Sunday, August 31, 2014

Splendid September

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of September 2014.  I've been compiling this list each month for the homeschool group we belong to and sharing it here for 4 1/2 years!  The kids in our group are grades 2-6, but most events have much wider appeal.  This school year I'm including teen activities if they do welcome 6th graders.  I look for events with educational or cultural value.  This month, I was planning on proofreading it really well, but I got very, very busy playing with dominoes.  So I asked my trusty sock monkeys to do it for me.  I strongly suggest that you doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations!

As this list gets longer, it takes many more hours to compile.  My sock monkeys are demanding more and more bananas  (and banana splits, and banana pancakes...) in order to help me out with it!  I don't want to stop compiling it, because it's been incredibly useful to us.  So if you find it useful too, please help feed my hungry monkeys. There's a Paypal button over on the right (but you don't need a Paypal account to help).  And please share this list with others!

September is a great month for birdwatching at the National Wildlife Refuges in our area, because fall migration is beginning, and on October 1 you can expect trail closures to go into effect to protect wintering waterfowl. September is when salmon begin their fall migration to  spawn in rivers and streams.  Towards the end of September,  the Tillamook Forest Center will get hundreds of salmon eggs from an Oregon hatchery. Check their Facebook posts  for updates and drop by anytime to watch the salmon grow and change. In November everyone will have a chance to help release the salmon! Pick your own farms are offering pears, peaches, plums, grapes and apples, and corn mazes and pumpkin patches will be opening up for fun on the farm! Look for a farm near you at and Keep an eye out for glorious fall color! This blog will highlight some good spots for leaf peeping:

Swift Watch”, one hour before sunset, each evening in September, Chapman Elementary School lawn, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Every year in late August, one of Portland's most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela. Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One population has been returning to Chapman since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux's Swifts. Swift watching has become a popular activity at Chapman, and on many evenings, more than 2,000 people gather to watch these aerial acrobats.” Please be sure to read the Audubon Society of Portland’s page for tips on parking and proper etiquette for this event: This is a not to be missed phenomena! 

HawkWatch International Raptor Migration Project”, through October 31, Bonney Butte, Mt. Hood National Forest. Free. A high clearance vehicle is necessary to reach this site. Complete info and directions here: “If you have questions about, or want to visit, please call (800)726-HAWK (4295). We are happy to accommodate individuals, families, scout troops, and other group outings. HWI has been monitoring the fall raptor migration at Bonney Butte on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Hood in north central Oregon since 1994. This ongoing effort monitors long-term trends in populations of raptors using this part of the Pacific Coast Flyway through the Cascade Mountains. The project runs from 27 August through 31 October each year. Annual counts typically range from 2,500-4,500 migrant raptors of up to 18 species. The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, but this site is noted for relatively high numbers of Merlins (up to 100 or more per year). HWI has also been banding migratory raptors at Bonney Butte since 1995. HWI's banding operations provide additional valuable information about migratory routes, breeding and wintering distribution, and the variations and health of individual raptors. Currently, 250-400 raptors are banded each season at Bonney Butte, with up to 12 species represented. In addition to gathering important scientific data, the Bonney Butte project provides opportunities for the public to learn about the ecology and conservation needs of raptors through on-site environmental education and interpretation conducted by a full-time on-site educator. This educational effort is the key to long-term success in securing public understanding and action on behalf of raptors and the ecosystems upon which we all rely. The Bonney Butte study site is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 6 miles southeast of Government Camp, Oregon. The public is always welcome to visit Bonney Butte during the season to take advantage of the environmental education programs and the great hawkwatching at the site.” 

23rd Annual Civil War Reenactment”, through Monday, September 1, 10AM-3PM, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. There is a $5 per vehicle day use fee at all times at Ft. Stevens, plus for this event there will be a $15 per vehicle admission fee on Saturday and Sunday, $10 on Monday. “The Northwest's largest, full-scale, Civil War reenactment includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery along with period civilian and sutler camps. Over 700 men, women, and children recreate the feel of being in the 1860's. Multiple hour-long battles are fought throughout the weekend. There will be food vendors, period photographers, viewing stands, handicap shuttle, and period sutlers selling everything including clothing, dry goods, and toys. Presentations include cannon firing procedures, women's fashions, medical procedures of the day, and a chance to hear the Gettysburg Address from President Abraham Lincoln himself. A great historic event for the whole family to enjoy. Caution: Please leave your pets at home for this one, there are prolonged periods of very loud booms and noises during the battles, and live horses that spook.” A complete schedule will be posted here:

Oregon State Fair”, through Monday, September 1, 2330 17th St NE, Salem. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10AM-10PM, Fridays through Sundays 10AM-11PM. Parking is $5 and admission prices vary, with discounts for advanced purchases, coupons and discount days. Lots of neato attractions!

Oregon Renaissance Festival”, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day through September 21, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Tickets at the door will be $15.95 for ages 13 and up, $7.95 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Advance discounted tickets will be sold; see their website: “Your admission into the Festival includes all street and stage entertainment, including the Joust Tournaments, Living Chess Match, and more! “This summer, the Washington County Fair Complex in the city of Hillsboro will host a re-creation of a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment, The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro! Bringing together some of the most talented artists and non-stop amazing stage entertainment, this is an event not to be missed. A renaissance of the Renaissance! Improv theatre surrounds as the village streets bustle with characters to greet you. Immerse yourself in this joyful celebration of life, love, laughter and drama. Marvel at the pageantry of a day in the life of the Queen, her royal court and village merchants. History comes alive along with your imagination! Thrill to see knights in shining armor in a live jousting tournament. Throughout the village, beautiful maidens, wandering minstrels, joking jesters and jugglers abound. Magicians, acrobats, comedians, swordfighters, pirates and fairies entertain and delight, all the while you feast on renaissance inspired food and drink by some of the best food purveyors in the land. Savory turkey legs, steak on a stake, bangers and mash, chocolate covered cheesecake, cappuccinos and much more! Enjoy a unique shopping experience where you will find hand made jewelry, pottery, woodworking, leatherwork, fine metal craftsmanship, renaissance clothing and much more. See one of a kind creations made right before your eyes during skilled artisan demonstrations. Entertaining games, and unique hand-powered rides are sure to keep you wondering how time flies so fast in the past.” 

Sloth Viewing Educational Program”, Reservations being accepted beginning September 1 for Mondays. Tuesdays and Fridays, 1PM, Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Program, Rainier, OR. 15 minute program. $5 per person, 8 people maximum per session. “Bonus Wildlife Viewing: Pallid Fox, Owl Monkeys, Egyptian Bats.”

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Monday, September 1, Reed College. Free. “Portland Actors Ensemble is thrilled to present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the most popular plays in the history of the performing arts. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ brilliantly conjoins four intertwined stories: the marriage of the Athenian Duke Theseus to the Amazon Queen Hippolyta; the warring Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies; the madcap follies of four lovers in a forest; and the comically earnest efforts of a group of working men to stage a love-play for the royal wedding. Lysander loves Hermia, whose father wants her to marry Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius, who chases the eloping Lysander and Hermia into the woods, pursued by Helena. They are all fair game for mischievous Puck, Oberon’s servant, who scrambles their desires and Titania’s. As the working men press faithfully on with their rehearsals, the otherworldly night of confusion, passion and diligence proves oddly momentous, touching every life to the quick.”

Annual Dahlia Festival”, through Monday, September 1, indoor display hours 10AM-6PM, field hours 8AM-6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby. Free admission and parking. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Food booths and refreshments will be located at the farm during this event. Live music daily 12PM-4PM.”

Trees of the Tillamook Forest Walk”, Monday, September 1, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Join us on a leisurely tree walk at the Tillamook Forest Center! We will be taking an easy stroll, seeking some of the diverse tree species that comprise our Coastal Range forests. Learn the many benefits of these forest giants and some crafty ways to spot them in the woods. Path is ADA accessible and easily trekked with strollers or wheelchairs.”

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

Tracking in the Tillamook”, Monday, September 1, and Saturday, September 6, 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Hone your senses and sharpen your skills by learning the ins and outs of tracking animals. We will identify common tracks, understand the basics of prey response, and stalk walk to see who is the sneakiest.”

Mrs. Pittock”, Tuesday, September 2, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “Mary Hutchens portrays Mrs. Pittock in her later years; we learn about her civic involvements, the new Pittock Mansion, and discussions about life in Portland, circa 1910.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, September 2, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.”

Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice”, Tuesday, September 2, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx.; and Wednesday, September 10, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at the door. “People have the tendency to characterize other people who do not share the same traits as somehow different. But why do some people find such differences repulsive to the point that they exhibit extreme prejudice? Dr. Larry Sherman, a senior scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) will explore the neuroscience behind prejudice and racism. He will discuss the so-called ‘cross-race effect’ and how the brain can overcome this reaction, raising intriguing possibilities about how prejudice and racism can be reversed. Accompanying Sherman will be members of the cast of the musical ‘Parade’, a theatrical telling of the story of the murder of Mary Phagan and the trial of Leo Frank.”

Author Talk, “Jane Kirkpatrick”, Tuesday, September 2, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss her book, “A Light in the Wilderness”. Historical fiction based partly on the true story of pioneer woman Letitia Carson.  “Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read--as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him. Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband that she knows she will follow him anywhere--even when the trek exacts a terrible cost. Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for. As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip readers' hearts and minds as they travel with Letitia on the dusty and dangerous Oregon trail into the boundless American West.”

Halloween Tour of Untimely Departures”. Ticket sales for this awesome Halloween evening event at Lone Fir Cemetery begin at 9AM Sept. 2. Hooray for living history! “Our much-loved holiday tradition is back! Ghostly guides escort groups of guests on one of two candle-lit routes where they meet some of the cemetery’s residents and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures. Warning: This tour features mature topics.”

Author Talk, “Kerry Eggers”, Tuesday, September 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Kerry Eggers discusses his book, “The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State”. “Eggers will be joined at the event by former Duck cornerback Alex Molden and former Beaver quarterback Steve Preece, both of whom played in the NFL for nearly a decade. Since 1894, the Ducks and the Beavers have squared off on the gridiron to do battle for football bragging rights in Oregon. It's a rivalry that pits family members against one another, splitting the allegiance of an entire state. Award-winning sports journalist Kerry Eggers tells the complete story of one of the most historic rivalries in college football. Through firsthand interviews with the key performers in the rivalry and extensive research in both schools' archives, Eggers offers a comprehensive account of the players, coaches and fans who have made the Civil War the state's most anticipated football game. Whether a Beaver or a Duck, this is a book no fan can do without.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, September 2, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read ‘The Boy on the Porch’ by Sharon Creech.”

Quilting Exhibit”, Tuesday, September 2, through Thursday, September 25, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Quilt exhibit designed to illustrate the history of different types of quilts; the cultural history of quilting.”

Exhibit, “Southwest Washington Watercolor Society”, Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, October 31, Cascade Park Community Library. “Come view "Into the Autumn Season with Watercolors," presented by members of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society.”

Tween Book Discussion”, Tuesday, September 2, 3:15, La Center Library. “Join us and talk about books! This month we're discussing ‘Eragon’ by Christopher Paolini.

Concert, “Vancouver Brass Ensemble”, Tuesday, September 2, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. On the deck if weather is fair. If rainy, then in the Gallery. “Based in Vancouver, WA, U.S.A., the Vancouver Brass Ensemble is a compact, fun group which entertains with a wide variety of music, from Baroque to classical, traditional, marches, pop, jazz, ragtime, and Dixieland, sometimes all at once. The ensemble is made up of retired musicians and hobbyists who love to play and practice together for the pure pleasure of it.”

Teen Anime Club”, Tuesday, September 2, and Tuesday, September 16, 5PM, Northwest Library. Grades 6 and up. “View, review, snack and yak about all things anime.”

Concert, “Oregon Chamber Players”, Tuesday, September 2, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library.

Tween Book Club”, Wednesday, September 3, 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 ‘Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan’ by John Flanagan!” Leave it to the Beaverton Library to redefine “tween” once again…this time to include 14 year olds.

Author Talk, “Donald Olson”, Wednesday, September 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Donald Olson discusses his book, “The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour”. “Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia have a wealth of top-notch public gardens. The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour highlights sixty outstanding public gardens and provides all the information the reader needs to make the most of their visit. This gorgeous guide includes favorite public gardens, like the Portland Japanese Garden and Washington’s Bloedel Reserve, and some of the top nurseries and garden centers, like Cistus Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery, where visitors can view display gardens. The easy-to-use format includes all the essentials (the location, hours, and cost of admission), as well as a succinct yet evocative description of the garden. Each garden is illustrated with color photographs. Tourists, residents, and garden lovers will treasure this attractive guide as it leads them on a fantastic garden tour that only the scenic Pacific Northwest can provide.”

