Friday, May 1, 2015

May Magic

This is my list of happenings for the month of May 2105.  There will likely be mistakes, typos and some cancellations so be sure to doublecheck anything you plan to attend.  For regularly occurring events for homeschoolers, see my page here.  My friend Michael often compiles lists of nature education events on his blog.

Strawberries are ripening at pick-your-own farms in Oregon and will be ready towards the end of the month.  Check Tri-County Farms or Pick Your Own for a farm near you.  Many local farms are no-spray but do not have organic certification so when in doubt, just ask them.   Roses are also blooming early this year and should also be pretty spectacular towards the end of May. This post has a list of many local rose gardens where you can stop to smell the roses: 

May is the beginning of the spring minus tides on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling! To find the perfect spot, check here: To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: Pure magic!

Brooks Gardens Peonies”, now through June 7, 10AM-6PM daily, 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305. “Visit our Oregon peony farm and historic iris gardens this Bloom Season. Our farm is also home to a 3 acre conifer arboretum/display garden filled with over 1,000 varieties of historic bearded iris and a multitude of ornamentals/conifers. Potted peonies, bouquets and iris plants for sale at the farm.”

Classical Up Close”, through May 3, various venues, free. “Symphony musicians on the loose! A tradition is born. In a blitz of activity for one week in spring, Musicians from the Oregon Symphony and Friends provide FREE chamber concerts throughout the greater PDX area!” See the complete schedule here:

Bird Song Walks”, throughout May, 7AM, Mondays at Tryon Creek State Park; Tuesdays at Cooper Mountain Nature Park; Wednesdays at Mt. Tabor Park; Thursdays at Pittock Mansion; and Fridays at Camassia Preserve. Free. “Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2015 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. These Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly.” All the details about each location here:

Pompeii: The Exhibition”, now through May 25, Pacific Science Center, Seattle. “Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including the largest collection of body casts ever presented.”

Tall Ship Days”, Friday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 12, Coos Bay; and Friday, May 15 through Monday, May 15, Newport. Many opportunities to tour or sail aboard one of these fine tall ship replicas and learn some fascinating history!

Community Celebration at Fernhill”, Friday, May 1, 12PM, Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fern Hill Road, Forest Grove. Free. “Clean Water Services will host a celebration to thank the community for its support during the transformation of Fernhill into natural treatment wetlands. There will be snacks, prizes and activities.”

Northwest Quilters 41st Annual Quilt Show”, Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 10AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $8 adults and free for kids 11 and under. Parking $8 or $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “Over 300 quilts on display”. Lots more info:

Estonia - A Culture of Friendship, Song and Dance”, Friday, May 1, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Parking is free in PSU garages after 7PM. Refreshments afterwards in the Finnish Room. “Presenter is Lonnie Cline. Lonnie will contrast and compare his experiences with the Estonian culture near and far, and an octet of singers from Unistus Chamber Choir - a select choral ensemble of musicians who are bound together by their commitment to promoting peace, love and harmony through the performance of various styles of music - will also perform.”

Tall Ship Days”, Friday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 12, Coos Bay; and Friday, May 15 through Monday, May 15, Newport. Many opportunities to tour or sail aboard one of these fine tall ship replicas and learn some fascinating history!

May Day Celebration” Friday, May 1, 3PM-11PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Watch local elementary kids skip around the may pole, reenacting a century-old Portland public school tradition. Stay for dinner, more live music and maybe a movie in the theater.” Schedule here:

Sumi Ink Club”, Friday, May 1, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Sumi Ink Club is a participatory drawing project established in 2005 by Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. The club produces work cooperatively in open-to-the-public meetings, which can be organized by anyone at any time. In each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawing as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles.”

Author Talk, “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures”, Friday, May 1, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; and Saturday, May 2, 2PM, A Children’s Place, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Maggie Steifvater and Jackson Pearce are coming to talk about their new middle grade book!”

May Day Celebration with Morris Dancing”, Friday, May 1, 10AM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “Morris dance teams from Portland will be performing ritual dances and songs from England - keeping alive a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century.”

Know Your City Free Tours Preview”, Friday, May 1, 10AM and 1PM, departing from Ankeny Alley, SW 2nd St. and Ankeny, Pdx. “Help us kick off the summer season! You're invited to FREE previews of our two daily walking tours. If you want to come, just meet us in the alley - no RSVP required! Our kiosk is back, and throughout the summer, KYC is offering two FREE daily walking tours, A People’s History of Portland and Sing A Song of Portland. Both tours lead visitors through a history of Portland not found elsewhere - we travel up Burnside, learning Portland’s musical history and singing with our tour guide troubadour, and we discover the stories of immigrant communities who built this city from the waterfront - up! We hope you can make it! If you haven't been on a KYC tour before, this is a great way to support KYC and get to know our programming. We'd love to see you Friday - just meet us in the alley at 10am and/or 1pm, and off we go!”

Screening, “Black Girl in Suburbia”, Saturday, May 2, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Filmed in Oregon, Black Girl in Suburbia is the feature debut documentary from Hillsboro resident Melissa Lowery that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. A community discussion with Melissa Lowery will occur after the screening.”

OregonRocketry Public Launches”, Saturday, May 2, 10AM-2PM, Garden Home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.”

"Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 16, 10AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, Parade Ground. Free. “Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by joining costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

Portland Sacred Harp Presents “All Day Singing”, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave., Pdx. Free and all are welcome. No religious or political affiliation. “Shape note singing is one of America’s oldest musical and social gathering activities. All are welcome to sing, regardless of experience or ability.”

Cascades Volcano Observatory Open House”, Saturday, May 2, 10AM-5PM, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1300 SE Cardinal Ct. Vancouver. Free. “Scientists will be on-hand to share the results of their research and talk about volcano hazards. Hands-on activities and equipment demonstrations will be featured. Rock identification- bring your mystery rock.”

Faire in the Grove”, Saturday, May 2, 11AM-5PM, and Sunday, May 3, 10AM-4PM, Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Free. All ages. “Step back in time as the Society for Creative Anachronism, The Barony of Dragon’s Mist, and Pacific University’s History Department invite you to experience the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right here on the front lawn at the Grand Lodge! You’ll be transported back to the medieval village of Fairegrove, featuring armored combat, rapier, dance, music, storytelling, merchants, juggling, food and textile demos, book binding, leather working, blacksmithing and beyond. Roving musicians, singers and dancers will add to the ambience. Grab a pint and stroll around this living history museum.”

Civil War”, Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, Ft. Simcoe State Park, White Swan, WA. Free with $10 day use fee or Discover Pass. “Two days of action and history! The Washington Civil War Association proudly presents a historical presentation of the American Civil War. Camps open at 9:00 Sunday Saturday, May 2, battle at 3:00 PM and Sunday, May 3, battles at 1:00 PM Activities all day long! Camps close at 2:00 Sunday.”

Memaloose Hills Wildfower and Plant ID Hike”, Saturday, May 2, 8:15AM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 suggested donation. Moderate, 4 miles, 500’ elevation gain. Really spectacular place! Preregistration required; register online:

Tamanawas Falls Hike”, Saturday, May 2, carpools departing from Portland at 8:30AM. Moderate, 4 miles, 500’ elevation gain. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online:

Family Field Trip Day”, Saturday, May 2, 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for grades K-6, $6. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring your family to see what makes Tryon Creek such a special field trip destination. Each family will be guided through the forest as we discover how indigenous cultural groups living in the Willamette Valley used plants for food, medicine, and tools.”

Family Turtle Walk”, Saturday, May 2, 10AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Oregon’s turtles are rare, shy and hard to find, but Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in Oregon. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of a Metro naturalist, who will have spotting scopes for a close look. Learn about the natural history of painted turtles and handle and examine shells of specimens found there.”

Wild Food Foraging on the Tillamook”, Saturday, May 2, 10:30AM and 11:45AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Preregistration required; email with the names of all people attending. “Join wild food expert and author, John Kallas, to learn how to identify and sustainably sample wild edibles of the Tillamook State Forest. Each session will include a beautiful, educational and enjoyable presentation along with a stroll along the trails to identify plants in the field. Dr. Kallas will share edible plants found on many Pacific Northwest forest trails as well as those found around your homes, neighborhoods and gardens. In addition, there will be a short segment that will help you to best choose usable wild food guides as well as plant guides on wild flowers, wild berries, trees and shrubs, and urban plants.”

