Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jocund July

...because it's fun to say "jocund"... This is my event list for July 2015.  Please doublecheck anything you plan to attend because mistakes, typos and cancellations do happen.  

See Portland’s “Summer Free For All” schedule for free concerts, movies, rock wall climbing, and more here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61921

Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, boysenberries, and marionberries are ripe and peaches, apricots and early apples will be ripening. Head to a u-pick farm for the cream of the crop! Tri-County Farms http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ or Pick Your Own.org http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm can help you find a great farm near you.

More minus tides (below sea level) unusually late, but happening in July on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling! To find the perfect spot, check here: http://www.beachconnection.net/oregon_coast/72207oregon_coast_tidepools.php To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html?gid=252. Pure magic!

Almost every day in July, the Tillamook Forest Center is offering cool free nature education programs, most including forest walks. Check out the complete list here: http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/calendar/index.cfm?event=events.list This is also a very popular destination for families in need of a river for splashing and cooling off.

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, now through Sunday, August 23. Free Shakespeare in the park! They will be performing a wide variety of plays at a wide variety of venues, and they perform rain or shine. http://www.opsfest.org/tour-calendar.html

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, “Macbeth in Lone Fir Cemetery”, now through Saturday, July 25, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Ave. between Stark St. and Morrison St. Donations requested. “The Scottish Play. Macbeth. The name alone sends shivers up the spine of theatre-goers around the world. In June/July 2015, see it as never before, among the tombstones at twilight in Lone Fir Cemetery. All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs June 18st-July 25th, most Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7 PM (no performance on July 4, and July 11 is at Marylhurst University at 6 PM instead of Lone Fir). There will be an ASL-interpreted performance on July 17.” http://www.portlandactors.com/shows/macbeth-2015/

“Teatro Calimari”, Wednesday, July 1, 12:30PM, Beaverton Library (Three Bill Goats Gruff); and Thursday, July 9, 11AM, Garden Home Library (Three Pigs). Puppets. “All ages with family.” http://www.teatrocalamari.com

St. Paul Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 1 through Saturday, July 4, St. Paul, OR. http://stpaulrodeo.com

Junior Booksellers’ Boot Camp”, Wednesdays, July 1, 8, and 15, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Suggested for ages 8-12. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. “Kids aged 8 to 12 are invited to learn the bookselling trade in our first-ever Junior Booksellers' Boot Camp. Plan and hold events. Sell books to your family and friends. Maybe meet an author or two!” http://www.greenbeanbookspdx.com

Molalla Buckaroo”, Wednesday, July 1 through Saturday, July 4, Molalla Buckaroo Grounds, 815 Shirley St, Molalla. http://molallabuckeroo.com

Mad Science Presents, "Heroes of Science", Wednesday, July 1, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City; Wednesday, July 8, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library; Wednesday, July 22, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Gym.

"Mad Science", Wednesday, July 1, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver; Tuesday, July 14, 2PM, Hoodland Library, Welches.

Jugglemania”, Wednesday, July 1, 11AM, Newberg Library; Thursday, July 2, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 2, 2PM, Scott Park next to Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Wednesday, July 15, 1:30PM, Estacada Library; and Thursday, July 30, 2PM, Banks Library. “Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics.” http://www.jugglemania.com/Hi.html

Tween Messy Science”, Wednesday, July 1, 4PM and 5PM; and Wednesday, July 15, 4PM and 5PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Join us for easy, fun, often messy science experiments!”

Concert, “Chicamarimba”, Wednesday, July 1, 7PM, Tigard Library, North Lawn Library Gazebo (in Community Room if it rains); and Tuesday, July 7, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for music and dancing with long-time local favorite, marimba band Chicamarimba! Their upbeat blend of African and Latin American traditions will get you on your feet.” http://chicamarimba.com

“Henrik Bothe”, Wednesday, July 1, 2PM, Washougal Library; Wednesday, July 15, 10:30AM, La Center Library; Wednesday, July 15, 1PM, Woodland Library; Tuesday, July 21, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 23, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; Wednesday, July 29, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Gym; Wednesday, July 29, 1:30PM, Estacada Library Flora Room (includes ice cream party); and Friday, July 31, 3PM, Goldendale Library. “Henrik walks on ladders, spins ropes, juggles without using his hands, manipulates fancy hats, and rides a unicycle among other amazing and entertaining antics” http://www.nwcorporatecomedy.com

"Art of Animation Camp for Teens", Wednesdays in July, 3:45PM, North Portland Library; and Tuesdays, July 7 through August 4, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. http://www.alexdoodles.com/

"Super Physics!", Wednesday, July 1, 2PM, Midland Library; and Tuesday, July 14, 3:30, Kenton Library. Presented by AKA Science. "How do superheroes do it? Use physics to uncover the stories behind your favorite heroes’ abilities, like Spider-Man’s wall-crawling and Iron Man’s rocket flight. Create your own super-gadgets in our library laboratory, then take your prototypes home to wow your family and friends!"

"BJ the Clown", Wednesday, July 1, 11AM, Battle Ground Library; and Thursday, July 16, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. "One of the Northwest's best known clowns performs an exciting mix of physical comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling, and puppetry." http://www.bjtheclown.com/

"Beat-Making Lab Camp for Teens", Wednesdays in July, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/beat-making-lab-series-teens-0

Saving Seeds”, Wednesday, July 1, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Master Gardener Cindy Manselle will teach you how to harvest and save seeds.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Wednesday, July 1, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Gym; Wednesday, July 1, 2PM, Woodland Library; Thursday, July 2, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, July 2, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx.; Wednesday, July 8, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 8, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Monday, July 13, 12:30PM, Edwards Elementary School cafeteria, 715 E. 8th St., Newberg; Tuesday, July 14, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 15, 10AM, Cedar Mill Bible Church, 12208 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx; Wednesday, July 15, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Wednesday, July 15, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library; Thursday, July 16, 2PM, Banks Library; Monday, July 20, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, Bethany Blvd. at NW Central Dr., Pdx; Tuesday, July 21, 3PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; Wednesday, July 22, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; Thursday, July 23, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; Friday, July 24, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon; Tuesday, July 28, 3:30PM, Kenton Library; and Thursday, July 30, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Amphitheatre. “Angel Ocasio’s performance combines physical comedy, juggling, comedy magic, jokes, balancing and impromptu comedy situations.” http://www.ocomedy.com

"Exploring Chamber Music with the Evergreen String Quartet", Wednesday, July 1, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. "Evergreen String Quartet will present an interactive, educational concert designed to introduce new listeners to the world of classical chamber music. The Evergreen String Quartet (Lucia Atkinson and Emily Cole, violins; Rose Hashimoto, viola; Hannah Pressley, cello) is a group of young professional musicians from the Pacific Northwest. The members of the quartet currently play in the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, and other well-regarded ensembles."

"Vikki Gasko Green, Ventriloquist", Thursday, July 2, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Wednesday, July 8, 1:30PM, Estacada Library; Thursday, July 9, 11AM and 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library; Wednesday, July 15, 11AM, outdoors at Newberg Library’s Carnegie Court; Thursday, July 23, 2PM, Green Mountain School, 13105 NE Grinnell Rd., Woodland; Wednesday, July 29, 2PM, Washougal Library; and Thursday, July 30, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. "Come see Vikki and her friends perform! They are fun, silly, and full of surprises!" http://www.vikkigaskogreen.com/

Henna Tattoos with Raina Imig”, Thursday, July 2, 12PM, West Linn Library. “Raina returns to adorn you with beautiful (and temporary) tattoos and share the culture and history of henna.”

Teddy Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington”, Thursday, July 2, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children and $10 families. “This fascinating talk by professor Scott Woodward will cover Teddy Roosevelt’s 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt made a 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, inspiring thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. The wilderness legacy that ensued from this visit guarantees our sense of place in Washington state today with the formation of national wildlife refuges, national forests and parks, and national monuments. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history. Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.” http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/upcoming-events/

"Steve's Creature Feature", Thursday, July 2, 2PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets given out at 1:30PM); and Thursday, July 23, 2PM, North Portland Library. "Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world." http://stevescreaturefeature.com/

Broadway Rose Theatre Co. Presents, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 26, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. “It’s 1922 in New York City and young Millie Dillmount has just arrived in search of a new, modern life for herself. Overflowing with madcap adventure, heartwarming romance, and frisky flapper fashion, this Tony Award-winning musical combines the energy and optimism of the roaring twenties with invigorating dance numbers and charming new songs.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/millie

Ranger Guided Kayak and Canoe Tours”, Thursday, July 2; Sunday, July 5; Monday, July 6; Thursday, July 9; Sunday, July 12; Monday, July 13; Thursday, July 16, Sunday, July 19; Monday, July 20; Thursday, July 23, Sunday, July 26; Monday, July 27 and Thursday, July 30; Milo McIver State Park, Estacada Lake Boat Ramp. $15 per person covers kayak, paddles, life jackets and instruction. Preregistration required; call 1-800-452-5687. “Tour the River Mill Reservoir, a quiet stretch of the Clackamas River alongside Milo McIver State Park. Find out more about the history and ecology of the reservoir and see a variety of plants and animals that call the lake "home." We may even see the resident Osprey family!” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=102

Super Spies Forensic Workshop”, Thursday, July 2, 2PM, North Portland Library; Wednesday, July 8, 11AM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; Saturday, July 25, 1 PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Tuesday, July 28, 2PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets given out at 1:30PM). Suggested for ages 5 and up. “The Black Widow. Batman and Robin. Before they were superheroes, they were super-spies. You can be a scientific sleuth, too! Collect forensic evidence-- from fingerprints and fibers to spatter patterns and writing samples. Use chemistry to crack the case, then take home your detective tools to show off your skills!”

"Storyteller Will Hornyak", Thursday, July 2, 11AM and 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library. "Will weaves wildly wonderful tales with the help of kid volunteers." http://willhornyak.net/

"Tie Dye Magic", Thursday, July 2, 4PM, Sunnyside Library. Suggested for ages 10 and up. "Use Sharpies and some secret ingredients to create tie-dye magic. Bring a white t-shirt, pillowcase or socks for dying and we’ll provide the rest."

The Truths We Hold: The Poetry and Lessons of the Declaration of Independence”, Thursday, July 2, 7PM, Tualatin Library. Presented by poet Wendy Willis. “If the Constitution of the United States speaks to the head, the Declaration of Independence speaks to the heart and to the body; if the Constitution is prose, the Declaration is poetry. What does the Declaration of Independence have to offer us as twenty-first century Americans? What does it mean to have a right to pursue happiness? And how might we think about—and use—the Declaration to improve the state of our Republic?” http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/2014-15-catalog/the-truths-we-hold/88/

Alex Zerbe: Professional Zaniac”, Thursday, July 2, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Amphitheatre; Tuesday, July 7, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Tuesday, July 7, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 8, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library; Thursday, July 9, 11AM, St. Johns Library; Thursday, July 9, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; Monday, July 13, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. at NW Central Dr., Pdx; Wednesday, July 22, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 22, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Wednesday, July 29, 10AM, Cedar Mill Bible Church, 12208 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.; Wednesday, July 29, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Thursday, July 30, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, July 30, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx; and Friday, July 31, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM). “With the energy of 1,000 suns, The Zaniac bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Two-time Guinness World Record holder!” http://www.alexzerbe.com

"Paint and Take Your Own Drawstring Backpack", Friday, July 3, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Presented by Free Arts NW. "Come and paint your very own drawstring backpack for school or outdoor activities! During this class, artists will work with the children to design and decorate their bag. While the paint is drying, the children will work with oil pastels. The artists will show them various techniques so they are able to expand their creative use of the materials."