“InBeTweens”, Wednesday, September 3, 5PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. Join this group of 8-12 year olds for a lively book discussion the 1st Wednesday of each month. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.”

Book Buddies”, Wednesday, September 3, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Book Buddies, a book club for 1st through 3rd graders, will meet on the first Wednesday of the month. for fun activities and a discussion about books Kids can check out a copy at the information desk. “ 

Historian and Weatherman Remember the Great Columbus Day Storm of 1962”, Wednesday, September 3, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Destructive weather in other parts of the nation and world still captures the news today. But Tualatin and the Pacific Northwest/Northern California experienced its own devastation on October 12, 1962 with at least 46 deaths attributed to the typhoon’s horrific winds which at one point measured 113 mph at the Morrison Street Bridge in Portland. Long-time Tualatin residents recall the aftermath very well. Oregon Historical Society featured the Big Blow in a special exhibit this year and OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, will co-present with KGW weatherman Rod Hill at this program sponsored by the Tualatin Historical Society. Do you have photos of this period in Tualatin? Bring them along and we will ask your permission to scan and return so our THS files have additional documentation for future researchers.”

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

"Camouflage!  Nature Program" Thursday, September 4, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library.  Suggested for grades 1-3.  Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. "Animals have many ways to keep themselves hidden -- stripes, spots, colors, speed, textures and more! We’ll talk about the benefits of camouflage, a special moth and play a camouflage game during a walk around the library."

The Standard Volunteer Expo”, Thursday, September 4, 11AM-2PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Oregon’s largest and longest-running volunteer expo returns to Pioneer Square for its sixth year. The Standard’s Volunteer Expo is a free event that brings more than 125 nonprofits together in one place, helping Portlanders discover volunteer and donation opportunities that fit their skills and interests. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer Expo attendees can meet with and learn about nonprofits that make a difference in the community. Participating organizations represent a wide variety of focus areas including arts, culture, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, human services and more. Whether you’re looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or a longer-term commitment, the Volunteer Expo is a great way to connect with nonprofits and start making a difference.”

The Echoes of the Vietnam War”, Thursday, September 4, 7PM, First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Christian Appy is the author of ‘Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides’, an award-winning oral history of the war. His current book project examines the war’s impact on American national identity, particularly the idea of American exceptionalism, from the 1950s to the present. Daniel Ellsberg was a consultant at RAND when he released the Pentagon study of U.S. decision making in the Vietnam War which came to be known as The Pentagon Papers. He is also the author of ‘Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Paper’s. Thuy Tran is on the board of advisers for the Vietnamese community of Oregon, where she previously served as vice president. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the 142 Medical Group, Portland Air National Guard.”

Exhibit, “Food for Though: Clark County’s Food History”, Opening Reception Thursday, September 4, 5PM- 9PM, lecture at 7PM, Clark County Historical Society, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families, free for active duty military and their families. “Meals are moments in which cultural traditions are transmitted across generations, hand to mouth. Visit your museum to view our latest exhibit, Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History. Come explore Clark County’s shifting landscape of food as researched by students from Washington State University-Vancouver and illustrated using artifacts, documents and images from the museum’s collection. Lecture at 7pm by guest curator and Washington State University-Vancouver professor Candice Goucher.”

Storytelling With Jacque”, Thursdays in September, 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.” 

Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said it Couldn’t Be Done”, Friday, September 5, 11AM, Rockwood Library; and Tuesday, September 30, 6:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. “When nine-hundred-foot ice age floods carved the Columbia River Gorge through the Cascade Mountains to the sea, little space was left for man to form a highway of his own. It took an artist-poet-engineer extraordinaire to conquer this reluctant piece of real estate and produce the nation’s first scenic highway. Meet Sam Hill, the mover and shaker, and Samuel Lancaster, the polio survivor, who turned modern engineering on its ear to create a “poem in stone.” Today, Oregon’s historic Columbia River Highway is hidden among the trees, where it meanders past spectacular waterfalls and dramatic views. Ride along with Peg Willis as she explores the beginnings of this miracle highway and the men who created it.”

Huckleberry Festival”, Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, Daubenspeck Park, Willow St., Bingen, WA. Whew, they’ve packed a lot of awesomeness into a small town festival! As if huckleberry food wasn’t enough, there’s a parade, spray paint art making, belly dancing, the Reptile Man, a fire performance, and more! See details and the complete schedule here:

PCT Days”, Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, Thunder Island, Cascade Locks, OR. Free admission. “Don’t miss the 8th Annual Pacific Crest Trail Days where you can check out the latest outdoor recreation products from exhibiting sponsors, participate in free classes and activities, watch an outdoor photography slide show and a documentary film, win awesome products at the raffle and auction, enjoy local food and beverages, participate in a trail work party, go for a hike or a bike ride, spend the weekend camping under the stars, and enjoy the beautiful setting on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks, Oregon. PCT Days is family-friendly and free to attend. Don’t miss out on being a part of a great time for a great cause!” One event is a walk across the Bridge of the Gods.

Howl at the Moon Harvest Night”, Friday, September 5, 5PM- 10PM, Kruger’s Farm Market, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx. $10 per vehicle. “Welcome the fall migration with a fun-for-everyone Howl at the Moon Harvest Night at Kruger’s Farm Market! Live music, trips through Kruger’s Crazy Corn Maze, hay rides, face painting, harvest bonfire, Audubon education birds. Rain or shine, help us celebrate the full moon and bring your friends and family for a fun filled evening! Food, beverages and beer available for purchase. Farm stand and Pumpkin Patch open for business. Please - No Dogs.”

Fur Trapper’s Encampment”, Friday, September 5, 1PM-4:30PM, and Saturday, September 6, 10AM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, Riverside Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Coming this September 5 and 6 at Champoeg State Heritage Area, the return of the fur brigade! They arrived in early June of this year after a long winter of hunting and trapping the creeks and streams of the Willamette Valley and south to the Rogue Country. They brought with them their fur bundles ready to trade with the Hudson Bay Company, gather and celebrate their hard work and obtain needed provisions for the coming year. Now they are back camped along the shores of the Willamette River at the rendezvous site known as Champoeg. Here they will once again gather, renew old friendships and make ready for this winter’s journey. Come and see what life was like for these intrepid men and their Metis wives. Visit their camps, ask questions. Watch demonstrations of trapping, shooting, cooking and packing for the fur trade. Come see costumed reenactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade.”

Exhibition, “Metro 14”, Opening reception Friday, September 5, 7PM-9PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hill Hwy., Pdx. Free. Exhibition runs Sept. 5- Sept. 30. “Metro 14, an exhibit of mixed media sculpture by Tyler Corbett and Erinn Kathryn, will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery beginning September 5, 2014. The collaboration is a large-scale topographical sculpture representing the entirety of the Oregon Metro lands coupled with a series of theatrical landscape paintings. The 8-foot likeness is bisected by the Willamette River and portrays the curves, hollows, voids and thoroughfares of the nearly 300,000 acre region.”

Not Back To School Day”, Friday, September 5, 11AM-3PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Pdx. $11.50 ride bracelets for homeschoolers and their families. (No, you do not have to bring proof of homeschooling.) OHEN will be holding a resource fair as well. Be there or be square! 

Sandy Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, held on the paved multi-area grounds of St. Michael's Church, 18090 SE Langensand Rd., Sandy. Music, dancers, food and beer, a Kindergarten kid’s area for all ages, car show, crafts for sale.

The Dairyville Players Present, “Gilbert and Sullivan: Cox and Box and Trial by Jury”, Friday, September 5, 7:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hill Hwy., Pdx. Suggested donation $10-$20. “After two successful years presenting condensed versions of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, the Dairyville Players present two small full-length shows: 'Trial by Jury' by Gilbert and Sullivan, their first successful musical, an uproarious spoof on the judicial system where the bride is suing the groom for leaving her at the altar and 'Cox and Box', by Sullivan and Burnand (before Gilbert), a hilarious little musical where the landlord has rented an apartment to two men without either of them knowing it, since Mr. Box works nights and Mr. Cox works days. Come laugh yourself silly!”

The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building”, Saturday, September 6, 3PM, Belmont Library. “Successful community building requires participation, risk, collaboration, and individual voice. Independent scholar and professional jazz musician Tim DuRoche will explore one model of community building by looking at the history and culture of jazz music. This highly democratic art form is deeply concerned with many of the same social values as efforts to strengthen communities, including unity, equality, improvisation, and freedom. DuRoche will lead participants in a conversation that inspires us to embrace participation and collaboration as important cornerstones of our culture.”

"Willamette Shore Trolley", Saturdays and Sundays in September, departing at 1PM, 2PM, 3PM and 4PM from Foothills Rd. in Lake Oswego. $5 adults, $3 kids 3-12 and free for lapsitters 2 and under. "Ride our authentic vintage trolley car along the shore of the Willamette River. During your journey you'll ride from Lake Oswego through the 1400' Elk Rock Tunnel to the historic neighborhood of Riverwood."

Bald Eagles: Soaring Scavengers”, Saturday, September 6, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Bald eagles are mesmerizing and powerful beings. These large birds of prey build incredible nests, are efficient hunters and scavengers, and rely on forest streams and rivers for survival. Join us at the Tillamook Forest Center to learn fascinating facts about our national symbol.”

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency Community Expo”, Saturday, September 6, 11AM-2PM, 710 W. 13th St., Vancouver. “Food and fun! 9-1-1 Dispatch Center Tours, Emergency Operations Center, Search and Rescue animals, K9 police dog demos, Germ City, interactive kid activities, lots of awesome vehicles including antique fire trucks and EMS, Rescue Teams, S.W.A.T. BearCat, Marine Rescue boats, Bomb Squad robotics.”

2nd US Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, September 6, Sunday, September 7, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Camp life and demonstrations performed by a Civil War era living history group. Live cannon firing demonstrations throughout the day. This group represents the first permanent artillery unit to call Ft. Stevens home after the Civil War.”

Jade District Night Market”, Saturday, September 6 and Saturday, September 13, 6PM-10PM, Fubonn Shopping Center parking lot, 2850 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us for our first Jade Night Market in the Jade District located in southeast 82nd and Division area! Night markets, a staple found throughout Asia and in cultural districts throughout the United States and Canada, are fun, family friendly events that include retail and food vendors, live entertainment, and usually beer/wine, and is something the Jade District would like to make a staple in what is now Portland's most ethnically diverse neighborhood. This event will take place over four consecutive weekends in August/September, and will feature a variety of vendors representing the international community that exists in the Jade, as well as many crafters and food vendors found at the many street fairs around the city. Come enjoy hot food, live entertainment (from dragon dancers and Wushu martial arts performances, to street dancing and live music), retail vendors, activities for the kids, and a beer garden for adults.”

Magenta Improv Theater Presents, “A Night of Family-Friendly Improv”, Saturday, September 6, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10. “Don’t let going Back-to-School get you down. Join us in Sept for our next MIT show. Share your education with us by bringing us your suggestions, and we’ll put them to good use to make you laugh! Whether you’re 8 or 80, MIT shows are fun for 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!”

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in September, 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.”

2nd Annual Catio Tour”, Saturday, September 6, 10AM-2PM, Portland metro area. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “See a variety of cat patios (or outdoor enclosures), both fabulous and frugal! Hosted together by FCCO and the Audubon Society of Portland, we hope the Catio Tour will inspire you to brainstorm ideas for building or buying your own catio so your cats can enjoy some safe outdoor time. 

The Catio Tour will include nine different catios in the Portland metro area - all different than those on the 2013 Tour. A guidebook, including catio photos and construction information, as well as directions, will be sent to all participants a week prior to the event so you can plan your outing. Grab your friends and family and get inspired to build a catio for your cats!”

Healthy Kids Fair”, Saturday, September 6, 10AM-2PM, Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center, 24800 SE Stark St., Gresham. Free. “This free, family-friendly event offers many fun hands-on activities, including crafts, sports demos, healthy living information and more. Public safety vehicle tours include Life Flight helicopter (if not handling an emergency), ambulances and City of Gresham fire engines. Families may purchase bike and board helmets at discounted prices thanks to support from Legacy Foundations, Legacy Medical Staff and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough. Helmet purchase can be made with cash or check. Please also visit our car safety seat check clinic and we'll make sure your car safety seat is properly installed. Unused child safety seats can also be recycled at the fair. And be sure to bring a favorite stuffed animal for repair at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Surgi-Bear will give kids hands-on experience with a machine that's used in robotic surgery.”

Vulture Awareness Day”, Saturday, September 6, 11AM- 3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Around the world, vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As nature's recyclers, they play an important role in a variety of ecosystems, and it’s up to us to help save them. The Audubon Society of Portland's free celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day is filled with fun and educational activities. Meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s turkey vulture. Compare your ‘wingspan’ to that of an Andean Condor’s silhouette. Make a crafted vulture and mask. Learn fun vulture facts. Figure out the difference between Old and New World vultures. Discover why vultures are important. Make a pledge to help protect vultures.”

