Monday, August 31, 2015

Super September

This is my list of events for the greater Portland area and beyond for the month of September, 2015! Please doublecheck anything you plan to attend, because there are sure to be typos, mistakes and event cancellations.  Also if you are looking for classes and drop-in activities for homeschoolers that regularly happen on weekdays during the school year, I've compiled a list here.

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

Swift Watch”, every night in September, beginning one hour before sunset, lawn of Chapman Elementary School, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Every year in late August, one of Portland's most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela. Migrating swifts often use chimneys as roosts (places to sleep), and they are likely to return to the same roost year after year. One population has been returning to Chapman since the 1980s, and it is one of the largest known roosting sites of migrating Vaux's Swifts. Swift watching has become a popular activity at Chapman, and on many evenings, more than 2,000 people gather to watch these aerial acrobats.” Details about parking, etc. here:

“150th Oregon State Fair”, now through Monday, September 7, 2330 17th St NE, Salem.

Hawkwatch International at Bonney Butte”, now through October 31, Mt. Hood National Forest. Volunteers camp out, monitor and count raptors, and also band raptors. The public is welcome to observe. Bird banding is fascinating and this is a marvelous chance to see some incredible birds up close. Be warned that the road to Bonney Butte is awful and often narrow, with dramatic views of scary cliffs below the road.

Exhibition, “UNEARTHED: Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens”, now through September 26, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave, Pdx. 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 on 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.”

The Shoshone Complex in the Northern Great Basin: Late Prehistoric Bison Hunting in Southeastern Oregon”, Tuesday, September 1, 7PM, OMSI. Free and open to the public. Monthly meeting of the Oregon Archeological Society. Presented by Scott Thomas. BLM Burns District archaeologist. “The archaeology of the Great Basin has demonstrated that the people who lived there responded to changes in climate and resource distributions over the land by changing how they hunted and gathered or moved to areas where more dependable food resources could be found. Thomas’ presentation is an unveiling of a brief time at about 1500 AD when people, following bison herds, occupied southeastern Oregon and left a signature assemblage of distinctive, sometimes rare, artifacts at a small number of campsites. This signature assemblage is named the Shoshone Complex. Scott Thomas has been the Burns BLM District archaeologist for the last 20 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from OSU in zoology and a master’s degree from Portland State in anthropology. His work as an archaeologist has also been with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, and as a private contractor. He is knowledgeable in obsidian hydration dating and obsidian sourcing, ethnobotany, late prehistoric to proto-historic Clovis, and pre-Clovis archaeology.”

Twine for Teens”, Tuesday, September 1, 4PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Tell a story or design a game using an open-source tool for telling interactive stories. This is an introductory camp to Twine. Participants will learn a new program they can continue to use and create a product they can share on the web to friends and family.” 

Screening, “We Are Blood”, Tuesday, September 1, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $15 adults, $12 youth. "Pacific NW Premiere! One night only! Join director Ty Evans and select cast for the Pacific Northwest premiere of the new skateboarding film 'We Are Blood'. This feature length film stars professional street skateboarder and DEW athlete Paul Rodriguez as he and other top skateboarders travel the world, pushing the limits of what’s possible on a skateboard and celebrating the unconditional bond created by the simple act of skateboarding. With staggering cinematography, state-of-the-art cameras and unique perspectives that lend to a cutting-edge, progressive skateboarding experience, We Are Blood takes viewers through Spain, Brazil, China and Dubai, thanks to the support of film sponsor XDubai, as well as on a classic road trip across the United States.”

WTF Is Money? The Past and Future of Cold, Hard Cash”, Tuesday, September 1, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply Co., 427 Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by Marcus Estes, co-founder and CEO of, a Portland-based startup using the Bitcoin blockchain to build a local stock market. “Just after the financial crash of 2008, I gave a talk to a small audience about the true function of money in our modern capitalist economy. It's been 6 years, and we seem to be living in an entirely different world. The stock market has reached new heights and traditional economic indicators are relatively bright. But how different is our current environment to the conditions in 2007? This presentation will begin with the historical origins of money as a representation of value, then take the audience on a jaunty walk through a modern theory of credit, debt, and fractional reserve banking. Finally, we'll conclude with a look at the potential utopias and dystopias that may be arrive with the coming of a new age of crypto-currency.”

Diana Lubarsky: The Holocaust Through Art”, Tuesday, September 1, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. Diana Lubarsky discusses her sculptures.

Exhibit, “History’s Mysteries”, Tuesday, September 1 through October 31, with a historical talk on Saturday, September 19, 11AM, Battle Ground Library. “The Friends of the Battle Ground Community Library present History's Mysteries: Cemeteries of Clark County. This photographic display highlights Clark County history through cemeteries and graves found throughout the area.”

App Camp for Teens”, 5 Wednesdays in September, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a mobile app using the MIT App Inventor platform. In this camp you will be introduced to coding and computational thinking using a device you're already familiar with, such a mobile phone or tablet. Additionally students will learn how coding and designing for the mobile devices differs from designing for traditional computer devices (desktops or laptops). Teens are encouraged to attend all five sessions.”

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesday, September 2, 11AM-2PM with a free performance at 12PM, outside on Main St. in front of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. “The series 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”, Wednesday, September 2, 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.”

Bat Chat”, Wednesday, September 2, and Wednesday, September 16, 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.”

Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert”, Thursday, September 3, 1PM-6PM Afternoon Music Festival; 7PM- 9PM, Oregon Symphony. Free. “Bring low-profile chairs or blankets for lawn seating, a little something to eat and sit back and enjoy! Closing festivities include the traditional grand finale—Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with an elaborate fireworks show, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery.” Complete schedule here:

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?”, Thursday, September 3, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. Presented by Professor Walidah Imarisha. “Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.”

Exhibit, “Alien She”, Thursday, September 3- January 9, at two locations, 511 Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Pdx.,; and Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis, Pdx. Details here: and here:  “Organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, 'Alien She', curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. A pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s, Riot Grrrl has had a pivotal influence, inspiring many around the world to pursue socially and politically progressive careers as artists, activists, authors and educators. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture and communities that reflect their values and experiences, in contrast to mainstream conventions and expectations.”

Ranger Guided Kayak and Canoe Tours”, Thursday, September 3, Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7, 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!”

Exhibition, “GLEAN”, Friday, September 4 through Sunday, 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.”

Kumoricon”, Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7, Vancouver, WA. Anime fan convention.

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, September 5, 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.”

Autumnal Equinox: The Secrets of Stonehenge”, Saturday, September 5, 2PM, Stonehenge Memorial, Stonehenge Dr., Goldendale, WA, “Join British Stonehenge expert Lloyd Matthews as he discusses Stonehenge, the Neolithic monument on Salisbury Plain in Great Britain. A few years ago, Lloyd Matthews spent time carefully studying the stones to create a 1:158 scale model of Stonehenge as it stands now, and another illustrating how it was originally thought to have stood. In the process he noticed several distinct shapes on the stones, and since then has sought to learn more about them. In 2012, Matthews gifted the scale models to Maryhill Museum of Art.”

Portland Actor’s Ensemble Presents “The Taming of the Shrew”, Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, Reed College, SE Woodstock and SE Reed College Pl. in front of Eliot Hall, Pdx. 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.”

Blue Lake Park Day”, Saturday, September 5, 11AM- 5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview. $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Take a bite out of summer at Blue Lake park day: International food festival! On September 5, we'd like to celebrate with you the amazing cultural gathering place that Blue Lake Park offers in our region. We’ll have food vendors from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Greece, Italy, New Mexico, Cajun Louisiana, Turkey, Germany, Argentina, Romania, the Himalayas and more! We’ll also have performances by groups with musical roots in India, Hawaii, the Andes, Brazil and the Middle East. And for those of age, there will be a beer garden. And for the kids, you may ask? We’ll have free mini disc-golf, free face-painting and a free supervised rock wall! To top it all off, the park itself is full of amazing things: the lake, a swim beach, a splash pad, a nature playground, a volleyball court and a full disc-golf course -- in addition to walking paths and a gorgeous natural discovery garden. On this special day, you can also learn about ways to connect with nature through volunteering, grants, or Metro programs; and you can weigh in to shape the future of Blue Lake by sharing your hopes, suggestions and questions about the park. Mark your calendars for an epic day. Bring your family and friends. See you then!”

Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, Fort Stevens State Park. Admission is $25 per carload ($20 for the event plus a $5 per vehicle State Park day use fee) “This marks the 25th year for this grand event. One of the largest of its kind in the northwest region. Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Medical Corps, Camp Followers, and Townspeople (sutlers) make up the variety of Civil War period reenactors you'll encounter. Several live battles are carried out for you to view over the long weekend. Meet President Abraham Lincoln, see a fashion show, listen in on fife and drum practice, stroll through the ‘village’ of tents to admire craftsmen, cooks, and undertakers, and spend the day learning about history first hand from soldiers. Watch the field artillery demonstrations and see actual cannons fire from up close. Food and drinks available for purchase from Annie's Kettle Corn. Traders/sutlers general stores offer clothing, toys, and more for purchase. Please leave pets at home, as this event includes periods of heavy artillery and small arms firing.” Schedule of activities here:

Public Nights at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, September 5, 8:30PM- 11:30PM, 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!