Clark County Historical Museum Walking Tours”, Fridays 12PM-1PM and Saturdays 9AM-10AM, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.cchmuseum.org/2015-cchm-walking-tour-schedule/ “Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly. This year’s tours will feature the following areas: Officers Row, Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, and Lincoln Neighborhood.”

Gear Con 2015”, Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, Doubletree Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Pdx. Steampunk convention. http://pdxgearcon.com

"Fort Vancouver Tapestry Exhibit", opening Friday, July 3, 5PM-8PM, and exhibit running Sunday, July 5 through Sunday, July 12, Vancouver Community Library. "Depicting the history of Clark County in 108 feet of hand-stitched embroidery, this creative and colorful work of art will be on display at the Vancouver Community Library. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities for every age including stitching, coloring and treasure hunting." Stitchery demonstrations July 5-11 and Evening Spotlight historical reenactments on July 10. http://fortvancouvertapestry.com/

Civil War Reenactment”, Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, Willamette Mission State Park, Keizer, OR. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for kids 5 and under, plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Complete schedule here: http://www.nwcwc.org/willamette.html “This year marks the 25th annual event at Willamette Mission State Park. Approximately 1,000 reenactors are expected, who will demonstrate the living and fighting conditions of the early 1860's.”

Family Fishing Events”, July 4, 11, and 12, various locations. See ODFW calendar for details: http://www.odfwcalendar.com “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.”

13th Annual Berry Festival”, Saturday, July 4, 11AM-4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro. “Join us for our annual 4th of July celebration highlighting our bountiful harvest of fresh berries! Enjoy family activities, great food and live entertainment all day long!” http://www.smithberrybarn.com/scripts/openExtra.asp?extra=7

"Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, July 4, 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.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=697627-307230

OregonRocketry Public Launches”, Saturday, July 4, 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.” http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=54

2nd US Sharpshooters”, Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. “Living history reenactors portray a unit of men famous for their marksmanship during the Civil War. Camp life, drills, and rifle demonstrations make up the day's activities for these battle tested soldiers. Celebrate the 4th of July with the rough and gritty men of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43405

Junior Ranger Programs”, Saturday, July 4, 11 and 26, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 6-12. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children.” July 4- Into the Wild: Nature Journaling; July 11- Legends of the Great Northwest; July 25- Wild Careers: Be a Wildlife Biologist. http://www.tryonfriends.org/

Junior Ranger Roving”, Sundays in July, 11AM-3PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 6-12. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children.” July 5- Artwalk: Animals and their Homes; July 12- Choose Your Adventure: Fairytales of Tryon; July 19- Treasure Hunt: Solve the Riddles and Follow the Map; July 26- Banana Slug Sundaes! http://www.tryonfriends.org/

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

Summer Public Tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial”, Sunday, July 5, 1PM, Washington Park at the intersection of SW Washington Way and Wright Ave. Free. “Join trained Oregon Holocaust Memorial docents on the first Sunday of July, August, and September for a free public tour from 1:00-2:00pm. Many docents are Holocaust survivors and family members with personal stories to share. Tours will focus on Holocaust history and the stories of Holocaust survivors and their families whose hard work and dedication is largely responsible for the conception, design, and construction of the Memorial. Just passing through? Docents will be available on-site to answer visitor questions and share their stories on each first Sunday from 12:00-3:00pm.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-event-2015-07-05-summer-public-memorial-tours

"Festival of Colors for Teens", Monday, July 6, 4:00 PM, Wilsonville Library. "Borrowing from some of the coolest traditions around the world, we're planning opportunities for you to explore henna, sky lanterns, yoga, and colored powders."

"Art Ala Carte", Monday, July 6, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets given out at 2PM); Tuesday, July 7, 1:30PM, Midland Library; Saturday, July 11, 2PM, Central Library; and Tuesday, July 21, 1:30PM, Midland 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." http://artalacartepdx.com/

Family Programs at Hatfield Marine Science Center”, Monday, July 6 through Thursday, July 9, Newport. $15 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/education/marine-education/family-programs

"Comic Con for Kids", Tuesday, July 7, 12PM and 3PM, Hillsdale Library (preregistration required; call 503-988-5388); Saturday, July 11, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; Monday, July 13, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); Tuesday, July 21, 4PM, Woodstock Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/comic-con-kids/43235); and Wednesday, July 22, 1PM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/comic-con-kids/43234). "Design your own superhero mask, cuffs and cape in this workshop with Puppetkabob. Create the elements to become a superhero or super villain. Meet other super artists, take a snap shot as you soar through a cityscape photo booth and check out some amazing comic book art." http://www.puppetkabob.com/

Beneath the Mountains: Caves of the Pacific Northwest and Beyond”, Tuesday, July 7, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply Co., 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Josh Hydeman will be sharing basic information about caves and their different forms; Limestone caves, glacier caves, and lava tubes and the features found within them. Josh will explain a bit about the difficulty of access to caves and how humans safely transport themselves through these dangerous and fragile environments. Josh will be giving a slideshow of his cave photographs giving brief trip reports to accompany his images.” http://www.joshhydeman.com

"Storyteller Christopher Leebrick", Tuesday, July 7, 2PM, Hoodland Library; and Wednesday, July 8, 2PM, Sandy Library. Superhero stories. http://www.allgoodstories.com/

Family Campfire Adventures - Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt”, Tuesday, July 7, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5-12 with an adult. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=546 “Who made that? How did they make that? As we explore the park we’ll discover all the changes the animals are making while we’re not looking. Bring your family for a guided hike through the forest as we discover the awesome variety of animal adaptations we find in Tryon Creek. We’ll examine all sorts of feet for movement and ears for hearing. After our hike we’ll roast s’mores over a campfire while we play games and share stories.”

"Reconstruct and Rewear for Teens", 4 sessions, Tuesdays in July, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. Bilingual. Preregistration required; register online: "Are you tired of your old clothes and don't know what to do with it? Be your own designer, cut up your old clothes and sew it back together in a few simple steps. Voila... you've turned your old leggings to a new shirt or old socks to new gloves. Bring your old clothes and see what new fashion statement you can make with it." https://multcolib.org/events/reconstruct-and-rewear/45982

"Magical Journey to the Andes", Tuesday, July 7, 3:30PM, Kenton Library; Tuesday, July 28, 2PM, Hoodland Library; Wednesday, July 29, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Wednesday, July 29, 2PM, Sandy Library. "Performers dress in traditional attire playing a wide variety of folkloric instruments displaying the lively colors of the Latin and Andean world. The performance incorporates an overview of history, geography, culture and interesting facts about South and Latin America while delighting audiences with the interpretations of many authentic Andean songs." http://www.andeanmusic.org/

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, July 7, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Tuesday, July 7, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library; Wednesday, July 8, Molalla Library Gym; Saturday, July 11, 11AM, Cedar Hills Crossing Mall, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; Wednesday, July 15, 1:30PM, 3:30PM and 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library; Thursday, July 16, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; Saturday, July 18, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Saturday, July 18, 2PM, Scappoose Library; Tuesday, July 21, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood; Wednesday, July 22, 11AM, outdoors at the Newberg Library’s Carnegie Court; Wednesday, July 22, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library; Thursday, July 23, 11AM, Murase Plaza, Wilsonville; and Wednesday, July 29, 4PM and 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Popular and knowledgeable, Richard Ritchey, brings his reptiles to share with lots audience participation and interaction.” http://www.oregonreptileman.com

Presto the Magician”, Tuesday, July 7, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Wednesday, July 15, 1PM, Cedar Hills Crossing Mall, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; Thursday, July 23, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; and Wednesday, July 29, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. http://www.prestothemagician.com/

"African Song and Dance" Wednesday, July 8, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Wednesday, July 8, 2PM, West Linn Library; Saturday, July 11, 1PM, North Bonneville Library; Tuesday, July 14, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library; Sunday, July 26, 1PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave at Yamhill St.; and Tuesday, July 28, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. "Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning the richness of West African culture through song and dance. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. The whole audience gets involved in simple dance steps, call and response, greetings and phrases, and rhythm drumming." http://www.habibasvillage.com/

"K-9 Police Officer Brian and Partner Enzo", Wednesday, July 8, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. "Meet Vancouver Police Department’s Brian Viles and his K-9 partner, Enzo. Learn about their close relationship and how they protect you."

Auto/Biography Tailgate Party”, Wednesday, July 8, 6PM-8PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Free. “Join us to celebrate the opening of Auto|Biography, an exhibit of people with their cars. Automobiles are integral to our individual and collective stories: becoming American and building community, making a living and enjoying the fruits of our labor, moving West and exploring its landscape and establishing roots to create our own unique identity. Auto/Biography examines car culture through the collective memory of Oregon’s Jewish community. See the exhibit and then go to the 'Tailgate' Party in the parking lot! Outside You'll Enjoy vintage cars, Kosher food cart with food available for purchase, tented seating, dj featuring a soundtrack of America’s best travelling songs, and kid friendly activities.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-event-2015-07-08-auto-biography-opening-reception

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays, July 8 through September 2 (except August 19), 11AM-2PM with free performances at 12PM, outside on Main St. in front of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. “The series, presented every Wednesday from 11AM – 2PM during the months of July and August, includes free music (and other miscellaneous) performances, children’s activities and outdoor booths featuring local artisans selling handmade crafts. Begun in 2004 the event has evolved into a rite of summer for downtown Portlanders, offering a wide range of family-friendly activities along Main Street between SW Broadway and Park Avenue. Adjacent to the Portland Farmers Market on the South Park Blocks and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Summer Arts on Main Street has helped transform this swathe of downtown into one of the most visible, heavily trafficked areas of the city.” http://www.portland5.com/events/summer-arts-main

Music on Main Street”, Wednesdays July 8 through September 2 (no show August 19), 5PM, outside on Main St. in front of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. “Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, our free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local musicians playing a diverse collection of music. The 2015 season features jazz, salsa and world music with tributes to the Stevie Wonder and the Allman Brothers. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar and Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30 p.m.” http://www.portland5.com/events/music-main-street

"Up, Up and Away!", Wednesday, July 8, 1PM, Woodstock Library. Wednesday, July 22, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. Presented by Mad Science. "Let our mad scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter, gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science float your boat!"

Letters at Lunchtime”, Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 12PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “The Oregon Historical Society holds hundreds of letters written by servicemen and their families and friends during WWII, documenting many of the infinite experiences of that watershed event. In honor of the opening of our exhibit WWII: A World at War, a State Transformed we have selected a sampling of those letters to share over lunches. Bring your brown bag lunches, and join us as OHS staff and volunteers read from the letters. The programs will be multi-media experiences, with high-quality copies of letters available, allowing you to get even closer to these remarkable experiences, and images of WWII from our collections on display during the readings.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm#july

Author Talk, “Melinda Jette”, Wednesday, July 8, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx, free; and Sunday, July 12, 1PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center, St. Paul, free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Melinda Jetté  presents her new book, "At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859". "In this work, Jetté delivers a social history that deepens our understanding of the Oregon Country in the nineteenth century. This history of French Prairie provides a window into the multi-racial history of the Pacific Northwest and offers an alternative vision of early Oregon in the lives of the biracial French-Indian families whose community challenged notions of white supremacy, racial separation, and social exclusion.” http://www.franklinpierce.edu/academics/bios/jette.htm

"Youth Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble--Loud, Louder, Loudest", Wednesday, July 8, 1PM, Gresham Library; Thursday, July 9, 12PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets given out at 11:30AM); and Wednesday, July 15, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. "en Taiko is a Japanese drumming group by youth drummers. The group started activities in Portland, Oregon, in 2007 as an effort to introduce Japanese culture to local communities. The group carries on a centuries-old musical tradition from Japan, and performs at various cultural events. en Taiko plays not only Japanese traditional style taiko, but also shares the exploration of a new art form such as collaborative music creation with taiko and marimba. Audience will enjoy experiencing the taiko drumming at the end of performance!" http://www.entaiko.org/

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, "Rocket Hamster's Dreamy Space Odyssey", Wednesday, July 8, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Thursday, July 16, 11AM, St. Johns Library; Thursday, July 16, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, July 25, 11AM, Sellwood Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM). "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!" http://www.dragontheater.com/RocketHamsterSpace.html

“Brad Clark’s Comic Workshop for Teens”, Wednesday, July 8, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library (preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x114); Thursday, July 9, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, July 15, 2PM, Tualatin Library (preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/brad-clarks-comic-workshop-teens); Thursday, July 16, 3PM, West Slope Library; Saturday, July 18, 2PM, Forest Grove Library; Tuesday, July 21, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A; and Thursday, July 23, 2PM, Banks Library. “Discover the process of creating comics. Games and activities for everyone, including writing, drawing and "inking" contests. Attendees will receive a free comic book! Cosplay attire encouraged!”

