Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Opulent October

This is my event list for October 2015.  Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos or cancellations.  If you are looking for regular activities for homeschoolers, there's a list here: 

Pears, apples, squash and of course pumpkin patches and corn mazes are waiting for you at pick your own farms! Look for a farm near you at and Keep an eye out for glorious fall color! This blog will highlight some good spots for leaf peeping: See the salmon return in good numbers to rivers and streams. A superb spot to see them is the Eagle Creek Trailhead: As rain begins, Solve and Friends of Trees begin tree planting events, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come!

Northwest Ghost Tours”, all month in Oregon City:

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest”, now through October 31, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR. $7 for ages 3 and up, $5 seniors, free for ages 2 and under. Lots more info here:

Harvest Festival at French Prairie Gardens”, now through October 31, 17673 French Prairie Rd., St. Paul, OR. Free admission and free parking on weekends. Tuesday- Friday $6 per person weekdays, free admission and free parking on weekends with activity tickets sold for $1 each or 25 for $20. An all-activities weekend wristband is $12.99. “Pumpkin patch, pig races, mazes and more! The crisp fall air signals it is time for a little Farm Family Fun at French Prairie Gardens and Family Farm's Pumpkin Patch! During this 5 week event, people travel from all over to enjoy a day out in the country and have the opportunity to enjoy one of the main attractions - Pigtucky Derby! We have many fun new additions this year to help make your fall trip even better!” Yes, that's right, pig races.

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.

Exhibit, “Acres of Walls”, now through October 18, Disjecta Gallery, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Pdx. “In the ongoing project Acres of Walls, artist Johanna Barron presents the first images from her efforts to access and re-create a collection of abstract paintings that hang in the original CIA headquarters building, loaned to the agency by art collector Vincent Melzac. Barron has used the Freedom of Information Act to access documents related to the collection, including research, denials, appeals, redacted pages, as well as her correspondences with the CIA, historians, curators, museums, politicians and scientists, among others. Following an interest in the CIA’s covert operations during the Cold War, which supported and used art as a “cultural weapon” against the Soviet Union and communism, Barron considers how the Melzac collection is related to the work the CIA was secretly promoting. Barron's re-creation includes the only images released by the CIA over the years, rendered in three-quarter scale, among them some works that were traded out to other collections. The loan to the CIA began in 1968 and continues to be in flux today with the Melzac estate. Barron's work is part of a larger project about art in government agencies and tests the FOIA against government transparency. It complicates a conversation about CIA history and its effect on the trajectory of the art world, as well as explores a gray area of art as information, creating a visual reference to the FIOA process.”

Exhibit, “History’s Mysteries”, now through October 31, 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.”

Exhibit, “Alien She”, now through 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.”

Exhibit, “Doctors, Dentistry and Death”, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Now through October. 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.”

Homeschoolers in Outer Space”, Thursday, October 1 and Thursday, October 15, 1:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Ever wanted to explore outer space? Join us as we explore the solar system and beyond. Craft time included.”

Weird and Haunted SW Washington”, Thursday, October 1, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 17 and under. “CCHM’s First Thursday event on October 1st at 7:00pm features historian and paranormal investigator Jeff Davis. Jeff will discuss his passion for researching and writing books on the paranormal. Over the past 15 years, Jeff has written or contributed to a dozen books on ghosts and other odd and unusual happening in the Pacific Northwest. Some of Jeff’s books include, Weird Washington, Weird Oregon, Ghosts, Critters, and Sacred Places of Washington and Oregon, and A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest.”

Homeschool Day”, Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, 10AM-2PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “We’re expanding our fall homeschool day from one day to two! Come the first Thursday or Friday of October, from 10:00 to 2:00. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a day of hands-on history! No reservations required.”

Portland Fashion Week”, Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4. “Portland Fashion Week first emerged in 2003 to become the third longest consecutive running Fashion Week in the U.S. and is one of the Most Sustainably Produced Fashion Weeks in the world according to Book Moda the Runway Bible of the World. PFW was also the first fashion show in history to present 100% sustainable fashion designs, as hailed by VOGUE Magazine, and is “The Best Indie Fashion Week in the U.S.” as written about in TIME Magazine. With Portland being home to more winners in Project Runway history than any city, tying the combined total of both LA and NYC with 5, coupled with our DIY can-do ethos and standards of living, we have now become the most respected fashion Hub in America!”

