Monday, June 30, 2014

Juicy July

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events in the greater Portland area for the month of July 2014.  I look for events with some educational or cultural value.  I compile this list for the homeschool group that we belong to, which has kids in grades 2-6.  Since Portland has middle schools rather than junior high schools, there are some events for teens that clearly state that they welcome 6th graders.   I'm listing those as well. This month we went away, and left Henri the cat to do the proofreading on this list.  That didn't work out so well...  Please double-check anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes or cancellations.

Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, boysenberries, and marionberries are ripe and peaches, apricots and early apples will be ripening towards the end of the month. Head to a u-pick farm for the cream of the crop! Tri-County Farms or Pick Your can help you find a great farm near you. Bear in mind that between organic and conventional farms, the Portland area has a lot of “no spray” farms that don’t use chemicals but can’t afford or haven’t yet transitioned to organic certification.

Portland Parks and Recreation’s 2014 “Summer Free for All” series of free outdoor concerts, movies, the mobile rock climbing wall and more is too much good stuff to list here so check it out:

Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day?  Many of the local festivities are listed here:  and here: and here:  My favorite fireworks shows are in small towns, because they can be far more spectacular when viewed  up close.  And it's always a big plus when parking and traffic aren't a huge mess.  Sometimes the best way to find these shows is with a web search of small towns near you. 

Steigerwald Kids Hike”, Tuesday, July 1, 9:30AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 2.75 miles, little elevation gain. “Environmental educators Samantha Johnson and James Sterrett will lead this interactive nature hike at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, pointing out animal tracks, cool plants, and wild birds that live in the refuge. Fun for all ages!”

A Pictoral History of Oregon: Glass Lantern Slides from the Oregon Historical Society”, Tuesday, July 1, 8PM, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 415 SW 10th Ave., Ste 300, Pdx. Free. Presented by Matthew Cowan, OHS Moving Images Archivist. “Matthew Cowan and PICA, in conjunction with the Oregon Historical Society Research Library, are pleased to present a pictorial history of the great state of Oregon told through images that span from James Cook’s early 1778 coastal forays to the construction of the St. Johns Bridge in 1931. Comprised of 92 color glass lantern slides, this presentation was originally assembled as a public program by the Colonial Dames of America in approximately 1935. With the assistance of Doug Kenck-Crispin, these arresting historical images will be projected using an original Victor Stereopticon projector (circa 1915) alongside the original text and program notations.”

St. Paul Rodeo”, Tuesday, July 1 through Saturday, July 5, St. Paul, OR. "St. Paul Rodeo has become one of this nation's top rodeos with prize monies approaching $500,000, nearly a thousand competitors, and was designated as a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Rodeo making it one of an elite group of eight rodeos attracting the top competitors in the world." It's also rather fun to watch.

The Science of Sound”, Tuesday, July 1, 11AM, Beaverton Library at Murray Scholls; and Wednesday, July 2, Beaverton City Library. “Explore the science of sound! Through songs and instruments, we experiment with manipulating sound, and hear clashing sound waves as Greta tunes her guitars.”

Broadway Rose Theater Presents, “The Music Man”, now through July 20, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Ages 7 and up. Ticket prices vary. “A sparkling homage to a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans are foiled when he falls for spirited Marian (the librarian), who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. With songs such as ‘Seventy-Six Trombones,’ ‘Till There Was You,’ and ‘Lida Rose,’ this award-winning classic boasts a brilliant, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads that have earned a place among musical theater’s most cherished standards.”

Random Club”, Tuesdays in July, 2PM, Tigard Library, Young Adult Room. For grades 6 and up. “Mingle with your peers and see what we have in store for you, from tabletop gaming to mustache-making. July 1- Washi Wrapped Accessories- Stick it, bead it, wrap it with fancy Washi tape.
 July 8- Doodle Droids- These robots can draw. July 15- Tabletop Gaming: Try out a variety of games as seen on the Interwebs.
 July 22 (Puett Room)- Random Science: Make a cake you can mail, create lava lamps, tornadoes and catapults, and design a neon sign, all while brewing your own root beer. This is gonna get messy, people.”

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, July 1, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Wednesday, July 2, 3PM and 6PM, Estacada Library, Flora Room; Thursday, July 3, 2PM, North Portland Library; Tuesday, July 8, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 9, 10:30AM, Molalla Library; Saturday, July 12, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Saturday, July 12, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library (suggested for ages 5-12); Monday, July 14, 12PM, Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal; Tuesday, July 22, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA; Tuesday, July 22, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; Tuesday, July 22, 7PM, Scappoose Library; Thursday, July 24, 11AM, Murase Plaza, 8300 SW Memorial Dr., Wilsonville; “Snakes and lizards and turtles, oh my! Learn all about scaly critters at this thrilling show featuring more than a dozen live reptiles.”

Jugglemania”, Tuesday, July 1, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Tuesday, July 8, 11am, Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal; Tuesday, July 15, 1PM, Holgate Library; Wednesday, July 16, 1PM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, July 30, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; and Thursday, July 31, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Rhys Thomas presents a family show highlighting interactive comedy and high-level circus tricks.”

Nerd Nite:  Mental Processes in Humans and Animals”, Tuesday, July 1, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door.   There will be two speakers. “Hedonists vs. Puritans: The Balance in Your Brain"  "
Our brains are a complex interworking of systems that drive and regulate our bodily functions and behaviors. The limbic system is responsible for our appetites — for food, flight, and…uh…fornication — and the frontal cortex helps regulate those urges so we can make rational decisions. The frontal cortex is what keep our basic desires in check so we can function in society without getting arrested or in trouble. But what happens when the balance between the limbic system and the frontal cortex gets disturbed, such as with traumatic brain injury? Come hear from Dr. Courtney Takahashi, neurologist at OHSU, how the parts of our brains work together to make us act the way we do.” “Does Your Dog Feel Guilt? Thinking Realistically About Animal Emotions"  "
Do monkeys have a sense of fairness? Do dogs feel guilt? Common sense and intuition tells us that yes, they do. Animals are normally viewed as variations on our kind – feathered, scaled, or furry versions of people – and their mental lives in relation to how they measure up to us. However, is that actually true? Current thinking in the field of comparative cognition departs from this kind of human-centered approach, and instead seeks to understand other animals on their own terms, rather than on ours. Come hear Dr. Tim Hackenberg, psychology professor at Reed College, talk about what we can learn from other animals by keeping our human biases in check.” We've attended Nerd Nite, and these lectures can be great for kids who are really interested in science that isn't dumbed down.  But they can  have a bit of unnecessary vulgarity.  If you suspect that might be a problem, my advice is to steer clear.

Christopher Leebrick”, Tuesday, July 1, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Thursday, July 10, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City; Thursday, July 24, 2PM, Banks Library; Friday, July 25, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library; White Salmon, WA and Wednesday, July 30, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Join this talented Oregon storyteller as he brings "An Explosion of Stories" to life with words and instruments.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, July 1, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll.”

Dr. Who Party”, Tuesday, July 1, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6 and up. ““You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” Join other Doctor Who fanatics for activities and snacks!”

The Science of Swordfighting”, Tuesday, July 1, 11AM, Rossman Park, 555 4th St., Lake Oswego; Tuesday, July 1, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, July 19, 11AM, Albina Library. “Presented by Knights of Veritas. “The Science of Swordfighting includes discussion of leverage, geometry, physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real life science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval Knights.”

Teen Anime Club Marathon”, Tuesday, July 1, 3PM, Northwest Library. Grades 6 and up. “An extended time to view, snack and yak about all things anime.”

What’s Inside Your Robot?”, Tuesday, July 1, 2PM, Holgate Library; Monday, July 7, 2PM, Hillsdale Library; Wednesday, July 30. 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Thursday, July 31, 1PM, St. Johns Library. “What makes a robot tick? Here’s a hint: It’s not what you think!” Inspired by Heather Brown’s engaging ‘The Robot Book’, join us for a dynamic, hands-on workshop to assemble and decorate a robot of your own! Our robots will definitely need bolts and screws, gears and gadgets – but they will also need hearts! Young roboticists and their families are invited to participate in a rousing reading of The Robot Book and then draw, paste and decorate your very own moveable paper robot! Facilitated by artist and educator Anya Hankin. All materials provided.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, July 1, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM). “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.”

Concert, “Hungrytown”, Tuesday, July 1, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They have released two highly acclaimed CDs, Hungrytown and Any Forgotten Thing, both of which continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide. Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.”

White Lotus Japanese Club”, Tuesday, July 1, 3:30PM, and Tuesday, July 29, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Grades 6 and up. “If you like anime, manga, or Japanese culture, come on in! We will be drawing, reading, socializing, watching movies, and even cooking Japanese food every now and then. Come and learn more!”

OMSI Presents, “Prehistoric Dinosaurs”, Wednesday, July 2, 11AM, Tualatin Library (Suggested for grades K-3. Preregistration required; register online:; Wednesday, July 16, 10:30AM, La Center Library; Wednesday, July 16, 2PM, Woodland Community Library; and Tuesday, July 22, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Join OMSI educators for an exciting and interactive program all about dinosaurs. Kids will become fossil-digging paleontologists and learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces.”

Lab Rats”, Wednesday, July 2, 3:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Self-guided family science exploration.”

InBeTweens”, Wednesday, July 2, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The True Story of the Three Little Wolves”, Wednesday, July 2, 1PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, July 24, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Thursday, July 24, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Mr. Wolf is having a big bad day. Everyone keeps thinking that he's trying to eat everybody so his three sons must find a way to bring them all together so that they can hear the truth about what happened.”

Curtis Carlyle”, Wednesday, July 2, 10:30AM, Molalla Library. “Seriously funny juggling!”

Alphabeticians Present, “Science is Fun!”, Wednesday, July 2, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Tuesday, July 8, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; Thursday, July 24, 5:30PM, Cedar Mill Library at Bethany; and Tuesday, July 29, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “The Alphabeticians present Science is Fun! Explore the world of science through song with The Alphabeticians, fun music for kids and their grown ups. How can you use science to find a rainbow? What is DNA? Do computers really communicate using only 0's and 1's? What's so special about elephants, giraffes, and extinct aquatic reptiles? These and other scientific topics will be explored through funny lyrics and catchy melodies and 2 part harmonies.”

Rick Meyers Old-Time Music Show”, Wednesday, July 2, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; and Thursday, July 3, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library. “A delightful mix of historical information, playful dialogue, audience participation, and pioneer music played on the banjo, guitar, autoharp, spoons, musical saw, jewsharp, noseflute, limberjack, harmonica, ukulele, washboard, and washtub bass.”

BJ The Clown”, Wednesday, July 2, 11AM, Battle Ground Library; Tuesday, July 8, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Wednesday, July 9, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library, La Center, WA; and Wednesday, July 9, 2PM, Woodland Library, Woodland, WA. “An exciting show with comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy, & audience participation!”

Optics”, Wednesday, July 2, 2PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. “The eyes can play tricks on us. Learn to create your own tricks!”

Author Talk, “Kristin Ohlson”, Wednesday, July 2, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Kristin Ohlson reads from her book, “The Soil Will Save Us”. “Centuries of poor farming, ranching and land practices – especially modern industrial agriculture – have led to the loss of 80 billion tons of carbon from the world’s soil. That carbon, now floating in the atmosphere, continues to overwarm the planet. In this book, a bestselling journalist makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope” – the ancient partnership between plants and soil microorganisms that created our planet and could put that carbon back in the ground. The child of farmers and gardeners, Kristin Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food and environmentalism. In this book, she introduces visionary scientists, farmers, foodies, ranchers and landscapers, whose work shows that the earth can be healed and offers hope for a low-tech solution to such seemingly intractable problems as climate change, air and water pollution, food quality, and even obesity.”

Concert, “CelloBop”, Wednesday, July 2, 2PM, Washougal Library, Washougal, WA; and Thursday, July 17, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Fizz, Boom, Read - CelloBop! Gideon Freudmann brings the cello up to date with his creative use of electronics and tremendously varied musical palette.”

Colors of the Jungle”, Wednesday, July 2, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); Thursday, July 3, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Wednesday, July 9, Gresham Library; Thursday, July 10, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); Saturday, July 12, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Wednesday, July 16, 11AM, Battle Ground Library. “Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! Learn about the natural history of parrots and their behavior in captivity, responsible pet ownership, and why some parrots are now critically endangered.”

Worm Composting with the Zoo Animal Presenters”, Wednesday, July 2, 1PM, Midland Library. “The Oregon Zoo is coming to the library! Join Zoo Presenters in a guided discussion with interactive activities about the worm composting cycle. Study how the composting bin is a natural habitat for worms and how composting impacts with the world.”

Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Wednesday, July 2, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville.. “A hysterical clown show filled with magic, physical comedy, juggling, underpants and dance. Heather Pearl's show is a feat to be marveled at. Her inventiveness and abilities astound and surprise all ages. The show has a variety of juggling, magic, dance -- with Mz. Pearl's character always being the most captivating.”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin! Pop! Boom!”, Wednesday, July 2, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver (programs are held on the lower level in the J C Penny's court); Tuesday, July 8, 1:30PM, Shute Park Amitheatre by the Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Tuesday, July 8, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, WA; Thursday, July 10, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, July 10, 2PM, Banks Library; Saturday, July 12, 11AM, Scappoose Library; Monday, July 14, 10AM, Bethany Fountain at NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx; Tuesday, July 15, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Tuesday, July 22, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Tuesday, July 22, 2:30PM, Vancouver Community Library; Tuesday, July 22, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 23, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx.; Wednesday, July 23, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; Thursday, July 24, 11AM, Garden Home Community Library; Thursday, July 24, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx; Wednesday, July 30, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 30, 11AM, Battle Ground Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “How can you tell when a chemical reaction has occurred? Watch in awe as Mad Scientists create a variety of erupting experiments! Guaranteed to be amazing!”

The Charlie Brown Show”, Wednesday, July 2, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Tuesday, July 15, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Wednesday, July 16, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx; Wednesday, July 16, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; Thursday, July 17, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Monday, July 21, 10AM, Bethany Fountain at NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx; Tuesday, July 22, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Tuesday, July 29, 1:30PM, Shute Park Ampitheatre by the Hillsboro Shute Park Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 2PM, Washougal Library. “Comedy and daring feats of juggling all rolled up into one great big guy, affectionately known as Charlie Brown. Juggling fun for the whole family!”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “You’re Electric”, Wednesday, July 2, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Wednesday, July 9, 2PM, Washougal Library; and Wednesday, July 23, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Suggested for all ages. “A puppet show about the history, science, invention and safety behind electricity. Topics include the light bulb, how batteries work, how to stay safe around electricity, and our own bodies and how they use electrical responses. Features characters like Thomas Edison, Nikolai Tesla, Albert Einstein and more!”

Outdoor Skills”, Wednesdays in July, 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn skills that are useful when hiking, camping and spending time in the great outdoors. Programs are hands-on.” July 2: 10 Essentials of Hiking; July 9 and July 30- Why Knot? Knots That Can Save Your Life, or Are Just Fun; July 16- Dutch Oven Cooking, The Basics; July 23- Introduction to Wilderness Foods,

The Zaniac”, Wednesday, July 2, 2PM, Woodstock Library; and Tuesday, July 8, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Room. “This comedy show features crazy tricks, beat-boxing, dancing, live music looping and audience participation. Alex Zerbe, professional Zaniac, will literally turn your world upside down!”

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

Ugly Dolls”, Wednesday, July 2, 2PM, Tualatin Library (preregistration required; register online:; Thursday, July 10, 3PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Forest Grove Library; Monday, July 14, 2PM, Tigard Library; Cornelius Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St., Cornelius; Wednesday, July 16, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library (preregistration required; register online); Thursday, July 17, 2PM, West Slope Library (preregistration required; call 503-292-6416); Tuesday, July 22, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library (preregistration required; call 503-644-0043); Wednesday, July 23, 2PM, Bethany Village Community Room, 15220 NW Laidlaw Rd., Pdx (preregistration required; call library at 503-617-7323); Thursday, July 24, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library Multipurpose Room (preregistration required; register online); Wednesday, July 30, 3PM, Sherwood Library; and Thursday, July 31, 2PM, Banks Library. Grades 6 and up. “Learn to sew an ugly-doll style plushie of your own design! Your cozy creation can have as many extremities as you see fit. Draw a creature, scale up the drawing using a grid, make a pattern with seam allowance and then hand-sew. Have fun creating a new friend.”