"Colors of the Jungle", Wednesday, July 8, 2PM, Woodland Library; Wednesday, July 8, 10:30AM, La Center Library; Tuesday, July 14, 2PM, Holgate Library; Wednesday, July 29, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas; Thursday, July 30, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library; Oak Grove. "Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! This educational and entertaining program features a wide assortment of parrot species from four continents -- including many endangered species. Learn about the natural history and unique behaviors of these beautiful creatures as well as what is happening to them today in the wild and things to know about parrots before getting one as a pet."  http://www.oregonbirdman.com/

Science in the Park”, Wednesdays, July 8 through August 12, 11AM-1PM, Esther Short Park, 606 Esther St., Vancouver. Or catch a roundup of all the most popular hands-on Science in the Park activities on Saturday, July 11, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment. Each week at this year’s Science in the Park, kids can explore what different scientists do! July 8 – Be a Marine Biologist, and study life in the ocean; July 15 – Be an Entomologist, and uncover the hidden world of bugs; July 22 – Be a Geologist, and have fun with rocks; July 29 – Be a Wildlife Biologist, and research animals – big or small – in their natural environments; August 5 – Be a Botanist, and smell the flowers and plants; August 12 – Be a Chemist, and discover more about chemicals and their interactions with one another. Food vendors are also on-site providing a variety of tasty meal options. Parking is available at the Park ‘n Go Garage, conveniently located next to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The entrance to the garage is on 6th Street between Washington and Columbia Streets. It’s a fun way for families to spend a summertime lunch and learning, complete with great music. Remember, Noon Concerts and Science in the Park are free!” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/science-park

Music Lab: Band”, Wednesday, July 8, 11AM, outdoors at the Newberg Library Carnegie Court. “The Newberg Community Band joins the library to share their instruments with youth! Come try out new instruments with the experts!”

Sherwood Foundation for the Arts Presents “Into the Woods”, Wednesday, July 8 through Saturday, July 11, 7:30PM, Stella Olsen Park, Sherwood. $12 adults, $10 seniors and kids 17 and under. http://sherwoodarts.org

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, July 8, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Donations requested. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!” http://www.iprc.org/calendar/iprc-open-collage-night-4

Art of Xieyi Brush Painting with Cindy Lommasson”, Wednesday, July 8, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. Suggested for teens and adults. “Learn and explore the fundamentals of Chinese brush painting with an emphasis on enjoyment and relaxed concentration. Professional painter and instructor, Cindy Lommasson will guide you with easy to follow, step-by-step examples, along with a brief discussion of the history and philosophy of the art form. Subjects will include bamboo, flowers, and dragonflies. No previous art experience is necessary. All materials will be supplied.” http://www.cindylommasson.com

"Charles the Clown", Wednesday, July 8, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. http://www.charlestheclown.com/

"Community Activist Workshop: What Happened to 'We the People': How Communities are taking back Their Rights, One Community at a Time", Wednesday, July 8, 6PM, Stevenson Library; and Thursday, July 9, 6PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon. "Workshop to be conducted by Kai Huschke from the Community Legal Defense Fund and co-sponsored by the Stevenson Grange #121 and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District."

"Teen Tie-Dye in the Park", Thursday, July 9, 6:30PM, Carnegie Park, 606 John Adams St. by Oregon City Library. "Bring a t-shirt or other clothing to customize with your own special tie-dye design!"

"Bollywood Dance", Thursday, July 9, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. "Join Monika Deshpande and the amazing dancers of Bollywood Dance! Bollywood Dance is movie dance of India which consists of a mix of various dance styles from around the world like Indian classical dance, folk dance, hip hop, zumba, disco etc. The program consists of dance groups of different ages. Little kids perform Indian village dances or marriage folk dances or cultural festival dances. Young girls' dance style is a mix of Indian semi-classical and Bollywood dance. Ladies dances are Bollywood style showcasing various styles and gestures with different formations in a group dance setup. One can get to experience Indian culture, dresses, jewelry, dance styles, music and singing styles in this unique program."

Mad Science Presents, "Spin! Pop! Boom!", Thursday, July 9, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. " Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing!"

“Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Thursday, July 9, 2PM, West Slope Library. “Here's a chance for you to exercise your creativity and enliven our boring sidewalks! We'll provide the chalk, you provide the imagination!”

"Superhero Claymation for Teens", Thursday, July 9, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. "For those who are interested in creating their own characters and making them come to life, this superhero claymation workshop will introduce participants to the world of stop-motion animation. Each participant will design their own superhero character out of modeling clay. The participants will take turns animating their characters and watch their creations move right before their eyes. What special power will your superhero have?" http://www.alexdoodles.com/

"Five Petal Origami Flowers", Thursday, July 9, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Saturday, July 18, 11AM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; call 503- 988-5397); Sunday, July 22, 2PM, Midland Library. Bilingual. "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!"

"Freezer Jam", Thursday, July 9, 6PM, Hollywood Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/freezer-jam/45131); and Monday, July 13, 6:30PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/freezer-jam/45132). An adult class- most welcome patient older kids that sign up with a parent, or take it yourself and take your new skill home to share. "You will learn how to make freezer jam from start to finish. Flavor of jam will depend on seasonal availability of local Oregon fruit. Materials with information on basic freezer jam recipes, ingredient information (e.g., types of sugar and sugar substitutes), local Oregon farm locations and services will be provided."

Marion County Fair”, Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12, Salem, OR. http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/Fair/

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, "Home Grown Heroes", Friday, July 10, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon; Wednesday, July 22, 2PM, Sandy Library. "A villain known as: 'The Bad Idea', has a bad idea. He wants to stop the world from having creative minds. However a band of super heroes team up to fight back. The heroes must work as a team to stop him!" http://www.dragontheater.com/HomeGrownHeroes.html

“Citizen Science: Freshwater Mussel Surveys”, Friday, July 10 and Monday, July 13, Crystal Springs Creek, SE Portland. Preregistration required; register online: http://jcwc.org/events/freshwater-mussel-monitoring-in-crystal-springs-creek-friday-july-10-2015/ “Freshwater mussels are the most at-risk animals in the U.S. and Oregon is home to only a few species of native freshwater mussels. Mussels benefit streams and fish by improving water quality, they are food for a variety of mammals and birds, and mussel beds provide habitat for other stream inhabitants. Previous surveys by Xerces staff and volunteers have shown that Crystal Springs Creek supports large populations of native mussels. In 2013, volunteers helped tag and relocate mussels prior to stream restoration in Crystal Springs Creek at Westmoreland Park. Surveys this year will be part of long-term monitoring to determine survivorship and movement in the upstream reaches of Crystal Springs Creek at Union Manor where mussels were relocated in 2013. Additionally, investigations of recolonization in the restored reaches at Westmoreland Park will be conducted to measure the effects of improved fish habitat on native mussels and invasive Asian clams.” 

Kryptonite vs. Superpower”, Friday, July 10, 3PM, Scappoose Library. “Do you know your own superpowers and weaknesses? Explore them in this program hosted by FACT of Oregon.” http://factoregon.org

"Knights of Veritas", Friday, July 10, 3PM, Goldendale Library; Wednesday, July 29, 11AM, Battle Ground Library; Wednesday, July 29, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver; Thursday, July 30, 5PM, Hood River Library; Thursday, July 30, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; and Friday, July 31, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. "Knights of Veritas will introduce the Code of Chivalry to a modern audience and pits myth against fact with thrilling demonstrations of historical combat technique. Their authentically weighted and detailed replica steel swords and armour provide an eye-opening experience to audiences. Exciting supervised hands-on sharing allows the audience the rare opportunity to handle the weapons and try on armour!" http://www.knightsofveritas.org/

"Magician Jeff McMahon", Friday, July 10, 6PM, North Bonneville Library. http://www.jeffmcmagic.com/

"3D Print Your Own Superhero Identity for Teens", Friday, July 10, 4PM, Kenton Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/3d-print-your-own-superhero-identity/45141); and Tuesday, July 21, 1PM, Capitol Hill Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/3d-print-your-own-superhero-identity/45142). "Every superhero has a brand -- whether it's Batman's logo in the sky, or the stylized S on Superman's chest. What's yours? In this session, we'll start on paper -- sketching and designing your superhero identity. Then you'll take to the computer to design your identity for 3D printing. I'll print one during the session, so you'll get to see a printer in action, then, in a few days, stop by your library to pick up your custom 3D printed superhero identity!"

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, "Home Grown Heroes", Friday, July 10, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon; Wednesday, July 22, 2PM, Sandy Library. "A villain known as: 'The Bad Idea', has a bad idea. He wants to stop the world from having creative minds. However a band of super heroes team up to fight back. The heroes must work as a team to stop him!" http://www.dragontheater.com/HomeGrownHeroes.html

Gem Faire”, Friday, July 10, 12PM -6PM, Saturday, July 11, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, July 12 10AM- 5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 weekend pass, under 12 free, 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: http://www.gemfaire.com/ This is mostly beads, but there are always rocks, crystals, and fossils of interest to rockhounds as well.

