Monday, March 31, 2014

Astonishing April

This is my list of free and low cost events for April 2014 for the greater Portland area. I look for events with some educational or cultural value.  I compile this list for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 1-5, but most have much wider appeal.  This month's list is by far the very largest list of all time!!!  If you find it useful, please share it and spread the word. That helps make the time and effort more worthwhile for me.  This month, I wanted to do a really outstanding job of proofreading, but I was far too busy eyebombing and had to rely on my trusty sock monkeys once again!  So...please doublecheck any event you'd like to attend, in case of typos, mistakes and cancellations.

There are lots of wonderful things happening in April!  Spring is really bursting out at the seams. When it rains, be sure to look for those bursts of sunshine to see why it's alternatively called "rainbow season" here in Portland.  The magnolias at Hoyt Arboretum will be reaching their peak, and are a short stroll from the visitor's center.  Be sure to learn a bit about this interesting and ancient species.  Camas flowers will also be reaching their peak, turning the places they grow into fields of blue.  Several places that are known to be good spots to see them are Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, Bridal Veil Loop in the Columbia River Gorge, and Lacamas Lake Park in Camas, WA. (Where else do you like to see camas flowers? Please share in the comments!)  The bulbs of this plant were once a very important food staple for the Native Americans.  Because the trees are just beginning to leaf out, it's our last chance in early April to get an unobstructed view of many bird nests.  Great Blue Heron rookeries are among the most impressive. The huge nests can number in the hundreds, and often get reused for many years.  Some places that have been good for spotting nesting herons in the past are the Molalla River State Park in Canby (which has boasted one of the largest in the entire Willamette Valley), Clackamette Park in Oregon City (which has provided good views of a rookery on Goat Island), and Sauvie Island. If you are heading NE on Reeder Rd. a rookery will be just past mile marker 6, on your left, across the street from a mobile home park.  There is a turnoff, but the rookery is on private property so don't be tempted to stroll over to it. (If anyone has any other tips for finding heron rookeries, please share!). The first Arbor Day in the US began in April, and in Portland there are many opportunities for tree appreciation this month. But it's not a busy month for planting trees since the rains are tapering off. Friends of Trees do still have a few planting events on their calendar.   Earth Day on April 22 inspires many to help protect Mother Nature through service projects.  A great place to find volunteer events is through SOLVE. You can also help Mother Earth by volunteering for citizen science projects, which give scientists vital information that they need for important studies. There's a huge database of them on

Registration is open for “Kids Fishing Festival”, Saturday, May 3, 10AM-2:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Register online: Suggested for ages 5-14. $5. “Kids are invited to Columbia Springs to enjoy a day of fishing and fun activities. Each registered participant is guaranteed to catch a trout to take home. Fishing gear and a fishing mentor provided. Participants are required to sign up for a specific hour to fish. You may sign up for the following fishing time slots: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (reserved for children with special needs), 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. While participants must fish during the hour they registered for, there is lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and kids activities for your party to enjoy anytime. There is a $5 per person registration fee which includes lunch, access to festival activities, and free fishing pole and tackle for participating fishers.” 

Annual Tulip Festival”, now 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:

Morning Bird Song Walks”, Mondays in April at Tryon Creek State Park, Pdx; Tuesdays in April at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, Beaverton; Wednesdays at Mt. Tabor Park, Pdx; Thursdays at Camassia Preserve, West Linn; and Fridays at Pittock Mansion, Pdx. All walks begin at 7AM. Free. “Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2014 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. These Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly. Steady morning rain cancels a walk.”

Beach Combing at 1,500 Feet Above the Sea- Guided Hike”, Tuesday, April 1, 11AM, Stub Stewart State Park, Hilltop Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Ever wonder how the Coast Range was formed? Stretch your legs and get out into the woods to some of the more secluded parts of the park. Nothing crazy but you may be hiking through changing grades on some dirt trails. Come prepared for some great adventures. What to bring? Make like the scouts and “be prepared” with weather appropriate clothes, hiking shoes, water bottle, and trail snacks so we can discover what this park has to offer. Take a restroom break before.”

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.”

BJ the Clown”, Tuesday, April 1, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Celebrate April Fool’s Day with everyone’s favorite local clown. BJ will be here to entertain and help you get your sillies out!”

Nerd Night Portland”, Tuesday, April 1, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $8 suggested donation. “This Nerd Nite will feature two talks: The Secret Lives of Stream Bugs. 
When you see a colorful dragonfly flitting through the air, do you realize you’re looking at a voracious killing machine? Did you know that some insects thrive in rushing mountain streams for months or years as aquatic larvae, and then live for only a day after they leave the water as adults? Join us as Dr. Laura E. McMullen reveals some of the hidden marvels of aquatic insects in Oregon. Some Like it Cool and Damp: Amphibians of the Northwest: 
The prodigious rains of Oregon and Washington are what keep this region so delightfully green and mossy. All that water also creates some prime habitat for our secretive amphibian friends. Numerous frogs and salamanders go about their business in streams and wetlands in our valleys, forests, and mountains. Amphibians may not get as much press as mammals or birds, but they are truly fascinating creatures, with many weird and wonderful traits. Dr. Ivan Phillipsen will introduce you to the amphibians that lurk in your backyard and beyond.” The Mission Theater has very limited seating, and the Pearl is a difficult place to park. So if you go, my advice is to get there early! 

Homeschool Archery”, Tuesday, April 1, Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, behind the Dollar Tree building, Tigard. All ages welcome! $6.75 per session.

Mars Up-Close and a Lunar Eclipse”, Tuesday, April 1, 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.”

Backyard Chickens”, Tuesday, April 1, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Find out what is involved in keeping chickens in your backyard. From chick to laying hen, learn what is needed for your coop, brooder, and run.” 

Gardening, Simple and Fun!”, Tuesday, April 1, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Whether it's flowers, veggies or fruits, gardening can be simple, affordable, and enjoyable, leaving time and energy to smell the roses. Clackamas County Master Gardener Laura Huckaba will help demystify the gardening experience.” 

The Story Unfolds: Accordion Adventure Book”, Tuesday, April 1, 6PM, Hillsdale Library (preregistration required; register online:; Sunday, April 6, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Sunday, April 13, 2:30PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online: 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.” 

Concert, “Laila Murphy”, Tuesday, April 1, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Laila Murphy and Friends will perform at the Lake Oswego Public Library on Tuesday, April 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Murphy is an accomplished flutist, singer and performer. Her music ranges from classical to jazz.”

Mz. Pearl: Books Into Action”, Wednesday, April 2, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM. “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.”

Bucket Truck Rides”, Wednesday, April 2, 11AM-1PM, Chapman Square, SW 5th Ave. and SW Main St., Pdx. “Chatter with a chipmunk. Roost with the birds. Take a ride to the sky in a bucket truck in downtown Portland. Celebrate the start of Arbor Month with the Urban Forestry crew in Chapman Square. First come, first served. Hosted by Portland's own Urban Forestry division.”

Signs of the Wild Walking Tour”, Sunday, April 2, 11AM, Stub Stewart State Park, Welcome Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn how to leave no trace and spot signs of wildlife. Take a tour around the area in which the program begins. No major effort on your part but you may be standing and walking for the longevity of the program. Strolling on dirt trails and in open field areas may be a part of the fun. What to bring? Weather appropriate clothes and casual shoes so we can explore around the areas where you’re camping. Water and restrooms are always close by.”

Burying Man's Best Friend: Canine Catacombs in Ancient Egypt”, Wednesday, April 2, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 338, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Ancient Egypt has a long history of animal mummification and burial, both ritual and pet. Among the many animals buried in Egypt, dogs are amongst the most commonly found. In the cases of ritual (votive) deposits, the dogs are buried in groups together--separate from human remains--while a handful of pet burials indicate that dogs were buried near their owners. Dr Salima Ikram, one of the world’s leading experts on mummification, will describe this little-known area of Egyptology, focusing on the different types of burials of man’s best friend. Among those is the discovery of millions of dog and other animal mummies dedicated to the god Anubis at the Catacombs of Anubis, at Saqqara. Often depicted as a jackal, Anubis was the god of embalming and led the deceased from this world to the next. He was a significant figure in the Egyptian pantheon. Other recent finds in the Fayum and Bahariya Oases are a hitherto unknown type of deposit, containing both dog and human remains. This joint burial challenges our understanding of the meaning and nature of these assemblages.”

History of the Hillsboro Airport”, Wednesday, April 2, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Dana McCullough and Phil Brown will talk about the Hillsboro Airport History Project. Dana comes from a three-generation pilot family. Her father, Swede Ralston, soloed on the then 100-acre Hillsboro Airfield in 1934 and went on to establish Aero Air that is still in business today and is the only continuous operation on the field. Dana worked summers at the airport, soloed, obtained her pilot’s license, and went on to Linfield College and Portland State University to become a high school and college professor. When her father passed away in 2007, she began researching the colorful history of the airfield and, together with Phil Brown, created a presentation that traces its development through the years. Phil worked for the Hillsboro Airport on and off for 40 years, and has a grasp of its rich history.”

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, April 2, 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, April 2, 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 ‘Running out of Time’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix.”

Photography Exhibit, “Wild About Nature III”, Wednesday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 30, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Photography by Kevin Ebi and Keel Brightman on display through the month of April.”

Science Kiddo Expo”, Wednesday, April 2, 10AM-12PM, Harrison Hill Swap ‘n’ Play, St. David of Whales Episcopal Church, basement level, 2800 SE Harrison St., Pdx. Suggested for ages 4-6. “Drop in for free science activities.”

Creative Writing Workshop”, Thursdays in April, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for 4th-6th graders. Preregistration required; call 503- 625-6688. “Please join Teresa the Storylady for a writing workshop using stories from her book ‘Cliffhanger Writing Prompts’. These fun and interactive sessions for 4th to 6th graders will get the imagination flowing and involve all kinds of creative writing, storytelling, and other adventurous activities. Come to one or all four.” 

Author Talk, “Marcy Cottrell Houle”, Thursday, April 3, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Portland writer and wildlife biologist Marcy Cottrell Houle is speaking in Portland Audubon's Heron Hall to celebrate the reissue of her classic work, ‘Wings for My Flight: The Peregrine Falcons of Chimney Rock’. The event is free and open to the public. Marcy will be available to sign books after her presentation. Originally published in 1991, the book recounts her years as a young field biologist studying some of Colorado’s last surviving Peregrine Falcons in the 1970s. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben calls it ‘an absorbing account of field biology — and also of field anthropology, of the struggle to convince humans that other species count too.’ In the nearly 40 years since Marcy began her research, the Peregrine has made an amazing comeback. The updated edition includes new material describing the conservation issues involved in the survival of the Peregrine and its triumphant recovery. On the evening of Marcy's presentation, Finnegan, our resident Peregrine Falcon, will be on hand in the Interpretive Center from 6–7 p.m. His handler will talk about how Finnegan came to be one of our education birds, and the role of Portland Audubon in the protection of Peregrines in the Northwest. Marcy Cottrell Houle is also the author of a Nature Store best-seller, "One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park," as well as "The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt." She is a tireless advocate for the preservation of Forest Park, and a frequent participant in Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival.”

Storytelling with Jacque”, Thursday, April 3, and Thursday, April 17, 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.” 

Spring Birds”, Thursday, April 3, 7PM, Gresham City Hall, Council Chambers, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham. Preregistration required; contact Patrick Blanchard at 503-618-2740 or “Learn to identify migratory birds that winter over in the south and travel back to Oregon for spring and summer. Hosted by the City, this free class is led and sponsored by Metro Naturalist, James Davis.”

3D Printer Presentation”, Friday, April 4, and Friday, April 18, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Come see the Library’s new FlashForge Creator 3D printer in action, and hear a presentation about the potential of 3D printing while you enjoy some refreshments!” 

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays through June 6, 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.”

The Settlement of Kiev and the Rus”, Friday, April 4, 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. “Dr. Sandra Freels will explain the unique history of Kiev with the blending of influences both from Scandinavian and Byzantine cultures. Sandra F. Freels (BA, 1969, Indiana University; MA 1971; PhD. 1976, Stanford University) has taught Russian language, literature and cultural history at Portland State University since 1979. She is the author of three textbooks.”

Poetry and Sasquatch Fun with Mo Phillips”, Saturday, April 5, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Saturday, April 5, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Come celebrate National Poetry Month and Oregon Reads 2014 with The Hillsboro Library and local family songwriter Mo Phillips. We will read William Stafford's children's book ‘Everyone Out Here Knows: A Bigfoot Tale’, write fun poems, and make Sasquatch art in the vibrant style of the illustrator.”

Let’s Go For a Hike”, Saturday, April 5, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Explore Village Green and Sieben Parks as we learn more about the world in our backyard. The hike will 
start from the pavilion in Village Green next to the library. Come ready for the weather!” 

Birding at Powell Butte Nature Park”, Saturday, April 5, 8AM-11AM, 16160 SE Powell Blvd, Pdx. Free. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano for a walk exploring the unique habitats of Powell Butte. We will be looking for early spring rarities like the Say's Phoebe. Meet at the parking lot at the top of the butte. If parking lot at the top of the butte is still closed, meet at 8 a.m. at the Rose Bowling Center parking lot on SE Powell and SE 164th Ave. We should be done by 11 a.m. Bring binoculars, dress for the weather and beginners welcome.”

Concert, “Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band”, Saturday, April 5, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “The Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band plays Americana, folk, country/bluegrass as they used to be played in the old-time kitchens with instruments found around the house. The band‘s six members play the guitar, washboard, washtub base, spoons, harmonica, banjulele, banjo, kazoos, train whistles and other rhythm instruments. This all-women band has performed together since 2011.” 

Author Talk, “Peg Willis”, Saturday, April 5, 2PM, Hood River History Museum, 300 E. Port Marina Dr., Hood River. Free. Peg Willis will read from her book, “Building the Columbia River Highway”. “When nine-hundred-foot ice age floods carved the Columbia River Gorge through the Cascade Mountains to the sea, little space was left for man to form a highway of his own. It took an artist-poet-engineer extraordinaire to conquer this reluctant piece of real estate and produce the nation’s first scenic highway. Meet Sam Hill, the mover and shaker, and Samuel Lancaster, the polio survivor, who turned modern engineering on its ear to create a “poem in stone.” Today, Oregon’s historic Columbia River Highway is hidden among the trees, where it meanders past spectacular waterfalls and dramatic views. Ride along with Peg Willis as she explores the beginnings of this miracle highway and the men who created it.”{0E13A5A1-62FD-488B-9019-C8C3B516432C

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, April 5, 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! 

Chinese Hell Scrolls”, Saturday, April 5, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. This one sounds pretty neat but definitely not for sensitive kids. Presented by Dr. Kenneth Brashier, Professor of Humanities and Religion, Reed College. “From a collection of 150 Chinese hell scrolls spanning the past three centuries, Dr. Brashier takes the audience on a journey to gain a better understanding of the Chinese notions of hell, its underworld courts, and gruesome retributions, providing a look at historical, artistic, and literary forces that gave hell its shape in China. Hell is manifested not only in scrolls, but in operas, carved cliff faces, and popular narratives. You will be able to view actual hanging scrolls and a couple of statues. As a cautionary warning, some images may be quite graphic. Discover this springboard into late Chinese thanatology. Come for a fascinating historic and visual account of this aspect of China’s cultural heritage.”

Conifers 101 Tour”, Saturday, April 5, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Do you know your native conifers? Learn your conifer basics (or "Conifers 101") with tour guide Ken Denniston during a special guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum. This tour will focus on the main conifer families and genera and how to distinguish them. Please meet at the Visitor Center; registration is not required.”

