Friday, July 31, 2015

Astonishing August

This is my monthly list of events in the greater Portland area and beyond for August 2105.  There are sure to be mistakes, typos and cancellations so doublecheck anything you'd like to attend. 

See Portland’s “Summer Free For All” schedule for free concerts, movies, rock wall climbing, and more here:

Peaches, apricots, pears, plums, apples and grapes are waiting for you at pick-your-own farms. Tri-County Farms or Pick Your can help you find a great farm near you.

More minus tides (below sea level) in early August on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling! To find the perfect spot, check here: To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: Pure magic!

This year’s Perseid Meteor Shower, taking place throughout the month and peaking around August 12, will be special because the peak will coincide with the new moon. This will make the skies darker than usual and the meteors extra visible! Details here:

Almost every day in August, the Tillamook Forest Center is offering cool free nature education programs, most including forest walks. Check out the complete list here: 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.

Portland Actor’s Ensemble Presents “The Taming of the Shrew”, through September 7, various locations. Donations requested. “It is a beautiful story that will be hilariously told by an amazingly talented group of actors. I hope that audiences come and experience a play that has been misconstrued for far too long. Come enjoy the wit, the hilarious characterizations, and most importantly, the love that can develop when it is given the chance to grow.”

Washington County Fair”, through Sunday, August 2, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.

Beaverton Modular Railroad”, Saturday, August 1, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 2, 10AM- 4PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “The Beaverton Modular Railroad Club will have models set up for viewing and be available to answer questions about this fascinating hobby.”

"Flutag Portland", Saturday, August 1, 11AM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Pdx.  Free. "Come watch 41 home-made flying machines take off from a 28-foot-high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or perilously plunge into the waters below. The event will begin at 11am, but be sure to get down early to set up chairs, beach towels and coolers to lock down your spot. Our first flight is scheduled for 1pm with awards concluding around 5:30pm.Be sure to bring sunscreen and lots of water as temperatures are expected to reach close to 100 degrees. Water and Red Bull will also be available for purchase onsite."

"No, No, No Pinocchio", Saturday, August 1, 2PM; Sunday, August 2, 4PM; Saturday, August 8, 2PM; Sunday, August 9, 4PM; and Sunday, August 16, 4PM, Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $8.  Ages 4 and up. "You’ve never seen Pinocchio told quite like this. We use our jewel-like marionettes to tell our own very Italian version. The music is by Rossini, (conducted by Toscanini) — now that’s Italian! The puppets even enlist the aid of the puppeteers to play some of the roles. A madcap comedy romp through the land of Pinocchio, Gepetto, Lampwick and a Blue Fairy who has to be seen to be believed."

16th Annual Iranian Festival”, Saturday, August 1, 10AM, South Park Blocks, PSU just south of the Farmer’s Market, Pdx. Free. “Live music, food, dessert and beverage, activities for children and adults, live dance performances, traditional arts and crafts, showcasing of traditional outfits, Iran-related book fair, vendor and business booths, visual art showcase including calligraphy and traditional Persian carpets.”

Pacific Dragon Boat Association Regional Club Crew Championships”, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, Vancouver Lake. Lots of details here:

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, August 1, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

Obonfest”, Saturday, August 1, 3PM- 9PM, Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Obonfest (Obon) is a summertime Japanese (and Japanese-American) festival commemorating one's ancestors. In their honor, lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dance) is performed, memorial visits are made, and food is offered at house altars and temples. Oregon Buddhist Temple celebrates Obonfest annually on the first Saturday of August with thousands of participants enjoying the festivities each year.”

Rox in Sox Children’s Music and Book Festival”, Saturday, August 1, 10AM-3PM, King School Park, 4906 NE 6th Ave., Pdx. Collecting donations of socks, shoes, and books for kids who need them in the USA, Kenya and Jamaica. “This unique interactive family festival features performances by some of the country’s leading children’s musicians and authors. There are plenty of fun activities for kids and families to enjoy together, great food and a chance to exciting prizes!”

Antique Powerland’s Great Oregon Steam-Up”, 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.” 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!

Rice Museum Summer Fest”, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 10AM- 5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 Northwest Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. $5 adults and free for students 17 and under. “Join us for the 12th Annual Summer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, 2015, 10AM to 5PM, at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. The weekend event includes vendors with minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, gold panning, lapidary demonstrations, geode cutting, and a variety of activities for the young and old. There will be local food available for purchase and live music, and the famous Flintstones Mobile will make an appearance.  A silent auction, raffles, and door prizes will be held throughout the day.”

OregonRocketry Public Launches”, Saturday, August 1, 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.”

Introduction to the Language of Birds”, Saturday, August 1, 9AM, St. Johns Prairie, 9387 N. Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: Ages 8 and up. “As they feed, nest and raise their young, birds relay messages about when it's safe and where predators are prowling. Walk the edge of Bybee Lake with naturalist Dan Daly to learn how to interpret what the birds are saying. This wetland habitat is great for tracking animals, and we will look for signs of the predators that hunt there.”

1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry”, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, Ft. Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Visit the camp of one of the Civil War's most highly regarded troop of soldiers. Drills, demonstrations, and camp life are some of what you can expect to see from the dedicated men of the 1st Minnesota Vol. Infantry.”

Historic 1860’s Kitchen Garden Tours”, Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15 and 22, 12PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Come explore the Manson Farmstead and learn what pioneer families grew in their gardens.”

Night-time Neighbors”, Saturday, August 1, 8:15PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required. “E-mail or call Laurel and provide your name, phone number, number in your party and ages of any children: or 410-294-7731. You will receive a return call to inform you of your status. This program is completely outdoors. Meet at the trail head. Wake-up! It’s dusk on the refuge, the time when many of your wildlife neighbors are active. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see the refuge at night as Ranger Laurel leads you on this traveling program. Listen to the sounds of the night. Learn about an assortment of animals including raccoons, flying squirrels, frogs, owls, and bats as you walk the refuge under a nearly full moon.”

Lewisville Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, August 1, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Encounter old-growth Douglas firs and search for kingfishers and American Dippers along the banks of the Lewis River at Clark County’s oldest park. Expert birder and naturalist, Elaine Murphy, leads you through 154-acre Lewisville Park sharing her knowledge of the area’s wildlife and their habits.”

Junior Ranger Programs”, Saturdays in August, 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.” August 1- Into the Wild: Camping and Dutch Oven Cooking; August 8- Big and Small: Exploring Ecosystems; August 15- TBA; August 22-Wild Careers: Be a Park Ranger; August 29- Animal Party!

Beginning Programming”, 3 Saturdays, August 1, 8 and 15, 1PM, Hillsdale Library (preregistration required; register online:; and 3 Sundays, August 9, 16 and 23, 2:30PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online: For teens and adults. “This class teaches programming in a focused and fast-paced setting. Be ready to immerse your brain in the basics of computer programming.”

Animania for Teens”, Saturday, August 1, 11AM-4PM, Vancouver Library. “Join us for a day of comics, costumes, and contests. All fandoms welcome!” See library calendar for schedule of events: 

"Five Petal Origami Flowers", Saturday, August 1, 2PM, Albina 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!"

Medieval Martial Arts Academy for Teens”, Saturday, August 1, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; register online.  “Did you ever want to learn more about the fighting techniques used by knights in the Middle Ages? This workshop, offered by the Knights of Veritas, introduces students to the fundamental concepts of medieval personal combat, explores how weapons from the period were used, and gives participants an opportunity to get hands-on with the basic techniques.”

Sword Fighting and Armour in the Middle Ages”, Saturday, August 1, 4:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “What was knighthood like in the Middle Ages? What was it like to wear armour and fight in it? The Knights of Veritas will demonstrate authentic medieval fighting techniques with authentically weighted, detailed swords and armour.”

Traditional Andean Dance Workshop”, Saturday, August 1, 2PM, Tigard Library Community Room. All ages. “Experience Peruvian culture through the rich music and dance of Chayag. Dressed in traditional, vibrant attire, Chayag will delight with their interpretations of authentic songs and dance. During the second half of the workshop, learn the steps to a traditional dance.”

"Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, August 1, and Saturday, August 15, 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.”

Clark County Historical Museum Walking Tours”, Fridays 12PM-1PM and Saturdays 9AM-10AM through August 22, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Teen Writing Workshop”, Sunday, August 2 (Timeline tracking and plot holes), and Sunday, August 16 (Editing your own writing), Beaverton Library Administrative Conference Room. “Teens, come hone your writing craft in these awesome writing workshops. Bring work to share or write something brand new!”

Mahrajan - Oregon Arab Festival 2015”, Sunday, August 2, 11AM-7PM, Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. “Join the Oregon Arab American community for a day of fun at Alpenrose Dairy on August 2nd. Everyone is welcome at this summer festival! The Mahrajan is a fun, family-friendly day filled with games, dancing, music, and food and crafts from around the Arab world. Come enjoy delicious food, live music, fashion, poetry, and games for all ages! Learn how to Dabke! Get a Henna Tattoo! Mahrajan, the largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in Oregon, turns five years old this summer!”

Ranger Guided Kayak and Canoe Tours”, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays in August, 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!”

Rock Creek Regional Trail Walk”, Sunday, August 2, 9:30AM. Ages 12 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “The Rock Creek Regional Trail goes through a lush scenic greenway at the foot of the West Hills. Join naturalist Alice Froehlich for a guided walk to learn about the natural history along the trail. Walkers will enjoy the native trees, shrubs and views of the creek and meadows.”

Wild Foods in Wilderness Survival”, Sunday, August 2, 1PM, Pdx. Preregistration required; all details here: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

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!

Summer Public Tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial”, Sunday, August 2, 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 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.”

Willamette River Revival”, Sunday, August 2, 12PM-7PM, Cathedral Park Waterfront, Pdx. Free. “The Willamette River Revival is a free, one-day community-based festival to celebrate and reconnect with the lower Willamette River as a community asset while learning about the superfund clean up and other environmental issues that affect us. Salmon bake hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Native American crafts demos, live folk/bluegrass, environmental fair, beer garden, children’s activities, science demos, walking tours, food and drink vendors, storytelling and more.”

Naturalist in the Park”, Sundays in August, 10AM and 1PM. Free. “Sundays this summer, join a naturalist for free tours of the region's nature parks. Guided walks will introduce participants to the local plants and animals that inhabit the parks. Two tours per day. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours, and will leave the parking area promptly at 10am and 1pm.” August 2- Scouters Mountain; August 9- Mt. Talbert; August 16- Smith and Bybee Wetlands; August 23- Graham Oaks Nature Park; and August 30- Smith and Bybee Wetlands.