Opening Reception, “OBT/25 Retrospective”, Saturday, May 2, 3PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Exhibition from May 2- June 14. “Oregon Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Irving will lead a discussion with former Principal Dancer Alison Roper as well as special guests from OBT’s past and present including: dance historians Linda Besant and Carol Schults, Rehearsal Director Lisa Kipp, Education Outreach Director Kasandra Gruener. Join us for a final look back as the OBT/25 Season comes to a close. Curated by OBT Dance Historian Linda Besant, this retrospective exhibit will take you through highlights from the James Canfield and Christopher Stowell eras, as well as the company’s recent achievements under the leadership of Kevin Irving.”

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration”, Sunday, May 3, 11:45AM-5PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state.”

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, May 3, 5PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “On only four Sundays of every year 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.”

Family Fishing Events”, Saturdays in May plus Sunday, May 3, various locations. See ODFW calendar for details: “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invite you to introduce youth to the fun of fishing through Family Fishing Days. Family Fishing Events offer a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site ODFW staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids ‘reel in’ their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be! Licenses are required for anyone 14 years and older, and are not available at the events.”

USS Tahoma, Shore Party”, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, Ft. Stevens State Park. “The living history group U.S.S. Tahoma brings to life the history of the Union's Navy. The weekend will include displays, camp life, demonstrations, and a full-scale model of a ship, on dry land.”

Founders Day”, Saturday, May 2, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Pioneer Memorial Pavilion, Riverside Day Use. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Champoeg State Heritage Area is hosting the annual Founders Day Celebration honoring the 52 men who, in 1843, voted for the first territorial government west of the Rocky Mountains. This significant vote led to the inclusion of the Oregon Country into the United States, westward expansion and eventual Statehood for Oregon. As part of this celebration we ask that any descendants of these men gather with us for a reading of the names roll call. As the name of your ancestor is called please stand in their honor. After each name is called a brass bell will be rung. Founders Day has been held at Champoeg at the memorial pavilion since 1901. This year's event will be held May 2, Saturday at 1:00 pm with a boy scout color guard, speakers, and a roll call of the names. Costumed reenactors and a rifle salute will be on hand. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be available afterwards.”

Solar Viewing”, Saturday, May 2, 12PM-5PM, and Sunday, May 3 10AM-3PM, Klickitat County Fairgrounds, Goldendale, WA. Free. “Join Friends of Goldendale Observatory for free solar viewing through our safely-filtered telescopes to get an unbelievable view of the Sun (you should never look directly at the sun - especially using a telescope - without approved filtration). Our star is a cauldron of incredibly hot gases with far more features than you might think. Look for sunspots as big as Earth in our white light filtered telescopes. See surface details and loops of gas called filaments and prominences in our hydrogen-alpha filtered telescopes. FoGO volunteers will gladly explain what you are looking at, and the fascinating physics which underlies these incredible features.”

31st Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, Saturday, May 2, Sunday, May 3, and Tuesday, May 5, Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Parkway, Pdx. This is big! Lots of details here:

Be A Pioneer Kid!”, Saturdays May through August, 10AM-12PM, Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Area, Shedd, OR. Free. “Come to Thompson’s Mills and experience the adventures and fun of growing up here over 100 years ago! FREE 2-hour program offered every Saturday, starting in May and running through August. Great for ages 8 - 12. Hands-on history, games and crafts!”

Is Privacy an Option?” Saturday, May 2, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “What does privacy mean these days? Is it an expectation or an exception? Join us as we celebrate Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7) and discuss the social, philosophical and cultural implications of privacy in the modern age. Mark Alfino, professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University, will help us unpack issues around privacy, transparency and why our choices matter. We will also explore the connection between privacy and intellectual freedom through cases and examples we see in everyday life. Please join us for a lively talk and discussion. Light refreshments will be served.”

You Are Stardust!”, Saturday, May 2, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. Presented by artist Judith Hankin. “Some scientists say that every atom in our bodies came from ancient stars that exploded before we were born! That means that we are deeply connected to the sky, to the sea, and to the entire natural world. Such magic! Such mystery! Taking inspiration from the awe-inspiring ‘You Are Stardust’ by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim, we will journey together through this enticing text and gorgeous illustrations. Then we will dig in to a treasure-trove of materials to make our very own paper star-scapes – beginning with illustrated stars, and moving into flowers, birds, oceans, and earth. Each child will get to take home their very own star-scape to hang in their room! All materials provided.”

Wild Foods of Oxbow’s Old Growth Forest”, Sunday, May 3, 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy, Gresham. Info about the sliding scale fees, preregistration and more here: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays May 3 through November 1, 12PM-5PM, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. Enjoy a lovely park and ride model steam trains!

Sunset and Moonrise Watch”, Sunday, May 3, 7:30PM, , Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Education Center deck, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Once a month make time to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seek shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro Parks and Recreation sites. A naturalist guides you through the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather, you may wish to bring a blanket and a warm beverage. Some seating is provided but you may wish to bring a chair.”

Tears of Joy Theatre Preview of “20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea”, Monday, May 4, 2PM, Sherwood Library. “Two performers from Tears of Joy Puppet Theater will showcase an abbreviated scene from the upcoming production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and will talk about how the production is done, up close with the puppets.”

Star Wars Day”, Monday, May 4, 6PM, A Children’s Place, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Ian Doescher will be here to share his trilogy of Shakespeare-inspired Star Wars re-tellings. Plus, we'll have other Star Wars-related goings-on throughout the day.”

Northwest Animation Festival”, Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 10, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “The largest animation show in the United States! The NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. We showcase the breadth of this art form, screening films that are in turn hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring.”

Miniatures Workshop”, Monday, May 4, 4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790. “Interested in learning how to make miniatures out of every day objects? Let Shana Stewart show you how. All materials will be provided.”

Catherine Creek Wildflower and Plant ID Hike”, Monday, May 4, carpools departing from Portland at 8:15AM. $10 suggested donation. Moderate, 4.5 miles, 800’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online:

Container Gardening: Tomatoes and Herbs”, Tuesday, May 5, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Nothing tastes better than fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes seasoned with fresh herbs. Don’t let the lack of yard space keep you from growing fresh tomatoes plus the herbs to season all your cooking. Bob Falconer, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, will show you just how easy growing these in containers can be.”

Asteroids (and a Comet Too)!”, Tuesday, May 5, 6PM, 7:145PM and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
 featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images. Renewed interest in asteroids and comets has resulted in both NASA and the European Space Agency sending spacecraft to photograph and study these unusual objects. Mt. Hood Community College professor Pat Hanrahan will discuss these missions during his Tuesday, May 5 presentation of ‘Asteroids (and a Comet, too!).’ NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is even just now beaming back the first-ever close-ups of the dwarf planet (and largest asteroid) Ceres, including photos that caused great discussion and speculation across the internet as the camera caught two distinct shiny objects within one of Ceres’ craters. Discussion is still ongoing as to what the glowing spots are, but theories include outgassing, volcanic activity, or reflective minerals or ice. The ESA sent their Rosetta mission to ‘capture’ a comet as it journeys across our solar system, and the mission has included everything from taking up close pictures to actually landing a robot probe on the comet! During the May show, Hanrahan will present some of the best pictures from these missions, and explain what is being discovered, along with features of the current night sky.” Directions, etc. here:

Poetry in Music Concert”, Tuesday, May 5, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Kerouac. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, 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.”

Medicine Wheels and Buffalo Caves: Where They Went Down by the Will of the Sun”, Tuesday, May 5, 7PM, OMSI. Free and open to the public. Meeting of the Oregon Archaeological Society with guest speaker Dr. Lawrence Loendorf on rock art of the Plains Indians.

Felting Desserts”, Tuesday, May 5, 6PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Learn to use a felting needle and raw wool to make beautiful and intricate desserts inspired by Japanese felt dessert master Rio Fukuda.”

