; in 1837, Margaret was among the first seven white women to arrive by ship from eastern United States, and she quickly made enemies of the missionaries but friends of the Kalapuyan tribe. Their story presents surprising views of historical figures and events from a perspective not usually seen. Although the dialogue and one fictional family are creations of the author RC Marlen, events in this exciting historical novel were written to show the accurate history of Oregon Country, 1835-1854.”

Beaverton Modular Railroad Club Display”, Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, Lake Oswego Library. “Members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club will provide a set up of model trains and tracks for public enjoyment. Stop by the Library on the main floor. Club members will be on hand to share their knowledge of this fun hobby and answer questions. Train books will be available to check out. Every hour the train whistle might blow!” 

Portland Opera Preview: “Postcard from Morocco”, Sunday, March 16, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Lecture/concert covers historical background, composer information and musical selections from Dominick Argento's ‘Postcard from Morocco’. Seven travelers find themselves waiting together in a train station, each with their own story and luggage. As they describe their belongings to fellow passengers, they begin to unpack their personal secrets. With each revelation, there is a deep exploration of identity and morality that is both delightful and deeply stirring.”

Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood”, Sunday, March 16, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Ever stopped to think about that tree in front of your house? How about those that shade the schoolyard or your walk to the bus stop? Every day Portlanders walk, bike, bus or drive past thousands of trees. They shade our streets and homes, filter water and air, and provide habitat to urban wildlife. Portland is a Tree City USA, home to a diverse and growing urban canopy. Do you know their names? How or why they were planted here? What will they look like in the fall ... in the winter? Get on a first-name basis with the urban forest in this fun session with your Neighborhood Tree Stewards. We'll teach you how to use a tree identification book, and then you'll take your new skills for a walk! The first half of this program will take place in the library, the second half will be a short walk exploring the neighborhood's trees.” 

"Ad-VENTures in VENTriloquism", Sunday, March 16, 4PM, Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum,  906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up.  Everything you ever wanted to know about VENTing but were afraid to ask. An interactive program exploring the how to of VENT-riloquism. Featuring live performance, Q and A and an opportunity to try your hand (and lips) at VENTing yourself. Fun for the whole family! Our featured guest speaker/performer is Chuck Mott. He's been a local ventriloquist, puppeteer and magician for over twenty years."

Spring Walk”, Monday, March 17, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “Spring is just around the corner. Let's go outside and look for signs of spring, including migratory birds, plants, and anything else we can discover. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. 

All-Ireland Cultural Society 73rd St. Patrick’s Day Festival”, Monday, March 17, 4PM-9PM, Ambridge Event Center, 376 NE Clackamas Ave., Pdx. $10 adults, $5 ages 12-20, and free for kids age 1 and under with an adult. Food and drink will also be sold, and there will be music and dance.

Author Talk, “Lincoln Peirce”, Monday, March 17, 5:30PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. Preregistration required; email or call 503.431.2088 with the following information: parent's name, number of people attending, e-mail address and phone number. Limit one book brought from home. Lincoln Peirce will read from his book, “Big Nate In the Zone”. “The latest illustrated novel from Lincoln Peirce is a laugh-out-loud must-read starring the one and only cartooning genius, king of detention, and Cheez Doodle connoisseur, Nate Wright. Nate’s not having the best of luck . . . in fact; he’s not having ANY luck. But with a little boost thanks to Chad’s lucky foot, suddenly good luck is everywhere Nate turns! Nate’s in the zone! But how long will it last?”

St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamins”, Monday, March 17 at all McMenamins locations in Oregon. Most events are free and are open to all ages. “Irish or not, we invite you out on this fine holiday. All locations will be serving our lucky Irish Stout, Irish coffee, Irish-tinged food specials and more. We'll even have a special St. Pat's Passport Stamp! And at various spots across ‘County McMenamins,’ we'll offer live music, bagpipers, Irish dancers and more.” See the details here:

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, March 18, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read a selection of the Best Picture Books of 2013.” 

Loons, Grebes, Cormorants, Pelicans”, Tuesday, March 18, 7PM, Audubon Society of Oregon, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Did you know that 3 types of Loons in hang out in Oregon? Hundreds per hour can be seen migrating past headlands at certain times of year. Did you know a variety of colorful Grebes nest in the desert marshes of eastern Oregon? Both Loons and Grebes dive, some to great depths, to catch fish. Tonight local author and expert Harry Nehls will share his knowledge about the Loons, Grebes, Cormorants and other diving birds that grace our coast, lakes and rivers.” 