Guided Tours of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, September 5, Monday, September 7 and Saturday, September 19, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 requested donation. “Join a Hoyt Arboretum tour guide on an informative journey through our tree and plant collections! Each tour guide brings a unique perspective to the arboretum, so every week is a new experience.”

Junior Ranger Program- Game of Cones”, Saturday, September 5, 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.”

Dahlia Festival”, Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7, 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!”

Turning Trash into Peace: Learning About Sustainability Through Functional Art for Teens”, Saturday, September 5, 1PM, Rockwood Library. “Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of sustainability through fun, engaging, hands-on activities such as building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bottles, renewable energy activities, zero waste cooking, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to build relationships in their community and learn valuable vocational, team building, and leadership skills. All aspects of the program are bilingual in English and Spanish.”

Vulture Awareness Day”, Saturday, September 5, 11AM-3PM, Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Around the world, vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As nature's recyclers, they play an important role in a variety of ecosystems, and it’s up to us to help save them. The Audubon Society of Portland's free celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day is filled with fun and educational activities.”

Origami Circle”, Sundays in September, 12PM, Holgate Library. “Come and create adorable animals, shapes and flowers. Learn something new each time, be creative and have fun!”

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, September 6, 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.”

Stumpfest”, Sunday, September 6, 12PM-3PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Experience a family-friendly event featuring the logging history of Tryon Creek. Activities include historical logging demonstrations, games, guided walks and more.”

Cookbook Discussion”, Tuesday, September 8, 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.”

Amazing Bats”, Tuesday, September 8, 7PM, Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Bats are so cool! They are the only flying mammals and make up approximately ¼ of all the mammals in the world. These hardworking animals use echolocation to get around in the dark and can eat 1,200 insects – each – per hour! Bats not only provide valuable ecosystem services, but also are economically important. At September’s Nature Night, biologist and bat expert Dr. Cris Hein will talk about these and many other aspects of these fascinating creatures. Using photos and video of bats in action, he will provide a primer on the bats of Oregon, the US and around the world. He’ll share some amazing information about bat habitat and conservation, as well as facets of bat natural history like flight, echolocation, roosting habits, reproduction and pup rearing. Cris will also cover the important role that bats play for the environment and humans.”   Nature nights are popular and parking is limited…but there is a bigger parking lot just east of Audubon at Upper Macleay Park, connected to Audubon by a short trail. A flashlight comes in handy to find your way.

Library of Things Tech Demo”, Wednesday, September 9, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “In this fun Library of Things Tech Demo you'll get a chance to learn how to use some of the items in the collection, such as the snap circuits, Ozobot, and the Finch robot.”

Listening Salon”, Wednesdays, September 9, 16 and 23, and October 7 and 14, 4PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “A ‘listening salon’ is basically an on-going opportunity to practice one's listening skills, get feedback, and to get listened to. Join us September 9 and again October 7 for a basic listening workshop to learn the art of listening. Then, September 16, 23rd and October 14 join in the Listening Salons where we have a short lesson in the beginning followed by an hour session of paired practice and feedback. Participants get to both practice their listening skills AND be heard. Trained listeners will be present.”

Bats of the Night”, Wednesday, September 9, 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!”

Concert, “Ricardo Cárdenas”, Wednesday, September 9, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Guitarist Ricardo Cárdenas performs his extraordinary range of classical and folkloric music from Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile. Cárdenas includes composers as Heitor Villa-lobos, Antonio Lauro, Agustin Barrios, Fleury, J. Cardoso, Joao Pernambuco and also plays his own arrangements of Chilean songs.”

Author Talk, “Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes”, Wednesday, September 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. The authors discuss their book, “Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment”. “In 'Cowed', globally recognized environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us. Long ago, cows provided food and labor to settlers taming the wild frontier and helped the loggers, ranchers, and farmers who shaped the country’s landscape. Our society is built on the backs of bovines who indelibly stamped our culture, politics, and economics. But our national herd has doubled in size over the past hundred years to 93 million, with devastating consequences for the country’s soil and water. Our love affair with dairy and hamburgers doesn’t help either: eating one pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gasoline. Denis and Gail Hayes begin their story by tracing the co-evolution of cows and humans, starting with majestic horned aurochs, before taking us through the birth of today’s feedlot farms and the threat of mad cow disease. The authors show how cattle farming today has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created festering lagoons of animal waste, and drastically increased methane production. In their quest to find fresh solutions to our bovine problem, the authors take us to farms across the country from Vermont to Washington. They visit worm ranchers who compost cow waste, learn that feeding cows oregano yields surprising benefits, talk to sustainable farmers who care for their cows while contributing to their communities, and point toward a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. In a deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, Denis and Gail Hayes provide a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we inhabit. They show how our relationship with cows is part of the story of America itself.”

Home School Day”, Wednesday, September 9, 10AM- 2PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. $8 adults, $5 students 5-17, free for kids 4 and under. “The Oregon Garden would like to invite 5-12 year old home school students to a fun educational day of outdoor learning during Home School Day, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 10am to 2pm. Learn about your natural world and get inspired with fun science and art activities. We offer numerous hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout the Garden.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, September 9, 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!”

Benthos, Nymphs, and Smolts: An Introduction to Freshwater Ecology”, Class Wednesday, September 9, 7PM, Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx., $15, with an optional field trip on September 12 ($105 for both). Preregistration required; register online: “Oregon’s rivers and streams are rich ecosystems, full of life. They are home to our most iconic animals: the six species of Pacific salmon. But flowing waters also provide habitat for other kinds of fish, amphibians, insects, mollusks, and more. Join Dr. Ivan Phillipsen for an introduction to the freshwater ecology of our region. Learn about the influence of the terrestrial environment and stream hydrology on the life cycles of fish and macroinvertebrates. You’ll get familiar with some common species and learn their basic identification.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, September 10, 4PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor; and Wednesday, September 23, 4:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library (with iPads). Preregistration required; register online: “Teens! Come play with computer coding - we'll start with the basics and see where we go!”

Book Talk, “Patrick Henry”, Thursday, September 10, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Patrick Henry discusses “Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis”, which he edited. “This volume puts to rest the myth that the Jews went passively to the slaughter like sheep. Indeed Jews resisted in every Nazi-occupied country―in the forests, the ghettos, and the concentration camps. The essays presented here consider Jewish resistance to be resistance by Jewish persons in specifically Jewish groups, or by Jewish persons working within non-Jewish organizations. Resistance could be armed revolt; flight; the rescue of targeted individuals by concealment in non- Jewish homes, farms, and institutions; or by the smuggling of Jews into countries where Jews were not objects of Nazi persecution. Other forms of resistance include every act that Jewish people carried out to fight against the dehumanizing agenda of the Nazis―acts such as smuggling food, clothing, and medicine into the ghettos, putting on plays, reading poetry, organizing orchestras and art exhibits, forming schools, leaving diaries, and praying. These attempts to remain physically, intellectually, culturally, morally, and theologically alive constituted resistance to Nazi oppression, which was designed to demolish individuals, destroy their soul, and obliterate their desire to live. The contributors are among the most renowned Holocaust authorities in Israel, Europe, Canada, and the United States.”

Beginning Birding 1”, Class Thursday, September 10, 7PM, Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx., $15, with optional field trips on September 13 and 20 ($60 for both). Preregistration required; register online: “Join Laura Whittemore, long-time birder and teacher, for an introduction to birdwatching that takes the mystery out of the country’s most popular hobby. You will learn to recognize birds by shape, behavior, plumage, and more; and how to use binoculars and field guides to zero in on the identity of that mysterious little brown (or yellow or red or green) bird. Sign up now to learn about birds with the patient guidance of an experienced birder.”

Tai Chi”, Thursday, September 10, 10:30AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Are you looking to improve the health of mind, body and spirit? Members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society® will provide information and demonstrate this ancient Chinese exercise. Explore how this gentle and relaxing exercise improves physical and emotional health. Participants will have an opportunity to learn the basics. All are welcome.”

YA Author Talk, “Tina Connoly”, Thursday, September 10, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. “Local author Tina Connolly's most recent book is 'Seriously Wicked', a lighthearted YA novel about a girl who lives with a seriously wicked witch. Tina will read excerpts and chat about the writing and publishing process during the September meeting of the Hillsdale Teen Council.”

Tikkum Bridge First Light”, Thursday, September 10, 6PM- 10PM, Zidell Yards, 3030 SW Moody Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us as we ‘flip the switch!’ The aesthetic nighttime light program for Tilikum Crossing will be turned on permanently, with a public viewing area in the Zidell Yards, just south of the bridge. TriMet will host a BridgePort beer garden, food carts, a live broadcast of music to accompany the show and the best view in town. All Classical Portland, 89.9 FM will provide a live broadcast to a special opening light show, after which the lights will begin their permanent programmed sequence. The aesthetic lighting was created by artists Douglas Hollis and the late Anna Valentina Murch for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project’s Public Art Program. The public viewing area opens at 6 p.m.—the aesthetic lighting program will begins at approximately 9 p.m. Please bring a lawn or beach chair for seating. Take Portland Streetcar to the SW Moody and Meade stop or locate a nearby bus route here . Bike parking will be provided No vehicle parking will be provided.”