Il Teatro Calamari’s “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, Saturday, April 5, 10:30AM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $7 for ages 3 and up. "In this fast-paced show the audience is king (or queen). They get to choose just how scary they want the Troll to be, help or not help the goats on their quest to reach the other side of the bridge and chant along with the Troll as he does his Troll things. What are Troll things? You will see in this near-classic retelling of this beloved children’s story that children and adults can participate in and laugh with together."

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in April, 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.”

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Saturday, April 5, 12PM-5PM, Willamette University, Putnam University Center, 900 State St., Salem. Free. “Sakura Matsuri is Japan Studies Student Leaders (JSSL)'s largest annual event. Occurring every spring, Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms around campus and across the street at the Oregon State Capital. Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life. Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities. Sakura Matsuri has free admission and is open to the Willamette, TIUA, general Oregon community.”

Ukrainian Egg Workshop”, Saturday, April 5, 11AM, Molalla Library. “Come in and learn the art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating. You get to take home your work. Limited to the first 30 people.” 

Forest Springs to Life Walk”, Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, 11:30AM; Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share the early signs of spring with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we will find beautiful forest wildflowers, rushing water, chirping birds and much more!”

Creature Cabins”, Saturday, April 5, and Sunday April 6, 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “The animals of the Tillamook State Forest have made themselves at home. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come and learn about the special places where animals live.”

Storytelling Festival Kick-off”, Saturday, April 5, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Tales From The Monarchy: Alton Chung- 
Stories from the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Myth of Skeleton Woman and Other Tales from the Edge: Will Hornyak
- Myths are the world's oldest stories. Like ancient ancestors they still speak to us today, offering knowledge, humor, strategies and wisdom for finding our way in the world.”

Want to Self-Publish?”, Saturday, April 5, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Self-published author Connie Hill will describe options for self-publishing a book. Hill will walk you through the process, including how to begin, book size, font, paper color, ISBNs, editing and editors, formatting, covers and much more. Find out what you need to know before you hit the upload button.” Kids are self-publishing too! 

Oregon Pacific Railroad Train Rides”, Saturdays 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5PM departing from Oaks Park, and 12:30, 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.

Open Garden Days”, Saturdays and Sundays in April and May (except Memorial Day weekend), 11AM-4PM, Cecil and Molly Smith Memorial Garden, 5055 Ray Bell Rd. NE, St. Paul. $3 admission. “A canopy of native Douglas firs create an ideal environment for the natural woodland garden of rare beauty, featuring superior forms of species and hybrid rhododendrons. This spectacular garden Cecil and Molly created now has over 600 rhododendrons and azaleas.” Genuinely stunning! 

Fly Away! From Caterpillar to Butterfly”, Saturday, April 5, 10AM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online:; Saturday, April 5, 2PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, April 26, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library. Presented by artist Judith Hankin. “Follow the journey of the Very Hungry Caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly. We will cut, glue and paste colorful papers as we create our own special caterpillars... and of course, decorate the extraordinary butterfly it becomes!” 

Small Acreage Expo”, Saturday, April 5, 8:30AM-4:30PM, 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 NE 78th St., Vancouver. $10, or $20 with lunch included. Preregistration required; register online: “The 9th Annual Small Acreage Expo is a fun and valuable event which offers participants a choice of 13 different classes on topics small acreage residents want to know. Come and learn about some great topics, get to know local resources, meet other small acreage landowners and have a great time at the 78th Street Heritage Farm! An open house during the lunch hour will allow participants to meet and learn more about local agencies that serve the public as well as ask questions to local vendors participating in the event.” Topics and lots more details here: 

So, That’s Why! Habiba Addo”, Saturday, April 5, 4PM, Tualatin Library. “Pourquoi tales from Africa explaining in fantastical ways how and why particular animals look and act a certain way.”

Copper Creepy Crawlers”, Saturday, April 5, 12PM, Holgate Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Artist Kathleen Karbo will show you how to create your own bugs, spiders and crazy creepy crawlers using copper wire, beads and other materials. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers.” 

Recycling and Composting 101”, Saturday, April 5, 1PM, Central Library, US Bank Room (preregistration required; register online:; and Sunday, April 6, 1PM, Midland Library (preregistration required; register online: ). “Join Michelle from Waste Management of Portland as she presents an in-depth introduction to waste reduction techniques, the environmental benefits of composting and recycling, where your waste goes for processing, and which materials can be included in your composting and recycling collection.” 

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Cards with Sentiment”, Saturday, April 5, Troutdale Library; Tuesday, April 8, 6:15PM, Albina Library; and Sunday, April 20, 2PM, Northwest Library (preregistration required; register online: “Join artist and facilitator Anya Hankin as she shares her signature approach for creating beautiful cards and prints that welcome whimsy and celebrate the season. Anya will guide participants through the multiple steps of her unique creative process - from building the base collage, to hand-stamping a special sentiment, to designing the original illustrations using colored pencil on black paper - which result in stunning, vibrant graphics. Each participant will leave with their very own multi-dimensional, original illustration. All materials provided.” 

150th Anniversary: Community Scan-In”, Saturday, April 5, 3PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, April 17, 5:30PM, Belmont Library; Saturday, April 19, 10AM, Midland Library; Wednesday, April 23, 5:30PM, Hillsdale Library; and Saturday, April 26, 3PM, Kenton Library. All days require preregistration; register online: “Do you have old letters, photographs, or slides related to the library that you would like to have scanned? Come to Multnomah County Library’s 150th Anniversary Scan-In, and have library staff show you how to scan your photos, slides, and letters to make digital copies. We can scan up to three items no larger than 8.5 inches by 11.7 inches; a USB drive will be provided. Because of time and equipment limitations, we may not be able to scan all of your treasures. Selected scans may be included, with permission, in the library’s upcoming digital collection titled ‘150 Years of Library Memories.’ ” 

Tour the Armory”, Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 19, 12PM, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “On the first and third Saturdays of each month, The Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts free public tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex transformed from an 1891 military drilling site to public meeting space to beer storage facility to one of the world’s most sustainable performing arts centers. See the inner workings of Portland’s largest professional theater company, while learning about our one-of-a-kind LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum facility. Tours are from noon to 1 p.m. and meet at the concierge desk inside the lobby of the building.”

Animal Behavior”, Saturday, April 5, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. $8 per ticket; two people admitted per ticket. All ages welcome; suggested for ages 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Visitors will learn and practice skills by observing feeding behaviors of live animals. They will apply these skills to build pet puzzle feeders and explore more complex behaviors such as thinking.” 

Get Out Backpacking”, Saturday, April 5, 3PM, Belmont Library; Sunday, April 6, 12:30PM, Northwest Library; Thursday, April 10, 6PM, Hollywood Library; and Sunday, April 27, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Ever wanted to start backpacking, but weren't sure where to start? Specifically for those new to the activity, this class will cover the best gear, easy, scenic, close-in trails, and practical tips for trail nutrition, food storage and group hiking. There will be plenty of time for questions and to see all the gear. Taught by Erik Soltan, a wilderness expert who started Get Out Backpacking to share his love of backpacking and to help others experience the incredible beauty and freedom of the outdoors. He has been backpacking in the Pacific Northwest for almost 15 years, and holds a certificate in Outdoor Education, is a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) alumnus, and received a leadership degree from the Wilderness Education Association.”

Dry Creek Falls Hike”, Saturday, April 5, 9AM, Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 4.4 miles, 700’ elevation gain. “Hike leader Dave Johnson and Billie Anger will guide us on this hike through lush forests to a secluded and often overlooked waterfall that plunges into a deep pool. Afterwards we will be stopping by Thunder Island Brewery (a new brewery in Cascade Locks and a Friends’ business member) for a refreshing drink. This is optional.” 

34th Annual Trillium Festival”, Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, 10AM-4PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Parking is very limited for this popular event, so they will be running a free shuttle from Lewis and Clark College’s Griswold Stadium. There is a campus map here: . “Spring is near and we are ready to welcome it with our Annual Trillium Festival! Each year the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are thrilled to share the beauty of our awakening forest with visitors as they enjoy this wonderful community event. Visitors may enjoy our native and hardy plant sale, guided nature hikes, nature discovery open house and exhibits, local craft and garden art vendors, and native gardening and nature presentations at the only all-urban state park in Oregon!”

The Park That Nearly Wasn’t: A Tour Through Forest Park”, Saturday, April 5, 10AM-12PM, meeting at the trailhead on NW 53rd Dr., just .9 mile off Cornell Rd. if you are driving past Portland Audubon. “Learn about the amazing history of Forest Park, and the people who fought to get it created with a tour led by botanist and author Marcy Houle.”

Cathedral Park Heritage Tree Tour”, Saturday, April 5, 10AM-12PM, meeting at N. Polk Ave. and N. Crawford St. “Stretch your legs and stroll around the Cathedral Park neighborhood as you visit and learn about the history of the neighborhood's most impressive trees. Learn what makes a tree a Heritage Tree and how you can nominate Heritage Trees in your neighborhood. Family friendly event. Be prepared for rain or shine!”

Family Nature Explorers at Mt. Talbert”, Saturday, April 5, 10AM-1PM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10695 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. $11 per family. For ages 5 and up, younger siblings are not permitted. Preregistration required; register online: “Family Nature Explorers invites families to come together for open-ended explorations in Metro’s natural areas. Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley to wander this extinct lava butte in search of animal tracks, migrating song birds and spring wildflowers.”

Poems ‘n Songs”, Saturday, April 5, 10:30PM, Hollywood Library; and Saturday, April 19, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Bring poetry alive in this fun and interactive program! Greta leads the audience in songs and verse based on poetry found in your library. Depending on the age of the audience, it will include favorites from Shel Silverstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, A. A. Milne (Winnie-the Pooh), Dennis Lee (Alligator Pie), and more! With a grade school crowd, we’ll also bring out the spoons, washboards and percussion instruments for volunteers to play.”

Art of the Story Storytelling Festival”, Sunday, April 6, 1PM-4PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “1 p.m.: Curating your Story and the Museum As Storyteller: Beth Dehn
. The Museum houses an extensive collection of oral histories, archives and library featuring photos, documents, and artifacts. Join the Education Curator to learn about collecting your family oral histories. Participants will also learn about how museums curate collections. 2:15 p.m.: Erin's Cauldron: A Rich Brew of Irish Myths and Legends: Will Hornyak. 
 From the bold Queen Maeve and the wild Hag of Beara to the Warrior Poet Finn Mac Cool, a weaving of legends, songs, tales and lore from the Emerald Isle. 3 p.m.: The Art and Craft of the Tale Workshop: Will Hornyak. 
A storyteller's toolbox of ideas, techniques and exercises for bringing original and traditional stories to life. Whether working on a personal story or a traditional myth or folktale, this workshop will help participants in creating strong beginnings and endings and developing vivid plots and characters.”

Cartooning Class for Kids and Youth”, Sunday, April 6, 13, and 27, and May 4, 18, and 25, 1PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $20 per class or $45 for all three in a month. Preregistration required; register online: “Cartooning Class is a space designed to help kids and young teens develop their creativity, imagination, and artistic skills through comics and cartooning. Students will learn the basics in drawing, character design, composition, storytelling, page layout, and publishing. They will also benefit from working amongst a classroom of peers. Each class begins with a simple lesson introducing new techniques and concepts. For the remainder of the class, kids will work on exercises or personal projects. Repeat students are welcomed and encouraged. Beginners are welcome! Instructor: Alex Chiu is a professional cartoonist, illustrator, and educator. For more information about Mr. Chiu, please check out his work at” 

An Artist Looks at Ice Age Art”, Sunday, April 6, 2PM, Willamette University, Halle Ford Museum of Art, 700 State St., Salem. Free and open to the public. “Portland Oregon artist George Johanson will present a free illustrated lecture entitled ‘An Artist Looks at Ice Age Art’ on April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. In 2007, Johanson was impressed and inspired by his visit to a series of caves in France that included Lascaux II, Rouffignac and Pech Merle. The caves are renowned for their beautifully rendered horses, aurochs, stags, bison, humans and abstract symbols that date back to between 13,000 and 32,000 years ago. In the lecture, Johanson will share his insights on these caves, as well as others found in France and Spain. Why are these images from long ago so compelling? Why was this art placed deep in caves in areas that were difficult to access? What does this art tells us about prehistoric life and these ancient artists, and what does it reveal about ourselves and today’s art?”

Principles of a Healthy Home”, Sunday, April 6, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Tuesday, April 22, 12PM, Central Library, US Bank Room (preregistration required; register online: “Join the Multnomah County Health Department in this introductory class on the fundamentals of a healthy home. Our homes are where we spend the majority of our time and our personal health is closely tied to the quality of the home environment. We'll introduce the "Seven Principles of a Healthy Home" and share resources and information about local healthy homes programs.” 

Soup Night”, Sunday, April 6, 1:30PM, Hollywood Library; “Come learn about Soup Nights – where neighbors build a real sense of community through the age-old idea of getting together for a simple meal (in this case, a soup supper) on a regular basis. Discussion will include several people who participate in Portland Soup Nights, talking about their event and what it means to them and their families, especially the children. Autographed copies of the book ‘Soup Night’, written by a local author and inspired by a neighborhood group in NE Portland, will be available for purchase. Free soup tasting at the program.”

All Ages Bhangra Social”, Sunday, April 6, 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.”

World of Tricksters with Habiba Addo”, Monday, April 7, 6:30PM, Raleigh Park Elementary School, 3670 SW 78th Ave., Pdx. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Habiba Addo's electrifying storytelling and dance offer a superbly authentic expression of African culture. She charms her audience with such remarkable animation and warmth that both children and adults are drawn into the village life of her stories.”

Glacial Earthquakes: Using Seismic and GPS Observations to Map Changes in Glaciers and Ice Sheets”, Monday, April 7, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Dr. Meredith Nettles, associate professor in the department of earth and environmental sciences at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. “The great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are losing mass, transferring more than 500 billion tons of water to the ocean each year. Most of this ice enters the ocean from large outlet glaciers: rivers of ice draining giant ice reservoirs. Understanding the behavior of the outlet glaciers is critical for accurate prediction of sea-level rise. The outlet glaciers are changing rapidly, with large variations in flow speed, thickness, and extent. In Greenland, many of the largest glaciers also produce seismic signals the size of those from magnitude 5 earthquakes, strong enough to be recorded around the globe. The number of glacial earthquakes is increasing, with six times as many earthquakes occurring in recent years as in the early 1990s. Dr. Nettles will discuss the discovery of these peculiar earthquakes, and show how combining earthquake data with GPS measurements from glaciers allows us to learn how the glaciers and ice sheets may be affected by changing environmental conditions. Ice, the tides, earthquakes, and meltwater combine in a fascinating and complex system with real implications for our lives, whether on the coast or in the middle of the continent.”

Seeing the Elephant: Songs Inspired by the Oregon Trail”, Monday, April 7, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. Performance by The Quons, folk revival duo from Central Oregon, with readings and commentary by Kelly Cannon-Miller, Director, Deschutes County Historical Society. “Experience the trials and tribulations of life along the Oregon Trail through words and song. The Quons will perform original music inspired by the true life stories of Oregon Trail pioneers. Relive the wonder, excitement and heartache through excerpts from Oregon Trail journals and literature.”

Caribbean Waters to The African Savannah: Habiba Addo”, Tuesday, April 8, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Two tales of bravery and courage as two characters face adversities and triumph.” 