Travelogue: Bangladesh”, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “What is Bangladesh? Is it part of Pakistan? Related to India? Come find out about the 8th most populous country in the world with a rich political, cultural and literary history. Zabaida Ula and Justin Keeler recently spent time traveling the country, exploring the sights, and enjoying the cuisine. The couple will share insights, photographs, artifacts, and perspectives on what it means to be both an American and a Bangladeshi at the same time.” 

Chahar Shanbeh Souri- Eve of the Red Wednesday Party”, Tuesday, March 18, 6PM-11PM, Oaks Park at the Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Fire jumping is free, tickets $10 for adults and free for kids 9 and under for entertainment, food, dessert, and music. “Please join us as we jump over bonfires on the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian Year.” This is a really fun event! They will have a bonfire outdoors which anyone can join the line to jump over in this unique new year celebration. Parents even bring their toddlers to lift them over the fire. Learn more about the Persian New Year tradition here:

When Mountains Rock ‘n Roll: The Inner Rhythms and Lethal Hazards of Debris Flows”, Tuesday, March 18, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Richard Iverson, PhD, senior research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington. “Debris flows are churning, water-laden masses of soil and fragmented rock that rush down mountainsides, funnel into stream channels, entrain objects in their paths, and form thick, muddy deposits when they spill onto valley floors. In some circumstances they are known as “mudflows” or “lahars.” Debris flows have bulk densities similar to that of wet sand but can flow almost as fluidly as water. Because they have peak speeds that exceed 10 meters per second, sizes that can range up to 1 billion cubic meters, and the ability to carry boulders more than 10 meters in diameter, debris flows can denude slopes, bury floodplains, and devastate people and property. In this talk geoscientist Richard (Dick) Iverson will explain the physical processes underlying the remarkable mobility of debris flows. He’ll describe development and utilization of the world’s largest experimental facility for studying debris flows as well as the chain of reasoning necessary to construct mathematical models for use in forecasting debris-flow hazards. The presentation will include numerous images and video clips of natural and experimental debris flows as well as animations derived from computational models. Particular emphasis will be given to recent debris flows in the Pacific Northwest – and especially to large events at Cascade Range volcanoes.” It’s always difficult to park in the Pearl, and this venue has very limited seating, so I definitely suggest getting there early! 

In Defense of Animals Africa”, Tuesday, March 18, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Meet Dr. Sheri Speede, founder of IDA - Africa and the Sanaa-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, Africa. Speede will talk about her new book, ‘What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection’, and her passion to stop animal abuse and the illegal ape meat trade.”

Rocks and Minerals of the Pacific Northwest”, Tuesday, March 18, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “The Northwest is home to a plethora of captivating rocks, minerals and semi-precious gemstones that draw collectors from around the world. Be enthralled by the natural beauty of thundereggs, sunstones and much more, as you explore the stones and minerals of the region with geologist Lara O'Dwyer-Brown [curator of the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals]. Get to know the vast range of geologic wonders that can be found locally, and get the chance to see actual stones up close.” 

Slough Tour: Water Flow”, Tuesday, March 18, 4PM, Multnomah County Drainage Districts, 1880 NE Elrod Rd., Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the history of water control in the Portland area and get an up-close look at the people, machines, and structures that keep parts of NE Portland and Gresham from flooding. Co-hosted by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and the Multnomah County Drainage Districts, this tour led by a District Engineer highlights the water flow of the Columbia Slough waterway and the levees and pumps that maintain water levels. Please dress for the weather.” 

Douglas Fir Ecosystems”, Wednesday, March 19, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. “We’ll explore the Douglas Fir bark, cones, hear a legend, and check out the many trees in the park. Dress for some outside exploration, and be excited to learn about the beautiful state tree of Oregon, the Douglas Fir. Sarah Pinnock of Jackson Bottom Wetlands will present the program.” 

Conserving Purple Martin in the Willamette Valley”, Wednesday, March 19, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “The purple martin, once common in the Willamette Valley, has experienced a steep population decline since the 1940’s. The primary causes are thought to be the arrival of European starlings in Oregon and a reduction in the availability of snags across Oregon forests. Today, martin colonies occur in Oregon at only a few locations in the Willamette Valley, along the coast, and at sites near the Columbia River. Since 2011, the Oregon Wildlife Institute and its partners have been taking actions to conserve a small colony of martins on OSU’s Dunn Forest. This colony is one of very few in North America where martins continue to use snags for nesting. Please join us for a presentation by Wildlife Ecologist Dave Vesely about the natural history of purple martin and efforts to conserve the species in the Willamette Valley.” 