Junior Ranger Roving”, Sundays in August, 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.” August 2- The Bridges of Tryon Creek Scavenger Hunt; August 9- Under the Surface: Exploring Our Creek; August 16- TBA; August 23-Treasure Hunt; and August 30- Banana Slug Sundaes.

Manson Barn Tours”, Sundays in August, 1PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Hone your architectural investigative skills as you piece together the clues of the barn’s structure and learn its history as one of the oldest, still standing structures in Oregon.”

Brad Clark’s Comic Workshop for Teens”, Monday, August 3, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Monday, August 3, 5PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Thursday, August 6, 3PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; and Wednesday, August 12, 2PM, Bethany Community Room, 15160 NW Laidlaw Rd., Ste. 120, Pdx. “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!”

To Hell and Back: Duffy Hudson Portrays Audie Murphy”, Monday, August 3, 7PM, Hood River Library. “Join us at the Hood River Library for the play To Hell and Back: Duffy Hudson portrays Audie Murphy. A true American Hero if there ever was one. Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson has created a memorable bio-play of America’s most decorated hero of the Second World War. This 45 minute one man performance will showcase the WWII Adventures of Audie Murphy, his life and his crusade to help Veterans with PTSD.”

OMSI Science Classes”, August 3-6, Wilsonville Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; call 503-570-1599, limit 2 sessions per child. “Crime Lab”, Monday, August 3, 5PM and 6:30PM; “Human Systems”, Tuesday, August 4, 10AM and 11:30 AM; “Scales, Claws, and Expanding Jaws”, Wednesday, August 5, 1PM and 2:30PM; and “Down with Gravity”, Thursday, August 6, 10AM and11:30AM.

Imagine New Worlds Game Camp for Teens”, Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever wanted to create your own adventure story or a game you can play with friends? Bringing games to life can be easy and fun! Join Pixel Arts for five days of fun, hands-on workshops to create tabletop and video games with your friends. We'll draw, sketch, and design games inspired by your favorite books and your imagination.”

Miniatures Workshop”, Monday, August 3, 4PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790. “Interested in learning how to make miniatures out of everyday objects? Let Shana Stewart show you how. All materials will be provided.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, "Home Grown Heroes", Tuesday, August 4, 3PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room; Tuesday, August 11, 2PM, Hoodland Library; Tuesday, August 18, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 2PM. "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!"

komedy 4 da kidz”, Tuesday, August 4, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood; Wednesday, August 5, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City; Friday, August 14, 3PM, Goldendale Library; Saturday, August 15, 1PM, Parkdale Elementary School, 4880 Van Nuys Dr., Parkdale; and Wednesday, August 19, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Angel Ocasio’s performance combines physical comedy, juggling, comedy magic, jokes, balancing and impromptu comedy situations.”

Science in a Scoop”, Tuesday, August 4, 2PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Learn about nitrogen, a natural element that's all around us and how it affects our lives. Then taste ice cream made using liquid nitrogen!”

This is Our World Film/Photo Storytelling Camp for Teens”, 5 Tuesdays, August 4 through September 1, 1:30PM in August and 3:30PM Sept. 1, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants will work with professional artists to explore their world through the lens of a camera. Through the process, they will learn camera basics along with cinematography, composition and basic editing techniques and will delve into the visual avenues for telling a story. Each class will provide a “stand alone” exercise for youth who are not able to attend every class although the classes will build upon each other to maintain the interest of the dedicated student. Parents, friends and community members are invited to attend the final class for a mini art show for the participants to share their stories and showcase their accomplishments.”

"Art Ala Carte", Tuesday, August 4, 1:30PM, Midland Library; Saturday, August 15. 1PM, Woodstock Library; and Tuesday, August 18, 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."

Presto the Magician”, Tuesday, August 4, 2PM, Hoodland Library; Thursday, August 6, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, August 6, 2PM, Sandy Vista Apartments, 40747 SE Hwy 26, Sandy; and Wednesday, August 12, 2PM, Sandy Library. Silliness and good old fashioned magic.

Fire Mission!: The Siege at Mortain, Normandy”, Tuesday, August 4, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “In August 1944, a few hundred men defended a hill near Mortain, France, against a massive German counterattack. For most of the six days and nights of fighting, the Americans were cut off from supply lines, fighting for survival without adequate food, water, medical supplies, or ammunition. The decisive artillery defense, much of which was launched by forward observer Robert Weiss, has been credited with making the difference in this pivotal battle of the Normandy invasion. With only one radio, powered by dying batteries, Weiss and his team brought down a rain of brutal iron that time after time turned back the German offensive. Weiss details this event and his service during World War II in ‘Fire Mission!: The Siege at Mortain, Normandy’. Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a special Q and A with author Robert Weiss, who received the Legion of Honor from the French government for these experiences.”

Fem STEM”, 3 Tuesdays, August 4, 11, and 18, 10AM, McMinnville Library. For girls only. Preregistration required; call 503-435-5559. $5. “The Library and Soroptimist International of McMinnville co-sponsor this series of hands-on explorations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math just for girls. Advanced registration is required and the fee is $5 per girl for all three 2-hour programs.”

Mad Science Presents, "Heroes of Science", Tuesday, August 4, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “Science doesn't just happen. It takes real live people just like you and me to discover and invent all the science and technology that we take for granted in our everyday lives. Let Mad Science take you on a journey of the inventions and stories of some of the unsung heroes of science. Find out what makes a superhero with Bernoulli's principles of flight and Newton's explosive laws of motion! Maybe one day we will be talking about your story and the amazing things you have invented!”

Digital Costume Creation”, Tuesday, August 4, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Thursday, August 15, 2PM, Albina Library. “Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your very own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches and even electric buzzers. Come prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit and leave with a hat, mask or arm band that you can use on your next adventure.”

"Hula for the Family", Tuesday, August 4, 3:30PM, Kenton Library; and Saturday, August 22, 10:30AM, Hillsdale 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."

Mo Phillips”, Tuesday, August 4, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “This super rock 'n' roll show is all about creating music and rocking out with Mo! All ages welcome.”

Heather Pearl”, Wednesday, August 5, 1PM, Woodstock Library. “Get ready to laugh with Heather Pearl, clown extraordinaire!”

YA Authors”, Wednesday, August 5, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; and Thursday, August 6, 7:30PM, St. Johns Booksellers. “Stephanie Oakes, Sharon Huss Roat and Hilary T. Smith.”

Champoeg Town Site Tours”, Wednesdays in August, 1PM, Champoeg State Park. Meets at the townsite trail head east of the Pioneer Mother's Memorial Cabin. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Champoeg - a gathering place of Tribes, Trappers and Immigrants over the Oregon Trail. In 1843 it was the site of the vote for Territorial Government. By 1860 it became a town of great commerce and influence in the western United States. However, an 1861 catastrophe wiped the town off the map. On this ranger led tour we learn what happened and the process of archaeological discovery.”

Wildlife Center of the North Coast”, Wednesdays, August 5, 12, and 19, 10AM, Ft. Stevens Amphitheater. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Come and see how the Wildlife Center of the North Coast rehabilitates birds and animals. They will have live animals that have been rehabilitated and you can learn how to help protect them. No Dogs Please.”

Flowers, Pollinators and Seeds”, Wednesday, August 5, 10AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Preregistration required. “E-mail or call Laurel and provide your name, phone number, number in your party and ages of any children: 410-294-7731. You will receive a return call to inform you of your status. This program is completely outdoors. Water and sunscreen are advised. Meet at the stone seating area just past the trail head. You will be surprised at the variety of flowers to be found despite the hot, dry summer. Learn about the relationship between flowers, pollinators, and seeds as you explore the trail on this guided nature hike with Ranger Laurel. Search for seeds that use a variety of techniques to spread their species. This is a family friendly program. All ages are welcome.”

Alex Zerbe: Professional Zaniac”, Wednesday, August 5, 5:30PM, Hood River Library; and Wednesday, August 19, 1PM, Gresham Library. “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!”

Bat Walk at Steigerwald”, Wednesday, August 5, 8PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Preregistration required; call 410-294-7731 or email “A unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Refuge after hours - use your ears, not your eyes as we use a bat detector to locate bats and listen for other nighttime residents!”

Science in the Park”, Wednesday August 5 and 12, 11AM-1PM, Esther Short Park, 606 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. “Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment. Each week at this year’s Science in the Park, kids can explore what different scientists do! 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!”

Jugglemania”, Wednesday, August 5, 1PM, Gresham Library; Wednesday, August 12, 1PM, Garden Home Library; and Wednesday, August 26, 2PM, Rossman Park, 555 4th St., Lake Oswego. “Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics.”

"The Amazing Food Detective", Wednesday, August 5, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains; Wednesday, August 12, 2PM, Canby Library; and Thursday, August 13, 1:30PM, Midland 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!"

Henrik Bothe”, Wednesday, August 5, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Happy Valley Library; Thursday, August 6, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Wednesday, August 19, 5:30PM, Hood River 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”

Mad Science”, Wednesday, August 5, 2PM, Sandy Library.

The Reptile Man”, Wednesday, August 5, 10AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Wednesday, August 5, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B; Friday, August 7, 11AM, Canby Library; Wednesday, August 12, 1PM and 5:30PM, Hood River Library; Friday, August 14, 11AM, Yacolt Town Park, 409 W. Jones St., Yacolt; Tuesday, August 18, 2PM, Holgate Library; Wednesday, August 19, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Wednesday, August 26, 4PM, Gresham Library; and Thursday, August 27, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. “Popular and knowledgeable, Richard Ritchey, brings his reptiles to share with lots audience participation and interaction.”

Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Contest”, Wednesday, August 5, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “The moment you have all been waiting for is finally here! Our annual Seed Spittin’ Contest is here! Refresh with some watermelon, save your seed, compete against others to see who can spit the watermelon seed the farthest!”

Fall and Winter Gardening”, Wednesday, August 5, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Nicole Forbes from Dennis' 7 Dees will teach you about gardening during the fall and winter seasons.” 

Groundbreaking Author Event”, Wednesday, August 5, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “An event combining a celebration of the imminent renovation and expansion of Oregon City’s Carnegie Library with readings of innovative short stories by acclaimed local authors, Hannah Gildea, Trevor Dodge and Margaret Malone. Library closes early at 6:30 PM – Doors reopen at 6:45 PM – No library services during program.”