Hike in the Mist Zone: Plant ID Hike”, Thursdays in October, 2PM, Silver Falls State Park, meeting at the South Falls Lodge Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “2 miles, 2 hours. Walk behind two waterfalls in this two-mile trek, pausing all the while to visit and hear the stories of Silver Falls' native plants.”

Journey to India”, Thursday, October 1, 4PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Introduce your child to the beautiful culture of India through the arts! Enjoy Indian music and create an animal wall hanging made from handmade fabric.”

Exhibit, “Heads and Hearts”, Thursday, October 1 through Friday, October 30, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. “Rod Suart's exhibit of whimsical creations made from found objects will speak to viewers of all ages.” 

Oregon Archaeology Celebration 2015”, Fridays in October, 7PM, Smith Rock State Park. October 2 Speaker: Justine Lowry, M.A./ Professor, Central Oregon Community College Topic: “A Continuum of Indigenous Arts of the Plateau and Great Basin” October 9 Speaker: Stephen Todd Jankowski, M.Sc./ Archaeologist, USFS Topic: “Form vs. Function: A Classification System for Rock Features” October 16 Speaker: Dennis Jenkins, PhD./Archaeologist, University of Oregon Topic: “Archaeological Investigations of the Connley Caves” October 23 Speaker: Eric Iseman/ Park Ranger, OPRD; Researcher Topic: “Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country” October 30 Speaker: Emily Pritchard, M.A./ Archaeologist, USFS Topic: “Reading the Cultural Landscape”

Haunted Walking Tours”, Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7PM and 9PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Ages 13 and older. $10. Preregistration required; more info here: “It’s Haunted Walking Tour Season! Experience a spooky slant on history on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour on a dark (but hopefully not stormy) night.”

Backpacking”, Friday, October 2, 7PM, Estacada Library. “Are you interested in learning more about backpacking? Join us and Milo McIver State Park Ranger, John Hilbert for an introduction to this adventurous hobby!”

Book Talk, “Tom Angleberger”, Friday, October 2, 5PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series and the forthcoming 'McToad Mows Tiny Island', will be at the store on Friday, October 2nd at 5pm to talk and sign books.”

Open House for the New Multnomah Arts Center Woodshop and Sculpture Arts Studio”, Friday, October 2, 4PM-7PM, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. MAC is proud to announce the creation of its new Woodshop and Sculpture Arts Studio, housed in Cottage 5 on the west end of campus. This 1000 square food studio will be the home o four new and growing woodshop and sculpture program. Our vision for this studio is to offer courses, workshops, demonstrations and lectures in the arts of woodturning, woodcarving, woodworking, small scale sculpture including stone, mixed media, basketry and more. Courses for youth and adults will be offered.”

20th Anniversary HP Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon”, Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “Not only a film festival, we're also a convention-style event with panels, readings, and live events.”

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy Presents, “The Addams Family”, Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 11, HART Theatre, 185 SE Washington St., Hillsboro. $13 adults, $11 seniors and students. “The Addams Family is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez are in turmoil because their daughter Wednesday is falling in love. When she invites her new boyfriend, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted comic chaos ensues.”

Nerf War”, Friday, October 2, 5PM-7PM, Palisades, 1500 Greentree Rd., Lake Oswego.  Ages 11-17. “Bring your own NERF weapon! Play organized refereed games as well as a free-for-all. Ammo Provided.”

Jurassic Quest”, hitting the Pacific Northwest in October with stops in Spokane, WA October 2-4, Pasco, WA October 9-11, and Central Point, OR October 16-18. “Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!”

64th Annual Portland Greek Festival”, Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, 10Am-10PM, And Sunday, October 4, 12PM-8PM, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St., Pdx. This is a wonderful festival with amazing food, some of which you won’t find in restaurants, and a great chance to see folk dance, cooking demos, buy arts, crafts and imported foods from Greece, and learn about the Orthodox faith.

Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County”, October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 10AM-6PM. Buy an $8 tour admission button at any studio for admission for adults to all studios. Free for age 17 and under. “This year we celebrate the 23rd Art Harvest Studio Tour taking place the first two weekends of October. Engage in conversations, watch demonstrations and see artistic collaboration, innovation, tradition, and skill. Visitors will learn about diverse approaches to the creative process while viewing exciting artwork. This self-guided tour brings the public into 39 Yamhill County artist studios located in Newberg, Lafayette, Carlton, Yamhill, McMinnville, Amity and Sheridan. The $8 Tour button comes with an illustrated catalog with directions to studios and other select county locations. Explore this low-cost cultural family friendly activity.” Details here:

Concert, “Eric Skye”, Saturday, October 3, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Guitarist Eric Skye’s eclectic and original style has been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Jazziz and 20th Century Guitar. Join us for an afternoon of listening and learning about the art of improvisation.”