Author Reading, “Jake Porter”, Wednesday, March 19, 6PM, Gladstone Library. Jake Porter will be reading from his book, “Wapits”. “The book Wapits is told from the perceptive of Chazy, a ten year old boy who lives with his Dad and four siblings. On the first day of summer Chazy wakes up excited that this will be the first summer that he doesn't have to go to daycare. Due to some fighting the day before Chazy is forced to play outside instead of spending the day on the couch. In the forest next to his apartment he goes on a treasure hunt for bottle caps. Chazy doesn't find any bottle caps instead finds a book that belongs to the Wapits. The discovery of this book leads him to meeting a Wapit named Shay. Wapits are small creatures about the size of a toddler covered in fur armed with blow guns. The world of the Wapits is opened up to Chazy as their friendship grows. From here the adventure begins.”

Fly Gals! Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII”, Wednesday, March 19, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “In honor of Women's History Month, historian and filmmaker Sig Unander will tell the fascinating story of the first female fighter pilots in WWII. Known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPS, more than a thousand women from all parts of the country graduated from flight training and flew difficult, sometimes hazardous, missions during WWII. After the war, the WASPS were forgotten for decades until Congress officially recognized and honored their service more than 60 years later.”

Concert, “Scott Brockett”, Wednesday, March 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Scott Brockett plays pop, soul, and blues in the style of Tyrone Wells, Marc Broussard, Sara Bareillies, and Rob Thomas. His music has been featured on over 60 radio stations across the country, he has been included on the "Taste of Triple A" radio sampler, he won the Portland Idol competition in 2010, and he was a top ten finalist for the "America’s Got Talent" in Seattle.”

Little Brown Birds: Sparrows, Finches, and Wrens”, Class Wednesday, March 19, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd. , Pdx, with an optional field trip on Saturday, March 22, 8AM-12PM. Class only $15, class plus field trip $40. Preregistration required; register online: “At first glance, all those little brown birds flitting through the brush look alike. But with a little practice, you will learn to recognize the great variety of sparrows, finches, and wrens found in the Portland area. In this class, local author and guide, John Rakestraw will help you learn the field marks and behaviors that make all these birds unique. On Saturday, we will visit some local “sparrow patches” to see and hear these birds in person.” 

Page Pals”, Wednesday, March 19, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Do you like to read? Are you in 4th or 5th grade? If so, join the Page Pals book club! Books and fun activities. Sign out this month’s book from the library’s information desk. No library card necessary.” For March: “The Stonekeeper’s Curse” by Kazu Kibuishi.

***Hooray!!! Thursday, March 20 is the 1st day of Spring!!!*** 

Garden Planning”, Thursday, March 20, 6:30PM, Midland Library. “Learn how to get the most out of your veggie garden by planning for a year’s worth of successive plantings. This workshop is designed for beginning gardeners and covers timing, plant charts, seed and plant selection, spacing and mapping. Each participant will go home with the know-how and materials to create a customized planting calendar and map.” 

Ice Age Legacy: Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge”, Thursday, March 20, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Another large-scale local benefit of the Ice Age Floods is our wildlife refuge which stretches from within the Tualatin city limits (onion flat area) as far as Gaston where the remaining Atfaliti Indians spent their last years before removal to the reservation in Grand Ronde. A representative of the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge will share historical and natural history of the Refuge, including upcoming events at their visitors center along Highway 99. This Federal refuge is unique because it can be reached from urban centers by public transportation and offers things to do and see in all seasons of the year. The area was scoured by the Kake Missoula floods as Lake Allison covered our valley.”

Book Talk for Ages 5-8”, Thursday, March 20, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s “book of the month” will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 5-8 with a participating adult. This month we’re reading ‘Blink and Gollie’ by Kate DiCamillo.”

Hanford Hazards: Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste”, Thursday, March 20, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville. $5 suggested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Ken Niles, administrator, and Dirk Dunning, technical staff at the Oregon Department of Energy’s Nuclear Safety and Energy Emergency Preparedness Division. “Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Site is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River. The site has an interesting history including its selection during World War II, its operations during the war, and expansions into and through the Cold War. As the site transitions from plutonium production to clean up, learn about the extent of contamination at cleanup and the progress and challenges that remain, including the 56 million gallons of high-level waste and a confirmed leak from the inner shell of one of Hanford’s double-shell tanks.”