Summer Reading Celebration”, Saturday, September 6, 1PM-3PM, Tualatin Commons Park, 8325 Nyberg St., Tualatin. All ages. “Tualatin is a community of readers and the library is hosting a celebration with music by Fools in Paradise, special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog, henna by Roving Horse Henna, and fun! Concert is one hour and starts at 2:00pm.”

Tiny House Tour with Dee Williams”, Saturday, September 6, 2PM, Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Dee will also be at the Hollywood Theater Thursday, September 25 for the screening of “Tiny: A Story about Living Small”.  “Meet Dee Williams, nationally-acclaimed Tiny House advocate and author of ‘The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir’, at Vintage Books on Saturday, September 6 . Tour a tiny house in the parking lot from 2-3 pm, then attend a reading and Q and A with Dee and The Big Tiny from 3-4:30 pm. Dee has lived in her self-built 84-square-foot house for ten years now. While you might not envision yourself living in such a small place, there is something universally appealing about the way she lives: simply and efficiently, with awareness of the community and the environment, and with an open mind. So, come meet Dee and her tiny house, and see what it's all about!”

Doing Dough: Handmade Noodles”, Saturday, September 6, 2PM, Hillsdale Library; and Sunday, September 14, 2PM, Woodstock Library. “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.”

Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow”, Saturday, September 6, 12PM-11PM, NAYA Family Center, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. Grand entry at noon. “The Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. We use this opportunity each year to honor members of our community for their contribution to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders. Since 2010, the powwow has drawn friends and families from within the Native community, welcoming the public to gather in festivities celebrating Native culture and tradition. This time is special for many as they share and practice Native dances, music, art, food and community. NAYA celebrates the tradition of powwow with dance competition for men and women of all ages. Our Tiny Tots exhibition dancing showcases the youth of our community, and throughout the day dancers of all generations step out to display their talent and pride in Native Indian traditions.”

Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, September 6, and Saturday, September 13, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Learn the fascinating tales of the arboretum’s trees during this guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum. Tours meet at the Visitor Center. Pre-registration is not required.”

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

Concert, “Aaron Nigel Smith”, Saturday, September 6, 11:30AM, Midland Library. “Come move and groove with kids' musician and winner of multiple Parents' Choice Awards, Aaron Nigel Smith. You won't want to miss this world-class kid's rock show!”

“Backyard Composting Workshop”, Saturday, September 6, 10AM, CASEE, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Want to begin composting your yard and some of your kitchen waste? This two hour workshop will get you started building soil health in your own backyard. Join us for an introduction to the science of composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to view composting bins and systems in action.”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in September, 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.” September 6- The Interdependence of the Forest; September 13- A Story of Stumps: Tryon Creek History; September 20- Autumn in the Forest:  What are the Changes and Why do They Occur?; September 27- Music on the Wing: The Birds of Tryon Creek.

Sephardic Portland Walking Tour”, Sunday, September 7, 11AM. $12 adults, $5 students. Preregistration required; register online: “On September 7, 2014, join us for a Sephardic-focused walking tour of South Portland, including a behind the scenes look at Portland’s Sephardic synagogue, Congregation Ahavath Achim. We will begin on the campus of Portland State University (PSU) at Shattuck Elementary, one of several buildings now repurposed for PSU, then venture through what was once the heart of the Sephardic neighborhood. Along the way, we’ll learn about the people and places that contribute to the rich history of Portland's Sephardic community, including the site of the original 1930 synagogue. As you walk, you’ll hear from our tour guides about the city's first urban renewal projects of the early 1960s, which irreparably changed the physical, social and cultural landscape of the neighborhood. Reaching Lair Hill Park and Neighborhood House (now an active Waldorf School), we will finish out with a guided tour of architect John Storrs' iconic ‘beehive’ shaped synagogue at Congregation Ahavath Achim.”

37th Annual Middle Eastern Festival”, Sunday, September 7, 12PM-7PM, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 2101 NE 162nd Ave., Pdx. Church tours throughout the afternoon. Vespers at 6PM. Book store closes at 6PM. Kliros will perform two free mini-concerts 2PM and 4PM. “Since the time of Christ there have been Christians in the Middle East. Come experience some of our traditions and delicious food. Gyros and falafel sandwiches, chicken kebabs, meat and spinach pies, Arabic pastries, sweeties and coffee, Italian sodas, children’s games and activities, Orthodox Christian books and icons.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays through October 26, 12PM-5PM, 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, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion.

Today the park features 4,200 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area. Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

Feathered Friends”, Sunday, September 7, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “Have you ever wanted to fly? Join us to find out how your body would need to be altered in order to achieve such a feat and explore the amazing adaptations birds possess to render them airborne.”

Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest”, Sunday, September 7, 1:30PM; Saturday, September 13, 11:30AM; and Sunday, September 14, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “The Tillamook State Forest is home for some of North America’s largest woodpeckers. Come find out about the granddaddy of all woodpeckers and their smaller cousins. We’ll discover some interesting facts and fiction about the drummers of the forest..”

Celebration of Wild Steelhead”, Sunday, September 7, 1PM-8PM, Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Blvd., Pdx. Free. “This family-friendly event celebrates the majestic wild steelhead with live reggae music, fly fishing, gear giveaways, special guests from the Oregon Zoo, and an inviting community of outdoor lovers all paying tribute to this legendary species.”

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, September 7, 5:30PM- 7:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “On the first Sunday of every month DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Live Aloha Cultural Festival”, Sunday, September 7, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center, Armory/Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop, and Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Hawaii through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, a commemorative lei workshop, and a lively marketplace. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii. The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to 'live aloha.' With Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, hula, music and flower making workshops honor this special culture. Join many of the over 50,000 Hawaiian Islanders who call Washington State their home as they share their homeland’s colorful history through performances of music and dance.”

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Sunday, September 7, 3PM, Woodstock Library. “Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival) is one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in many parts of Asia. Please come and celebrate with friends and family. We will have stories, fun craft activities, traditional live performances, and mooncakes for us to enjoy! Join Jean Choy and create a lantern to celebrate. Easy to make.”

Naturalist in the Park”, Sunday, September 7, with guided walks leaving the parking area at 10AM and 1PM, Scouters Mountain Nature Park, SE Boyscout Lodge Rd. and SE 147th Ave., Happy Valley. Free. All ages. “Join Metro naturalist Alice Froehlich for a walk outside. 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."

Beyond Human: Science, Technology and the Future of Human Nature”, Monday, September 8, 6:30PM, Kenton Library. “Throughout history, religious scholars and philosophers have debated what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom. More recently, evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have contributed new thinking to our ideas about human nature. Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology—such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields— challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human? Prakash Chenjeri, an associate professor of philosophy at Southern Oregon University, will lead participants in a thoughtful conversation about these questions and more.”

Panda Speed-Dating: Helping an Endangered Species Through Captive Breeding”, Monday, September 8, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. All ages. $5 suggested donation. “Giant pandas have long captured the hearts and imaginations of millions and are considered the “poster child” for conservation biology. However, keeping this species from the brink of extinction has taken an international effort from research and zoo biologists. Securing a future for giant pandas has involved massive environmental restoration projects of native habitat and setting up million-dollar breeding facilities in the heart of China to ensure the propagation of the species. In this talk, conservation biologist Meghan Martin will describe the ins-and-outs of captive breeding in giant pandas and review her recent research with the Oregon Zoo and San Diego Zoo on mate preference and mate familiarity in captive breeding. Meghan spent the last four years researching the effect of prior familiarity with a mate and mate preference on reproductive success of endangered giant pandas in the heart of Sichuan, China and will share her giant panda and foreign research experiences.” Science pubs always admit minors with an adult, but some are not on family-friendly topics. In this case the title implies they may make comparisons to human sexuality which may not be appropriate for younger kids, so be aware of that possibility. 

Five Fungi That Changed the World”, Monday, September 8, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. All ages. Presented by Joey Spatafora, professor, Oregon State Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. “Without fungi, human life would be very different. No beer or cheese. No penicillin or cyclosporin antibiotics. Our forests would be far less resilient and productive. And we’d be swimming in every manner of waste product. Despite their contributions to human civilization, we know little about this diverse group of organisms. Joey Spatafora will offer a glimpse at five groups of fungi that illustrate the importance of these organisms to medicine, food and the environment.”

Oregon History 101: Native Life and Pre-Contact”, Monday, September 8, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 Northeast 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. “Native societies in Oregon have seen monumental changes in the last two hundred years. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Oregon's tribes and bands have witnessed great losses of land to federal government allotment programs; death from European diseases; and the loss of culture and language from assimilation programs at Indian boarding schools. Through all these changes, Native cultures in Oregon have adapted, and continue to thrive and adapt. David Lewis, Ph.D., Head of the Cultural Resources Department for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, will describe what life was like for western Oregon tribes, and examine the changes that resulted from the resettlement of Native lands.”

Paper Engineering”, Monday, September 8, 4:30PM, and Friday, September 26, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Tweens (ages 8-11 yrs) - come learn the basics of paper engineering! We will be designing and making things from paper using a variety of techniques. All supplies provided.” September 8- Paper Airplanes and Helicopters; September 26- Origami. 

Gluten Free Baking Basics”, Monday, September 8, 6PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online:; Saturday, September 20, 1PM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Wednesday, September 24, 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.”

Otakugumi (Anime) Club”, Tuesday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 23, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-12. Otakugumi Club meetings are THE library events for Anime and Manga lovers! Enjoy Japanese candies, see great anime movies and chat it up with fellow fanatics on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.”

Tracking the Vaux’s Swift Migration”, Tuesday, September 9, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Portland, Ore. is home to one of the world’s largest roosting colonies of Vaux’s Swifts during their southbound migration each September. But where do they live for the rest of the year? How far north do they breed? What other roost sites do they use? How long does it take them to make their journey to Central America? How healthy are their population numbers? Biologist Larry Schwitters has dedicated himself to getting answers to these questions, launching the citizen science project called Vaux’s Happening to gather data about Vaux’s Swift numbers and the importance of preserving their disappearing roost sites. Join Larry for a fast paced presentation that will examine the ongoing citizen science project, Vaux's Happening. Started six years ago to gather the data necessary to make a compelling case for the preservation of what has proven to be one of the most significant Vaux's Swift communal migratory roost sites in North America, Vaux's Happening quickly expanded into an attempt to locate, raise awareness of, and hopefully preserve the important roost sites used by this species all along their migratory path. In the last twelve migrations the project has documented nearly six million Vaux's Swift roosting events from San Diego to the Yukon. Schwitters will also share images and information captured by the project's chimney surveillance cameras and precision temperature recorders.”

The ‘Tween Scene”, Tuesday, September 9, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided.”

A Walk in the Woods”, Tuesday, September 9, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library, Klickitat Room. “Ryan Ojerio from Washington Trails Association and Judy Fowles from Vancouver Parks and Recreation will talk about hikes in our area, hiking safety, and the 50+ hiking group through Vancouver Parks and Recreation.”

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening”, Tuesday, September 9, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Learn how to extend the gardening season, and to enjoy fresh vegetables all year long. See which vegetables will grow and produce during fall and winter.”

Opening Reception, “Inspirations from Nature”, Tuesday, September 9, 6PM-9PM, White Salmon Library. Exhibit from September 2- 30. “Inspirations from Nature: A Photography Exhibit by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography.”

Minecraft Club”, Tuesday, September 9, 3:30PM, Gregory Heights Library. Grades 6 and up. “Meet up to chat about all things Minecraft! Review mods, participate in building challenges, or work together to complete a map. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours.” 

White Lotus Japanese Club”, Tuesday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 23, 4PM, Troutdale Library. Grades 6 and up. “If you like anime, manga, or Japanese culture, come on in! We will be drawing, reading, socializing, watching movies, and even cooking Japanese food every now and then. Come and learn more!”

The Amazing Larmay”, Tuesday, September 9, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Don’t miss the Amazing Larmay, who will thrill and entertain you with stunning acts of magic!”

Club Improv for Teens”, Wednesday, September 10, 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.”

Herbal Medicine: Past and Future”, Wednesday, September 10, 6PM, White Salmon Library, Sprint/Baker Gallery. “Join Sue Kusch of The Withered Herb for a presentation on plant-based medicine: its historic and present applications including samples of a variety of herbal remedies and teas.”

Poetry Reading, “Paulann Petersen”, Wednesday, September 10. 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. Paulann Petersen was Oregon’s 6th Poet Laureate.