Screening, “A Rock and Roll Photographer … The published and unpublished works of Jim Smircich”, Wednesday, August 5, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. 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.”

Jayanthi Raman Presents Bharatha Natyam”, Wednesday, August 5, 7PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “Bharatha Natyam is one of India's oldest classical dance forms, and is very popular both within India and abroad. Come and learn about this dance form with author and award-winning dancer Jayanthi Raman, and see a short presentation of this dance form.”

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays 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.”

Music on Main Street”, Wednesdays 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.”

Tillamook County Fair”, Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday, August 8, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, Tillamook.

Bat Chat”, Wednesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 19, beginning about 1 hour before dusk, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Sign up for a free night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek. We will talk about our local bat species and the amazing adaptations that allow them to survive while we walk through the park, ending at the meadow. Once in the meadow, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector.”

Author Kevin Palau in Conversation with Sam Adams”, Wednesday, August 5, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “With its unique edge, you wouldn't expect Portland to be home to one of the most successful partnerships between local government and area churches. But it is. In 2007, Kevin Palau and a few dozen pastors approached Portland's mayor and posed the question: How can we serve you with no strings attached? Officials identified five initial areas of need — hunger, homelessness, healthcare, the environment, and public schools — and so began a partnership, CityServe, between the city and a band of churches. Since then, the CityServe model has spread like wildfire, inspiring communities across the country to take up the cause in their own cities. Palau's ‘Unlikely’ tells the story of the inception of CityServe, but also challenges readers to evaluate their understanding of the gospel. Palau will be joined in conversation by former Portland mayor Sam Adams.”

Let’s Draw Super Heroes”, Wednesday, August 5, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Bring out the best of your child’s imagination through drawing. This fun drawing workshop will teach kids how to create super heroes from their own imagination. Participants will learn how to draw interesting and original costumes, bodies, and accessories in order to bring their own unique super heroes to life! Participants will learn the fundamentals of drawing and also develop an understanding of line, shape, color, texture, and shading. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome!” Presented by artist Alex Chiu.

Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year”, Wednesday, August 5, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “How did Gresham High School teacher Michael Linblad do it? For 18 years this teacher of the year has motivated kids born during the Clinton administration to love history.”

Reptile Man Scott Petersen”, Wednesday, August 5, 2PM, Washougal Library.

Teen Origami for Scrapbooking”, Thursday, August 6, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Presented by artist Yuki Martin. “Make scrapbooking more fun by adding embellishments made in origami! Learn how to make easy origami photo corners as well as pretty embellishments like origami bows, hearts, stars and flowers that you can add to your scrapbooks or greeting cards.”

LAIKA Animation Studio”, Thursday, August 6, 7PM, Pond House of Ledding Library, 2215 SE 21st Ave., Milwaukie. “Mark Shapiro of LAIKA Animation Studio presenting on stop-motion film making.”

Galaxy Festival of Dance”, Thursday, August 6 through Saturday, August 8, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “Polaris Dance Theatre’s annual outdoor summer dance festival returns for its third year in downtown Portland as they host an array of local dance companies and fitness studios in this 3-day community gathering, which will include free classes and performances for the whole family. A wide array of genres will be represented, including aerial, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, belly dancing, contemporary, modern, and jazz.”

Polk County Fair”, Thursday, August 6 through Saturday, August 8, Rickreall, OR.

OMSI Presents, “Bug Me”, Thursday, August 6, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. 

Teen Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction”, Thursday, August 6, 1PM, Hood River Library. “MacGyver would be proud of our craft, mini-weapons of mass destruction. Based on the popular book series, you will Lean how to build a trebuchet out of paperclips, a clothes pin catapult, or a whole mini-arsenal out of a variety of household objects.”

Who’s Clues?”, Thursday, August 6, and Wednesday, August 12, 10AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Preregistration required. “E-mail or call Laurel and provide your name, phone number, number in your party and ages of any children: or   410-294-7731. You will receive a return call to inform you of your status. This program is completely outdoors. Water and sunscreen are advised. Meet at the stone seating area just past the trail head. Perhaps you have wondered if the wildlife listed in the Watchable Wildlife brochure really lives at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Many of the creatures that make this refuge their home hide from visitors or come out at dusk. Sometimes clues are left that help us solve the mystery of who’s been active. Join Ranger Laurel for a guided trail hike seeking out the tracks and traces that wildlife leave behind. This is a family friendly program. All ages are welcome.”

MakerCamp”, Thursday, August 6, and Thursday, August 13, 2PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon. Suggested for ages 10- 18. Preregistration required; call 509-493-1132. “Join Gorge MakerSpace at the library for awesome hands-on projects and virtual field trips.”

Family Campfire Adventures - Beaks, Teeth, Tongues, and Skulls”, Thursday, August 6, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5-7 with an adult. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “We eat every day and it’s a pretty simple process. For the animals in Tryon it’s a daily struggle to find food. Come explore all the amazing ways that animals find and eat food. 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.”

"Comic Con for Kids", Thursday, August 6, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, August 8, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM). "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."

"The Bug Chicks", Thursday, August 6, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Saturday, August 15, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); Tuesday, August 18, 3:30PM, Kenton Library; Thursday, August 20, 2PM and 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show). "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!!!

A History of Pacific NW Cheese”, Thursday, August 6, 7PM, Clark County Historical Society, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children under 18. “cheese maven Tami Parr, author of ‘Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History’, narrates the history of local cheese making from fur-trading years and industrial production to artisan renaissance. Learn about blue, Swiss, and even goat cheese from a regional expert. Books will be available to purchase at event. Be sure to come by early to explore our associated exhibit Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History, which features artifacts, documents and images from our collection that illustrates the shifting landscape of food in our region.”

Broadway Rose Theatre Presents, “Oklahoma!”, Thursday, August 6 through Sunday, August 23, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Ages 6 and up. “Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the stubborn rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. With these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. Facing the dawn of a new life together in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!”

Chinese Yo Yo”, Thursday, August 6, 1:30PM, Midland Library. Presented by the Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors. “Introducing the history of Chinese yo-yo, performing and demonstrating various yo-yo tricks, teaching basic yo-yo skills.”

YA and Teen Authors”, Thursday, August 6, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas. “Join us for a discussion and signing event with three young adult and teen authors - Kris Dinnison, author of You and Me and Him, Lisa Schroeder, author of the upcoming book All We Have Is Now, and April Henry, author of The Body in the Woods.”

Masque Alfresco Presents, “Venetian Twins”, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August 9, 7PM at George Rodger’s Park Foundry, Green and Furnace Sts., Lake Oswego; August 15, 16, 22 and 23, 7PM at Beaverton Library Lawn, 12375 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton; and August 28 and 30, 6:30PM and August 29, 2PM at Shute Park, 750 SE 8th Ave., Hillsboro. Donations requested. “Goldoni's 1748 spaghetti-tangle of a farce compares hilariously to Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Twin brothers: Zanetto and Tonino, separated at birth, arrive in Verona on the same day and get mistaken for one another. Each has a girlfriend who are driven to distraction by mistaken identities. Luckily, as in many commedia plays, it's the wily, smart aleck servants who come to the rescue and save the day. Why no one thinks to put two and two together until the very last minute is for the audience to decide and enjoy!”

Make Your Own Candles”, Friday, August 7, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “Artist Kathy Karbo will show you how to create sculptural candles from sheets of beeswax and embellish them with found objects. These rolled candles are colorful, aromatic, and make the perfect gift! Wrap your finished piece in tissue and ribbon before taking it home.”

"Vikki Gasko Green, Ventriloquist", Friday, August 7, 3PM, Goldendale Library. "Come see Vikki and her friends perform! They are fun, silly, and full of surprises!"

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Art in the Dark”, Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 16, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Ticket prices vary. “Suspended in trees, surrounded by beauty and illuminated by the stars... A-WOL invites you to enjoy this summer's signature aerial event, Art in the Dark, bringing back a favorite show from 2012 - DROP OF A HAT! Come be part of our crazy, old-world circus where we bring you a full array of circus including a lion, a poodle, clowns, a mime, a strong man, and of course a ring master! This show is colorful, beautiful, humorous, entertaining and of course, features aerial magic of all sorts. A-WOL's Art in the Dark annual performance is a fantastical, illuminated, full-length, evening production set in a unique and rare outdoor theater style setting. Transforming a dirt plot into a performance spot, each show is packed with the flavor of the Northwest and a wonderful taste of the talent this area has to offer!”

Sunset Walk”, Friday, August 7, 7PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “As the sun begins its descent in the sky, many animals go out to forage for one last meal. At the same time, nocturnal animals begin to wake and move across the landscape. Join a naturalist on a hike to explore the magical space between day and night.”

Dr. John McLoughlin and Champoeg”, Friday, August 7, 7:30PM, Champoeg State Park campground program area . Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Why and how did the Leader of a British Company, determined to control all of the Oregon Country, actually help settle the west for Americans? Richard Matthews, a historian and volunteer docent at the Dr. John McLoughlin House: National Historic Site in Oregon City helps us understand the significant contributions that John McLoughlin made for the success of the early settlers.”

Clark County Fair”, Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 16, Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield, WA.

Public Nights at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 9PM- Midnight, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Exhibition, “UNEARTHED: Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens”, Friday, August 7 through September 26, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave, Pdx. Opening reception Friday, August 7, 6PM-9PM; Lantern Slide Show Friday, August 14, 6:30PM; Panel Discussion Thursday, September 10, 6:30PM; Lecture on Women, Gardens, and Modern Landscape Architecture by Thaisa Way, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington: Thursday, September 17, 7PM; and a Lantern Slide Show Thursday, October 15, 10AM at the Portland Garden Club, 1132 SW Vista Ave., Pdx. All events free and open to the public. “Oregon Historical Society and Newspace Center for Photography are proud to present UNEARTHED, an exhibition of hand colored lantern slides of Portland gardens from ca. 1920 – 1935. These images, all drawn from the OHS permanent collection, were created by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the Portland Garden Club (PGC). Following the First World War an effort was made to record the beautiful yet quickly disappearing estate gardens in and around Portland. Stephenson, the official photographer of the PGC, created hundreds of slides locally – many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time, including the Kerr and Frank Estates (now Lewis and Clark College). All slides were then colored by hand, taking great pains to accurately record the color palette of each garden or plant subject. These slides embody the ways in which archival collections of this kind function over time—what we learn from them about our past and the ways in which they can reflect on our present. In addition to the public programs (listed below) the exhibition will include prints of select images, as well as the display of the slides themselves.”