Homeschool Button Club”, Tuesdays in May, 10AM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale donation requested. Ages 8-18. “Young people who are learning outside of school are welcome to share our space on Tuesdays for some 1″ pinback button magic! Learn how to use our machine, gain access to the materials, and explore all that can be done with these tiny handmade badges. Lots of scraps to play with!”

An Evening with John Nakada”, Wednesday, May 6, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “After the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which called for the evacuation and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans along the west coast of the United States. Two-thirds of the Nikkei, or those of Japanese ancestry, were American citizens. As a child, John Nakada was incarcerated along with his family for the duration of World War II. Mr. Nakada will be sharing his personal stories about this time in American history and the impact this period had on civil rights.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in May, 12PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Join Jackson Bottom staff and volunteers every Wednesday at noon, November through June, for Lunch with the Birds! Location varies featuring a different City of Hillsboro park each month. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Grosbeaks and Tanagers, Swifts and Swallows, Waxwings and Warblers! The riparian nature trail is our window into bird life.”

Eagle Creek Wildflower and Plant ID Hike”, Wednesday, May 6, carpools departing form Portland at 8:15AM. $10 suggested donation. Moderate, 4.5 miles, 600’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online:

History of Oregon Forestry”, Wednesday, May 6, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Mike Cafferata of the Oregon State Forestry Department presents the history of forestry in Oregon.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Wednesday, May 6, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “Angel Ocasio’s performance combines physical comedy, juggling, comedy magic, jokes, balancing and impromptu comedy situations.”

Latin American Folk”, Wednesday, May 6, 4PM, Midland Library. “Joaquin is a musician, storyteller and cultural events producer who will share with us his journey of cultural identity through story and folksongs. He sings and plays the guitar. His original music is inspired by Latin American folk, the bolero and Mexican rancheras. The songs and stories are in both Spanish and English.”

Author Talk, “Dee Williams”, Monday, May 6, 6:30PM, Hood River Library. “Williams will discuss her book The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir. Books will be available to purchase at the event. “‘The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir’ by Dee Williams is a graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self—in just 84 square feet. And while 84 square feet may not be the dimensions by which most people imagine their lives unfolding, there is something universally appealing about the way author Dee Williams lives: simply and efficiently, with awareness of the community and environment, and with an open mind. She has slowed down, scaled back, and spends more time with family and friends. Without escaping to the wilds or going ‘off the grid,’ she’s achieved a happy balance of the normal and the radical, and created a model for simple, practical living.”

Science Grossology”, Thursday, May 7, 3PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades 5-12. “Evergreen Air and Space Museum will present Grossology. Learn different fun facts about how our bodies react differently in zero gravity and while flying through the air at high altitudes and pulling multiple G's.”

Author Talk, “Carson Ellis”, Thursday, May 7, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Author and Illustrator Carson Ellis presenting on her picture book ‘Home’.

Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington’s Fruit.”, Thursday, May 7, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “This fascinating talk by anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how perishable products preserve historic events and reflect our changing relationship to the natural world. Full of suspense, tragedy, triumph, heroism and even some romance, her visit will reveal some of our state’s juiciest stories.”

Caminos del Ande- Andean Trails”, Thursday, May 7, 6:30PM, Hillsdale Library. “A beautiful representation of the Andean world from the pre-Columbian times to colonial era full of music and dances inspired by the Quechua culture of the ancient Inca Empire, oral traditions and folkloric representations of the Inca empire. The performance is bound to envelop the listener and take them on a memorable journey to the Andean Mountains and the land of Tahuantinsuyo , the largest empire of pre-Hispanic America.”

Archaeology First Thursday”, Thursday, May 7, 4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236. Presented by Dr. Christyann Darwent, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis. “Use of Ancient DNA to Understand the Origin and Spread of Dogs, and their Human Companions, across the Arctic. Dog remains from recent excavations in western Alaska and northwestern Greenland were combined with an Arctic-wide survey of over 500 ancient dog samples from museum collections and researchers. Analysis of the temporal and spatial distribution of dog remains and their genetic characteristics, demonstrate that domestic dogs colonized the North American Arctic in two waves, as evidence shows for human colonization.”

Skulls”, Thursday, May 7, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Animals have skulls that are specialized for the places they live and the animals they eat. You will compare herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores’ skulls of species that might live at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.”

Programming in Scratch”, 4 Thursdays in May, 5:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x114 to register. Suggested for ages 12-18. “4 week class for teens/tweens interested in Programming in Scratch.”

Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon”, Thursday, May 7, 6PM, Sherwood Library; and Wednesday, May 13, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon, with Adam Sawyer, is a one hour slide show presentation and discussion based on the guidebook of the same title. It is a light-hearted, humorous, yet informative program meant to entertain and inspire Northwest residents to get out and explore their backyard in all seasons.”

Make A Lucha Libre Match Card”, Friday, May 8, 4PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Suggested for ages 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you like wrestling and luchadores? Learn how to make your own luchador poster. We will take pictures using an iPad and work with laptops. Participants will take home printed and electronic copies of their project. For children between the ages 6-12. Registration is required to participate in this program.”

Author Talk, “Richard Waitt”, Friday, May 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Geologist Richard Waitt discusses his book, “In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens”.

Iris Bloom Season”, Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 31, Schriener’s Iris Gardens, 3625 Quinaby Rd NE, Salem. Free. “In early May each year, we open our 10-acre display gardens to the public free of charge. Make a tour of Schreiner's Iris Gardens one of your springtime traditions. During bloom season, our display gardens are open from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. n business since 1925, Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public. In our fields, thousands of Iris will be in bloom, from the deepest black to pure white, deep brick red to azure blue, glowing copper to velvety purple. The spectacle of row after row, field after field of brilliantly blooming flowers brightens the spirits and ignites the imagination. Ten acres of our lovely gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties that will be in bloom this season. Spend a spring morning strolling through the gardens, bring the family for a picnic lunch (tables are available) or steal a romantic moment at the end of the day surrounded by blooms and sunset.”

20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea”, Saturday, May 9, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood. $7 adults, $5 youth and seniors. Call 503-625-4278 to purchase tickets. All ages. “Two very enthusiastic Jules Verne fans tell the story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea like it’s never been told before. This is a fun, rollicking, family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, with Verne well known as the first science fiction writer. Hold your breath and submerge yourself in Tears of Joy Theatre’s underwater adventure!”

Sanskriti 2015”, Saturday, May 9, 5PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Banquet Hall, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $1o adults, $5 for kids 2-11. “Sanskriti’ means culture, and that’s exactly what this event celebrates! This is the flagship event of the Indian Student Association , showcasing India's rich culture and traditions. Enjoy this event with great music, beautiful dance performances and delicious authentic Indian food.”

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, May 9, Battle Ground Library.

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, May 9, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Why Do Authors Need an Agent?,’ a writing workshop for young adults, literary agent Fiona Kenshole explains how authors and agents work together to bring books into print. Hosted by author Roseanne Parry, The League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books.”

Spirit of West Africa”, Saturday, May 9, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of West Africa through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games and a tempting marketplace. This lively and colorful festival features traditional dance and music as well as hip hop, jazz and rock with world-class local and touring artists from Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Mali Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.”

Sheep to Shawl Family Fun Festival”, Saturday, May 9, 10AM-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Donations requested. “Come join us for a day of family fun and activities. To honor the legacy of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, we are celebrating the process of turning fiber into fabric. There will be live fiber bearing animals on site, demonstrations of a wide variety of fiber arts including weaving, spinning, knitting, rug-hooking and lace making. You will be able to tour the old woolen mill. Explore the museum and the history preserved here. There will also be live music, blacksmith demonstrations and shopping opportunities!”

Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, May 9, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10. “Spring has sprung and summer is on the horizon. But what do we dread most about the end of every semester? Finals and mid-terms! The second improv show of the 2015 season will help educate you, our Magenta audiences, by teaching you how to spell, brush up on your geography and how to best use Wikipedia! Join us for this ‘educational’ night of laughter and fun!”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, May 9, 1PM with signup at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Quick, Mom! Which character was the title star of the first Pokémon movie? Dad–who was President when Oregon became a state? Combine your family’s collective brainpower and work together at Portland’s only family-friendly trivia event. It’s all the fun of Quizissippi geared for an all-ages audience. Test your knowledge of games, toys, history, science, books, movies, and more. Don’t miss the kid-friendly Multimedia Round! Free to play!”

Highway 99E- Oregon’s Main Street”, Saturday, May 9, 1PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Authors Jo Brew and Pat Edwards present their comprehensive folk history of this historic, often underappreciated stretch of road that once played an important role as a Native American footpath, trapper trail, stagecoach route to Mexico, and Gold Rush street of dreams. Book-signing and Lecture.”

Public Works Week”, Saturday, May 9, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to celebrate Public Works Week. Learn about and explore some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does for you! The 2015 National Public Works Week theme, ‘Community Begins Here,’ recognizes that Public Works services supports our community’s everyday quality of life.”

Five Petal Origami Flowers”, Saturday, May 9, 10:30AM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Saturday, May 9, 2PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, May 16, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Learn how to make paper flowers with mother and daughter instructors, Daisy and Natalia. This program is for children 8 years and older, or younger if accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided. We hope to see you there!”

Concert, “Al Andalus”, Saturday, May 9, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Come enjoy the sound of live music in the library with Al Andalus Ensemble. Soulful merging of classical, jazz and contemporary music with musical traditions from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.”

Author Talk, “Ultimate Star Wars”, Saturday, May 9, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Ultimate Star Wars, co-written by Adam Bray, is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This beautifully illustrated guide is packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels. Cloud City Garrison, a chapter of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, will join us for the event.”

Pioneer Heritage Family Day”, Saturday, May 9, 10AM-1PM,Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St. Hillsboro. Free. “Try all things ‘trail,’ including pioneer dress-up, packing a wagon, dipping candles, and more. Musician Rick Meyers will perform an old-time music show performance at 11am that features music played on the banjo, guitar, autoharp, spoons, limberjack, ukulele and more! Bring the family for a ride along the trail of history.”

Cyberbullying: Survive, Support, Report”, Saturday, May 9, 12PM, Troutdale Library. “Troutdale Library’s Teen Council is offering a one-day only event, complete with snacks and talented speakers, to fight cyberbullying. Most teens are on social media and have the power to bully others or support them. In this event -- for teens, by teens -- you will learn how to survive, support, and report. Recommended for teens in grades 6 and up. #1canchangemany”

Portland’s Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival”, Saturday, May 9, 9AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $6 adults and free for kids 11 and younger. “Art rubber stamps, cardmaking, scrapbooking, book arts, paper crafts, calligraphy arts!”

The Bug Chicks”, Saturday, May 9, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM. “Experience the incredible world of insects, spiders and their relatives! The Bug Chicks are two entomologists who teach about these exciting animals in a fun, interactive way using preserved specimens and live arthropods. This workshop explores the biology and importance these animals have on us and our environment while promoting STEM education and encouraging curiosity and respect of the natural world.” Highly recommended!

Victorian Craft Demonstrations: Tassels”, Saturday, May 9, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 719 Center St., Oregon City. Free hands-on craft.

Evening Performance”, Saturday, May 9, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Doors open at 5:30 and the museum is open as well. “Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history.”

Concert, “Hot Club of Hawthorne”, Saturday, May 9, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “Lively acoustic swing stringband with gypsy guitars, violin and upright bass old-time jazz.”

Gardening Workshop: Plant Exchange, DIY Planters, Seed Bombs”, Saturday, May 9, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Exchange your labeled seedlings, seeds, bulbs, cuttings and small plants with other gardeners. Create decorative planters and make organic seed bombs to bloom in the wild.”

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival”, Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge and surrounding day use area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn about the native plants, wildflowers, and birds that fill Silver Falls’ temperate rainforest. Join guided walks, family hikes, and children's activities. Enjoy live raptors and wildflower displays. Purchase native plants. Visit local wildlife organizations.”

US Engineers Company B”, Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, Ft. Stevens State Park. “No war could be fought without the critical support of the Engineers Corps. Roads, bridges, airstrips, buildings, etc. are all integral to how well an army can effectively carry out operations in the theater of war. This was just as important during the Civil War as it is today. See first hand how this corps of professionals carry out their work. Learn of technologies that enabled great feats of engineering to be constructed.”

***Happy Mother's Day!   Sunday May 10***

The Dance of India with Jayanthi Raman”, Sunday, May 10, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join writer, nationally recognized performer, and choreographer Jayanthi Raman for a presentation on Indian classical dance including a short lecture on the art form. Raman's books, Bharatha Natyam-The Dance of India: Demystified for Global Audience and Bharatha Natyam-The Dance of India: Grammar and Technique, will be available for purchase after the event.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, May 10, 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.”

Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark”, Sunday, May 10, 2PM, Cathapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 day use fee per vehicle. “Take mom for a walk, a talk, and wildlife watching at the Ridgefield NWR! Guided plankhouse tours and children’s activities from 12-4. Presentation at 2PM by Pat Courtney Gold. “All the books written about Lewis and Clark were from a white man’s perspective. In this presentation, you will learn about the Native People’s view of Lewis and Clark. Pat will explore questions like: How did the Columbia River matriarchal society see Lewis and Clark? What did they think of the smelly bearded men who ignored the sacred salmon in preference for dog meat? This talk will present a point of view not often talked about in regards to the expedition, and one that deserves to be heard.”

Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms of Canemah Bluff”, Sunday, May 10, 1PM, Canemah Bluff Natural Area, 815 4th Ave., Oregon City. Suggested for ages 6 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Instead of taking flowers to mom this Mother’s Day, why not take her to the wildflowers? Join Metro naturalist Dan Daly for a leisurely stroll to see and learn about common wildflowers. Enjoy the serenade of nesting songbirds and views of the Willamette River and historic Canemah cemetery.”

The Wake of Vanport”, Sunday, May 10, 3PM, North Portland Library. “The Wake of Vanport is so named to honor the death of a city and the viewing of its history. Join us for this screening of multimedia works produced during the 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project, dedicated to collecting and preserving Vanport survivors’ stories. Community members, local historians, artists, media makers and educators collaborated to turn oral history interviews into short and powerful pieces of digital audio and visual narrative. Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion with survivors and producers.”

Free Day, Sunday, May 10, all Washington State Parks!

Teen Author Lecture: Steve Sheinkin”, Monday, May 11, 7PM, PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarity Arts and Humanities Building, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Pdx. Free. Tickets required; get tickets online: “Steve Sheinkin, author of Newbery Honor book, Bomb! The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, National Book Award Finalist The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights, among other critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, will talk about his work.  Steve Sheinkin started out writing history textbooks. He said in an interview at the National Book Foundation, ‘I’m really trying to make amends for all those textbooks, and I feel like the only way to do that is to prove that history is actually cool.’”

Author Talk, “Richard Reeves”, Monday, May 11, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Richard Reeves discusses his book, “Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.”

Vaccination Controversy”, Tuesday, May 12, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Presented by Dr. Regina Flanagan, ND. Learn about the pros and cons of vaccination from the naturopathic perspective. Hear about vaccine-preventable illness and the risks and benefits of each vaccine, to make informed choices for your family.”

Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop”, Tuesday, May 12 through Saturday, May 16, 10AM-5PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA. Admission $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 youth 7-18, $25 family admission. “Both educational and entertaining, the Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop ignites the imagination of all ages. This fully equipped glass blowing studio will be at Maryhill for a full week of glassblowing demonstrations featuring highly skilled artists working with molten glass, and a trained commentator who explains the art and science of glass, and answers questions.”

Strategies for Successful Vegetable Gardening”, Tuesday, May 12, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Thinking about starting a new garden or improving one you have? Sherry Sheng, Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener, will discuss strategies for successful vegetable gardening. This talk will begin with site selection and soil preparation, including a simple approach to making a frameless raised bed. Next, Sherry will discuss time required for planting and keeping a garden and suggest ideas for select what to grow. Finally she will offer useful tips on planting, fertilizing, and watering. Each participant will take home a free handout and a planting calendar for growing vegetables year-round.”