Alter Wiener, Holocaust Survivor”, Tuesday, April 8, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Center, Manzanita Room 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. $5 suggested donation. Children do come to Mr. Wiener’s presentations- you can be the judge of your own child’s sensitivity. “Beaverton Historical Society is pleased to present Alter Weiner, Holocaust Survivor. Alter survived an incredible 35 months in Nazi concentration camps, yet you will find no bitterness -- only kindness -- in this remarkable man. This is an evening you won't forget, bring the entire family.”

Creating Word Clouds with Poetry”, Tuesday, April 8, 7PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; call 503-684-6537. “Transform a favorite William Stafford poem into visual art. Create fun word clouds using free online resources and basic computer skills. Samples of participants' creations will be displayed in the library lobby throughout April to help celebrate National Poetry Month.” 

Master Gardener Seminars”, Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. April 8- Container Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs; April 15- Mason Bees and Other Native Pollinators; April 22- Ornamental Pruning; and April 29- Square Foot Gardening.

How Monogamous Are Birds?”, Tuesday, April 8, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Our understanding of the mating systems and social dynamics of birds has changed radically over the past quarter century. The introduction of molecular methods to study parentage has shown that extra-pair paternity is often found even in broods of socially monogamous bird species, especially among migrants. It is hard to exaggerate how shocking this finding was to the ornithological world – long-held views of bird biology dissipated overnight. The socially monogamous Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (including the population that breeds at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge) is a feisty, long-distance Neotropical migrant, with a frequency of extra-pair paternity at least double that recorded in most other species. Why are they so extreme? Join ornithologist Dr. Michael Murphy as he uses ten years of data gathered from studying kingbirds at Malheur NWR to address questions ornithologists struggle to answer: Why do pairs engage in extra-pair relations? Is this a female or male driven behavior? Are all males equally likely to gain and lose paternity, or do females have clear preferences for certain males? If females are selective, how do they make choices? Can males detect losses of paternity and respond by withholding care? Dr. Murphy will describe the natural history and mating system of kingbirds, as well as his studies using geolocators to track their migratory behavior between North and South America. He will share tales and photos of his field research at Malheur – a wonderful but always challenging environment to its visitors.”

Family Book Group- For the Younger Set”, Tuesday, April 8, 3:30PM, Northwest Library. “Boys and girls in grades 1-3 and their parents come together to share excellent books and learn about each other.” 

Ukrainian Egg Workshop”, Tuesday, April 8, 6PM, Canby Library. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. “Ukrainian egg workshop. Learn about the history of the Ukrainian Easter egg and decorate one to take home.” 

Playing the Race Card: An Interactive Teaching Game about Racial Biases”, Tuesday, April 8, 7PM, Kennedy School gym, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. “Presented by Keisha Edwards, Race and Educational Consultant. Following the presentation, there will be small group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers from: Uniting to Understand Racism and City of Portland Intergroup Dialogue Program Race Talks is a free series co-sponsored by Donna Maxey (Founder/Director of Race Talks), World Arts Foundation, Resolutions Northwest, and McMenamins.”

Creative Personal Journals”, Tuesday, April 8, 5PM, Rockwood Library; and Thursday, April 17, 12PM, Troutdale Library. “Celebrate 150 years of library services by exploring your creativity. Let your story unfold by designing a one-of-a-kind journal to record your ideas and dreams. Each participant will receive a blank journal notebook with its very own 150 logo library checkout card and pocket - just like how we used to check out books before the digital age. Participants will create a unique cover using a variety of papers, buttons and feathers. We encourage you to bring a copy of a favorite photo or picture to further personalize your book. Pens and pencils will be available so you can begin your journaling adventures!” 

Archives, Artifacts and Museum Library Open House”, Wednesday, April 9, 12PM-4PM, Washington County Museum, PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17677 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Preregistration required; call 503-645-5353 ext. 300. “The Museum houses the county archives, artifacts, and an extensive library of documents and reference materials on the PCC Rock Creek Campus. Join the Museum curatorial and archives staff for an open house to familiarize yourself with the resources available as you explore your family history.” 

Wednesday Evening Film Series”, Wednesdays from April 9 through July 2, Historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE, Salem. Tickets $5. The series begins April 9 with “Meet Me In St. Louis” and includes a number of classic silent films with live organ accompaniment. Seeing a silent film with live musical accompaniment is rather marvelous! 

Lego Engineering”, Wednesday, April 9, 4PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. Suggested for 2nd -5th graders. “Use those building blocks and some gears to create awesome moving machines. Staff from the YMCA will be on hand to help with your creations.” 

Concert, “Rose Laughlin”, Wednesday, April 9, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “The Lake Oswego Public Library is very pleased to present Rose Laughlin. Considered a "true folk music chanteuse", Rose Laughlin will perform her Celtic and American roots folk music program: a captivating take on traditional tunes that is interspersed with poetry.”

Let’s Work Together: Olga Loya”, Wednesday, April 9, 7PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Join us to listen to folk tales, myths, legends, and magical stories from around the globe. With an emphasis on Latin American Stories, Olga Loya is a nationally recognized bilingual storyteller from San Jose, California. She performs a large repertoire of family and personal stories.”

Symphony Storytime”, Wednesdays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, Tualatin 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!”

Mayhem and Other Tall Tales: Bil Lepp”, Wednesday, April 9, Garden Home Library. “Tales from the West Virginia Liars Contest and Beyond.”

The Wisdom Project’s Film Screening”, Wednesday, April 9, 5:30PM, Midland Library. “The program features two films produced by the Native American non-profit organization Wisdom of the Elders. These films offer our community an opportunity to learn more about Alaskan Native elders' response to climate issues and learn at a deeper level the importance of preserving Native communities' unique earth-based cultures, which are increasingly facing unprecedented sustainability challenges. There will be a dialogue after the films with local leaders who will ask the audience to join in, giving the community a voice in important climate issues being addressed in future years.”

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

Tales from the Plantations”, Thursday, April 10, 7PM, Banks Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Alton Chung presents stories from Hawaii’s Plantation Days.”

Genetically Engineered Crops: Silver Bullet or Shotgun for the Environment?”, Thursday, April 10, 5PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Please join the Institute for Economics and the Environment and David Ervin, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Environmental Management and Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University for an examination of genetically engineered crops.”

Copper Wire Bouquets”, Thursday, April 10, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “Artist Kathy Karbo will show you how to create whimsical flowers using colored wire and beads. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers as you make a few vibrant designs to brighten up these wet spring days. Fun for all ages!” 

Stafford Poetry Night- War and Peace”, Thursday, April 10, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Current Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, former Poet Laureate Lawson Inada and Andres Berger-Kiss explore themes of war and peace in Stafford’s writings. ‘Every War has Two Losers: William Stafford on Peace and War’, a 30 minute film, will be shown to kick off the evening and discussion.” 

OMSI Presents, “Science Circus”, Thursday, April 10, 2PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Come to the Science Circus! Rhys Thomas will use circus tricks to teach you about gyroscopic stability, centripetal force, inertia and balance.” 

Origami After School”, Thursday, April 10, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Community Library. “Kids - learn the ancient art of origami from sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.” 

Magnolia Tree Tour”, Thursday, April 10, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join Hoyt Arboretum curator Martin Nicholson for this annual tour through our spectacular magnolia collection. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water. Family-friendly event. Please meet at the Visitor Center; registration is not required.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Thursday, April 10, 8:30AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Spring is here and our local nesting birds are arriving, while lingering winter waterfowl may still be around. All of these birds depend on the wild places, large and small, for food, shelter and nesting. Join Master Naturalist, Mary Anne Sohlstrom of The Wetlands Conservancy for a Nature and Bird Walk around Sweek Pond and Central Hedges Creek Wetland. Meet at the Heritage Center parking lot for a 1 ½ hour ramble to discover birds and perhaps even a mammal or two, in a unique urban habitat island.”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, April 10, 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: ‘Mudshark’ by Gary Paulsen.

Discussion Junction for ages 8-11”, Thursday, April 10, 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 ‘Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio’ by Peg Kehret.” This is a nonfiction book.

Pacific Crest Trail”, Thursday, April 10, 6:30PM, Stevenson Community Library. “Dana Hendricks of the Pacific Crest Trail Association local office, along with hiker Greg Weibe of our local Columbia Hardware store, will be presenting information and visuals of the Pacific Crest Trail.” 

A-WOL Dance Collective Presents, “Zip Zap Zoom” (Part 1) April 10-12, and “Zip Zap Doom” (Part II), April 17-19, 2302 N. Randolph, Pdx. Ticket prices vary. “Zip Zap Zoom, the first episode of A-WOL's superhero series, tells the story of 3 sisters in a battle: good versus evil. Zoom (and her pet Unicorn) and all her superhero friends battle against Zip and Zap and their posse of villains in a story filled with humor and physical feats! Zip Zap DOOM, the sequel episode of A-WOL's superhero series, takes you to the dark side... Zoom's pet Unicorn has been kidnapped by her two evil sisters, Zip and Zap and their villain posse. Zoom is headed to the evil lair to get Unicorn back, but here she encounters Doom, the even more evil cousin and finds that Unicorn is in big trouble. This is the continuation of Zip Zap ZOOM but if you miss the first episode, don't worry, we'll fill you in on the history. This aerial dance superhero performance will catch you up in a world of fantasy. The all-ages show is exciting, affordable, edgy, and sure to please kids and adults with professional stunts and an unintimidating atmosphere.”

The Lost Communities of Washington County”, Thursday, April 10, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Monthly meeting of the Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon. Meetings are free and open to members and non-members. April's meeting topic is The Lost Communities of Washington County. Learn about those little towns you pass by but cannot find, like Metzger or Durham.” 

Thousand Waves Sakura Concert”, Thursday, April 10, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Celebrate the blossoming trees with a special concert featuring the acclaimed musicians of Thousand Waves. The group presents an interactive mixture of music and storytelling, blending the sounds of the Japanese koto, the Spanish classical guitar, and the transverse flute.”

Cascadia Meteorite Lab”, Thursday, April 10, 6:30PM, Silver Falls Library. “Dick Pugh from Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory of Portland State University will discuss meteorites found in our area. Presentation includes a slideshow and a meteorite petting zoo. Think you have found a meteorite? Bring it! Dick can tell you on the spot whether it is in fact a meteorite.”

Homeschoolers: Human Body”, Thursday, April 10, and Thursday, April 24, 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.” 

Bookmaking from A to Zine for Homeschoolers”, Friday, April 11, 11AM, Beaverton Library. “Homeschool families: join us to make books using a variety of techniques, from felt for little ones to Zines for teens. PreK - Grade 12 with family.” 

Oregon Ghost Conference”, Friday, April 11, 4PM- 7PM, Saturday, April 12, 10AM- 7:30PM, and Sunday, April 13, 9AM- 3:30PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. Free admission. There will be lots of speakers, plus ghost tours, cemetery tours, and paranormal investigations. There will also be a kid’s ghost hunting class at 12PM on Saturday which is $6 per kid, parents free (reservations 503-484-3556). “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a paranormal investigator? Well, now is your chance to learn what it takes to be a real ghost hunter. Join Rob St. Helen and Rocky Smith for an introductory class for kids, focusing on the equipment and techniques used in ghost hunting. Participants will get hands on investigation practice exploring the haunted Pioneer Center with experienced paranormal investigators! Parents are encouraged to join too!”

Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour”, Friday, April 11, Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, 10AM- 6PM. “From Hood River and White Salmon to The Dalles; and Mt. Hood to Mt. Adams, 40 artists in the scenic Columbia River Gorge open their studios to show you what and how they create. See their workspace and what inspires them. Fall in love with their work and take it home with you.” A list of locations where you can pick up a free map available on their website, or download the .pdf:

Author Talk, “John Boyne”, Friday, April 11, 7PM, Powell’s Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. John Boyne reads from his children’s historical fiction novel, “Stay Where You Are and Then Leave”. “The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight – but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name – on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by – a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .”

Gem Faire”, Friday, April 11, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, April 12, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, April 13, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass for adults, free for kids 11 and under, 2 for 1 coupon on their website: This is a paradise for beads but also a good place for rockhounds to find crystals and fossils. One of our favorite vendors is a very nice man who sells only opals and has some really nice little ones that kids love.

Romeo and Juliet”, Friday, April 11 through Saturday, April 26, Magenta Theater Company, 606 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $13-$16. “The classic drama of two feuding families and forbidden love faithfully adapted for the rich visual Victorian world of Steampunk. It explores the desires of two young lovers separated by a bitter feud between their families. It delves into the petty quarrels people place upon themselves. Which ends up driving those they care for most away from them, with tragic consequences. A visual feast sure to excite the eyes and ears of novice and dedicated Shakespeare fans alike.”

Marine Technology Showcase”, Friday, April 11, 4PM-7PM, Best Western Agate Beach Inn, 3019 North Coast Hwy., Newport. Free and open to the public. “The Pacific Northwest boasts an impressive number of marine research institutions and commercial enterprises including: leading research universities, major ports, state and federal research facilities, interest groups with a strong connection to the marine environment, and a concentration of marine sector innovators. The Marine Technology Showcase being held April 11 in Newport will display the region’s notable contributions to marine technology and provide a forum for dialogue between the producers, promoters, and consumers of marine technology.”

Rhythm from Head to Toe”, Friday, April 11, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “"Rhythm From Head to Toe" is an exploration of rhythm and a story of rhythmic art forms developed by people without access to conventional music education: Tap dance, Spoons, Body Percussion, Beat boxing, etc. Through drumming, movement, storytelling, and improvisation Aaron Wheeler-Kay shares many different forms of rhythmic expression while connecting these styles to theme of self expression, discipline, American history and accessibility.” 

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show”, Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 13, 10AM-4PM, Kliever Memorial NG Armory, 10000 NE 33rd Dr., Pdx. Free admission. One free rock to each child. “20+ Vendors Selling: Rocks, Minerals, Beads, Jewelry, Fossils, Equipment and More. Activities Including Kids corner with games, door prizes and demonstrations, silent auction, oral auction at 1pm Sunday, and Club information and benefits.”

Klineline Kids Fishing Derby”, Friday, April 11 (for special needs kids), and Saturday, April 12, Salmon Creek Park, 1112 NE 117th St., Vancouver. $5 per child. Preregistration required by April 4; details in their website: “Join us for Klineline Kids Fishing event held annually at Klineline Pond in Salmon Creek Park. We are expecting 500 special needs kids on Friday, April 11, and 2500 kids ages 5 – 14, on Saturday, April 12, 2014 Presented by Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit, with lots of help and support from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Clark Public Utilities, US Fish and Wildlife, Fire District 6, local businesses, and sport fishing groups; Klineline Kids Fishing introduces kids to the benefits of fishing as an individual and family activity, and is aimed at getting more kids outdoors, involved in fishing, and aware of our natural environment. Over a two-day period 8000 to 10,000 people will gather at Salmon Creek Park/Klineline Pond in Vancouver, WA. to help children experience fishing, playing outside, and learning about water safety and our natural resources. To create stewards for our future fisheries we need to introduce children to the benefits of fishing as an individual and family activity, and as a way to become more aware of the outdoor environment.” 

All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare”, Friday, April 11, 12PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “Portland Center Stage presents All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare." The course of true love never did run smooth.” Four exciting actors. Six famous scenes of romance and regrets. One fifty minute program designed to take Shakespeare out to our community and explore the complex relationships of the bard’s most famous couples. 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.”

Storyteller Bil Lepp Presents, "Bright Ideas Gone Bad", Friday, April 11, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Bil tells family friendly, humorous tall-tales that delight audiences young and old all across the country.”

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, April 11, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Community 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 quick craft. This month we will be discussing ‘Where the Mountain Meets the Moon’ by Grace Lin.”