Time Based Art Festival”, Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 20, various venues. “Portland Institute for Contemporary Art presents the 13th annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), September 10–20, 2015, featuring a fresh new wave of art in real time from a lineup of performing and visual artists hailing from all over the world including Italy, Tunisia, Japan, Norway, France, and across the US. TBA:15 hand delivers ten days of live performances, music, workshops, talks, and visual art installations in unexpected spaces—activating the city of Portland with the art of our time. As a champion of artists working to push boundaries, the TBA Festival serves as a space for dialogue and exchange that fosters curiosity and connection. From morning workshops to afternoon artist talks, world premieres, and late-night performances, TBA is an open invitation to an immersive forum of new forms and new experiences.”

The Standard Volunteer Expo”, Thursday, September 10, 11AM- 2PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “The Standard's Volunteer Expo is a free event that brings nonprofits together in one place, helping Oregonians discover service and donation opportunities that fit their skills and interests. Participating organizations represent a wide variety of focus areas including arts, culture, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, human services and more. Whether you're looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or a longer-term commitment, the Volunteer Expo is a great way to connect with nonprofits and start making a difference.”

"Oaks Park Not Back to School Day and Homeschool Resource Fair", Friday, September 11, 11AM-4PM rides, 11AM-3PM resource fair, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. "Come join us for the annual Not Back to School Day fun at Oaks Park on Friday, September 11! NBTSD includes FREE entrance to Oaks Park and the OHEN Resource Fair where you can meet dozens of groups offering activities, products, and curriculum materials for homeschoolers. Special discounted ride bracelets! $11.50 covers all regular rides. (Miniature golf, games, go carts, concessions, and 1:00-5:00 open skate session sold separately. Not valid with other offers, bracelet valid day of event only.) Picnic areas, miniature train ride, concessions throughout the Park. Meet hundreds of other homeschooling families!" List of vendors here: Be there or be square!!!

How to 3D Print Your Minecraft Creations”, Friday, September 11, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Monday, September 14, 5PM, Holgate Library. Presented by OpenFab PDX. “Do your parents or teachers give you a hard time about playing too much Minecraft? Come learn how to 3D print the stuff you make in Minecraft and next time just say, ‘I'm designing parts for 3D printing!’ In this session, I'll give you an overview of the tools you can use and pass around some printed Minecraft models. Then I'll offer help and feedback while you 'work' in Minecraft!”

Vancouver International Food Festival”, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, St. Joseph Catholic School, 6500 Highland Dr., Vancouver. $2 entry fee per person per day, ride tickets $1.25. Details here:

Washington State Fair”, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 27, Puyallup, WA.

European Paper Crafts”, Friday, September 11, 4PM, Rockwood Library; and Tuesday, September 29, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney. “Participants will learn how to use paper to create traditional paper crafts representative of Poland and Denmark. You will learn how to make Polish “Wycinanki” (folding and cutting stars and people) and Danish hearts through cutting and weaving.”

Author Talk, “Ian Doesher”, Friday, September 11, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Ian Doesher discusses his book, “William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge”. “The curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far, faraway—this time, to chronicle a once-heroic knight’s transformation into the darkest of villains. ‘William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge’ is the climactic conclusion to the fall of the house of Skywalker, a collaboration between William Shakespeare and George Lucas that’s filled with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, inside jokes, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. You’ll fall in love with Star Wars—and Shakespeare—all over again. At the same time!”

Book Talk, “Craig Thompson”, Friday, September 11, 5PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx; Saturday, September 12, 11AM, Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave., Pdx (with author Matthew Holm); and Saturday, September 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson's debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad. For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together. Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, Space Dumplins weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.”

Huckleberry Fest”, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, Daubenspeck Park, Bingen, WA. There is quite a variety of entertainment featured at this small town fest, including fire dancers! Plus, of course, huckleberry pie and ice cream!

Sandy Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, downtown Sandy.

Monroe Swift Night Out”, Saturday, September 12, 4PM to dusk, Wagner Center, 639 W. Main St., Monroe, WA. “Come witness an amazing natural event occurring in our community! Celebrate the arrival of the 2nd largest roost of Vaux’s Swifts in America! Watch thousands of these birds swirl into a 4-ft.-square chimney in just minutes! Spaghetti Feed ($6), Hot Dogs ($1) and Apple Crisp ($1) starting at 4:00 p.m. Fun-filled lecture: 6:30 p.m. – Frank Wagner Auditorium. Swift Experts available: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to answer your questions. Information booths with birds, mementos, and more! Fun activities for kids! Yummy food and drinks! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and watch the show!”

August in September: The Red Door Project”, Saturday, September 12, 10:30AM, North Portland Library; Saturday, September 19, 12:30PM, Midland Library; Tuesday, September 22, 6PM, Kenton Library; and Tuesday, September 29, 6PM, Albina Library. “Come to this one-hour interactive presentation, hosted by some of Portland’s most talented professional actors, to learn more about August Wilson and how to join The Red Door Project. August Wilson has been called the ‘American Shakespeare’ because of his memorable characters, profound themes, and beautiful lyrical monologues. Before he died in 2005, Wilson wrote a 10-play Century Cycle, each play representing African American life in a decade of the twentieth century. The August Wilson Red Door Project hosts the national competition in Portland each year. High school students learn and perform Wilson’s monologues. They receive professional training and support, and finalists go to New York to compete at the August Wilson theatre on Broadway against participants from nine other cities.”

Sarracenia Northwest Open House”, Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, 10AM-4PM, Eagle Creek, OR. $10 per vehicle which entitles you to pick up a free plant. Preregistration required; register online: Come see a really unique carnivorous plant nursery not normally open to the public and meet the wonderful people who grow these unusual plants!

Catio Tour”, Saturday, September 12, 10AM-2PM. Preregistration required; register online: “What do cat-lovers and bird-lovers have in common? “Every cat deserves a safe home where it is loved, cared for and kept free from hazards. Yet, right now, tens of thousands of cats roam our urban landscape, vulnerable to a variety of risks and preying on native wildlife. The goal of this unique event is to educate our community about how outdoor cat enclosures keep pet cats and wildlife safe. We hope to inspire others to build one for their own cats! Catios offer pet cats healthy exercise time as well as safety from outdoor hazards like cars, predators and poisons. It’s a win-win! The Catio Tour will include a variety of different catios in the Portland metro area - all different than those on the past tours. About a week before the event we will email participants a complete guidebook, including catio photos and construction information, as well as directions for this self-guided tour.”

2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. $5 day use fee per vehicle. “One of the first units to take command of the new Fort Stevens, in the 1860's, was the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C. There will be camp life demonstrations, drills, and actual cannon fire throughout each day. Displays of various cannon munitions are on hand with dedicated history buffs sharing how these were used in battle.”

Aquifer Adventure”, Saturday, September 12, 12PM-4PM, NE 166th Ave. and Airport Way, Pdx. Free. “Join us September 12th from Noon-4 PM at Aquifer Adventure for an afternoon of piratical fun. Big and little pirates alike are invited to this free family festival all about groundwater, with free T-shirts for the first 300 kids! This event is full of hands-on activities, giving participants of all ages the chance to learn about hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows below your feet! Come dressed in your finest pirate togs, or just learn to speak like a pirate when you arrive. Educators will help young scientists navigate a larger than life aquifer; learn the obstacles that our water travels through on its way to our drinking water supply. Young pirates will make their own edible aquifer and discover how delicious learning can be. As a family, make a household cleaner that really works and is a green alternative to harsh chemicals. Take a ride on a pirate ship (disguised as extra-stable canoe bi-marans) and voyage in search of a treasure island. The trips provide safe fun for the whole family on the slow-moving Columbia Slough. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, and a canoe captain to steer - you provide the paddling muscle and curiosity. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible. Visitors can make their own pirate hats and other crafts, enjoy face-painting, and more. Aquifer Adventure is sure to bring out the pirate – scientist in you!”

Tinker Lab: Phenakistoscope”, Saturday, September 12, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for ages 4-10 with a parent. “Make an early animation device - the phenakistoscope.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, September 12, 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.”

Animation for Everyone”, Saturday, September 12, 12PM, Tigard Library. “Learn how to create a short film using free online tools. This crash course in animation will walk you through all the important steps to create fun exciting animations and how to upload them to the Internet.”

MAX Orange Line Grand Opening”, Saturday, September 12, 11AM- 6PM. “It's time to catch, and enjoy, the MAX Orange Line! All rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free on September 12, bringing riders and families from all over the region to a day of adventure and fun. A variety of activities and entertainment will be offered at many of the newly opened MAX Orange Line stations.” Details TBA:

Tilikum Village”, Saturday, September 12, 11AM-6PM, Zidell Yards, 3030 SW Moody Ave., Pdx. “The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will host a family-friendly Native American village with many activities at the foot of Tilikum Crossing in South Waterfront.” Schedule here:

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

Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow”, Saturday, September 12, 12PM-10PM, NAYA Family Center, 5133 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. “The Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. We use this opportunity each year to honor members of our community for their contribution to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders. Since 2010, the powwow has drawn friends and families from within the Native community, welcoming the public to gather in festivities celebrating Native culture and tradition. This time is special for many as they share and practice Native dances, music, art, food and community. NAYA celebrates the tradition of powwow with dance competition for men and women of all ages. Our Tiny Tots exhibition dancing showcases the youth of our community, and throughout the day dancers of all generations step out to display their talent and pride in Native Indian traditions.”