Home School Day”, Wednesday, September 10, 10AM-2PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. $8 adults, $5 students 5-17, and free for kids 4 and under. “Check in at the Visitors Center to pay admission and receive packets. Admission includes access to 80 acres, tram ride and event stations. Bring a bag lunch or purchase food at the Visitor Center Cafe. “The Oregon Garden would like to invite 5-12 year old home school students to a fun educational day of outdoor learning during Home School Day, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 10am to 2pm. Learn about your natural world and get inspired with fun science and art activities. We offer numerous hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout the Garden. “Pre-registration not required. Have fun participating in the following educational topics: Wetland habitat and aquatic insects, native and edible plants, forest habitats and wildlife, early farm life and home garden practices, fun with trees, creation station, the world of insects, and plant adaptations.”

Concert, “No Time 2 Lose”, Wednesday, September 10, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Bluegrass, Blues and American Traditional music with a little John Prine and Gordon Lightfoot thrown in.”

Screening, “OR-7 The Journey”, Wednesday, September 10, 7PM, Moonlight Theater, 433 NE 3rd St., McMinnville. Advance tickets call 503-434-5800. “This showing will feature a Q and A with Director Clemens Schenk and Wildlife Advocate Rob Klavins. Oregon's last wolf bounty was paid in 1947. In 1973, gray wolves were granted protections under the federal Endangered Species Act, setting the species on a slow path of recovery. Oregon is again home to a fragile recovering population of 64 known wolves. All but one are confined to the Northeast corner of the state. That one wolf set off and made history becoming the first wolf west of the Cascades since 1947, and the first in California in nearly a century. In the process, he inspired people around the world and has become an ambassador for native wildlife. That wolf is OR7. Journey. The documentary, OR7-The Journey, tells the story not just of Journey, but also of his species. It is a story of survival and inspiration. Even as most Americans have come to appreciate native wildlife and wild places, 21st century science and values are coming head to head with old prejudices that put the future of wolves - and OR7 - in jeopardy.”

Concert, “Ricardo Cardenas”, Wednesday, September 10, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Guitarist Ricardo Cárdenas performs his extraordinary range of classical and folkloric music from Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile. Cárdenas includes composers as Heitor Villa-lobos, Antonio Lauro, Agustin Barrios, Fleury, J. Cardoso, Joao Pernambuco and also plays his own arrangements of Chilean songs.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, September 10, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Donations requested. “Join us for our new monthly collage night, where all are welcome to come hang out, create, and share work with other enthusiasts of collage art. If you have always wanted to learn more about collage or perhaps used to collage and haven’t in a long time, here’s your chance to do so in a fun environment of people eager to create and explore this easy-to-learn and very DIY medium. The night will kick off with a short slide show of collage art from around the world designed to inspire you with ideas. And then the cutting and pasting will commence! This event was created by local collage artists A.M. O’Malley and Kevin Sampsell. Some materials (scissors, paper cutters, glue stick, old magazines and books) will be provided, but please bring some of your own materials as well.”

Paint Mix-Up”, Thursday, September 11, 12PM, Troutdale Library. Presented by artist Addie Boswell. “Did you know you can make any color in the world with just red, yellow and blue? Using dyes and acrylic paint, learn how to mix secondary colors and create all the colors in the rainbow. Then conduct your own color experiments making pink, aquamarine, chartreuse and more. Ages 4-6 can work on basic mixing and painting techniques while ages 7-10 can practice advanced painting with tints and hues.”

Origami After School”, Thursday, September 11, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Kids - learn the art of origami folding in this fun afternoon program.”

Bat Chat”, Thursday, September 11, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. All ages. Free. 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.”

Drop Everything and Read Book Discussion Group”, Thursday, September 11, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “This is a tween book discussion group geared towards children 9-11 yrs. of age. Pick up a copy of the book from the library and come ready to discuss and have fun with new friends! Please, no younger siblings. This month we’re reading ‘Ungifted’ by Gordon Korman.”

Panel Discussion, “Food Lover’s Guide to Portland”, Thursday, September 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “For residents and visitors alike, Liz Crain’s ‘Food Lover’s Guide to Portland’ is a road map to finding the best of the best in America's favorite do-it-yourself foodie mecca. Navigate Portland's edible bounty with this newly updated all-access pass to hundreds of producers, purveyors, distillers, bakers, food carts, and farmers markets. Crain will be joined in a panel discussion by Nick Zukin (food writer and owner of Mi Mero Mole), Brett Burmeister (Food Carts Portland writer), Gabe Rosen (Biwa chef and owner), and Nat West (Reverend Nat's Hard Cider). This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.”

Author Talk, “Liz Prince”, Thursday, September 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Liz Prince discusses her graphic novel “Tomboy”. “Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and ‘Tomboy’ is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. ‘Tomboy’ is a graphic novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu. A memoir told anecdotally, ‘Tomboy’ follows author and zine artist Liz Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to ‘be a girl.’”

Mount Angel Oktoberfest”, Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14, throughout the downtown area of Mt. Angel, OR. Daily and weekend wristbands available; prices vary. All the juicy details here:

TBA:14” (Time Based Art Festival), Thursday, September 11 through Saturday, September 20. Various venues. Prices vary- some events are free. “Portland Institute for Contemporary Art presents the 12th annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) featuring local, national, and international artists representing perspectives from the Philippines, France, Australia, Japan, Canada, and Sweden to Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. TBA is a rare convergence of artists and audiences boldly pushing at the boundaries of contemporary forms and practices in a 10-day festival format. The Festival offers live performances, visual installations, concerts, experiments in music and film, and provisional galleries in unexpected spaces—activating the city of Portland with the energy and art of our time. As a champion for the explorations of artists working outside conventional boundaries, TBA also serves as a platform for dialogue and exchange that fosters curiosity and connection for audiences by directly connecting culture and community. From morning workshops to afternoon artist talks, world premieres, PICA commissions, and late-night hotspots, TBA is an all-hours forum for new ideas, new forms, and new experiences.”

Discussion Junction”, Thursday, September 11, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library. Suggested for ages 8-11. “Join us to read and talk about a different book every month. Each month a free copy of the next month’s “book of the month” will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For readers ages 8-11 with a participating adult. No older or younger children, please. This month we’re discussion ‘Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight’ by Victoria Garret Jones.”

Storytime with the Ballet”, Friday, September 12, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Saturday, September 13, 3PM, Holgate Library; and Thursday, September 25, 4PM, Northwest Library. “Join your librarian and the Oregon Ballet Theatre and read books about fall and seasons changing. Don’t miss a chance to dance a story with an Oregon Ballet Theatre teaching artist! OBT’s sought after teaching artists bring years of experience dancing with children of all ages. Children love to use their bodies to imagine and pretend, especially with their favorite books. Each storytime will include a time to see and touch something from the world of ballet. Come prepared to be moved!”

Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, September 12, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Join us for a great read each month. Pick up a copy of the current book at the library to read before the meeting. Refreshments provided. Stay after the discussion for a quick craft. This month’s book: ‘Star Jumper: Journal of Cardboard Genius’ by Frank Asch.”

La Luna Nueva”, Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 28, Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. Ticket prices vary; see their website: “Milagro’s multidisciplinary festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, dance and theatre, including the world premieres of Words that Burn, created by Los Porteños and filled with the writings of William Stafford, Lawson Inada and Guy Gabaldón; Andean Dreams, a presentation of Andean culture that will feature performances of music and traditional, colorful Andean dances; Dreamscape, hip hop theatre by award-winning Rickerby Hinds, direct from Los Angeles; Sueños de Fútbol and El niño Diego, Milagro touring and education programs, and more!” 

Bat Mobiles”, Saturday, September 13, 2PM, Central Library. Presented by artist Kathy Karbo. “Imagine...Experiment...Construct... A Bat Mobile. Workshop participants will work with bamboo twigs, paper, wire and a variety of tools to construct their mobile to take home!”

Portland Miniature Show”, Saturday, September 13, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, September 14, 10AM-4PM, DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Pdx. Admission $7 adults and free for kids 11 and under. $1 off coupon on their website: “Not been to a miniature show in a while, or maybe never? Dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes and their miniature contents are completely different from those in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Today, they are works of art you shouldn't miss! Absolutely EVERYTHING that exists in full-scale, real life is now available in smaller scales such as 1" = 1 foot or ½" = 1 foot or 1/4" = 1 foot. Whether it is a hand-crafted or commercially produced accessory for a dollhouse, you’ll find it at this show. Come talk to the friendly dealers, sign up for a workshop, or attend a how-to demonstration.”

Red Yarn”, Saturday, September 13, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Red Yarn Folk Songs and Puppetry with Andrew Furgeson!”

Seattle Fiestas Patrias”, Saturday, September 13, 12PM-11PM, and Sunday, September 14, 12PM-6PM, Seattle Center, Armory/Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, Seattle Center Pavilion. “Join the Latin American countries that celebrate their independence throughout the month of September. Belizeans, Brazilians, Chileans, Costa Ricans, Salvadoreans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Mexicans, and Nicaraguans from all over the Pacific Northwest come to enjoy their beautiful cultures with great food, dance, music, and more. Come down to South Park and/or Seattle Center and celebrate with us!”

Incredible Insects”, Saturday, September 13, 11:30AM, and Sunday, September 14, 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. “The Tillamook State Forest is home for some of North America’s largest woodpeckers. Come find out about the granddaddy of all woodpeckers and their smaller cousins. We’ll discover some interesting facts and fiction about the drummers of the forest..”

Fall Birds”, Saturday, September 13, 9:30AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $6 per adult or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Each September birds start moving towards their wintering grounds. Join Metro naturalist Alice Froehlich for an overview of the most common birds seen in the metropolitan area in September. This is a beginning bird class for those interested in learning the basics of bird groups and how to identify them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.”

Campfires and Candlelight”, Saturday, September 13, 4PM-10PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, E. 5th St., Vancouver, at the reconstructed fort. Free. “Stroll back in time and experience the night life of U.S. Army soldiers, Oregon Trail immigrants, and the residents Fort Vancouver Village. Once inside the Fort, visitors have the opportunity to observe life evening activities by campfires and candlelight.”

Sarracenia Northwest Open House”, Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14, 10AM-4PM, Sarracenia Northwest Nursery, Eagle Creek. $10 admission per vehicle, which entitles you to a small plant in a 3” pot. Preregistration required; register online: They are a carnivorous plant nursery that is only open to the public twice a year. Highly recommended!

Monroe Swift Night Out”, Saturday, September 13, 4PM until dusk, Frank Wagner Elementary School, 639 W. Main St., Monroe, WA. “Come on out on the night of September 13th, 2014 to witness an amazing natural event occurring in our community! Celebrate the arrival of the 2nd largest roost of Vaux’s Swifts in America! Watch thousands of these birds swirl into a 4-ft.-square chimney in just minutes! These 4-5″ long birds are the smallest and most numerous of the swift species in Washington State. They spend much of their time in the air and forage, eat, drink, court, collect nesting materials and mate all in flight. Vaux’s Swifts prefer to roost in hollow old trees but frequently use brick chimneys as a substitute. Vaux’s Swifts cannot perch because they have weak feet so they must clutch the rough surface of wherever they roost. Prior to entering the chimney, the swifts often gather in great numbers and circle the chimney. As they begin to enter the chimney, they change from their head-first direction and go in tail first. Once in the chimney, they overlap one another in ‘shingle’ fashion to conserve body heat. They often slow their metabolism to a near-dormant state to conserve energy while roosting. Each September thousands of migrating Vaux’s Swifts roost in Monroe School District’s Frank Wagner Elementary School chimney to rest while on their southern migration from north-western Canada and Washington State to Central America and Venezuela.”

Wings, Waves and Watersheds”, Saturday, September 13, 10AM-2PM, outside the Wings and Waves Waterpark, 460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. Free. “What is a watershed? Why is conservation important? How do we manage wastewater? Come enjoy games, prizes, and demonstrations and chat with representatives from local and regional organizations. Learn about our watersheds and steps we can take to protect our limited resources.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, September 13, 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.

11th Annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair”, Saturday, September 13, 9AM-4PM, Esther Short Park, 8th and Columbia Sts., Vancouver. Free. “The 11th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, dance and poetry. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children’s activities will be happening throughout the day.”

Mona Bell Hill and Bonneville Dam Walk”, Saturday, September 13, 9AM-1PM. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “John Harrison, author of A Woman Alone, will share the story of Sam Hill's mistress Mona Bell, the mansion Sam built for her, and her battle with the federal government after her home and property were condemned to make way for Bonneville Dam. Ranger Jesse Brownlee will give a tour of the Bonneville Dam visitor center, including a good view of Mona Bell's home site and the famous underwater fish viewing windows. The day will end with a stop at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery to visit Herman the Sturgeon.”

Taoist Tai Chi”, Saturday, September 13, 1PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Are you looking to improve the health of mind, body and spirit? Members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society® will offer information and demonstrate Taoist Tai Chi® internal arts and methods which reduce tension, improve circulation and balance, and increase strength and flexibility. You will have an opportunity to learn the first few moves.”