Fall Shorebird Class”, Saturday, August 8, 9AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. $25 or $18 for residents. Preregistration required; register online: “Shorebirds are a challenging group of birds to identify. Three or four species breed at Jackson Bottom and many more species pass through on migration, beginning as early as July and continuing into October. The fall shorebird migration is a drawn out affair and this class is a great way to be prepared to follow it! Bring binoculars, field guide, a spotting scope if you have one, and be prepared to walk 1 mile.” 

Hawaiian Dance and Culture”, Saturday, August 8, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $16 for adults, $11 seniors and students, and free for ages 12 and under. “Hawaiian Dance and Culture The O.H.A.N.A. Foundation will present male and female dancers, singers and their backup band on the stage of the Beaverton Library Auditorium. Discover the history and meaning behind Hawaiian dance and chant. Make a day of it with your family in Beaverton! Visit the Hawaiian Craft Fair on the lawn next to the Beaverton Fountain in the morning during the Farmers Market. Learn about modern Hawaiian festivals in our history section.”

International Praise Festival”, Saturday, August 8, 11AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “Get ready for a day of Praise Music, Cultural Dance/Music, Family Fun Activities, Community Resources, and a Very Good Message of Hope in Jesus.”

Iranian Festival”, Saturday, August 8, 11AM- 7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. Partake in an Iranian tea house and join in an evening dance party. Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent culture.”

Knit-Out and Crochet 2015”, Saturday, August 8, 11AM-3PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Want to learn to knit or crochet? The Tigard Knitting Guild and Always in Stitches, the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, will provide demonstrations, instruction, needles and yarn. View displays of crocheted and knitted items for inspiration and enter to win door prizes.”

Taft Beach Sand Castle Competition”, Saturday, August 8, 11AM-5PM, Taft Beach, SW 51st St., Lincoln City. Canned good donations requested for contest entry. Complete info for competitors and spectators here:

Who the Heck is Homer Davenport?”, Saturday, August 8, 1:30PM and 3PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “During the annual Homer Davenport Community Festival, Gus Frederick will present a visual overview of the life and times of Oregon’s first media super star, political cartoonist, Homer Davenport. Frederick is the author of the 2012 annotated edition of Davenport’s 1898 collection of cartoons, as well as other books of local historical interest.”

Groundbreaking Extravaganza”, Saturday, August 8, 10AM-12PM, Oregon City Library. “Construction begins soon for the library renovation and expansion! Join us for a groundbreaking celebration! Family fun! Cake! Music and much more! Groundbreaking ceremony at 11:00 AM.”

Northwest Fossil Fest”, Saturday, August 8, 10AM- 4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 Northwest Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Free. “This year’s theme: ‘The Pleistocene Epoch’! NARG is sponsoring a free event for families to learn about fossils, fossil collecting, preparation, identification, and display. There will be informative displays, demonstrations, and educational activities for children. Lectures are scheduled on Pleistocene fauanal assemblages of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the latest in recent fossil discoveries in the Pacific Northwest.”

Rivers”, Saturday, August 8, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids can get their hands dirty while learning about local rivers and streams with fun and creative activities.”

Butterfly Magnets”, Saturday, August 8, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM), and Thursday, August 13, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Make your own lovely butterfly magnets out of felt, fabric, glitter and other embellishments. Learn a few simple sewing and decoupage techniques, too.” Presented by artist Shanon Schollian, famous near and far as a pioneer of the yarn bomb. movement

Champoeg Barn Dance”, Saturday, August 8, 6PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join us for an evening of live old-fashioned music, dance and fun! Music: Worn Out Shoes. Caller: Truman Price. Meet in the historic Manson wheat threshing barn behind the Visitor Center.

Mini Comicon”, Saturday, August 8, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. For ages 11-18. “Cosplay and costume contest, artist's alley, trivia games, decide which universe is better: Marvel or DC, enter for prizes and more at our mini comicon. Prizes, snacks and fun are in store at this free event.”

Floreo de Soga Mexican Roping”, Saturday, August 8, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “With grace and finesse, the Mendoza family presents traditional rope maneuvers and bailables of charros (Mexican cowboys) that have been passed on for generations. The performers wear traditional gear and clothing while demonstrating rope skills and tricks.”

Fukkatsu Celebration”, Saturday, August 8, 10AM-4PM, Gresham Japanese Garden, Gresham Main City Park, 219 S. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. “Join us for Fukkatsu (rebirth) of the Gresham Japanese Garden on August 8 at Gresham Main City Park. This grand re-opening will feature environmental groups, local community organizations and the 4th annual Skosh Japanese Cultural Festival. Guided tours, Bonsai exhibition , Ikebana demonstrations, tea ceremony, cooking demonstrations, calligraphy, origami.”

Oregon Miniature Aircraft Squadron RC Air Show”, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 10AM-3PM, 46100 NW Strohmayer Rd., Forest Grove. $6 per car for parking, $5 with a nonperishable food donation. Miniature remote controlled planes, helicopters and boats!

OMSI Presents, “Motion Commotion”, Saturday, August 8, 12PM, Midland Library. “Participate in Sir Isaac Newton’s 300-year-old experiments by using ordinary objects to demonstrate the physics at work around us each day. These entertaining demonstrations make physics incredibly easy to understand. Topics include energy conversions, forces, inertia and laws of motion.”

Sidewalk Chalk Art”, Saturday, August 8, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join us to make beautiful art on the sidewalks around the library! For children of all ages.” 

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations: Tatting”, Saturday, August 8, 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.”

Family Fun Day”, Saturday, August 8, 12PM-4PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Did you and your family have a blast at last month’s free Family Fun Days event at the Museum of the Oregon Territory? We here at the museum had so much fun that we decided to do it again – and craft some brand new activities as well! There is a new bracelet making activity that is perfectly suited for smaller hands alongside a telegram and Morse code activity and a redesigned scavenger hunt inside the museum. Our vintage printing press will be on display once again, and operational for both kids and adults to enjoy.”

Salem Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, August 8, 10AM-5PM, AC Gilbert House, 116 Marion St NE, Salem. $10 for ages 2 and up. “The Salem Mini Maker Faire is a chance for Salem to celebrate its local makers. It is an all-ages gathering for anyone interested in seeing science, technology, and engineering utilized for creative projects and performances. Salem Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of what people are passionate about. At the Gilbert House our mission is inspiring children to learn through creative play. Maker Faire extends that mission perfectly; inspiring creativity in everyone who sees what Makers have created through their own ingenuity. It builds understanding through education as Makers share their creative process. It creates confidence as visitors discover their own capabilities through hands-on experience. It encourages exploration of diverse interests. Most of all, it brings together our community.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, August 8, 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: “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.”

8th Infantry, California Volunteers”, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, Ft. Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The first soldiers to make Fort Stevens their home were the newly trained men of the 8th Infantry, California Volunteers. They made the best of their isolated outpost on the Columbia River. See first hand what a Civil War camp looked like at the new fort. These dedicated reenactors bring the past to life with drills, demonstrations, and camp life.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, August 8, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.”

"Portland Oregon Paper Shapers", Sunday, August 9, 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."

Traditional Technologies Day”, Sunday, August 9, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. “Join us for a day of demonstrations and hands on activities highlighting traditional technologies found across the world and throughout time. From 12-4, the Plankhouse will be open for visitors, and there will be activities for families to connect with local culture and wildlife. In the house students from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Lifeways class will be demonstrating carving, weaving, and Native art design, while outside visitors can try their hand throwing an atlatl, making cordage, friction fire, and watch stone tools being created by an experienced flintknapper. At 2pm,. join a Refuge Naturalist for a hike down the Oaks to Wetlands trail, and learn about ways Native Peoples of this area have been taking care of Oak and other Refuge ecosystems since time immemorial. You can also check out the ample wildlife watching opportunities on the River ‘S’ Unit Auto Tour Driving Route.”

Up the Old Siskiyou Trail: Stories and Songs”, Sunday, August 9, 7PM, Champoeg State Park campground program area . Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Learn about the first cattle drives to the Willamette Valley, and the pioneer cowboys that brought the livestock here. Ed Wilson, curator for the Oregon Maritime Museum, shares these stories and cowboy songs. Join in a group sing along with Ed, and learn some of the old tunes that the cowboys would have sung to pass the time on the long trail ride.”

The People’s Preview of Tilikum Crossing”, Sunday, August 9, 1:30PM- 4:30PM. Free. “After the Providence Bridge Pedal, we're hosting an afternoon preview of Tilikum Crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians. Give it a spin! Snap a selfie to share with your friends, and be sure to stop by the Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo on the east end of the bridge.”

Screening, “Good Work, Sister! Women Shipyard Workers of WWII, an Oral History”, Sunday, August 9, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “During World War II, American women were actively recruited into defense jobs for the war effort. They were encouraged to enter skilled trades that had formerly been exclusive to men. This documentary presentation tells the stories of women who went to work in the shipyards of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, between 1942 and 1945. In their own words, Good Work, Sister! illustrates the women’s problems and successes and describes the context in which skilled shipbuilding jobs were opened, and later closed, to women.”

Public Art Extravaganza!”, Sunday, August 9, 1PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Meet the artist who will be creating the new public art piece to be installed at Shute Park Library! There will be activities and fun things to do for families and children.”

Kelley Point Park Bird Walk”, Sunday, August 9, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Two major rivers, the Columbia and Willamette, meet at Kelley Point Park and that makes it an ideal place for you to meet the some of Portland’s wildlife. Expert naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you as you explore this historic area once explored by Lewis and Clark. Within this 104-acre riparian area, tall cottonwood groves invite neo-tropical migrants, the open water of the rivers host cormorants and waterfowl, grassy meadows and snowberry briars provide foraging spots for sparrows and goldfinches.”

Girlhood: Our Bodies, Our Stories”, Monday, August 10, 3PM, Kenton Library; and Thursday, August 20, 3:30PM, Gresham Library. For girls and women only, ages 13 and up. Presented by author Renée Watson. “An intergenerational poetry and prose workshop using poetry as a catalyst to write about and discuss beauty, body image, and the expectations put on women. We will explore writings from Sandra Cisneros, Lucille Clifton, Jamaica Kincaid, and Renée Watson.”

Organizing for Back to School and Families”, Monday, August 10, 7PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online:

Teen Ice Cream Flavor Challenge”, Tuesday, August 11, 6PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Compete against other teams to create your own ice cream flavors using normal and not so normal ingredients!”