An Afternoon of Hawaiian Dance”, Saturday, July 11, 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join professional hula instructor Lisa Chang from Hula Halau 'Ohana Holo'oko'a as she talks about the history of hula, demonstrates with fellow dancers some of the more popular dances, and provides the audience a chance to learn some basic hula steps and dances.” http://www.hulaaloha.org/

Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, July 11, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. $10. “Summer is in full swing and we are celebrating with our ‘School’s Out Improv Show’! Join in on the fun with the whole family. Because as you know…..MIT is always family friendly. It’s safe to bring the kids. And Grandma! Our building is air conditioned and we’ll have chilled bottles of water for sale. You’ll be laughing so much, you’ll need those things! Come watch our improv players celebrate the summer away from classes and school.” http://www.magentatheater.com/page/magenta-improv-theater-mit-july-show

Ten Tiny Dances”, Saturday, July 11, 10AM- 1:30PM, Beaverton Farmer’s Market, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton. Free. (The market opens at 8AM). “The City of Beaverton and Beaverton Arts Commission invite you to the seventh year of this signature event! Guests spend a summer day exploring Beaverton where five 4’x4’ stages will showcase the talents of ten, unique dance performances from master-level ethnic and contemporary dancers. Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event centered around the popular Beaverton Farmers Market. Visit all five stages and you will experience a total of Ten Tiny Dances!” Stage locations and performers listed here: http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/TTD

Soap Making”, Saturday, July 11, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $18 for up to 3 people to make 1 batch of soap, discount for members. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/15190 “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) as we will be working with caustic substances.”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, July 11, 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!” http://www.mississippipizza.com/geeks/

Around the World with Puppets”, Saturday, July 11, 1PM, and Sunday, July 12, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $8. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Nobody knows for sure just how old puppetry might be. Come along with us on a fascinating journey through time and space as our puppets present the historical and fun-filled facts of the worldwide story of puppetry. It’s fun, it’s historical, it’s educational, it’s musical, it’s entertaining, and it’s also hands-on interactive.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Historic Silver Falls Days”, Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 10AM-4PM, South Falls Lodge and surrounding day use area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “rom Native Americans, to loggers, to homesteaders, to parks, the land we know today as Silver Falls State Park has a colorful history. Join us for demonstrations, displays, and games that bring history to life.” http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html

Polish Festival Seattle”, Saturday, July 11, 12PM-8PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free admission. “Come explore and experience Polish culture and traditions through live music, dance performances, workshops, exhibits and children’s activities. This year the festival will showcase the unique culture of Polish Highlanders (‘Górale’ in Polish) and the splendor of the Polish Tatra Mountains, famous for its rugged peaks, climbing, hiking and winter sports paradise. One of the biggest attractions of the region is the authentic highlander folklore, costumes and architecture continued through each generation to this day.” http://polishfestivalseattle.org

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations: Jewelry Pouches”, Saturday, July 11, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “You are invited to step back in time and join us for a very special demonstration series featuring crafts that were popular in the early to middle years of Queen Victoria's reign. Each month our demonstrations feature a different type of art or craft – some that are currently popular, and some that have nearly been forgotten. Some of the demonstrations include opportunities for you to try something that is new to you! All will be entertaining, interesting, and educational. On July 11, learn to make jewelry pouches. When traveling, ladies put their jewelry in a fabric pouch to protect them. Come and make a bag for your special items.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=767676-307230

Pika Discovery and Viewing”, Saturday, July 11, 8AM, Columbia Falls Natural Area Preserve. $7 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregon-wildlife.org/#!firsthand-oregon/c1029 “Join Biologist and Professor Steven Clark on Saturday, July 11th, at 8:00am at the Columbia Falls Natural Area Preserve to get a first hand look at the pika. These small, furry animals are most closely associated with rabbits, but are rarely seen. This guided hike in the picturesque Columbia River Gorge offers other viewing opportunities as well.”

Imperiled Flora: Trees in Trouble”, Saturday, July 11, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 per person. “Arboreta are important refuges for trees who are under threat in their native habitat from development, logging, land clearing, invasive species, introduced pests, diseases, climate change, etc. We'll explain the role arboreta play in helping preserve threatened or endangered species and get a look at trees which are on the world's Red List of imperiled trees. We'll visit some rare trees and share some remarkable stories of their rescue from oblivion.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

1st Louisiana Special Battalion, ‘Tiger’ Zouaves”, Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. “The southern states had their fare share of brave men who fought during the Civil War. Although ideologies and politics may have been different between states, the soldier was still the same; no matter what side you fought on. This representative group from the Confederacy brings to life that day-to-day camp life, including drill and preparation, that any soldier could relate to.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43406

Bastille Day in Portland”, Saturday, July 11, 12PM-6PM, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “This year the festival will move to the Portland Art Museum’s grounds, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit of Gods and Heroes, masterpieces from Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts. The Saturday festival will be free and open to the public. Look for fun activities for the whole family, including music, art projects, street performers, le marché (market), and French cuisine. Even better, July 11 is the museum’s Miller Family Free Day, when families enjoy free admission to the museum.” https://www.afportland.org/2015/06/bastille-day-in-portland-july-11-2015/

Travelogue: Oaxaca, Mexico”, Sunday, July 12, 3PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B.

"Portland Oregon Paper Shapers", Sunday, July 12, 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."

1942 Was Oregon's Most Exciting Year”, Sunday, July 12, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Drawing on both memory and research, historian Dr. G. Thomas Edwards will tell the stories of how World War II immediately brought massive changes to Oregon. Dr. Edwards cites many events as creating excitement in Oregon during 1942, including, for example: Japanese attacks and civilian defense on the coast, including armed guerrillas and first aid classes; Oregonians moving from small towns across the state to shipyard jobs in Portland; removal of Japanese Americans to incarceration camps and arrival of Latinos and African Americans for wartime work in the state; construction of Camp Adair and Vanport; and enrollment of 9,000 into the Oregon State Guard.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm#july

"Portland Opera Preview: The Elixir of Love", Sunday, July 12, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. "The Elixir of Love is Donizetti’s most warm-hearted comedy, in which romance finally wins the day, with the help of a snake-oil salesman’s 40-proof love potion. Featured in the Portland Opera production (and the library preview) are current Resident Artists Katrina Galka (Adina) and Alexander Elliott (Belcore). Nicholas Fox, who conducts the production, will lead the preview. The opera will be staged at the intimate Newmark Theatre, with former Resident Artist Matthew Grills joining the cast as Nemorino and Steven Condy as Doctor Dulcamara."

"Making Lotions and Balms", Sunday, July 12, 2PM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/making-lotions-and-balms/45140 For adults- parents generally are welcome to take the class with their patient older children, or take it yourself and bring your new skills home to share. Presented by Sellwood Bodycare. "Making your own lotions and balms is fun and easy. Best of all, by making them yourself you get to decide what goes in them. Most of the commercial lotions on the market contain low-cost, low-quality genetically modified oils, industrialized chemical stabilizers, and toxic preservatives and fragrances. Learn to make your own lotion and balm formulas easily and relatively inexpensively for friends and family with equipment you have around the house. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes, and lotions to take home." 

"Beyond the Scoreboard: Sports in Our Lives and the Community", Sunday, July 12, 2:30PM, Hillsdale Library. "Americans devote huge amounts of time and attention to sports and physical activities ranging from tiny tot tee ball and round-up rodeos to Friday night football and Blazermania. Some see sports as opportunities for building character and community identity as well as for contributing to the local economy. Others see the very same activities as distractions from more important community matters. Can both these seemingly contradictory perspectives be true? This conversation, led by University of Portland associate professor and sports enthusiast Andrew Guest, will address the many ways sports matter in our lives and communities."

Second Sunday at the Plankhouse”, Sunday, July 12, 12PM-4PM guided tours and children’s activities, 2PM presentation, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Carty Unity, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free. “Presentation by Colin Fogarty, The Confluence Project Executive Director. Colin will share with us the ways that the Confluence is connecting people to place through art and education. By collaborating with Northwest communities, tribes and celebrated artist Maya Lin, Confluence is able to share stories of the Columbia River through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement, and digital experiences."  http://ridgefieldfriends.org

Compost Demonstration Site Open House”, Sunday, July 12, 10AM-4PM, C.A.S.E.E., 11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie, WA. Free. “Wondering what type of composter will best fit your needs? How to get your compost cooking? How to tell when compost is finished? What to use it for? Get all your questions answered at our Open House! Drop in any time between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Master Composter/Recyclers will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources.” http://www.columbiasprings.org/programs/mcr/workshops/

Wooden Boat Festival”, Sunday, July 12, 11AM-5PM, Willamette Sailing Club, 6336 SW Beaver Ave., Pdx. Free. “Now in its fifth year, the Portland Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the final day of a Family Boat Build weekend, sponsored by RiversWest Small Craft Center and the Willamette Sailing Club. The event, which takes place on the banks of the Willamette River, will celebrate a dozen families and teams, each building a Salt Water Bay skiff, with mentoring from expert wooden boat builders. Saturday morning the teams receive their kits of supplies and commence building. Sunday afternoon they will launch their finished boats. In addition to the boat displays, the Wooden Boat Festival offers free sailboat rides and the use of paddleboards and other small craft, plus live music, food, toy boat building for youngsters, and a beer garden.” http://www.woodenboat.com/wooden-boat-festival-portland-oregon-0

"Climate Change", Monday, July 13, 6:30PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/climate-change "Curious or concerned about the climate? Organizing for Action/Climate Reality Project volunteers are trained to educate our neighbors about climate change so that we all can make more informed choices at home, at work, in the community, and in how we influence our political leaders."

"Teenage Rebels: Successful High School Activists, from the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow", Monday, July 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx; and Wednesday, July 15, 6PM, Hollywood Library, "Though their contributions have often been ignored in history books, teenagers have been at the forefront of social change in the United States for more than 100 years. From major protest movements combating racism and war, to more localized issues such as high school dress codes, teenagers have tried to shape their world – and often succeeded. This program explores that history, through several case studies from Dawson Barrett’s forthcoming illustrated book Teenage Rebels, but it also engages with current student campaigns around standardized tests, changes to curriculum, bullying, and more. Perhaps most importantly, this program also challenges participants to envision a better future and how to get there." http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/5349/

A Global Surge of Great Earthquakes and What We Are Learning From Them”, Monday, July 13, 7PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Thorne Lay, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Santa Cruz. “During the decade 2004-2014, 18 huge earthquakes with seismic magnitudes larger than 8.0 struck around the world, sometimes causing horrendous destruction and loss of life. The annual rate of such events was 2.5 times greater than had been experienced over the previous century of seismological observations. Deployment of global networks of very high-quality seismic, geodetic, and tsunami recording systems had preceded most of these events, allowing unprecedented signals to be recorded for these great earthquakes. Geophysicists have analyzed the recorded waves and ground motions to determine details of each earthquake, advancing our understanding of these dangerous events. Most of the earthquakes have involved surprises, rapidly revising scientific ideas about the behavior of huge fault ruptures and indicating the need for improved mitigation efforts.” https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/071315

Author Talk, “Robert Lewisohn Hamm”, Monday, July 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Robert Lewisohn Hamm discusses his book, “Becoming Oregon: From Expedition to Exposition”. “Becoming Oregon collects 150 authentic newspapers, mostly from the East Coast, which featured stories about Oregon during the 100 years between the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) and the Lewis and Clark Exposition (1905). Hamm's book recounts the fascination with this strange and wondrous land out west — the expedition, the trail, the land, homesteading, statehood, and the world's fair.” http://www.mossybraepress.com

Book Rave for Homeschoolers”, Monday, July 13, 1PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Homeschoolers of all ages, bring your parents and your favorite books to the library. We'll take turns raving about our favorites!”