Heritage Day”, Saturday, September 13, all day, Ridgefield Library. 10:30AM- master storyteller Nancy McQuillan. 1PM- reception honoring Ridgefield’s enduring relationship with libraries. Kids’ craft all day. “Did you know that the 12 women who started the Priscilla Club in Ridgefield in 1914 also started a library? Join us as we celebrate 100 years of library service in Ridgefield. Enjoy this rich history laid out on tri-fold displays around the room. Meet past librarians. Enjoy and appreciate all of the history, people, and events as Ridgefield celebrates Heritage Day.”

Can It: Golden Zucchini Pickles”, Saturday, September 13, 3PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Extra zucchini never get wasted when you have this approach to preserving under your belt. Come learn to make these sweet and sour refrigerator pickles. In this hands-on class, everyone will leave with a jar of pickles, and as always Jean will have samples for all to taste.”

Columbia Flyway”, Saturday, September 13, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Join us for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds.”

Aquifer Adventure”, Saturday, September 13, 12PM-4PM, NE 166th Ave. and Airport Way, Pdx. Free. Food will be available for purchase. 15-minute long canoe rides available on a first-come, first served basis. “This event is full of hands-on activities, giving participants of all ages the chance to learn about hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows below your feet! Come dressed in your finest pirate togs, or just learn to speak like a pirate when you arrive. The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council have teamed up to bring you this interactive Saturday afternoon. Educators will help young scientists navigate a larger than life aquifer; learn the obstacles that our water travels through on its way to our drinking water supply. Young pirates will make their own edible aquifer and discover how delicious learning can be. As a family, make a household cleaner that really works and is a green alternative to harsh chemicals. Take a ride on a pirate ship (disguised as extra-stable canoe bimarans) and voyage in search of a treasure island. The trips provide safe fun for the whole family on the slow-moving Columbia Slough. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, and a canoe captain to steer - you provide the paddling muscle and curiosity. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible. Visitors can make their own pirate hats and other crafts, enjoy face-painting, and more. Aquifer Adventure is sure to bring out the pirate – scientist in you!”

Chayag”, Saturday, September 13, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Chayag’s musicians and dancers come from Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico and the US. They bring the sounds and dances of Latin America to life as they play and share the stories and traditions of the people and culture from whom they come. Through folkloric music, they hope to inspire interest and concern for those beyond their borders and provide audiences with new insights on Latin America. The program is appropriate for audiences of all ages. It is very energetic, entertaining, enlightening and very hands-on! Chayag invites you on a magical journey to the land of this marvelous culture.”!

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, September 13, 8:30PM- 11PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

High Five Hike”, Saturday, September 13, 1PM, Forest Park, Pdx meeting at the Newton Trailhead via NW Skyline Blvd. $10. Preregistration required; register online: Led by author Marcy Houle. “Come, join in, and become a member of the Forest Park HIGH FIVE fan club. Learn about Forest Park's five amazing characteristics that make it unique among all city parks in the United States, and in some cases, in the world. Learn, too, why scientists consider Forest Park an educational goldmine.”

Portland Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 10AM-5PM, OMSI North Parking Lot. Save $2 each with advance tickets before September 10; $13 adults, $8 youth and seniors. OMSI members get 15% off with event code. Two day passes also available. See their website: “Let your inner tinkerer run free in the third running of the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Portland, and maybe the world – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This event demonstrates the use of modern technologies like 3D printing and photography production along with ancient techniques like sword-forging and survival skills.” 

Soap Making”, Saturday, September 13, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $15 per ticket, maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Make soap and discover both the reactions that go into its creation and why it has such amazing cleaning properties! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket allows up to three people to make a pound of soap (6-8 bars) together in the OMSI Chem Lab.”

Period Sewing Tools”, Saturday, September 13, 12PM and 2PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “A lecture and display of period sewing tools. Have a look at the lovely and useful items women in the Victorian Era actually used!”

Sky Candy- Yachats Kite Festival”, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, on the beach at Yachats Ocean Rd. State Park. “This is a joyous historic festival (reintroduced in 2011) and chock full of activities that are fun for all ages. These include kite demonstrations, contests, public kite-flying, and endless food and drink. There will also be several professional kite fliers as well as giant kite fliers.” 2014

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 10AM-6PM, Kings Valley, OR. $11 adults, $5 seniors and kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under, free parking. Jousting at 12PM and 4PM daily. See their website for discount coupon requests and directions: “Come be thee blythe and merry at the Renaissance Faire! Just 15 miles and 500 years away from downtown Corvallis. Here enchantment awaits young and old alike as jousting knights and noble steeds clash on the tourney fyld while minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, dancers and bards fill the lanes with delight. With over 125 artisan stalls and 1,000 costumed players, visitors can browse the village for unique hand made goods and one of a kind treasures while surrounded by Renaissance revelry and entertainment. Eat, drink, and be merry, for food purveyors are on hand within Friar Tuck's Forest, and children delight in games and adventures. The only Fair of its kind in Oregon, this exciting event offers an educational interactive adventure in history, welcoming families and children. Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and set in the historic renaissance of 1558 to 1603, here all the Faire is a stage, and everyone a player!”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, September 14, 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.”

Freshwater Mussel Monitoring in Crystal Springs Creek”, Sunday, September 14, 9AM-3PM, Westmoreland Park, Pdx., and Monday, September 15, 9AM-3PM, Union Manor, Pdx. All the details and registration info here: “Freshwater mussels are the most threatened animals in the U.S. and Oregon is home to only a few species of native freshwater mussels. Mussels benefit streams and fish by improving water quality, they are food for a variety of mammals and birds, and mussel beds provide habitat for other stream inhabitants. Previous surveys by Xerces staff and volunteers have shown that Crystal Springs Creek supports large populations of native mussels. In 2013, volunteers helped tag and relocate mussels prior to stream restoration in Crystal Springs Creek at Westmoreland Park. Surveys this year will be part of long-term monitoring to determine survivorship and movement in the upstream reaches of Crystal Springs Creek at Union Manor where mussels were relocated, and recolonization in the restored reaches at Westmoreland Park to measure the effectiveness of stream restoration activities.” Spend a day wading in a creek doing citizen science! 

Gay Fair on the Square”, Sunday, September 14, 12:30PM- 4:30PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Founded in 2009, the goal of Gay Fair on the Square is to highlight the myriad of non-profit organizations in our community that support LGBTQ and allied communities, as well as support people who are out, newly out, considering coming out, curious, new to town, or those looking for ways to expand their horizons and support these communities.”

In Search of the Perfect Loaf”, Sunday, September 14, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguette — which later beat out professional bakeries to win the ‘Best Baguette of D.C.’ — but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table. For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, meeting historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between — learning about the history of bread making, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is ‘In Search of the Perfect Loaf’, an informative yet personal account of bread and bread baking, complete with detailed recipes. Fromartz will be joined in conversation by Tim Healea, owner and head baker of Little T American Baker. This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.”

American Indians in Cinema”, Sunday, September 14, 2PM, with Plankhouse tours and family activities from 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit, 28908 NE Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. Presented by Humanites WA speaker Lance Rhoades. “The public image of American Indians has been more defined by cinema than that of any other people in history. When one considers, for example, that as many as 25 percent of all films made from 1900 to 1950 were Westerns – which frequently represented American Indians as violent obstacles to progress – the lingering implications are staggering. This conversation, led by cinema scholar Lance Rhoades, will prompt us to address the formidable role cinema has played in producing, perpetuating and challenging perceptions of American Indians, past and present. This subject matter will challenge preconceptions and will raise questions about identity, stereotypes and cinema that have no easy answers.”

Animal Skulls”, Monday, September 15, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Besides being really cool to look at, animal skulls tell an amazing story about how that particular animal lived in its habitat. We'll learn the main parts of a skull, the different kinds of teeth, and how to use observations to determine whether the animal was a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore.”

Using the Oregonian Historical Archives”, Monday, September 15, 10AM, Central Library Computer Room. Preregistration required; register online: “The Oregonian Historical Archives is an amazing resource for finding obituaries, death and funeral notices, and even researching your house history. Learn skills and techniques for searching this archive of local newspaper articles.”

El Grito”, Monday, September 15, 11AM-11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “In addition to folkloric dancers and live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, the event will include food and beverages for sale, community booths, vendors, and the Mexican tradition known as El Grito de Independencia.”

Emergency Preparedness Workshop”, Tuesday, September 16, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Celebrate National Preparedness Month by attending this 1-hour workshop and getting ready for anything. From snow storm to heatwaves to the ‘Big One’ earthquake and more. Led by qualified Red Cross staff and volunteers .”

Gibbons Creek Nature Walk”, Tuesday, September 16, 8:30AM- 1PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. Free. Easy, 2.5 miles, no elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Join naturalist Joan Durgin on a leisurely walk at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Learn cultural and natural history while viewing some of the 200+ animal species that call the refuge home.”

5th Annual Tomato Tasting”, Tuesday, September 16, 10AM-12PM, Washington County Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden, 882 NE 28th Ave. (cloverleaf entrance on the west side), Hillsboro. Free. “Do you want to taste tomato varieties before you 'spend' the garden space to grow them? Do you want to enter and vote for your favorite tasty tomato varieties? Please come and taste heirloom, old standards and new varieties of tomatoes at the Washington County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at the Fair Complex. Participate in the judging and vote for your favorite tomato.”

Sparrows of Oregon”, Tuesday, September 16, 7PM, Audubon Society of Oregon, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Birdwatchers are often blown away by the similarity of these ‘little brown jobbers.’ An amazing 18 species of sparrows occur in our area. These birds are the bane of some birders, but with a little practice and advice we can learn how to tell them apart. A local bird expert and author of numerous field guides, Harry Nehls will share his tips on when and where to find the elusive sparrows and how to recognize each ‘little brown job.’”

Forensic Science: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist”, Tuesday, September 16, 7PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Pdx. Minors welcome with an adult. $5 suggested donation. Obviously this topic may not be appropriate for younger kids, so parents should be the judge. “Have you ever wondered how crime scene investigations actually work? Join retired Chief Deputy Rod Englert as he takes you behind the scenes and explains how homicide investigations can test the limits of an investigator's power of observation, intuitive thinking, and creative ability. He will walk you through the evidence of a homicide scene and show you how ‘everything means something’. Many case studies will be discussed including high-profile and controversial murders where evidence can often be ‘the devil in the details’.”

Helping and Horseback Riding in Honduras”, Tuesday, September 16, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “In September we’re visiting Honduras from the comfort of our Meyer Room courtesy of Glendyne Reinmiller, who volunteered in and visited this South American country. While there she met a child that she sponsored, toured Copan, the site of some of the world’s most famous Mayan ruins, rode on horseback through a Honduran mountain village, and learned how to weave on a loom! Glendyne will share photos and Honduran coffee while telling heartwarming stories of her travels.”

Book Buddies”, Tuesday, September 16, 4PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “A book group for kids ages 7-9. We'll read books nominated for the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award. Join our fun and engaging book group as we discuss these nominated books and make a craft to take home.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, September 16, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘Rooftoppers’ by Katherine Rundell.”

Ancient Egypt's Gods, Tombs, and Temples”, Tuesday, September 16, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Parking info here: and most parking is free after 7PM. Presented by Dr. Andrew Bednarski, who has field-directed American Research Center in Egypt excavations in and around Luxor for the last three years. “Luxor (ancient Thebes) is a portal to a great archaeological heritage. It is where the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) undertook an ambitious program of work between 2011 and 2014, as will be described by Dr. Andrew Bednarksi. At a time when the Egyptian economy was ailing, ARCE employed about 100 local people, trained local inspectors, and radically improved several tourist sites. The tomb of Djehuty. The tomb of the royal steward who served two great Pharaohs had been accessible for the past 100 years but the interior was in a sorry state and excavation was incomplete. Hieroglyphs, coffins and mummies were discovered as ARCE prepared the site for public access. The Roman Temple of Isis. Local villagers had recently used the temple at Deir el Shelwit as a place to hang laundry. Long neglected, and still only partially understood, the temple’s interior, replete with lavishly painted scenes of gods and kings, has now been brought to light. The Temple of Mut. Closed to the public for nearly a generation, this important center within the Karnak Temple complex now has been opened, thanks to ARCE’s efforts. The Sheikh Abd el Qurna cemetery. The ruling elite used this ancient cemetery for thousands of years. ARCE mapped it, recorded nearby demolished hamlets, cleared debris and added visitor paths.” Get there early for a seat! This will be popular.

Handmade by LAIKA”, Tuesday, September 16, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro, free; and Monday, September 29, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro, $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. The Sept. 29 event is presented by Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototype at LAIKA. “LAIKA animation studios makes incredible things—from scratch! One of the world’s most innovative team of animators, artists, writers and filmmakers, LAIKA has produced such stunning work as the Oscar®-nominated films ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009). Go behind the scenes and into the handmade workings of LAIKA at this special presentation. Meet puppets from LAIKA productions -- and take a special sneak-peek into the workings of the upcoming feature The Boxtrolls (in theaters September 26)! Please arrive early for a seat.” 