OMSI Presents, “Kiddy Chemistry”, Wednesday, July 2, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “Young scientists will study mixtures and chemical reactions involving changes in color, temperature and states of matter. They’ll watch solutions change right before their eyes!”

“Tween Book Club”, Wednesday, July 2, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 5-8. “Come by the Teen Desk to check out your copy of the latest pick. Then join us for pizza and chat on the first Wednesdays of each month. This month's pick is ‘Wild Born’ by Brandon Mull!” Leave it to the Beaverton Library to redefine “tween” once again…this time to include 14 year olds.

“Storytelling With Jacque”, Thursday, July 3, and Thursday, July 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.”

Lookout Mountain Badger Creek Wilderness Hike”, Thursday, July 3, 8AM-5PM. Moderate, 5-5 miles, 700’ elevation gain. $10 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: “The summit from Lookout Mountain overlooks every Cascade peak from the Three Sisters to Mount Rainier. As you look out over the Badger Creek Wilderness, you'll have one of the most up-close-and-personal views of Mount Hood you've ever had. We'll take a short, relatively easy hike up to the 6,500-foot summit of Lookout Mountain as well as some side trips.”

Science of Music for Kids”, Thursday, July 3, 2PM, Gladstone Library.

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

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up, and Away!”, Thursday, July 3, 11AM,m Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Up, Up and Away -The Mad Scientist will dazzle you with a series of experiments using the awesome power of gas.”

Reading Rangers”, Thursday, July 3, 4PM, Cascade Park Community Library. Suggested for ages 5-8. “Calling all Reading Rangers! Are you too old for storytime? Ready for chapter books? Then grab an adult to join you and come ready to discuss, have fun and make new friends. Pick up your free copy of the book for that month at the Cascade Park library, read it together and come to discuss it and do an activity.”

Multicultural Portland Tour”, Thursday, July 3, Friday, July 4, Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, 3:30PM, meeting at the Know Your City Kiosk in Ankeny Alley, 200 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. $17. Preregistration required; register online: “While today, Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant communities have a rich and storied history. Join us for the only Portland tour to uncover our multicultural past, and learn about the remarkably diverse Old Town/ Chinatown community.”

The Forgotten Front: Labor, Law and Politics in Camas, WA 1916-1920”, Thursday, July 3, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. “CCHM’s very own Brad Richardson will present The Forgotten Front: Labor, Law and Politics in Camas, WA 1916-1920. Brad will explore early 20th century radical politics, labor strife and civic unrest in Camas. Few have heard about this pivotal time in the history of Camas and how it shaped the community.”

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, “Anthony and Cleopatra”, Thursday, July 3, Saturday, July 5, and Friday, July 11, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE 35th Ave. and SE Oak St., Pdx; Sunday, July 6, 6PM, Meinig Memorial Park, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy; Saturday, July 12, 6PM, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy., Marylhurst; and Thursday, July 17, Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19, Thursday, July 24, Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, 7PM, Woodstock Park, SE 47th Ave. and Steele St., Pdx. Free outdoor Shakespeare! “Describing the play as a culture clashing, political love story, director Elizabeth Huffman draws on her Arabic roots, her lifelong fascination with Roman history and an avid interest in today’s multicultural landscape to examine Shakespeare’s most complex adult love story. For this production she weaves together elements of three periods of time: the ancient world of the play, the Shakespearean world that it was written in, and the modern world that we live in now to illuminate the themes and questions embedded in the play: What happens when two powerful rulers from vastly different cultures, ideologies and political agendas dare to fall in love? Is it romantic destiny or political suicide? Have we changed the way we deal with that question today? Featuring live Arabic and contemporary music, an outstanding international cast, a mystical Soothsayer, additional text from Kahil Gibran and John Dryden’s play All for Love, combined with a stellar design team and a beautiful evening setting in the park, we are excited to share this unique production with you.”

Found Object Sculptures”, Thursday, July 3, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library; Saturday, July 5, 2PM, Albina Library; and Thursday, July 17, 3PM, Northwest Library. “Join in the fun of creating your own found-object sculpture! In this workshop, children ages 4-12 will explore a variety of found and recycled objects as they invent their own unique sculpture. Puppetkabob will show participants how to modify home utensils, party decorations and toys by transforming these ordinary objects into extraordinary pieces of art!”

Origami”, Thursday, July 3, 2PM, West Linn Library. Grades 6-12. “Kindle your creativity with Origami taught by Yuki Martin!”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “The Taming of the Shrew”, Thursday, July 3, 6PM, Arnold Park, 4255 SW 182nd Ave., Aloha; Sunday, July 6, 2PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and Yamhill St., Pdx; Sunday, July 13, 2PM, Irving Park, NE Fremont St. at 7th Ave., Pdx; and Sunday, July 20, 2PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Oak St., Pdx. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Thursday, July 3, 3PM, Belmont Library. Free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM. “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as ‘Loop de Loo,’ ‘Miss Mary Mac,’ ‘Ham Bone’ and ‘Shortnin’ Bread.’ Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Civil War Battle Reenactments”, Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 9AM-4PM, Willamette Mission State Park, Keizer, OR. Adults $8, students and seniors $5 and free for kids 4 and under. “Civil War reenactment and living history, open to the public. Includes 2 battle enactments daily, military and civilian encampments, and living history demonstrations throughout the day. This year marks the 24th annual event at Willamette Mission State Park. Approximately 1,000 reenactors are expected, who will demonstrate the living and fighting conditions of the early 1860's.” Complete details and schedule here:

Cougars- Our Secretive Neighbors”, Friday, July 4, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Most of us will never actually see a cougar in the wild because they are extremely shy and secretive. Even though we don’t see them, we can still get to know these powerful predators. Come enjoy interesting pictures, facts, and stories about the largest members of the cat family in Oregon.”

12th Annual Berry Festival”, Friday, July 4, 11AM-4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro. “Join us for our annual 4th of July celebration highlighting our bountiful harvest of fresh berries! Enjoy family activities, great food and live entertainment all day long!”

Fire Lookouts: Alone in the Strike Zone”, Friday, July 4, 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Who would want to live alone, miles and miles from their closest neighbor? Join a guide to take a journey through history and discover the dangers that fire lookout men and women faced living high above the canopy. Hear the stories of these brave individuals and see the equipment used on the front lines of fire detection.”

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

Gearcon”, Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6, Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Pdx.  Steampunk convention! “The public may attend each night’s entertainment for a basic cover charge ($7 - $10); day passes may be purchased ($25 Fri and Sun / $30 Sat) which allow access to the convention during the day as well as the night’s entertainment; or a 3-day weekend pass ($55) gives complete access to the convention. Tickets and details at The huge 3-day event promises a vast celebration of alternate-Industrial-Age science fiction and fantasy, neo-Victorian creativity, and miscellaneous bohemian anachronism from the Regency through the Great War. For four years now, GEAR Con (The Gaslight Explorers, Adventurers, and Romantics Convention) has been a nexus of the Steampunk movement, with three days of art salons, makers' workshops, an RC airship build competition, tabletop gaming, a Victorian martial arts symposium, a Steampunk fashion show, a marionette theater, tesla coil demonstrations, artisan vendors, and uniquely thrilling retro-futurist entertainment with a wealth of live music every night. And with Seattle’s annual SteamCon having retired, it means that Portland’s GEAR Con is THE place for all things Steampunk in the Pacific Northwest, with capacity crowds expected this year.”

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in July, 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.”

Plants of Native Americans Guided Tour”, Saturday, July 5, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Join a volunteer tour guide for an informative guided tour of the arboretum that highlights the plants of Native Americans.”

Tour the Armory”, Saturday, July 5 and Saturday, July 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.”

Salmon in our Streams”, Saturday, July 5, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Tillamook State Forest. The Oregon Department of Forestry is working hard to make rivers, like the Wilson, friendly for native fish. Join us to learn about Coho, and other salmon species that frequent our streams and rivers. We will explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and how the ODF is managing our forests to protect salmon populations.”

DIY PDX Tour”, Saturday, July 5, Sunday, July 6, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, 3:30PM, departing from the Know Your City kiosk at 200 SW Ankeny St. $17. Preregistration required; register online: “Sick of big box stores and corporate chains? Welcome to Portland, OR, USA – home to all things independent! This walking tour is designed for those seeking to connect with the true, homespun culture of the city (which can sometimes be tough to find as a visitor). Our two-hour walking tour includes: the history of Portland’s unique food cart phenomena, a look at Portland’s burgeoning music and literary scenes and its independent businesses, a visit to a craft brewery that has been in business for 20 years, a local roaster that transports its coffee only by bicycle – of course! Along the way, we’ll meet with some of the personalities that contribute to Portland’s artisan and DIY culture, and we’ll also explore some of the key policies that help foster these independent business. DIY PDX introduces tour-goers to our grassroots culture that embraces local self-reliance and sustainable living – and that defines Portland’s independent ethos. “

Creature Cabins”, Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 1:30PM, “Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Many animals make themselves at home in the Tillamook State Forest. They occupy nests, holes, dens and more. Come to a family-friendly talk to learn about the special places where animals live.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Henry IV Part 1”, Saturday, July 5, 7PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and Yamhill St.; Saturday, July 12, 7PM, Irving Park, NE Fremont St. and 7th Ave., Pdx; and Saturday, July 26, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

USS Tahoma, Shore Party”, Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6, Ft. Stevens State Park. “Period living history display of life as a sailor for the Union Navy of the Civil War period. Live cannon and rifle demonstrations throughout the day. Walk through the 'land ship' display.”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, July 5, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket, limit 2 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants will look for clues in the squid anatomy to figure out how these animals live.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in July, 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.” July 5- Plant Walk and Talk; July 12- Trees of Tryon Creek; July 19- Fish of Tryon Creek; July 26- How’s the Water? Tryon Creek and Its Watershed.

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays in July plus Sunday, July 27, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge and patch! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.” Saturday, July 5- Legends of the Great Northwest; July 12- Animal Detectives; July 19- Wild Careers- Be A Wildlife Biologist!; July 26- Magnificent Mammals; July 27- Banana Slug Sundaes!

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle admission. “Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil, and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find ‘fossils’ in the ground, make a soil superhero bookmark or create other cool soil crafts. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Naturalist in the Park”, Sunday, July 6, 10AM and 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx; Sunday, July 13, 10AM and 1PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville; Free. All ages. No preregistration. “Join Metro naturalist Alice Froehlich for a walk outside. Guided walks leave the parking area at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The easy walk will take in all of the sights and sounds of the special landscape. Learn about what plants and animals live in our urban wild places.”

Nature’s Yucky!”, Sunday, July 6, 11:30AM, “Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Did you know that salmon rot while they are still alive? That turkey vultures poop on their feet? Or that honey is actually bee barf? Several wild animals of the Tillamook Forest often have icky and gross behaviors, but for good reasons. Join us for program filled with ‘eeewwws’ and ‘aahhhs’ as we discover that nature can be disgusting, but also beautiful.”

Oregon’s Wild Justice”, Sunday, July 6 and Friday, July 11, 7PM, Fort Stevens State Park Ampitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “State Trooper Dave Herman will talk about how the Oregon State Police protect fish and wildlife from criminals. Meet ‘Scruffy’ OSP's deer decoy.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays through October 26, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. “The train park was founded in 1954 by Harry Harvey, who had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains. When he died he left the park, then just one acre, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion.

 Today the park features 3,800 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area, Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

Junior Ranger Roving Program”, Sunday July 6, 13 and 20, 11AM-4PM (drop in anytime between these hours), Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate.” July 6- Choose Your Adventure Legends of Tryon; July 13- Art Walk: What’s a Watershed?; July 20- Scavenger Hunt: Native and Invasive Plants of Tryon.

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, July 6, 5:15PM- 7:15PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “On the first Sunday of every month DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour”, Sunday, July 6, 1PM, Meeting at the Spring Water Corridor entrance to Main City Park, Gresham. Donations requested. “Join us for a walk through history as we wind our way through Gresham's Pioneer Cemeteries. We'll visit some of Gresham's historically significant graves and learn a little about the lives of those within them.”

Forensic Fun!”, Monday, July 7, 2PM, West Linn Library (preregistration required; call 503-656- 7853 x4); Saturday, July 12, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM); Monday, July 14, 2PM, Midland Library (preregistration required; register online:; Saturday, July 19, 3PM, Northwest Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Wednesday, July 23, 4PM, Kenton Library (preregistration required; register online: “Become a science detective! Collect important evidence, from fingerprints and fibers to spatters and handwriting samples. Use chemistry to crack the case, then take supplies home to show your friends!”

The Inevitable Robot Uprising”, Monday, July 7, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Daniel H. Wilson, PhD, author and robotics engineer. “Robots and their precursors have been terrifying audiences for more than a hundred years. Flappers and prohibitionists raved about R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), a play produced in 1921 in which the word “robot” first appeared. To this day, robots are relentlessly chasing the remnants of our civilization through outer space, leaping back through time in order to murder our ancestors, and patiently drilling through the planet’s crust to kill us in our underground rave dens. In this talk, author and former roboticist Daniel H. Wilson will straddle the line between fact and fiction, examining why we love to hate fictional robots as well as considering the latest advances in the field and their likely real-world impact on humanity.”

Red Yarn Presents, “Deep Woods Naturalist”, Monday, July 7, 10AM, Cedar Mill Bethany Library; Tuesday, July 8, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Sholls Library; Tuesday, July 8, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Wednesday, July 9, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx.; Thursday, July 10, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Saturday, July 12, 11AM, Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St., Gresham; Tuesday, July 15, 1:30PM, Shute Park Ampitheatre by the Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin; Wednesday, July 16, 10:30AM, Molalla Library; Wednesday, July 16, 1:30PM, Estacada Library, Flora Room; Thursday, July 17, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, July 17, 2PM, Banks Library; Tuesday, July 22, 4PM, Tigard Library; Wednesday, July 23, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 23, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Monday, July 28, 2PM, Midland Library; Tuesday, July 29, 3PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, July 29, 3PM, Troutdale Library; Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Garden Home Library; and Thursday, July 31, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St, Pdx. “Calling all naturalists! Sing, dance and laugh along with Red Yarn and his lovable critters as they take you on a scientific journey into the Deep Woods.”

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

Lego Contest”, Monday, July 7, 2PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate LEGOs® with building contests, games, and more! Two chances to win: the build-it-at-home contest or the build-it-here contest. Bring your own creation from home and have your peers choose the best creation! No entries bigger than 14” x 14” x 18” please.”

Ranger Led Archaeology Tours”, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 7 through August 15, 10AM-11:30AM, Champoeg State Park, meeting at the Town Site Trailhead Parking Lot. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Have you ever seen an active archaeology dig in person? Well now is your chance! During July and August 2014, Champoeg visitors will have the opportunity to tour the excavations at the Robert Newell dig site where Oregon State University holds its annual summer archaeology field school. Watch archaeology students excavate, recover, clean and catalog artifacts that help tell the story of early settlement of one of Oregon’s pioneering communities and a thriving commercial hub.” We’ve been to see the summer archeology school in action twice at two different locations, and it’s really not to be missed if your family has any interest in archaeology.

Beverly Cleary's Neighborhood”, Monday, July 7, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. “Award-winning children’s book author Beverly Cleary is well known in Portland where many of her books are set in the neighborhoods of Northeast Portland. Her characters, such as Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Risby, are beloved by audiences around the world. In this OE Literary History Night, Eric A. Kimmel, distinguished Oregon children’s book author, and Sybilla Cook, author of Walking Portland, will present on Cleary’s literary career and show photographs of the places important in her life and in her books. The thrill for Portlanders is realizing that these famous books are not based on a generic town—if you know Cleary’s neighborhood, it is not hard to spot where the episodes in the stories took place.” Parking is difficult in the Pearl and this venue has limited seating, so getting there early is good!

Evergreen Aviation Presents, “Rocketry”, Tuesday, July 8, 12:30PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 2-12. Preregistration required; register online: “This cross curricular activity will allow students to gain an understanding of how objects move (based on air flight and space). Students will shoot off air-propelled paper rockets after the Evergreen Museum Educator shows how rockets work and demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion. The hour includes a presentation and hands-on demonstration.”

Pink Pig Puppet Theatre”, Tuesday, July 8, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Tuesday, July 15, 10:15 AM, Forest Grove Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for ages 3-8. “Join us for some silly stories and adorable puppets.”

Introduction to Genealogy”, Tuesday, July 8, 8PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway, Beaverton. $2 suggested donation. “Learn how to get started finding your ancestors and their family stories. Nanci Remington, from the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, will help you create a chart going back a few generations. We will look at the best sources to learn more, and talk about some ways to share what you find with the rest of your family.”