Cookbook Discussion”, Tuesday, August 11, 6PM, Ridgefield Library. “Stop by the library and pick up a cookbook that fits the theme of the month. Prepare a recipe and bring it to share at our meeting as we discuss the various cookbooks. Contact the library for this month’s theme.”

Trolley Talk”, Tuesday, August 11, 7PM, Pond House of Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harriosn St., Milwaukie. “The program is an historical presentation with Richard Thompson on ‘Willamette Valley Railways’, the electric interurban railways that rain throughout the area – including Milwaukie – in the early 20th century.”

Superhero Mask Exploration”, Tuesday, August 11, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Wednesday, August 12, 2PM, Midland Library. “Join artist Sarah Ferguson in creating bright, colorful masks using recycled and found objects. All materials provided.”

"Musical Petting Zoo", Tuesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 25, 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."

"Steve's Creature Feature", Tuesday, August 11, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets given out at 12:30PM); Wednesday, August 12, 1PM, Woodstock Library; Thursday, August 13, 3:30PM, Northwest Library; and Wednesday, August 19, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. "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."

Predators of Steigerwald Lake”, Tuesday, August 11, 9:30AM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Preregistration required. “E-mail or call Laurel and provide your name, phone number, number in your party and ages of any children: or 410-294-7731. You will receive a return call to inform you of your status. This program is completely outdoors. Water and sunscreen are advised. Meet at the stone seating area just past the trail head. What do bobcats, weasels, coyotes and great blue herons all have in common? All are predators of Steigerwald Lake. Explore a wide variety of predators and learn how this diverse population reflects on the habitat. The program introduction will include the use of pelts and skulls and will continue as a guided trail hike. This is a family friendly program. All ages are welcome.”

Atfalati-Kalapuya, First People of Washington County”, Wednesday, August 12, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Explore the lives of the indigenous people of the Tualatin Valley, the Atfalati branch of the Kalapuya tribe. Learn how the Atfalati dressed, their customs, what they ate, and where they lived. See—and touch—furs, stone tools, baskets, and more. This free program is geared for adults and is presented by the Washington County Museum.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, August 12, 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!”

komedy 4 da kidz 2”, Wednesday, August 12, 11:30AM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Picking up where Angel’s last silly show left off, this very funny and wacky show brings a comedy twist to juggling, object balancing and magic tricks. But the real magic comes from the interaction Angel has on stage with his audience volunteers. This show is filled with silly antics and lots of laughs.”

Spectacular Arcade for Kids”, Wednesday, August 12, 2:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Join Tinker Camp and imagine, design and create your one of a kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials and electronic components such as LED lights and motors.”

Author Talk, “Jennifer Bosworth”, Wednesday, August 12, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “As part of our Summer Reading Author Series, join local Young Adult author Jenn Bosworth as she speaks about her writing process and her upcoming book ‘The Killing Jar’.”

Concert, “IJenNeh”, Wednesday, August 12, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Lasana Kanneh of IJenNeh delivers a wonderful mix of African, reggae, pop, and gospel music.”

Author Talk, “William T. Vollmann”, Wednesday, August 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. William T. Vollmann discusses his book “The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War”. “n this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann’s main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer.”

Bats of the Night”, Wednesday, August 12, 7:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy a presentation on bats by our very own expert, Eva Kristofik. Learn about the species, their biology and behavior. Then take a walk on the refuge to see the bats of the night!”

The Neuroscience of Reality: Can You Trust Your Brain?”, Wednesday, August 12, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Advance tickets $8, $10 suggested donation at the door. “What is real, what is a sensory illusion, and how do we know? The blue/gold dress illusion demonstrates that you can’t always trust your brain. Dr. Michael Morgan, Professor of Psychology at WSU Vancouver, will use sensory illusions to reveal how the nervous system creates perceptions of the world. In this case, what you see is not what you get. Come learn about the brain’s limitations, exaggerations, and omissions.”

Perseid Meteor Shower at Goldendale Observatory”, Wednesday, August 12, Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14, Goldendale Observatory, 1602 Observatory Dr., Goldendale, WA. “Goldendale Observatory will remain open until 3am on the nights of August 12th, 13th, and 14th 2015 in honor of a moonless Perseid Meteor Shower. Bring warm clothes!”

S’mores and Meteors”, Wednesday, August 12, 8PM, Evergreen Space Museum, 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. $5. Preregistration required; email or call 503-434-4185. “Join us to learn all about meteors! The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is proud to host a Smithsonian Affiliates webcast: ‘Astrogeology: Meteorites and Spacecraft Missions’ with Geologist Tim McCoy. After the show stay awhile with Evergreen Educators to view the Perseids Meteor shower and enjoy some S’mores!”

Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party”, Wednesday, August 12, 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 after 3PM on the day of the Star Party in case overcast skies cause a cancellation. Tips and etiquette here: “The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Wednesday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch! Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9 p.m. to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The event, sponsored by OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers, the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations, and the summer sky.”

Tween Messy Science”, Thursday, August 13, 3PM and 4PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for easy, fun, often messy science experiments!”

Quilt!Knit!Stitch!”, Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15, 10AM-6PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, free for kids 10 and under. Quilting convention.

"3D Print Your Own Superhero Identity for Teens", Thursday, August 13, 1PM, Gresham Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Tuesday, August 25, 3:30PM, Northwest Library (preregistration required; register online: "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!"

Darlingtonia’s Home: The Unique Ecosystems of the Southern Oregon Siskiyous”, Thursday, August 13, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “In the 1920s, John and Lilla Leach set off on several expeditions to the southern Oregon Siskiyou Mountains, looking for interesting plants. With their trusty mules, Violet and Daisy, they were able to explore places well off the beaten path and came across some unique ecosystems. Erin Riggs and Daniel Newberry will talk about some of them, including the fen, home to many fascinating plants such as Darlingtonia californica, the California pitcher plant or Cobra lily. You will learn how local geology and hydrology combine to make this unique Darlingtonia fen possible. You'll also learn about another southern Oregon gem, Iris innominata, which was new to science when Lilla Leach discovered it growing in this same region. Leach Botanical Garden's new master plan includes a large water garden, featuring a variety of habitats and plants found in these special southern Oregon places. Erin will talk about why it is important for Leach, and other botanical gardens, to include specimen plants grown from seed collected in the wild.”

Explore Cascade Locks History”, Thursday, August 13, 7PM, Cascade Locks Library. “Join Cascade Locks Mayor, Tom Cramblett, for a fabulous presentation of the history of Cascade Locks on Thursday, August 13, 7pm at the Cascade Locks Library. Cramblett with tell stories and present historic pictures of Cascade Locks.”

Honeybees: The BEE-utiful Super-Organism!”, Thursday, August 13, 3PM, Belmont 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.”

Oregon Zoo Animal Presenters”, Thursday, August 13, 2PM, Scott Park next to the Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Oregon Zoo Animal Presenters with the small mammals and reptiles petting zoo.”

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents. “Pecos Bill, A Tall Tale”, Thursday, August 13, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “In the folklore of the American West, Pecos Bill has been called the creator of the Rio Grande, the lasso, the rodeo, and the first cowboy songs. The OST production Pecos Bill, A Tall Tale follows Bill from his childhood (raised by coyotes!), through his adventures (fighting mythical beasts, riding a cyclone, falling in love with a woman who rides catfish!), to the inevitable settling of the West.”

Opening Reception, “GLEAN”, Friday, August 14, 6PM-9PM with a fashion show at 6:30PM, Exhibition from August 14- September 6, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. “The spirit of rejuvenation, rebirth and environmental conservation come to life in artworks on view at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center as part of the GLEAN exhibition. GLEAN features five local artists – Schel Harris, Brian Hutsebout, Beckey Kaye, Brenda Mallory and Rio Wrenn – displaying sculptures, wood carvings, textiles, and more made from discarded objects taken from Metro Central transfer station. GLEAN addresses the Portland area’s excessive waste generation by harnessing available artistic energy to prompt people to think about their consumption habits, inspire creative reuse and initiate larger conversations about the waste we generate. Administered by Cracked Pots, an environmental arts organization, GLEAN is a collaboration between Recology, an employee-owned company that manages resource recovery facilities, and Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area.”

Subs on the Slough”, Friday, August 14, 1PM, Columbia Slough Trailhead, 16650 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour. Learn about protecting Portland’s underground drinking water source in the Columbia Slough Watershed, and view the solar array that helps off-set the Portland Water Bureau’s energy needs. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail.”

Families in the Field: Scouters Mountain”, Friday, August 14, and Friday, August 21, 10AM, Scouters Mountain Nature Park, SE Boyscout Lodge Rd. and SE 147th Ave., Happy Valley. Free. Ages 6-10. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the rich diverstiy of this extinct cinder cone with your child, while meeting other families and playing nature games.”

Loose Goose VIII Hot Air Balloon Rally”, Friday, August 14, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. “Don’t miss one of the most fun and spectacular Museum summer traditions—our 8th Annual Loose Goose Hot Air Balloon Rally! Experience this amazing and colorful event up close. Balloons take flight from the Museum each morning, and light up the evening sky with the ‘Night Glow’ on Saturday. Celebrate with great food, beer, wine and music! Photography of all parts of the Loose Goose event is allowed and encouraged. Loose Goose event T-shirts will be available for purchase. Watching the balloons set up and take flight is free!”

Magenta Improv Theater Presents, “Summer Improv Olympics”, Friday, August 14, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, Ages 7 and up. $10 advance tickets. “Come on down to Magenta Theater and help cheer on your favorite ‘laugh-lete’ as they go for gold, comedy gold. This is a family friendly show, something you can bring the kiddos (7 and up) and grandma too. Improv theater is an interactive non-scripted event that will have you laughing from the beginning.”

Clatsop County Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show”, Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, August 16, 10AM-4PM, Seaside Convention Center, 415 1st Ave., Seaside, OR. Free.

Military Vehicle Collectors' Displays”, Friday, August 14, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Ft. Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “This is the weekend that military vehicle enthusiasts wait for each year. Several regional vehicle clubs come together to show off their lovingly restored jeeps, trucks, weapons, etc. Talk with experts on military wheeled and track vehicles, or sit behind the wheel of a period jeep for a photo. Clubs represented are the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, Central Coast Military Vehicle Group, and Friends of Willie and Joe.”

Return from the Burn, A Step Back in Time Event”, Friday, August 14, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. Free. “Join us for three days of fun celebrating the unique Tillamook State Forest. Throughout the weekend we will host engaging activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during and after the fires.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, August 15, 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.”