OBOB Book Club”, Wednesday, September 17, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Come discuss Battle of the Book books and answer trivia about a different book each session.” This month’s book: “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume. 

For the Love of Ascomycetes: The Diverse World of Fungi in the Pacific Northwest, Illustrated”, Wednesday, September 17, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Michael Beug, coauthor of ‘Ascomycete Fungi of North America’ will share his knowledge on edibles (from morels to truffles), fungal habitats and lifestyles, what Ascomycetes are and how they are used (from medicinal to industrial and agricultural).”

Concert, “Small Souls”, Wednesday, September 17, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Small Souls is an Americana folk trio with emotive melodies and lyrical songwriting.”

Concert, “Primal Mates”, Wednesday, September 17, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Kerouac. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers set poetry to music, the chamber jazz duo Primal Mates combines a variety of writers and poets with the beautiful sound of voice, cello and vibraphone for a truly unique listening experience.”

OBOB Book Club”, Wednesday, September 17, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 3-5. Preregistration required at the library. “Do you like to read? Do you like to get free books? Are you in 3rd through 5th grade? If so, you are invited to join our Oregon Battle of the Books Club! Each month from September through February, we will talk about two great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd through 5th grade. Every child who registers for a session will receive free copies of the two books being discussed in that session. September books: ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo. ‘Swindle’ by Gordon Korman.”

The Reptile Man”, Thursday, September 18, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Snakes and lizards and turtles, oh my! Learn all about scaly critters at this thrilling show featuring more than a dozen live reptiles.”

Author Talk, “Laila Lalami”, Thursday, September 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Laila Lalami discusses her book “The Moor’s Account”. “In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés. But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril—navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition’s treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes’s Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquistadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers. ‘The Moor’s Account’ brilliantly captures Estebanico’s voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition. As the dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration and Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Laila Lalami’s deft hands, Estebanico’s memoir illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, even as storytelling can offer a chance for redemption and survival.”

Adam McIssac, Columbia River Artist”, Thursday, September 18, 7:15PM, Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. $15. Adam McIssac: “I am consumed with the natural treasures of our region. I spent my childhood walking our local streams with my father, a fisheries biologist, and became forever tied to the unrefined beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Intertwined with this region’s beauty are its Indigenous people. The confluence of these two forces forged my dedication to preserve their artwork and life ways. I have immersed myself in the art and culture of the Chinook people. I am compelled within my art to connecting both long time residents and one-time visitors to this feeling of place and our important history. Teaching this art has occupied my life for the last sixteen years. I believe I have an understanding of them and how they would like to see their art and culture carried forward.”

"Dinosaur Discovery", Thursday, September 18, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library.  Suggested for grades 4-5.  Preregistration required; register online:   "Learn about palaeontologist Mary Anning and her dinosaur discoveries. Afterwards create your own dinosaur bone with a cast!"

Bookaneers”, Thursday, September 18, 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 Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble’ by Frank Cammuso.

Whodunit The Musical”, Thursday, September 18 through October 19, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Ages 6 to adult welcome. Ticket prices vary; see their website: “A wealthy spinster and her cockney maid take a beautiful Connecticut summer home in 1931. When they arrive, all the help has quit, except for a very odd butler who warns that something strange is going on. They are soon joined by the spinster’s niece who’s brought a friend… a ‘friend’ who turns out to be a young man! Heavens! After a night of attempted break-ins, the sound of gun shots, and the discovery of a dead body – or two – the detective arrives and things get REALLY strange! Whodunit is a tuneful, riotous romp that’s part mystery, part drawing room farce, and all musical comedy.” 

Rocks 101”, Thursday, September 18, 7PM, Tualatin Library. Presented by author Rick Thompson. “Have you ever tried to answer the question: ‘What is a rock’ without having one to point to?
 Join us at the library when Rick Thompson will not only define what rocks are but provide an explanation of the different kinds of rocks, how they are formed as well as how the three main types of rocks are related to the Lake Missoula Floods. You are invited to bring rocks or mineral samples from your own collections that are special to you and that you would like to share with others. Or you may bring a rock that you would like to have identified that may be a mystery to you. Program will be followed by a book signing of his newest book: "GigaFlood: The Lake Missoula Flood in NW Oregon and SW Washington." This is the first book that concentrates on revealing the flood evidence in the Portland/Vancouver and Willamette Valley areas.”

Author Talk, “Kristina McMorris”, Thursday, September 18, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library. “Join New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris as she discusses the remarkable true stories that inspired her novels, her in-depth research adventures (including a ride on a B-17), and the greatest challenges she's faced in writing historical fiction.”

Author Talk, “Heidi Schultz”, Friday, September 19, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Heidi Schultz discusses her new novel for middle readers. “Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink. So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited. The crocodile's clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz's debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?”

Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 19, 3PM-midnight, Saturday, September 20,11AM- midnight, and Sunday, September 21, 11AM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Pdx. Adults $5, seniors $3, ages 15 and under $2. “Portland's Premier fall family festival is back with a taste of authentic German culture. Our fully family friendly Oktoberfest features live music, dancing, food, and beverages, plus Kinderplatz for the kids, wiener dog races, cooking shows and more.”

Oregon International Air Show”, Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, Hillsboro Airport. Ticket prices vary; see their website: Discounts for advance tickets. We love the Friday evening show, with few gaps between performers and a huge fireworks and pyrotechnics show at the end, but this year the headlining acts are not performing on Friday. Very Max accessible. 

Rose City Comic Con”, Saturday, September 20, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, September 21, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Ticket prices vary; check their website for advance ticket discounts:

Oregon Trail Live”, Saturday, September 20, 12PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Teams can register to play this crazy role playing history game with 2-4 people per team including at least one adult for $30, or $40 to include the additional “Grueling Pace Challenge”. See details on their website: “A competition between pioneering teams to reach the end of the Oregon Trail by completing a series of somewhat realistic and ridiculous tasks.” “What will the day be like? Pretty silly, honestly. Very silly. Hunting involves Nerf guns and college students dressed up as buffalo, if that tells you anything. But while there are lots of ridiculous challenges, we are also here to learn. There's a reason we're getting out of math class to play this game, right? So come ready to learn about Oregon history, which is brutal at times. Did you know that sometimes, parties would make it all the way here only to all drown in the Columbia? Like we said: Brutal.”

POW/MIA Observance and Memorial Dedication”, Saturday, September 20, 9:45AM reception, 11AM program, Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 NE 65th St., Vancouver. “Everyone is invited to see the unveiling of the new POW/MIA monument and remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.”

Festival Japan”, Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, 11AM-5PM, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Come celebrate culture and community with music, dance, arts, crafts, food and an amazing array of koi fish by the NW Koi and Goldfish Club!”

12th Annual Polish Festival”, Saturday, September 20, 11AM-10PM, and Sunday, September 21, 12PM-6PM, 3900 N. Failing St., Pdx. Free admission. “The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts.  It is for everyone. During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.”

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, September 20, 8AM-4PM, Valley Art Gallery, 2022 Main St., Forest Grove. Preregistration $12 the day of the event, or stop by the gallery Wednesday, September 17, 5-7PM. The fee includes a tray of vibrant pastel chalk. “The festival is held rain or shine so come prepared for the weather. Bring your imagination along with your knee pads, rulers, blending brushes, etc. and enjoy the day alongside your fellow artists. The event is open to all. There is no judging, only admiration. Big Mama Gayle and her Sugar Daddies will be back this year along with Kirk Larson, Joe Mishkin (our amazing balloon guy) and others to provide music and entertainment throughout the day.”

Art of the Microscope”, Saturday, September 20, 10AM-11AM, OMSI Life Lab. $8. Preregistration required; register online: “We will explore ways to capture creative images by using the camera on your phone with a microscope. Visitors will be able to print one imagine to take home. It is highly recommended to have taken OMSI's Beginner Microscopy lab experience. Make sure to bring your phone to capture many pictures.”

Author Talk, “R. Gregory Nokes”, Saturday, September 20, 12PM, Barclay House, 719 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Join us at the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to hear author R. Gregory Nokes speak about his book ‘Breaking Chains’, chronicling the lives of slaves brought to Oregon Territory from Missouri during the mid 19th century.”

Cheadle Lake Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, Cheadle Lake, OR. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students with ID, free for kids 5 and under. “We anticipate over 400 reenactors presenting life within the Civil War in 1863. Along with specific scheduled demonstrations throughout the day there are people presenting their activities and struggles during the war. Camps and clothing are all period throughout the weekend. You can see how we cooked, cleaned, took care of equipment and horses and much more. Bleachers are available, but you can bring your lawn chairs. Concessions are also available throughout the day.”

Hood River Pear Celebration”, Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, Hood River County. “Bring family and friends and have fun at our celebration at the peak of pear harvest. Check out many varieties of locally grown fresh pears, pear desserts, pear wine, live music, BBQs, lavender farms, alpaca babies and more. Many farms have picnic areas.” Details here: and a map of the Fruit Loop on their website:

Sturgeon Festival”, Saturday, September 20, 10AM-2PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. Fish dissection at 11:30AM. Eartha the Ecological Clown at 1PM. Audubon Society of Portland’s Education Birds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge presents historic uses of sturgeon. “Join the annual Celebration of Columbia River Ecosystems. Every year the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems on the third Saturday in September. This free, fun family event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. Highlights include fish dissections and Eartha the Ecological Clown.

Maple Collection Tour”, Saturday, September 20, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Do you love maple trees? Are you considering adding a maple tree to your yard? Did you know there are 128 species of maples and that Hoyt Arboretum's collection includes around 50 species? Come enjoy our amazing variety of maples!”

249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B”, Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Interact with the living history group representing one of several regimental batteries that served at Fort Stevens during WW II. At Battery Pratt, which houses our unique 6-inch Rifle on a Disappearing Carriage, observe the gun crew go through their practice firing drills.”

Let’s Go Birding- Bird Survey”, Saturday, September 20, 9AM, Fort Stevens State Park, meeting at Battery Russel. “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.”

Guided Birding Walk at Steigerwald”, Saturday September 20, 8AM-11AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or to register. “Birdwatchers, both novice and experienced, are invited to come out and get a closer look at the refuges and the nature show created by the changing of the seasons. Experienced guides will identify birds, explain why habitat areas on the refuges provide vital resting stops for migrating birds, and discuss how the refuges are managed. Unusual sightings can surprise and excite birders on any of the hikes.”

Nuestro Canto”, Saturday, September 20, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Nuestro Canto offers a bilingual English/Spanish theatrical performance with masks, dance, songs, and music. During the performance, participants will learn about geography, history, traditional ancestral music and the different languages still spoken in Mexico. Participants will also be able to listen to live music with Pre-Columbian instruments such as Clay Flutes, chajchas, teponaztlis and huéhuetles, get close to these instruments and ask questions after the performance.”

Saturday Academy Presents, “Codes and Ciphers”, Saturday, September 20, 2PM, Albina Library. “Participants will learn about shift ciphers, the Vigenere cipher, and the Enigma machine in order to better understand how to create secret codes, decode encrypted messages, and understand why it is safe to type a password on the internet.”

Autumnal Equinox Celebration”, Saturday, September 20, 7PM, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:00 pm. The party is free with $5 parking per vehicle parking fee. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Mars and more! On the scheduled day of an OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at 503 797-4000. Press #3 then #5 or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Earth Rocks!”, Saturday, September 20, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library. Presented by AKA Science. “Want to make your own fossils? Come rock out with us! Experiment with erosion, make colorful rock "streaks" and see a sinkhole in action!”

Ten-Minute One-Bowl Meals”, Saturday, September 20, 2PM, Belmont Library. “What's not to like about one-bowl meals? They're healthy, delicious, and gorgeous. They can be tailored for weight loss, vegans, you name it. No recipe needed, of course. And no out of season vegetables either. So simple. So easy. So elegant. Bring your chef's knife and a cutting board so you can create a small sample of your own to take home. As always, we'll taste some samples first, and Jean will fill you in on the theory.”

Children’s Book Fair: Do the Right Thing and Read”, Saturday, September 20, 11AM-2PM, back lawn of the North Portland Library. Storyteller Habiba will present at 11AM. “North Portland Library and the Urban League of Portland invite families with kids from preschool through 5th grade to the 15th Annual Children's Book Fair: Do the Right Thing and Read! Join us for all of these fun activities: live performances; bookmaking; button making; arts and crafts tables; superheroes Bookman and Bookwoman; people who read in several languages; and a free book for every child! 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.”

Treasure Maps”, Saturday, September 20, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Monday, September 22, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by artist Sarah Ferguson. “Create your very own treasure map. Whether or not you are a pirate, it's always good to remember where you hide your treasure. Make a special map using a variety of techniques and materials. Alter the paper to make it look old, then use pens, watercolor and crayon resist, painted papers, stamps, fasteners to build secret flaps, and more. No two maps are alike. When you are done, roll up your map and tie it securely!”