Hiking the Waterfalls of Oregon”, Tuesday, July 14, 7PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Join travel writer, photographer, and guidebook author Adam Sawyer as he takes you on a light-hearted, humorous, and informative tour of the best waterfall hiking trails in Oregon. There is no doubt you will leave inspired to get out and explore the beauty waiting for you in your own backyard.” http://adamsawyer.com

Author Talk, “Ginny Gilder”, Tuesday, July 14, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside. Ginny Gilder will discuss her book, “Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX” . “Forty years ago, when a young Ginny Gilder stood on the edge of Boston’s Charles River and first saw a rowing shell in motion, it was love at first sight. Having grown up in an era when girls were only beginning to abandon the sidelines as observers and cheerleaders to become competitors and national champions, Gilder harbored no dreams of athletic stardom. Once at Yale, however, her operating assumptions changed nearly overnight when, as a freshman in 1975, she found her way to the university’s rowing tanks in the gymnasium’s cavernous basement. ‘Course Correction’ recounts the physical and psychological barriers Gilder overcame as she transformed into an elite athlete who reached the highest echelon of her sport. Set against the backdrop of unprecedented cultural change, Gilder’s story personalizes the impact of Title IX, illustrating the life-changing lessons learned in sports but felt far beyond the athletic arena. Heartfelt and candid, Gilder recounts lessons learned from her journey as it wends its way from her first glimpse of an oar to the Olympic podium in 1984, carries her through family tragedy, strengthens her to accept her true sexual identity, and ultimately frees her to live her life on her terms.” http://ginnygilder.com

"Heroes: Robin Hood to Your Older Sister!", Tuesday, July 14, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM. "This lively program of interactive stories and songs will inspire audiences to remember heroes who have shaped their own lives. Story Troupers Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke are master storytellers who perform traditional and modern tales and songs in action-packed, interactive programs. Anne and Norm perform singly and as a duo, accompanying themselves on a instruments from the ukulele and guitar to the mandolin, banjo and jaw-harp. They love to get audiences singing (and acting) along!" http://www.annerutherford.com/

The Oregon Trail’s Story”, Tuesday, July 14, 7PM, Beaverton Activity Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd., Beaverton. Free. “The Oregon Trail’s story speaks to the 500,000 immigrants' voices who traveled from east of the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean in a span of over 30 years. Oregon Country, like the temptress sitting on a rock in the sea, lured folk who longed for a better life. This “Northwest Eden” promised land, health, freedom, adventure, and opportunities to those who dared the risks. Farming families, craftspeople, professionals, and the ambitious sold what they had, outfitted and headed west on the 2,000+ mile trail, which could take four to six months. Sherry Johnston, a member of the Oregon Historical Society, will explore the many layers and challenges of America’s most major movement west.” http://www.historicbeaverton.org

"You Hero 6 -- The Tech of Big Hero 6 and How You Can Do It!", Tuesday, July 14, 3:30PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, July 18, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. "Guess what?! The technology used in ‘Big Hero 6’ 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."

"Digital Media/Filmmaking Camp for Teens", Tuesdays July 14 through August 11, 1PM-2:30PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/digital-media-filmmaking-camp-teens/42997

"Tie Dye Pillowcase", Tuesday, July 14, 10:30AM (youth) and 2PM (teens), Molalla Library. "All supplies provided. This is a messy event, so please wear clothes that could get dirty."

Conflict Resolution Course: Understanding the Nature of Conflict”, Tuesday, July 14, 10AM, Beaverton Library. Free. “Conflicts occur when people disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas or desires. This interactive workshop looks at how conflicts can cause breakdowns in communication and hurt relationships. We will explore the nature of conflict and the instinctual and neurobiological conditions that keep conflicts from getting resolved.” http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=2836&month=7&year=2015&day=14&calType=0

"Comics Workshop with Brad Clark", Tuesday, July 14, 2PM, Stevenson Library; and Tuesday, July 14, 5PM, Goldendale Library. "Games and activities for everyone; writing, drawing, and 'inking' contests; and a free comic book. Discover the process of comics, and maybe a few great titles to check out. Bonus respect for those who come in CosPlay… you are my HEROES."

"Needle Felted Superheroes for Teens", Tuesday, July 14, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. "Needle felting (or dry felting) is the process of poking a specialized barbed needle into sheep's wool to mesh the fibers into felt. Teens can learn to transform wool into small and intricate felted superheroes." http://lebrie.com/

"Puckett Family Magic", Tuesday, July 14, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; and Wednesday, July 15, 2PM, Washougal Library. "The Pucketts are a skilled family of entertainers who love to have fun and include audiences in that fun! Providing entertainment for all ages, you are sure to enjoy their award-winning magic and illusions." http://www.puckettfamilymagic.com/

"Musical Petting Zoo", Tuesday, July 14, 1:30PM; Saturday, July 25, 12PM; and Tuesday, July 18, 1:30PM, Midland Library. "Have you always wanted to try out new instruments and don't know where to start? Come play with Vibe of Portland! You may even learn a note or two."

"Gustafer Yellowgold", Wednesday, July 15, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Friday, July 17, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); and Sunday, July 19, 2PM, Midland Library. "Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a funny and touching multi-media program of live music, animated art and humor, all about the life of a little friendly alien from the Sun who landed in the Woodlands of Minnesota. Illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor has blended his two life passions of drawing and music into a humorous, creative and inviting world that comes to life seamlessly through computer technology, video projection and artful live performance." http://gustaferyellowgold.com/

Heather Pearl”, Wednesday, July 15, 3PM, Cornelius Library; and Thursday, July 16, 12PM, Sellwood Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 11:30PM) “Get ready to laugh with Heather Pearl, clown extraordinaire!” http://www.heatherpearl.org

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19, St. Helens, OR. http://www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com

"Bottle Cap Art for Teens", Presented by Free Arts NW. Wednesday, July 15, 1PM, Hollywood Library; Thursday, July 16, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Thursday, July 23, 1PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Thursday, July 23, 3:30PM, Gregory Heights Library. "Learn to create tiny works of art inside a bottle cap! Drawings, beads and small found objects are used to create these whimsical miniature artworks that are perfect as wearable art or magnets. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate and assist with this unique art form."

San Francisco 1906: Destruction of the Greatest City in the West by Earthquake and Fire”, Wednesday, July 15, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Wednesday, July 22, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “In 1906, San Francisco was the leading city in the Western United States. Prosperous from Gold Rush days, it was the largest port on the West Coast, an international center of finance, and opulent with theaters, hotels, majestic skyscrapers, picturesque parks, colorful Chinatown and notorious brothel districts. All that changed at 5:12 AM April 18, 1906 when a magnitude 8 earthquake struck without warning. Author and speaker Sig Unander tells the true story of the only major American city ever destroyed by earthquake and fire and the fight to save it. The presentation is illustrated with dramatic archival images of the city and its people taken by photographers during and after the event. A display and question and answer session is included in the free one-hour presentation.”

Altered Books Workshop”, Thursday, July 16, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Recommended for adults and teens ages 13 and up, due to the use of cutting equipment and certain glues. Create beautiful and intriguing works of art from worn and torn books seeking a new life. Book altering is a mixed media art form in which books are modified through cutting, folding, gluing, embellishing, and more. You bring your creativity- all other supplies will be provided.”

Author Talk, “Terry Masear”, Thursday, July 16, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna’s hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air, dive 60 miles per hour in a courtship display, hover, and fly backward. When he arrived in rehab caked in road grime, he was so badly injured that he could barely perch. But Terry Masear, one of the busiest hummingbird rehabbers in the country, was determined to save this damaged bird, who seemed oddly familiar. During the four months that Terry worked with Gabriel, she took in 160 hummingbirds, from a miniature nestling rescued by a bulldog and a fledgling trapped inside a skydiving wind tunnel at Universal CityWalk, to Pepper, a female Anna’s injured on a film set. In their time together, Pepper and Gabriel form a special bond and, together, with Terry’s help, learn to fly again. Woven around Gabriel’s and Pepper’s stories are those of other colorful birds in this personal narrative filled with the science and magic surrounding these fascinating creatures.” http://www.losangeleshummingbirdrescue.org

Tall Ships”, In Stevenson, WA Thursday, July 16 through Monday, July 20; Hood River, OR from Wednesday, July 22 through Thursday, July 23; and The Dalles, OR from Saturday, July 25 through Monday, July 27. Pretty cool tall ship replicas with tours and sail opportunities. http://historicalseaport.org

5,000 years of Boardgames”, Thursday, July 16, 6PM, Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery, 8231 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton. Donation requested. “A one hour talk and slide show that covers the history of civilization from the perspective of board games. We focus on the games Backgammon, Chess, Playing Cards, Life, and Regatta.” http://www.imogap.org/calendar.cfm

Mask Making for Teens”, Thursday, July 16, 2PM, West Linn Library. Presented by actor and puppeteer Tim Guigni. “Learn the art of making shaped paper masks with the comedy, improv and mask-master!” http://www.teatrocalamari.com/resources/staff/staff_TIM.html

Tommy Twimble Presents, "Heroes of the Circus", Thursday, July 16, 2PM, North Portland Library; Saturday, July 18, 11AM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM); and Thursday, July 23, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. "Enjoy stories about magicians, jugglers and even clowns performing heroic deeds told by international circus performer Thomas Schroyer (aka Tommy Twimble). Incorporating amusing props, magic tricks, hat manipulations, music and physical comedy, Thomas has developed a very engaging and original style of storytelling." http://www.tommytwimble.com/

Drones- An Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems”, Thursday, July 16, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Drones, they’re in the sky and on the news, but what’s really going on with unmanned aircraft systems? Join Sergeant Tristan Sundsted of the WA Co. Sheriff’s Office and Ric Stephens of Portland State University for a discussion that addresses the impact of UAS on businesses, government services, and you. Topics to be covered include the FAA’s current and proposed regulations, potential private and commercial applications of UAS technology and safety considerations for the hobby operator.”

Our National Parks”, Thursday, July 16, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Russ Morrow will lead us on a photographic tour of US National Parks.” http://www.iafi.org/events.asp

"Computer Anatomy 101", Thursday, July 16, 4PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. Suggested for ages 10 and up. "Ever wanted to take apart a computer to see what’s inside? Staff from Free Geek will be on hand to help you do just that. Take it apart, learn how it all works, put it back together and then power it up!"

"Leapin' Louie", Thursday, July 16, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; and Tuesday, July 28, 2PM, Scott Park next to Ledding Library of Milwaukie. "Leapin' Louie's high energy juggling, comedy and cowboy tricks." http://www.comedytricks.com/wp/

"Portland Taiko Drummers", Friday, July 17, 11AM, Daubenspeck Park, Willow St., Bingen, WA. "Founded in 1994, Portland Taiko is an award-winning Asian-American drumming ensemble, and the first professional Taiko ensemble in the Pacific Northwest. By combining traditional and contemporary compositions and choreography, Portland Taiko takes Asian-American music into unexplored territory with its innovative and provocative creations." http://portlandtaiko.org/

Yoshida’s Sand in the City”, Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Pdx. Suggested donations $4 for individuals and $10 for any size family. Sand castle building contest for charity. The sculptures will be built by 4PM Saturday with awards presented at 5PM. Since these sculptures are just made out of sand, they are capable of crumbling, so the best viewing will be during and immediately after their creation. http://sandinthecitypdx.org

Paper Folk Crafts”, Friday, July 17, 4PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. Suggested for ages 13 and up. “Are you intrigued by folk art from around the world? Would you like some instruction on some easy to create, yet beautiful projects that you can do on your own? At this workshop, professional artist and educator Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney will lead you in creating paper crafts from Denmark, Poland and Slovakia. You will also learn a bit about the history of each project.” http://www.danielam.com

Get Your Kicks on Route 66”, Friday, July 17, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Route 66 is called America’s Highway and the Mother Road, and Tigard residents Curtis and Tricia Langer have traveled it six times in the last eight years. Go back in time with the Langers as they share photos and stories of an era of neon signs and drive-in theaters.”

Oregon International Air Show”, Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19. http://www.oregonairshow.com This is a pretty cool air show! I think the Friday evening show is the best, because it’s one continuous show without long breaks between acts, the temperature is way cooler, and it ends with a fireworks and pyrotechnics show! Do yourself a favor and take the Max.