Spring Bird Walk at Smith and Bybee”, Saturday, April 12, 9AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “During spring about 30 species of birds either pass through Smith and Bybee Wetlands during migration or join year-round resident birds for nesting in the natural area. April through June is the peak of migration and local nesting, with lively and noisy birds everywhere. Learn to identify birds by sight and song. Walks are led by Metro naturalist James Davis. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site.” 

Plant a Tree With Us!”, Saturday, April 12, 10:30AM-1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Help us celebrate and kick off Arbor Week with a variety of fun, family activities that highlight the magic of trees and our forests. There will be crafts, games and tree planting. Staff will guide participants to a tree planting site and provide native tree seedlings to be planted in the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will receive a tree planting certificate. This event is rain or shine so please consider spending one or two hours tree planting, wearing sturdy shoes- we will be planting on uneven ground, and dressing in layers. Temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler in the forest. Family activities and special exhibits will also be available throughout the weekend. You will be able to create tree arts and crafts, go on a tree scavenger hunt to win a prize, and plant a tree seed to take home. Step into the shoes of citizens who helped plant the Tillamook Burn and created the Tillamook State Forest! You are guaranteed to have a tree-mendous time!”

Hood River Blossom Fest”, Saturday, April 12 through Sunday, April 27, Hood River Fruit Loop. “Nothing says spring quite like fruit trees in bloom, and Hood River County celebrates the arrival of spring in style with their three-week annual Blossom Time. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mount Hood to the south shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop. It’s also home to an abundance of cherry and apples orchards. This translates into acres and acres of beautiful fruit blossoms along the Valley roads.” Details on Blossom Fest events here: 

Dragon Theater Presents, “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell Story Time”, Saturday, April 12, 10:30AM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $7 for ages 3 and up. “Live Actors tell the story about Neverland, pirates, Wendy and the lost boys. Captain Hook is out to stop the boy who never wants to grow up while Tinker Bell faces losing her best friend! Only their friendship can save their friends and each other. A highly interactive show for all ages.”

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, April 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Pdx. “In Create Your Own Character, a writing workshop for young adults, fantasy and sci-fi author Anne Osterlund leads a hands-on workshop in which you create your own fictional character using brilliant ideas, fabric scraps, yarn, and your imagination. Join us!”

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee”, Saturday, April 12, 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $6 per adult and $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Oregon’s turtles are rare, shy and hard to find, but Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the state’s largest populations of Western painted turtles. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis, who will have telescopes for a close look. Learn about the natural history of painted turtles, and handle and examine some shells of specimens found here.” 

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturday April 12, 19, and 26, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park, Pdx. Free. “Venture out with a park guide for a free, nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes. “ April 12: Amazing Amphibians; April 19- Conifers of the Creek; April 26- Pollinating the Park. 

Technology: From Primitive to Present Day”, Saturday, April 12, 10AM- 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “This month’s Family Day centers on ‘Technology: From Primitive to Present Day!’ and celebrates Washington County’s long heritage of innovators. Guests can view the Museum’s exhibit ‘This Kalapuya Land’ and take a closer look at primitive technology with Leland Gilsan’s Mobile Museum of Oregon Pre-History. Live demonstrations and hands-on activities of primitive skills will be provided by Rewild Portland. In addition, museum guests will also learn about the vibrant history that gave Washington County the nickname as you tour the ‘Silicon Forest in Washington County’ exhibit. Special high tech demonstrations and activities will be provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s Robot Team, who will bring their tactical robot, and the Society of Women Engineers, who will provide hands-on engineering activities for kids. Participants will also have the chance to make a craft to take home. This event is free and open to the public. Family Days occur the second Saturday of each month, September through June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

Victorian Cultural Demonstration: Pressed Flowers”, Saturday, April 12, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Enjoy the memories of spring by creating beautiful keepsake from pressed blooms. All demonstrations are hands-on!”

Museum Collection Open House: Dining at Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, April 12, 11AM and 2PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historical Site. Preregistration required to insure a spot; contact Museum Technician Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Curious about what can be discovered in Fort Vancouver's collection of two million archaeological and historic objects? Find out at our Museum Collection Open House tours! In this popular program, visitors go behind the scenes inside our curation facility to get up close to actual artifacts that come to us through archaeological excavations or are donated by members of the community. Each month's open house focuses on a different topic - ranging from military history, to hygiene and health, to our present day archaeological excavations. What did the residents of Fort Vancouver eat? When did they eat? Where did their food come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more by seeing archaeologically recovered dinnerware and the remnants of historic meals!”

Fire, Fire Pants On Liar: Bil Lepp”, Saturday, April 12, 10:30AM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. ““Bil tells family friendly, humorous tall-tales that delight audiences young and old all across the country.”

Music in Action”, Saturday, April 12, 10:30AM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Rich Glauber and his accordion are going to get everybody dancing and singing.”

SW Trails Walks: “Tryon Creek Walk”, Saturday, April 12, 9AM, meeting behind the bleachers at Wilson High School, Sunset Blvd. and Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “Lee Buhler will lead the walk on Saturday, April 12. It will be an exploration of the trails in Tryon Creek Park. We will walk about 5 miles with 300 feet elevation gain. The Trilliums should be blooming. We will meet at Wilson High School at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am departure to carpool to Tryon Creek Park. Bring a snack and water and dress for the weather. Well-behaved dogs are allowed. They must be on leash. For health reasons, there is no smoking on SW Trails walks. ”

Holland America Woodland Tulip Festival”, Saturday, April 12, Sunday, April 13, Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, Holland America Flower Gardens, 1066 South Pekin Rd., Woodland, WA. Free admission and free parking. Pick your own tulips, food, art and craft vendors.

Farm Fest and Plowing Competition”, Saturday, April 12, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under. “Rare opportunity to watch 20+ teams of draft horses and mules in a plowing competition, see demonstrations and meet the teamsters. Plowing competition awards at 3:30PM. Sawmill, blacksmith, and horseshoeing demonstrations. Agriculture in Art photo and art competition. Pioneer kids’ area with hands-on activities and animals. Historical displays and demos. Tours of the museum. Old-time music, food, and more!”

The Color Wheel”, Saturday, April 12, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Make your very own painted paper collage! We will look at painted papers first as a color wheel arrangement and discuss primary and secondary colors, complimentary colors and color contrast. Participants create their very own painted paper collage by arranging torn or cut painted papers on a background paper.” Presented by artist Sarah Ferguson. 

Stained Glass for Kids”, Saturday, April 12, 12:30PM, Gregory Heights 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.”

Hortlandia”, Saturday April 12, and Sunday, April 13, 10AM- 3PM, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $8 parking, free admission. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Plant and Garden Art Sale. “100 specialty nurseries and garden artists, plus book sales and botanical displays!”

Landscaping for Birds and Other Wildlife”, Saturday, April 12, 2PM, Cornell Farm, 8212 SW Barnes Rd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-292-9895. “Which birds are you likely to see in your backyard, and what do they need to thrive? Join Nikkie West, Portland Audubon’s Backyard Habitat Program Coordinator as she discusses ways that you can provide food, water, and shelter for birds and other wildlife. From simple to elaborate – learn how to attract more species diversity, which berry-producing shrubs are bird favorites, and how to naturally provide 3 seasons of nectar for hummingbirds. Get inspired to attract more birds to your backyard.”

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe”, Saturday, April 12, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. All ages. Performing traditional African dances with two drummers.”

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Saturday, April 12, 11AM, Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main St., Gresham. Suggested donation $5. “Join us for a guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Gresham, and learn about historic buildings and homes, historic graves and trees, some historic local figures, and about the shops that used to line Main Ave. The tour leaves the museum at 11 a.m. and weaves around the Historic Downtown area, covering about a mile and lasting around an hour-and-a-half. Free parking is available in the lot behind the museum. Tours leave rain or shine, so if it's drizzly, grab an umbrella and come on down.”

Windsocks”, Saturday, April 12, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Use crepe paper streamers and bright construction paper to create functioning windsocks decorated with your own art!” Presented by artist Raina Imig.

Author Talk, “Sandy Polishuk”, Saturday, April 12, 10AM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Museum admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families. “Sandy Polishuk will join us to discuss Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila.” “Although married four times, Julia Ruuttila claimed that the love of her life was not a man but a union. From her Industrial Workers of the World origins to the CIO, the International Woodworkers of America, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, she stuck to unions throughout her long and vibrant life. A well known labor activist and journalist in the Pacific Northwest, Ruuttila chose the picket sign and the typewriter as her chief weapons. She possessed a tireless passion for workers and their struggles.”

Master Gardener Series: Hummingbirds”, Saturday, April 12, 1PM, Gladstone Library. “Western Oregon is blessed with two species of fascinating little hummingbirds. Anyone with a yard of any size can attract them and have them coming back to charm and delight year round if they learn a bit about their likes and dislikes. In fact, some simple changes in your back yard can draw many other interesting and beautiful creatures.” 

Introduction to Wild Foods”, Saturday, April 12, 9AM-12PM, Mt. Tabor, Pdx. Sliding scale of $20-$50. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “In a walk through several habitats within Mt Tabor Park, learn essentials of wild food use and study, the best books, resources, and field guides. Be a successful forager early on, sample plants, get expert advice. This core workshop provides a deeper understanding for all other workshops. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this event.” 

Music with Mr. Hoo”, Saturday, April 12, 1PM, Central Library, US Bank Room; and Saturday, April 19, 10:30AM, Albina 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.”

Concert, “I-5 Connection”, Saturday, April 12, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Local chorus of singers 55+.” 

Concert, “Peter Krebs Trio”, Saturday, April 12, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “he Pete Krebs Trio, is a string ensemble whose music evokes the early days of jazz, both American and European. Equal parts Nat King Cole Trio and Django Reinhardt, the PK3 draws from many musical traditions in creating the group’s sound. From the wet cobblestones of Paris to the heat of Buenos Aires and the smoky brilliance of New York’s jazz skyline, the Trio evokes an ambiance equally rooted in the past and the present.” 

Touch Painting”, Saturday, April 12, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “The experience of touch painting allows the artist to explore the wonders of art through touch and movement. Utilizing a print-making type process, artists use their fingers to draw on paper. The pressure of touch forms an image that can be seen when the paper is lifted off the paint surface. Each student will create several images which can be enhanced by brushing on additional paint if desired. Students will use their touch painting to decorate jars to create one-of-a-kind candle holders or vases to take home. Because we will be working with paint, you may want to bring an old shirt to cover your clothing.” 

Critter Count”, Saturday, April 12, 9AM- 1PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. At 1PM and 2PM will be a reptile show. Free. “Join the fun at the 14th Annual Critter Count and assist with amphibian and reptile field surveys. The Water Resources Education Center celebrates Earth Month and invites local residents to take part in Critter Count, which begins with a brief training session on Saturday, Apr. 12, at 9 a.m., 4600 SE Columbia Way. Participants will then head to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes and lizards. Which came first -- the frog or the egg mass? Ever wonder what a toad egg looks like? How cute is a newt? Discover the hidden world of amphibians and reptiles right here in Clark County and assist with field surveys at Critter Count, an annual springtime field exploration for people of all ages. Starting at the Water Resources Education Center, guest field guides and biologists transport participants into the fascinating world of herpetology – the study of reptiles and amphibians, or as they’re known by scientists in the field, herps -- through slides, stories and identification tips. This one-hour introduction concludes with a brief instruction into proper surveying techniques. Volunteers then team up with an experienced field biologist and carpool to one of four water bodies to count critters. After a snack or quick lunch, participants may spend the next three hours engrossed in their search for herps. Herps, like most wildlife, have been impacted by loss of habitat. The Critter Count effort is an important step in the continual monitoring of general population trends of these important creatures. The survey information obtained by our volunteers is entered into a statewide Internet database, Nature Mapping, maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington. Each year, the date and details are posted here in the spring. We hope you’ll plan to join us! Please bring boots, warm clothes and appropriate jacket, a lunch and binoculars, if you have them. Snacks, drinks and other equipment will be provided.” We participated last year and it was pretty terrific! They explained which species were to be expected at each location, and we chose the CASEE site. We saw cool amphibians, but unfortunately we didn’t get to help in any way with their survey as promised. If you want to be an active participant instead of simply an observer, I suggest asking about the site of your choice. 

Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros”, Saturday, April 12, 2PM, Gresham Library; Saturday, April 19, 2PM, St. Johns Library; and Saturday, April 26, 2PM, Midland Library. “A celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. Join us for music, crafts and special activities.” 

Art of the Story Storytelling Workshop”, Saturday, April 12, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Beaverton City Library presents, The Lego Method of Storytelling, a storytelling workshop by national storyteller, Bil Lepp. Learn how to drop/add content of a story without affecting the impact or message. Understand how to locate markers, characters, themes, on-ramps, jumping-off points in your material to couple, triple, even quadruple your various stories and ideas into an interlocking pattern. Free and open to the public. No registration required. A story swap follows the workshop at 3PM.” 

Storytelling Swap”, Saturday, April 12, 3PM, Beaverton Library. “An opportunity for members of the public to tell a 5 minute story. Designed for both beginners to seasoned tellers interested in testing out new material. Meet and mingle with members of the local storytellers’ guild.” 

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, April 12, 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.

Marine Science Day”, Saturday, April 12, 10AM-4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. Donations requested. “Get behind-the-scenes to experience the research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique in the Pacific Northwest. Meet scientists! Come learn what's new on the Oregon Coast's most dynamic Marine Science campus. Interactive research exhibits will feature larval fish ecology, bioacoustics of whales, volcanoes and deep ocean vents, and oceanographic tools. Activities for children include the Bird Beak Buffet from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Mystery Fossil Dig by Oregon Sea Grant. 11am and 2pm: Pumped Up for Pinnipeds- Seals and Sea Lions of the Oregon Coast. A presentation by the Oregon Coast Aquarium, in the Hennings Auditorium. 1:30pm: Octopus Feeding. A presentation by Oregon Sea Grant, in the Visitor Center. 3pm: A Food Chain of Fisheries Research- The Amazing Story of Oregon’s Marine Experiment Station. A presentation by Gil Sylvia, director of COMES; Terry Thompson, a commercial fisherman, county commissioner and COMES board member; and Michael Morrissey, director of the Food Innovation Center in Portland.”

6th Annual Newberg Camellia Festival”, Saturday, April 12, 10AM-4PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg. Free. “The Chehalem Cultural Center is excited to announce its 6th Annual Newberg Camellia Festival on Saturday April 12, 2014. This isn’t your average celebration of a city flower! The Newberg Camellia Festival is a jam-packed day full of blooms, culture, traditional art, and so much more. Bloom show, plant sales, entertainment, traditional art activities, demonstrations, food, vendors, wine, sake and beer.” Their schedule includes a swing band, bonsai demonstration , origami demonstration, the Lee’s Association doing a dragon and lion dance, hula dancing, a koto performance and a taiko performance. Check it out!

Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshop”, Saturday, April 12, 1PM, West Slope Library. This is a workshop for adults because hot wax is used which definitely requires adult supervision. But parents can learn the skill for free and then take it home to share with family. Bring cash if you’d like to buy the supplies. I took it last year and it was really well done. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Cultural artist Daniela Mahoney will present a workshop on Ukrainian egg decoration, which will include information about the art form, how to decorate the eggs, and creating your own egg to take home.”

Author Talk, “Beyond Squeaky Toys: The Way to a Happier Pet”, Saturday, April 12, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Authors Cinthia Alia Mitchell and Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey will discuss their new book ‘Beyond Squeaky Toys: Innovative Ideas for Eliminating Problem Behaviors and Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats’. They will suggest ways to stimulate pets and improve their behavior with techniques that have long been popular in zoos and aquariums. Learn how to enhance the health and quality of life of your dogs and cats. Books will be available for sale and signing.” 