Dragon Art Studio Presents, “Images of China”, Saturday, September 20, 2PM, Gresham 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.”

Beginning Quilling”, Sunday, September 21, 12PM, Fairview Columbia Library. For adults but surely suitable for accompanied, patient kids. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Jenna Lechner. “Create a beautiful, three-dimensional piece of art with mere paper strips: quilling is the age-old art of paper curling, invented in the 16th century by French and Italian monks as a way to embellish book covers. We will learn the basics of quilling in this workshop, where we will embellish a letter via quilling.”

Elowah and Upper McCord Falls Kids Hike”, Sunday, September 21, 9:30AM-3PM, Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, OR. Free. Easy, 4 miles, 600’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Environmental Educator Roland Begin will lead us on an educational scavenger hunt to two beautiful falls. We'll learn about the area's plants, animals, geology and history along the way. Fun for the entire family!”

Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour”, Sunday, September 21, 1PM, Meeting at the Spring Water Corridor entrance to Main City Park, Gresham. Donations requested. Preregistration required; call 503-661-0347 by September 19. “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.”

Bug Blast”, Sunday, September 21, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth ages 5 and up. Free for kids 4 and under. Buzz on by the Burke as thousands of specimens fly, inch, or crawl to the museum for this favorite annual family event. Examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections, learn about beneficial bugs, enjoy buggy music, and more! Special guest and local celebrity Ciscoe Morris of “Gardening with Ciscoe” will shed light on the beneficial bugs hidden in your garden, share his favorite buggy stories, and answer all of your gardening questions.”

Film Screening, “Black Girl in Suburbia”, Sunday, September 21, 2PM, North Portland Library, and Sunday, September 28, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by filmmaker Melissa Lowery. “’Black Girl in Suburbia’ is a locally made, feature documentary by Melissa Lowery that looks into the experiences of African American girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. Through professional and personal interviews, this film makes an exploration into the conflict and issues African American girls have relating to both white and Black communities. ‘Black Girl In Suburbia’ intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people in the hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.”

OBOB Book Club”, Monday, September 22, 4PM, West Linn Library. “You are cordially invited to join our Oregon Battle of the Books Club! On the fourth Monday of the month, September through December, we will talk about four great books from the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) list for 3rd-5th grade. Not only will we be discussing these great books, but come prepared to quiz your friends! The OBOB Book Club will be a great place to practice for upcoming battles. Participants are encouraged to write their own questions for book club! Don’t forget! The library has an OBOB collection down in the kids’ room, for all divisions. All books check out for 28 days, and there are no holds and no renewals. Why wait in line when you can be reading?” This month: Starry River of the Sky, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Rules

Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide”, Monday, September 22, 7PM, Goldendale Library; and Tuesday, September 23, 6PM, White Salmon Library. “Photographer John Marshall will lead a discussion on the past philosophies and future policies regarding forest fire management in Eastern Washington. Lightning strikes and Native Americans historically ignited many small fires, resulting in open forests with a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats. As Europeans settled the area, many began to argue for the vigilant prevention of wildfires. For half a century, the U.S. Forest Service battled all fires and invented Smokey Bear, a character that spread the discredited notion that all fire is bad. Now fires are larger and hotter as forests have grown into living tinderboxes. All of Eastern Washington’s vulnerable forests will inevitably burn. The question for us is: How do we want them to burn?”

Worldwide Spin-In Public Day”, Saturday, September 22, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Oregon’s diverse climates and fertile environments made it a booming hub for textiles in the 19th century. American entrepreneurs saw an emerging textile market all across the western territories, and they went to Oregon to make their fortunes. Raising livestock and making fiber, these frontier craftsmen produced goods that rivaled the finest cloths of Europe. In celebration of this history, OHS will host the Portland Spinnerati for Worldwide Spin in Public Day. Come meet us in the plaza, where the spinners will be using wheels and spindles to honor the lost art of hand-made textiles.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, September 23, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Calling all homeschoolers ages 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books.”

Composting: A Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”, Tuesday, September 23, 6PM, Ridgefield Library. “Turn your vegetable waste and yard debris into rich soil. Learn the basics of backyard composting in a free workshop that includes an overview of various composting bins and systems. Presented by WSU Clark County Master Composters/Recyclers.”

Kids’ Book Group”, Tuesday, September 23, 4:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Talk Back to Books: a book group for young teens ages 10 and up. Starts at 4:30pm. Read, discuss, and recommend your favorite books. Snacks provided by the library.”

Zoo Animal Presenters”, Wednesday, September 24, 5PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. “Come to the library to learn about, and see firsthand, animals from the Oregon Zoo!”

Author Talk, “Christopher Shockey”, Wednesday, September 24, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Christopher Shockey discusses his book, “Fermenting Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables and Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes and Pastes.” “Even beginners can make their own fermented foods! This guide includes in-depth instruction for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles and then offers more than 120 recipes, using the same basic methods, for fermenting 64 different vegetables and herbs. You'll discover how easy it is to make dozens of exciting dishes, including pickled Brussels sprouts, curried golden beets, carrot kraut, and pickled green coriander. The recipes are creative, delicious, and healthful, and many of them can be made in small batches -- even just a single pint.”

The Read-Aloud Crowd”, Wednesday, September 24, 5PM, Battle Ground Library. “This is a "starter" book discussion group geared towards children 6-8 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 ‘Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren.”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Wednesday, September 24, 6PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Are you considering homeschooling or just getting started? Are you currently homeschooling and looking for more ideas and support? Members of the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) will present information on local resources, legal requirements, homeschooling methods and much more. This is a great opportunity to meet seasoned homeschoolers and get answers to your questions.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, September 25, 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.”

Hydropower on the Willamette- The PGE Story”, Thursday, September 25, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. “Learn the history of how water-power was harnessed on the Willamette River, from the first long-distance transmission of electricity in the nation to Willamette Falls' present-day green energy designation. Presented by Portland General Electric.”

Rick Huddle Presents, “Talk Like a Pirate”, Thursday, September 25, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Arrrr you ready for Terrific Tuesday? In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day Rick Huddle will present: ‘Arrrr! Pirates Have Feelings Too.’ Set off on a pirate ship with Cap'n Rick and get marooned on a desert island. We'll sing shanties, swab the deck, and come up with new answers to the age-old question, ‘What Would You Do with a Grumpy Sailor?’ We'll have to band together to avoid the blues, or maybe we'll just sing our way out of them.”

Concert, “Audrey Sackett”, Thursday, September 25, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Classically trained Portland soprano singer, Audrey Sackett presents selections from musical theater and classical favorites.”

36th Annual Oregon Alpenfest”, Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28, 59919 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, OR. “Oregon's Alpenfest is a long-running Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival held on the last weekend of September in Wallowa County, Oregon, known widely as Oregon's Little Switzerland. We are a family-oriented and fun-filled event that celebrates the Alpine environment of Wallowa Valley. The 36th edition of Oregon's Alpenfest will feature polka music and dancing, yodeling, alphorns, Swiss and German cuisine, beer and wine, and art, craft, antique and gift shopping.”

Author Talk, “Melissa Hart”, Thursday, September 25, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Melissa Hart discusses her book, “Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family”. “Melissa Hart, a desperately lonely young divorcee and L.A. transplant, finds herself stranded in rainy Eugene, Oregon, working from home in the company of her two cats and two large mutts. At the local dog park, she meets a fellow dog owner named Jonathan: a tall, handsome man with a unibrow and hawk-like nose. When he invites her to accompany him on a drive to Portland to retrieve six hundred pounds of frozen rats and a fledgling barred owl, sparks fly. Their courtship blossoms in a raptor rehabilitation center where wounded owls, eagles, falcons, and other iconic birds of prey take refuge and become ambassadors for their species. Initially, Melissa volunteers here in order to "sink her talons" into her new love interest, but soon she falls hopelessly in love with her fine feathered charges. Melissa and Jonathan start out convinced they don't want children, but caring for birds who have fallen from their nests triggers a deep longing in Melissa to mother an orphaned child. Thus they embark on a heart-wrenching journey to adoption. Every page sparkles with vivid imagery and wit in this beautifully written memoir of parallel pursuits. ‘Wild Within’ is, above all, about the power of love--romantic, animal, and parental--to save lives and fulfill dreams.”

Anime and Manga Club”, Friday, September 26, 1PM, Estacada Library. 

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival”, Friday, September 26, 9AM-5PM, and Saturday, September 27, 9AM- 4PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. “Our Mission is to exhibit and demonstrate the full spectrum of natural fibers (plant and animal) from beginning to end, from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product. The Festival includes three days of workshops and a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities. This year's celebrated breed will be Shetland Sheep and the featured handcraft will be felting.”

American Indian Day Celebration”, Friday, September 26, 12PM-7PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 01 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and other local Indian organizations for the 9th Annual American Indian Day Celebration. The event will include Northwest Tribal leaders, Indian advocates, drum groups, dancers, and arts and crafts vendors who will share their talents and experiences with the Portland community.”

Author Talk, “Sean Davis”, Saturday, September 27, 2PM, Beaverton Library. “Iraq War veteran, artist, and author Sean Davis will appear at the Beaverton City Library to read from his new book ‘The Wax Bullet War: Chronicles of a Soldier and Artist’. Sean is a visual artist whose memoir chronicles his experiences in the Iraq War shortly after 9/11. The memoir cuts through politics and party lines to explore the ugliness of war and the restorative beauty of art. Follow Sean Davis as he discovers the oddities of a pop-up America in a hostile desert wasteland; loses his best friend in a violent ambush; returns, critically wounded, to confinement in a place that’s not his home; deals with the fallout of PTSD and the horror of what he experienced in that war zone; and, finally, as he rediscovers art and its power to heal.”

First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska”, Saturday, September 27, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Fans of the Alaskan classic ‘One Man’s Wilderness’ will enjoy reading this memoir of how its author, Sam Keith, and its subject, Dick Proenneke, first met. After serving as a US Marine during World War II and attending college on the GI Bill, Sam Keith decided to seek adventure and acceptance in Alaska. He arrived on Kodiak Island in July, 1952, where he secured a job as a laborer on the Adak Navy base. He befriended a group of like-minded men there, including Dick Proenneke, who shared a love of the outdoors, hard work, and self-reliance. Keith explored the wilds of South Central Alaska while working on the Navy base, and later as a Stream Guard and Enforcement Patrolman. In his hunting and fishing trips with Dick and his friends, Keith found almost everything he sought. But at the end of three years, Keith decided to go Outside to pursue other dreams. Dick Proenneke tells him, “Sam, you know right well you don’t want to leave this country. Don’t give up on it. Me and you got to figure something out.” In 1973, Keith went on to write ‘One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey’, based on his dear friend’s journals and photography. It was reissued in 1999 and won a National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA). In 2003, portions of text from the book and some of Proenneke's 16mm movies were used in ‘Alone in the Wilderness’, which began appearing on US public television stations. The documentary follows Proenneke as he builds a log cabin with only hand tools, and includes reflections on wildlife, weather, and the natural scenery he sees around him. Sam Keith passed away in 2003. But in 2013, his son-in-law, children’s book author/illustrator Brian Lies, discovered in an archive box in their garage a book manuscript, originally written in 1974 after the publication of ‘One Man’s Wilderness’. ‘First Wilderness’ is the story of Keith’s own experiences, at times harrowing, funny, and fascinating. Along with the original manuscript are photos and excerpts from his journals, letters, and notebooks, woven in to create a compelling and poignant memoir of search and discovery. Foreword by Nick Jans and Afterword by Laurel Lies (Sam Keith's daughter.)”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, September 27, 1PM, Forest Park, Pdx. Meeting at Wildwood Trailhead on NW Newberry Rd. 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.”

Festa Italiana Seattle” , Saturday, September 27, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, September 28, 10AM-6PM, , Seattle Center, Armory/Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free. “Seattle Center Festál presents The Italian Festival, Sept. 27 and 28. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Italy through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The Italian Festival is a ‘Celebration of All Things Italian.’ Food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the old country.”

11th Annual Harvest Fun Day and Food Drive”, Saturday, September 27, 10AM-3PM, 78th St. Heritage Farm, 1919 NE 78th St., Vancouver. Free. “Bring a can of food for our food donation bins and participate in fun activities including making your own ice cream, decorating pumpkins, creating a pinecone birdfeeder, hands-on animal exhibitions, plant sales, art activities, a corn shucking contest and more! This event is a great way to connect to Clark County’s agricultural heritage and give back to your community by picking foods from Heritage Farm gardens for donation to the Clark County Food Bank.”