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival”, Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, downtown Sherwood, OR. Details here: http://www.robinhoodfestival.org

Oregon Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale”, Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 8AM-7PM, and Sunday, July 19, 8AM-4PM, Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. http://www.karacactus.com/ocss.htm They will also be giving a free class on “Weird Plants: Cactus and Succulents” on Saturday, July 18 at 11AM. Preregistration is required; register online: http://portlandnursery.com/events/july_events.shtml

Oregon Berry Festival”, Friday, July 17, 12PM-6PM, and Saturday, July 18, 11AM-5PM, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “Come on down to the LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival to find all the freshest Oregon berries including everything from Marionberries to Ollalieberries and the best blueberries and strawberries you will find anywhere. The festival showcases everything berry! In addition to fresh berry vendors there will be berry products galore, berry themed food booths, cooking demonstrations featuring berries, a children’s booth with berry themed crafts and for the gourmet touch a Gala Berry Dinner prepared by one of Portland’s finest chefs.” http://www.oregonberryfestival.com/join-in-celebrating-the-oregon-berry-harvest

Wild Fruits of Northwest Forests”, Saturday, July 18, 9AM, Forest Park. Presented by wild foods expert John Kallas. Details here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/

Blacksmith and Woodworking Day”, Saturday, July 18, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “In the 18th and 19th centuries the Blacksmith and the wood working Carpenter made almost everything a farm or homestead needed to survive. Discover through hands on living history and demonstrations what these old crafts were like. See working blacksmiths create tools and hardware using hammer and anvils. Watch and learn as traditional woodworkers demonstrate tool use turning a piece of wood into a needed household item like chairs, table or spoons. Participate in - what was once a community and social event- a barn raising! at 1:00pm join in as we raise a 1/4 scale version of the Manson Barn.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkEvent&parkId=79&eventId=42238

Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival”, Saturday, July 18, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Join us for a fun, family friendly outdoor Japanese festival on Saturday, July 18th! Free admission, great food, live entertainment and even a watermelon eating contest! There will be a performance by a special guest from Japan, singer song writer Ryukichi Amacho at 1pm . Plus enjoy, performances from: Takohachi Taiko, Unit SouZou Taiko, Flamenco Dance Group, Leo Dance Group, Portland Aikikai and Kyokushin Karate Ito Dojo.” http://www.uwajimaya.com/events

Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, July 18, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10, discount for members. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/15782 “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands-on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own. One microscope per ticket, maximum two people per ticket.”

Chalk of Fame: A Guinness World Record Event”, Saturday, July 18, 9AM, 3rd St. between Hood St. and Kelly St.. (adjacent to the Arts Plaza at 401 NE Second St.), Gresham. Spectators welcome or reserve a sidewalk square to color: https://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/Chalk-of-Fame--A-Guinness-World-Record-Event/ “Inspired by the Youth Advisory Committee, the Chalk of Fame event is a one-time addition to the Gresham Arts Festival. The Gresham community will come together to color in 350 chalk drawings – the most ever put to pavement – on the streets of historic downtown. Drop in between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to color. Stay for the celebration from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.”

WWII Living History Event”, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. “Various units of U.S., British, German, and Russian troops set up camp at Fort Stevens to bring to life the history of those who fought in the war that changed the world. A field hospital, period military vehicles, weapons displays, and field camps enables you to immerse yourself in the past. Buy your ticket for the opportunity to fire a period weapon at the rifle range. Food and drinks available for purchase from Annie's Kettle Corn.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43408

Sarracenia Northwest Nursery Open House”, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Eagle Creek, OR. $10 per vehicle which includes a 3” plant. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/category-s/1847.htm Snacks and Italian sodas provided. A wonderful chance to see thousands of gorgeous carnivorous plants up close, talk to the folks who grow them and take some home! 

Canterbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 10AM-6PM, Silverton, OR. $14 adults, $11 children 6-12, $11 seniors and free for ages 5 and under. http://www.canterburyfaire.com

Pop Culture Saturday”, Saturday, July 18, 11AM-4:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Pop culture to the rescue! Escape the ordinary with play. In the morning, join us for curated board games brought to you by Kyle Engen from Beaverton's Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery. In the afternoon, be inspired by Portland State University professor Dr. Susan Kirtley's presentation on the work and impact of American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry. Join us also for classic video games on the big screen! Stop by for part or all of the day.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, July 18, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.” http://www.metaltype.org/ccstf/

Space Day Celebration - Pluto-Palooza”, Saturday, July 18, 12PM-4PM, OMSI auditorium and planetarium lobby. Free. Does not include museum admission or parking. “Children and families can interact with amateur astronomers to learn about planets, optics, telescopes, and more through engaging conversation and hands-on activities. Representatives from local clubs and organizations including Rose City Astronomers, Oregon Observatory, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Portland State Cascadia Meteorite Lab and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions, lead hands-on activities and discuss space science. Weather permitting, we'll view the sun safely through special solar telescope on the plaza.” https://www.omsi.edu/events/space-day/071815

da Vinci Days”, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Corvallis, OR. “da Vinci Days is a weekend summer Festival that features races of all kinds, art to create or admire, music and street performers, hands-on activities that teach in a fun way, movies to watch, speakers who inspire, and nerdy stuff for now and the future.” The highlight is the Grand Kinetic Challenge race. Check it out: http://www.davincidays.org

TreeHug Pdx: The World’s Greatest Tree Hug”, Saturday, July 18, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, Pdx. Details and RSVP info here: http://www.treehugpdx.com

Southeast Asian Celebration”, Saturday, July 18, 11AM-4PM, Saltwater State Park, Des Moines, WA. “Featuring music, dance, food and display booths. Performances by Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest, Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music and Dance Troupe, Bong Lang Ruam Jai Band from Thailand, River Ridge Taiko Ensemble from Japan, India South Sound Association”

"Author Xavier Garza and Luchadores", Saturday, July 18, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Saturday, July 18, 3PM, Gresham Library. Bilingual. "Come meet award winning author Xavier Garza, who will share stories and talk about Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask, Maximilian and the Luchadores, and other of his numerous children's books. Two real life luchadores will also be there to give a short demonstration and talk about their experience as wrestlers. Please join us, you don't want to miss this great opportunity!" http://www.cincopuntos.com/authors_detail.sstg?id=47

Battle Ground Harvest Days Festival”, Saturday, July 18, Battle Ground, WA. http://battlegroundchamber.chambermaster.com/Events/details/2015-harvest-days-2730

Public Archery Instruction”, Saturday, July 18, 9AM-4PM, EE Wilson Wildlife Area, Monmouth, OR. Details here: http://www.odfwcalendar.com/?tribe_events=ee-wilson-public-archery-instruction-2&eventDate=2015-07-18

Tears of Joy Presents, "The Mantis and the Moon", Saturday, July 18, 11:30AM, Midland Library. "The proud praying mantis wants to capture the moon. He begins to focus all of his attention on the moon and ignores everyone else, including his daughter Porcupine. But when he fails to capture it, he realizes that the love in his life is more important than his pride. After learning his lesson, Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Join Tears of Joy Theater in this entertaining performance as we try to capture the moon!" http://www.tojt.org/schools/smallershows/

"Ugly Stuffed Animals for Teens", Saturday, July 18, 2PM, Albina Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/ugly-stuffed-animals/43000); and Wednesday, July 29, 1PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. "Learn to make your own ugly stuffed creations! The charm of these misfit creatures is in their ugly-cute appearance. Teens will design, pattern and hand sew a one-of-a-kind companion. No sewing experience required." http://lebrie.com/

"Homemade Mustard", Saturday, July 18, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/homemade-mustard/45327 An adult class so I suggest adults register with kids. "Making mustard is easy, open to considerable creativity, and goes great with everything from crackers and cheese to roasted meats. With just a few simple tricks, you can begin exploring the world of homemade mustard. So, come ready to make your own two sample batches of mustard. We'll have both yellow and black mustard seeds to experiment with as well as rice wine and red wine vinegars for flavoring and controlling the heat in your mustard. As always, food historian and cookbook author Jean Johnson, will offer samples for tasting--and you'll leave with recipe ideas geared toward helping you put a unique stamp on your own batches."

"Brazilian Paper Coiling", Saturday, July 18, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist Addie Boswell. An adult class so parents should participate with their kids. "In many countries, artisans turn simple scrap paper into colorful dishes, jewelry and various household items. In this workshop, artist Addie Boswell will teach two different ways to fold and curl magazine paper to turn it into beautiful bowls and coasters or unique bracelets and necklaces. Finished pieces can be sealed to protect the paper art for years." http://www.addieboswell.com/

Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party”, Saturday, July 18, 1PM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family of any size. “Mary Charlotte was Philip Foster’s long-suffering wife, and mother of nine (four when she made the trip around the horn in 1842). To celebrate her, and the many pioneer women who joined her in Oregon, come to our garden party on the third Saturday of July for a fashion show. Enjoy live music, tour the historic farm on the Oregon Trail, and learn about 19th century fashions. Tour our historic Rose Ramble, with starts of pioneer roses available for your garden. View the needlework of pioneer women, and learn about their crafts from modern practitioners. Kids and grandkids will enjoy the hands-on activities, like corn-grinding, croquet, crosscut sawing, and building a log cabin.” http://www.philipfosterfarm.com/pffwp/mary-charlottes-garden-party/

Discover the Park Through Science”, Saturday, July 18, 12:30PM-3:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Come learn about Tryon Creek State Natural Area from an earth science point of view! Six science-based stations will be available to experience as you hike through Tryon Creek. You can test the creek’s water to see if it’s a good environment for fish, learn about the different rocks formed in Oregon, and more. Finish all six stations and you can earn a special science patch! This program was created by a local Girl Scout.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=535

Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration”, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Hood River County. “Our cherry celebration is an adventure with activities for the entire family. Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other cherry treats. Many farms feature picnic areas. In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for Cherry Days. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking, too.” http://hoodriverfruitloop.com/events-calendar/7

Blessing of the Animals”, Sunday, July 19, 2PM, The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Pdx. “The Blessing of the Animals is held the third Sunday of July and offers individuals with pets an opportunity to reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. This annual event attracts a wide variety of animals and their human friends. Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their companion animals, properly restrained, to The Grotto for the Blessing of the Animals. All are welcome.” http://www.thegrotto.org/events/blessing-of-the-animals/

"Vietnamese Cooking Program for Families", Sunday, July 19, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. "Come and make ... Free samples and instructions included. Class will be conducted in Vietnamese and English."

Tigard’s Historic Main Street: Walking Tours”, Sunday, July 19, 11AM and 1PM, Tigard Farmer’s Market, 8777 SW Burnham St. “Put on your walking shoes and explore the history of Main Street! Meet the people, businesses and events that shaped downtown Tigard. Tours are roughly one mile in length and will last about one hour. Bring water and wear walking shoes and sun protection. Seating provided at some stopping points on tour.”

Self Publishing”, Sunday, July 19, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) will give an hour long presentation on self publishing.”

Walking Tour of Jewish South Portland”, Sunday, July 19, 5:30PM. $15, $5 for students. Tickets available online: http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-event-2015-07-19-portland-walking-tour “Join us for a historic walking tour of Jewish South Portland. We will begin on Lair Hill at the original Neighborhood House, (now an active Waldorf School) and proceed through what was once the heart of the immigrant neighborhood. Along the way, we'll learn about the people and places that contributed to the rich history of Portland's Jewish community, including five razed and relocated synagogues.”

Author Talk, “Jim Lommasson”, Sunday, July 19, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Jim Lommasson will discuss his new book, Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories - Life after Iraq and Afghanistan, show slides, read excerpts from his interviews, and talk about what he learned from returning soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Jim's work comes from his belief that, as a society, we need to understand that a consequence of sending soldiers to war is that the war comes home with every veteran. Exit Wounds deals with the effects of the United States' wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by focusing – in photographs and interviews -- on returning American soldiers as they reintegrate into civilian life. It is an ongoing collaborative effort, documenting in images and words the personal experiences and stories of these veterans. In addition to their own experiences, they bring home first-hand knowledge of the impact of war on the civilians caught in the crossfire. The soldiers need to tell their stories, and we need to hear them.”  http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm#july  http://www.lommassonphoto.com/

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate Workshop”, Sunday, July 19, 1PM, Sauvie Island. Presented by wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas. Details here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/

Author Talk, “Vincent Navarrete”, Sunday, July 19, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Vincent Navarrete discusses his book, “Booger Beard”. “An imaginative, tale of repulsive proportions! All Mijo wants is a delicious snack to settle his rumbling panza. However, an epic sneeze forces a snot rocket like you've never seen out of his nose and onto his face! His Ma-Mee wants him to clean it off before he eats, but how can Mijo wipe off such a masterpiece? He wants to keep his beard, no matter how gross. He just needs to convince Ma-Mee as well, and show her just how handy his booger beard can be! This bilingual tale is perfect for kids age 4 - 8 and is perfect for fans of Captain Underpants and The Adventures of Ook and Gluk.”