Portland Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, 10AM-5PM, OMSI. $15 adults, $10 ages 3-13 and seniors. Two day passes are $25 adults and $15 youth and seniors, 50% discount for OMSI members. “Tickets to the 2015 Portland Mini Maker Faire will include the entire OMSI campus. There will be three main areas of the faire: the north parking lot, the museum, and the bridge lot at the base of the Tilikum Crossing. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.”

Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair”, Saturday, September 12, 9AM-4PM, Esther Short Park, 8th and Columbia Sts., Vancouver. Free admission. “The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place. Admission is free! Bring the family! During the day, there will be many activities going on at the same time. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, dance and poetry. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children’s activities will be happening throughout the day.”

CRESA Community Expo”, Saturday, September 12, 11AM-2PM, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, 710 W. 13th St., Vancouver. Free. “Food and fun, interactive kid activities, high tech rescue repelling, 911 dispatch center tours, emergency operations center, search and rescue animals, K9 police dog demos, lots of awesome vehicles including antique fire trucks and EMS, rescue teams, SWAT BearCat, Marine Rescue boats, and a bomb squad robot!”

The Columbian’s 125th Anniversary Celebration”, Saturday, September 12, 12PM-2PM, The Columbian, 701 W. 8th St., Vancouver. Free. “Help celebrate Vancouver's daily newspaper's 125th birthday with this family-friendly event. It will be an afternoon of games, face painting, giveaways and a meet and greet with Columbian Editor Lou Brancaccio! Our mascot, Columbo the dog will be taking photos with kids. Want to see where your local newspaper has been coming from all these years? Sign up to take a tour of the Columbian's press and packaging rooms and see the giant press and rolls of newsprint! Esoteric BBQ will be on site selling items from their delicious menu and we will be serving free lemonade!”

Anyone’s Domain: A Poetry Writing Workshop”, Saturday, September 12, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online:’s-domain-writing-workshop/45338 Presented by poet Paulann Petersen. “Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you. Join me in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, we’ll make exhilarating plunge into language.”

Rose City Live Model Horse Show”, Saturday, September 12, 8AM- 6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “Model horse showing is a hobby built around the collection of scale model horses, with equal focus on honoring the live horse show rules as well as the artistic merit of the miniatures. Exhibitors present their model horses in person, alongside the models of other hobbyists, in appropriate breed, color, or other classes to be judged by a trained judge. Often ribbons and other prizes are awarded.”

Birds and Columbia Flyway”, Saturday, September 12, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Join us for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds.”

Charlotte’s Waxy Book”, Saturday, September 12, 1PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Make a rich and mysterious art assemblage with an old book, encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) and a Frozen Charlotte doll! Your 3-D art piece will also incorporate, oil paint, found objects, recycled materials and specialty papers. You will learn how to fuse the encaustic medium, color the wax and carve niches into the waxed book. Each student will receive a genuine antique Frozen Charlotte doll. You'll leave with a unique work of art you'll want to display in your home!”

Campfires and Candlelight”, Saturday, September 12, 4PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. “Join us for our biggest living history event of the year! Over 150 costumed volunteers will reenact nearly 200 years of history at our 32nd annual Campfires and Candlelight! Outside the fort, talk to soldiers from World War I, watch Civil War reenactors demonstrate historic weapons, and play games from the 1840s with residents of the Fort Vancouver employee Village. Inside the fort, transport yourself to an evening in 1846, when the USS Shark wrecked at the mouth of the Columbia River. Reenactors will be bustling around preparing relief supplies for the wrecked ship's crew members, who were transported to Fort Vancouver. This free family-friendly event is a fantastic and fun way to see the fort by candlelight and learn about the history of the Pacific Northwest!”

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations: Bobbin Lace”, Saturday, September 12, 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 Day and Pioneer Village”, Saturday, September 12, 9AM-3PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Celebrate the installation of Hillsboro’s reproduction Oregon Trail wagon that traveled the On-to-Oregon Cavalcade in 1959– one of only four cavalcade wagons left in existence. Guests will be able to enter the wagon and experience pioneer life in the Museum from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. This expanded Family Day will also feature a Pioneer Village in the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Don’t miss entertaining stage performances, demonstrations of pioneer craftsmanship, and hands-on fun. Youth participants will have a chance to perform household chores, build log cabins, and play pioneer games. All ages are invited. This event is open and free to the public.”

Paint Your Own Van Gogh”, Saturday, September 12, 3PM, Belmont Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Monday, September 14, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Addie Boswell. “You needn’t have painting experience to emulate techniques of the masters, especially the clean lines and bold colors of modern art. Vincent van Gogh’s art is notable for deep colors, clear brushstrokes and a sense of movement. In this guided workshop, learn acrylic paintskills and a little art history while creating your own version of Van Gogh’s iconic landscapes Leave with a completed 11x14” canvas and introductory skills in color mixing, composition, and layering.”

The Harp Is Hip”, Saturday, September 12, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $16 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. “The Harp Can be Hip! Get up close and personal with a six foot concert harp. Discover the wide range of music, from antique to modern, written for the harp. Presented by Denise Fujikawa, who plays with the cats in the Portland Opera Orchestra.”

"Portland Oregon Paper Shapers", Sunday, September 13, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. "Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it."

Soul River's Celebration of Wild Steelhead”, Sunday, September 13, 11AM -5PM, McCoy Park, N. Trenton St. and N. Newman Ave., Pdx. Free. “This free community event spreads knowledge about the river, the importance of steelhead, and the art of fly fishing to the city. There will be lots of art, community, and the funk and soul music of Speaker Minds. And they're giving away 200 free fly rod packages to the first 200 youth in attendance!”

Jayanthi Raman Presents Bharatha Natyam”, Sunday, September 13 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “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.”

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival”, Sunday, September 13, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Hawaii through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, a commemorative lei workshop, and a lively marketplace. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii. The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to ‘live aloha.’ With Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, hula, music and flower making workshops honor this special culture.”

Survival Fires”, Sunday, September 13, 11AM-2PM, Oxbow Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Park Rd., Gresham. $6 per person or $11 per family plus a $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “You are lost and the storm clouds are gathering as night descends. Could you light a fire in the soggy woods? Join naturalist Dan Daly in this family oriented class to learn how to light a one-match fire in the toughest conditions. Participants use knives during class, and the safe conduct of young children is the responsibility of their guardians.” They suggest this class for families with kids ages 4 and up. I don’t understand why they don’t instead recommend it for those old enough to carve with a knife themselves so that they can participate.

Celebrate Cedar”, Sunday, September 13, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. “The Western Red Cedar tree is highly regarded by many Native Peoples in the Northwest for the role that it plays in their lifeways and culture. Throughout time, Cedar has supported the needs of people by providing homes, clothing, canoes, medicine, and many other items. Many of these Cedar traditions are still vibrant in Native communities today. Join us for cedar processing and weaving demonstrations, naturalist lead hike at 2PM, cedar bark pounding, cedar plank splitting demos, and more!”

Become an Astrogeologist”, Sunday, September 13, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10; discount for members. Preregistration required; register online: “ravel the solar system with OMSI educators and compare the geologic features on Earth to our cosmic neighbors. Investigate planets, moons and meteors through hands-on and small group activities. Create impact craters in flour and lava patterns in cake batter. Allergy note: activities use flour.”

Author Talk, “Steve McQuiddy”, Sunday, September 13, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Steve McQuiddy discusses his book, “Here on the Edge: How a Small Group of World War II Conscientious Objectors Took Art and Peace from the Margins to the Mainstream”.

Middle East Festival”, Sunday, September 13, 12PM-7PM, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 NE 162nd Ave., Pdx. “Church tours throughout the afternoon. Evening Vespers at 6PM. Gyros and falafel sandwiches, chicken kebabs, meat and spinach pies, Arabic pastries, sweets and coffee, Italian sodas, Middle East crafts, religious jewelry and Orthodox Christian materials, children’s games and activities. We welcome everyone to join us in celebrating our faith and heritage.”

White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Sunday, September 13, 2:30PM, Hillsdale Library. “Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the state remains one of the whitest in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse, inclusive communities despite the accomplishments since the civil rights era. What does the racial integration of place require of us, and how might we prepare to create and embrace this opportunity?”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Monday, September 14, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B; and Thursday, September 24, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Are you considering homeschooling or just getting started? Are you currently homeschooling and looking for more ideas and support? Members of the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) will present information on local resources, legal requirements, homeschooling methods and much more. This is a great opportunity to meet seasoned homeschoolers and get answers to your questions. All ages with family.”

Food Entrepreneurism - Portland Style”, Monday, September 14, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Michael T. Morrissey, PhD, Professor in Food Science and Technology and Director of the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center in Portland. “Ever think about what it takes to get that ‘hot’ new food product on the retail shelf of your favorite grocery store? Ever dream of developing a ‘super-food’ that will be nutritious as well as good tasting? Welcome to the world of Food Entrepreneurism which has taken off in the Portland area as well as many metropolitan areas across the U.S. Discover what is in the DNA of food entrepreneurs and what it means to explore the world of food science, culinology, business, marketing, consumer evaluation, and production management.”