Dead Wood for Wildlife”, Thursday, March 20, 6PM, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, 1080 SW Baseline St., Hillsboro. “Join us when Sarah L. Pinnock, wetlands education specialist at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, will help us understand why it is so important to leave dead wood lying about (or in the case of snags, standing about) for wildlife of all sizes. This Tiny Talk will be a great preview of our upcoming display at the Tualatin library on the same topic, hosted March 23-29 in collaboration with Tualatin Riverkeeper. Light refreshments (cookies, coffee, etc.) will be provided.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, March 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.” 

The River and the Company: How the Fur Trade Affected the Waterways in and Around the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge”, Thursday, March 20, 7:15PM, Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. $15. Presented by Dr. Doug Wilson. “This talk will explore the relationship between the Hudson’s Bay Company and earlier fur traders, trappers and the waterways in and around the Ridgefield NWR. We will explore ho the river system was used to continue established trade routs of indigenous peoples, how the fur trade altered natural and cultural relationships of the lower Columbia River Region, and how the Company introduced agriculture, logging, shipping and other aspects of the industrial revolution that forever changed the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.”

The Studio Theater Presents, “Spotlight Parade”, Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 7PM, and Sunday, March 23, 2:30Pm, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “A tribute to the musical comedies of the 1930’s. Entertainment for the entire family, and it won’t cost you a dime. Gee, that’s swell!”

Music with Mr. Hoo”, Friday, March 21, 11:30AM, Kenton Library. “The talented Mr. Hoo, Will play his guitar and kazoo, While singing some songs for you, As you sing and dance, too! Join Mr. Hoo of The Alphabeticians as he plays some traditional kids songs, some original songs, and Hoo knows what else! Fun, interactive music for kids and their grown-ups.”

Trombones Before and After”, Tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 21, 7PM, Robinwood Station Community Center, 3706 Cedaroak Dr., West Linn. “Early music and 20th century music performed on tenor, bass, and contrabass sackbutts, and voice, as well as modern trombones. Music by Senfl, Pierre de la Rue, Haydn, Berlin, Nestico, Frackenpohl, and others. Musicians: David Bryan, Andy Harris, Phil Neuman, and Gayle Neuman.” Be sure to doublecheck date and time! 

From Wetlands to Waves”, Friday, March 21, 10AM-4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. $30 per student. Preregistration required: register online: “Come explore marine habitats and their inhabitants, conduct experiments in our wet labs and learn about scientific techniques and current research.” 

Concert, “Portland Chamber Music”, Friday, March 21, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Donation of $5 per person or $15 per family.

Kids Knit!”, Saturday, March 22, 11AM, North Portland Library., “Discover a fun new hobby by learning to knit or improving your current skills! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own supplies. For grade school-age children and up.” 

Herb Walk”, Saturday, March 22, 1PM, Forest Park, NW 53rd Drive’s Birch Trailhead. Free. Preregistration Required; register online: “Join a National College of Natural Medicine student for an hour-long herb walk in Forest Park! This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard.” 

Museum in a Suitcase Program”, Saturday, March 22, 11AM, Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. “During this event, Gresham History Museum volunteer John Andersen will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon with visitors through the use of primary resources, such as visual images and artifacts. The primary resources included in the suitcase cover the following topics: Early Japanese Immigration to Oregon; Creating Communities- Life in Nihonmachi (Portland’s Japantown); Internment Story.”

Pagan Faire 2014”, Saturday, March 22, 10AM-5PM, ritual beginning at 7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds. Suggested donation $7 adults, $5 seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. “This is a place for Pagans and Non-Pagans to meet and enjoy food, entertainment, and vendors selling wonderful pieces. There is sure to be something for everyone.”

World Water Day Walk for Water”, Saturday, March 22, registration at 9AM and walk at 10AM, beginning at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “The City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center would like to invite residents to participate in a Walk for Water on World Water Day. The mission of World Water Day is to focus attention on the importance of water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. One mile family friendly walk to the Columbia River where participants will get water. Please bring a container for water. The walk is on a paved path and is stroller and wheelchair accessible.”

Rang Barse- Holi Festival of Colors”, Saturday, March 22, 11AM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. All ages. $25 per person, $13 for kids 2-6 and free for kids under 2. "Ticket cost includes 2 bags of color, starters, lunch, dancing and lots of fun. Ring in the spring with Rang Barse at the Washington County Fairgrounds in March. This third annual event celebrates the Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors. Participants get two bags of organic color powder imported from India, appetizers, drinks, a lunch buffet, and a live DJ for dancing. Remember to wear white or light-colored clothing and arrive early. Last year more than 900 people attended. You won’t want to miss this!”