Letterboxing How-To”, Saturday, September 27, 1PM, Ridgefield Library. “Tweens and teens - want to know what letterboxing is? Come to the Ridgefield Library to find out. Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with treasure-hunts in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. The prize: an image from a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp—usually a unique, hand-carved creation.”

Salsa, Salsa, Salsa: A Celebration of Dance and Sauce”, Saturday, September 27, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. All ages. “Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with salsa! Internationally recognized dancer and choreographer Javier Solis, aka Gemini, will teach basic salsa steps and present a performance by his children's salsa group, The Little Geminis. Javier founded the Portland Salsa Congress in 2005, which has since developed into the premier competitive Salsa Congress in the Pacific Northwest. And that's not all! Learn how to make fresh homemade salsa with Araceli De La Cruz, owner of La Popular catering. Fresh chips and salsa will be served.”

Fort Cascades Historic Trail and Fisheries Tour”, Saturday, September 27, 9AM-3PM, Columbia River Gorge, WA. Free. Easy, 1.5 miles, little elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Stroll this historic trail with Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee while discovering the rich history of the area as you learn about the First People, pioneers, military presence and today's inhabitants that have long called this place home. We'll also learn about the many plants and animals that have been critical to human survival for centuries. After the hike, enjoy Bonneville Dam's underwater fish viewing windows while learning about the Corps' role in maintaining critical river fisheries.”

Acorn Pudding and Extracting Volatile Oils”, Sunday, September 27, 8AM-12PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx. $25-50 sliding scale, children 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: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Get hands-on experience on how some wild plants are processed for grain, flour, and essential oils. We'll see how to shell, grind, process and leach acorns so that they transform into wonderful additions to breads, muffins, pancakes, and pudding. By the end of the workshop we'll have gone from bitter acorns in the shell to a sweet acorn pudding that any normal human would enjoy. Also learn how to make a distillation setup from simple kitchen ware. We'll make a distillate from mint that you could use to flavor teas, use in cooking or aroma therapy.”

Promenade”, Saturday, September 27, 1PM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. 

The Story Unfolds: 150th Anniversary Celebration”, Saturday, September 27, 11AM-5PM, Central Library. Multnomah County Library has been serving this community since February 15, 1864. On September 27, we honor a century and a half of rich library history and envision what our library will look like a century and a half from now. You and your family are cordially invited to a community celebration in honor of this special occasion. Join us at Central Library and outside on SW Taylor Street. There will be indoor and outdoor library stations with resources, interactive activities and giveaways. We will have storytime in different languages, live entertainment, fun crafts for all ages, refreshments donated by your favorite local vendors, and much more. A big part of the celebration will be sharing stories. So tell us, what do you love about your library?”Come see the 150 Years of Library Memories collection at Multnomah County Library's 150th Anniversary Celebration. You may learn more about your favorite branch library or find a photograph of someone you remember. With over 600 items to browse, you can learn more about the history of our library system through photographs and the recorded stories of our patrons and staff members. We will have listening stations so that you can hear other patron’s stories or get a behind the scenes view by listening to current and retired staff stories. We will also be projecting images from the collection and have some interactive games based on related collection trivia. If you love the library or want to learn more about it, come check this out.

Animal Tracking for Beginners”, Saturday, September 27, 10AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Suggested for ages 7 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family, and there is a $5 per car day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Autumn is a wonderful time to hit the sandy beaches of Oxbow Park in search of the wild animals and the tracks and sign they leave behind. Learn to read the stories on the landscape in this wildlife rich environment.”

Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza”, Saturday, September 27, 7PM, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. $16 adults, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 and under and seniors.

Cider Squeeze”, Saturday, September 27, 10AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. Friday pre-squeeze 2-4PM- bring your own apples for unlimited squeezing). Admission $5 for individuals, $20 for families. Press cider from your own apples for $3/gallon, press our apples for $6/gallon, use our gallon jugs $1 each, prepressed pasteurized cider $7/gallon. “Meals, pies, baked goods and ice cream available onsite. Live music all day, featuring Heartstrings, Extra Measure, and more! Tours of the house, store open for historic books, toys, games and souvenirs, 1860′s barn with corn-grinding and cross-cut saw, Build a log cabin, use the laundry scrubboard and wringer, check out our new wagon shed, and visit a living history log cabin. Blacksmithing and woodstove cooking demonstrations. Food booth prices range from $2.00 hot dogs to $4.00 for a Barbecue Beef Sandwich. Or make it a meal with chips and an old-fashioned soda, iced tea, or juice. Good food, good price, good cause!”

Portland VegFest 2014”, Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Pdx. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students with ID, free for kids 12 and under. “Oregon’s largest plant-based food event! Hundreds of free foods to sample, expanded exhibit hall with more food and exhibitors, fitness area with demos and classes, fashion and beauty area, mini farmer’s market, children and teen activities including a super hero themed photo booth.”

Spin In at the Mill”, Saturday, September 27, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. “Because wool production has been so important to Washington, we'd like you to see where it all starts. One person and one spinning wheel can turn sheep's wool into yarn. Even before our Mill was built in 1876, water powered mills were used to wash, card, spin and weave fabric. Our Mill Spinners will show you what wool is like and why no other fiber is quite the same. We'll even let you try your hand at this ancient craft.”

Café Banned Presents…To Cut or Not to Cut: A Conversation About Censorship”, Saturday, September 27, 3:30PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Recent efforts to remove the n-word in literature—from a recent edition of Mark Twain’s ‘Huck Finn’ in which the word is changed to ‘slave’ to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s ‘Come and Gone’ because of its ‘offensive’ language—raise questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view? Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion that examines these questions, as well as their importance beyond conversations about literature.”

Handmade Roses”, Saturday, September 27, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Celebrate the City of Roses by creating beautiful handmade roses with vibrant tissue papers. Artist Kathy Karbo will send you home with a bouquet of roses any florist will envy, and they will last forever.”

Homemade Mustard”, Saturday, September 27, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. “Making mustard is easy, open to considerable creativity, and goes great with everything from crackers and cheese to roasted meats. With just a few simple tricks, you can begin exploring the world of homemade mustard. So, come ready to make your own two sample batches of mustard. We'll have both yellow and black mustard seeds to experiment with as well as rice wine and red wine vinegars for flavoring and controlling the heat in your mustard. As always, food historian and cookbook author Jean Johnson, will offer samples for tasting--and you'll leave with recipe ideas geared toward helping you put a unique stamp on your own batches.”

Classroom Discovery Days: Birds of a Feather”, Saturday, September 27, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “How do owls fly silently? What does a humming bird nest look like? Come see what all the feathery fun is about after joining OPRD for their ‘Music on the Wing - the Birds of Tryon Creek’ hike 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.”

Me, My Family and I: An Introduction to Genealogy”, Saturday, September 27, 3PM, Gresham Library Computer Lab. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever wanted to know more about your family history, but you weren't sure how to get started? By the end of this class, you will be able to use some basic genealogy vocabulary, be familiar with some ways to get started, know some effective online communication techniques, and understand research basics and vital records. This class is for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a keyboard and a mouse.”

Opening Reception, “The William Stafford Calligraphy Project”, Sunday, September 28, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. Exhibit from Saturday, September 27 through Sunday, November 9. “In honor of the 100th birthday of William Stafford, a former Oregon poet-laureate, the Portland Society for Calligraphy is presenting the William Stafford Calligraphy Project, an exhibit of calligraphic renderings of some of Mr. Stafford’s poems and other writings. William Stafford’s rich body of work provides the unifying theme for both framed broadsides and artists books. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy his writings and see how calligraphers use design, color, and choice of script to express their reactions to his work.”

Author Talk, “Erin Scott”, Sunday, September 28, 3PM, Pastaworks, 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “The first gluten-free cookbook so enticing that it transcends the genre, ‘Yummy Supper’ is about bounty, flavor, and fun. Based on Scott’s award-winning blog of the same name, it has the same clean, gifty visual aesthetic. These are recipes that emphasize naturally gluten-free ingredients and, like her blog, will appeal not only to gluten intolerants and celiacs but also to anyone just looking for a great recipe. With practical chapters like ‘Slurp,’ ‘Nut’ ‘Egg,’ and ‘Sea,’ Scott’s book covers the entire family meal with instructions and asides that are flexible, playful, and tasty, and it includes mouthwatering dishes such as Watermelon Punch with Fresh Lime and Mint, Poached Eggs with Lemony Spinach and Crispy Hash Browns, Parmesan Polenta with Garlicky Rapini and Black Olives, Peanut Butter Cups with Dark Chocolate and Flaky Sea Salt, and much more.”

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Sunday, September 28, 1PM, meeting at the front doors of the Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Donations requested. Preregistration required; call 503-661-0347 by September 26. “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.”

Portland Opera Open Rehearsal”, Sunday, September 28, 3PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at SW Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “Join Chorus Master Nicholas Fox and the Portland Opera Chorus as they rehearse music from Die Fledermaus, Carmen, and Show Boat.”

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, September 28, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “A Midsomer Night’s Dreame”, Sunday, September 28, 1PM, Gabriel Park, SW Portland.

Tracking Club”, Sunday, September 28, 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.

True Vision: El Salvador and Honduras”, Monday, September 29, 7PM, Goldendale Library. “Join Dr. Ogden and his optometric mission team members for a photographic journey through their adventures providing eye care and aid to people in El Salvador and Honduras.”

Rabbi Wise”, Monday, September 29, 12PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Rabbi Stephen S. Wise (1874-1949) first attracted public attention at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as the outspoken minister of New York City's venerable Bnai Jeshurun Congregation. In 1900, at the invitation of a group of elite Jewish merchants, lawyers, and politicians in the Pacific Northwest, Wise left New York to assume the pulpit of Portland's Beth Israel Congregation. His move was a chance to strike out on his own and pursue a variety of liberal and Progressive causes. In Portland, Wise made common cause with a broad spectrum of citizen activists. In the space of just a few years, he garnered a reputation as a vociferous opponent of prostitution as well as forced prostitution, a champion of woman suffrage, an advocate of child labor protections and reforming the region's juvenile punishment system, and a defender of the rights of workers (including Chinese immigrants) in the shipyard, timber, fishing, and railway industries. He also stood out as the region's most prominent Jewish and Zionist spokesman. This talk with examine Wise's impact on the region and the way his Portland years shaped his rise as a significant American Jewish leader.”

Line of Fire: Cartooning’s Political Impact”, Monday, September 29, 6:30PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by Jack Ohman, political cartoonist, “Sacramento Bee.” “Join us for a lively conversation about political cartooning, politics, and history in Jack Ohman's first Portland public appearance since his departure from ‘The Oregonian’.”

“Behind the Curve: History, Science, and Politics of Global Warming", Monday, September 29, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 Northeast 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free with food donation to the Oregon Food Bank. All ages welcome. “In 1958, Charles David Keeling began measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. His project kicked off a half century of research that has expanded our knowledge of climate change almost immeasurably. Nevertheless, our global society has yet to find real solutions to the problem of global warming. Why? Reed College professor of History and Environmental Studies shows how exploring the history of global warming from its roots as a scientific curiosity to its place at the center of modern environmentalism can help us to understand what has gone wrong in the national and international politics of global warming, and how Oregonians have begun to buck this trend to do things right.”

The Truths We Hold: The Poetry and Lessons of the Declaration of Independence”, Tuesday, September 30, 7PM, Garden Home Library. Led by poet Wendy Willis. “As Americans, we often refer to ourselves as a constitutional republic, and we are engaged in ongoing public and heated debates about the meaning and interpretation of the Constitution. What we don’t often talk about, however, is our second founding document: the Declaration of Independence. If the Constitution speaks to the head, the Declaration, particularly the first three paragraphs, speaks to the heart and to the body; if the Constitution is prose, the Declaration is poetry. Wendy Willis will challenge participants to consider the history and legacy of the Declaration of Independence and to ask themselves: What does the Declaration of Independence have to offer us as twenty-first century Americans?”

A Night with the Stars”, Tuesday, September 30, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Come meet with an expert from Rose City Astronomers and learn about eclipses, the planets, how the solar system is delicately balanced, and history of the cosmos. Afterwards, stay and use a telescope to get a good look at objects in the cosmos.”

The Three Kichis: The First Japanese in the Pacific Northwest”, Tuesday, September 30, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Gunnar Abramson, historian. “Learn the true story of three Japanese sailors who washed up on the coast of what is now Washington state in 1834 after their small trading vessel, crippled beyond repair by a sudden storm, had drifted for over a year across the Pacific. These men were the first known Japanese migrants in this region and later traveled far and wide. From meeting with John McLoughlin – the ‘Father of Oregon’ – at Fort Vancouver, to later helping advance the penetration into their home country by Western trading powers – and the progression of Japan's modernization in turn – their story is one of resilience, exploration, cross-cultural discovery, and both personal disaster and triumph. Most applicable to our own time, their remarkable voyages and sojourns all over the world foreshadowed our globalized world of today... over one hundred and eighty years ago.”