Magic Workshop with Bob Eaton”, Wednesday, May 13, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 2-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Dazzle your friends with simple and amazing magic tricks!”

3D Printing 101”, Wednesday, May 13, 6:30PM, Midland Library (preregistration required; register online:; Saturday, May 16, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, May 16, 3PM, Belmont Library. Presented by OpenFab PDX. “From prosthetics to pizza and organs – 3D printing is all over the news! How does it work? What is being done today with 3D printers? Come see a variety of prints, as well as a printer in action. Bring your questions and thoughts to this open-ended session, and leave with a 3D printed reminder of what you learned!”

Knots from a Hometown Hero”, Wednesday, May 13, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Learn all about knots during this hands-on program led by Tim Dawdy, Battalion Chief, Clark County Fire and Rescue.”

Concert, “Three Pound Note”, Wednesday, May 13, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Three Pound Note is a duo of ex‐pats from England who perform traditional English folk music. Duo members Andrea Wild and Hugo Glanville will be explaining the origins of these distinct songs, offering insights into the tradition and providing all in attendance with a good bit of native wit! For added enjoyment, the audience will be encouraged to join in with choruses and lyrics will be provided.”

Author Talk, “Beth Shapiro”, Wednesday, May 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside. Evolutionary Biologist Beth Shaprio discusses her book, “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-extinction.” “Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. ‘In How to Clone a Mammoth’, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in 'ancient DNA' research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used--today--to resurrect the past.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, May 13, 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.”

NW Children’s Theater Kid’s Co. Presents, “Dream On”, Thursday, May 14, 7:30PM, Tualatin Library fireplace hearth. “Join Kid’s Company Northwest for a cerebral, musical adventure! Jump into the dreams of a child! This production is filled with dancing and singing, including songs such as Dream a Little Dream of Me, Across the Universe, Strawberry Fields Forever, The River of Dreams, and Running Down a Dream.”

16th Annual UFO Festival”, Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville. Free. All ages. “Set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, the UFO Festival explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend!”  They genuinely have both humorous events and speakers who are sincere and recognized experts for those who take this field seriously.

All-You-Can-Make Art Bar”, Thursday, May 14, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. “Art ala Carte turned restaurant salad bars into art bars for an "all you can make" art experience. Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of seemingly endless supplies: everything from pom-poms, feathers and glitter, to bottle caps, CDs and army men. Kids create at their own pace as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces.”

Artist Talk, “Monte Wolverton”, Thursday, May 14, 6PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Exhibition runs until May 21. “Three Creeks Library presents the work of artist Monte Wolverton. Wolverton, son of a legendary cartoonist, is a well-published cartoonist, painter, and sculptor in his own right. His featured work reflect his cartoonish nature through brilliant colors and whimsical shapes to provide smiles for the whole family.”

Trips and Trees: Israel”, Thursday, May 14, 7PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. “Hoyt Arboretum citizen scientist, archive assistant and tour guide Daniel Salomon will be giving a public lecture and will field questions on the Plants and Plant-based Organizations of Israel based on Salomon's most recent six-week extended stay in Israel in the Winter of 2015. The lecture will include a slide show and passing around real-life plant materials, field guides and reference books which Salomon personally brought back from Israel. Some attention will also be given to the plants of the Bible, the native and invasive plant species of the Israel, the importance of learning the Latin names of plants and how to harness a systematics understanding of plants to better interpret the plants of the Bible, as well as Israeli efforts to conserve, preserve, restore and steward the plants of Israel and their ancestral habitats.”

Sandy River Spey Clave”, Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy, Gresham. Free with $5 per car day use fee. “Get your feet wet at the largest two-hand fly rod event in the Western Hemisphere. Learn the basics of spey casting from Northwest fly fishing legends, guides and national experts. Rods, lines, reels and some sizes of waders are available for use during the classes, or bring your own equipment. Free breakfast and lunch.”

Civil War Battle at the House on Metolius”, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, Camp Sherman, OR. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for kids 6 and under, $5 parking. “Battles, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Medicine, Civilians and President Lincoln.”

Alter Weiner”, Saturday, May 16, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood. Doors open at 12:30 with the presentation at 2PM. Parents, you will know best if this is okay for your kids to attend. “Following his over-capacity visit to the Library in January, Mr. Wiener, a Hillsboro resident, and one of the last Oregon Holocaust survivors, has graciously agreed to return to Sherwood to share his story. Mr. Wiener will sell copies of his book afterwards for $20.”

Rare Plant Research Nursery Open House”, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 11AM-4PM, Rare Plant Research, 11900 S. Criteser Rd., Oregon City. “Join us for our annual two day nursery sale with hundreds of rare plants for sale and 1,000s of Lewisia in bloom. Lunch will be available by King Cusine. Taste our wine in our conservatory. Tour the gardens with a glass of our Villa Catalana Cellars Pinot noir. Feed the trout in the lower pond. Join us and get inspired!”

Must See Oregon”, Saturday, May 16, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. $11 Adults, $9 seniors, $8 students, free for kids ages 11 and under. “Be a tourist in your own backyard! Enjoy the second annual Must See Oregon event on May 16, 2015, 10am to 4pm in the Grand Hall, where you will visit with more than 40 Oregon destinations and attractions.”

Tualatin River Bird Festival”, Saturday, May 16, all day, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Family friendly and something for everyone! Learn all about birds and much more. Details here:

Soap Making”, Saturday, May 16, 10AM, OSMI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Maximum 3 participants per ticket making 1 batch of soap, $15 per ticket for members and $18 per ticket for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet. No sandals or open-toed shoes please, as we will be working with caustic substances.”

Dozer Days”, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 11AM-4PM, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield WA. Advance tickets $8 kids 2-12 and seniors, $10 adults, free for kids under 2, $6 parking. “Dozer Day is like going to a fair only our rides are real heavy construction equipment. Kids hop in the driver's seat and actually drive dozers, excavators and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side. Not only is it a dream-come-true for kids (and fun for the whole family), the event also benefits many children's charities.”

Cully Critter Cruise”, Saturday, May 16, 9:30AM, Khunamokwst Park, NE 52nd Ave. and NE Alberta St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore. Learn. Have fun with neighbors! Join us to learn about biodiversity in an urban setting, meet new friends and learn how to identify common species. The Cully Critter Cruise event will end in a celebration at Khunamokwst Park (Grand Opening Event)! This event will be the first ever community-led nature and wildlife inventory of the Cully Neighborhood. Residents of all ages will travel the neighborhood with the support of volunteers from a variety of environmental organizations, and learn to identify and record the plants and animals along their route. No experience necessary; each group will be led by a local expert. Free T-shirts for the first 100 to sign up! Critter Cruise will take place from 9:30 -11 AM and families are encouraged to stay for the Khunamokwst Park Grand Opening Event (11 AM -3 PM).”

Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff”, Saturday, May 16, 9AM, North Portland. Info about the sliding scale fees, preregistration and more here: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

Children’s Nature Fair”, Saturday, May 16, 10AM-2PM, Leach Botanical Garden, Upper Meadow, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. “Great for kids of all ages including adults! This year’s theme – ‘Amazing Nature’ will include games, interactive booths, arts/crafts, paper making, nature walks, baby goat, music, and 25 cent ice cream . . . but there will be more! Visit our partner's booths: Audubon, Zenger Farm, Portland Parks EE program, Friends of Outdoor School and Johnson Creek Watershed Council.”

Robotics Demonstration”, Saturday, May 16, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for a demonstration led by the Lake Oswego Robotics FLL and FRC teams.”

Native Plants of Jackson Bottom”, Saturday, May 16, 10:30AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. $15; $10 for residents. Preregistration required; register online: “Get to know your plant neighbors by coming to Jackson Bottom! Wherever you live, chances are good that many of the native species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers growing here also grow right outside your door. After some botany basics indoors we venture out to explore the plant world around us using our senses of sight, touch and smell. Expect to be on a first name basis with many of your plant neighbors after this engaging class.”