“Introductory Paper Quilling”, Monday, July 20, 6PM, Tigard Library Community Room. Suggested for adults and teens. Preregistration required; call the reference desk at 503-718-2517 beginning July 6. “In this introductory workshop, learn the medieval art of shaping and arranging strips of colorful paper to make beautiful art with local artist Jenna Lechner.” http://jennalechner.com

Family Celebration of Eid”, Monday, July 20, 4PM-10PM, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free admission, unlimited ride bracelets $15. “You are invited to be part of Eid Al-Fitr celebration at Oaks Amusement Park. Come and share the joy with all Muslims and friends from all faiths. Zabiha/halal food, American and ethnic food for sale. Please dress modestly and be respectful to all cultures and their differences.” http://muslimfamilygetaway.com

"Seasonal Flash Cooking Series: From the Summer Garden to the Table in 10 Minutes", Monday, July 20. 6:30PM, St. Johns Library. "Life’s too short to eat out of season, so come learn how to make quick, creative meals with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Longtime library presenter and cookbook author, Jean Johnson, will take you through the steps in putting together delicious one-bowl meals."

"Glow in the Dark for Teens", Monday, July 20, 8PM-11PM, Wilsonville Library. "When the lights go down, the fun comes out! Mini-golf, Zombie Tag, and as many things to make glow in the dark as we can think of."

"Bend Magic", Tuesday, July 21, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library. "High energy, interactive comedy magic!"

16th Annual Crackedpots Art Show”, Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, garden plant sale 12PM-5PM and art show 10AM-8PM Tues. and 10AM-7PM Wed., Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “This popular summer event showcases more than 100 artists’ creations made of recycled, found or discarded materials. Wander the grounds next to our Little Red shed, and ponder booths containing everything from bird feeders to furniture to sculpture, wearable art and beyond, which will be on display and for sale. Our own Edgefield Gardeners will also offer estate-grown trees, flowers, perennials and more for sale.” http://crackedpots.org

Wasted Energy: Why America Wastes More Energy Than It Uses (and what we can do about it!)”, Tuesday, July 21, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Anna Chittum, energy policy researcher and founder of Gridkraft, and Visiting Fellow with the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/072115

"Buckaw!", Tuesday, July 21, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library. "Buckaw!: a Tragicomical, Ornithological Variety Show delves into the poignant comedy, science, and mythology of chickens through slapstick, mime, mask play, and music." http://www.sarahlianefoster.com/#!buckaw/c1a2m

Backyard Composting Workshop”, Tuesday, July 21, 6PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiasprings.org/programs/mcr/workshops/ “Want to begin composting your yard and some of your kitchen waste? This two hour workshop will get you started building soil health in your own backyard. Join us for an introduction to the science of composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to view composting bins and systems in action.”

Buckminster Fuller at 120”, Tuesday, July 21, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply Co., 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by author Trevor Blake. “July 12 2015 would have been R. Buckminster Fuller's 120th birthday. The man who tried to live fifty years in the future died nearly forty years ago. What did Fuller do during his life, what did he predict about the future, and what are the prospects for humanity? This presentation includes the chance to see many rare Fuller artifacts and publications.” http://synchronofile.com

Claire Phillips: Oregon's Legendary Actress and Spy”, Tuesday, July 21, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Author, speaker, and filmmaker Sig Unander will highlight the life of Claire Phillips Snyder, the only Oregon woman to receive America's highest civilian decoration. Phillips was a Portland stage actress and singer whose espionage and humanitarian work as a guerilla leader in the Philippine Resistance during World War II brought her fame and widespread recognition. Caught up in the Japanese occupation of the Philippines after the American and Philippine Army surrendered on Bataan in 1942, Phillips ran a glamorous Manila nightclub, continually risking her life to aid sick and starving prisoners of war and collect intelligence for the war effort. Betrayed, she underwent brutal torture by enemy secret police but survived to tell her story in a memoir that became a Hollywood movie.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm#july

"Family Clown School", Tuesday, July 21, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. "Tips and tricks on clownin’ around from professional clown Angel O." http://www.ocomedy.com/

"Science Squad: Engineering Simple Machines", Tuesday, July 21, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Suggested for grades 2 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/science-squad-engineering-simple-machines/46161 Presented by Saturday Academy. "Ever hear of Rube Goldberg who over-engineered a contraption to perform a simple task? Students gain hands-on engineering experience as they work in a small team to design and build quirky contraptions out of everyday materials to solve simple problems."

"Honeybees: The BEE-utiful Super-Organism!", Tuesday, July 21, 2PM, Holgate Library. "Are you afraid of bees? You won’t bee after learning about their magical ways with Brian Lacy, apiarist and bee enthusiast since the age of 14. This visual presentation is filled with filmed clips and stills that surround children with the sights and sounds of bees. After the presentation, children can taste honeycomb, look into a real hive (no bees), and handle equipment that beekeepers use in the field."

"Nam Vanh/Mixed Fruits- Cooking for Teens", Tuesday, July 21, 4PM, Gresham Library. Presented by Nang's Kitchen. "Chilled mix fruits (cantaloupe, jackfruit, honey dew) and tapioca pearl in sweet coconut milk. This dessert is perfect for a hot summer day when you need a little cool down."

"Henna for Teens", Tuesday, July 21, 2PM, Stevenston Library. "Teens - join us in welcoming the return of professional henna artist, Wendy Rover, owner of Roving Horse Henna, for an afternoon of cultural art and history, tattoos and design. You will see how the process is done, and leave with your very own henna tattoo!"

Screening, “A Rock and Roll Photographer … The published and unpublished works of Jim Smircich”, Tuesday, July 21, 7PM, Garden Home Library. With director Darrell Jabin. “Imagine being a photographer who could “hang out” with Janis Joplin, the members of Jefferson Airplane and other bands in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960’s. Jim Smircich was never a musician, but knew Paul Kantor from the time they went to summer camp together as kids. When Kantor started Jefferson Airplane, the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international success, Jim Smircich was there and had unique opportunities to take photos of some of the musicians who changed American music in the 1960's. Jim Smircich has led an interesting life. After taking photos that appeared on album covers and in Rolling Stone Magazine he had a chance to be part of an exhibit on holograms at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. A few years later he was creating unique glass beads and began teaching how to make that type of bead at classes throughout the world. Today, Jim is retired. He spends time walking his dog, Hazel and capturing interesting pictures of objects, flowers and nature in the Eugene area. This 35 minute video captures Jim's story with his commentary and dozens of his pictures, including many that have never been published.”

Mo Phillips: Music Making Mayhem”, Wednesday, July 22, 10AM, Cedar Mill Bible Church, 12208 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx; and Monday, July 27, 10AM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. at NW Central Dr., Pdx. “Come join Mo for a bunch of singing, dancing, and song creating! We'll be singing some classics, as well as some crazy Mo jams, and they are ALL dance numbers. Plus, we'll make up a song together, Mo will record it, and then put it on his website for the world to enjoy!!” http://www.mophillips.com

"Olincalli Ballet Folklorico", Wednesday, July 22, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver, in the JC Penny Court. "Olincalli means 'House of Movement' in the Nahuatl language. The group represents Mexico’s colorful and varied styles of dance. A delightful and inspiring presentation."

STAGES Theater Troupe presents "Harmony High", Wednesday, July 22, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Join us for a fun musical theater experience. New students of Harmony High -- Michael, Michele, and Junior -- are about to discover that music and singing is where it's at. Even the students in detention are singing the blues. All ages are welcome. Free popcorn.”

"The Bug Chicks", Wednesday, July 22, 1PM, Woodstock Library; Monday, July 27, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets given out at 2PM); Tuesday, July 28, 1PM and 2:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets given out at a half hour before each show); and Friday, July 31, 11AM, Troutdale Library. "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!!! http://thebugchicks.com/

"Stained Glass for Kids", Thursday, July 23, 12PM, Troutdale Library. Suggested for ages 5-10. Presented by artist Addie Boswell. "Make beautiful stained glass designs using recycled plastic, melted crayons, paper and paint with artist Addie Boswell. After drawing and cutting a design for your window frame, you can mix a variety of colors for the glass. Take your finished art home to catch sunlight in the windows and brighten up your spring." http://www.addieboswell.com/

Author Talk, “Jeff Koehler”, Thursday, July 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside. Jeff Koehler will discuss his book, “Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea”.  http://jeff-koehler.com

Honey Bees: a Science Discovery Lab on the Superhero Pollinators”, Thursday, July 23, 2PM, Banks Library. “Come and learn how bees are superheroes, too! There will be a presentation on beekeeping followed by hands-on learning stations. Stations include products of the hive, beekeeping tools, plants pollinated by honey bees, flower seed planting, a pollination station, honey bee board games, and coloring sheets.”

Ke Kukui Foundation Presents, “3 Days of Aloha”, Thursday, July 23 through Saturday, July 25, Vancouver, WA. A big celebration of Polynesian culture. http://kekukuifoundation.org/events/

Vietnam Memorial Wall”, Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26, Milwaukie High School Athletic Field, 11300 SE. 23rd Ave. at SE Washington St., Milwaukie. Donations requested. “In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, will be available for public viewing 24 hours a day from Thursday July 23 through Sunday the 26th. The location is the Milwaukie High School Athletic Field. During this event, there will be military and veterans bands performing, as well as special ceremonies and interpretive events. American Legion Post 180, of which there are many members in Inner Southeast Portland, is one of the sponsors for the local appearance of this replica Wall. Donations to help cover the considerable expense of bringing the Wall here are welcomed by Post 180.” http://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/citycouncil/vietnam-50th-commemoration-partnership

Family Campfire Adventures - Flying through the Forest”, Thursday, July 23, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5-12 with an adult. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=405 “Can you imagine flying? How is it possible? What do flying animals have in common? Explore the world of flight on this fun night. Bring your family for a guided hike through the forest as we discover the awesome variety of animal adaptations we find in Tryon Creek. We’ll examine all sorts of feet for movement and ears for hearing. After our hike we’ll roast s’mores over a campfire while we play games and share stories.”

Henna and Bollywood for Teens”, Thursday, July 23, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Get a professional Henna Design from Roving Horse Henna (http://www.rovinghorse.com/). There will be a Bollywood movie and hummus and naan to eat while you wait!”

Anime Fest for Teens”, Friday, July 24, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Our summer celebration of all things J-pop! The theme is Antiheroes, so come as your favorite villain and you may win a prize. Learn the art of Taiko drumming, experiment with contrasting flavors at our East vs. West taste-testing station and enjoy a bustling afternoon of crafts and anime.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday, July 24, 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: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/haggart.htm Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Creating Solar Ovens”, Saturday, July 25, 12:30PM, West Slope Library. Adults only, or teens may participate with an adult as their team member. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Local recyclers, Kat and Robbie, will provide supplies and instruction for ten two-person teams to create their own solar ovens.”