Spring Whale Watching Week”, Saturday, March 22 through Saturday, March 29, Oregon Coast. “People come from all over to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching.” “The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will have special programming every day during Whale Watch Week. At 1:30pm, attend a marine mammal program in Hennings Auditorium featuring hands-on whale biofacts such as baleen and skulls. Come visit our marine mammal displays and exhibits, see a marine mammal video in the auditorium, and keep up with local gray whale sightings by checking our posted lists. We're open daily from 10 am – 5 pm for this special Whale Watch Week event.”

Author/Illustrator Reading, “Hannah Viano”, Saturday, March 22, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx, and Sunday, March 23, 1PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “In this beautiful ABC book, C is for Crab; D is for Douglas fir; and E is for Eagle. Based on Pacific Northwest artist Hannah Viano’s regionally themed paper-cut art, this lovely children’s book sheds a new light on the ABCs that will appeal to young and old alike. Fans of Nikki McClure and Kate Endle will appreciate the beautiful handmade appeal of this book.” 

Vernal Equinox Star Party”, Saturday, March 22, 7:30PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “On Saturday, March 22, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘Stub’ Stewart State Park starting at 7:30 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. As the sky darkens we will view deep sky objects including the Orion Nebula, Beehive star cluster and more! On the scheduled day of an OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at 
503 797-4000. Press #3 then #5 or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather related cancellations. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

William L. Finley: A Life’s Work in Conservation”, Saturday, March 22, 1PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. “Join biographer Worth Mathewson for a slide presentation about William L. Finley and his life's work. Learn about how Finley's photographs and advocacy during a critical wildlife conservation era (1890s, early 1900s) was a catalyst for protecting wildlife. Finley was instrumental in establishing three Oregon refuges and giving his
 name to another, and his legacy of conservation is reflected in all of our refuges.”

Spring Into Spring: Edible Landscaping and Garden Layout”, Saturday, March 22, 2PM, Washougal Library. “With the help of WSU Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, learn about landscaping garden areas. Take home a plan for your yard.” 

The Cat Drum”, Saturday, March 22, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 11:30AM); and Sunday, March 23, 2:30PM, Midland Library. “A story from the Caribbean about how the cat got its purr. Seans Shadows is a dynamic combination of storytelling , shadow puppetry, world music and a love for reading and books. Shadow puppet theater is found all over the world and has been performed for hundreds of generations. Sean’s mission is to entertain, educate, and help maintain this ancient art in a fun and engaging manner.”

Mad Science Presents, “Where’s the Water, Watson?”, Saturday, March 22, 11AM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM. “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!” 

Eric Herman’s Cool Tunes for Kids”, Monday, March 24, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room, and Tuesday, March 25, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageous fun, Eric's show will have kids dancing from limb to limb, smiling from ear to ear and laughing from nose to foot!”

Author Talk, “William Flynn”, Monday, March 24, 6PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Come listen to local author William Flynn share about his latest fiction novel ‘Direct Action’, a story of organized resistance against the deforestation of Sumatra and a story based upon the author's observations and research. His story follows a guerrilla movement consisting of religious, political and social activists on Sumatra who decide they must take action to stop the destruction of the tropical rainforest.” 

Author Talk, “Mark Braverman”, Monday, March 24, 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.”

Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home”, Tuesday, March 25, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “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.”

Science Mania”, Tuesday, March 25, 2PM, McMinnville Library. Suggested for ages 9-12. $2. Preregistration required; call 503-435-5571. “Computers Inside Out - come take apart a computer.” 

Manga/Anime: The Art of Japanese Cartooning”, Tuesday, March 25 through Friday, March 28, 9:30AM-12PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Suggested for ages 8-12. $25 for individual classes or $75 for all 4 classes and a free membership. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Jane Nash. “Japanese comic strips and animation have introduced young people the world over to a new type of creativity. This style of art is beautiful and entertaining - these classes are a simple introduction to making manga on your own! All skill levels are welcome! Materials provided and/or bring your own.”

Red Yarn Presents, “The Deep Woods”, Tuesday, March 25, 6:30PM, West Linn Library, and Thursday, March 27, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. "A musical puppet show full of little critters and American folk songs”

Windsocks”, Tuesday, March 25, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room; and Thursday, March 27, 3PM, Holgate Library. “Use crepe paper streamers and bright construction paper to create functioning windsocks decorated with your own art!” Presented by artist Raina Imig.