1860s One Room Schoolhouse”, Monday, September 14, 7PM, Beaverton Activity Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd., Beaverton. Donations requested. “Champoeg DAR Museums, including the Newell House, Butteville Academy, and Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin (collectively known as the Newell Pioneer Village) share a part of our rich pioneer history through living history tours to students throughout the school year. This September 'Miss Elliott,' dressed in period dress, will be sharing a class similar to the one portrayed at the Butteville Academy. Attendees will be 'students' for our classroom. Ellen Crauthers, a former homeschool teacher herself, portrays a pioneer teacher (Miss Elliott) for the Butteville Academy. 'I have always been interested in 1800’s history and when a good friend suggested that I place an ad in the homeschool letter which I was publishing at the time, I thought that perhaps I would try out for the role myself!' Ellen has just finished her seventh year as the schoolmarm. In the school program, students are introduced to the etiquette of the 1863 school day, learn a little bit about the history of our flag, and work on arithmetic problems from a text actually used during the 1860’s. Like the other living history interpreters dotting the Champoeg museums, she is enthusiastic about showing and telling history in a way that makes our pioneer history come to life for the many students who experience the school program.”

Book Talk, “Michael Helquist
”, Monday, September 14, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx; and Thursday, September 17, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. Michael Helquist presents his book, “Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions”. “Marie Equi explores the fiercely independent life of an extraordinary woman. Born of Italian-Irish parents in 1872, Marie Equi endured childhood labor in a gritty Massachusetts textile mill before fleeing to an Oregon homestead with her first longtime woman companion, who described her as impulsive, earnest, and kind-hearted. These traits, along with courage, stubborn resolve, and a passion for justice, propelled Equi through an unparalleled life journey. Marie Equi is a finely written, rigorously researched account of a woman of consequence, who one fellow-activist considered ‘the most interesting woman that ever lived in this state, certainly the most fascinating, colorful, and flamboyant.’ This much-anticipated biography will engage anyone interested in Pacific Northwest history, women's studies, the history of lesbian and gay rights, and the personal demands of political activism.”

Author Talk, “Andra Watkins”, Tuesday, September 15. 7PM, Garden Home Library. Andra Watkins presents her book, “Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace”. “Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days. After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father.”

Magic of Mali”, Tuesday, September 15, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Meyer Room. “Kathie Loveall and friend Sue spent a magical 16 days in Mali meeting people of many cultures, hearing stories, music, and legends, climbing cliffs, even sleeping a night at the 5000 Star Hotel. The trip, a fulfillment of a 10-year dream, was more than they hoped for yet left them with a desire to return. The pair will share stories, photos and treasures from their adventure.”

Seed Saving”, Tuesday, September 15, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Learn the fundamentals of saving seeds. Once you are familiar with these concepts you can easily save just about any seed you want. Presented by Clackamas County Master Gardeners.”

Author Talk, “T. Edward Bak”, Tuesday, September 15, 7PM, Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. T. Edward Bak presents his graphic novel, “Island of Memory”. “ ‘Island of Memory’, T Edward Bak’s first volume of ‘Wild Man – The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller’, examines the human condition within the natural order at the extremes of the unknown. Part natural history, part adventure yarn and part experimental narrative, this 72-page full-color fever dream is the artistic realization of Bak’s inquiry into the socio-ecological consequences of empire. Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709-1746) journeyed as a naturalist with the historic Second Kamchatka Expedition, which brought the Russians to Siberia and Alaska in the 18th century. Steller’s first-hand descriptions of the natural and human worlds at this crossroads of continents illuminate the unique confluence of culture and ecology binding North America to Asia via the North Pacific.”

“Tomato Tasting”, Tuesday, September 15, 9:30AM, Demonstration Garden, Washington County Fairgrounds, NE 28th. Ave., Hillsboro. Free. “The public is invited to taste heirlooms, old standards and new varieties of tomatoes and vote for their favorites. Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left . Free event, no registration needed, free parking.”

Life After War”, Tuesday, September 15, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “When does a war end? Does it ever? Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield or firefight, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home. The trials of homecoming are vast and complex, often resonating with tales of Odysseus' journey back to Ithaca from the Trojan War. This is the focus of ‘Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home,’ a free conversation with photographer Jim Lommasson. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.”

Why Are There 284 Holes in My New Shoes?” Tuesday, September 15, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply Co., 427 Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by Bob Hambly. “Bob takes a look at some of the unusual and often functionless design details found in everyday life from areas like fashion, architecture and product design. Gain insights into the history of these design details and why they have remained a part of the design vernacular – even after losing their original purpose.”

My Piñata”, Wednesday, September 16, 4PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online:ñata-my-pinata/48467 “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.”

Bridgestories- A Storytelling Slideshow”, Wednesday, September 16, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Sharon Wood Wortman, author of ‘The Big and Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver’ and ‘The Portland Bridge Book’, will share images and stories from more than 20 years of studying and leading tours of our region’s many bridges. Learn how model bridges are built and tested. Books available for sale and signing.”

Flower Crowns Workshop for Teens”, Wednesday, September 16, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; call 5030615-6500. “This workshop will teach you how to make your own beautiful flower crown.”

Planning For Spring--Preparing Your Garden in the Fall”, Wednesday, September 16, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Learn how to improve and protect soil, get a leg up on destructive insects and which plants can be grown over the winter at Planning For Spring--Preparing Your Garden in the Fall with Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Kris LaMar.”

OMSI Presents, “Cowabunga Chemistry”, Wednesday, September 16, 1:30PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for grades K-5. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4747 after Sept. 9 to register. “Join us for some amazing slimy, gooey fun! We will measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with strange and surprising properties.”

OMSI Presents, “Radical Reactions”, Wednesday, September 16, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4747 after Sept. 9 to register. “Join us as we learn all about the pHabulous world of acids, bases and indicators using chemicals like dry ice and disappearing ink.”

Volunteering 101”, Wednesday, September 16, 6PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., 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.”

La Luna Nueva”, Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 26, Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. Ticket prices vary. “Milagro’s multidisciplinary festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, dance and theatre, focusing on children and family-friendly entertainment. Joyfully committed to collaboration and diversity, La Luna Nueva’s line-up will feature Latino and non-Latino cultural performances of live music, dance, theatre, fun workshops, and more all geared for kids and families.” Details here:

Author Talk, “David Moskowitz”, Thursday, September 17, 6PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5-$15 sliding scale at the door. David Moskowitz discusses his book, “Wolves in the Land of Salmon”. “Long considered and icon of the wild, wolves capture our imagination and spark controversy. Their return to the mountains, old-growth forests and wild coastlines of the Pacific Northwest renews age-old questions about the value of wildlands and wildlife. Join us for an evening of stunning photography and stories from wild landscapes across the Pacific Northwest about the life history, ecology, and conservation of our region’s apex carnivore.”

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest”, Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20, Mt. Angel, OR. Prices vary depending on days attended. “In the heart of Oregon's hop growing region, Mount Angel's Oktoberfest brings 350,000 people to the Bavarian village every September. The Northwest's oldest and best loved Folk Festival - celebrates the fruits of the harvest, with a nice focus on hops! German style biers, Northwest craft brew favorites, lots of wine, and a bit of cider are served in 4 Biergartens, each showcasing different favorites. There is something for everyone at the Mount Angel Oktoberfest.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, September 17, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.”

Pixel Game Tour”, Friday, September 18, 3:45PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Monday, September 28, 3:30PM, Midland Library. “Pixel Arts is coming to a library near you for a tour of games made by teens. Come play and hear how these games were made.”

Gut Bustin’ Games Night”, Friday, September 18, 4PM-8PM, Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery, 8231 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton. Suggested donation $5 adult, $4 senior, $3 ages 6-18, free for kids 5 and under. “This will be a blast! Jaw-droppingly great and irreverent game designer Lisa Steenson from Washington will be here to talk about her company Gut Bustin' Games and their terrific line-up of games. Bring your pink flamingoes and lawn gnomes and join us for Oh Gnome You Don't, Redneck Life, Trailer Park Wars, Cheap Shot and the latest from Gut Bustin' Games. This will be a blast! Jaw-droppingly great and irreverent game designer Lisa Steenson from Washington will be here to talk about her company Gut Bustin' Games and their terrific line-up of games. Bring your pink flamingoes and lawn gnomes and join us for Oh Gnome You Don't, Redneck Life, Trailer Park Wars, Cheap Shot and the latest from Gut Bustin' Games.”

BJ the Clown”, Friday, September 18, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Everyone’s favorite local clown is back with an exciting hour of comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling, puppetry and physical comedy.”

Author Talk, “Heidi Schulz”
, Friday, September 18, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Heidi Schulz discusses her book, “Hook's Revenge, Book 2: The Pirate Code”.