Harvest Hootenany”, Saturday, October 3, 1PM-5PM, 14004 SE Fairoaks Ave., Milwaukie. Donations requested. “Join Portland Revels for an old fashioned gathering of friends on Saturday October 3rd. Bring your voice and/or musical instruments and a potluck dish, and jam with Revels musicians and singers. We’ll provide the turkey and cranberry sauce to kick off the meal, activities for the kids, beverages, and an apple pie auction. You provide the excellent company and a veggie, fruit, salad or dessert!”

Portland Miniature Show”, Saturday, October 3, 10AM -5PM, and Sunday, October 4, 10AM -4PM, Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas. $7 adults and free for kids 11 and under. Coupon on their website for $1 off admission: “Not been to a miniature show in a while, or maybe never? Dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes and their miniature contents are completely different from those in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Today, they are works of art you shouldn't miss! Absolutely EVERYTHING that exists in full-scale, real life is now available in smaller scales such as 1" = 1 foot or ½" = 1 foot or 1/4" = 1 foot. Whether it is a hand-crafted or commercially produced accessory for a dollhouse, you’ll find it at this show. Come talk to the friendly dealers, sign up for a workshop, or attend a how-to demonstration.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, October 3, 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.”

Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, October 3, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Preregistration required; register online: $10. One microscope per registration; maximum 2 people per microscope. “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands–on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.” 

Food Dyeing”, Saturday, October 3, and Saturday, October 31, 10AM, OMSI Classroom 1. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Come learn all about the rich, cultural history and science behind natural food dyes. Participants will explore how to create natural dyes using Oregon specific crops such as berries, hazelnuts, onion skins, and peppermint leaves. Cloth squares will be provided for participants to experiment with different dyes. Participants can bring their own shirt to dye as well.”

33rd Great Port Townsend By Kinetic Race”, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, Port Townsend, WA. Sounds like lots of fun to watch! “The Kinetic Kourse will take you all the way around spectacular Port Townsend, including along the water front, out to Fort Worden, to the Fairgrounds and back along downtown. While you're huffing and puffing your way up and down our many, MANY hills take a moment to admire some of our beautiful Victorian houses. The Kourse is split into two days; day one is the Glorious Parade and Water Kourse, while day two includes the Road, Sand, and Mud Kourse.”

Seasonal Highlights and the Maple Trail”, Saturday, October 3, and Saturday, October 10, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Join tour guide Tedde McMillen for an informative journey through our tree and plant collections! Tedde will show you the seasonal highlights at Hoyt, including a tour of the arboretum's nationally-recognized Maple collection.”

OregonRocketry Public Launch”, Saturday, October 3, 10AM -2PM, Garden Home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.”

Seattle Parrot Expo”, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 10AM-4PM, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. South, Seattle, WA. Free parking and admission.

Alternatives to Pesticides”, Saturday, October 3, 10:30AM, Battle Ground Library. “Do you want a beautiful, vibrant and healthy landscape, free of harmful chemicals? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy used to prevent and suppress garden pests with minimum impact on human health, the environment and on non-target organisms. Join Master Gardener Cindy Withrow as she discusses the techniques involved in IPM.” 

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Saturdays, October 3, 17, and 24, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park, Coffenbury Lake. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join a Park Ranger for a program on wild mushroom followed by a hike to hunt for fungi.”

Public Nights at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, October 3, 7:30PM- 10:30PM, 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!

Concert, “Ricardo Cárdenas”, Saturday, October 3, 2PM, Tualatin 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.”

Opening Reception, “Carlos Reyes: Papers of a Poet/Publisher”, Saturday, October 3, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Exhibit runs October 3 through November 16. “Celebrating the award-winning Oregon poet/publisher Carlos Reyes on the occasion of his 80th birthday, this exhibition uses materials pulled from a vast gift from the poet to Multnomah County Library’s John Wilson Special Collections. Books, broadsides, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and ephemera of all kinds related to this important Portland poet and publisher will be on view.”’s-papers/49074

Screening, “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird”, Saturday, October 3, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library; and Friday, October 9, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards. Behind it all was Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that all she wanted to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama. Hey, Boo explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and a rare interview with Lee's sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's setting in the Deep South and the social changes it inspired.”