Japanese Stab Bound Pocketbooks”, Saturday, May 16, 1PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: For adults and with sharp tools, so take this with your focused older child or learn it yourself and bring your new skill home to share. “Learn how to bind your books through Japanese stab binding. This non-adhesive binding makes gorgeous decorative patterns on the spine of the book. We’ll go over four different styles and techniques, and you’ll leave class with four little notebooks handmade by you!”

A Glimpse of China: Chinese Culture and Arts Festival”, Saturday, May 16, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.”

Native Turtle Habitat Tour”, Saturday, May 16, 1PM, George Rodgers Park, Lake Oswego. $7. Preregistration required; register online:!firsthand-oregon/c1029 “Join Wildlife Ecologist Jim Holley on Saturday, May 16th, at 1 pm in Lake Oswego's George Rogers Park to learn about turtle habitat, discuss the needs, and state of Oregon's native turtle population. Weather permitting, we'll see some turtles! Bring binoculars or a spotting scope for best viewing. In the event of rain, this tour will be rescheduled for the following day, Sunday, May 17th.”

Screening, “Son of the Sheik”, Saturday, May 16, 8PM, Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA, $15 (; and Sunday, May 17, Rose Theater, Port Townsend, WA, adults $24, seniors $22 and students and children $20 ( Rudolph Valentino’s sensational 1926 silent movie accompanied by the unparalleled Alloy Orchestra. The Alloy Orchestra are truly amazing and this will be very memorable. We used to catch all their shows when we lived in Boston and I'm thrilled that they are coming to the Pacific Northwest!

A Pet a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”, Sunday, May 17, 2PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: “You always felt better with Fluffy around, but did you know that it's a proven fact that pets provide numerous health benefits? This presentation will explore the research behind this phenomenon, and the growing field of human-animal interactions.”

Syttende Mai Celebration”, Sunday, May 17, dining room open at 1PM, grand flag parade at 3PM, program and children’s activities at 4PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. Norway’s Constitution Day. Parade rain or shine. Lots of details here:

Navigating Micronesia”, Sunday, May 17, 11AM-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. “Join the UW Micronesian Islands Club and the Burke Museum for a day of activities and programs celebrating the Micronesian community. The day welcomes you with Micronesian Island club chants, songs and dance; then, experience the world premiere of the film Jilel (The Calling of the Shell), the story of a Marshallese girl who is confronted with the reality that her beloved homeland is vanishing because of rising seas caused by global warming, and how she turns the tide of doom. Meet the film’s writer and director, Jack Niedenthal, and get reactions from elders in the local Micronesian community to the film and the issues it raises. Learn about Micronesian design, delve into the history of Micronesians and their experiences at home and abroad, and view objects from the Burke collection that underscore the ingenuity and intelligence of cultures throughout Micronesia.”

Birds of Cooper Mountain”, Sunday, May 17, 9AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd. Beaverton. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “Spring is a great time of year to see and identify the birds of Cooper Mountain. Join Metro Naturalist Ashley Conley on a leisurely walk in search of raptors, migrants and resident songbirds. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair onsite. Meet at the Nature House.”

Author Talk, “Martha Brockenbrough”, Sunday, May 17, 3PM, A Children’s Place, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Join us in welcoming Martha Brockenbrough when she visits the store to talk about her new book, 'The Game of Love and Death'.”

Birds are Amazing!”, Monday, May 18, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “We’ll learn what makes birds different from other animals and study some of their amazing adaptations. We will also go for a bird walk outside. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for going outside.”

WWII Veterans Tell Their Stories”, Monday, May 18, 7PM, McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by a panel of WWII veterans. “Paul Meyer served in the US Army 70th Division Trailblazers unit from Oregon as a machine gunner. He fought in the Operation Nordwind, the southern part of the Battle of the Bulge, was injured and carried out on a stretcher, and eventually was taken to recover in a hospital in England. Art Sorenson fought with the 104th Infantry Division as part of the second Allied advance across France, Belgium, and into Germany. He experienced fixed bayonet combat and spent time as a prisoner of war. Sorenson was awarded a Purple Heart, Silver Star Medal, and two Bronze Star Medals. Ellen Johnson Thronson, RN, served in the United States Navy Nurse Corps at the Puget Sound Navy Yard and the Naval Air Station in San Diego. After completing special training in psychiatric nursing, she worked in hospital psychiatric departments caring for combat veterans suffering from battle fatigue.”

Conversations with Writers: How to Be Funny On the Page (even if you're not in real life)”, Monday, May 18, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Cindy Brown has been a theater geek – musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright – since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards and a three-book deal for her madcap mysteries. ‘Macdeath’, the first in her Ivy Meadows series was released in January and ‘The Sound of Murder’ follows in October. Join Cindy to discuss the idea that a writer doesn’t need a quick wit, just a sense of humor. Explore different types of comedy, identify your own brand of humor, and learn the basics tenets of comedy in this interactive workshop. Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his/her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.”

Imagineering: Jitterbugs with OMSI”, Tuesday, May 19, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for grades 3-6. “Design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own with the great folk from OMSI.”

Seeing the Universe in a New Light: Infrared Imagery”, Tuesday, May 19, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by John Lester Miller, physicist and chief technical officer of surveillance at FLIR Systems Inc. “Imagine the alien ability to see colors of light ten and twenty times longer in wavelength than that of the human eye’s response. Visualize a world in which there is no night, no darkness, and almost all objects glow like a light bulb. Imagine having the ability to instantly determine the temperature of an object by just glancing at it. Envision driving at night with no headlights, but having total vision of the deer near the road 100 meters ahead, the curve of the road 500 meters ahead and the mountains in the distance, with the same situational awareness that one has during the daytime. This technology exists, and is dropping in price and becoming common place with several consumer products now available. In this lively and energetic talk, physicist John Lester Miller (a.k.a, Dr. Strangephoton) will explain infrared physics and phenomenology along with the fascinating history of this field. He will discuss how infrared imagery is used in several selected applications including astronomy, law enforcement, veterinary sciences, aviation, spaceflight, and others. John will use a live Infrared camera to image the audience and conduct demonstrations.”

Portland Correspondence Co-op”, Tuesday, May 19, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “PDXCC is a monthly gathering where participants make and share analog correspondence in the great mail art tradition of Ray Johnson and Anna Banana: art and conversation through the mail. This uniquely democratic, DIY art form incorporates writing, drawing, collage, rubber stamps, faux postage, decorative tape, typewriters – anything goes, as long as it goes through the mail. Hang out, skill share and send the glorious results through the mail. Basic materials will be on hand (scissors, glue sticks, envelopes), but you’re encouraged to bring whatever materials fuel your creative spirit.”

Urban Adventures”, Tuesday, May 19, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Presented by Scott Cook, author of bestselling ‘Curious Gorge’ guidebook. “Whether he’s exploring the Columbia River Gorge or the urban metropolis, author Scott Cook approaches exploration with a refreshing twist as he shines new light on overlooked gems, hidden nooks, and traditional hotspots. Come join this celebrated author of one of the region’s most popular guides to the Columbia Gorge for a tantalizing glimpse into the world of urban exploration. Hear about local adventures and cool discoveries from Cook’s latest book, which highlights secret places in neighboring Portland and surrounding areas, and rediscover the places you thought you knew! Please arrive early for a seat.”

Killin Wetlands Natural Area Open House”, Tuesday, May 19, 6PM, Banks Fire District 13, 300 S. Main St., Banks. Free. “Join Metro and your Banks and Washington County neighbors at the second community event for Killin Wetlands Natural Area. Bring the kids and come share your values and dreams for the natural area. Help Metro expand opportunities to enjoy this unique wetland.”

Master Gardener Series- Managing Slugs and Snails”, Tuesday, May 19, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Learn how to manage these annoying pests by encouraging predators, erecting barriers, setting traps, and much more.”

Hot Process Soap Making”, Tuesday, May 19, 6:15PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: For adults and requires caustic chemicals, so take it with your older child or take it yourself and bring your new skill home to share.