Author Talk, “Cory Doctorow”, Tuesday, July 8, 7PM, Beaverton Library; Wednesday, July 9, 7PM, Tigard Library; and Thursday, July 10, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join your friends and neighbors for a stimulating evening with author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow, author of the bestselling YA novel ‘Little Brother’. Cory will be speaking about how technology and politics affect our lives as readers and as citizens. Afterward, Cory will answer questions from the audience and sign books. Jacobsen’s Books will be selling books at the event.”

Art ala Carte”, Tuesday, July 8, 2:30PM, Northwest Library; Friday, July 11, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Wednesday, July 16, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Friday, July 18, 2PM, Troutdale Library; and Thursday, July 24, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Art ala Carte turned restaurant salad bars into art bars for an ‘all you can make’ art experience. Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of seemingly endless supplies: everything from pom-poms, feathers and glitter, to bottle caps, CDs and army men. Kids create at their own pace as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces.”

Felted Robots”, Tuesday, July 8, 2PM, Albina Library. Grades 6 and up. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Felt a robot companion of your own design using a felting needle and raw wool. The sculptural process of needle felting is fun to learn and robots are the perfect canvas for experimentation in felt. This is a great first project for beginners and intermediate felters will pick up some tips, too.”

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebration”, Tuesday, July 8, 5PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Saturday, July 12, 3PM, Hillsdale Library; and Tuesday, July 15, 6:30PM, Albina Library. “Celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work! Three professional actors will provide an entertaining and informative orientation into who Shakespeare was, interspersed with performances of some of the Bard's best-loved plays and sonnets, as well as musical selections. The cast includes current members and the director of Portland Actors Ensemble's upcoming production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’, a free Shakespeare in the Parks show set for summer 2014. Cast members' professional background includes performing Shakespearean roles on Broadway, London's West End, Paris, regional Shakespearean Festivals, musical performances at Carnegie Hall, Preservation Hall and traditional Jazz festivals, as well as many local theatrical and musical productions.”

Composting Basics”, Tuesday, July 8, 6PM, Yacolt Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt. Free. “Want to turn your household waste into something useful? Come learn how to use your yard and kitchen waste to create rich, healthy soil. This one hour workshop hosted by a Master Composter will teach you all the basics you need to know to get started!”

The ‘Tween Scene! Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, July 8, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call Holly 360-906-4790. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 and a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. Come to the library to pick up a copy of the book of the month which is yours to keep.”

OMSI Presents, “Earth in Motion”, Wednesday, July 9, 2PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853. “Become earthquake experts and study the tectonic forces that trigger quakes!”

Experience Wednesdays”, Wednesdays beginning July 9 through August 20, 1PM-3PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Admission $6 adults and $4 youth, seniors, students and active military. Suggested for ages 7-11. “Youth visitors can experience the Museum’s exhibits in a new way this summer by getting hands-on at the Museum! Participants will receive a passport to guide them through activity stations. Activities will focus on a new exhibit each Wednesday.” July 9- Silicon Forest; July 16- Quilts; July 23- This Kalapuya Land; July 30- Washington County Museum in a Nutshell.  Good descriptions of the activities in each program on their website: The Washington County Museum's programs that we've been to have been surprisingly good.

Here Comes Everybody Presents, “The Play’s the Thing”, Wednesday, July 9, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. Songwriter musicians Michael Jarmer and Rene Ormae-Jarmer draw from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, setting the Bard’s words to rock music. Steve Hale plays bass. Unique Literary Elements indeed!”

Willamette Park Community Paddle”, Wednesday, July 9, 9AM, Willamette Park, SW Macadam Ave. and SW Nebraska St., Pdx. Free. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership invites you to join us on our canoes this summer! Come aboard and help paddle our 34-foot, 16-passenger canoes, led by Estuary Partnership Educators. Enjoy the wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective. No paddling experience is necessary. All ages 5 and up welcome. Big canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided by the Estuary Partnership.”

Nerd Nite: Try This at Home- Science Experiments Using Stuff You Already Own”, Wednesday, July 9, 7PM, Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door.  We've been to Nerd Nite events before, and while they can be great ways for your kid to learn about science without the lesson being dumbed down, they can be a bit vulgar.  Pass on it if that's a concern. “Science demonstrations are a good way to learn about and explain how scientific processes work, but doing them can also be a lot of fun and make you look really cool. Graduate students Katie Payne, Nicholas Day, Justin Dunlap, Elliot Mylott and other members of PSU’s Science Outreach Society will show us how to make some of your household items fluoresce, how to make color changing dyes, and how to make plastic wrap out of your old CDs. Come check out some of the cheapest and readily accessible demos that can help you not only sound smart, but look smart too.”

Rick Huddle Presents, “Pirates Have Feelings, Too”, Wednesday, July 9, 1:30PM, Estacada Library, Flora Room; Monday, July 28, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx; Tuesday, July 29, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Tuesday, July 29, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 NW Nyberg St., Tualatin; and Wednesday, July 30, 10AM, St. Pius X Community Center, 1260 NW Saltzman Rd., Pdx. “Set off on a pirate ship with comedian-musician Rick Huddle and get marooned on a desert island. Free and all ages.”

Sunset Walk at Smith and Bybee”, Wednesday, July 9, 7PM, 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: “Just as the sun sets is when many animals wake up and become active. Exploring the outdoors at sunset is a great way to end a long summer day. If you are lucky you may see bats, hear owls and perhaps catch a glimpse of a beaver or coyote.”

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Presents, “Fantastic Flight”, Wednesday, July 9, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver (programs are held on the lower level in the J C Penny's court); and Thursday, July 10, 2PM, Green Mountain Library Express, 13105 NE Grinnell Rd., Woodland, WA. “Have you ever asked yourself just how does an airplane fly? Have you ever wondered about the courage of the early aviators who flew planes made of wood and cloth? Through demonstrations, these and all of your other questions about flight will be answered.”

Tears of Joy Presents, “Papagayo”, Wednesday, July 9, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the daytime slumber of the Animales De La Noche. But when the Ancient Moon Dog wakes up, and starts to eat the moon, the Night Animals are too afraid to do anything. Only Papagayo knows what to do. The Night Animals learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Fun and interactive, this bilingual one person show brings the Guatemalan jungle to life with brightly colored puppets. Join us as we sing, hoot, croak, crow, and work together to scare away the Moon Dog!”

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays, July 9 through August 27, 11AM-2PM, with a free performance at 12PM, SW Main St. at SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Every summer, the streets of downtown Portland become a popular destination for locals, including downtown-area workers, tourists and residents. One reason for the increased foot-traffic is the free Summer Arts on Main Street series produced by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. The series, presented every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the months of July and August, includes free music (and other miscellaneous) performances, children’s activities and outdoor booths featuring local artisans selling handmade crafts. Begun in 2004 the event has evolved into a rite of summer for downtown Portlanders, offering a wide range of family-friendly activities along Main Street between SW Broadway & Park Avenue. Adjacent to the Portland Farmers Market on the South Park Blocks and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Summer Arts on Main Street has helped transform this swathe of downtown into one of the most visible, heavily trafficked areas of the city.” See the complete schedule of bands here:

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

OMSI Presents, “3-2-1 Blast-Off”, Wednesday, July 9, 4PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853. “Count down to adventure with real rockets!”

Building Boundaries: Surveying and Land Claims in the Oregon”, Wednesday, July 9, 6PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Historian Jim Tompkins will explain the process of how land was surveyed, mapped and claimed in the Oregon Territory. Join us for the opening of the new exhibit in the Murdock Gallery - Building Boundaries: Surveying and Land Claims in the Oregon Territory.”

Aaron Wheeler-Kay”, Wednesday, July 9, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; and Thursday, July 10, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Get your toes tapping and hands clapping as Aaron brings his high energy antics to show how your body can make music.”

Teen Mechanipults”, Wednesday, July 9, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Build your way to tabletop destruction and office supply victory in the library! Compete in teams of three to construct catapults, slings, and other instruments of miniature warfare out of popsicle sticks, soup cans, shoe boxes, and more. Follow a guide for one of six designs or build your own weapon of marshmallow destruction.”

Concert, “Nancy Stewart”, Wednesday, July 9, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Sing a Song of Science! Join national award-winning children's singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for a fun-filled concert.”

Kid Lit Book Club”, Wednesday, July 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: ‘The Boxcar Children’ by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.”

World Cup, World Music”, Wednesday, July 9, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library; and Tuesday, July 22, 1PM, Holgate Library. “Brazil is known for lots of things, but soccer and samba are two of the biggest! Learn how music and soccer have helped shape Brazil into the country that it is today. This all-age interactive program will highlight different styles of music, in which participants will learn about and play percussion instruments and celebrate the return of the World Cup Soccer Tournament to Brazil this summer!”

The Bug Chicks”, Wednesday, July 9, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Friday, July 11, 2PM, Troutdale Library, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); Tuesday, July 15, 3PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Friday, July 18, 11AM, Canby Library; Tuesday, July 29, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 2PM, Woodstock Library. “You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!” Highly recommended!

Science in the Park”, Wednesdays July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 11AM-1PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. “Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.” July 9- Love Your Trees; July 16- Wonderful Washington; July 23- Winter in Summer; July 30- Those Amazing Plants.

Evergreen Aviation Museum Presents, “Journey Through the Water Cycle”, Wednesday, July 9, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “Join us for some hands-on experiments and learn about the water cycle!”

Club Improv for Teens”, Wednesday, July 9, 4:30PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 6-12. “Let go. Have fun. Laugh out loud. If you are interested in drama and acting, or just like performing, this club is for you. No experience required.”

Screening, “The Longest Journey”, Congregation Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Pdx. $10. “On July 23, 1944, the Nazis deported nearly the entire Jewish population of Rhodes, while the Italian authorities who had governed the island from 1912 until 1943 idly stood by. It was late in the War and the German defeat seemed imminent, yet the Nazi commanders did not hesitate to inflict this long and harrowing journey from the Mediterranean island to Auschwitz upon the small Jewish community. In its entirety, the journey took twenty-four days and claimed the lives of many. The Longest Journey – The Last Days of the Jews of Rhodes is a powerful cinematic tribute to a lost world. Weaving together the moving testimonies of Stella Levi, Sami Mondiano, and Albert Israel, Italian director Ruggero Gabbai brings these survivors back to Rhodes from their newfound homes in the US and Europe. Through their stories, we experience what was once a unique and vibrant community - family and communal celebrations, interactions with the Greek, Turkish, and Italian communities, cultural transitions, as well as the last days of Jewish life. Rhodes unfolds as a sort of paradise lost. As Ruggero Gabbai’s starkly beautiful cinematography reminds us, you can never go home again. Runtime: 50 minutes. There will be time after the movie for the audience to discuss the film.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Wednesday, July 9, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville.; Wednesday, July 23, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library; and Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. Presented by Angel Ocasio. “This very funny and whacky show brings a comedy twist to juggling, object balancing and magic tricks.”

Birding at Bowell Butte”, Wednesday, July 9, 7AM, Powell Butte Nature Park, Pdx. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano for a walk exploring the unique habitats of Powell Butte. This is our annual Lazuli Bunting viewing trip. Meet at the parking lot at the top of the butte. The park entrance is SE 162nd Ave off Powell Blvd.”

Science Crafts”, Thursday, July 10, 2PM, West Slope Library. “Drop in to exercise both the left and right sides of your brain by doing some fun crafts that use science.”

Eagle Creek Hike”, Thursday, July 10, 9AM-5PM, Columbia River Gorge. Moderate, 4.5 miles, 600’ elevation gain. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Eagle Creek is one of the most well-known and well-used trails in the Columbia Gorge - and for good reason. With spawning salmon in the fall, breathtaking waterfalls year round, and wildflowers aplenty in the spring, the Eagle Creek trail is an Oregon gem. Join Oregon Wild's Bridget Callahan for a hike to Punchbowl Falls along Eagle Creek and get to know this beautiful area.”

“Let's Talk Trash with ‘Garbology’ author Ed Humes”; Thursday, July 10, 7PM, Portland State University, Hoffman Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. “In his book, ‘Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash,’ Pulitzer Prize–winning author Edward Humes investigates the trail of that 102 tons of trash—what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Along the way, he introduces a collection of garbage denizens unlike anyone you’ve ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles’ immense Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists in residence at San Francisco’s dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar. On July 10, Humes will join local trash experts from Portland State University and Metro for one night of serious trash talking.”

Slightly Illusional Magic”, Thursday, July 10, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Magician Curt Nelson.

Author Talk, “Yoram Bauman”, Thursday, July 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Yoram Bauman introduces, “The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change”. “Climate change is no laughing matter—but maybe it should be. The topic is so critical that everyone, from students to policy-makers to voters, needs a quick and easy guide to the basics. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts. ‘Stand-up economist’ Yoram Bauman and award-winning illustrator Grady Klein have created the funniest overview of climate science, predictions, and policy that you’ll ever read. You’ll giggle, but you’ll also learn—about everything from Milankovitch cycles to carbon taxes.”

Teen Candle Making”, Thursday, July 10, 3PM, Molalla Library Conference Room. Grades 6-12. “Come in and create a gel candle.”

Archaeology Speaker Series”, Thursdays July 10 through July 31, 7PM, Pearson Air Museum, Tex Ranklin Theater, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and its affiliated areas embody a rich and diverse history. The fort's unique setting provides its visitors with a feeling and presence that tie the past to the present. The lectures in this series explore topics in history, archaeology, and the heritage of Fort Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. Ranging from studies on the diverse people of the fur trade era, to the American soldiers and families of Vancouver Barracks, to the 20th century stories of aviation and World War I, these lectures will educate, illuminate, and spark the imagination.” July 10- Robert J. Cromwell, “Comparing the Fur Trade Ceramics of Chinookan and Early-19th Century Fur Trade Sites Along the Columbia River”; July 17- Megan Lickliter-Mundon: "Current Trends in Aviation Archaeology: What's going on in the field and where is it taking us?”, July 24- Gerald W. Williams: “World War I in the Pacific Northwest”; July 31: Beth Horton: ’The rules of good breeding must be punctiliously observed: Military Families at Mid-19th Century Fort Vancouver”. Lots more details here:

Author Talk, “Barney Blalock”, Thursday, July 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Barney Blalock discusses his book, “The Oregon Shanghaiers”. “In the hardscrabble early days of Portland's seaport, ‘shanghaiing’ or ‘crimping’ ran rampant. The proprietors of crooked saloons and sailors' boardinghouses coerced unwitting patrons to work on commercial ships. Shanghaiers like James Turk, Bunko Kelley and Billy Smith unashamedly forced men into service and stole the wages of their victims. By the 1890s, these shanghaiers had become powerful enough to influence the politics of Astoria and Portland, charging sea captains outrageous fees for unskilled laborers and shaping maritime trade around a merciless black market. For nearly a century, the exploits of these notorious crimpers have existed mainly in lore. Now historian Barney Blalock offers a lively and meticulously researched account of these colorful and corrupt men, revealing an authentic account of Oregon's malicious maritime legends.”

Marion County Fair”, Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem.

Lombardi Trophy at the Oregon Historical Society”, Thursday, July 10, 2PM-6PM, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “For one day only, the Oregon Historical Society will play host to the prized Lombardi Trophy. Most recently awarded to Super Bowl XLVIII champions the Seattle Seahawks, the Lombardi Trophy will be on display in the OHS Pavilion for four hours on July 10. The trophy was first awarded in 1967 to the Green Bay Packers, and was renamed in 1970 in honor of the legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The trophy has been made each year by Tiffany and Company, and unlike other athletic trophies the Lombardi is remade each year and presented permanently to the winning team. Take your photo with the Seahawks first Lombardi trophy, listen to a performance by the Blue Thunder drumline, and visit with Sea Gals as this historic sporting event!”

Family Campfire Adventures- Animal Feet”, Thursday, July 10, and Thursday, July 24, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5-12 with an adult. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover paws with claws, webbed flippers, hooves, and feet that can detect smells. Bring your family for a guided hike through the forest as we discover the awesome variety of animal adaptations we find in Tryon Creek. We’ll examine all sorts of freaky tongues, feet for movement, and ears for hearing. After our hike we’ll roast s’mores over a campfire while we play games and share stories. “

Bend Magic”, Thursday, July 10, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver; Saturday, July 12, 1PM, North Bonneville Library; and Tuesday, July 29, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Fizz, Boom, Read! The magic of science with gravity defying experiments, fun with dry ice, interesting facts and incredible magic combine for a fun-filled experience!”