Beavers: Their Adaptations and Lifestyle”, Saturday, April 12, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Preregistration required; register online.  “Beavers cut down trees and build dams on rivers and streams. They are the second largest rodent in the world. Learn all about beavers and how they have adapted to living in the metropolitan area. Sarah Pinnock of Jackson Bottom Wetlands will present the program.” Sarah Pinnock is awesome! 

10th Annual Latino Cultural Festival”, Sunday, April 13, 12PM-5PM, Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Sunday, April 13, the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza will come alive for chamber’s Latino Cultural Festival, one of the year’s first major events in the Portland Metro area. Join in on the festivities with an afternoon of food, entertainment, art, culture and sports for the entire family. Now in its tenth year, the festival is designed to connect, embrace and engage the Latino community while providing an opportunity for families of all ethnicities to celebrate Washington County’s diverse cultures, rich with tradition and heritage. With an improved and expanded program, the festival will feature a parade, arts village and a street soccer tournament all in historic downtown Hillsboro.”

Concert, “Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, April 13, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Road, Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under. Mark Perlman, conductor. Mozart- Magic Flute Overture; Brahms- Academic Festival Overture; Elgar- Serenade for Strings; Lauridsen- O Magnum Mysterium for Brass; Strauss- Wind Serenade Op. 7; and Mozart- Wind Serenade No. 11, 1st Movement.

“Sunnyside Cherry Tree Walk and Run”, Sunday, April 13, 10AM-12PM, Sunnyside School Park, SE 35th Ave. and SE Yamhill St., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Sunnyside neighborhood's Tree Team, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation's Urban Forestry, is hosting a tour of Sunnyside's flowering cherry trees! Participants have the option to run on a self-guided tour, or take it slow on a stroll guided by Urban Forestry staff.” 

The Curious Garden”, Sunday, April 13, 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.”

Edible Wild Plants on the First Days of Spring”, Sunday, April 13, 1PM-4PM, meeting on Sauvie Island. Sliding scale of $25-$50. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “We'll start at Sauvie Island, then explore several areas to inspect this spring's early green delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. The earlier you start in the spring, the more foods you can harvest in the year. It also pays to see plants at different stages of growth. Many plants will have emerged, others we will identify where they are going to grow.” 

National Poetry Month Celebration”, Sunday, April 13, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Please join us for a special celebration of National Poetry Month. Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen and Matthew Dickman will be on-hand, along with several of Portland's favorite poets, including John Beer, Ashley Toliver, Kathleen Halme, Paul Merchant, John Morrison.” 

Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour”, Sunday, April 13, 1PM, meeting at the Spring Water Corridor entrance into Main City Park, Gresham. Donation requested. “Join us for a walk through history as we wind our way through Gresham's Pioneer Cemeteries. We'll visit some of Gresham's historically significant graves and learn a little about the lives of those within them.”

Second Sunday at the Plankhouse”, Sunday, April 13, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 per vehicle entrance fee. The Friends of the RNWR website confirms that the Plankhouse will open for the season again April 12-13 but details on the topic for Second Saturday are TBA. “The Plankhouse hosts a series of presentations on Chinookan culture, archaeology, and natural history the second Sunday of every month from April-October.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, April 13, 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.” 

William Stafford’s Way”, Sunday, April 13, 2PM, Midland Library; and Saturday, April 26, 3PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “As part of Oregon Reads 2014, local poet Tim Barnes will present a vivid outline of the life, writing, and ideas of William Stafford by discussing key poems in ‘Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems’. Stafford was a pacifist who wrote every morning and developed illuminating ideas about the position of the writer in the world, the way writing is done, educational pedagogy, and the life of the mind.” 

OregonRocketry Wilsonville Launch”, Sunday, April 13, 2PM-5PM, Memorial Park, 8100 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. Free and open to the public. Model rocket launch. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Wilsonville launches are free to the public. All launches at Wilsonville are sanctioned under NAR. Wilsonville flights are limited to D impulse, due to size of our flying field.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, April 13, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $8 per ticket, one ticket per person. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.” 

Trees of the Tillamook Forest Walk”, Sunday, April 13, 1:30PM, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Celebrate Oregon's Arbor Week with us this week! Trees inspire and protect us. They touch our lives every day! Join an interpretive naturalist to explore the Tillamook State Forest’s sea of green. We will meet Oregon’s state tree, trees with helicopter seeds, the Tree of Life and more!” 

Curtis Tigard's 105th Birthday Celebration with the Tualatin Valley Community Band”, Sunday, April 13, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Celebrate Curtis Tigard's 105th birthday with the Tigard Historical Association and the Tualatin Valley Community Band. Curtis' grandfather Wilson Tigard arrived in this area in 1852. His father Charles F. Tigard opened the general store that became the first Tigardville post office. Born in 1909, Curtis enjoyed a long banking career that began on Main Street in Tigard's first bank. Join us for local history, period music and toasts to Mr. Tigard as we celebrate his life and legacy.” 

On the night of April 14, there will be a Total Eclipse of the Moon which should be visible from all of North America (at least where it’s not too cloudy- keep your fingers crossed!). NASA has detailed info about the eclipse here: and this page has the times of the phases of the eclipse converted to local time:

Community Passover Seder”, Monday, April 14, 8PM, Hollywood neighborhood. $35 per adult, $18 per child before April 10. Preregistration required; register online:

How to Build a Living Wreath", Monday, April 14, 7PM, Milwaukie Center, 5540 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie. Free. Presented by Becky Sell of Sedum Chicks. "Becky will do a live demonstration on the creation of living wreaths while chatting to us about sedums and sempervivums. It is no longer just the ‘Hens and Chicks’ that are available to the gardener. Sedums have grown leaps and bounds with wonderful colors and varieties. 

Becky Sell, co-proprietor of Sedum Chicks Nursery, a local company that has been specializing in sedums and sempervivums since 1999. They are known for their whimsical and elegant sedum plantings. Sedum Chicks has been a vendor in our Spring Garden Fair for many years. She will bring plants and tools that she uses for us to buy."

Lunar Eclipse Star Party”, Monday, April 14, 9:30PM until Tuesday, April 15, 2:30AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “OMSI will host the first of two lunar eclipse viewings in 2014 on Monday night, April 14. That evening the full moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 73 minutes the only light hitting the Moon will be a reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 9:30 pm at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. The Rose City Astronomers, and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the spring night sky. Unlike solar eclipses in which the Sun's rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Lunar eclipses are unique in that no one can predict what color the Moon will turn during totality. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view. The penumbral eclipse begins at 9:55 pm. and the umbral shadow will take a small, dark bite out of the left edge of the Moon starting at 10:59 pm. For 69 minutes of the partial phase darkness engulfs more of the Moon's disk as it slides into the shadow. The partial eclipse ends and totality begins at 12:08 am with the point of the greatest eclipse occurring at 12:46 am. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 73 minutes. The Moon will be 33 degrees above the southern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 2:32 am.
 On the scheduled day of the Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. The event starts at 9:30 pm and is free with $5 park fee per vehicle. Warm clothing is a must, and a flashlight with red light is recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are always welcome. To reach Milo McIver State Park (24101 S Entrance Road, Estacada, OR), from I-205, take OR-213 S to Redland Road unto S. Redland Road, turn right on S. Springwater Road and turn left to S Entrance Road. The park is located 23 miles southeast of Portland. The next total lunar eclipse for the Pacific NW will be a total on the morning of October 8, 2014.”

NE Neighborhood Tree Walk: Tree ID and Tidbits to Grow On”, Monday, April 14, 7PM, Cascadia Wild, 5431 NE 20th Ave., inside Redeemer Lutheran Church. Presented by Whitney Dorer, Friends of Trees. “Everyone is welcome. No registration necessary. We're thrilled to put this on and share skills amongst our community.”

Aviation History: The Spruce Goose”, Monday, April 14, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Howard Hughes' experimental aircraft, the Spruce Goose, was a monumental innovation in aviation, but if flew only once. Originally called the H-4 Hercules, it had the largest wingspan of any plane ever. Gary Barrett, tour guide at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, will describe the fascinating history of this unique aircraft.” 

Comics For Change!”, Monday, April 14, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “A woman who started a self-empowered soup kitchen for the homeless. A man who never stopped advocating for the African American community. A group who fights to protect Oregon forests from logging corporations. These stories have one thing in common: they celebrate people who are making Oregon a better place for everyone. Comics for Change! (Know Your City) collects 10 mini-comics in a box set by some of Portland's best comic writers and illustrators. Join authors Anne Marie DiStefano, Christen McCurdy, and Douglas Wolk; artists Khris Soden and Natalie Sept; and some of the featured activists for a discussion and slideshow of these compelling stories of social justice.”

Tree Tour of Laurelhurst Park”, Tuesday, April 15, 12PM, SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd., and SE Stark St., Pdx. “Take a historical tree tour of the beautiful Laurelhurst park with Portland's very own Tree Celebrity, Phyllis Reynolds.” 

Poet Reading, “Paulann Peterson”, Tuesday, April 15, 6PM, Sherwood Library. Come and join us as Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate helps us to celebrate National Library Week and the Centennial of William Stafford by stopping by Sherwood to read from her works as well as those of Stafford.”

Family Book Group”, Tuesday, April 15, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 4-5 with an adult family member gather to discuss children's literature. Read ‘Hold Fast’ by Blue Balliett.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, April 15, 1PM, Fairview Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr.”

Master Gardener Series”, Tuesday, April 15, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Introduction to growing berries. Learn how to get started with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.” 

Beatrix Potter’s Life and Works”, Tuesday, April 15, 7PM, Garden Home Library; and Wednesday, April 16, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. “A program and display of works of the beloved children's author by Terese Blanding of Billings, Montana (formerly of McMinnville, Oregon). Included in the display are many books authored and illustrated by Potter, as well as drawing, photographs, wallpapers, fabrics, garments, games, porcelain figures and other figures related to the author and her endearing characters. Helen Beatrix Potter, the creator of ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ and numerous other well-known books, was born in London during the mid-Victorian era and spent her first 29 years living in the third floor nursery behind barred windows. Eventually escaping the confines of a severely restricted household, she was to become one of England's most successful writers, naturalists, sheep-farmers and business women, owning large areas of land in the Lake Country of England. She was at the forefront of land conservation and endangered species movements.” 

Author Talk, "Michael Heyn”, Tuesday, April 15, 7:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Michael Heyn is the author of 'In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor'. In this uncommon memoir, Heyn shares what he experienced and learned living across 15 countries over 50 years. From an unsettling childhood to his lifelong support of the struggle for equal opportunity and justice, Heyn grasps the unique moment we have to renew our values and reform the way we govern ourselves. It is a gripping and inspiring tale of what is possible if we no longer underestimate what we can achieve together.”

Viruses from Hell: A Voyage of Discovery”, Tuesday, April 15, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Minors welcome with an adult. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Ken Stedman, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and founding member of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University. “Viruses outnumber all other life forms on planet Earth by at least an order of magnitude, they influence global climate, and are a large part of genomes of all cellular life, including humans. Viruses exist everywhere that we have looked, even in the boiling acid of volcanic hot springs. In this Science Pub, Ken Stedman will focus on some bizarre and unique viruses that he and his group have discovered in volcanic hot springs from Yellowstone to Kamchatka and beyond. Research on these ‘Viruses from Hell’ allows insight into fundamental issues of virus origins and evolution. Moreover, these viruses have possible applications for cancer therapy, medical imaging, vaccines, and early detection of emerging infectious disease.” The Mission Theater has a limited capacity, and parking in the Pearl is notoriously difficult. If you plan on going, I highly suggest arriving quite early to avoid seeing a “Sold Out” sign on the door. 

Big Smile!” ,Wednesday, April 16, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. “Many animals have amazing “smiles”. We’ll be looking closely at the teeth of various critters to discover what teeth are best for eating meat, plants, or both. Do animals brush their teeth? Do they lose their teeth too? Some animals' teeth never stop growing. Come learn, compare and examine some amazing canines. It’ll put a smile on your face.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. 

Oregon Homeschool Science Club”. Wednesday, April 16 is the first day for new families to register for the fall semester. Homeschooling mom Jilene uses her superpowers to put together science classes at OMSI for homeschoolers every Tuesday during the school year. Families can register for classes a semester or a school year at a time. Details here:

The Battle of the Puebla and the True Story Behind Cinco de Mayo”, Wednesday, April 16, 12PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6. “Every May, festivals and parties commemorating the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, are held across the United States. But what exactly does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? And how are the French and Egyptian military a part of this story? Learn more with the Museum’s Bilingual Educator Ilene O’Mally at this Crossroads Lecture. This informative talk with accompanying images features unique insights from Ms. O’Malley, who holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, with a specialty in Mexican popular culture. She worked as an attorney for Mexican farm workers for 15 years.” 

Author Talk, “Marissa Meyer”, Wednesday, April 16, 6PM, Beaverton Library. “Join us for a Q and A and book signing with Northwest writer Marissa Meyer, author of ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ books - "Cinder,’ ‘Scarlet,’ and ‘Cress!’ All ages welcome.”

Spring Chinook Salmon in the Willamette River”, Wednesday, April 16, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “The public is invited to a presentation on the importance of Lower Willamette Basin streams like Tryon Creek to Chinook Salmon recovery. Kirk Schroeder of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be presenting as part of the Within Our Reach 2012 Science Progress Report. Also attending will be members of the Tryon Creek Watershed Council, The Friends of Tryon Creek, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff from Tryon Creek State Natural Area. There will be time for questions and to mingle and talk about Tryon Creek after the presentation.” 

Concert, “Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen”, Wednesday, April 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Mark is a Grammy Award winner with his guitar, and Greta was National Young Audiences Arts for Learning ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2009. Together they play and sing a wide variety of entertaining music, including blues, jazz standards, folk ballads, Motown, and self-composed songs.”

Red Tail Angels: The Tuskegee Airmen of WWII”, Wednesday, April 16, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Historian, author and filmmaker Sig Unander presents ‘The Red Tail Angels: the Story of the Tuskegee Airmen’. These were the first African American pilots to see air combat in the frozen skies over Europe during the darkest days of WWII. Unander brings their story to life and reveals details of Red Tail pilots from the Northwest. This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the library's community room.”

Weed Watchers Invasive Plant Identification Class”, Wednesday, April 16, 6PM, Gresham City Hall, Barlow Trail Room, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy. “Invasive plants are a major problem for the environment and the economy. They damage property and crowd out native plants that local wildlife rely on for food and shelter. Join us for a free workshop focusing on Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) for invasive weeds. Learn to identify these invaders and where to report them before they become a problem.”

Folding into Spring Origami Workshop”, Thursday, April 17, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Lift your spirits as you fold colorful flowers, birds and even frogs or insects. No experience necessary!” 

Author Talk, “Krista Bremer”, Thursday, April 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world. Captivating, moving, and often funny, this meditation on tolerance explores what it means to open our hearts to another culture and embrace our own. ‘My Accidental Jihad’ chronicles Bremer's struggle to reach beyond herself. Bremer will be joined in conversation by Cheryl Strayed, author of ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.’ “

Recovering Wolves and Other Keystones Species to Oregon’s Landscapes”, Thursday, April 17, 6:30PM, The Paramount Hotel, Mezzanine Level, 808 SW Taylor St., Pdx. Presented by Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild. “From wolves, moose, and wolverines in the far corner of the state to condors, fishers, and sea otters closer to home, a number of important native wildlife are poised to retake their place on the Oregon landscape. A couple of months ago, and for the first time since 1947, there was a wolf confirmed on Mount Hood. This was an exciting moment for wolf appreciators, and comes at a time when controversy about wolf recovery in the West remains strong. While most Oregonians value native wildlife, a number of challenges still stand in the way of full recovery. Join OAEP to hear about the return of wolves and other keystone species to Oregon’s landscapes.”