The Caribbean Island You've Never Heard Of”, Tuesday, May 19, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Let Glendyne Reinmiller whisk you away to some of the lesser known islands of the Caribbean. In December 2014, she went on a Caribbean cruise that included some very interesting ports of call. She will introduce you to France's island of Martinique with their unique blend of Caribbean and European culture, St. Martin/St. Maarten the smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two different nations, the interesting history and strategic location of the US Territory of Puerto Rico, and the tiny independent island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Bon Voyage!”

Science Squad”, Tuesday, May 19, 4:30PM, Troutdale Library. Suggested for grades K-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Join our exclusive club of mad scientists and help us explore life's mysteries through science experiments. All supplies will be provided.”

It’s A Wrap!”, Tuesday, May 19, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Staff from New Seasons will lead a special family cooking class. Learn how to make yummy wrap sandwiches and mix fresh herbs into spreads.”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Wednesday, May 20, 7PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie, Children’s Library. “Oregon Home Education Network will present an introduction to homeschooling, including useful resources, Oregon homeschooling laws, and common first-year concerns. Open to any interested parents.”

Science Matters: Gearing Up for Space”, Thursday, May 21, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online. “Love Science? The 3rd Thursday of the month come and learn about a different scientist and afterwards participate in a related hands-on activity!”

Music for the Japanese Obon Festival in America”, Thursday, May 21, 6PM, Belmont Library. “Dr. Wynn Kiyama will provide a brief history of the Japanese Obon Festival as celebrated in America.”

Ken and Janet’s Excellent Adventure”, Thursday, May 21, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Ken and Janet have visited every state park in Oregon. Not just "parks", but scenic viewpoints, recreation sites, scenic corridors, natural areas, waysides, and heritage sites – over 200 in all. Hear about their 10 year adventure as they highlight the diversity, historical significance, geography, and geology of our great state.”

"Evening Canoe the Slough", Thursday, May 21, 5PM and 6PM, and 7PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  $5-8 per person or $15-20 per family suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: "Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough!  We’ll have some canoes set up in a 'bimaran' configuration - this setup is safe for new paddlers, infants and grandparents alike. Families may also borrow regular canoes and kayaks (limited) during the 7:00 PM shift.  If you are interested in kayaks (7-8 PM), let us know in the comments section of your registration and we’ll check on availability and get back to you.  We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, - you provide the paddling muscle.  Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible!" 

The Missoula Floods: A Mega-Transformation Of The Pacific Northwest”, Thursday, May 21, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 requested donation per adult. Presented by Bob Setterberg. “Follow these giant floods from their inception in Western Montana all the way to the Pacific Ocean with pictures and information that help define the huge impact they had then and still have today.”

Gardening Workshop”, Thursday, May 21, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Oak Grove Resident and expert gardener Arthur Moore shares his year-round gardening wisdom. Each month he will focus on things to plant and harvest in your garden for bountiful success all year long. The May discussion will cover plants such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, onions, garlic, and melons.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday May 22, 9:30PM- Midnight, 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!

44th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival”, Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, the 44th annual Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest. Festivalgoers have the opportunity to participate in the many traditions of our diverse region featuring over 7,000 performers, participatory dances, workshops, crafts, food, and more.”

Campfire Evening at the Farm”, Friday, May 22, 6PM, Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn. $15 per child ages 4 and up, $10 residents of Lake Oswego. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Farm! Children and their families explore different areas of Luscher Farm and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Help with a planting project, and enjoy s'mores around the campfire. Campfire Evening is held rain or shine. Please register the child.”

Saturn at Opposition”. This is the best night of the year for viewing Saturn, its rings and larger moons, because it’s orbit will be closest to Earth’s. A medium (5-8”) telescope will work. Details and a sky chart here:

Chinese Lion Dance”, Saturday, May 23, 1:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Love Science? The 3rd Thursday of the month come and learn about a different scientist and afterwards participate in a related hands-on activity!”

Intro to Spring Songbirds”, Saturday, May 23, 10:30AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. $15; $10 for residents. Preregistration required; register online: “The Swainson’s Thrushes have arrived! Who, you say? Then this easy introduction into the world of songbirds is for you! Optional bird walk after the class.”

Basic Embroidery”, Saturday, May 23, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come and learn all the basic stitches you need to make your own Embroidery projects. We will discuss how to use patterns and also how to make your own. Personalize stuff! Make gifts! Embroider everything from jeans to your screen door! It is an inexpensive hobby and the possibilities are endless.”

Damselfies and Dragonflies”, Saturday, May 23, 9AM, Fairview Creek Headwaters, SW Sandlewood Loop and SW 2nd St., Fairview. Free. All ages. “Dragonfly migration, not unlike those of birds, is one of the most fascinating events in the insect world. It is also one of the least-known. This is even more surprising when you consider that dragonfly migration occurs on every continent except Antarctica. Grab a net and join us in neighboring Fairview at Blue Lake Regional Park for a fun and engaging class on migratory odonates! We will teach how to identify a variety of damselflies and dragonflies that make their way through the Gresham area each spring as well as their habitat needs, reproduction patterns, and their role as an indicator species.”

Author Talk, “Daniel H. Wilson”, Saturday, May 23, 3PM, Northwest Library. Free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM. “Join us as New York Times bestselling author and roboticist, Daniel H. Wilson, visits the Northwest Library to talk about his work. Keenly interested in robotics and engineering, Wilson is the author of several books, including Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, Amped, A Boy and His Bot and How to Survive a Robot Uprising. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His novel Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks and is currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg. His playable story app, Mayday! Deep Space has just been made available. Light refreshments will be served.”

Multnomah County Fair”, Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, 12PM-7PM, Oaks Park, free admission. Details here:

"Willamette Shore Trolley", returning to service on Saturday, May 23 through October 24, with service from Lake Oswego to Powers Marine Park.  Adults $5, seniors $4, children $3, free for lap-sitters ages 2 and under.

GirlStrength Workshop”, Saturday, May 23, 4PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. For girls ages 12 and up. “What is GirlStrength? GirlStrength is a self-defense program for girls age 12 and older. It is a sister program of the Portland Police Bureau's WomenStrength program and shares the same philosophy that has been so important in the success of WomenStrength. For over 29 years, WomenStrength has offered free self-defense classes and workshops for women in the Portland area. This free workshop focuses on non-physical prevention strategies and confidence building for girls.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “Rocket Hamster’s Dreamy Space Odyssey”, Saturday, May 23, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big! His dream is to become an astronaut and explore space. But a villain known as Luna Tick will try and stop him! Her alien space bugs steal the moon and try to take over the solar system. Only Rocket Hamster and his team of Home Grown Heroes can save the day!”

Lego Robotics Mindstorms”, Saturday, May 23, 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 7-12. Preregistration required; register online.  “Students will learn to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. They will use software to plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions for a variety of life-like robotic behaviors covering topics within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, all using LEGO® Robotics.”

Planet Parade Star Party”, Saturday, May 23, 8PM, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site after 3PM on the day of the Star Party in case overcast skies cause a cancellation. Tips and etiquette here: “Astronomy Day wouldn't be complete without a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘Stub' Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn!”

Meteorite Day”, Saturday, May 23, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. $8 adults, $5 veterans and active military, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for kids 4 and under. “There will be guest lectures and special events for the family all day.”

Annual Celebrating Freedom, Celebrating Veterans Event”, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, Ft. Stevens State Park. “Memorial Day is celebrated at Fort Stevens in honor of those who've given their lives for our freedoms. A family friendly event that offers a self-guided trail leading you through the history of Fort Stevens. Visit as many stations as you can and receive a prize. Enter a raffle for the opportunity to fire a Civil War period cannon! Food and drinks for purchase at Annie's Kettle Corn.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, May 24, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $8.50 per person for members and $10 for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.”

Master Gardener Series- Growing Tomatoes”, Tuesday, May 26, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Join the crowd to grow your own. Easy and delicious!”

Grow It! Growing Herbs”, Wednesday, May 27, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners in partnership with the Dairy Creek Community Food Web and Forest Grove Community Gardens.”