Exhibit, “In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez”, Saturday, August 15 through Sunday, September 27, Central Library Collins Gallery. Closing reception on September 26, 3-5PM. “Featuring photographs paired with excerpts from his dynamic speeches, interviews, and authoritative writings, ‘In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez’ documents the full course of Chávez’s remarkable career and examines the life experiences and philosophical influences that drove him to dedicate himself fully to improving the lives of American farm workers.”

Polynesian Festival”, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Enjoy island entertainment (song and dance), local island foods, games for the keiki (children) and more!”

Seaport Celebration”, Saturday, August 15, Port of Portland Terminal 4, 11040 N. Lombard St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Come join the fun on the waterfront at THE family-friendly event of the summer! On Saturday, August 15, the Port of Portland's Terminal 4 will open up to the public for a unique opportunity to go inside the fences of a working marine terminal that is normally closed to the public. Best of all, parking and admission are free! Experience Portland's thriving working harbor by jumping on a jetboat ride, throwing a helmet on to try your hand at welding, perusing local artwork depicting Portland's waterfront or enjoying delicious food while watching contestants on the main stage try their hand at Trade Trivia! There is truly something for everyone.”

Author Talk, “Dee Williams”, Saturday, August 15, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Dee Williams discusses her book, “The Big Tiny, A Built-It-Myself Memoir”. “More than ten years ago, a near-death experience abruptly reminded sustainability advocate and pioneer Dee Williams that life is short. So, she sold her sprawling home and built an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up. Today, Williams can list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her about ten minutes to clean the entire house. Listen to her experiences first hand at this free event!”

Hood River County Fruit Loop Summer Fruit Celebration”, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Hood River County. “Many varieties of fruits (including berries, peaches, and Gravenstein apples) and vegetables are at the peak of perfection. Join us as we celebrate our harvest of summer fruit with BBQs, U-pick, baby alpacas, ciders, jams and more. Many farms have picnic areas.”

Explore Color with Painted Paper Collage”, Saturday, August 15, 12PM, Midland Library. Presented by artist Sarah Ferguson. “We will begin by making a giant color wheel as we find out about primary, secondary, and complementary colors. Then create your own collage using vibrant hand-painted papers. Cut or tear shapes to overlap and glue as you make your picture. Explore ways to add texture to the paper by curling and folding. Build your collage on a piece of foam core and then add a hanger so your artwork is ready to display.” 

Make A Lucha Libre Match Card”, Saturday, August 15, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you like wrestling and luchadores? Learn how to make your own luchador poster. We will take pictures using an iPad and work with laptops. Participants will take home printed and electronic copies of their project.”

Jade District/Night Market Tour”, Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, August 22, 3Pm-6PM, departing from Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave. $10-$20 sliding scale. Preregistration required; register online: “Know Your City and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) proudly partner to offer two walking tours of the Jade District, to coincide with the second annual Jade District Night Market, on Saturday, August 15th and Saturday, August 22nd. Join us as we meet and greet neighborhood businesses, hear from community advocates, sample amazing international foods and more! This was one of our favorite tours last year and we’re thrilled to offer it again – in anticipation of the Night Markets – which last year saw 20,000 visitors.” 

Discover Switzerland”, Saturday, August 15, 2PM, Gresham Library. “A presentation on things to see and do in Switzerland. Samples of Swiss chocolate and cheese will be available.”

Family History Day”, Saturday, August 15, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Gather with local historians for an ice cream social and informative discussion. Find out where the local homesteads were and how your family fits into the rich history of our region. Farm opens up at 11:00, and the gathering (and ice cream) starts at 1:00. Farm closes at 4:00.”

This Side of Home: Book Reading and Poetry Recital”, Saturday, August 15, 3PM, Belmont Library. “Join author Renée Watson for her book launch of This Side of Home. Renee will read excerpts from her novel as well as share poems and short stories - all about growing up in Portland, Oregon. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to Renee and get their books signed.”

The Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira”, Saturday, August 15, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Learn about the history and art of Capoeira, a regional Brazilian fighting style that is at once a dance, a game, and a ritual, combining songs and rhythms with kicks and acrobatics. Contra Mestre Pedro Cruz, leader of the Portland studio Capoeira Raca, will demonstrate the art and music of his contemporary Capoeira style and teach attendees to perform some basic moves themselves.”

Harvest Fest”, Saturday, August 15, 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, August 16, 12PM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. “Where history comes alive! Threshing, binding and bailing oats using vintage farm equipment, horses and mules. “Parade of Power” tractor parade 1PM each day. Slow Tractor Race at 2PM each day. Working sawmill and blacksmith shops. Pioneer kids’ activities, pedal tractors and petting animals. Stagecoach rides. Agriculural and historical displays, photos, quilts and local authors. Museum tours, music food and family fun! VFW Flag Raising Ceremony at 10AM Saturday.”

Crazy Camp Songs”, Saturday, August 15, 10:30AM, Albina Library. “If you want a traditional summer theme, this lively sing-along is for you! It includes traditional and original songs that are perfect for singing around the campfire, in the family car and at the library, with accompaniment on guitar and lap dulcimer. For all ages.”

Native Pollinators in Washington County”, Saturday, August 15, 10AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-681-6283. “Learn about the bees and wasps found at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands during a 2014 research project. The nesting behaviors of mason bees and four other types of bees, as well as two types of beneficial wasps will be discussed. The Jackson Bottom Wetlands is one of five sites in an extensive research project initially designed to document the presence of the grass carrying wasp in western Oregon. The project is now studying the life cycle dynamics and nesting behaviors of this fascinating solitary wasp.”

The 19th Annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby”, Saturday, August 15, 10AM-4PM, Mt. Tabor, Pdx. Free to watch! “Once a year a brave group of racers convene on the daunting slopes of Mt. Tabor to test their metal to their mettle. These pages are dedicated to all those who have spilled their blood, or even worse, spilled their BEER. We thank the community and our beloved volcano for allowing us to tickle her spine.”

Tigard’s Historic Main Street: Walking Tours”, Sunday, August 16, 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.”

The Spirit of ‘45”, Sunday, August 16, 9AM- 2:30PM, Ft. Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Fort Stevens SP is hosting a ceremony that commemorates the ending of World War 2 and the brave men and women who made it possible. We are honored to be one of a few sites in the state of Oregon participating in this global event, The Spirit of '45. The events start with a WW II era vehicle parade through the main campground at 9 a.m. The day continues with the formal ceremony occurring at the Historic Area of the park, on Battery Pratt, at 1 p.m. Immediately following the presentations, a Color Guard made up of WW II reenactors will march to the Fort Stevens National Cemetery to place a special wreath at the U.S. flag there.”

Helvetia Culture Fest”, Sunday, August 16, 1PM-5PM, Washington County. OR. Details TBA: “The Helvetia Culture Fest showcases the performing arts of ancestral inhabitants of the Helvetia area: the tribal people, now under the auspices of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Swiss-German settlers who came to the area in the 1870s and named it ‘Helvetia’ (which means ‘Switzerland’ in Latin) because the rolling hills and productive farmland reminded them of their native country.”

India Festival”, Sunday, August 16, 11AM-9PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate Indian culture with great food, music, dancing and more. There will be something for the whole family at this fun, free event.”

BrasilFest”, Sunday, August 16, 12PM- 8PM, Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, Armory and Mural Amphitheater, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about this varied culture.”

Bollywood Family Dance”, Sunday, August 16, 1PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave and Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “DJ Prashant is back for a kid friendly dance with Bollywood lessons, dancers, and music!”

Mane Taine your Natural Hair”, Monday, August 17, 6:30PM, Kenton Library. “Your natural hair is beautiful, curly, straight, fine, coarse, short, long, or in between—what does that mean? In whatever state or stage you hair is in, you can make it beautiful and chemical free. Let’s look at tips and products for ‘Mane Taineing’ your hair naturally.”

Author Talk, “Richard Thompson”, Monday, August 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Richard Thompson discusses his book, “Slabtown Streetcars”. “No area of Portland, Oregon, played a more important role in street railway history than Northwest Portland and the neighborhood known as Slabtown. In 1872, the city’s first streetcars passed close to Slabtown as they headed for a terminus in the North End. Slabtown was also home to the first streetcar manufacturing factory on the West Coast. In fact, until locally built streetcars began to be replaced by trolleys from large national builders in the 1910s, more than half of all rolling stock was manufactured in shops located at opposite ends of Northwest Twenty-third Avenue. All streetcars operating on the west side of the Willamette River, including those used on the seven lines that served Northwest Portland, were stored in Slabtown. When the end finally came in 1950, Slabtown residents were riding two of the last three city lines.”

Tall Ships”, In Hood River, OR from Monday, August 17 through Wednesday, August 19; and Washougal, WA from Saturday, August 22 through Sunday, August 23. Pretty cool tall ship replicas with tours and sail opportunities.

Author Talk, “Craig Ryan”, Monday, August 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Craig Ryan discusses his book, “Sonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth”. “The untold story of an eccentric, scientific visionary whose death-defying research has saved millions of lives. Sixty years ago, cars and airplanes were still deathtraps waiting to happen. Today, both are safer than ever, thanks in part to one pioneering air force doctor’s research on seatbelts and ejection seats. The exploits of John Paul Stapp (1910–1999) come to thrilling life in this biography of a Renaissance man who was once blasted―faster than a .45 caliber bullet―across the desert in his Sonic Wind rocket sled, only to be slammed to a stop in barely a second. The experiment put him on the cover of Time magazine and allowed his swashbuckling team to gather the data needed to revolutionize automobile and aircraft design. But Stapp didn’t stop there. From the legendary high-altitude balloon tests that ensued to the ferocious battles for car safety legislation, Craig Ryan’s book is as much a history of America’s transition into the Jet Age as it is a biography of the man who got us there safely.”

Oregon Coast Aquarium Presents, “From Tubefeet to Tentacles”, Monday, August 17, 3PM, Vancouver Library Columbia Room, Level 1. “In the midst of pounding waves and changing tides, life flourishes on Oregon's rocky shores. Students will put on striking marine invertebrate costumes, examine invertebrate biofacts such as octopus beaks and sea urchin teeth and analyze the eat-or-be-eaten life in a tide pool.”