Botany for Beginners”, Thursday, April 17, 5:30PM, Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Parking is now $1.60 per hour and $4 all day. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Are you a beginner botanist? There are hundreds of thousands of plants in the world. This after-work walk will take a look at common native trees and shrubs, so you can start to recognize the plants you see in our native forests. Meet naturalist Alice Froehlich in front of the main entry to the Oregon Zoo at 5:25 p.m.; the tour will leave promptly.” 

Book Talk for Ages 5-8”, Thursday, April 17, 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. This month we’re reading ‘Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones’ by David A. Adler.

Sakura”, Thursday, April 17, 1PM-4PM, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Free. “n Japan, the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms - or sakura - represents the frailty of existence - a brief explosion of color and brightness for the duration of their short life. As early as the seventh century, the blooming of the cherry trees was marked by a celebration with food and family under the trees. At Clark College, the annual Sakura Festival welcomes spring, honors a historic gift, and celebrates an international friendship. 1:00 p.m., East side of O'Connell Sports Complex, under the Cherry blossoms: Sakura Festival Ceremony, remarks from President Knight, Mayor Leavitt as well as other dignitaries and a performance by Clark College Women's Choral Ensemble. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Gaiser Student Center: Kimono fashion show, Dance performance by the Japanese Club, The Portland Taiko Drum Group performance, Display and Activity tables. Cookies and green tea will be served.”

Earth Day Celebration”, Thursday, April 17, 3PM, Battle Ground Community Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Come celebrate Earth Day at the library! Kids bring a book or two that's gently used and you’re no longer reading to exchange for some new to you books you’d like to read! We will also be making ‘Seed Bombs’ to help beautify our gardens!” 

An Inside Look at Camp David”, Thursday, April 17, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Tualatin resident Norb Murray ferried presidents and their families to and from Camp David, a former mining area transformed into the presidential retreat center 56 miles from the White House in the hills of Maryland. Murray, a former Marine pilot, shares stories and photos of his years flying dignitaries for simple relaxation or high-level political meetings. Learn the history and how the presidents have used it over the years.”

Trips and Trees: Patagonia”, Thursday, April 17, 7PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Arboretum volunteer Rick Pope recently returned from a two week trip spent exploring the Patagonia region of South America. Seven days of lodge-based hiking revealed stunning views of the iconic mountains of the area including Fitzroy, Cerro Torre and Torres del Paine National Park. The mile-wide face of the Perito Moreno Glacier will also be shown which regularly entertains crowds with thundering ice falls into a lake. A glimpse into the flora and fauna of the parks is provided as well with bird life ranging from flamingos to penguins and the majestic condor. Especially thrilling for Rick was a puma sighting one day. While it was very late summer, there were even a few wildflowers left to seek out and enjoy!”

Tree Seedling Giveaway”, Friday, April 18, 10AM, West Linn Library. “In honor of Earth Day (April 22) the library will be giving away tree seedlings starting at 10am on Friday, April 18 (while supplies last).” 

59th Annual River of Gems”, Friday, April 18, 9AM-6PM, Saturday, April 19, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, April 20, 10AM-4:30PM, Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall, OR. Admission $2 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. Presented by the Willamette Agate and Mineral Society. “Rocks, gems, jewelry, fossils and minerals from around the world. Dealers, exhibits, creative craft demonstrations, fluorescent show, silent auction, grab bags, door prizes, kid’s corner, treasure hunt on Saturday at 1PM for kids 11 and under, and oral auction on Sunday at 2PM.”

Oregon for the Curious”, Friday, April 18, 7PM, Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of Oregon’s oddest hiking and travel destinations, from an island sea cave to a forgotten canyon of colored pinnacles. Expect off-the-beaten-path tales of history and geology, as told by the bestselling author of a new short story collection, ‘The Oregon Variations.’ Sullivan has hiked every trail he could find in the state for his popular ‘100 Hikes’ guidebooks, a series that he updates continually. He has also written four novels and many nonfiction books about Oregon, including ‘Hiking Oregon’s History,’ ‘Oregon Favorites,’ and ‘The Case of D. B. Cooper’s Parachute.’ His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon, ‘Listening for Coyote,’ was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s ‘100 Books,’ the 100 most significant books in the state’s history.”

Concert, “Community Music Center Showcase”, Friday, April 18, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family. 

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, April 17, 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.” 

Pink Pig Puppet Theatre Presents, “Silly Stories!”, Saturday, April 19, 11AM, Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls. Free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM. All ages. “Come enjoy a puppet show featuring two Silly Stories from the world of children's literature: Lizard's Song and The Wide Mouthed Frog.” 

The Enchanted Ring”, Saturday, April 19, 2PM, and Sunday, April 29, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $7 for ages 3 and up. “What's beautiful young fairy tale Princess Kathryn to do when her favorite birthday present gets pilfered on the morning of her ninth birthday? Join us for madcap adventure as our fiery little Princess dons a suit of armor and, with the help of gentle old Sir Sampson, the Knight, battles spooky Spiders, bedazzles a Unicorn and matches wits with a dragon - all in a single afternoon. This marionette show is fun for all ages!”

Native Arts and Artists Day”, Saturday, April 19, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 for students and youth 5 and up, free for kids 4 and under. “Join the Burke Museum for a celebration of Northwest Native art. Watch demonstrations and examine the incredible artwork of local Native American artists, who are experts in mediums such as weaving, basketry, and beadwork. Take part in hands-on art activities for kids and adults. Also attend talks about supporting indigenous artists and various basket and weaving techniques of Northwest Native Peoples.” Schedule of events and more details here:

The Natural City Tour”, Saturday, April 19, 9AM, meeting at the Wilderness Park parking lot in the SW corner of Skyline Dr. and Clark St. in West Linn. Free. Easy. 2.4 miles. Preregistration required; contact Morgan Parks at MORGAN@CLACKAMASRIVER.ORG or call 503-303-4372 x101. “Our urban area is blessed with a variety of natural areas which feature 
remnants of diverse valley floor habitats. Some of these areas are little visited even by those active in preservation work. This tour visits two adjacent outstanding examples. The Camassia Natural Area — The Nature Conservancy's first preserve in Oregon — and West Linn's Wilderness Park, home of the largest firs in the urban area. The dwarf oak savannas of Camassia are unique, and the quaking aspen pond is unusually located. This tour will catch what is probably the best flower display in the Portland urban area.”

Lilac Days”, Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, May 11, 10AM-4PM, Hula Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA. $3 for adults, free for children 11 and under. “Each year in the spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda's Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop. Lilac Days are the 3 weeks up to and including Mothers' Day. Lilac Sales, Hulda’s Farmhouse, and the Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days.”

Kids' Storytime with Fancy Nancy”, Saturday, April 19, 10AM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hill Hwy., Pdx; Saturday, April 26, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.; and Saturday, April 26, 1PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “This week we present a very special kids' storytime event. In advance of the presentation of Fancy Nancy by the Oregon Children's Theatre (May 10 – June 1 at the Newmark Theatre), please join us for a reading of a Fancy Nancy book, to be followed by a musical performance by Fancy Nancy herself.” 

Birding Hike at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, April 19, 8AM, Pierce NWR, North Bonneville, WA. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson (360) 887-4106 or “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.” Pierce is open to the public only on guided hikes.

Soap Making”, Saturday, April 19, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $15 per ticket. One ticket per batch of soap; maximum 3 people. “Learn about reactions that go into making soap and make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet.”

Year of the Horse Celebration”, Saturday, April 19, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. Presented by the Chinese American International School. 

Square Foot Vegetable Gardening”, Saturday, April 19, 10:30AM, Forest Grove Library. “Free OSU Extension Class.” 

Paint Mix-Up”, Saturday, April 19, 12:30PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Did you know you can make any color in the world with just red, yellow and blue? Using dyes and acrylic paint, learn how to mix secondary colors and create all the colors in the rainbow. Then conduct your own color experiments making pink, aquamarine, chartreuse and more. Ages 4-6 can work on basic mixing and painting techniques while ages 7-10 can practice advanced painting with tints and hues.” Presented by artist Addie Boswell.

Wild Foods of Forest Park”, Saturday, April 19, 9AM-12PM, Wildwood Trail Entrance, Germantown Road, Forest Park, Pdx. Sliding scale of $25-$50. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Come join us learn about the edible plants found in a northwest forest. Spring is when with wildflowers are blooming and wild greens are ripe for picking. See plants like wild violet, Solomon's seal, fairly bells, licorice fern, various fiddleheads, wild ginger and more. Learn the many ways they can be used as food. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland's own back yard.” 

Earth Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 19, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, with parking for $5 at the First Baptist Church and the gravel lot next to Roth’s Fresh Market in Silverton. $5 donation requested for admission. Exhibitors, presentations and activities. Backyard composting, drive an electric car, face painting, green household cleaners, Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center live birds, make your own reusable bag, make your own seed pots, OSU Bug Zoo, Woodburn High School Mariachi Band.”

Depoe Bay Crab Feed and Classic Wooden Boat Show”, Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, Depoe Bay. “Depoe Bay is hosting its annual Crab Feed, Classic Wooden Boat Show and Ducky Derby at the bay front, with food and fun for all. Dinners of locally caught Dungeness crab with all the trimmings will be served at the Community Hall on both Saturday April 19 and Sunday April 20. Indoor and outdoor dining options and a beer garden will be available. Whole crab meals will be $20 and half crab meals $15. The 20th Annual Wooden Boat Show at “the world’s smallest harbor” will feature forty exhibits of both vintage and modern vessels from all over the Northwest. Admission is free. A free model boat building demonstration will provide both the young and young-at-heart with the opportunity to build their own model. Hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks will be released to race into the harbor Sunday afternoon for the Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, food and an authentic centuries-old silver shipwreck treasure coin. Depoe Bay’s U.S. Coast Guard station will open its doors to tours of its patrol and rescue boats stationed in “the world’s smallest harbor”. If you’ve ever wondered what its like to be on the Pacific with the Coast Guard, this is your opportunity! Thanks to a resident pod of gray whales, Depoe Bay enjoys near year-round whale watching and has become known as “Oregon’s whale watching capitol”. At the Whale Watching Center park rangers are ready to help spot gray whales. The center is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission is free.”

Downtown Tree Celebration”, Saturday, April 19, 9:30AM to 8PM, Portland State University, Hoffman Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Join Portland State University's Sustainability Department, The Westside Portland Tree Guild, and Portland Parks and Recreation's Urban Forestry as we celebrate Arbor Month! We have a day of free and fun-filled tree events planned, and all are welcome! “10 am - 12 pm: Guided Tree Walk
. Guided by Phyllis Reynolds, author of Trees of Greater Portland. Registration and book signing begins at 9:30 am. 12:30 pm - 2 pm: Tree Planting
. Help plant a tree in front of Lincoln Hall's new entry. 6 pm - 8:30 pm: Movie Screening
. Brian French, certified arborist and founder of the non-profit organization Ascending the Giants, will discuss his work and screen his documentary film, Treeverse. Doors open at 5:45 pm.”

Nez Perce Chief Redheart Ceremony”, Saturday, April 19, 10AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, Lower Parade Ground. Free. “17th Annual Memorial to remember Chief Redheart's band, including singing in honor of the ancestors, the Riderless Horse (Empty Saddle) Ceremony, Sacred Pipe Ceremony, and recognition of Veterans. Each year Nez Perce citizens travel to sites important to their history to conduct traditional memorials to honor their ancestors. Every year, the Nez Perce perform memorial ceremonies at battle sites, including Bear Paw, Whitebird and Big Hole. In 1998, they added a nonbattle site: Fort Vancouver, where the tribe was imprisoned for eight months under the orders of Gen. O.O. Howard. The prisoners were Chief Red Heart and a band of his relatives and friends. They were released on April 22, 1878, and taken to the Nez Perce Reservation. The ceremony marks a healing, and local leaders join tribal elders and youth to note the day. There is no admission Charge. Refreshments will be provided by Loves and Fishes.”

Browsing for Beavers”, Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, 11:30AM, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “They’re swimming; they’re gnawing. Tillamook forest’s beavers are hard at work! Beaver played a key role in exploration and settlement of the west, and Oregon in particular, as it was a primary target for fur trappers and traders. We will explore how beavers are uniquely equipped to live in Northwest Oregon.”

Earth Day Celebration: Plant It for the Planet!”, Saturday, April 19, Salmon Creek Greenway, 800 NE 117th St., Vancouver. “Since 1999, the StreamTeam has coordinated a large scale community celebration for Earth Day. Each year, hundreds of people join the team to plant native trees along our waterways, protecting local water quality and quantity.” Stream restoration tour, live music, Portland Audubon education birds, salmon release with Pacific Northwest Wild Fish Rescue, live insects and reptiles with OMSI, Face painting, Art a la Carte, and more.

Thunder-Egg-Stravaganza”, Saturday, April 19, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. $5. Includes egg hunt, thunderegg cutting, talk attendance, museum admission. “Kids of all ages are invited to hunt for eggs around the museum. Eggs can be redeemed for prizes, including thundereggs! There will be free thunderegg cutting all day. The curator will give a talk on thundereggs at 11 am and 1 pm. A basket of thundereggs will be raffled after each talk.”

Spring Wildflower Walk”, Saturday, April 19, Sunday, April 20, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday April 27, 1:30PM, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Spring has arrived and our naturalists are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Come along for an easy, guided walk where we will find trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers, sour grass and much more.”

Name that Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood”, Saturday, April 19, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library; Saturday, April 19, 2PM, Hillsdale Library; Saturday, April 26, 2PM, Belmont Library; and Sunday, April 27, 1:30PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required for all dates; 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.” 

Star Party: Planet Parade”, Saturday, April 19, 8PM until 11:30PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. On Saturday, April 19, join OMSI, Rose City Astronomers, and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park starting at 8:00 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 includes Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn! On the scheduled day of an OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at 
503 797-4000. Press #3 then #5 or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Author/Illustrator Reading, “Nancy Tillman”, Saturday, April 19, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Nancy Tillman reads from ‘Let There Be Light’ by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Biblical creation story, with her gorgeous illustrations) and ‘I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love’ which she wrote and illustrated.

Masters of Illusion”, Saturday, April 19, 12:30PM, Midland Library. “Can you make it look like pictures are moving around, changing places or jumping out at you? You can if you're a Master of Illusion! Join us for an hour of 3-D glasses, flip sticks and fun animation games - then take your creations home to fool your friends!” Presented by AKA Science.

Fear No Bees!”, Sunday April 20, 2PM, North Portland 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.” 

In Shakespeare’s Day- Guest Lecture”, Sunday, April 20, 10:30AM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Dr. Amy Greenstadt, associate professor at Portland State University, will be joining us to discuss the life and times of Shakespeare.”

Author Talk, “Ian Doesher”, Sunday, April 20, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Ian Doescher, author of ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ as well as the forthcoming ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back’, will be joining us to read from his works and discuss the enduring influence of Shakespeare.”

Sacred Trees: Ancient Associations, Lingering Links”, Sunday, April 20, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Ever wonder why we ‘knock on wood’ to avert bad luck? Or why we put a sprig of holly up at Christmas? What trees mentioned in the Bible grow at Hoyt? What tree did Buddhist monks probably save from extinction? We'll find out as we explore the many trees that are associated with different religions of the world on this special Easter tour.”