Mad Science Presents, “What Do You Know About H2O?” Thursday, July 10, 2PM, North Portland Library (suggested for grades 3-6); and Friday, July 25, 3PM, Goldendale Library. “Did you know that of the vast amount of water on our planet, only one percent is fresh and drinkable? Did you know that a silent toilet leak can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month? Come and shake it up with the Mad Scientist as you learn all about the amazing attributes of water while focusing on the importance of conserving this precious resource!”

Oregon Children’s Theater Presents “Smarty Pants”, Thursday, July 10, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Wednesday, July 16, 3PM, Cornelius Library; “Eating well…saving energy…bike safety. It doesn’t exactly sound like summer vacation, but kids all over Portland are laughing, learning, and earning the title ‘Smarty Pants,’ with the Smarty Pants traveling game show. Surrounded by fast food, bombarded with messages encouraging us to buy more stuff, living in a world where everything seems to be designed to be disposable, the choices that lead to a healthy life can get awfully confusing. Smarty Pants is the free roving arm of the Educational Theatre Program (ETP)—a partnership with Kaiser Permanente. It gives audiences of all ages a chance to test their knowledge and learn new information about how to make healthy choices. And kids are eating it up!”

Teen Maker Space”, Thursday, July 10, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. “Drop in to make your very own unique creation with random supplies provided – you imagine it, you make it.”

Engineering Simple Machines”, Thursday, July 10, 3PM, Northwest Library. Suggested for grade 2 and up. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Ever hear of Rube Goldberg who over-engineered a contraption to perform a simple task? Students gain hands-on engineering experience as they work in a small team to design and build quirky contraptions out of everyday materials to solve simple problems.”

Farm Discovery Exhibit”, Thursday, July 10, 10AM- 2PM, Lake Oswego Library; and Friday, July 11, 10AM-2PM, Molalla Library. “GeerCrest Farm will be here with interactive exhibits that teach kids about what animals eat, planting vegetables and more information about organic farming.”

Getting Into College: Understanding the SAT/ACT and College Admissions Process”, Thursday, July 10, 3:30PM, North Portland Library; and Thursday, July 10. 6:30PM, Midland Library. “What parents and students need to know about the SAT/ACT tests and college admissions! Who should take the SAT/ACT, when, and why?
 What does the SAT/ACT measure?
 How are SAT/ACT scores used for admissions and in financial aid decisions?
 How do you find colleges that are right for you?
 What do colleges look for in applicants?
 What are the essential elements of an effective college application essay? Bob Alexander, a nationally recognized SAT/ACT test preparation expert and Dr. Sharon Alexander, an acclaimed college admissions coach, will be our guest speakers. Their publications, web site, and courses have helped thousands of students throughout the United States. Their students have been accepted at and graduated from many top state and national universities.”

Paradise of Samoa”, Thursday, July 10, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver; Friday, July 11, 11AM, Daubenspeck Park, Willow St., Bingen, WA; Tuesday, July 15, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library; Thursday, July 24, 2PM, Stevenson Library; and Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Traditional dances from around the Pacific Islands including Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Rarotonga.”

Origami”, Thursday, July 10, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Learn the art of origami folding during this fun afternoon program for school-age children.”

Discussion Junction for Ages 8-11”, Thursday, July 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.”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Thursday, July 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 we’re reading ‘Precious Bones’ by Mika Ashley-Hollinger. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.”

Book Group for Ages 12-14”, Thursday, July 10, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Grab a book on this month's topic and join us for snacks and a discussion! Parent attendance is optional. This month we’re reading ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness.”

Nature Mobile: Amazing Mammals”, Friday, July 11, 9:30AM-11:30AM, by the West Slope Library, near the entrance to the Community Garden on the grounds of Raleigh Park Elementary School. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “The Nature Park Interpretive Center Nature Mobile brings a special program to the library, all about amazing mammals! This program includes fun and educational hands-on activities that will demonstrate what mammals are, help you to identify mammals' characteristics, and help you to determine whether a mammal is a prey or a predator.”

Fort Vancouver Tapestry Exhibit”, Friday, July 11, 5PM-9PM, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 9AM-6PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “On display over the weekend: The Fort Vancouver Tapestry, a 108 feet long textile narrative of the history of Clark County, Washington. The Fort Vancouver Tapestry is more than a visual interpretation of a single place across time. It is a celebration that the history and growth of the American West is embodied in this unique place, our homeland on the banks of the mighty Columbia.”

Mo Phillips”, Friday, July 11, 4PM, North Bonneville Community Library. “High energy music show with a lot of dancing, movement and imagination. A ‘Fizz, Boom, Read!’ song will be created by the audience.”

Downtown Walking Tours”, Fridays July 11, 18, and 25 at 12PM and Saturdays July 12, 19 and 26 at 9AM, various venues in Vancouver. $7 with discounted passes for 6 or 13 tours. Preregistration required; call 360-993-5679. July 11 and 19-Centennial Spread; July 12 and 18- Society Suburbia; July 25- Working Suburbia; and July 26- Hudson’s Bay Promenade.

Create Your Own Graphic Novel”, Friday, July 11, 6PM, Washougal Library. “Enjoy an anime movie and snacks while you create your own graphic novel. Instructions and all supplies provided.”

Gem Faire”, Friday, July 11, 12PM -6PM, Saturday, July 13, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, July 14 10AM- 5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 weekend pass for those over age 12, under 12 free, 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: This is mostly beads, but there are always rocks, crystals, and fossils of interest to rockhounds as well. If you go once and give them your address, they will send you free admission coupons for future Gem Faires.

Family Clay Nights”, Fridays through August 22, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. $20 per session for adult and child pair, $10 for each additional family member. Pay at MAC office before attending. “Come as a family and play with clay! Includes glazes, firings, and 5 lbs. of clay. Use of potter’s wheel by instructor approval only.”

South in the North”, Friday, July 11, 3PM, Goldendale Library. “High energy music from Ancient Mexico and South America create a unique experience. Samuel plays multi-instruments exploring the Mesoamerican music and culture through the creation of clay flutes to recreate the sounds of the past.”

Concert, “Bossamba”, Friday, July 11, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library Community Room. “Wrap up The World Cup with the Brazilian rhythms of Ronnie Robins. His music is described as ‘personal, poignant, and poetic, with a sophisticated pop groove that will move your heart, mind and hips.”

Machine Shop”, Saturday, July 12, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. “Explore, experiment and build projects with simple machines. Make a pinwheel! Hoist your own flag! See what else you can do with wedges, wheels, pulleys and more!”

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

Polish Festival Seattle”, Saturday, July 12, 12PM-8PM, Seattle Center Armory, Center House Main Floor, Mural Ampitheater, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. “Come explore and experience Polish culture and traditions through live music, dance performances, workshops, exhibits and children’s activities. The merchandise marketplace will showcase Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, traditional folk costumes, amber jewelry, crystal, and cut-out paper art, as well as information about the local Polish-American community and travel to Poland for business and pleasure. The beer garden will be well stocked with a variety of imported Polish beer, and food vendors will serve plenty of delicious Polish food. New this year will be an introduction to the cultural traditions of “Pomorze and Kaszuby” from northern Poland’s region. The festival will also showcase traditional passions in Poland that have been continued for generations. Through presentations and sample tasting visitors will learn about honey making and its many uses, mushroom gathering with its special role in traditional dishes, and enjoy sampling of authentic Polish sausage. For nearly a century, the vibrant Polish-American community has been active locally and is proud to participate in Festal to present Polish culture and traditions at the Seattle Center. ‘Zapraszamy!’ Please join us!”

Nature Prints”, Saturday, July 12, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations: Nature Prints. “Learn how to use nature's bounty to create unique and delicate images.”

Ancient Cataclysmic Floods In The Pacific Northwest”, Saturday, July 12, 1PM, Hood River County Library, Upstairs Reading Room, 502 State St., Hood River. Free. “Ancient Cataclysmic Floods were the Ice Age Floods that left erosional and depositional features and preceded the Missoula Floods (15-18,000 ka) in the Pacific Northwest. Ancient Cataclysmic flooding initiated in the Early Pleistocene, at least 1.5 Ma. Erika Medley and Scott Burns (Department of Geology, Portland State University) studied a total of 29 ancient cataclysmic flood sites, visiting all 14 previously studied ancient sites, four Missoula Flood quarries, and found 11 new sites. They analyzed calcrete paleosols to provide relative age dates for flood deposits. Missoula Flood gravel pits were sampled in order to examine the degree of calcrete development in flood deposits of known ages. Calcrete paleosols at sites with evidence for older floods were all analyzed. Sixteen field sites show evidence for Early Pleistocene flooding, preserved in all six provinces. There are 26 field sites with evidence for Middle Pleistocene flooding. Eleven of those 26 sites also show evidence for Early Pleistocene floods. Evidence for Early and Middle Pleistocene floods is present over a wide distribution of elevations from 117 to 524 meters. All of the Missoula Flood deposits tested contain Stage 1 calcrete soil development. Eight sites have paleosols with Stage II development (3-12% CaCO3). Five sites have paleosols with Stage II+ development (12-17% CaCO3). Fourteen sites have paleosols with Stage III development (17-35% CaCO3). One site has a paleosol with Stage III+ development (35-50% CaCO3). A special section will discuss the Highway 197 site outside of the Dalles where we now describe 8 paleosols! Scott Burns will give a talk about this research on July 12th, 1:00pm, in the upstairs reading room at the Hood River Library, 502 State Street, Hood River. The talk is free to all.”

Know Before You Go: Burke Museum Summer Festival”, Saturday, July 12, 10AM-3PM, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, UW Campus at 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.5 students and youth 5 and up, free for kids 4 and under. “Before you head out the door to explore the world—or your own backyard—head to the Burke to gather fun facts and skills that will make this summer vacation one to remember. Iconic specimens from the Burke Museum’s collections of mammals, birds, fossils and plants highlight the natural and cultural heritage of Washington State. Learn where to find the best tide pools, spot whales, go birding, or celebrate the Native Cultures of the Northwest! Enjoy tasty treats, food trucks, and musical performances throughout the day in a summer festival like no other!” Complete schedule and details of all the cool events here:

Author Talk, “Ian Doescher”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Ian Doescher discusses his book, “The Jedi Doth Return”. “Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back’ and ‘William Shakespeare’s The Jed Doth Return’. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!”

Squishy Circuits”, Saturday, July 12, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Using household supplies, participants will create conductive and insulating dough to explore the fundamentals of electronics. Participants will explore the basics of circuits including series and parallel circuits.”

Tamanawas Falls Tree ID Hike”, Saturday, July 12, 8:30AM- 5PM, Mt. Hood National Forest. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 4 miles, 300’ elevation gain. “One hundred foot tall Tamanawas Falls is less known than its rivals in the Gorge, but is equally as breathtaking. Besides delighting in this beautiful waterfall, we'll hike through lush vegetation and critical wildlife habitat and learn to identify the different types of trees in the area. The water that spills over Tamanawas Falls is from Cold Spring Creek; a clear, cold creek that is a tributary to the Wild & Scenic East Fork Hood River. This area, which includes nearby scenic Polallie Creek, hosts winter and summer steelhead runs. While you're noticing the creek's ideal steelhead habitat, be sure to look up and notice the area's diverse vegetation. The Tamanawas Falls area has remnant old-growth Pondersa pines along with a mix of Western Red Cedar and Douglas fir trees.”

Let’s Go Birding: Bird Survey”, Saturday, July 12, 9AM, Ft. Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russell. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come join Fort Stevens State Park on our monthly bird surveys and see some of the amazing variety of birds in our local area. The surveys will monitor the bird species that are utilizing the park from season to season. No birding experience is required, and experts are welcome to come share their knowledge. Binoculars are recommended, and we have a few binoculars that first-timers may borrow. The survey will take around 2 hours and will cover several diverse habitats within the park. The sites will be accessed by walking and driving.”

12th Annual Bastille Day Festival”, Saturday, July 12, 12PM-6PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and Yamhill St., Pdx. Waiter’s race at 2PM. Free admission. “Portland's 12th Annual Bastille Day Festival is back at Director Park! French cuisine, drinks, vendors, art, and of course, the famous Waiter's Race!” Details here:

The French Connection: France’s Revolutionary Contributions to Botany”, Saturday, July 12, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “In honor of Bastille Day, learn about the often overlooked contributions of French or French-speaking botanists to botany through trees linked to the likes of Andre Michaux, Bernard Jussieu, Labillardiere, L’Heritier and others.”

Central Hike with Marcy Houle”, Saturday, July 12, 1PM, Springville Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd., Forest Park, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by local author Marcy Houle. “Did you know that Forest Park is divided into three separate management units? What are they, and what makes each one different? Come learn the secrets of the “Central Unit”, and find out some interesting, little-known Portland history along the way!”

Kids Dig”, Saturday, July 12, and Saturday, July 26, 10:30AM and 2PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. Free with admission, $3 for ages 16 and up and free for kids 15 and under. Suggested for ages 8-12. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244 on the day of the program. “This popular program introduces kids aged 8-12 to the fascinating world of archaeology! In this program, kids excavate a site with trowels, screen dirt, measure and map their finds, and discover the historical secrets that lie below our feet! Kids also learn about the importance of protecting archaeological sites for future generations. Kids work with park staff, volunteers, and students from our Public Archaeology Field School.”

Museum Collection Open House”, Saturday, July 12, 11AM and 2PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. Free with admission, $3 for ages 16 and up and free for kids 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “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.”

Battle of Chehalis River”, Saturday, July 12, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, July 13, 10AM-3PM, 313 Tune Rd., Chehalis, WA. $10 adults, $7 seniors, students and veterans, free for kids 5 and under and active duty soldiers. Includes admission to the Veterans Memorial Museum. “Siege of Petersburg. Hundreds of Living Historians take to the field!” Living historian demonstrations throughout the day in the military and civilian camps.”

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

Aquaponics”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Deanne Converse is the presenter of this very topical, green program on Aquaponics. This is one of several programs up and down the Gorge this spring and summer sponsored by the Stevenson Grange; one of their Community Resiliency programs.” Aquaponics is an artificial ecosystem where farmed fish waste fertilizes hydroponic plants, which clean the water.

An Introduction to Screenwriting”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Northwest Library; Sunday, July 13, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Thursday, July 24, 6PM, Belmont Library. “Do you love film, love to write, and are curious to know more about the craft of screenwriting? Have you already attempted to write or completed one or more feature scripts? Monty Mickelson will address some of the artistic and temperamental differences between writing prose and scripts. In addition, he will cover some terminology, software and formatting, and describe how foundational elements of story, character, and scene structure are translated to scripts.”

Hug a Tree at Hoyt!”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Hoyt Arboretum, SW Kingston and SW Knights Blvd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Last year nearly 1,000 Portlanders like you gathered at Hoyt Arboretum to have some fun in the sun. And set a Guinness World Record. This year, we’re doing it again. Bigger. Better. Huggier.” Last year, we set the World Record for simultaneous tree hugs! That record still officially stands, but not for long… in Kathmandu last month, more than 2000 people hugged trees together. While they await confirmation of their victory, let’s snatch the record away!

Composting Demonstration Open House”, Saturday, July 12, 10AM-2PM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 N.E. 149th St.,
Brush Prairie, WA. Free drop-in event. “Wondering what type of compost system might be best for your household? Not sure about browns and greens? Want to see how to sift compost and learn how to get your compost cooking? What about worm bins? Bring your composting challenges and questions to our composting demonstration site on Saturday, July 12 anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and our friendly Master Composter/Recyclers will help you out!”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Irving Park, NE Fremont St. and 7th Ave., Pdx; and Sunday, July 20, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

The Magic of Kindness and Kolaches”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, and Sunday, July 13, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up. “This miniature Czech marionette production by Tendrak Theatre demonstrates how the younger brother Honza, who cares about others and tries to do his best, is successful in life. His older brother Lukas, who is self-seeking and lazy, has a much more difficult time finding meaning in life. See how they both go about trying to find the magic waters to save their father's life.”

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle admission. “Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as animal origami, footprint rubbings, or wildlife bookmark making. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Backyard Habitat Open House”, Saturday, July 12, 3PM-5PM, Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “With over 193 properties enrolled in the Backyard Habitat Certification program in Lake Oswego, interest in the aesthetic and ecological benefits of native plants has been accelerating over the last few years. 64 Lake Oswego homes have earned certification and this year’s open house will showcase one of these elegant properties. This open-house style event is open to anyone interested in the Backyard Habitat Program, so come enjoy refreshments and a serene setting as you see what this program is all about.”