“Bamboo Flute Workshop”, Saturday, October 3, 10AM, Capitol Hill Library. Suggested for teens and adults. In English and Spanish. Preregistration required; register online:ú-bamboo-flute-workshop/47074 Presented by Chayag Andean Folk Music. “An opportunity for you to create a bamboo flute and learn how to play it, too. All materials will be provided.”

“Emerald Valley Comic Fest”, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Ave., Eugene. “Eugene, Oregon’s first Comic Con in 20 years!”

2015 Mt. Hood Salmon, Mushroom, and Bigfoot Festival”, Saturday, October 3, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, October 4, 10AM-5PM, Mt. Hood Village, 65000 E. US 26 near Brightwood. Free admission and parking. “Two of the Northwest’s greatest bounties are the Salmon and Wild Mushrooms, which are the honored celebrities at this festival, is featured at this 24th annual event. This two-day, family-oriented event is held during the month of October to welcome home the return of the Salmon to the streams of Oregon’s Mount Hood and the Wild Mushrooms to its forested landscapes. Featured is Native American storytelling, original music from singer-songwriters, arts and crafts, exhibits on Salmon and Wild Mushrooms (including Mushroom identification by the Oregon Mycological Society), along with great food including a Native American salmon bake. There will be a Native American Salmon bake and Salmon Habitat Walks, and Wild Mushrooms on sale. A scarecrow-making contest will take place on both days. Over the course of two days, there will even be a number of Sasquatch Talks with speakers discussing the rich oral traditions of Northwest Native American tribes about these Wild People of the mountains and forests, including the most updated contemporary scientific research. In addition, an exhibit featuring these hairy giants will provide even more educational and intriguing information for Festival about these hairy creatures.”

BirdFest and Bluegrass”, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. “Join the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Staff as we celebrate the coming of fall and the wildlife that make the Refuge their home. BirdFest and Bluegrass is an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of fall migration.” Lots of opportunities to learn about wildlife, native traditions, and outdoor skills. Complete schedule of activities here:

Tears of Joy Theatre Presents, “Papagayo”, Saturday, October 3, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the sleeping night creatures. But when the ferocious Moon Dog wakes up and starts to eat the moon, only Papagayo knows what to do. The animales de la noche learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Join Tears of Joy Theatre as they sing, hoot, croak and crow in this interactive, bilingual performance.”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, October 3, and Saturday, October 17, 11AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. Free. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

Champoeg Apple Harvest Day”, Saturday, October 3, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join us at Champoeg as we celebrate the fall season and especially the harvest. Harvest time was of great importance to the pioneers and early farmers of the French Prairie. It was also a time for socializing with neighbors, playing of games, relaxing with friends and enjoying the fruits of one’s hard work. Activities will include: Apple press and cider making Children’s games of the 1800’s Story Telling Hands on historic harvesting equipment Apple Snap Challenge Mule pulled seeder as we plant our cover crop Bring some old clothes and make your own Scarecrow to take home for Halloween!! We’ll provide the straw and sticks!”

Nature Walk with Johnson Creek Watershed Council”, Saturday, October 3, 10:30AM, meeting at Milwaukie Riverfront Park, 1700 SE Jefferson St. “Drive Less Save More: Milwaukie has teamed up with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council to bring you a special Nature Walk on Saturday, October 3. Meet at Milwaukie Riverfront Park (near parking lot) at 10:30 am. We will stroll through the park learning about some native plants that have been installed and the large, engineered log jam that provides wildlife habitat at the mouth of Johnson Creek.”

"7th Annual Children's Book Fair: Do the Right Thing and Read!", Saturday, October 3, 11AM- 2PM, back lawn of the North Portland Library, with a raffia doll making workshop at 11AM. “North Portland Library and the Urban League of Portland invite families with kids from preschool through 5th grade to the 17th Annual Children's Book Fair: Do the Right Thing and Read! Join us for all of these fun activities: live performances; bookmaking; button making; art and crafts tables; superheroes Bookman and Bookwoman; people who read in several languages; and a FREE BOOK for every child!”

Turning Trash into Peace: Learning About Sustainability Through Functional Art for Teens”, Saturday, October 3, 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.”