Dragonfly Identification Workshop”, Saturday, July 25, (beginners), and Sunday, July 26 (intermediate to experienced), 10:30AM-3PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370

Chehalis River Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 9AM-3PM, Chehalis, WA. Admission $10 adults, $7 seniors, students and veterans, and free for active duty and kids 5 and under. http://nwcwc.org/Chehalis%20Battle%20Reenactment%20Poster%202015.pdf

Stories in the Stones on Mt. Talbert”, Saturday, July 25, 10AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. $5 per adult, free for kids. Limited to ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/stories-stones-mount-talbert-1/2015-07-25 “Join naturalist Dan Daly and explore the rugged beauty of this unique lava dome as you wander through a white oak woodland in summer. Mount Talbert is part of a series of cinder cones and shield volcanoes that began bubbling up almost 3 million years ago. Participants gain a basic understanding of the incredible geology in this region.”

"Kids Knit!", Saturday, July 25, 11AM, North Portland Library. "Discover a fun new hobby by learning to knit or improving your current skills! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own supplies. For grade school-age children and up."

Volunteering 101”, Saturday, July 25, 10AM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/volunteering-101-1/2015-07-25 “Interested in volunteering with Metro, but don’t know exactly where to start? Join this overview of Metro, its programs and resources, and the many fun and helpful ways you can get involved.”

Lunar Viewing Star Party”, Saturday, July 25, 9PM, 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 http://www.omsi.edu/starparties after 3PM on the day of the Star Party in case overcast skies cause a cancellation. Tips and etiquette here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/tips.htm “Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 25, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn and waxing gibbous moon, several star clusters, and more! The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon's surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible.”

The Craft of Grafting”, Saturday, July 25, 10AM, OMSI Parker Room. $10 for up to 3 participants. Adults, or kids 8-14 with an adult. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/15784 “Ever wonder what the difference is between a hybrid, heirloom and GMO plant? Why are some carrots purple? What’s a Meyer lemon or a kalette? In this lab, we’ll explore questions around science and technology in the modern food world. We'll look at some of the technologies being developed right here in OREGON! Participants will experiment with some of these amazing technologies and bring home their own plant.”

Celebrate Beaverton”, Saturday, July 25, 11AM-5PM, Howard M. Terpenning Complex, 158th Ave. at Walker Rd., Beaverton. Free. “The festival is a free, fun, family-friendly event showcasing our many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more! The event is meant to inform, entertain and foster curiosity learning and fun as we celebrate Beaverton's racial/ethnic diversity. In 2014, more than 9,000 people attended Party in the Park, many of whom came especially for the this event. Last year, over 50 exhibitors and 11 stage performers from local cultural groups and organizations showcased crafts, music, dance, art, traditional dress, food and more!” http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/CulturalFestival

Sharing Trails with Other Users: Straight From the Horse's Mouth”, Saturday, July 25, 2:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages welcome. “Join Stacy Livermore, Kena Ramsey and their horses for an engaging program about sharing the trail with horses. Stacy and Kena are with the North Valley OET and Back Country Horseman of Oregon, and will share a brief history of trail development and maintenance, debunk myths and legends about horses, and help visitors get insight about horse behavior and how to behave around them. Find out how you can experience horses without having one of your own. There will be an opportunity to meet the horses at the end of the program. Program happens in the equestrian lot off the main entrance to the park. Bring a lawn chair or foldable chair if you would like to sit.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=536

Open House at Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary”, Saturday, July 25, 5PM-8PM, 33190 SE Regan Hill Rd., Estacada. “Out to Pasture Sanctuary is a 501(c)3, all volunteer, non-profit, farm animal sanctuary. Our primary goal is the care and feeding of abused, neglected or abandoned animals including large farm animals, pigs, rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs.” http://www.outtopasturesanctuary.org/index.html

U.S. Engineers, Co. B”, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. “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.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43409

Antique Powerland’s Great Oregon Steam-Up”, Saturday, July 25, Sunday, July 26, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, Antique Powerland, Brooks, OR. $12 for adults, free for kids age 12 and under. Parade each day at 1:30PM. “The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and it involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating.” http://www.antiquepowerland.com/html/steam-up.html This is a super cool event! Lots of awesome steam powered gizmos and also lots of trains. Don’t miss it! It does get very hot here in the summer so bring lots of water and cash for shave ice!

English Ivy Basket Making”, Saturday, July 25, 3PM, Washington Park, meeting at the Elephant House. $5-10 suggested donation. Presented by Rewild Portland. http://www.rewildportland.com/educational-programs/rewildskillshare/

"7th Annual NW Book Festival", Saturday, July 25, 11AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Pdx. Free. “Over 100 critically acclaimed authors will be featured at the 7th Annual NW Book Festival. Local authors and publishers from California, Washington, New York will be present. Come meet them in person!” A complete list of authors here: http://www.nwbookfestival.com

Blueberry Pancake Day”, Saturday, July 25, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Free. Donations accepted for freshly milled flour. “Blueberry Pancakes smothered in fresh blueberries and drowned in blueberry syrup! 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.” http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com

Buttons, Blankets and Trade”, Saturday, July 25, 11AM -3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Free. “Learn about trapping and the fur trade from interpreters at our fur trade camp outside the museum, then bring your ‘pelts’ to our fur trade store to trade for button blanket trade goods. Visitors will then have the opportunity to make their own miniature button blankets from felt and sequins. Special exhibits and more!”  http://lelooska.org/th_event/buttons-blankets-the-trade-2/

"Crossroads", Sunday, July 26. 1PM, Troutdale Library; and Sunday, July 26, 3PM,. Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM). "Antonio Rocha performs tales from around the world with his signature moves and sound effects. This culturally diverse show not only entertains but also addresses matters of communication, self esteem, conflict resolution and respect." http://www.storyinmotion.com/

Getting the Gist: Nature Journaling”, Sunday, July 26, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park. $10. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=543 Presented by Jude Siegel. “Ways to get the gist of plants and animals with watercolor and drawing. Explore simple ways to learn to see, draw, and use watercolor in a journal. Add notes, musings, observations. Exercises to help relax and connect with the beauty around us. Perfect for birders, travelers, hikers, gardeners, adventurers. No art experience needed. Supply list upon registration.” http://judesiegel.com

Concert, “Sean Gaskell on the African Kora”, Sunday, July 26, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library 2nd Floor Community Room. “The 21-stringed West African Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires' founding. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.” https://www.reverbnation.com/seangaskell

Chalk It Up!”, Sunday, July 26, 10AM-2PM, Tualatin Commons Park, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “Express your inner artist at Chalk It Up! Featuring artist, Daniel Wood, Chalk It Up gives families the opportunity to show their artistic side using chalk and chalk paint. Join the Tualatin Public Library for a fun day of chalk art. Part of the city's annual ArtSplash event. All supplies are provided.”

A New Bridge in Town”, Sunday, July 16, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10, discount for members. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/15786 “TriMet is building the first bridge over the Willamette River in 40 years. Learn how a cable-stayed bridge works and how engineers chose a bridge design that minimizes impacts to river habitat and river users. Lab time is supplemented with a walk outside to view nearby bridge construction from the river bank.”

The Big Float”, Sunday, July 26, 11AM, Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Preregistration recommended; $5 per person through July 19. All ages. “The goal, quite simply, is to encourage people to “get into the river” and support its preservation and healthy development as a recreational resource. And to have a whale of a good time in the process. Open to all ages, the event begins with, naturally, a parade. Floaters gather at Tom McCall Bowl (where the Blues Festival is held), then carry or wear their floatation devices and march south along Waterfront Park to the put-in point at Poet's Beach beneath the Marquam Bridge. Floaters will paddle down river and land on the west bank at the Tom McCall Bowl. Here, Portland's downtown beach party will be held - complete with music barge and live bands, food carts, beer/wine garden, sponsor booths, and a kids' activities area.” http://www.thebigfloat.com

President Jimmy Carter Booksigning”, Monday, July 27, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jimmy Carter will be signing copies of his autobiography, “A Full Life”. Purchase of the book is required to join the signing line. http://books.simonandschuster.com/A-Full-Life/Jimmy-Carter/9781501115639

Seriously Funny Juggling with Curtis Carlyle”, Tuesday, July 28, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “A fun fusion of amazing juggling, fresh comedy and audience participation. Come and join in on the laughter and fun! All ages welcome.” http://curtshow.com/blog/

Paranormal Pub”, Tuesday, July 28, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with adult. “Introducing a new monthly series at the Mission Theater: Paranormal Pub, featuring topics and phenomena whose existence is beyond or outside our current experience or scientific explanation.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/139287-Paranormal-Pub Always very hard to park in the Pearl, plus capacity is limited, so my advice is to get there early!

Frankentoys for Teens”, Wednesday, July 29, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Engineer your very own creepy monster to rival the likes of Dr. Frankenstein! We'll put old toys under the knife and test the limitations of teen vs. toy!” https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/frankentoys-teens-0

"Hula for the Family", Wednesday, July 29, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. "We invite all family members to join us to learn Hawaiian language, songs and a simple hula dance in a warm, welcoming environment. You will learn some basic hula steps, easy-to-learn language and songs, hand motions, and then we will put our hands and feet together to perform a hula. Join us for a great time while spending time with family and friends." http://www.hulaaloha.org/

"Magician Bob Eaton", Wednesday, July 29, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City.

Yamhill County Fair”, Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1, McMinnville. “Oregon’s Oldest County Fair!” http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/fair

"Intro to 3D Printers", Thursday, July 30, 4PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. Suggested for ages 10 and up. "Want to see a 3D printer in action? 3D printers take designs made on a computer and turn them into real objects. Staff from Free Geek will bring a 3D printer to show how it works and what it can be used for."

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, "You're Electric", Thursday, July 30, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library. "A puppet show about the history, science, invention and safety behind electricity. Topics include the light bulb, how batteries work, how to stay safe around electricity, and our own bodies and how they use electrical responses. Features characters like Thomas Edison, Nikolai Tesla, Albert Einstein and more!" http://www.dragontheater.com/SciencePower.html

"The Amazing Food Detective", Thursday, July 30, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. "The Amazing Food Detective is on the case to solve another mystery! This playful, interactive production highlights how healthy food choices and physical activity contribute to an individual’s total health. Watch our detective and his friends Stomach, Brain, and Heart as they gather clues and solve the mystery to living a healthy life. Students will come together after the performance as 'Junior Detectives,' helping the Amazing Food Detective gather information about healthy resources in every day surroundings. Incorporating interaction and games, students will take over their own cases by creating a case file and filling it with evidence of the smart healthy choices they are already making!"

Concert, “Picante Latin Jazz”, Thursday, July 30, 6PM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr., Pdx. “Enjoy hot Latin rhythms from one of Portland's premier Afro-Cuban jazz bands.” http://www.picantelatinjazz.com/Site/Picante.html

Author Talk, “Rinker Buck”, Thursday, July 30, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Rinker Buck discusses his book, “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey”. “An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.” http://www.npr.org/2015/06/28/418211092/2-brothers-and-a-team-of-mules-tackle-the-historic-oregon-trail

“Washington County Fair”, Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. http://www.bigfairfun.com/

“Medieval Martial Arts Workshop for Teens”, Friday, July 31, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656. “What was heroism like in the Middle Ages? Knights of Veritas director Erik Slyter leads students on a hands-on journey through basic dagger techniques of medieval masters.” http://www.knightsofveritas.org

“Washi Tape”, Friday, July 31, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades K-6. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “DIY fun with Washi, a colorful Japanese crafting tape.”

“Hermiston: You Can Grow Here”, Friday, July 31, 9AM-3PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Pdx. Free. “Learn about the City of Hermiston! The Hermiston delegation will bring several truckloads of fresh produce, including world-famous watermelons to the heart of downtown. The infamous watermelon speed spitting contest will return to the Square!” http://thesquarepdx.org/event/hermiston-can-grow/

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