"Digital Media/Filmmaking Camp for Teens", 5 sessions, Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online:

Henna and Bollywood for Teens”, Tuesday, August 18, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Preregistration required; register online: “Get a professional Henna Design from Roving Horse Henna. There will be a Bollywood movie and hummus and naan to eat while you wait!”

Melody Owen: Cutaway World”, Tuesday, August 18, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply Co., 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “For over twenty years, I have been collecting cutaways. These are illustrations (most often found in Encyclopedias, medical books and text books) which depict the surface of a building, machine, animal, plant, or human - cut away - to reveal the insides. I have hundreds of these images and will show a selection of them while talking about why they interest me. It has something to do with how we perceive reality. Something to do with surfaces and systems that we cannot see or touch, but which pervade our lives. All the mysteries around us and inside us. How things tick. What makes my fingers move to type. Where is that spark of soul located inside the eye?”

Supernatural Tales: Annual Outdoor Storytelling Picnic 
with Anne Rutherford”, Tuesday, August 18, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Cool down from the summer heat with a little chill down your spine! Enjoy this very special evening outdoors with award-winning storyteller Anne Rutherford as she shares a batch of summer ghost stories on the front lawn of the Walters. Rutherford brings to life an entertaining rabble of vintage specters from Poe, Saki, and other writers with a knack for ghoulish gusto. Prepare to be delighted…and a little spooked. We’ll provide the stories and the punch, and you bring the picnic and a chair or lawn blanket!”

Volunteering 101”, Tuesday, August 18, 6PM, Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, 14015 NE Glisan St., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Concert, “Liberty Bond Jug Band”, Tuesday, August 18, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Mike Hunter, Craig Wilson and others join together to perform American roots music.”

Tips for Talking with Your Neighbor”, Tuesday, August 18, 6PM, Fairview City Hall, 1300 NE Village St., Fairview. Preregistration required; contact East Metro Mediation at 503-618-3247 or “From time to time we all find challenges with a neighbor. If these situations aren't resolved they can grow into really troublesome problems. This free workshop will introduce tools for working through difficulties with a neighbor. Participants will be actively engaged throughout the training with the help of experts, who will be on hand to provide coaching through hands-on experience.”

This Side of Home: Writing About the People and Places that Shaped Us”, Tuesday, August 18, 3PM, North Portland Library; and Saturday, August 22, 12PM, Midland Library. “In this inter-generational writing workshop, author Renée Watson will read excerpts from her novel, This Side of Home, and share poetry about what it was like growing up as a black girl in Portland, Oregon. Participants will write poetry and prose using prompts and inspiration from the characters and scenes in the book.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Tuesday, August 18, and Wednesday, August 19, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers will read scenes ‘in character’ and discuss the play.”

Puppet Making Class”, Tuesday, August 18, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Recycled puppet-making class by KC Puppetree.”

Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo”, Tuesday, August 18 through Sunday, August 23, Clackamas County Event Center, Canby.

Author Talk, “Grant McOmie”, Wednesday, August 19, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Grant McOmie discusses his book, “Grant’s Getaways: Guide to Wildlife Watching in Oregon." “Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Grant McOmie and discover that there is always something new to see in Oregon. Many of Grant’s favorite wildlife watching destinations are included in this handy guidebook and they have also been featured in the popular television Oregon travel series Grant’s Getaways. This is a detailed reference book for wildlife viewing and is part of his new series of guidebooks.”

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Presents, “Peter Pan”, Thursday, August 20, 12PM, Sellwood Moreland Library. Free tickets will be given out at 11:30PM. “The treasured tale of an adventurous boy who never grows up! Fly away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter battles with a band of pirates and his arch enemy: the villainous Captain Hook. Peter is a daring, courageous and mischievous boy -- an incurable prankster with a valiant heart. This ageless story of love and bravery is one of our most popular shows.”

Hitchcock Presents: An Evening of Mysteries in Honor of Alfred Hitchcock”, Thursday, August 20, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Vancouver Room Level 5. “Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday with an evening of plot twists and suspense. Our storyteller will present short stories of crime and mystery that would please the master himself.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, August 20, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. This month’s episode is Horror of Fang Rock. All ages are welcome.”

Washington Remembers- WWII Exhibit Opening”, Thursday, August 20, 3PM, Office of the Secretary of State, Legislative Building, Olympia, WA. Honoring veterans who call our state home, Legacy Washington will launch its seventh privately-funded exhibit on August 20, 2015. Washington Remembers WWII takes you around the globe to mark the 70th anniversary of the war’s end. A dozen stories feature crucial battles on foreign soil, German concentration camps and the American home front where defense plant workers contributed to the war effort. Seventy years on, the conflict remains a landmark event in world history that changed who we are. Secretary of State Kim Wyman invites you to hear from WWII veterans and see the new exhibit during a special event in her office on Thursday, August 20th from 3pm-5pm. Reception to follow.” More about the exhibit here:

YA Authors”, Thursday, August 20, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Marni Bates, Livia Blackburne, Robin Herrera and Mary Elizabeth Summer.”

Author Talk, “Dave Tucker”, Thursday, August 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Dave Tucker discusses his book, “Geology Underfoot in Western Washington”. “Ancient volcanoes preserved as deeply eroded scraps. Seafloors forced high into the sky. Fossils of a long-extinct, 385-pound flightless bird that roamed subtropical floodplains. From the crest of the Cascades to the Pacific, and from the Columbia River north to the Canadian border, the ghosts of deep time are widely exposed in western Washington. But geology never really dies. It is very much active and alive in the region: volcanoes periodically erupt, showering their surroundings with ash; earthquakes shake Earth s surface and the constructions of humans, sending tsunamis ashore to wreak havoc; and melting alpine glaciers send forth great floods of water. In Geology Underfoot in Western Washington, the most recent addition to the Geology Underfoot series, author and geoscientist Dave Tucker narrates western Washington s geologic tales, covering sites from it s low-lying shorelines to its rugged mountaintops.”

Tango in the Park”, Friday, August 21, 6PM-10PM, Director Park , SW Park Ave. and Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “Join the Portland Tango Community again for a fun evening of Argentine Tango at Portland's Director Park. There will be a free lesson starting at 6pm followed by live music and a DJ! Music and dancing until 10pm.”

Internet Cat Video Festival”, Friday, August 21, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle. Details TBA: “The Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. The festival is a live event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between—in a social environment.”

Tibet Fest”, Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, 11AM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. “Experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Tibet through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Join in a group dance, create a Sand Mandala and learn about the ancient art of herbal medicines. Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old cultural tradition with artwork, dance and discussions of the Tibetan people. Explore the rituals and traditions of Tibet with handmade arts and crafts, prayer flags, children’s activities and traditional food.”

Pop Art Paintings for Teens”, Saturday, August 22, 2PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was inspired by comic book art, and his paintings make an impact with bold colors and expressive words. In this workshop, learn acrylic paint skills while creating your own version of Lichtenstein’s iconic word paintings. Leave with a completed 12x16” canvas and introductory skills in color mixing and composition.”

31st Annual Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days”. Saturday, August 22, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, August 23, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73341 E. Hwy 26, Rhododendron, OR. Free admission and parking. “Here, on beautiful Mount Hood and located along the paths where Native Peoples traveled, camped, and, in some cases, died, the sights, sounds, and smells of frontier life can be revisited once more as interpreters in period clothing take you on a unique journey of history and wonderment. Amongst this cluster of protected historic buildings and wilderness shelters, the 1840’s is alive and well. View life as it once was as you visit Echo Lodge (Storytelling Lodge), the Wilderness House, the Trading Post, the “Blacksmith Shop”, the “Wash House”, the “Spirits House”, the Parlour, the Community House (school and church), the Cook’s Shack, the Pantry Building, the Mess Hall, the Carpenter’s Shop, the Stables, the Hermit’s Shack, the Tyee Bear Lodge, the Smoke House, the Bell Tower, the Native American Lodge, and other unique structures. Purchase special traditional foods at our Native American salmon bake (including frybread), listen to great traditional Native American flute and old-time music, Oregon Trail and Native American storytelling, and take advantage of our gift shop where Huckleberry Jam and other goodies awaits you along with history and nature books, nickel postcards, and a whole lot more. A great family experience!”

Birds and Brew Festival”, Saturday, August 22, 9AM-3PM, Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fern Hill Rd., Forest Grove. Suggested donation $10 per family, $5 individual. “Celebrate birds and support Friends of Fernhill Wetlands at the annual Birds and Brew Festival, held at Fernhill Wetlands and McMenamins Grand Lodge. The festival includes fun and informative tours, hands-on science and nature experiences, face painting, and a chance to meet the Audubon Society of Portland's education birds.” Schedule and more details here:

Square Rig Shindig”, Saturday, August 22, 7PM, Doomsday Brewing Co., 421 C St., Washougal, WA. All ages fundraiser for the Portland Pirate Festival with the Tall Ships at anchor, pub sing with the crew, face painting, balloon art, grub and grog.

Fernhill Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, August 22, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Join wildlife expert, Elaine Murphy, for a free morning birdwatching tour of Fernhill Wetland's. Viewing stands and trails at this birding hotspot are ideal for watching the birds that use this wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Watch for shorebirds on the mudflats and waders in the rushes and reeds too.”

"Nam Vanh/Mixed Fruits- Cooking for Teens", Saturday, August 22, 3PM, Kenton 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."

Wapato Island Wild Food Expedition”, Saturday, August 22, 8AM, Sauvie Island, Pdx. Preregistration required; all details here: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

SMART Author Fair”, Saturday, August 22, 12PM-4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Join us for the first-ever SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) Author Fair from 12–4pm, where you can mingle with over a dozen of your favorite children's, middle grade, and young adult authors! Get your books signed, enter to win some fun prizes, and learn more about SMART. Participating authors include Martha Brockenbrough, Cathy Camper, Rachel Roellke Coddington and Jolby, Kimberly Derting, Lorie Ann Grover, Robin Herrera, Victoria Jamieson, Tracy Ludwig, Marci Matthews, Lish McBride, Vicente Navarrete, Rosanne Parry, Lisa Schroeder, Heidi Schulz, Paula Stokes, and Nancy Tillman.”

Have Parflesche, Will Travel: Painted Art on Rawhide”, Saturday, August 22, 11AM- 3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Free. “Crush pigment from rock, bind it into paint and paint your own rawhide disk. Interpreters will discuss natural sources of paint, demonstrate the paint making process and paint a design on hide. Special exhibits and more!”