Decorative Decoupage Boxes”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Albina Library. “Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family! If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift giving.”

Beginning Linoleum Block Printing”, Saturday, July 12, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Saturday, July 26, 2PM, Northwest Library (preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Suki Allen. “In this two hour class, you will learn all the basics of linoleum block printmaking including: Transferring your image onto the linoleum block, carving the block, and creating a small edition of prints. No prior printmaking experience needed. Beginners welcome!” This workshop is for adults, and I’d expect kids old enough to handle a sharp chisel would be welcome to do this with a parent.

Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center”, Saturday, July 12, 1PM, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Everyone loves the annual ‘Science in the Park’ series, so join us in celebrating it during Second Saturday at the Water Center! Kids and families will have fun with some of the most popular and favorite ‘Science in the Park’ hands-on activities.”

Truck Town Party”, Saturday, July 12, 10:30AM, Troutdale Library. “Get up close with big trucks! An ambulance, tow truck, school bus, fire engine, river patrol boat, delivery truck, garbage truck and more will be parked in the library’s parking lot. Meet the people that operate them and find out how they work, then join in a truck storytime and a truck craft.”

Lunar Viewing”, Saturday, July 12, 9PM, Stub Stewart State Park and Rooster Rock State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 12, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Mars, the waning gibbous moon, several star clusters, and more! The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon's surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible. 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.”

Historic Silver Falls Days”, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “From Native Americans, to loggers, to homesteaders, to parks, the land we know today as Silver Falls State Park has a colorful history. Join us for demonstrations, displays, and games that bring history to life.” This has always been a pretty neat event.

Sarracenia Northwest Open House”, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 10AM- 4PM, Eagle Creek. $10 per vehicle, which entitles you to a 3” plant and a bumper sticker. Preregistration required; register online: This is a chance to see an amazing commercial nursery that grows only carnivorous plants! They are super nice and the plants are incredible. Highly recommended!

Ten Tiny Dances”, Saturday, July 12, 10AM-1:30PM, Beaverton Farmer’s Market. Free. “2014 marks the sixth year for this signature Beaverton event! Spend a beautiful, summer day exploring downtown Beaverton where five 4’x4’ stages await, showcasing the talents of ten, unique dance performances from master-level ethnic and contemporary dancers. Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event centered around the popular Beaverton Farmers Market. Visit all five stages and you will experience a total of Ten Tiny Dances! Begin your adventure at any stage!

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, July 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.”

OregonRocketry Wilsonville Launch”, Sunday, July 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.”

Boulder Lake Hike”, Sunday, July 13, 9AM-5PM, Mt. Hood National Forest. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online:   Moderate, 5 miles, 1,100’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: With old-growth forests and high mountain cliffs, Boulder Lake is one of the best kept secrets in the Mount Hood region. While there are several trails in the Boulder Lake area, the most satisfying and easiest to find trail is the Boulder Lake Trail #463. On your way to Boulder Lake's stunning turquoise and green waters, you'll pass dark evergreen firs and hemlocks, and a lush, high-elevation meadow. The Boulder Lake area boasts the largest unprotected stand of old-growth in the Mount Hood National Forest, and the area's wild meadows provide high-quality fawning and calving areas for deer and elk. Mid-to-late summer, i.e. now, is the best time to visit Boulder Lake, when the meadows show off their wildflowers.”

Basketry Day”, Sunday, July 13, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit, Ridgefield, WA. Free. “Celebrate Basketry of the Columbia Basin with the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild! Guild members will be in the Plankhouse from 12-4 demonstrating a variety of natural materials and techniques found in the indigenous basketry of our region. There will also be Plankhouse tours and family activities all day.”

Beaverton Civic Theater Presents “Side by Side by Sondheim”, Sunday, July 13, 6PM, Schiffler Park, SW Erickson Ave at SW Berthold Ave., Beaverton. Free. “A musical revue featuring the songs of Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. The volunteer-run Beaverton Civic Theatre strives to reflect the diverse lives of the community on stage and in its outreach. The group is made up of more than 200 volunteers with the common interest of providing quality theatrical experiences for the community. Volunteers range from theater veterans to novices. Come be a part of the fun this summer. You can buy food and beverages from a concert vendor, or bring your own picnic. Our Rec Mobile will be on hand to engage kids with fun activities. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and stake your favorite spot on the grass. Close-in, stage-front area is restricted to blankets and low-profile chairs (seats no higher than 8 inches from the ground and highest point not exceeding 30 inches from the ground).”

2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln’s Legacy”, Sunday, July 13, 1PM and 3PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Take a tour of our new exhibit, 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln’s Legacy, with Oregon’s premier historian of Lincoln and the Civil War in the West. Author of ‘Lincoln Looks West’ and ‘Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era’. Dr. Richard Etulain offers unique scholarly perspective on the regional aspects of how events explored through the exhibit — from the Emancipation Proclamation through the Thirteenth Amendment — were understood and affected by Oregonians. Tour group sizes will be limited, with sign-up available first-come, first-serve on the day of the program.”

Wooden Boat Festival”, Sunday, July 13, 11AM-5PM, Willamette Sailing Club, 6336 SW Beaver Ave., Pdx. Free. Guests are asked to park in metered spaces next door at Willamette Park. Now in its fourth year, the Portland Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the final day of a Family Boat Build weekend, sponsored by RiversWest Small Craft Center, Oregon Maritime Museum and the Willamette Sailing Club. The event, which takes place on the banks of the Willamette River, will celebrate twelve families and teams, each building a Salt Water Bay skiff, with mentoring from expert wooden boat builders. Friday evening the teams meet and receive their kits of supplies. Saturday they commence building, and Sunday they will launch their finished boats. In addition to the boat displays, the Wooden Boat Festival offers free sailboat rides and the use of paddleboards and other small craft, plus information about Portland’s maritime history. Live music, food, toy boat building for youngsters, and a beer garden round out the day’s activities.”

Water Science”, Monday, July 14, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 2-12. “Come cool down with experiments all about water.”

Leapin’ Louie Presents, “Elements of Fun”, Monday, July 14, 2PM, Hillsdale Library; Wednesday, July 16, 2PM, Washougal Library; Thursday, July 17, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Thursday, July 17, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Leapin' Louie ties circus skills including juggling, lasso twirling, whip cracking and unicycling to science concepts in comic and fun ways. Juggling balls are molecules and sometimes they are pretty unstable. How does a whip make a cracking sound? Audience members are brought up to help demonstrate and have fun. Books are tied in and shown to encourage reading and every child receives a copy of Leapin' Louie's Best Books Ever! Leapin' Louie is an extremely energetic bundle of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus who makes children and adults get very chemically excited and laugh a lot.”

Author Talk, “Evelyn Hadden”, Monday, July 14, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Evelyn Hadden discusses “Hellstrip Gardening”. “The hellstrip—the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip—is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources.
’Hellstrip Gardening’ by Evelyn Hadden, the author of the acclaimed ‘Beautiful No-Mow Yards’, is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space. This comprehensive guide covers how to determine the city and Home Owner’s Association rules governing the area, how to choose plants that thrive in tough situations, how to design pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier.”

Zephyr Brown’s Circus Arts Workshop”, Tuesday, July 15, 4PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; Suggested for all ages. “Learn the art of hands-on juggling in this interactive class. Practice using balls, ribbons, Chinese yoyos, sticks, hula hoops and much more. Sit in on the instruction then give it a go!”

Paulann Petersen”, Tuesday, July 15, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us in the Walters theatre for an intimate talk about all things Poetry with Paulann Petersen, Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate. Prepare to be inspired as Petersen discusses poignant experiences from her recent tenure as the Poet Laureate, and reads selected poems from her own works. Petersen has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory from Lost Horse Press. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and received the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. Bring your notebook in case inspiration strikes, and come early for a seat!”

OMSI Presents, “React-O-Blast”, Tuesday, July 15, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Kids help OMSI staff conduct experiments that vividly demonstrate the predictable (and sometimes unpredictable) reactions of matter, including some that have explosive results. Topics include nature of chemical reactions, physical vs. chemical changes and safety.”

Author Talk, “James Herman”, Tuesday, July 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. James Herman will discuss his book, “Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast”. “This book showcases the phenomenon of driftwood fort building along the Oregon Coast. This unseen look at Oregon’s rugged, uninterrupted 363 mile long coastline examines the origins of fort building as a primal, and indigenous activity. While musing about the fort’s many iconographic developments throughout the history of the Coast, this guide explains the many benefits of fort building and the purpose forts may serve–spiritual and otherwise. It shows you how to identify the various fort types and how to build them with your family and friends.”

Fizz, Boom, Wow!”, Tuesday, July 15, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Thursday, July 17, 1:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM). “Lava lamps. Mini rockets. Balloons that blow themselves up. You can make them all! Take a wild ride through physics and chemistry, then take supplies home to amaze your friends!”

Concert, “Double Reed Divas”, Tuesday, July 15, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join Victoria Rac, Dagny Rask Regan and Ann Van Bever as they perform live as Double Reed Divas. They will delight us with a wide variety of music played on oboes, oboes d'amore, English horns, and bassoon.”

Teen Book Club”, Tuesday, July 15, 6PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call Holly 360-571-9696. “All teens, ages 12-19 are welcome to read a book and share your ideas and opinions about it the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Pick up a copy of the book of the month which is yours to keep. Free books are for active participants only.”

Can You Dig It?”, Tuesday, July 15, 2PM, Ledding Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Greta Pedersen presents a rollicking songfest about dirt, worms and buried treasure.”

Swallows, Nighthawks, Swifts and Hummingbirds”, Tuesday, July 15, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Harry Nehls will unravel the mysteries of nocturnal and diurnal aerial, bug-catching birds, including hummingbirds! Most of the birds in these groups migrate south for the winter but at least one hummingbird species has made a habit of wintering in Portland… was it always this way? Harry’s decades of birding experience will shed some light on hummer history as well as help you better understand and identify a swift from a swallow — and find out just what the heck a goatsucker is!”

Bowtie Brigade”, Tuesday, July 15, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “A local student-led community Robotics team shows off their awesome programming skills.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, July 15, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘A Little Princess’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett.”

House of Wisdom: The Influence of Islamic Science on Western Culture”, Tuesday, July 15, 7PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jonathan Lyons, PhD, author. “For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arab and Muslim culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to visit cities like Baghdad or Antioch. There, philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers were steadily advancing the frontiers of knowledge, as well as keeping alive the works of Plato and Aristotle. When the best libraries in Europe held several dozen books, Baghdad’s great library, The House of Wisdom, housed four hundred thousand. Even while their countrymen waged bloody Crusades against Muslims, a handful of intrepid Christian scholars, hungry for knowledge, traveled East and returned with priceless jewels of science, medicine, and philosophy that laid the foundation for the Renaissance. Jonathan Lyons reveals the story of how Europe drank from the well of Muslim learning.”

OMSI Presents, “Funtastic Physics”, Wednesday, July 16, 11AM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 2-5. Preregistration required; register online: “The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will present for a fun free program for kids all about physics. Join OMSI educators for an exciting and interactive program about the fun side of physics. Kids will explore the laws of physics while playing with everyday toys.”

Sunset Walk at Graham Oaks”, Wednesday, July 16, 7PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Just as the sun sets is when many animals wake up and become active. Exploring the outdoors at sunset is a great way to end a long summer day. If you are lucky you may see bats, hear owls and perhaps catch a glimpse of a beaver or coyote.”

The Great and Wonderful Flea Circus”, Wednesday, July 16, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. Presented by Oregon Fantasy Puppet Theatre of Eugene.

Juggler Henrik Bothe”, Wednesday, July 16, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville; and Tuesday, July 22, 2PM, Scott Park by the Ledding Library of Milwaukie (outside if weather permitting). “Comedian Henrik Bothe's ‘Yes, You Can!’ juggling show.”

Author Talk, “Ken and Kris Bilderback”, Wednesday, July 16, 12PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Ken and Kris Bilderback are back, and this time they are looking at the history of a city off the beaten path: Forest Grove. Their new book ‘Walking to Forest Grove’ tells the story of a city like no other, but also details both the baby steps and giant strides that put an American city on the path to greatness.”

Presto the Magician”, Wednesday, July 16, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; Thursday, July 17, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; Wednesday, July 23, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Thursday, July 24, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 1:30PM, Estacada Library, Flora Room. “Presto the Magician’s shows combine comedy, amazing magic, excitement, high energy, and audience involvement! Fun for children of all ages.”

Rose City Astronomers”, Wednesday, July 16, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Programs are held on the lower level in the J. C. Penny's court. “Kids - visit where no man has gone before in a galaxy far, far away. Hold a meteorite in your hand. Look through a telescope. The Rose City Astronomers will help you discover the unknown.”

Strong Structures”, Wednesday, July 16, 2PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. “Design and test your own creations! Will yours be tallest, strongest, most flexible?”

Paper Bead Jewelry”, Wednesday, July 16, 4:30PM, Midland Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. “Like the African Abuyadaya community from Uganda, we'll be using colorful paper strips from magazines to make beautiful, one-of-a-kind beads. Make an assortment of them to bring home and string into a necklace for yourself or to give as a gift.”

All I Need”, Wednesday, July 16, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. All ages. “Join us for this fun musical featuring mixed up fairytales.”

Scientifically Speaking”, Wednesdays, July 16, 23, and 30, 3PM, Tigard Library. Suggested for adults and kids 7 and up. “Roy Torley, also known as The Gentleman Scientist, has a gift for making science fun and accessible. His extensive science background includes volcanoes, Oregon geology and geophysics. He has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Oregon and was instrumental in developing the first wind-energy technology program on the West Coast. July 16: Oceans: Wet and Wild. The oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth's surface, but how much do we know about them? Take a journey above and below the oceans to learn more about the ocean floors, the coasts, islands, hurricanes, El Nino, tidal waves and more. July 23: Volcanoes. Volcanoes can seem like any other mountain, standing quietly for centuries as sentinels guarding the countryside, then erupt violently. Take a tour across the Earth and the solar system, examining volcanoes near and far. July 30: Do you have your Head in a Cloud? Clouds are like different forms of life - denizens of the atmosphere. They come in all shapes and sizes and perhaps personality traits. Take a cloud-watching tour through the Earth's air envelope and become entranced by both common and exotic cloud formations.”

Tween Messy Science Experiments”, Wednesday, July 16, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for a quick, fun, messy science experiment.”

Willamette Park Evening Paddle”, Wednesday, July 16, 6PM, Willamette Park, SW Macadam Ave. and SW Nebraska St., Pdx. Free. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership invites you to join us on our canoes this summer! Come aboard and help paddle our 34-foot, 16-passenger canoes, led by Estuary Partnership Educators. Enjoy the wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective. No paddling experience is necessary. All ages 5 and up welcome. Big canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided by the Estuary Partnership.”

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 20, 58892 Saulser Rd., St. Helens, OR. Free parking, ticket prices vary by day. This is a charming small town fair.

Painted Paper Collages”, Thursday, July 17, 2PM, Woodstock Library; and Tuesday, July 22, 2PM, Midland Library. Presented by artist Sarah Ferguson. “We will begin by making a giant color wheel as we find out about primary, secondary, and complementary colors. Then everyone creates their own collage using vibrant hand painted papers. Cut or tear shapes to overlap and glue as you make your picture. Explore ways to add texture to the paper by curling and folding. We will build the collage on a piece of foam core and then add a hanger so your artwork is ready to display.”

Booksigning, “Chris Colfer”, Thursday, July 17, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “This is a booksigning only. A purchase of ‘A Grimm Warning’ is required to join the signing line.” Chris Colfer is best known as an actor on Glee, but he’s also the author of a rather good trilogy for kids. He’ll be signing books for the third installment in his “Land of Stories” series.

Bat Chat”, Thursday, July 17, 7:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Sign up for a free night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek. We will talk about the amazing adaptations that allow bats to survive while we walk in groups through the park, ending at the meadow. Once in the meadow, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector.”

Bookaneers for Ages 6-9”, Thursday, July 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. For children ages 6-9 with a participating adult. This month we’re reading ‘The Sisters Grimm, Book One: The Fairy-Tale Detectives’ by Michael Buckley. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.