Birding Hike at Steigerwald”, Sunday, April 20, 8AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson (360) 887-4106 or “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.”

Community Wide Reading Event- Discussion with Kim Stafford”, Monday, April 21, 7PM, Atkinson Church, 710 6th St., Oregon City. “Kim Stafford, son of William Stafford, and author of ‘Early Morning : Remembering My Father, William Stafford’ will join us for discussion about his book, which was selected for our Community Wide Read title of 2014 in honor of William Stafford’s 100th Anniversary.” 

World Book Night Kickoff Event”, Monday, April 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Powell's Books has been chosen as one of 20 U.S. locations to host an official World Book Night launch event. Joining us to celebrate will be bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Matthew Dickman, Amanda Coplin, Paul Collins, and Chelsea Cain. As part of the celebration, all five local authors will speak briefly about a particular book that was instrumental in their lives as both a reader and a writer.” World Book Night is a charitable organization that gives donated books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography. 

Wildlife Watching”, Monday, April 21, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “Learn how to see more wildlife by moving slowly and using tools like 'Deer Ears' and 'Owl Eyes' and 'Fox Walk' to slow down and pay attention to what is going on in the natural world. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.” Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. 

Semana de la Raza 2014”, Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, Building 9, 17705 NW Springvile Rd., Pdx. Free, open to the public, children welcome. “A week of Latino culture, advocacy and celebration. Music, food, theater, talks, and more. Details here: 

Cowboy Poetry”, Tuesday, April 22, 7PM, Tualatin Library. All ages. “Tom Swearingen of Tualatin, Oregon is a popular performer at cowboy gatherings, horse camps, rodeos, and wherever else you find folks who live and appreciate cowboy life and western heritage. Winner of the National Finals Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest, Tom’s original cowboy poetry is often based on his own experiences and observations, many of which occur on horseback.”

Pacific Crest Trail”, Tuesday, April 22, 6:30PM, Stevenson Community Library. Bernice McCollum will present, "Revisiting the Horseback Ride from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.” 

PSU Earth Day Festival”, Tuesday, April 22, 11AM-8PM, South Park blocks at Portland State University, Pdx. Free. “On April 22, we will be celebrating Earth Day in the South Park Blocks with many community partners and school groups engaging the public in a dialogue discussing environmental justice and its pertinence to both the local and global community. Participant organizations are encouraged to communicate and network with both visitors and other tabling organizations. There will also be live music, food vendors, and power generation bikes to offset our power usage!” 

Classical Up Close!”, April 22 through May 2, throughout the greater Portland area. Eight evening concerts at 7:30PM and many small “blitz” concerts throughout the day. Free. “We will be presenting these concerts all over town, sometimes in places where you might not expect to see us. We encourage you to come and bring your friends and family. At these informal events, we will encourage you to do all the things you would not normally do at a classical concert: take photos, tweet, text, clap between movements, and ask us questions. We want to get to know you and we’re eager for you to get to know us better. During some of these performances, we will also have chairs on stage, so members of the audience can sit near us to have a more intimate experience. We will be encouraging you to do all these things! This is about bringing world-class music to you — up close! Come and enjoy!” Complete details and schedule here:

Author Talk, “Miriam Pawal”, Tuesday, April 22, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Mirian Pawal reads from her book, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez”. “Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history. Yet his life story has been told only in hagiography—until now. 

In the first comprehensive biography of Chavez, Miriam Pawel offers a searching yet empathetic portrayal. Chavez emerges here as a visionary figure with tragic flaws; a brilliant strategist who sometimes stumbled; and a canny, streetwise organizer whose pragmatism was often at odds with his elusive, soaring dreams. He was an experimental thinker with eclectic passions—an avid, self-educated historian and a disciple of Gandhian non-violent protest. Drawing on thousands of documents and scores of interviews, this superbly written life deepens our understanding of one of Chavez’s most salient qualities: his profound humanity. 

Pawel traces Chavez’s remarkable career as he conceived strategies that empowered the poor and vanquished California’s powerful agriculture industry, and his later shift from inspirational leadership to a cult of personality, with tragic consequences for the union he had built. The Crusades of Cesar Chavez reveals how this most unlikely American hero ignited one of the great social movements of our time.”

Spring Shorebird ID”, Tuesday, April 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. (There is an optional field trip to the north Oregon Coast on Saturday, April 26 with transportation provided and the cost is $95 for both.) Preregistration required; register online: “Spring shorebird migration along the Oregon coast can be spectacular. Identifying these hormone-driven, arctic-bound shorebirds can be challenging since they are fast, small and similar in shape and color. Instructor and expert birder Shawneen Finnegan will illustrate the field marks that distinguish Western and Least Sandpipers and how to recognize Red Knots, Dunlin and more.” 

Dancing With No Shoes On”, Tuesday, April 22, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Join Chuck Chessman for an interactive singing and dancing extravaganza!”

Concert, “2jazzguitars”, Saturday, April 22, 6:30PM, Albina 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.”

Chapter Book Club”, Wednesday, April 23, 1:45, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon. “Join in the discussion of this month's featured chapter book. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.” 

William Stafford Centennial Celebration”, Wednesday, April 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Join Kim Stafford and friends for an event in honor of William Stafford's 100th birthday. Stafford will be joined by Tim Barnes, Katie Radditz, and Dennis Cunningham for this special centennial celebration featuring readings from a selection of the late poet's works.” 

Oregon Roads and Wildlife: Issues, Solutions, Costs and Benefits”, Wednesday, April 23, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5. Preregistration required; register online: “Many wildlife species have a biological imperative to move between habitats in order to fulfill their life history needs and roads often bisect vital travel corridors. This situation can be fatal for both wildlife and humans and can sever ecological processes, cause serious safety hazards for the travelling public, and result in significant economic costs. During 2010-12 an expansion of highway 97, just south of Bend, included the first structures in the state of Oregon designed specifically for wildlife. Providing wildlife passage is an effective way to address problems for drivers and wildlife, but some have voiced concerns regarding the cost of the structures and the appropriateness of using tax dollars to build them especially in these economically strapped times. Please join us for a presentation by Leslie Bliss-Ketchum and Simon Wray about Oregon roads and wildlife!” 

Birding at Whitaker Ponds”, Wednesday, April 23, 9AM-11:30AM, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Audubon Society leaders Dena Turner and Bonnie Deneke as we walk the half-mile loop trail and observe at the pond's docks and Whitaker Slough, viewing waterfowl and songbirds.” 

Exhibit, “Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms”, Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Read and interact with works of electronic literature spanning the last thirty years of literary history selected by Professor Dene Grigar of WSU-V's Digital Technology and Culture Program.” 

Enriching Lives through Words: Poetry in Clark County”, Wednesday, April 23, 7PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Poetry began as an oral art form but extended into writing and print as technologies made them both possible. Computers too offer poets a medium with which to experiment and express themselves. This talk, by WSUV Professor Dene Grigar introduces poetry created specifically for the computer medium and talks about the unique aesthetics involved in this computational poetic form.” 

Trashanalia”, Thursday, April 24, 3:30PM, Belmont 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.” 

Silent Films from the Moving Image Collection”, Thursday, April 24, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx, tickets $8. “The Boy Mayor” will also screen with Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” on Wednesday, April 30, 7PM, The Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE, Salem, tickets $5. Description of the program at the Hollywood Theatre: “The Oregon Historical Society presents an evening of silent film from their permanent collection. This screening will look to celebrate recent preservation efforts as well as highlight some entertaining silent era films. All titles will be shown on film. Live piano accompaniment for select films. The Boy Mayor (1914): Hollywood’s examination of the trials and tribulations of Portland’s underage shadow government. Sick of Life/Mephisto’s Son (1900): the Devil’s son becomes disillusioned with life in Hell and looks upwards for meaning and a wife; hand colored early Pathé film. Gold (1922): after a long journey from St. Louis a gold hungry family must come to grips with the harsh realities of life in an Oregon prospecting camp. Poor decisions are made and children are put at risk but, in the end, the love of one’s family perseveres. Calumet Baking Powder Advertisement (date unknown): advertisement for a better baking product as told through an appreciation of the five senses. Raymond Roger’s Home Movies (ca. 1935-1950): 35mm footage of Portland – including 23rd street car, Ringling Brother Circus, Blue Mouse Theater, Vanport Flood, etc.; beautiful black and white footage of Portland circa WWII. Also on the program will be Act 1 of The Scourge of Positivism, a musical slide-show-drama presented by the Portland art collective Zenith Tea House, using images and text from the collections of the Oregon Historical Society library.” 

Tricks to Tree ID: Book Signing and Walk”, Thursday, April 24, 11:30AM-2PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Bring your lunch and join Hoyt Arboretum curator Martin Nicholson and Trees to Know in Oregon author and OSU professor Ed Jensen for an informal Q and A and book signing from 11:30am - 12:30pm in the arboretum visitors center. Following lunch Ed Jensen will lead us on a walk through the arboretum to learn tricks of the trade for identifying Oregon's common tree species. Ed is an enthusiastic and engaging teacher! This is a walk you'll definitely not want to miss.”

Burns Street Kids Book Club”, Thursday, April 24, 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, “Bob and Alice”, Thursday, April 24, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Acoustic duo. 

Preserving Oregon’s Sweetest Things”, Thursday, April 24, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Join us for an overview of canning, freezing, juicing and jamming Oregon’s delicious and abundant fresh fruits. Review basic techniques, necessary equipment, and up-to-date references and resources to help prepare you for the upcoming food preservation season. Provided by Oregon State University Extension Service.” 

Children’s Book Day with Jose Luis Orozco”, Friday, April 25, 6PM, Tualatin Library. “Celebrate Día de los Niños at the Tualatin Public Library with a special bilingual event for the whole family! Join us as we celebrate children and the joy of reading with a special bilingual performance, and refreshments, prizes and crafts. All ages are welcome.”

Author Talk, “Ben Montgomery”, Friday, April 25, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Ben Montgomery reads from his book, “Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail”. “Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of ‘America, the Beautiful’ and proclaimed, ‘I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.’ Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood’s own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don’t know the full story—a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering.”

History of Hoyt Arboretum with Marcy Houle”, Friday, April 25, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate National Arbor Day with Marcy Houle, author of One City's Wilderness, who will give a fascinating presentation on the history of Hoyt Arboretum. Please meet at the Visitor Center; registration is not required.”

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Friday, April 25, 1PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “There is no school for Beaverton area children today! Let our Mad Scientist entertain and inform about the many uses of the misunderstood matter of gas. Enjoy magic tricks and several experiments and demonstrations. Best seats for children are up front on floor!”

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival”, Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 10AM -6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games. This year's feast for the senses features Taiko drumming, artisan demonstrations, and a theatrical stage production, Otokichi about the first Japanese shipwreck survivors on US (Washington state) soil. The Festival was founded 39 Years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.”

Saqra’s 25th Bellydance Showcase”, Saturday, April 26, 11AM- 9PM; and Sunday, April 27, 11AM-7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Adults $7 and free for kids 9 and under. “Workshops at budget prices! Live music dance spots available! Over 300 dancers performed last year at this family event! Plus visit the vendors of costuming, instruments and art!”

Fossil Fest”, Saturday, April 26, 10AM- 4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport. Suggested donation $5. “Bring in your fossils and agates to show off and identify with other beachcombers during our annual day-long Fossil Fest event! Explore our special exhibits in the Visitor Center and mingle with other like-minded fossil-philes from the North American Research Group.” 

Forest Defense: Stinging, Biting, and Itching Oh My!”, Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 11:30AM, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Have you ever wondered why bees and nettles sting? Or why rough-skinned newts and some plants are toxic? Various plants and animals of the forest have defense mechanisms to aid in their survival. Interpretative opportunities abound as we learn why some forest organisms make us say, ‘Ouch’!”

Spring Plants and Birds at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, April 26, 8AM, Ridgefield NWR Carty Unit. Difficulty level: easy. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Check out the amazing spring plants on display and birds during early migration and at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll take our time hiking along wetlands and through the woodlands on a two mile loop in the north Carty Unit of the refuge, just a few miles north of Vancouver in Ridgefield, WA. All skill and knowledge levels welcome. 

Spring Bird Walk at Cooper Mountain”, Saturday, April 26, 9AM-11:30AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $10 per person. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “Spring is the easiest time to see and identify the birds of Cooper Mountain, because they are in their best breeding plumage and singing up a storm. Join Metro naturalist and expert birder James Davis for this walk for beginners and intermediate birdwatchers. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair on site, and be sure to dress for standing outside on an open hilltop.”

Arbor Day Festival”, Saturday, April 26, 8:30AM-2PM, South Park Blocks between SW Hall and SW Montgomery. Free. “Join the celebration. Hang out with those who admire trees and all they do for us. The Arbor Day Festival is the big celebration of Arbor Month in Portland! Join Portland Parks and Recreation and our partners at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU for a fun-filled day as we honor those who work tirelessly to enhance our urban forest. The Urban Forestry Commission Education and Outreach Committee will award the Bill Naito Community Trees award at 10:00 AM, and Portland will get its 37th annual Tree City USA banner.”

Traditional Horn Carving”, Saturday, April 26, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Amateur historian and craftsman, Scott Morrison will give a presentation and demonstration of traditional horn carving as seen through out history. People have long used horn for many uses ranging from powder horns to spoons, combs and some jewelry. Come discover the many practical and beautiful uses of the material that was throughout history, as common as plastic is today.”

Eaten Out of Tent, Wagon and Lean-to”, Saturday, April 26, 2PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Donna Hinds, a living history interpreter and historical researcher, uses humor and solid research to define what cooking and recipes were like for the early Pioneers to Champoeg and the French Prairie.”

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, April 26, 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.” 

Webfooter’s Post Card Club Antique Paper Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 26, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 27, 10AM-4PM, Kliever Armory, 10000 NE 3rd Dr., Pdx. Free admission and parking.

Spring Wildflower Walk at Mt. Talbert”, Saturday, April 26, 10AM- 1PM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10695 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. $11 per family. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-794-8092. “During springtime, Mount Talbert bursts with sights and sounds. The rare oak woodlands offer welcome refuge for migrating songbirds such as warblers, tanagers, orioles and cedar waxwings. A revitalized oak savanna and a wet prairie meadow, two increasingly rare habitats in the northern Willamette Valley, bloom with wildflowers such as camas and woolly sunshine. Join Metro naturalist Alice Froehlich to discover the beauty of this island oasis, nestled between the bustling interstate and urban development. Binoculars available to borrow.”

Cowboy Poetry and Yodeling”, Saturday, April 26, 10:45AM- 2PM, Beaverton Historical Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. $2 suggested donation. “Tom Swearingen, Cowboy Poet, performing at 10:45am. Winner of the National Finals Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest. Tom will be reading some of his poems based on his own experiences. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Tom! Larry Wilder, Yodeling, performing at 11:25am. Larry has performed and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger and many other well-known bands. Larry and the Stumptown Stars toured Europe in 2007. Come hear Larry perform, don’t miss this exciting chance to hear some first-class yodeling.” 

2014 Oregon Orchid Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 10AM-5PM, Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 for both days online, $10 at the door, free for kids 13 and under. “The largest orchid show in the Pacific Northwest! See beautiful blooming orchids on display, learn from informative demonstrations and seminars and get a once-a-year orchid shopping experience from local, national and international vendors.”