Filible’s Folly Model Rocket Launches”, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, Sheridan, OR. “Waiver is 5,400 feet AGL. Launch times Saturday is from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Public night launches available on Saturday. Launch fees for non-members and their families are $20 for the weekend for high power (H impulse and above), and $10 for the weekend for low power (A-G impulse). All launches at Sheridan are sanctioned under NAR.” Details here:

Concert, “Vellamo”, Saturday, September 19, 11:30AM, Beaverton Library Auditorium; Saturday, September 19, 2:30PM, Canby Library; Thursday, September 24, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library; Saturday, September 26, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery; and Saturday, September 26, 4PM, Belmont Library. “Come join us for the Finnish folk pop duo, Vellamo, on their Northern Beat 2015 – Tour. Vellamo is the performing and songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia's ethereal lead vocals and Joni's virtuosic guitar stylings. They write instantly memorable songs in English as well as their native Finnish, and also perform traditional ballads from the Finnish, Celtic and Scandinavian folk traditions.”

"Five Petal Origami Flowers", Saturday, September 19, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland 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!"

Portland Polish Festival”, Saturday, September 19, 11AM-10PM, and Sunday, September 20, 12PM-6PM, outdoors at the Polish Library, 3900 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone. During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.”

25th Annual Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, September 19, Forest Grove. Free to watch and $12 to participate, pastel chalk provided. Details here:

Monumental Moments”, Saturday, September 19, 4:30PM, Pioneer Cemetery, entrance on Tualatin Valley Hwy. westbound near SW 17th Ave., Hillsboro. $8. Preregistration required; register online: “See history come alive! Actors will perform vignettes about the lives of various early Hillsboro residents who served in the Civil War. Dressed in period costumes, they will tell visitors about the life of their ‘character’ on walking tours that run from 4:30-9 pm.”

Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration”, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, Hood River County. “Bring family and friends and have fun at our celebration at the peak of pear harvest. Check out many varieties of locally grown fresh pears, pear desserts, pear wine, live music, BBQs, lavender farms, alpaca babies and more. Many farms have picnic areas.”

Seattle Fiestas Patrias”, Saturday, September 19, 12PM- 10:30PM, and Sunday, September 20, 12PM-6PM, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the nations of Latin America through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Dance to live mariachi music, join in a children’s soccer clinic and learn how Latin American countries celebrate independence from Spanish rule. Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebrates diversity and the Latino community in Western Washington.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, September 19, 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.”

Sugar Skulls”, Saturday, September 19, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Day of the Dead celebration and its traditions. Participants will paint their own edible sugar skull and dedicate it to an ancestor or loved one. Why sugar? Throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead is a celebration of joyful remembrance, and the sweetness of sugar reminds us of joy. Nuestro Canto will also explain the special place that sugar skulls have in honoring our ancestors.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, September 19, 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.”

Oregon Trail Live!”, Saturday, September 19, 1-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Spectators $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 kids 6-17. Team tickets are $30 in advance to participate. “Dying of dysentery* will reach new heights of fun this September when the beloved Oregon Trail computer game comes to life once again at Oregon Trail Live IV. On September 19, teams will face challenges like hunting, grave digging, caulking and floating their wagons (actually cleverly decorated take-out containers) and carrying 200 pounds of meat. Between tasks, teams and spectators can enjoy the full size covered wagon, blacksmiths working in the forge, music, food, farm animals and adult beverages in Miss Milly's Saloon, Dance Hall, Gambling Den and Arm Wrestling Emporium. Arm wrestling optional. *IMPORTANT NOTE: No one will actually die of dysentery.”

Rose City Comic Con”, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. “Portland's premier Pop-Culture event. Rose City Comic Con is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly event for everyone! While our primary focus is that of Comics, comic creators, and the creative process, Rose City Comic Con also provides it's attendees with access to Gaming, Sci-Fi, Cosplay, Anime, Fantasy, and everything in between. Our goal is to provide you with a rewarding, fun, and family friendly experience at our event. We hope you'll join us this September for the 4th annual Rose City Comic Con!”

CouvFestNW”, Saturday, September 19, 12PM-10PM, and Sunday, September 20, 12PM- 7PM, 9th St. and Main St., Vancouver. “CouvFest NW is a FREE, all ages annual Block Party Festival showcasing Vancouver, Washington's musical talent on two stages for two days (Sept 19 and 20, 2015). This year we've added a 21+ Beer Garden!”

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Observance”, Saturday, September 19, 9:45AM reception, 11AM Program, Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver. “The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) invites you to join us in honoring and remembering those who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, as well as their families.”

Sturgeon Festival”, Saturday, September 19, 10AM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Join the annual Celebration of Columbia River Ecosystems. Every year the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems on the third Saturday in September. This free, fun family event offers opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. The festival will start off with a breathtaking Birds of Prey Show and will wrap up with an amazing Live Reptile Show. Other highlights include the popular fish dissections and colorful Eartha the Ecological Clown. This is a partnership event with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.” Schedule here:

Coptic Stitch Notebook”, Saturday, September 19, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Sonya Richards. “Make your own journal from scratch. You’ll learn how to bind your book using the four needle coptic stitch, an ancient binding technique which allows your journal to lay completely flat when open. Perfect for making your own notebooks, albums and journals.”

Autumnal Equinox Star Party”, Wednesday, September 19, 7PM, 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: “On Saturday, September 19, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Moon and more!.”

2015 Walk to End Slavery”, Saturday, September 19, 2PM-4PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and SW Yamhill St., Pdx. Free. “Join Youth Ending Slavery for our annual Walk to End Slavery! Along with informational booths regarding our organization and the issue, we will have an impactful speaking program before embarking on a mile-long loop through downtown Portland to raise our voices and signs. The event is completely free, but there will be t-shirts, baked goods, and other merchandise available for purchase to support YES.”

Inclined Planes and Wedges for Teens”, Saturday, September 19, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Students explore physics using inclined planes and wedges. They construct devices and then modify them to learn about motion, force and effort.”

Eco-Blitz”, Saturday, September 19, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood; Sunday, September 20, Waterhouse trail, Beaverton and NW Portland; and Saturday, September 26, 7AM- 2PM, Vancouver Lake. “Be a citizen scientist and contribute to our region's species inventory! We often wonder about the various life forms around us. Numerous species surveys are conducted throughout the Portland-Vancouver region, but the resulting data is not always accessible. The Intertwine Alliance Portland-Vancouver Regional Eco-Blitz Series will establish continuous species identification events and make the data transparent and accessible to all.” Details and preregistration info here:

Reception, “In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez”, Saturday, September 19, 3PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Exhibition runs through September 27. “In celebration of 500 years of Latino History, the library is hosting In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez exhibition with a reception featuring local Latino activists in Oregon. Learn about the successes and struggles of Latinos in our community as we look forward to another 500 years. There will be live entertainment from Bajo Salario Collective Band and light refreshments.”

Salamanders to Stars”, Saturday, September 19, 6PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is pleased to invite you and your family to join us for an evening of nature, science and fun. Take a look at animal tracks, study skulls, investigate insects and go on a twilight hike with one of our trained naturalists. Learn about owls and what they cough up, visit the art table and make a cool craft, check out the Exhibit Hall, eat some free popcorn and have a great time! Then we'll do some stargazing with Rose City Astronomers, weather permitting. Volunteers will provide telescopes and share views of celestial objects with the public. All age family friendly event.”

Bug Blast”, Sunday, September 20, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, University of Washington, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and kids 5 and up, and free for ages 4 and under. “Buzz on over to the Burke to make some new six- and eight-legged friends. See thousands of specimens from the Burke collection, meet live bugs (including a honeybee hive) and other bug-lovers, taste buggy treats and more! Special Guest: Scott Peterson, The Reptile Man! This year in conjunction with our ‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’ exhibit, Bug Blast is adding more creepy-crawly fun! Join Zoologist Scott Petersen, AKA ‘The Reptile Man,’ as he presents live reptiles from around the world. Pet and hold snakes, an alligator, lizards and a turtle. Shows at 10:30 am, 12 pm and 1:30 pm. Make your own bug inspector badge. First 350 bug inspectors get a free magnifying glass. Touch live bugs like tarantulas and cockroaches—if you dare! See beetles, butterflies and more from the Burke's insect collection that are only viewable at Bug Blast, and bugs from private collections on display for the first time. Get a bug's eye view with insect eye glasses. Be brave and try a bug-filled treat!”

Concert, “Koto Music by Mitsuki Dazai”, Sunday, September 20, 3PM, Tualatin Library at the library hearth. “Enjoy an afternoon of music as Mitsuki Dazai brings the traditional Japanese koto to life. The koto features thirteen strings that can be tuned to many scales, and creates unique tones as the musician bends and plucks the strings, and has been part of Japanese music since the eighth century. Free for all ages!”

Screening, “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”, Sunday, September 20, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Monday, September 21, 6PM, Holgate Library. A few of Mr. Weiwei’s sculptures are on display through Sept. 13 at Portland Art Museum. “Ai Weiwei has a serious problem with authority: The Chinese government not only kidnapped and imprisoned the world-renowned artist in a secret location for protesting its repressive policies, but after his release it conducted a show trial on baseless charges of tax evasion and pornography. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, a stunning and stirring documentary by Andreas Johnsen, dissects the persecution and shows how the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe.”

Trolley Talk”, Sunday, September 20, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “The program is an historical presentation with Richard Thompson on ‘Willamette Valley Railways’, the electric interurban railways that rain throughout the area in the early 20th century.”

Phad Thai Noodles”, Monday, September 21, 6PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Nang’s Kitchen. “Phad Thai is a traditional Thai dish that is loved and enjoyed by many. Come join our cook and learn how to make this dish for your friends and family. The group will prepare this simple noodle dish together and sample their creation at the end of class.” 