Great Blue Heron Week”, Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, June 7, various locations. There are lots of wonderful events happening to help us learn about this iconic bird as well as connecting with nature. A big variety with something for everyone. Check out all the details here:

Vancouver Walking Tours”, Friday, May 29: Officer’s Row Ramble, and Saturday, May 30: Movers and Shakers. $7. More details to be posted on the Clark County Historical Museum website:

HART Theatre Presents, “Spamalot”, Friday, May 29 through June 21, HART Theater, 185 E. Washington St., Hillsboro. Adults $17, seniors $15, students $13. “Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, ‘Spamalot’ retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?”

Festival of Flowers”, Friday, May 29 through Tuesday, June 9, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “Festival of Flowers at Pioneer Courthouse Square has always been one of Portland’s most renowned festivals in the heart of downtown. Each year, the Square works with a local artist or design firm to create a masterpiece of vibrant color utilizing nearly 20,000 flowers and plant material. This year the design Doughnut Trip, comes from PLACE Studio and celebrates Portland’s Coffee and Doughnuts: Two Portland Classics.”

Oregon Cornhole Championships Kick-off Festival”, Friday, May 29, 4PM, Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific St., Forest Grove. Free. All ages. “We're again hosting the McMenamins Pre-Tournament Cornhole Festival! Join us on the lawn for cornhole game challenges, ‘luck of the draw’ tournaments, food and beverage for purchase, music and more. What is cornhole, you ask? It's similar to horseshoes, but with wooden boxes and corn bags. The best of the best will compete at Pacific University as part of the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Oregon State Championships on May 30 to try and earn a spot in the ACO World Championships.”

Master Gardener Class: Food Safety Gardening”, Saturday, May 30, 12PM, Sherwood Library. “Many of us grow our own vegetables to ensure that we are serving our families healthy food. But are we bringing more to the table than nutritious food? Join Bob Falconer, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener as he shares good agricultural practices that help you identify possible sources of contamination in the way you grow and handle your garden produce. Topics include identifying the sources of contaminants in the soil, water, animals in the garden, tools, harvesting techniques and personal hygiene. Management techniques to minimize possible sources of contamination will be shared.”

Coptic Stitch Notebook”, Saturday, May 30, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: For adults and using sharp tools, so take it with your focused older child or take it yourself and bring your new skills home to share. “Make your own journal from scratch. You’ll learn how to bind your book using the four needle coptic stitch, an ancient binding technique which allows your journal to lay completely flat when open. Perfect for making your own notebooks, albums and journals.”

You Hero 6- The Tech of Big Hero 6 and How You Can Do It!”, Saturday, May 30, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Presented by OpenFabPDX. “Guess what?! The technology used in ‘Big Hero Six’ to turn a group of engineering nerds into superheroes exists today! From 3D printing to 3D scanning and CAD modeling, come see the technology and learn how you can get started.”

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Canoe and Kayak Tour”, Saturday, May 30, 8:30AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $28 for ages 14 and up, $8 for ages 5-13. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley to learn about the wildlife and natural history of one of the country’s largest urban wetlands. Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe will provide boats, paddles, floatation devices and instruction. Two adults in a canoe can add one or two young children.”

Family Wormshop”, Saturday, May 30, 10AM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 NE 149th St., Building B, Brush Prairie, WA. Class is free, $35 materials fee which you can waive if you don’t need them. Preregistration required; register online: “Squiggly fun for the whole family. Learn the care and feeding of red worms and discover how they can help you turn fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen into food for your garden or houseplants. Children should be at least five years of age to participate. Participants receive a worm bin and red worms to take home. Information is free, if you don’t want a bin and worms you can come for free!”

Bainbridge Island BioBlitz”, All Day Saturday, May 30, Bainbridge Island, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “The Bainbridge Island Land Trust and IslandWood have partnered up to host THE most intensive field study survey our island has ever seen. A BioBlitz is an intensive race against the clock to identify as many species as possible on three very special Land Trust conserved properties, two of which are not normally open to the public. Volunteer participants can sign up to join a Taxa Team to search for and identify species of plants, animals, insects, fungi, and everything in between! This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about what’s living in your own backyard here on Bainbridge Island. Are you an adult who never grew out of your sense of curiosity for the natural world? Do you have kids who are always asking ‘what's that?’ or bringing home living things in buckets, jars or nets? Get involved in REAL citizen science supported conservation work. Happening right here on the island. You can sign-up for as many ‘taxa-teams" as your day allows. This event is an all-ages, family-friendly, novices-welcome sort of day. You be the gauge at what holds you and/or your kids' interest and for how long. IslandWood's gorgeous Welcome Center transforms as our ‘Base Camp’ for the day. All teams will begin and end there with an after-party (with snacks) to celebrate our hard work and amazing discoveries.”

2nd US Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, Ft. Stevens State Park. “One of the first units to take command of the new Fort Stevens, in the 1860's, was the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C. There will be camp life demonstrations, drills, and actual cannon fire throughout each day. Displays of various cannon munitions are on hand with dedicated history buffs sharing how these were used in battle.”

Eagle Creek Hike”, Saturday, May 30, carpools departing from Portland at 9AM. $10 suggested donation. Moderate, 6.4 miles, 840’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online:

Bread and Butter Day”, Saturday, May 30, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Free. Donations accepted for freshly milled flour. “You'll be churning rich fresh cream into butter and spreading it on fresh made bread. Visitors will be greeted and given a ‘Working Tour’ of how this mill still works today. Huge pulleys and belts spinning above and below are turning and churning to produce flour, corn meal and even apple cider (the last Saturday in October). These samples are given to the visitors for take home and a first hand experience of the products. No gas or electricity are used, simply mother nature's water power. All that work here are volunteers and are more than happy to explain how this process works to any and all.”

Spirit of Indigenous People”, Saturday, May 30, 11:30AM-5PM, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the rich culture of the original people of North America with music, food, dance and activities. Native performers, food, music, health and wellness information, arts and crafts vendors, speakers, Native art exhibit, and Pow Wow.”

Meet the Mustangs”, Saturday, May 30, 10AM-4PM, Wild Horse Mountain Ranch, 27400 SW Ladd Hill Rd., Sherwood. $5 per family. “Come learn about each of the mustangs and burros at Wild Horse Mountain Ranch. Horse grooming, demos, and tours.”

Sandal Making”, Saturday, May 30, 3PM, Hoyt Arboretum Pavilion, across the street from the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $5-$10 suggested donation. “The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a family friendly class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future.”

Art of the Microscope”, Saturday, May 30, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. $8.50 for members and $10 for nonmembers. 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 prior to joining this class. Make sure to bring your phone to capture many pictures.”

Gardens of Eatin’: Edible Landscaping”, Sunday, May 31, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Get the skinny on blending edibles and ornamentals for a delicious, low-maintenance landscape. Discover salad-boosting herbs and flowers, fruit trees for small spaces and native plants that hide "berried" treasures. Learn easy organic care methods and best varieties for blueberries, strawberries, tree fruits, grapes, kiwis, culinary herbs and more.”

Bamboo Flute Workshop”, Sunday, May 31, 3:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online:ú-bamboo-flute-workshop/38900 “An opportunity for you to create a bamboo flute and learn how to play it, too. All materials will be provided. Conducted in English and Spanish. “

Bubble-ology”, Sunday, May 31, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for ages 2-10. “Join us outside on the patio as we explore the science of bubbles!”

Cooper Mountain Bird Walk”, Sunday, May 31, 8AM, Meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton offers visitors 3½ miles of trails (with varying levels of difficulty) that traverse the park and pass through each of its distinct habitats - from conifer forest to prairie to oak woodlands. Views of the Chehalem Mountains, a close-up look at Oregon white oaks and a small prairie that has sat relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years.”

Beacon Rock Geology Hike”, Sunday, May 31, 10AM-3PM, Beacon Rock State Park, WA. Moderate, 2 miles, 800’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Leader Jim Chase will lead us up Beacon Rock to an iconic viewpoint high above the river. While soaking up the beautiful view, Jim will describe the epic floods that shaped the Gorge. We'll kick off the hike with a 20-minute Ice Age Floods presentation describing the epic glacial floods that shaped the Columbia Gorge more than 15,000 years ago."

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