Bonners Ferry Landslide 1998”, Thursday, July 17, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Awakened one night from a deep sleep, I received a frantic phone in early October 1998 from Union Pacific’s contractor who was responsible for cleaning up their derailments. ‘Bill, get dressed and head for Bonners Ferry. The mainline is out-of-service because of a massive landslide.’ His words bolted me out of bed and I asked, “Landslide? In October? And, it’s been a dry summer…what gives?’ I soon found out.” “Bill Bugel, recently retired in the railroad industry in both engineering and operations positions after 42 years will talk about the Bonners Ferry Landslide. He blended his knowledge of rail engineering and operations plus that of geology to deal with the continual challenges faced by operating a major railroad. Overlaps between the railroad industry and geology include: slope stability, bank erosion constraints, tunneling, earthquake notification, as well as the day-to-day maintenance issues such as keeping the ballast section clear of fines, dealing with run-off and so forth. Program co-sponsored by the Ice Age Institute and the Tualatin Heritage Center.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, July 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.”

Brad Clark”, Thursday, July 17, 11AM and 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library; Friday, July 25, 11AM, Canby Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 10:30AM, Molalla Library. “Music, comedy, and stories.”

Go Nuts! Non-Dairy Alternatives”, Thursday, July 17, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library Community Room. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x114. “Vegan Chef David Gabbe delivers an interactive presentation on choosing non-dairy alternatives and making your own nut-based milk and cheese – complete with free samples!”

Improv With Teatro Calamari”, Thursday, July 17, 2PM, West Linn Library. For grades 6-12. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853 beginning July 10. “Back by popular demand: Improv with hotshot Tim Giugni!”

Mad Science Presents, “Fire and Ice”, Thursday, July 17, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library. “Fire and Ice - The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling, high energy science magic using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109°F below zero. Come and see just how hot and cool science can be!”

American Crown Circus”, Thursday, July 17 through Monday, July 21, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Details TBA.

Nature Mobile- Water Cycle and Soil Testing”, Friday, July 18, 9:30AM-11:30AM, Bethany Fountain at NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Drop in to learn all about nature through fun games and activities led by a naturalist from the Nature Park Interpretive Center! Water cycle games, water cycle obstacle course, soil testing, make rain sticks, use hand lenses to check out rocks and coloring.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday, July 18, 9:30PM-12AM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Portland Kennel Club Dog Show”, Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, opening at 8AM, Portland Expo Center Halls D and E, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking is $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. Friday is Specialty Breeds Day.

Bike Tuning 101”, Friday, July 18, 3PM, Kenton Library. Grades 6 and up. “Get your bike ready for summer riding! Brian Lacy of BIKEmpowered will demonstrate safety checks, flat repairs, minor brake and gear adjusting, and will cover basic bike skills and exercises. Brian will happily answer questions on any bike topic and will help you learn to fix your own bike.”

Nature Mobile”, Friday, July 18, 1PM, Beaverton Library on the library lawn. Suggested for ages 3-12. “ Discover nature and science through games and hands-on activities hosted by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. Topics change every week.”

MakerSpace”, Friday, July 18, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Kids - put your creative thinking caps on and get ready to experiment with Maker projects!”

Baseball Physics”, Friday, July 18, 3PM, Goldendale Library. “Improve your game! Brian Hunter, former center fielder in Major League Baseball, will explore the history of baseball and share tips of the game.”

Yoshida’s Sand in the City”, Friday, July 18, 9:30AM-9PM, Saturday, July 19, 10AM-10PM, and Sunday, July 20, 10AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. $4 individual and $10 family suggested donation. “The 19th annual Sand in the City brings the beach to the Square for 3 days of sand castles, competitions and free family fun! Don't miss this great summer tradition.”

Oregon Berry Festival”, Friday, July 18, 12PM- 6PM, and Saturday, July 19, 11AM-5PM, Ecotrust Building, NW 10th Ave. and Johnson St., Pdx. Free admission. “The LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival is made for berry lovers, who know it’s summer in Oregon when the ripest, juiciest berries start appearing perfect for making pies, jams and other decadent treats. Come on down to the LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival to find all the freshest Oregon berries including everything from Marionberries to Ollalieberries and the best blueberries and strawberries you will find anywhere. The festival showcases everything berry! In addition to fresh berry vendors there will be berry products galore, berry themed food booths, cooking demonstrations featuring berries, a children’s booth with berry themed crafts and for the gourmet touch a Gala Berry Dinner prepared by one of Portland’s finest chefs.”

Succulent Plant Fest”, Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20, Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. Free. There will be a special class, “Weird Plants: Cactus and Succulents”, on Saturday, July 19 at 11AM. Preregistration required; register online: “Wanna see some strange plants? Meet the succulents! Their charismatic and diverse paddles, spines, bumps and lumps can make interesting houseplants or additions to the garden. Luther will introduce you to a cast of odd and lovely plants and describe how to keep them healthy. This coincides with the Portland Cactus Society’s plant sale at Portland Nursery so if one of these oddballs knocks your socks off, you may find a neat specimen to take home, too!”

Robin Hood Festival”, Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, near Sherwood City Hall, 22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood. Free admission. “The historic and picturesque town of Sherwood, Oregon welcomes you to the 60th Anniversary of our Robin Hood Festival, one of the oldest and most unique festivals in Oregon, with nearly 20,000 attendees each year. Each year, the July festival features popular bands on the Main Stage, creative acts on the Family Stage to delight young and old, medieval re-enactments, swordplay, music and dance and appearances by Maid Marian and her Court, Robin Hood and his Merry Men.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Romeo and Juliet”, Friday, July 18, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle admission. “Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover fun activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, or make safe cleaners out of vinegar. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park's many recreational activities.”

Battle Ground Harvest Days”, Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, Battle Ground, WA. “There will be the Friday Car Cruise, Street Dance, Saturday Fred Meyer Grand Parade, Petting Zoo, Free Kids Games, Beer Garden, Free Main Stage Entertainment, Food and Craft Vendors and so much more!”

Blacksmith and Woodworking Day”, Saturday, July 19, 1:30PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “In the 18th and 19th centuries the Blacksmith and the wood working Carpenter made almost everything a farm or homestead needed to survive. Discover through hands on living history and demonstrations what these old crafts were like. See working blacksmiths create tools and hardware using hammer and anvils. Watch and learn as traditional woodworkers demonstrate tool use turning a piece of wood into a needed household item like chairs, table or spoons. Participate in - what was once a community and social event- a barn raising! at 1:00pm join in as we raise a 1/4 scale version of the Manson Barn”

Parklandia: A Walking Tour of Portland”, Saturday, July 19, 10AM, departing from the Portland Art Museum, 219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $25 which includes admission to the museum for the weekend. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Portland Art Museum and Know Your City for a spirited walking tour of downtown Portland, its public spaces and parks. Along the way, we’ll hear from several distinguished guest speakers as we discover the city’s fascinating history of planning, design and architecture. Our topics will span centuries and include the creation of the north and south Park Blocks, urban development, the city’s growth and the Halprin fountains, changes to Portland’s waterfront, Chapman Park and more.”

Disaster Preparedness Kit Building”, Saturday, July 19, 10AM-4PM, OMSI, Turbine Hall and North Parking Lot. Free. “Did you know that less than 15% of Americans are prepared for a disaster? The Allstate Foundation and Hands On Greater Portland are teaming up to change this by encouraging and assisting families in building disaster preparedness kits. On July 19, Hands On and Allstate volunteers will be on hand at OMSI to help with kit assembly and explain the importance of each item in the kit. Together, we can keep families safe!”

Drive Revolution: The Future of Transportation”, Saturday, July 19, 10AM-5PM, OMSI Parking Lot. Free. “Drive Revolution will showcase the latest in sustainable transportation options in bikes, cars, public transportation and more. Audiences will have hands-on opportunities to learn about the newest engineering techniques and sustainable choices for the future. OMSI is dedicated to inspiring learners of all ages to gain a deeper knowledge of the science around them, in fun and informal educational settings. Drive Revolution is helping us take new steps in public education around alternative transportation and the innovation and engineering around them!”

A Night of Family Friendly Improv”, Saturday, July 19, 7:30PM (doors open at 7), Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10. “Yes, it’s summer and we plan on having a ton of Summer Improv Fun! Join us in July for our next MIT show. You can be part of the action when our MIT troupe performs games and scenes based on audience suggestions with a “summertime” twist. Whether you’re 8 or 80, MIT shows appeal to all ages. Our goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening for you, your family and friends. Plus, you’ll see some familiar Magenta faces as you've never seen them before!”

Oregon City to West Linn Paddle”, Saturday, July 19. Details TBA. This will be a free canoe paddle for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; check back for registration details: “No paddling experience is necessary. All ages 5 and up welcome. Big canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided by the Estuary Partnership.”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, July 19, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per ticket, maximum 2 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants are led through the anatomy of the cow eye while finding out how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow-up to Squid Dissection. It is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to Cow Eye Dissection.”

Chalk it Up To Shakespeare”, Saturday, July 19, 1PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. “Everyone is invited to create a temporary museum masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare, during this free, drop-in program adjacent to the Sculpture Garden. When you’re finished, be sure to stick around for a free 3PM performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Portland Actors Ensemble. This outside activity is free. In addition, youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day on July 19 with one paid adult admission.”

Hood River Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration”, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, Hood River County, OR. “Our cherry celebration is an adventure with activities for the entire family. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other cherry treats. Many farms feature picnic areas. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for Cherry Days. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking, too.” Lots of details here:

Canterbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 10AM-6PM, 6118 Mount Angel Hwy., Silverton. Adults $14 a day or $24 for the weekend, children ages 6-12 and seniors $11 a day or $20 a weekend. Free for ages 5 and under. $1 off admission coupon online: “Come and enjoy a fine day of dance, shopping and fun in the Trees. Sett in the Elizabethan era, see history move right before your eyes. We set the stage for you to come and play at the faire.”

Ethnobotany Hike”, Saturday, July 19, 1PM, Wildwood Trailhead on NW 53rd Dr., Forest Park, Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the material value of plants found in Forest Park. Learn how the native people of the region utilized forest products to support themselves and how these plants can still be used today.”

Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party”, Saturday, July 19, 1PM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Mary Charlotte was Philip Foster’s long-suffering wife, and mother of nine (four when she made the trip around the horn in 1842). To celebrate her, and the many pioneer women who joined her in Oregon, come to our garden party on the third Saturday of July for a fashion show. Enjoy live music, tour the historic farm on the Oregon Trail, and learn about 19th century fashions. Tour our historic Rose Ramble, with starts of pioneer roses available for your garden. View the needlework of pioneer women, and learn about their crafts from modern practitioners. Kids and grandkids will enjoy the hands-on activities, like corn-grinding, croquet, crosscut sawing, and building a log cabin.”

“da Vinci Days”, Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, Corvallis. Ticket prices vary. Known for the Graand Kinetic Challenge, a sort of art bicycle race. There is also a film festival, performances, art exhibits and activities, sidewalk chalk art, speakers on science and technology, and a showcase of green technology businesses.

Annual WWII Event”, Saturday, July 19, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, July 20, 10AM-2PM, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. “This events includes camp life and demonstrations by various U.S., German, Russian, British, and French representative living history groups. Displays include military vehicles, field medical unit, infantry, and coast artillery. Purchase your tickets and step up to the firing range for the opportunity to handle and fire blanks from period weapons that include Russian, German, British, and U.S. rifles. Tour the historic area in the back of a 2.5 ton, 1952, Army transport truck (separate fees apply for tours).”

Archaeology”, Saturday, July 19, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “NPS Ranger Heidi Pierson will speak on archeology.”

African Storytelling with Habiba”, Saturday, July 19, 11:30PM, Midland Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

Have Parflesche, Will Travel: Painted Art on Rawhide” Saturday, July 19, 11AM- 3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Road Ariel, WA. Free. “Make pigment, bind it into paint and paint your own rawhide disk. Interpreters will demonstrate the paint making process and paint a design on hide. Learn about the parflesche and practice packing! Special exhibits and more!”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Much Adoe About Nothing”, Saturday, July 19, 2PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Twelfe Night”, Saturday, July 19, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Macbeth”, Saturday, July 19, 10PM, and Friday, July 25, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Fire in the Park”, Saturday, July 19, 11AM-5PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Donations requested. “Fire in the Park is a fundraising event put on by Vancouver Firefighters local union 452. While local 452 is the primary organizer, many firefighters from different fire districts in the area participate to make this a successful event for our community.
Fire in the Park is a day of fun with a firefighter challenge, pipe and drum bands, chili cook-off, live music, kids events, great food and a beer garden.”

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “Tad and Fry: A Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis”, Saturday, July 19, 1:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets available at 1PM); and Wednesday, July 23, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “A tadpole and a fry can become friends, but what happens when they grow up? Tad and Fry are best friends, but as their bodies start to change and they grow up, their friendship is put to the test. What will happen when Tad grows legs or Fry is ready to migrate to the ocean? Tears of Joy Theatre presents this new original tale about friendship, growing up and biology through puppets, shadows and audience participation. Grab your magnifying glass and come explore your backyard stream.”

Gluten-free Baking Basics”, Saturday, July 19, 2:30PM, Midland Library; and Tuesday, July 22, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Eliminating wheat does not mean you have to stop eating your favorite foods! If you are new to gluten-free living or are thinking about going gluten free, join Dori Oliver of Nourishing Foodways in this cooking presentation and demonstration. Participants will learn to make gluten-free French bread, check out some great gluten-free cookbooks, and taste samples of delicious, gluten-free breads and baked goods.”

Wildlife Center of the North Coast”, Saturday, July 19, 7PM, Fort Stevens State Park Ampitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come and see how the Wildlife Center of the North Coast rehabilitates birds and animals. They will have live animals that have been rehabilitated and you can learn how to help protect them. Live Animals, no dogs please.”  (Sounds pretty cool, but guys, the "North Coast" is in Cleveland, not Astoria, just so you know...)

East Asian Cultural Celebration”, Saturday, July 19, 12PM-4PM, Saltwater State Park, 25205 S. 8th Place, Des Moines, WA. “Featuring music and dance from Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam Noon: Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest 12:30 pm Filipino Community Alliance 1:00 pm Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe 1:30 pm Sarawati Dance Studio and Indonesia Cultural Group 2:00 pm Chaopraya Ensemble of the Thai Cultural Society 2:30 pm Vietnamese Community Group 3:00 pm Taiwan Operations Dance Group.”

Make a Bracelet or Anklet for Teens”, Saturday, July 19, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. For grades 6-12. “Make a Bracelet or Anklet for Summer!”

NW Native Art Show”, Saturday, July 19, 8AM-6PM and Sunday, July 20, 10AM-4PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Yamhill St., Pdx. “A two day event featuring the work of Native American artists in jewelry, basketry, beadwork and wood carving as well as drum groups, dance and food!”

Graphic Novelists Author Talk”, Saturday, July 19, 3PM, Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center Mall, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. “Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Joe Keatinge, Jamie Rich and Joshua Williamson for a Special Get Pop-Cultured Event. Come join as this wonderful lineup of authors discuss their work and sign books! Those who attend will be entered to win raffle prizes.”

Chalk It Up!”, Sunday, July 20, 10AM, Tualatin Lake Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. All ages. “Part of the city's annual ArtSplash event, join artist Daniel Wood in creating a chalk art masterpiece. All supplies are provided.”

Sing a Song of Portland- A Sing-Along Tour of Portland Music History”, Sunday, July 20 at 11AM and 3PM, meeting that the Know Your City Kiostk, Ankeny Alley, 200 SW Ankeny St. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Portland is a city known for great music from The Kingsmen to Y La Bamba with some pretty great bands in between (The Dandy Warhols, Dead Moon, Richmond Fontaine, The Decemberists to name a few) and we want to sing about it, literally out loud on the street!! So come join us for a walking tour with a twist as we learn about the musical history of the Rose City, the issues effecting it today and then join together to sing some of the songs that have helped shape Portland’s music scene. The tour will be based around Portland’s central vein of Burnside looking at venues past and present, hearing the stories of where Courtney met Kurt, how an internet forum gave birth to Portland’s largest free music festival, where a Motown drumming legend performs in Portland every week and how music in Portland has fought issues of social justice. This tour also explores the independent businesses that have been keeping Portland music locally made and sold from the labels to the record stores to everywhere in between. As the tour concludes, we’ll take a streetcar over to the east side and join the party at PDX Pop Now! festival and hear some great music coming out of Portland today.”

Blessing of the Animals”, Sunday, July 20, 2PM, The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Pdx. Free. “The Blessing of the Animals is held the third Sunday of July and offers individuals with pets an opportunity to reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. This annual event attracts a wide variety of animals and their human friends. Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained, to The Grotto for the Blessing of the Animals. All are welcome.”  We love this special celebration of the animals in our lives!  