Concert, “John Twist on 12-string Guitar”, Monday, September 21, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Local acoustic string performer John Twist will perform a unique blend of folk, blues, Appalachian and Celtic music on 12-string guitar, then discuss the creative process of songwriting and musical composition.”

PILOT Your Way Through Stress: A Holistic Approach For The Entire Family”, Monday, September 21, 6PM, Northwest Library. (preregistration required; register online:; and Tuesday, September 22, 6:30PM, Hillsdale Library (preregistration required; register online: “Hands on class to learn basic skills one can use and implement in their daily lives to reduce stress, lessen the chaos at home, school and work, find more connection and calm for the whole family. Stephana will teach her signature method PILOT Your Way. Open to anyone looking for a more holistic way to handle life in today's hectic world.”

Building the Columbia River Highway”, Tuesday, September 22, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Meet author Peg Willis, author of ‘Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn't Be Done’. This book is the culmination of over ten years of research into the origins of this miracle road - referred to at the time of its completion as ‘the king of roads’ and ‘a poem in stone’.”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin! Pop! Boom!”, Tuesday, September 22, 6:30PM, West Linn Library Community Room. “How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging ‘magic’ trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing! “ 

The Quince: An Unexpected Journey”, Tuesday, September 22, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. All ages. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Sue Queisser, food scientist and owner of Melarova Baking. The history and science of the quince fruit.

Peace Corps Today: Botswana”, Tuesday, September 22, 7PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Anna M. Shaw, a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, will share stories and pictures of her work in Botswana.”

Keeping Tabs on America: Surveillance and You”, Tuesday, September 22, 6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Recent revelations about government surveillance, including Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents, have renewed worldwide attention to questions around privacy. Why is privacy important? What are the uses of surveillance? What are the dangers? Independent scholar and writer Kristian Williams will lead participants in a conversation about the scope and consequences of government surveillance, as well as ethical and legal limits of surveillance practices.”

Screening, “Beats of the Antonov”, Wednesday, September 23, 6:30PM, Belmont Library. “Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them.”

Urban Beekeeping”, Wednesday, September 23, 6:30PM, Wednesday, September 23, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Glen Andresen, a local beekeeping expert with Portland Urban Beekeepers, will introduce backyard beekeeping principles, highlighting the unique qualities of honey bees.”

Corn Husk Figurines: Gods and Imaginative Creatures”, Wednesday, September 23, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library (preregistration required; call 503-615-6500); and Saturday, September 26, 12PM, Holgate Library. In these Hands-on workshops, participants will use their imaginations to explore animals, characters and fantasy to make their unique creations. They will also learn how ancient cultures are inspired by nature to make their arts and crafts. Why corn?...For the Aztec or Mexica cosmogony, corn is the element that sustains the world and the essence of all creation; it was of corn that the first gods were made of and after them all the world as we know it right now. Many native cultures around the world share this connection with this malleable element.”

Oregon’s Alpenfest”, Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, Wallowa County, OR. Adults $15, children $7. “Join us for a fun-filled four-day celebration of Swiss and Bavarian culture, cuisine and liquid refreshment in Wallowa County, Oregon's Little Switzerland. You'll enjoy our 2015 festival, which runs Thursday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 27. Visit Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake to enjoy polka music, folk dancing, alphorn blowing and Swiss yodeling plus Joseph Trading Post bratwurst, the official sausage of Alpenfest; Alpenfest Sauerkraut, and Terminal Gravity Alpenfest Ale.”

TinkerCAD for Beginners”, Thursday, September 24, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Ages 13 and up. Preregistration required; register online. “This introductory class will get you started using computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 3D objects. Students will learn to use Tinkercad, a free, web-based design program, and will have an opportunity to submit their creation for printing by one of the library's 3D printers. Registration required online or at the library.”

Northwest Quilting Expo”, Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25, 9AM- 5:30PM, and Saturday, September 26, 9AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Adults $10, 3 day ticket $27, free for children 11 and under. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

Sew Your Own Stuffed Alien Monster for Teens”, Friday, September 25, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. “Learn the life skill of hand sewing by stitching together a unique and adorable stuffed Alien Monster. These 8" monsters are designed by Ms. Monica and each have their own names and unique characteristics. Students can also able customize their own monsters by using different colored thread, embellishments, names and personalities.”

For Teens: Assassination at the Superhero Convention”, Friday, September 25, 6PM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; sign up for your superhero by contacting Aimee at 503-691-3083 or “Be your own superhero! The superheroes of the Justice Confederation received their summons to the Annual Superhero Assembly with the primary discussion topic being apprehending the notorious villain Da Bomb. Da Bomb was assembling an army of robotic bombs to take over the world. They must devise a strategy to stop Da Bomb and fast! Come in costume and be prepared for shenanigans and hijinks!”

"Oaks Park Oktoberfest", Friday, September 25. 3PM-12AM; Saturday, September 26, 11AM-12AM; and Sunday, September 27, 11AM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $5 adults and teens 16 and up, $3 seniors and $2 kids 15 and under. "This annual festival features authentic German food and beer, live oompah bands, polka dancing, wiener dog races, cooking demonstrations, Kinderplatz children's area, and more. Children are welcome in all event venues, all hours."

Raptor Identification and Migration”, Friday, September 25, 7PM, Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Hawks, eagles, and falcons can be challenging to identify, particularly in flight. If you would like some help with this group, this class is for you! Hone your newly learned identification skills on a Saturday field trip to Bonney Butte, a hawk migration study site near Mt. Hood. This location offers an opportunity to see migrating raptors that use the uplift provided by this site to propel them on their way to their wintering grounds. Instructor Shawneen Finnegan once lived in one of the most famous hawk-watching locations in North America (Cape May, New Jersey), where she observed thousands of hawks each fall.”

American Indian Day Celebration”, Friday, September 25, 12PM-7PM, Grand Entry 3PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “Join the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and other local Indian organizations for American Indian Day Celebration. The event will include Northwest Tribal leaders, Indian advocates, drum groups, dancers, and arts and crafts vendors who will share their talents and experiences with the Portland community.”

Portland Juggling Festival Vaudeville Extravaganza", Saturday, September 26, 7PM, Reed College Kaul Auditorium.  Campus is at 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. and there is a campus map here: $16 adults, $10 students, $8 kids 12 and under and seniors.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration”, Saturday, September 26, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We will celebrate with a music and dance performance by Grupo Azteca Huitzilopochitl, face painting, and fun activities for children. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.”

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival”, Saturday, September 26, 2PM, Woodstock Library. “Formosa Association of Student Culture Ambassadors will celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival with you by introducing the story of Yu-Tu, the Jade Rabbit on the Moon, and teaching you how to make snow skin moon cakes and tissue rabbits.”

Hands-On Woodshop”, Saturday, September 26, 1:30PM, Tigard Library. All ages. {“ Use tools and your imagination to create projects out of wood. Make your own bulletin board, funny wooden animal, buoyant boat and anything else you can dream up!”

Destroyed by an Earthquake: San Francisco 1906”, Saturday, September 26, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Using dramatic archival images, author and speaker Sig Unander tells the story of the aftermath of the magnitude 8 earthquake that struck San Francisco at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation.”

Acorn Pudding and Extracting Volatile Oils”, Saturday, September 26, 8AM-12PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx. Sliding scale- see registration details: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

Cornbread Day”, Saturday, September 26, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Free. Donations accepted for freshly milled flour. “You think you know cornbread? Today you'll see cornbread made with fruit jam, hot peppers, bacon, cheese, herbs, and you choose the best. 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.”

"Comic Con for Kids", Saturday, September 26, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library "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."

Floreo de Soga Mexican Roping”, Saturday, September 26, 11AM, North Portland 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.”

Italian Festival”, Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 10AM- 7PM. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Italy through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The Italian Festival is a ‘Celebration of All Things Italian.’ Food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the ‘old country’.”

Chayag Magical Journey to the Andes”, Saturday, September 26, 3PM, Gresham Library. Bilingual. “During the presentation Chayag musicians and dancers perform songs with a variety of folk instruments of the Andes. The presentation also includes a broad overview of the history, geography and Latin and South American culture. The narration of legends , anecdotes and stories are interwoven with traditional songs, dances, and melodies of flutes, charango, drums and guitars.”

Pulleys and Levers”, Saturday, September 26, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Presented by Saturday Academy. Suggested for grades 2 and up. “Investigate mechanical engineering by building your own simple machines using pulleys and levers. Construct machines and explore effort, load, and mechanical advantage.”

Free Day at Washington State Parks”, Saturday, September 26. Save $10! “In honor of National Public Lands Day, today is a State Parks free day and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park.”

Beginning Botanical Contour Illustration”, Saturday, September 26, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Suki Allen. “n this two hour class, you will learn the basics of ‘seeing’ botanical specimens and capturing their likeness with simple contour lines. This is a great class for folks who want to learn to draw, but have been afraid to start. Together we will uncover the mysteries of sketching! Students will work from both 2-D drawings and 3-D specimens and will leave class with a few completed drawing ready to frame.”

Classroom Discovery Days- Flights of Fancy”, Saturday, September 26, 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.”