14th Annual Children’s Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 26, 11AM-4PM, Echo Shaw Elementary School, 914 S. Linden St., Cornelius. Free. “The theme for this year is, ‘Inspiring the Future of our Children: Technology, Education and Culture.’ This free family event includes a parade, talent show, music, dancing, singing, clowns, food, games, arts and crafts, information booths, activities, and more. In addition, there will be a soccer tournament hosted by Hillsboro Futsal and Soccer Academy. Last year we had over 7,000 people attend from all parts of Washington County.”

Origami Flowers/ Spring Time Origami”, Saturday, April 26, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Learn to make various kinds of origami flowers, butterflies and other warm weather-themed characters. Come transform an ordinary piece of paper into a three-dimensional form!”

Classroom Discovery Day”, Saturday, April 26, 11:30AM- 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Flowers and Pollinators of Tryon Creek. Learn all about interdependence in the forest as we examine pollinator specimens and dissect flowers. Wander in after participating in OPRD’s wildflower walk from 10:00-11:30. 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.” 

Concert, “Al-Andalus Ensemble”, Saturday, April 26, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “Between the years 711 and 1492, Andalusian Spain witnessed a cultural melding between Africa, the Middle East and Europe, between Jews, Christians and Muslims, in a period known as Al-Andalus. The Al Andalus Ensemble reflects this tradition, creating a new musical hybrid: Contemporary World Music whose new and historical performances reflect the essential soul and spirit of the Arab, African, and European sources that are its inspiration.”

Woven Baskets”, Saturday, April 26, 2PM, Northwest 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.” 

Author Talk, “Dr. Laurie Mercier”, Saturday, April 26, 10AM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Museum admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families. “Dr. Laurie Mercier will join us to discuss Anaconda: Labor, Community and Culture in Montana’s Smelter City.” “Laurie Mercier's hard-hitting study of 'community unionism' examines the tenacity of union loyalty and communal values within the confines of a one-industry town: Anaconda, Montana, home to the world's largest copper smelter and the namesake of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company.”

Oregon Ag Fest”, Saturday, April 26, 8:30AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 27, 10AM-5PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem. Adults $9, free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. “Always the last weekend in April, Oregon Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Agriculture affects us all, though many of us don't know much more than where to buy the products we need. At Ag Fest, learn where our food, horticulture and fiber comes from, how livestock is raised, the importance of forests for our ecology and survival, plus much more. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more. Nearly 18,000 people attend Ag Fest each year to learn about Oregon's largest industry. Come join us!” There are many children’s performers, plus activities including watching chicks hatch, planting seedlings and digging for potatoes.

Local Author Fair at Silver Falls Library”, Saturday, April 26, 1PM-4PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “Writers representing a variety of genres will be on hand to talk about their books and the writing process. The authors will have their books available for sale and signing. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with some published authors! Jim Bornzin: “Tales from Trinity; Terror at Trinity”. “When the author retired from pastoral ministry it was time to fulfill his dream of writing a novel. The stories from Trinity Lutheran Church are not from Silverton. Pastor Paul Walker is a fictional pastor in Weston, Indiana, who encounters his share of betrayal, tragedy, and disappointment; but he trusts God is at work behind the scenes, redeeming sinners, including him.” Alyson Budde: “Star Walker and the Fairy Queen is my first book. It is a fantasy fiction adventure for children ages 6—12.” Gus Frederick: “Annotated Cartoons by Homer Davenport”; “T.W. Davenport: The Collected Works”. “Native Oregonian Gus Frederick continues to be amazed with the local history of the Silverton Country, especially regarding the pioneer families of Geer and Davenport.” Jack Hande: “Demeaning of Words, Illustrated”; “It’s Time for My Life to Flash Before Your Eyes”; “Silverton Stories from the 1920’s—30’s and 40’s volumes I, II, and III”. “I came to Silverton in 1931. I have a hobby of drawing cartoons. My books are a collection of personal remembrances by Silverton people, all illustrated.” Barbara Delano Hettwer: “The Seamstress of Jamestown”. “I am a retired teacher and have lived in the Silverton area for 25 years. My book is historical fiction taking place in the late 19th century following the life of an inspirational and adventurous woman who leaves her family in Baltimore and heads West to the gold-mining town of Jamestown, California.” Leonide Martin: “Dreaming the Maya Fifth Sun: A Novel of Maya Wisdom and the 2012 Shift in Consciousness”; “The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque”. “Leonide Martin writes historical fiction about the ancient Mayas. She lived five years in Yucatan, Mexico studying with Maya elders to become a Mayan Fire Woman and Solar Initiate. Her extensive research combines scientific and indigenous perspectives to offer a unique experience of ancient Mayan civilization.” Robert Mulkey: “This is My Lemonade: An Adoption Story”. “I am a first-time author. This book covers a 34 year adoption journey of discovery. I have been featured on KEX, KSL and K103 FM.” Mary Simpson: “A Rhapsody of Love”. “Mary Simpson has published a book of poetry and photography about nature, love, science, music piano, violin, romance, fragrance, flowers, the universe, and philosophy.” Rebecca Sorens: “Henri Loses Her Beau is the first of three cozy mysteries set in Silverton, Oregon. The author lived in Europe and Asia before coming back to Oregon. More stories are available!” Sandra Tomasco, writing as Emry Kale Owens: “Emry Kale Owens wrote a best selling semi-autobiographical book in February 2013. ‘Whispers of a Warrior’ is a story about the strength of the human spirit against all odds and the power of horses.” 

Kids Knit!”, Saturday, April 26, 11AM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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.” 

Native Plant Sale”, Sunday, April 26, 9AM-3PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. A couple of interesting additions to the sale: “David Herrellson, historian for the Grand Ronde Tribe, will speak on Native American ethnobotany at 10:00am. Gary Fawver, a knowledgeable naturalist, will lead a hike beginning at 11:00am.”

Dandelion Donuts and Coffee”, Saturday, April 26, 3PM, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Suggested donation $5-10. “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. This month's theme is Dandelion Donuts and Coffee! Did you know you can make sweet treats from the fresh flowers of the dandelion? Did you know you can make a delicious "coffee" from the dried roasted roots of dandelion? Come and learn to make and taste a sample of this delicious and nutritious plant. Share you own recipe with us!” 

Earth Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 26, 10AM-6PM, Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon Ave., Pdx. Free. “The 2014 theme is ‘Reverse Migration’. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will feature 100+ sustainable businesses and organizations, 2 stages of live music and entertainment, Kids’ Village and Procession of the Species Parade, the Soapbox Speaker’s Stage, Health and Wellness Village, Better Transportation Fair, full effort to recycle all materials, and volunteer opportunities in the Kenton neighborhood through Earth Day clean-up projects!”

Birding on the Sandy River Delta”, Sunday, April 27, 8:30AM- 12PM. “Please join Audubon Society leader Tim Shelmerdine on this trip to the Sandy River Delta. The primary focus will be on early songbird migrants and lingering overwintering birds. Meet at 8:30 a.m. by the restroom at the parking lot for the Sandy River Delta. Directions: From Portland, take I-84 to Exit 18, just east of Troutdale. At the stop sign turn right and loop under the freeway. We will be walking 2-3 miles on easy trails. Bring good shoes for walking, water, binoculars. Beginners welcome!”

Ad-VENTures in VENTriloquism” Sunday, April 27, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Tickets $7 for ages 3 and up. “As we say goodbye to our Ventriloquism exhibit, Chuck Mott takes the stage one last time with his show featuring Live Performance, Magic, Q and A and an opportunity to try your hand (and lips) at VENTing yourself. Fun for the whole family! Chuck's been a local ventriloquist, puppeteer and magician for over twenty years.”

Author and Illustrator Talk, “Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo”, Sunday, April 27, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. They read from their book, “In the Shadows”. “I know it sounds like an exaggeration when I say there is nothing like In the Shadows, my book with artist Jim Di Bartolo, on the YA shelves right now. But...there is nothing like it! And today I get to show you a sneak peek of just how amazing and unusual it is. Because it isn't an illustrated novel, and it's not a graphic novel. It's a novel in two parts--one storyline all text, and one all art. Gorgeous, jaw-dropping, full color art!” “Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t. Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can’t say why, and doesn’t even know if they can be saved. Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world. Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, April 27, 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:

Fabulous Fossils”, Sunday, April 27, 10AM, OMSI Paleontology Lab. $8 per ticket, one person per ticket. “Handle an assortment of rocks and fossils to determine what a fossil actually is. Help clean a real 65-million-year-old 
Triceratops and other fossils using professional tools and techniques. Make a copy of a Velociraptor claw to take home. Allergy note: claws are made of flour.” 

Spring Blossom Tour”, Sunday, April 27, 3PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join our wonderful volunteer tour guides for a stroll through the Arboretum. We will be viewing the season’s colorful blooms and learning about the fascinating transformation that is spring! Mark your calendars and bring your cameras. Please meet at the Visitor Center; registration is not required.”

Neighborhood Foraging of Spring Greens and Vegetables”, Sunday, April 27, 1PM-4PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx. Sliding scale of $25-$50. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; details online: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “We'll bushwhack through Portland's urban neighborhoods to find some of spring's best and diverse delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.” 

Portland Dutch King’s Day Celebration”, Sunday, April 27, 3:30PM- 6:30PM, Oaks Park Dance Pavillion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Tickets $5 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under if prepaid, $7 adults and $2 kids at the door, cash only. Ticket includes free coffee, tea or kids’ punch. Dutch music, Dutch foods, vendors, kid’s games, and more. “All are invited to come, but we do recommend you wear Orange apparel, the official color of the house of Orange Dutch Royal family.” Details here:

You Who: Children’s Rock Variety Show”, Sunday, April 27, 12PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Adults $10, kids 12 and under $4.99, free for non-walkers. All ages welcome. Featuring Ural Thomas and the Pain. “You Who, a monthly children's rock variety show, is a half hour-ish of variety entertainment featuring DJs and interactive dance parties with giant barn owls, musical guests, stories, skits, sing-a-longs, cartoons, artists, puppets, parades and performers. The second half hour-ish features a live rock, hip-hop, or dance band.”

Mike Ciraulo Presentation on the Pacific Crest Trail”, Monday, April 28. 6:30PM, Stevenson Community Library. “Book discussion of the 2014 Skamania County Reads title ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed, to be preceded by a slide presentation and compelling talk by Mike Ciraulo, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail for one month during the summer of 2013.” 

Stories from the Digital Rim: How Technology is Shifting the Borders of Entertainment”, Monday, April 28, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Pdx. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Tawny Schlieski, research scientist and media expert in Intel Lab’s User Experience Research Group. “Technology and entertainment have always been entwined; from the Greek amphitheater to the printing press to the motion picture camera, the revolutionary technologies of the age have inspired storytellers and changed the way that we, the audience, experience stories. And it is still happening. Today’s explorers are expanding the boundaries of story with digitally built worlds and immersive experiences. Tawny Schlieski will explore this new territory, where complexly imagined creations from the Avengers to Halo are hinting at the possibility of a new world of story. A place where artists and technologists collaborate, integrate, and create immersively from the earliest inception of story. A place that offers audiences unique avenues of immersion into stories and worlds they delight in.”

Words that Burn: A Dramatization of the World War II Experiences”, Monday, April 28, 6PM, Garden Home Rec Center. “Los Porteños, Portland's Latino writers' collective, will present a short excerpt of Words that Burn: A Dramatization of World War II Experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldón in Their Own Words performed by actors Damon Kupper, Paul Susi, and Joaquín López. Creator Cindy Williams Gutiérrez will introduce the creative impulse for the work by discussing the lives and writings of Oregon Poet Laureates William Stafford and Lawson Inada, as well as that of Chicano marine Guy Gabaldón. The abridged reading will be followed by an audience discussion moderated by director Gemma Whelan. Words that Burn: World War II built many walls. In Europe, walls of barbed wire surrounded death camps for Jews. Here in the United States, Japanese-Americans were confined in internment camps and conscientious objectors in Civilian Public Service camps. And in the Pacific theatre, banzai attacks of Japanese soldiers refusing to surrender created walls of fire and steel. Through a blend of poetry and monologue in their own words, this is the dramatization of how three historical figures—conscientious objector William Stafford, Japanese-American internee Lawson Inada, and East L.A. marine Guy Gabaldón—galvanized language to discover liberation beyond these walls. A full staged reading will be produced by Los Porteños at the Milagro Theatre on September 25-28, 2014 in commemoration of the William Stafford Centennial, the 70th anniversary of the rescindment of Executive Order 9066, and Hispanic Heritage Month.” 

Yom HaShoah”, Monday, April 28, 10AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “A day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust presented by the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. The names of victims will be read by local dignitaries continuously throughout the day.”

Political Corruption in 19th Century Oregon”, Tuesday, April 29, 6:30PM, McMenamin’s Old Church and Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. “Come have a beer and listen to this former history teacher discuss our state’s legacy of political corruption in the 1800s.” Presented by Tom Marsh, author of ‘To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon”.

Hike Bridal Veil Falls”, Tuesday, April 29, 9:30AM, Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Free. Easy, 1.2 miles, 70’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover the secret past of Bridal Veil Falls State Park with Oregon State Park Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser as we enjoy historical stories and camas field abloom.” 

Spain”, Tuesday, April 29, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Community Library. “Come enjoy a talk and photographic presentation featuring Spain’s castles, churches, food, libraries, and a local wedding! Judy Zeider and Alex Mintz hosted an exchange student from Spain a decade ago and have visited several times since then. Over the years they’ve been able to experience much of Spain from a local perspective including lively family celebrations, historic landmarks, and a few off the beaten path destinations. They will share their favorite experiences and provide tips for those wishing to travel there or learn more about life in Spain.” 

Author Talk, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Tuesday, April 29, 6:30PM, Edgefield, Power Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages. “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.”

Vancouver Old City Cemetery Project”, Wednesday, April 30, 10AM, Vancouver Community Library, Klicktitat Room, Level 4. “Are you a local history buff? Members of the Clark County Genealogical Society will share information about their project to preserve cemetery markers, and compile information about the people buried there. They are partnering with WSU, the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and others. Come and learn about the project and how you may participate!”

Celebrate Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Eve)”, Wednesday, April 30, 7PM. “Celebrate the Swedish Walpurgis Eve with a bonfire, snacks and drinks at 7 p.m. The Finnish Community and the Scandinavian Choruses will join us.” This annual event has traditionally been held at a private home in West Linn. The home is on the market, so if it is sold there will be a change in venue. Check the website for details:

Author Talk, “Jo Becker”, Wednesday, April 30, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jo Becker will read from “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality”. “A tour de force of groundbreaking reportage by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jo Becker, ‘Forcing the Spring’ is the definitive account of five remarkable years in American civil rights history: when the United States experienced a tectonic shift on the issue of marriage equality. Beginning with the historical legal challenge of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Becker expands the scope to encompass all aspects of this momentous struggle, offering a gripping behind-the-scenes narrative told with the lightning pace of the greatest legal thrillers.” 

The Vultures of Spring”, Wednesday, April 30, 4PM and 5:15PM, The Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. Suggested for grades K-9. Preregistration required; call 503-655-5574. Live Birds-of-Prey Program: Meet Ruby the Turkey Vulture or a Great Horned Owl.”

Urban Forestry Open House”, Wednesday, April 30, 10AM-2PM, Urban Forestry, 10910 N. Denver Ave., Pdx. “Join Urban Forestry and Partners for a BBQ and open house at Urban Forestry's headquarters. Visit with staff, take a tour, have some lunch and enjoy a ride in the bucket truck! Portland’s urban forest consists of 236,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees. Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating all of these trees to differing degrees. Urban Forestry staff issue permits for planting, pruning, and removal of all public and some private trees and are on call 24/7 to respond to tree emergencies.”