Mane Taine your Natural Hair”, Saturday, October 3, 12PM, Midland Library. Suggested for grades 6 to adult. “Your natural hair is beautiful, curly, straight, fine, coarse, short, long, or in between—what does that mean? In whatever state or stage you hair is in, you can make it beautiful and chemical free. Let’s look at tips and products for ‘Mane Taineing’ your hair naturally.”

My Child is Smart…So Why Are We Struggling?”, Saturday, October 3, 2PM, Hillsdale Library; Wednesday, October 7, 6PM, Belmont Library; and Saturday, October 10, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. For adults. Presented by Barbara Steinberg of PDX Reading Specialist, which provides resources for dyslexia: “Parenting a struggling learner can feel overwhelming and isolating. While parents might be able to name many symptoms, such as difficulty with reading fluency, spelling or memorizing math facts, there’s often a disconnect between symptoms and solutions. In this workshop, parents will be exposed to the most common reasons that smart, motivated and hard working students fail to make adequate academic progress. They will leave equipped with an increased understanding of how to help their child succeed in school.”

Juba This and Juba That”, Saturday, October 3, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Storytelling plays a huge role in the culture of both Africans and African Americans. In this presentation, Chetter uses animation, sound effects, and audience participation to perform a potpourri of fun-filled stories from the African diaspora. It includes amazing animal adventures, trickster tales as well as stories of courage, wisdom and perseverance.”

Old Apple Tree Festival”, Saturday, October 3, 11AM -3PM, Old Apple Tree Park, 112 Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “The oldest living apple tree in the Northwest is 189 years young and ready to celebrate! Live music, children's activities, apple cider pressing, fruit tree workshops, Old Apple Tree starts, and more await the community at the annual Old Apple Tree. This is a free, family-friendly event commemorating the rich history of Vancouver and the region.”

Censorship by Omission: The Diversity Deficit”, Saturday, October 3, 2PM, Midland Library. “A recent analysis of the top 100 banned books from 2000-2009 revealed that most challenged books involved characters and issues reflecting narratives outside of the dominant culture. However, books that reflect diverse narratives represent only a tiny fraction of published books. Are certain stories censored even before they are published, or not published at all? What does diversity mean in literature? Why should you read “diverse books"? Join authors Stacey Lee, Isabel Quintero, and Tess Sharpe, for an exciting panel discussion on the importance of diverse narratives, their current books, and more.”

Wild Mushroom Cook-Off”, Saturday, October 3, 11AM-2PM, Culinary Center, 801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City. Free. “Join us at the Cook-off to see what our local Oregon chefs have prepared with these gems of the autumn harvest. Enjoy a live cooking demonstration, live music, a wild mushroom identification booth, wine and beer, food vendors, and wild mushrooms for sale. Admission is free, with samples available for 75¢ and portion sizes for $3. Professional judging will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place dishes. Who will take home the coveted People’s Choice Award this year? You get to determine the best mushroom dishes by casting a vote for your favorite!”

Amate Paintings”, Saturday, October 3, 3PM, Gresham Library. “Create your own painting influenced by the Pre-Hispanic Mexican paper made from tree bark known as Amate. Use bright paint on distressed paper to create your own version of this traditional art form. All materials will be provided.”

Open House at Covington House”, Saturday, October 3, 2PM-5PM, 4201 Main St., Vancouver. Free parking and admission. Did you know that the log cabin known as Covington House is Clark County’s oldest building built by a private citizen? Anne and Richard Covington came to Fort Vancouver to teach children of the Hudson’s Bay employees. Built in the late 1840’s this log cabin was once the social and educational hub of the growing community in Vancouver. The Covington’s brought the first piano from England to the Pacific Northwest in order to teach children music. The Covington piano is now in the Clark County Historical Museum’s permanent collection. In1926, the cabin was moved from its original location in Orchards to its current location on Main Street. This move was accomplished through a joint effort of the Clark County Historical Society (then called the Fort Vancouver Historical Society) and the Vancouver Women’s Club. The cabin was meticulously disassembled, numbered and reassembled. After it was reconstructed, the Vancouver Women’s Club managed the cabin which is owned by the City of Vancouver.”