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival”, Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby. All kinds of natural fiber arts celebrated and taught here! Hands-on activities, fiber craft demos, workshops, shearing demos, and a goat obstacle course!

Fall Moonrise Walk”, Saturday, September 26, 6:30PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Once a month make time in your day to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. This evening vivid colors pain the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select City of Hillsboro park sites. A Parks and Recreation naturalist will be on hand to help you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like.”

Acorn Processing”, Saturday, September 26, 3PM, Irving Park, NE Fremont St. and NE 7th Ave., Pdx. $5-10 suggested donation. Family friendly. Taught by Rewild Portland.

Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, Cheadle Lake, Lebanon, OR. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for kids 5 and under. “We anticipate over 400 reenactors presenting life within the Civil War in 1863. Along with specific scheduled demonstrations throughout the day there are people presenting their activities and struggles during the war. Camps and clothing are all period throughout the weekend. You can see how we cooked, cleaned, took care of equipment and horses and much more. Bleachers are available, but you can bring your lawn chairs. Concessions are also available throughout the day.” Details here:

Korean War Era Veterans and POW/MIA Remembrance Day”, Saturday, September 26, 2PM, Veterans Memorial Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA.

Cider Squeeze”, Saturday, September 26, 10AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. Bring your apples, press ours, or buy cider. Vendors, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family. We will have both the old and new parking lots available for this event. Cider pressing: If you’re bringing apples, please bring them to the new parking lot on Eagle Creek Road. Press cider from your own apples: $3.00/gallon. Press cider from our apples: $6.00/gallon. Limit of 2 gallons per family. Use our jugs: $1.00 each (jugs hold 1 gallon of cider). Pre-pressed, pasteurized cider: $7.00/gallon. Unlimited bulk squeeze Sunday, 2PM-6PM, free.

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; adults $9, seniors $8.50, students ages 6-18 $7, family pass for 2 adults and two students $28 and free for kids 5 and under. Clackamas County and Washington County Libraries also have a cultural pass for the garden. “Most cultures have a harvest festival and China is no exception. Zhong Qiu Jie, the Mid-Autumn Festival, has roots back to ancient times and is an important traditional Chinese holiday. Taking place on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is usually on or close to the time of the Harvest Moon when the moon appears at its fullest during the autumnal equinox. Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, at Lan Su Chinese Garden this September 26 and 27!”

Harvest Festival and Sukkot Celebration”, Sunday, September 27, 1PM, Bella Organic Farm, 16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Pdx. Free. RSVPs requested: “Learn about the Jewish Sukkot holiday with music, storytelling, gourd-decorating, and information about sustainable living and hunger issues at this special celebration.”

Rattan Basketry”, Sunday, September 27, 1PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Using round and flat reed in over 20 color choices, each student will design and weave a full size basket. Several baskets will be available for inspiration and choices will range from beginner to experienced basketmaker. Emphasis will be on learning weaving, shaping, and pattern development. A general information sheet will be handed out with other information available electronically.”

Homework Happiness for Parents”, Sunday, September 27, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Join retired teacher Don Swygard and children's librarian Samantha Wikstrom for a discussion of ways you can help your tweens and teens succeed in school. Don Swygard worked for 37 years as a teacher in local area schools. Samantha Wikstrom has been a children's librarian for 10 years. Together they will provide strategies for you to help your middle and high school students with their homework and share library resources that they can use for reports and projects. Refreshments will be provided.”

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, September 27, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10; discount for members. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.”

There will be a Total Lunar Eclipse on the evening of Sunday, September 27! So cool! Partial eclipse begins at 6:07 PDT, total eclipse begins at 7:11PM. Lots of details here:

Neighborhood Foraging- Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables”, Sunday, September 27, 1PM-4PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx. Sliding scale- see registration details: Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas.

Salmon Celebration”, Sunday, September 27, 11AM-4PM, Westmoreland Park, SE Bybee Ave. and SE 22nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join the celebration of the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek and the return of salmon to the city. The day’s program will include a Native American blessing, tours of the rejuvenated park, games, crafts, and inter-tribal activities. The event will be free and open to all.”

Out on the SQuare”, Sunday, September 27, 12PM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Out on the SQuare is an LGBTQ resource fair, lending visibility to local LGBTQ-friendly businesses and highlighting LGBTQ musicians with performances. This free event is hosted by the Portland Q Center, a non-profit whose mission is to provide a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility, and community building.”

"The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon", Sunday, September 27, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Thom Powell and organized by Mutual UFO Network of Oregon.

Banned Books Week: Censorship and the First Amendment”, Monday, September 28, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “The First Amendment plainly states that government shall make absolutely ‘no law’ restricting our freedom of speech. Equally clearly, from banned books onward, that has not been our history. What, then, are the reaches and limits of government control of our speech, especially with regard to race, sex, politics, or morality? Is control by ‘the marketplace of ideas’ a better fit for a free society? How are free speech and privacy often diametrically opposed — and how do we balance them? In a talk entitled ‘May Government Control Our Speech and Expression, and If So, How and When?,’ First Amendment lawyer Duane Bosworth explains these tensions in today's society.”

Conversations With Writers: Judith Barrington”, Monday, September 28, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Topic: “The Use and Joy of Poetic Forms". "Judith -- who writes both free verse and form-poetry -- will talk about what she has learned from practicing the traditional, received forms, such as villanelles, sestinas, and so on, as well as by creating new forms that suit the subject matter at hand. Judith Barrington’s poetry and memoir writing have both won prestigious awards; and her textbook on memoir writing is used in Australia, Europe and America. In addition to teaching creative writing at various universities, she was for several years a faculty member of the MFA program at the U. of Alaska at Anchorage.“

Wrestling Lucha Libre Masks”, Monday, September 28, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Lucha Libre (Wrestler) is one of the most prominent Mexican postmodern cultural icons. From movies to products, the Lucha Libre characters have been portrayed and used as symbols for strength resilience and ‘Mexicanidad’ amongst different groups, especially, those of Hispanic heritage in the USA and abroad. Lucha Libre wrestlers (luchadores) traditionally create their characters and design their masks based on animals, fiction characters, and public personalities that have attributes that they admire and want to be recognized with. In this workshop, participants will create their own Lucha Libre mask with craft materials modeling the traditions of inspiration of the luchadores.”

Aztec Eagles- Hispanic Heroes of WW2”, Tuesday, September 29, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, enjoy a screening and presentation by historian, author and filmmaker Sig Unander about the ‘Aztec Eagles’.”

Skull Buttons for Teens”, Tuesday, September 29, 5PM, Northwest Library; and Wednesday, September 30, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by Puppetkabob. “Turn bold colored felt and cool shaped buttons into unique Skulls to pin to a sweater, sweatshirt or backpack! In this 2 hour workshops, Teens will watch The Nightmare Before Christmas as they learn basic sewing skills to create the perfect Halloween accessory.”

Images of China”, Tuesday, September 29, 5PM, Holgate Library. “Images of China blends puppetry and music with elegance, humor and special effects to create a beautiful theatrical event. The show is a series of Vignettes based on Chinese traditional (and sometimes not so traditional!) tales.”

Author Talk, “Kristin Ohlson”, Tuesday, September 29, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Kristin Ohlson presents her book, “The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet”. “Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for ‘our great green hope’ - a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon - and potentially reverse global warming.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Preview: 12 Angry Jurors”, Tuesday, September 29, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Free. “What’s behind the curtain? Come for a sneak preview and behind-the-production look at Beaverton Civic Theatre’s upcoming production, Twelve Angry Jurors. This preview will be held at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 60-minute program includes scenes from the production and a behind the scenes look into how the director cast the Jurors in the production and a professional legal look at what lawyers are looking for in potential jurors during jury selection. There is no charge for this event, but seating is limited. Come early!”

"Cowgirls and Ranch Women: Pioneers Pushing Gender Boundaries", Tuesday, September 29, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by Lynne Richardson, executive director of Deepwood Museum and Gardens. “Cowgirls appeared on the American frontier in the mid-1800s. During a time when women were expected to act ladylike, sew, serve tea in the parlor, and care for her husband and family, cowgirls lived on the fringes of society working stock alongside the cowboys and were determined and spirited pioneers. Lynne Richardson will present stories and images of the early cowgirls of the American West who worked on ranches, performed in Wild West shows and competed in rodeos, while discussing their impact on re-defining gender roles.”

Exhibit, “Doctors, Dentistry and Death”, opening Wednesday, September 30, closing date TBA, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Admission $6 adults, $4 seniors, kids 4-18, college, active duty military and veterans with ID, and free for kids 3 and under. Washington County Libraries also have a Cultural Pass for this museum. “View a display of old dental furniture, surgical tools, a Victorian era wicker casket, an electro-therapy machine, and many other thought-provoking items! Learn how medicine evolved from the simplicity of the pioneer era to the growth of knowledge and specialties, as well as how technology changed the way medicine, dentistry, and funeral work are practiced today.”

“Field Guide to Oregon Rivers”, Wednesday, September 30, 7PM, Sherwood Library. “Award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer presents a slide show based on his acclaimed new book, ‘Field Guide to Oregon Rivers’. See Tim's stunning photos of Oregon's rivers and hear his stories and tips about how to enjoy our waterways by walking, paddling, or just driving to the edge of the stream.”