Introduction to Basketmaking”, Tuesday, March 25, 10AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Suggested for ages 9-13. $15 plus $5 material fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Roger Besselievre and Carol Ross. “Fun introductory kid’s class, where students will weave a complete basket with round reed, starting with a wooden bottom. Student will have a variety of colors from which to choose, ranging from hot pink to muted earth tones. Materials and tools provided. Dress for the weather as the class will take place in our Learning Classroom and students will be busy working but sitting for 2 hours.” 

The Extraordinary Life of homer Davenport, Political Cartoonist”, Tuesday, March 25, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by author Gus Frederick. “Oregon's own Homer Davenport (1867-1912) was one of the most successful artists Oregon has ever produced. Yet, few outside his hometown are even aware of the impact this self-described “country boy” had on society. In fact, he became a cultural icon of the Progressive Era. His career as a political cartoonist, and notably the work he did for the San Francisco Examiner and The New York Evening Mail, was both hugely influential and effective. One New York Senator even sponsored a bill to outlaw Davenport's cartoons. Born in Silverton, Oregon, into the pioneer Geer family, Davenport became a world traveler and developed a second career of breeding Arabian horses. His life is a story of fame, political influence, artistic creativity, and discovery.”

Klondike Kate: From Gold Rush Dancehall Girl to Celebrated Early Oregon Rock Hound”, Tuesday, March 25, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Chuck Rollins, President, Crown Point Country Historical Society. “The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts a series of History Nights in collaboration with McMenamins pubs. Come join us for an enlightening evening of history, served up with food and a pint or two of good beer, and find out more about the history and culture of our state from OE authors. Bring your encyclopedia-worthy Oregon stories to share with the OE Editors-in-Chief.”

The Science of Superheroes”, Wednesday, March 26, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 4-11. “Do some exciting science experiments the superhero way!” 

The Bug Chicks”, Wednesday, March 26, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!” Highly recommended! 

Fiber to Fabric”, Wednesday, March 26, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 3-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “The Industrial Revolution forever changed how fabric is manufactured. New methods of processing and greater availability of products altered community and daily life. With wool as an example, Fiber to Fabric participants discover home processing of natural fibers through hands on exploration of carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Children will create samples of these processes to take home!” 

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “Home Grown Heroes”, Thursday, March 27, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-12. “A villain known as: "The Bad Idea", has a bad idea. He wants to stop the world from having creative minds. However a band of super heroes team up to fight back. The heroes must work as a team to stop him!” Highly recommended! 

Burns Street Kids Book Club”, Thursday, March 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.” 

Concert, “Howard Wade”, Thursday, March 27, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Howard Wade and Craig Birnie on bass playing a blend of acoustic blues, ragtime and folk.”

Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth”, Thursday, March 27, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Together, Buck and Elizabeth put on a high energy show which includes interactive musical comedy with dance, sing-along, and ventriloquism.”

Homemade Mustard”, Thursday, March 27, 6PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Making mustard is easy, open to considerable creativity, and goes great with everything from crackers and cheese to roasted meats. With just a few simple tricks, you can begin exploring the world of homemade mustard. So, come ready to make your own two sample batches of mustard. We'll have both yellow and black mustard seeds to experiment with as well as rice wine and red wine vinegars for flavoring and controlling the heat in your mustard. As always, food historian and cookbook author Jean Johnson, will offer samples for tasting--and you'll leave with recipe ideas geared toward helping you put a unique stamp on your own batches.” 

Trashanalia”, Thursday, March 27, 10AM, Sellwood-Moreland 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.” 

Mz. Pearl: Books Into Action”, Thursday, March 27, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. “The book is open and Mz. Pearl has discovered characters and adventures to share, from flying elephants to dancing pigs! Bringing stories into action and involving the audience in the drama, Heather Pearl's new clown show is an inspiration to read and be funny. Magic and circus tricks are performed right out of the instruction books, one of which the audience can take home with them. Laugh, learn and be part of Mz. Pearl's library magic.”

Make A Comic Book”, Friday, March 28, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 6-11. Preregistration required; register online:  “Love comics? Learn to create your own superhero comic (or any other kind of comic) from an actual comic publisher—Bluewater Productions. You don’t even need to know how to draw!” 