Screening, “Dislecksia: The Movie”, Saturday, October 3, 3PM, Hood River Library. “Join Columbia Gorge Dyslexia Fund and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of Decoding Dyslexia for their kickoff event for Dyslexia Awareness Month in October. There will be a screening of ‘Dislecksia: The Movie’. The documentary by filmmaker Harvey Hubbell, who is himself dyslexic, wryly recounts growing up in the 1960s and 1970s frustrated by a condition few could identify, let alone treat. Both poignant and comical, the film features Supreme Court lawyer David Boies, television writer Stephen J. Cannell, and actor Billy Bob Thornton, among others, who discuss how dealing with dyslexia led to their personal successes.”

"Five Petal Origami Flowers", Saturday, October 3, 4PM, Troutdale 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!"

BrickCon”, Saturday, October 3, 10AM- 4PM, and Sunday, October 4, 9AM-3PM, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. $10 per person or $36 per family, up to 4 persons ages 5 and up. Free for kids 4 and under. This is a huge Lego convention, one of the largest in the US.

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

CroatiaFest”, Sunday, October 4, 12PM- 7PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Croatia through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.”

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Sunday, October 4, Sunday, October 11, Wednesday, October 14, Wednesday, October 21, and Sunday, October 25, Fort Stevens State Park, Battery Russell. “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.”

Opening Reception, “Kartz Ucci- An Opera for One”, Sunday, October 4, 4PM-6PM, exhibit runs through December 5, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR. “The Art Gym will present a large retrospective exhibition of the work of Kartz Ucci in the Fall of 2015. This talented and prolific artist passed away last year at 52 years of age. This exhibition will celebrate her digital, text, sound, and installation art. Ucci joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2004 and taught art and digital arts in Eugene and the White Stag campus in Portland. Ucci's work was included in the Portland Biennial in 2010, and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in California, Oregon, Washington, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.” More events related to the exhibit: Screening of Ucci's an opera for one at Hollywood Theater and catalogue release- October 25, 7:30pm, Gallery Talk with Abby Donovan, Tannaz Farsi, Blake Shell, and Prudence Roberts - October 30, 12:30pm, Curator Talk with Blake Shell at Clackamas Community College - November 17, 12:30pm, 256 Shades of Grey event in the field outside of The Art Gym- December 5, 5:30pm.

Tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial”, Sunday, October 4, 1PM, Washington Park at the intersection of SW Washington Way and Wright Ave. Free. “Join trained Oregon Holocaust Memorial docents 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.”

White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Sunday, October 4, 1:30PM, Kenton 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?”

Family Elk Hunting Workshop”, Sunday, October 4, 10AM-2PM, Cabela’s, 7555 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. Free. Families with kids ages 9 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “This workshop is designed for beginners, and is intended for people who have never hunted or people that need a refresher and/or wish to get back into big game hunting. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to invite you to this elk hunting workshop. Get ready for the upcoming hunting seasons by learning all the basic skills of a big game hunter. This workshop will cover topics such as elk biology and behavior, field dressing / caring for wild game, survival gear, understanding regulations and the controlled hunt process using maps and Google Earth to find new places to hunt, habitat, where to find the elk, scouting. This workshop will also involves a live fire component; which participants will be able to shoot a variety of hunting rifles. There will also be an outdoor section where you will learn to read wildlife track and sign, as well as follow a mock blood trail.” 

PILOT Your Way Through Stress: A Holistic Approach For The Entire Family”, Sunday, October 4, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (preregistration required; register online: and Sunday, October 18. 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland 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.”

Blessing of the Animals”, Sunday, October 4, 2PM, lawn of All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Free. Open to all.

Tamanawas Falls Fall Foliage Hike”, Sunday, October 4, 9AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. Suggested donation $5. Preregistration required; register online: 3.5 miles, easy/moderate, 500’ elevation gain. “Explore a diverse old-growth forest along the crystal clear Cold Spring Creek leading up to the spectacular Tamanawas Falls.”

Book Talk, “John Sciezka”, Sunday, October 4, 5PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Jon Scieszka will be at the store on Sunday afternoon, October 4th, to read and sign books. (Come dressed as the Stinky Cheese Man and I will have a special prize for you.)”

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!

Zip Pins”, Monday, October 5, 6:30PM, St. Johns Library (preregistration required; register online:, and Tuesday, October 6, 6:30PM, Albina Library (preregistration required; register online: “We will be making flowers out of zippers which can be used as a magnet, a brooch a headband or hat accessory. These make great gifts!”