Pesticide-Free Pest Control”, Sunday, August 23, 3:30PM, Pond House of Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Discover effective, nontoxic ways to tackle weeds, pests and plant diseases. See how a few simple steps for preventing problems early on can save a lot of work later. Learn the latest techniques for managing problems safely, and find out where to go for reliable information. You can make your yard beautiful and safe for children, pets, wildlife and waterways. Presented by Glen Andresen and funded by Metro.”

Bagel On! Jewish Fun Fair”, Sunday, August 23, 11AM-5PM, Congregation Kol Ami, 7800 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Free. “Congregation Kol Ami presents ‘Bagel On!’ - a free Jewish fun fair. All are welcome. One of the first of its kind in the Vancouver-Portland area, the fair will showcase food and entertainment. Highlights include Jewish food (Bagels with cream cheese and lox, corned beef, challah, kosher hot hogs, knishes, etc.), singing, Israeli dancing, live music, storytelling and more.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, August 23, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Ages 8 and up. $10; members get a discount. Preregistration required; register online: “How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Students look at magnets, motors and generators, including the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil.”

Learn to Arm Knit”, Monday, August 24, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades 3-8. “Learn this fun and easy way to knit and make an infinity scarf in less than an hour!”

Forest for the Trees Public Mural Project”, beginning on Monday, August 24. This event brings together local and international artists to create public murals in Portland. This is your chance to watch them at work!

Washington State Parks Free Day”, Tuesday, August 25. “In honor of National Park Service's birthday, today is a State Parks “free day” and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).”

Celebrity Chocolate Cake Contest”, Tuesday, August 25, 12PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “The 150th Oregon State Fair will open on Friday, August 28. For the past 56 years, the sole judge of the State Fair's Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank—public servant, businessman, philanthropist, author, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. To celebrate the Fair's historic sesquicentennial, OHS will be hosting a Celebrity Chocolate Cake Contest in Portland with Gerry as the judge. Come and watch as Gerry tastes creations from the likes of Portland First Lady Nancy Hales, Oregonian Editor Mark Katches, Portland State University President Wim Wiewel, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and a dozen other community leaders and media personalities. Gerry will declare a winner and then the audience will be invited to join in the tasting!”

OMSI Presents, “Cowabunga Chemistry”, Wednesday, August 26, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Students perform amazing chemical reactions as they measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties: polymers.”

Boulder Lakes Hike”, Wednesday, August 26, 9AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: Difficulty moderate, 6.3 miles, 1,100’ elevation gain. “With old-growth forests and high mountain cliffs, Boulder Lake is one of the best kept secrets in the Mount Hood region. While there are several trails in the Boulder Lake area, the most satisfying and easiest to find trail is the Boulder Lake Trail #463. On your way to Boulder Lake's stunning turquoise and green waters, you'll pass dark evergreen firs and hemlocks, and a lush, high-elevation meadow. The Boulder Lake area boasts the largest unprotected stand of old-growth in the Mount Hood National Forest, and the area's wild meadows provide high-quality fawning and calving areas for deer and elk. Mid-to-late summer is the best time to visit Boulder Lake, when the meadows show off their wildflowers.”

Author Talk, “Brian and Wendy Froud”, Wednesday, August 26, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. They discuss “Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales”. “Brian and Wendy Froud lead readers deep into the world of faeries. Humans throughout history have always had special relationships and bonds with faeries, whether loving and helpful or at times destructive. This new book explores that complex relationship and the liminal state between the human and faery world where interaction occurs.”

Bollywood and Bhangra Dance Workshop for Teens”, Thursday, August 27, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “Imagine being part of a Bollywood Musical - multicolored costumes coupled with high energy song and dance. Charismatic performer Prashant's dance workshops teleport students into a world full of possibilities and big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake. Everyone at every skill level is welcome!”

Festa Italiana”, Thursday, August 27 through Saturday, August 29, 11AM-11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. Lovely food, music, dance, opera, ballet, marionettes, and lots more! Complete details and performance schedule here:

Mason Jar Terrariums for Teens”, Thursday, August 27, 1PM, Hood River Library. “Create a pint sized greenhouse with our mason jar Terrarium craft. All materials will be provided to build your own terrarium, just bring along your green thumbs!”

Teen Poetry Slam”, Thursday, August 27, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Summer's over? Are you happy or sad, or ambivalent? Share your feelings in an original poem, or bring in a favorite that reflects your mood.”

Spring Rolls and Asian Salads for Teens”, Friday, August 28, 4:30PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Nang's Kitchen. "Have you ever been to a Thai/Lao restaurant and said, ‘Oh, I think I can make this!’ Well, now you really can. Come to this class and learn how to make shrimp salad rolls and Lao chicken salads.”

Pacific Crest Trail Days”, Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30, Marine Park, Cascade Locks, OR. “Don’t miss the 9th annual Pacific Crest Trail Days, where you can check out the latest outdoor recreation gear from exhibiting sponsors, participate in free classes and activities, win awesome products at the raffles, enjoy local food and beverages, participate in a trail work party, go for a hike or a bike ride, spend the weekend camping under the stars, and enjoy the beautiful setting in the Marine Park of Cascade Locks, Oregon. PCT DAYS is family-friendly and free to attend, with a small fee for overnight camping on Thunder Island.”

2015 National Train Show”, Friday, August 28, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, August 29, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, August 30, 10AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $14 adult, $13 senior, $7 ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “ It’s all Here – All of the latest and greatest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more from the world’s best-known manufacturers and retailers geared for all model railroaders – from first timers to old timers. The Incredible Lego®MiniLand – It’ll stop you in your tracks! This 2,500 sq. ft. area is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, originally-designed display featuring operating model railroads, hundreds of train cars, various landscape settings and waterfalls, scale building, retractable bridges, and more…and all made entirely out of millions of Lego® pieces! Attendees are invited to ‘meet the modelers’ and learn how to build their very own original display. Children’s Play Area – 1,500 sq. ft. of fun including trains, games and more for children of all age to enjoy during the show. The area is chaperoned at all times and is free of charge.”

Bat Night”, Friday, August 28, 7:30PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5 suggested donation. “Whitaker Ponds has a high diversity of bat species who wait to hunt until after the sun goes down.”

Oregon State Fair”, Friday, August 28 through Monday, September 7, Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, Salem.

Hawkwatch International Hawk Monitoring Project at Bonney Butte, OR”, Friday, August 28 through October 31, Mt. Hood. You must have a high clearance vehicle and strong nerves to reach the site. “The public is always welcome to visit Bonney Butte during the season to take advantage of the environmental education programs and the great hawkwatching at the site.” Learn more here:

Nature Journals”, Saturday, August 29, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist Sarah Fagan. “Using handmade, found, and recycled materials, learn to bind a blank journal without staples, glue or tape with bookmaker Sarah Fagan. Use it as a journal for writing or a sketchbook on nature walks. Perfectly sized for a pocket -- or turn it into a necklace if you prefer.”

Treat Day”, Saturday, August 29, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Free. Donations accepted for freshly milled flour. “Whole Wheat never tasted so good! Cookies, Cakes, Muffins, Scones, even dog biscuits can show up today. Always new, always great. 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.”

Classroom Discovery Days- Beavers Everywhere”, Saturday, August 29, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please. Our classroom is an open house for all ages. Drop in anytime between 11:30 - 1:00pm”

Farmstead Day”, Saturday, August 29, 1PM- 4PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Celebrate living history with the Friends of Historic Champoeg and OPRD on Farmstead Day! Relive the life of an 1860's farm with activities for the whole family.”

Arab Festival”, Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Arab countries through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. From mouth-watering food to traditional and contemporary music, the Arab Festival provides a place of celebration for Arabs in our neighborhood. A traditional bazaar, deliciously strong coffee, dancing and workshops, along with children’s activities including an Arabic spelling bee, crafts and more, illuminate Arab culture in our midst. Cultural information booths representing several of the 22 Arab countries will be present to provide information and insight into the Arab World.”

2nd Connecticut Militia”, Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, Ft. Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “This group reenacts the daily camp life, drills, and history of the American Revolutionary War. Here is your chance to talk with a soldier from the period of our history when we became a nation.”

The Craft of Grafting”, Saturday, August 29, 10AM, OMSI Parker Room. $10 for up to 3 participants. Adults, or kids 8-14 with an adult. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Portland Metro Reptile Expo”, Saturday, August 29, 10AM-5PM, Portland Holiday Inn, Columbia Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $9 adults, $4 kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. $1 off coupon on their website: “If you are looking for a quality reptile as a new pet or are just want something fun and unique to do, this is it. Our shows are fun and unique for all ages, young and old. From a $20 bearded dragon to a $4,000 rare python morph, there is something for every level of hobbyist at our reptile expos. Not looking to buy a new pet? No problem! The show has a plethora of educational tables and hands on live interaction for your family to enjoy.” 

Dahlia Festival”, Saturday, August 29, Sunday, August 30, and Monday, August 31, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby. Free. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias, over 15,000 cut dahlia blooms on display, in our three indoor display rooms. This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States!”

Entomaphagy”, Saturday, August 29, 3PM, Portland. For gourmet insect eaters! Details to be announced here: and here:

Time Traveler’s Closet”, Saturday, August 29, 10AM-3PM, Odd Fellows Lodge, 267 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. “A fun and friendly way to think about historic costuming! 10:00 AM Inspiration from the Theatre with Marietta A.F. Greene; 11:00 AM Era Hair Styling with Kristen Behlings; 2:00 PM Lunch Break; 1:00 PM Building a Wardrobe: Medieval, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian with Maggie Solmon, Lisa Bloodgood, Kay Demlow, and others; 2:00 PM Design and Fitting Workshop - bring your works in progress and design questions.”

Wild Foods of Native Americans”, Sunday, August 30, 1PM, Pdx. Preregistration required; all details here: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

Home Front Stories of World War II”, Monday, August 31, 7PM, Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Listen to stories from individuals who worked on the Oregon home front during World War II. The panel will include: Harry Hendricks, who worked the graveyard shift at Vancouver's Kaiser Shipyard as a teenager; Ellen McFadden, who served as one of the nation's youngest certified Red Cross volunteers at Portland's Union Station canteen; Jean Matsumoto, who was sent with her family to Idaho's Minidoka Relocation Center where she was interned for three years; and Sharon Williams, who experienced wartime conditions as a young child growing up in North Portland.”

Author Talk, “Kim Cooper Findling”, Monday, August 31, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Kim Cooper Findling discusses her book, “Day Trips from Portland, Oregon: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler”. “Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Portland, OR. This guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of the Portland metro area.”