Annual Tulip Festival”, Friday, March 28, through Sunday, May 4, Daily 9AM-4PM, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR. “Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! 
There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. 
Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new 
pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location.” If you go on a weekend, my advice is to get there as early as possible to avoid traffic. Lots more info here:

Earth Science Open House”, Saturday, March 29, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration “encouraged but not required”; register online. “Families with children of all ages are invited to join us in exploring earth science. The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will offer hands-on activity stations for kids and adults to sift sand for fossils, measure dinosaur tracks, test mineral properties, test mineral conductivity, and try out lots of other experiments.” 

Spring Into Spring: Chicken Keeping”, Saturday, March 29, 2PM, Washougal Library. “Whether you’re a novice or already started with chickens, come and hear great tips and get your questions answered by Urban Farm School's Kendra Pearce.”

Forest Habitat Discovery Hike”, Saturday, March 29, 1PM, Forest Park, Wildwood Trailhead via NW Newberry Rd. Preregistration required; register online: Lead by author Marcy Houle. “Forest Park has more ‘Interior Forest Habitat’ than any city park in the United States. This natural feature has been deemed Forest Park’s most valuable natural resource. Learn what Interior Forest Habitat is, and why it is crucial to preserve.” 

Kids’ Drive-In Movie”, Saturday, March 29, 10AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Bring your own box (one that you'll fit in) and use our supplies along with your imagination to transform your box into a car. Then enjoy an animated short film with popcorn and lemonade drive-in movie style! Fun for anyone who can fit in a box!” 

Reading with the Rollers”, Saturday, March 29, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “The Rose City Rollers aren't just Portland's all-female flat track roller derby league but they're also big on community enrichment and sharing stories about their favorite strong female characters! Enjoy a special story time with the Rose City Rollers at Green Bean Books! Free!
10% of all books sold during this event will go to the nonprofit First Book Portland.” 

Pop-Up Cards”, Saturday, March 29, 1PM, St. Johns 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.”

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show”, Saturday, March 29, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 30, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 adults, $12 for both days, free for kids 8 and under with an adult. “Come see and buy live birds, live reptiles, and live mammals. The PACNWRS is a public trade show exhibiting over 100 vendor booths offering exotic animals and their related merchandise. In addition to animals and products for sale, there are educational reptile and exotic mammal displays for the whole family.” The Reptile Man will be there!

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, March 29, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Directions: To reach Wapato Greenway parking lot travel from the bridge onto the island, continue north on Sauvie Island Road, past the intersection with Reeder Rd, past Ferry Road boat ramp turnoff, to the marked parking lot on the left.” 

Nature Discovery Day”, Saturday, March 29, 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. Woodpeckers are special creatures here at Tryon and this discovery day will be de voted to learning all about the Woodpeckers that call Tryon home.”

Concert, “2jazzguitars”, Saturday, March 29, 2PM, Northwest 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.”

Fear No Bees!”, Saturday, March 29, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. “Myth-busting for bees with stories and video clips of how bees hold our world together. Discover on the big screen just how cool bees are and how vital they are for the food we eat. This program gets you feeling like you’re inside a hive and living the life of a bee. After the show, check out beekeeping tools and gear and taste some local raw honey.” 

Nawruz Persian New Year Celebration”, Saturday, March 29, 7:30PM-11:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Building Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $5 donation requested. “Traditional anthems, mc welcome, disco and rhythmic music, New Year gifts for children, Perso-American dance contest, raffle drawing, pastry, fruity, tea, soft drinks.”

Better Living Show”, Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 10AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “The idea of the Better Living Show is to give you access to local resources that will improve your life. The show highlights eight core topics: lifestyle, home/garden, transportation, food/beverage, clean tech, eco adventure, recycling and conservation. All presented in an entertaining way like you've never seen before. From layout and lighting to the food and speakers, the Better Living Show will be unlike any show -green or otherwise - that you've ever seen.” Dr. John Kallas, wild foods expert, will be giving a free lecture “Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate” on Saturday at 10:30AM and on Sunday at 2:15PM.

Sandy River Delta Bird Walk”, Saturday, March 29, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8960 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-496-0908. “Discover the Sandy River Delta, part of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, on a free expert-guided bird walk hosted by Clackamas Backyard Bird Shop. Naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you through this multi-use natural area located at the confluence of the Columbia and Sandy Rivers. The delta features riparian, wetland, and meadow habitats where you’ll search for songbirds in the cottonwood galleries, espy waterfowl in the recently restored wetlands, and consider Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Bird Blind.” 