Sunlight, Paper, Action!”, Sunday, July 20, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. “The sun has power! Join us for this hands-on program to make your own works of art from special sun-reactive paper, a fancy sundial and a miniature solar oven that actually works. Hot stuff!”

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Sunday, July 20 and Sunday, July 27, 11AM, meeting at the front doors of the Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Donations requested. “Come tour Historic Downtown Gresham, and learn about historic buildings and homes, historic graves and trees, some historic local figures, and about the shops that used to line Main Ave. These tours will be fast paced and will cover around a mile of mostly flat, even ground. Umbrellas and sunglasses are recommended.”

Concert, “Blackbird”, Sunday, July 20, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Enjoy an afternoon of Beatles music as Blackbird covers the songs that made for four fellows from Liverpool the best-selling band in history.”

The Stomptowners Present, “Story of Irish Music and Dance”, Sunday, July 20, 3PM, Kenton Library. “Performance featuring traditional song, music and dance presented in an educational format. The performance focuses on the journey of Irish music and dance to America. Told with relevant historical context and native wit! No recorded music used. Our songs and instrumentals are traditional with our own arrangements. Our dancer, Maldon Meehan is one of only a few dancers who performs and teaches this type of traditional old style (Sean-nos) dance in America.”

Doing Dough: Homemade Noodles”, Sunday, July 20, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Making noodles from scratch is easier than you think. Culinary historian Jean Johnson will teach you how to make fresh, homemade noodles using organic whole wheat flour. Everyone will leave with noodles to boil at home. If you have a rolling pin, or even a straight glass jar, please bring it along to roll your pasta.”

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate”, Sunday, July 20, 1PM-5PM, Sauvie Island. $25-50 sliding scale, Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, and full time college students, $5 off for the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; registration details online: “Formerly called "Wild Gourmet Garden Vegetables". This workshop covers many of the plants seen in the book: ‘Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate’ by John Kallas. Visit an organic farm and make a delectable wild gourmet salad on the spot with other participants. We'll harvest traditional European edibles (growing as weeds) that the farmers would be pulling. Learn how to identify common, plentiful, nutritious, and flavorful wild vegetables in this adventure. Get real hands-on experience with plants you'll see on a farm and in your own garden. Take advantage of these readily available sources of nutrients, and dietary variety. Traditional wild European edibles (gourmet greens and vegetables) plant themselves, enjoy the rich moist growing environment of the garden, and provide many seasons of foods that can add meal options you never dreamed of before. Once your learn these wild foods you can change from a ‘weeding’ to a ‘harvesting’ mentality in your own garden, yard, and neighborhood.”

Summer Walk”, Monday, July 21, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Summer is here! Let's go for a walk outside and look for insects, birds, plants, and anything else we can discover as we ramble around the library. Dress for the weather (remember sunscreen) and wear comfortable walking shoes.”

Comic Book Production Workshop”, Monday, July 21, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Comics have evolved into a creative, multibillion-dollar industry generating many of our cultural touchstones. Darren Davis, publisher of titles such as ‘The Legend of Isis’, unravels the mystery of creating your own book — from character development, scripting, and coloring to marketing and copyrighting — in a presentation great for teens and anyone interested in the world of comic books.”

Juggling with Mag Hughes”, Tuesday, July 22, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library.

Teen Tie-Dye T-Shirts”, two day class on Tuesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 24, 2PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Try your hand at the art of tie-dye and make a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Bring a white 100% t-shirt or tank top that has already been washed! Dress to get messy. Day one is tie dying. Day two is creativity! You won't want to miss this one!”

Science Camp”, Tuesday, July 22, 3PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 4-10. “Discover your inner scientist! Probability.”

Author Talk, “Paul Gerald”, Tuesday, July 22, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Meet the Author! Paul Gerald (Breakfast in Bridgetown; 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland)”

Hands-on Chocolate Goodies”, Tuesday, July 22, 3PM, Woodstock Library. Grades 6 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “If you have a sweet tooth but know you shouldn’t have all the sugar, here's a fun way to still have your chocolate. Culinary historian Jean Johnson will show you how to make chocolate goodies which rely on raisins for the sweetness and an old fashioned grinder to turn them into the perfect medium for holding chocolate.”

Underwater Creatures in Origami”, Tuesday, July 22, 3PM, Northwest Library, and Tuesday, July 29, 1PM, Holgate Library. Presented by artist Yuki Martin. “Learn how to fold various kinds of fish, whales, shrimp, clams, sharks and more. Put staples on your folded creatures and catch them with a fishing pole made from a chopstick and a magnet.”

Let’s Go Birding- Early Morning Bird Walk”, Tuesday, July 22, 8AM, Fort Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russell. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The walk takes visitors through mature Sitka Spruce Forest and wetlands for a variety of bird life.”

Author Talk, “ReShonda Tate Billingsley”, Tuesday, July 22, 6PM, North Portland Library. “ReShonda is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, ‘Let the Church Say Amen’, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. In addition to adult novels, she has also penned a teen series, ‘Good Girlz’. This winner of the 2012 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work will discuss her works and answer your questions at this library gathering.”

Introduction to Urban Beekeeping”, Tuesday, July 22, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Troy Bany, a 25 year veteran of the Lake Oswego Fire Department and a Beekeeper, will present an introduction to urban beekeeping, beekeeping tools and equipment, and local regulations to keeping honey bee colonies, as well as an introduction to honey bee biology.”

OMSI Presents, “Going Batty”, Wednesday, July 23, 11AM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades K-3. Preregistration required; register online: “The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will present for a fun free program for kids all about bats. Join OMSI educators for an exciting and interactive program all about bats. Kids will explore the wild world of bats and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on Earth.”

Magician Steve Taylor”, Wednesday, July 23, 2PM, Washougal Library. “The Silly Sensational "Science" Show! Starring Comedy Magician-Ventriloquist Steve Taylor and Rudy O'Riley - The Scientific ‘Method’ will be comically demonstrated as attendees will be taken on a magical journey to see Rudy O'Riley become the tiniest of all elements, the atom!”

Magician Tim Alexander”, Wednesday, July 23, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville. “Colorful, mysterious and humorous presentations.”

Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth”, Wednesday, July 23, 10:30AM, La Center Community Library; and Wednesday, July 23, 2PM, Woodland Library. “Together, Buck and Elizabeth put on a high energy show which includes interactive musical comedy with dance, sing-along, and ventriloquism.”

Gifford Pinchot National Forest- Washington’s Gift to You”, Wednesday, July 23, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Programs are held on the lower level in the J. C. Penny's court. “Kids - learn about Mount Saint Helens. Smokey Bear. Lava tubes. Wild animals. Fish. Birds. Experience the delights that the forest hold for you.”

OMSI Presents, “Wild Weather”, Wednesday, July 23, 10:30AM, Molalla Library. “We'll explore and demonstrate the roots of weather phenomena including the origin of clouds, snow, lightning, and even fire tornadoes.”

Floatation Science”, Wednesday, July 23, 2PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. “Can you build a boat to carry a dozen eggs? What happens when you mix oil, water, and food coloring?”

Brad Storysong”, Wednesday, July 23, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; and Thursday, July 24, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Entertainer Brad Storysong brings storytelling, song singing and dancing for a fun filled show.”

OMSI Presents, “Cowabunga Chemistry”, Wednesday, July 23, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Saturday, July 26, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Wednesday, July 30, 11AM, Tualatin Library (preregistration required; register online: “Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties: polymers.”

Reflections on the Works of William Stafford”, Wednesday, July 23, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Spend an evening with local author Brian Doyle (Mink River) as he delves into the works of poet William Stafford and what it means to be an author in the Northwest. Part of the 2014 Oregon Reads program.”

Composting with Worms Workshop”, Thursday, July 24, 10AM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Want to get rid of your kitchen waste and produce great compost for your garden and potted plants? Lynn Cox, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, will share tips and techniques for composting with worms. She will cover making a worm bin, caring for your worms, harvesting your compost and trouble-shooting common problems. An actual working worm bin will be used in the presentation and for up-close viewing. Free and open to the public. No registration required.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Comedie of Errors”, Thursday, July 24, 7PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Marine Mammals”, Thursday, July 24, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 24, 2:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie (suggested for ages 5-9); Wednesday, July 30, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver (programs are held on the lower level in the J. C. Penny's court); and Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal. Presented by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “Seals, sea lions and sea otters! Get to know these amazing marine mammals using costumes, bones, pelts, skulls and a life-sized inflatable elephant seal and sea lion.”

Timeless Stitches: Quilts as Records of Personal Experience”, Thursday, July 24, 12PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Mary Bywater Cross is a noted quilt historian, artist and author. She has worked with the Oregon Quilt Project documenting quilts in public and private collections. She will talk about how repeating designs and patterns have appeared throughout quilt history and geographic space with the current Oregon Quilt Project, and what stories those quilts tell us. Cross is the author of many books including ‘Quilts of the Oregon Trail’ on sale in the museum gift shop.”

Teen Vibrobots”, Thursday, July 24, 3PM, Molalla Library Conference Room. Grades 6-12. “Come in and build your very own vibrobot.”

Puckett Family Magic”, Thursday, July 24, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “The Pucketts are a family of Illusionists - wonder and be amazed!”

Archery”, Thursday, July 24, 3PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. For grades 6-12. “Come learn how to shoot a bow and arrow with Archer’s Afield!”

Washington County Fair”, Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Admission is free and parking is $5 per car. The MAX stops a few blocks away and there is a free shuttle. Highlights include a stage hypnotist and Brad’s World Reptiles.

Henna and Bollywood Afternoon”, Thursday, July 24, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Get a professional Henna design by Roving Horse Henna and watch a Bollywood movie while you wait! Registrations open one month before each event. If you can't make it to this event or registration fills up, we are holding the same event on Thursday, August 14 at the same time. One Henna afternoon attendance per person.”

Teen + Parent Trivia Night”, Thursday, July 24, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 6 and up. “Gear up for Teen/Parent Trivia Night. Both generations will be needed to blaze through these questions! There will be prizes.”

Music in Action”, Thursday, July 24, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City. “An upbeat mix of songs, creative movement, story telling and comedy, all imbued with a healthy dose of good, clean fun.”

Naftali, Story Voyager”, Thursday, July 24, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; and Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Wilsonville Library. Presented by Jewish Theatre Collaborative. “Naftali is your captain and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s old world tales are your passport to this lost world of the Jews. A dynamic introduction to Yiddish, the Shtetl life it flourished in, and the signature Yiddish humor used to get through rough times.”

Nature Mobile: Plants”, Friday, July 25, 9:30AM, by the West Slope Library, near the entrance to the Community Garden on the grounds of Raleigh Park Elementary School. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “The Nature Park Interpretive Center Nature Mobile brings a special program to the library, all about native and invasive plants! This program includes fun and educational games and hands-on activities that will help you identify plants, as well as understand the importance of native plants and how invasive plants affect habitats and animals.”

Instruments of the Now”, Friday, July 25, 7PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver, WA. “Impressive! Entertaining! Beautiful! Engaging! Interactive! Be amazed by this unique performance. Juggling, circus props, instruments and fire-dancing. Yes, fire-dancing!”

Ho’ike and Hawaiian Festival”, Friday, July 25, 3PM (live music) and 5PM (Hapa Haole Hula Competition); and Saturday, July 26, 10AM-7PM, Esther Short Park, 600 Esther St., Vancouver. “Over 10,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park. Bring a low backed chair or blanket and enjoy the tropical festivities.”

No, No, No, Pinocchio”, Friday, July 25, 7:30PM, Saturday, July 25, 2PM, and Sunday, July 27th, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 3 and up. ““You’ve never seen Pinocchio told quite like this. Staying close to Carlo Colodi’s original Italian story, The Olde World Puppet Theatre uses their jewel-like marionettes to tell their own very Italian version. The music is by Rossini, (conducted by Toscanini) -- now that’s Italian! The puppets even enlist the aid of the puppeteers to play some of the roles. Come join us on this madcap comedy romp through the land of Pinocchio, Gepetto, Lampwick and a Blue Fairy who has to be seen to be believed.”

MAC Theatre Workshop Presents, “Annie Jr.”, Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7PM, and Sunday, July 27, 2:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome.

Musical Petting Zoo”, Friday, July 25, 10:30, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); and Thursday, July 31, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Always wanted to try out new instruments and don't know where to start? Come play with Vibe of Portland! You may even learn a note or two.”

Science Camp”, Friday, July 25, 3PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 4-10. “Discover your inner scientist! Incredible eggs.”

Light Fun with Isaac Newton!”, Friday, July 25, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4 and 5. Preregistration required. Call 503-615-6500. “Let’s learn about Isaac Newton, the scientist who made a ‘falling apple’ the key to discovering the laws of the universe! You too will be able to conduct experiments with light!”

How Long Jug Band”, Saturday, July 26, 2PM, Tigard Library. “The How Long Jug Band plays vintage blues, jazz and ragtime music on standard and home-made instruments. In addition to jug, the four band members play harmonica, banjitar, washboard, washtub bass, mandolin and kazoo.”

Mexica Tiahui”, Saturday, July 26, 12:30PM, Director Park, Lower Terrace, SW Park Ave. and Yamhill St. “Energetic, interactive Aztec dance performance with Mexica Tiahui. Back from People of the Drum, Mexica Tiahui will be igniting the park with a traditional, drum-driven dance performance. With costumes, dancers of all ages, and contagious energy, they're sure you'll want to join in.”

Natsu Matsuri”, Saturday, July 26, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Japanese summer festival. Details TBA:

Out To Pasture Sanctuary Open House”, Saturday, July 26, 5PM-8PM, 33190 SE Regan Hill Rd Estacada. “Featuring a free vegan bbq, sack races, vegan cupcake walk and more. Out to Pasture Sanctuary is a 501(c)3, all volunteer, non-profit, farm animal sanctuary. Our primary goal is the care and feeding of abused, neglected or abandoned animals including large farm animals, pigs, rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs.”

Animania”, Saturday, July 26, 11AM-4PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Calling all comic book, manga, sci-fi, and gaming fans ages 12-19! Join us for a day of comics, costumes, and contests - including a Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament, Magic the Gathering Tournament, cosplay contest, art contest, virtual visit with Svetlana Chmakova (author of the Nightschool manga), button-making, and more. All fandoms welcome!” Details and complete schedule here:

4rd Annual International Celebration”, Saturday, July 26, 11AM-5PM, Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex. 158th Ave. and Walker Rd., Beaverton. “The International Celebration is a free, fun, family-friendly event showcasing our many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more! In 2013, more than 8,000 people attended Party in the Park, many of whom came especially for the Beaverton International Celebration. 

This year, over 40 exhibitors and 11 stage performers from local cultural groups and organizations will showcase crafts, music, dance, art, traditional dress, food and more!”

Wild Edibles”, Saturday, July 26, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Plants that can be added to a healthy diet....emphasis on local flora.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “As You Like It”, Saturday, July 26, 2PM, Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. and SE Oak St. Free Shakespeare in the parks!

Balloon City Experiments”, Saturday, July 26, 12PM, Selllwood-Moreland Library; and Thursday, July 31, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Using balloons and props, Charles and Biscuit The Dog Puppet conduct a silly but sound engineering experiment involving a pulley. Charles tells a story about a child scientist. Then, with help from the audience and lots of entertaining assistance from Biscuit, Balloon City is constructed filling the stage with balloon structures artistically placed to form a cityscape. This is a group project with hands-on audience participation.”

Antique Powerland Annual Steam-Up”, Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, and August 2 and 3, 7AM-6PM, 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR. $12 adults, $20 weekend pass, $30 family, free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. “The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and it involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. A parade takes place each day at 1:30 PM and it includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates twice a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon develop and grow. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of times past. Machines on display include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. Scheduled activities: Train and trolley rides, BIG parade, steam sawmilling, traditional tractor pulling, machinery demos, threshing, flour milling, fire apparatus demos, museum tours, kids pedal tractor pulling and a Youth Passport program. Other Attractions: Blacksmithing, Brooks Depot, a country store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, swap meet and flea market sales, country music, and great food! Church services held Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. on July 27 and August 3.” Highly recommended! It does get mighty hot here, so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and cash for shaved ice!