Stafford’s Lens: Seeing Oregon Poetry”, Sunday, March 30, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Jeremy Skinner, former special collections librarian at Lewis and Clark College, will talk and focus on twenty images the poet, William Stafford, took of Oregon writers. He will talk about the images and a local poet (yet to be named) will read a poem from each of the featured writers. Starting in 1966, Stafford began to chronicle his travels and the poets he met through photography. He set up his own darkroom and developed his own black and white negatives and prints. After returning home from poetry readings, Stafford would develop prints and send the best to the subject while keeping a personal copy. In addition to taking photographs of poets, Stafford took self-portraits and photos of his family, friends, and colleagues and students at Lewis and Clark. Upon his death in August 1993, Stafford had assembled a collection of over 16,000 negatives.” 

All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare”, Wednesday, March 12, 7PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg (preregistration required; register online:; and Sunday, March 30, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Presented by Portland Center Stage. “‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ Six famous scenes of romance and regrets. Join Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedick, Hamlet and Ophelia and more for a deeper look at love found, love lost, love forgotten and, most of all, to celebrate the master of the language of love.” 

Sharing Our Traditions”, Sunday, March 30, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Latin America has a rich and diverse musical culture that is an important part of many Latino celebrations and traditions. These traditions have been passed down from generations to generations and must be kept alive no matter where you may live. Join Nuestro Canto in singing traditional songs while learning about their meaning and origin.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, March 30, 9AM-12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham, meeting at the Flood Plain parking lot, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” Spring is a great time to learn animal tracking! Prints last a long time in the sand of the Oxbow floodplain. They do not have a website other than their Facebook page, which you must have a Facebook account to see:

Sunday Nature Stroll”, Sunday, March 30, 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 Wildlife Center plaza area.”

President Jimmy Carter Booksigning”, Sunday, March 30, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. A purchase of “A Call To Action” is required to join the signing line. “President Jimmy Carter makes a special visit to Powell's City of Books to sign copies of his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power’. In ‘A Call to Action’, an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against women around the globe, President Carter — one of the world's most renowned human rights advocates — describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of half the world's population.”

4th Annual Sakura Sunday”, Sunday, March 30, 12PM-3PM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Pkwy. Between SW Harrision St. and NW Glisan St., Pdx. “The Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) is presenting the Fourth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Portland’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Japan has been celebrating the season and beauty of the delicate pink blossoms for centuries, with picnics under the blossoming trees accompanied by music and dance, known as hanami. Cities across the U.S. have been inspired to carry on the tradition with major celebrations of their own and this year, during the month of March, we are celebrating our own Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the beautiful blossoms, the season of spring and the friendship between the United States and Japan, symbolized by the cherry trees along the waterfront side of the Japanese American Historical Plaza—-a gift to the City of Portland from the Japanese Grain Importers Association in 1989. Authentic food and drink available from a number of fine vendors.”

Author Talk, “Jenny Bowen”, Monday, March 31, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jenny Bowen will read from “Wish You Happy Forever”. “’Wish You Happy Forever’ chronicles Half the Sky founder Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages—and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them—from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise. After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. That very day she created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise. In ‘Wish You Happy Forever', a fish out of water tale like no other, Bowen relates her struggle to bring the concept of "child nurture and responsive care" to bemused Chinese bureaucrats and how she's actually succeeding. Five years after Half the Sky's first orphanage program opened, government officials began to mention child welfare and nurturing care in public speeches. And, in 2011, at China's Great Hall of the People, Half the Sky and its government partners celebrated the launch of The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking initiative to change the face of orphan care by training every child welfare worker in the country. Thanks to Bowen's relentless perseverance through heartbreak and a dose of humor, Half the Sky's goal to bring love the lives of forgotten children comes ever closer.”

What's Under Our Streets? The Real Journey of Water to your Tap”, Monday, March 31, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. All Ages. Presented by Catherine Howells, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University. “You turn on the tap in your kitchen and fill a glass with lovely, safe drinking water, you bathe, flush the toilet, wash dishes, cook, fill the dog’s/cat’s water bowl, and water the garden. Nice -- we get to turn on the tap and have water at our disposal 24 hours a day 7 days a week -- year in and year out. Did you ever wonder how this basic, indispensable service gets to your house? Do you take it for granted? Professor Catherine Howells will talk about how our local water utilities bring great Oregon water to every house, business, brewery, and barista. She will begin with our watersheds, move through the treatment processes, and lovingly describe the myriad pipes, valves, and pressure zones in the systems. History, public health, chemistry, and engineering will all be brought together, along with regulations and economics. It is a compelling story of our hidden infrastructure that keeps our cities healthy and functioning.”