Author Talk, “Mark Fearing”, Saturday, July 26, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. “Young readers, join us to meet award-winning illustrator, cartoonist, animator and author Mark Fearing for a drawing demonstration, presentation and book signing of his popular book ‘Earthling’. When nine-year-old Bud accidentally catches the wrong bus and finds himself launched into a far-away galaxy, making friends is the least of his problems! At Cosmos Academy, Bud soon learns that Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy. But with the help of his new friend, Gort, he finds a way to fit, and a way back home.”

Vintage Baseball”, Saturday, July 26, 6PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Historic Parade Ground and Bandstand. Free. “This gloveless game with wooden bats plays by very different rules--those from 1867! Bring a picnic and watch staff and volunteers recreate a match game, playing by the rules established in the 1860s. Volunteers representing the First Oregon Volunteer Infantry's team--the Sherman Base Ball Club--will be challenging the Vancouver town team--the Occidental Base Ball Club-- on the historic Parade Ground. Come and cheer for your favorite team, but beware. . . the umpire can fine the audience for 'ungentlemanly' or 'unladylike' behavior.”

8th Infantry, California Volunteers”, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “As Fort Stevens' construction was completed in April, 1865, the men of the 8th Infantry moved in to take temporary command of this coast artillery fort. They were fresh from their artillery training at the Presidio in California. Camp life and military drill demonstrations will be carried out throughout each day.”

Musician Courtney Campbell Presents, “Billy Bradley Bakes Bread Badly”, Saturday, July 26, 1:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Billy Bradley bakes bread badly, Billy's brother Ben bakes bread better ... every word in this hilarious song begins with the letter B! Come hear this and other songs and stories like ‘Toast,’ ‘Jenny Has a Dog’ and ‘The Camel with a Runny Nose.’ Courtney Campbell is a very engaging, delightful entertainer. Her highly interactive performances are suitable for families and children from 3-8 years old. Courtney performs world-wide and also stars in the PBS TV/DVD series Mustard Pancakes. Please come and join in the fun.”

Spectacular Arcade for Kids”, Saturday, July 26, 2PM, Albina Library. “Join Tinker Camp and imagine, design and create your one of a kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials and electronic components such as LED lights and motors.”

Classroom Discovery Day- Water World”, Saturday, July 26, 11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free drop-in program. “Experiment with water as we build models and learn how our creek functions. Wander in after participating in OPRD’s Guided Nature Walk – ‘How's the Water? Tryon Creek and its Watershed’ 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. Water World!”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, July 26, 1PM, meeting at Upper Macleay Trailhead on NW Cornell Rd., Forest Park, Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join a National College of Natural Medicine student for an hour-long herb walk in Forest Park! This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard.”

Blueberry Pancake Day”, Saturday, July 26, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. “Today we sample some of the best blueberries of Clark County. The Mill has partnered with our local farms to offer you the healthiest whole wheat pancakes filled with fresh blueberries, topped with homemade blueberry syrup, and topped with more fresh blueberries. Did I mention that we really like blueberries?”

Bed Turning and Community Show and Tell”, Saturday, July 26, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “A ‘bed turning’ demonstration is a unique way of telling the stories and history of quilts and the lives and experiences of the quilters who made them. The fourth Saturday of the month, the museum invites the public to come and see selected quilts on various themes and invites guests to bring two quilts of their own to show and tell. The museum will bring quilts from the collection that are not on display. July Theme: “I Remember Mama” quilts made by your mother/grandmother or made for them.”

Stayin’ Alive: Fire by Friction for Families”, Saturday, July 26, 10AM-3PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy, Gresham. Suggested for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult or $11 per family, plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Metro naturalist Dan Daly leads this family-oriented class on how to make fire without matches. Participants carve their own ‘bow drill’ friction fire kit, learn how to use it and take it home to keep. Participants use knives during class and the safe conduct of young children is the responsibility of their guardians.” Why Metro has for several years been describing this class as suitable for ages 4 and up is a mystery to me. My advice is not to bring kids that can neither use a knife nor quietly, safely entertain themselves for 5 hours while all the adults and teens around them are carving with knives. In other words, playing tag in the vicinity is not a great idea. But if that’s not an issue, the class is excellent and Dan really knows his stuff.

Pioneer Living- A Journey Back in Time”, Sunday, July 27, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Room. “Six different learning centers with historical displays and hands-on stations will transport you to a pioneer settlement. Participants will experience the excitement of panning for gold, scrubbing clothes, carding wool, grinding wheat into flour, playing with handmade wooden toys and more.”

The Big Float 4”, Sunday, July 27, 12PM registration and 1PM start, west bank of the Willamette River, Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: Registration by July 13 is $6, $9 after, discounted pricing for ages 17 and under. All ages. All participants must provide their own innertube or other flotation device and lifejacket. Lifejackets will be available in advance for $8 (see website for details.) “This fourth annual Willamette River event, benefitting the Human Access Project, is a celebration of our river – including the recreation it offers as well as the restoration it has undergone in recent years. The idea is to enjoy the river and also inspire positive aspirations for the river’s protection and improvement. We launch from ‘Poet's Beach’ (west bank under Marquam Bridge) and take out at the Tom McCall Bowl – on the west bank of the river just south of the Hawthorne Bridge. That’s where we’ll gather after the float for Portland’s summer beach party – including a music barge and three bands. Revelers can recline in their watercraft on the river – or frolic on the beach or grass bowl.”

Sneak Peek of Killin Wetland”, Sunday, July 27, 10AM, Banks, OR. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Metro owns thousands of acres of parks and natural areas, come on a sneak peek visit to Killin Wetland Natural Area. This location is currently not open to the general public. The sneak peak will be a walkthrough focusing on the natural history of the site and future plans for opening the site to the public. Note there are no bathrooms available on site.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, July 27, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

A New Bridge in Town”, Sunday, July 27, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $8 per ticket, one ticket per person. Preregistration required; register online: “TriMet is building the first bridge over the Willamette River in 40 years. Learn how a cable-stayed bridge works and how engineers chose a bridge design that minimizes impacts to river habitat and river users. Lab time is supplemented with a walk outside to view nearby bridge construction from the river bank.”

Anime Fest”, Monday, July 28, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Grades 6 and up. “Our annual summer celebration of all things J-pop is back! The theme this year is sci-fi, so come in alien/space/science cosplay and you could win a prize. Experiment with exotic flavors at our taste-testing station and enjoy three hours of crafts and anime.”

Conversations with Writers”, Monday, July 28, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his/her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing. Each month, CWW invites a guest speaker to talk about the craft of writing. This month CWW presents: Curtis Whitecarroll. Curtis Whitecarroll is a poet, literary event director, artist and sometimes actor. Originally from Eastern Oregon, he started writing poetry in late 2001 at the age of 21. He has since had more than 200 poems published, in various publications such as Quill and Parchment, Word Riot, Ephemeris, Night Bomb Anthology, and three volumes of the Swiss publication The Art Of Being Human international poetry anthology. He is the founder of "Ink Noise Review" a reading series devoted to bridging the various branches of the Portland community and especially to put the spotlight on emerging voices.”

OMSI Presents, “Kiddie Chemistry”, Monday, July 28, 2PM and 3PM, Hillsdale Library. Free tickets available a half hour before each show. Suggested for grades K-3. “In this introduction to basic chemistry, study mixtures and chemical reactions involving changes in color, temperature and states of matter.”

Dynamic Geology of Oregon”, Monday, July 28, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Scott Burns, professor Emeritus of geology at Portland State University. “Oregon has an incredible history geologically which has led to many different geographic regions of the state with many different characteristics and history. Over 150 million years ago, the whole state was under water. Through time, ocean bottom and islands have been “stuck on” the North American continent through the process of accretion. The Blue Mountains and the Klamath Mountains both have their origin in accretion and are the oldest rocks in Oregon. Many different volcanic events have covered Oregon with layers of different igneous rocks. The influence of the Juan de Fuca plate being pushed under Oregon from the west has led to uplift of marine rocks creating the Coast Range, the Cascade volcanoes and large subduction earthquakes. Recent discoveries of many ancient large volcanoes in eastern Oregon, one being centered on Prineville, have been very exciting. Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, will take you around the state showing the different provinces and how they were formed and how they are all related in a dynamic presentation on the incredible natural history of our state.”

Summer Pokémon Club”, Monday, July 28, 4PM, Gresham Library. Suggested for ages 7-14. “Are you a Pokémon fan? If so, join us for some Pokémon free play! Bring your Pokémon cards or learn how to play the game with others.”

Make Your Own Temporary Tattoo”, Tuesday, July 29, 2PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Make your own DIY temporary tattoo!”

The Canby and Boone’s Ferries: Vital Water Links in Oregon’s Historic Highways”, Tuesday, July 29, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome.

The Golden Age of Al-Andalus”, Tuesday, July 29, 6:30PM, Albina Library. “The Al Andalus Ensemble musical virtuosos take audiences on an award winning journey with songs and music that remind us that the intricate interplay of diverse voices is the geography of cultural harmony. Historically, Al-Andalus refers to Medieval Spain from 711-1492 AD. During these eight centuries, Andalusian Spain witnessed a cultural melding between Africa, the East and the West, as well as among Jews, Christians and Muslims. This evenings program features songs sung in Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Arabic and Spanish all underscored by exotic instruments such as the oud, ney, kamanja, flamenco guitar and darbuka, retaining the essential soul and spirit of the Arab, North African and European sources while fearlessly exploring new territory.”

The Textiles and the Tunic of Tutankhamun”, Tuesday, July 29, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 338, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the boy-king of ancient Egypt, stunned the world with its treasures. Although most of the historical focus is on the famous golden treasures found in the tomb, not to be overlooked are the precious finery—the belts, collars, head coverings, gloves, and garments embellished with embroidery, beads, and woven bands—that were indicative of the life and times of the Pharaoh. Described by Howard Carter as ‘…a gala robe,’ the splendid linen Tunic of Tutankhamun – after three thousand years -- still bears traces of once-colorful embroidery and woven embellishments. Handwoven replicas of the patterns (illustrated below) depict that ‘In their pristine state they must have been gorgeous pieces of color.’ The cloth and clothing of New Kingdom Egypt flourished with new, unusual techniques and material that distinguished them from the plain linens of earlier times. These textiles suggest that other cultures, through contact and conquest, influenced the weavings. From her research at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum and other world-class museum collections, Nancy Arthur Hoskins presents the art, craft and meaning of the textiles that existed in Tutankhamun’s world.”

The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol”, Tuesday, July 29, 2:30PM, Molalla Library Conference Room; Wednesday, July 30, 12:30PM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone; and Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Wilsonville Library. Presented by the Jewish Theatre Collaborative. “The lovable trickster Hershel, like his cultural counterparts Anansi and Coyote, charms audiences with his wit. Adapted from Portland children’s book author Eric A. Kimmel's folktales, these stories leap from the page in a celebration of storytelling that emphasizes the power of humor to overcome hardship. With timelessly entertaining nonsense, two actors will become many in this dynamic and memorable production.”

Mr. Shoehorn”, Tuesday, July 29, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Fizzy, Boomy Music - Shoehorn is a multi-instrumentalist, who creates an entertaining spectacle making music with his feet and dancing with his horn.”

Let’s Go Birding- Old Fort Stevens Bird Walk”, Tuesday, July 29, 9AM, Fort Stevens State Park, meeting at Fort Stevens Historic Area Visitor Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Old Fort Stevens is rich with history, but also wildlife. Discover the birds who reside along the Columbia River and adjacent forests.”

Science Camp”, Tuesday, July 29, 3PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 4-10. “Discover your inner scientist! In the kitchen.”

Before the Show Began: Theaters of Oregon”, Tuesday, July 29, 7PM, Garden Home Community Library. “Film screening ‘Before the Show Began: Theaters of Oregon’. Director Darrell Jabin will introduce his newest documentary and then play the film.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, July 29, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books.”

An Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping”, Tuesday, July 29, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Ever thought of keeping a colony of honey bees in your own backyard? Or what it takes to get started in beekeeping? Maybe you just are curious about these docile, hard-working insects that enhance our lives in so many ways. Indeed, honey bees are a wonderful addition to any garden. They remind us over and over that flowers and bees depend on each other for survival. Beyond that, honey bees have a magical quality that charms and enthralls almost everyone who watches them in the backyard. This presentation will give an overview of honey bees and some considerations to ponder in deciding whether beekeeping is for you!”

Twilight Tuesday at Cooper Mountain”, Tuesday, July 29, 7PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call THPR at 503-629-6350. “Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley on a stealthy dusk hike to search for wildlife in the park. Magnificent vistas from atop the mountain will also give us a chance to spot the moon and bright planets in the summer sky.” Cooper Mountain is gorgeous but gets really hot on summer days. A twilight walk is perfect!

Watercolor Fish”, Wednesday, July 30, 4PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have a blast painting a simple, colorful fish with watercolor on rice paper using a Chinese brush. Then glue it to a colorful mat before you take it home. Artist Cindy Lommasson will be your guide.”

Author Talk, “Lloyd Kahn”, Wednesday, July 30, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Lloyd Khan discusses “Tiny Homes on the Move”. “Tiny Homes on the Move chronicles 21st-century nomads — people who inhabit homes that are compact and mobile, either on wheels or in the water. In photos and stories, this fascinating book explores modern travelers who live in vans, pickup trucks, buses, trailers, sailboats, and houseboats that combine the comforts of home with the convenience of being able to pick up and go at any time. With over 1,000 color photos accompanying the stories and descriptions of these moveable sanctuaries, this is a valuable and inspirational book for anyone thinking outside the box about shelter.”

Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 2, 2070 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville. “Oregon’s Oldest Fair!” Admission adults $10, children 5-12 $5 or free before 3PM. Seniors $6 on Thursday.

Teen Top Chef”, Wednesday, July 30, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Compete in a test of food creativity and eat the results! We will have one secret ingredient and three dishes to prepare. Participants will be judged and the winner will receive a gift card to a local business. *certain foods may cause allergic reactions, so if you have food allergies-please be aware of this risk.”

Avicultural Field Trip”, Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1, 10AM, Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; contact Julie Corwin 206-501-7428 or 206-772-1730. For youth and their chaperones. “Enjoy an event of edutainment (entertainment and education) and a rare opportunity to see rare and endangered parrots. The opportunity of a lifetime!”

OMSI Presents, “Scales, Claws and Expanding Jaws”, Wednesday, July 30, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; call 503-656-7853. “Slide, slither, and hop into herpetology, the science of reptiles.”

Lacamas Lake Paddle”, Saturday, July 19, Lacamas Lake, Camas, WA. Details TBA. This will be a free canoe paddle for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; check back for registration details: “No paddling experience is necessary. All ages 5 and up welcome. Big canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided by the Estuary Partnership.”

Life After High School”, Thursday, July 31, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. “Wondering what to expect from life after you graduate? Ask a panel of students with a variety of post-high school experiences. Teens only, no parents.”

Your Land, My Land: An Oregon Humanities Conversation Project”, Thursday, July 31, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room B. “Oregonians are known for a fierce sense of independence and a rugged individuality, qualities long associated with natural resource vocations such as logging, fishing, farming and ranching. The state is also known for its progressive environmental policies. Conversation leader, Veronica Dujon, invites you to consider the various meanings we in Oregon attach to different places in the state and to explore how these attachments shape our desire to both use and preserve our natural resources. Veronica Dujon is associate dean of curriculum development and enrollment management at Portland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.”

Images of China”, Thursday, July 31, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Images of China blends puppetry and music with elegance, humor and special effects to create a beautiful theatrical event. The show is a series of Vignettes based on Chinese traditional (and sometimes not so traditional!) tales.”

Mad Science Presents, “Planet X”, Thursday, July 31, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Planet X - Take a journey on this round-trip ticket to Planet X discovering the creation and using of sustainable energy sources.”

"Song of Myself Marathon Reading", Thursday, July 31, 5:30PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx.  "Join us on the rooftop of the IPRC for a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. The reading is 2.5 hours long and people can come and go as they please. If you want to read a section please email  This event is free and open to the public. It starts at 5:30pm (sharp!) and will end by 9pm."  See how awesome the poem is for yourself here:

Author Talk, “Lars Johnson”, Thursday, July 31, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “This book provides detailed directions and GPS coordinates to the best rockhounding sites in Oregon, with valuable tips on what to tools to bring and how to conduct your search. Comprehensive lists of minerals or fossils for each site and excellent color photos will help you know what to look for and to identify what you’ve found. Information on clubs, rock shops, museums, and special attractions are provided. ‘Rockhounding Oregon’ is a must-have for anyone interested in collecting their own minerals, gems, and fossils in the region.”