"The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Chillers! - with Chris Leebrick”, Monday, October 5, 7PM, Battle Ground Library, Meyer Room; Tuesday, October 13, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton; Monday, October 19, 7PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Wednesday, October 21, 7PM, Sherwood Library; and Wednesday, October 28, 7PM, Oregon City Library. For ages 12 and up. “National award-winning Storyteller, Christopher Leebrick, has enthralled audiences with his remarkable storytelling ability since the age of thirteen. He has performed from coast to coast at festivals, theatres, concert halls, schools, libraries, and campfires. Now he presents a riveting performance of Edgar Allan Poe's masterpiece. The show also features other spooky tales from around the globe and a brief informational period on Edgar Allen Poe’s life and writing. This program promises to bring an eerie touch to your October.”

Miniatures Workshop”, Monday, October 5, 4PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790. “Interested in learning how to make miniatures out of everyday objects? Let Shana Stewart show you how. All materials will be provided.”

Pints from the Past Oregon History Night”, Monday, October 5, 6:30PM (doors open at 5:30PM), Singer Hill Cave, 623 7th St., Oregon City. “Join local historian and paranormal investigator Rocky Smith for a glimpse into Oregon City's Haunted History. Rocky will share some of his unique experiences and shine a light on Oregon City's most spirited places. Listen to stories about Oregon's first incorporated city and hear about the city's amazing legends and folklore.”

Deep-Sea Hot Springs”, Monday, October 5, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Anna-Louise Reysenbach, PhD, Professor of Microbiology in the Biology Department at PSU. “Most of the biodiversity of life on Earth is microbial. These microscopic organisms occupy almost any conceivable habitat where there is available water, energy and carbon for growth. They live in some of the most salty, cold, hot, nutrient-starved, dry and acidic places on this planet, and they form critical partnerships with many other organisms, including us. At deep-sea vents, microorganisms form the base of the food web, fueling the chemosynthetic-based ecosystem. Here, as the very hot hydrothermal fluids mix with the cold seawater, minerals precipitate out a solution to form mineral deposits called ‘chimneys’. These porous rocks provide habitats for a plethora of new heat-loving microbes, thermophiles. Using a combination of genomic, ecological and microbiological approaches, Dr. Reysenbach will provide insights into how the geology and geochemistry at the deep-sea vents helps drive the diversity of microbes in these systems, and has led to the discovery of many novel branches on the Tree of Life. Many of these organisms have potential medical and industrial applications, and help inform us better when looking for signs of life elsewhere in the Solar System.”

Magician Rudy Tinoco”, Tuesday, October 6, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “History and practice of magic.” Rudy Tinoco is a magician and youth minister.

Concert, “Trashcan Joe”, Tuesday, October 6, 3:30PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Trashcan Joe performs traditional American styles of music with instruments made from found objects like trash cans, washboards, and seashells. Their charismatic and highly energizing live shows thrill audiences of all ages. Music comes from within and Trashcan Joe brings this message alive by teaching kids that anyone can make music, and it can be done with just about any object…and a little creativity.”

Opening Reception, “Here Be Art!”, Tuesday, October 6, 5PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Exhibit runs October 6- November 16. “Medieval cartographers used the images of monsters, sea serpents, or other mythological creatures to mark uncharted territories on maps for would-be explorers. The phrase hic sunt dracones, or “here be dragons”, has come to mean an unexplored place with possible danger. But the Here Be Art! exhibit turns a positive light on the unknown, inviting would-be explorers of the community to discover a world of local creativity and fine arts in the Walters gallery. This exhibit unveils an exciting geography of Hillsboro artists and projects, emphasizing the idea that art is happening all around us—often in unexpected forms. Artist and curator Christine Martell has selected the artwork for this exhibit, bringing along her own mythical symbol to draw attention and visibility to the many artists at work in our community. Artosaur, a larger-than-life robotic dinosaur which serves as an advocate for the arts, is an interactive art project aimed at bringing celebration and visibility to the diverse and inspiring presence of creativity in all forms as it exists and unfolds in the everyday fabric of the City of Hillsboro. Patrons will have the chance to meet the Artosaur in person on the First Tuesday openings for this exhibit, along with the fascinating local artists who live and work among us. Come discover the unexpected!”

What’s the Big Deal About Money?”, Tuesday, October 6, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for grades 3-6. “Kids, do you know where money came from and why we use it? Most importantly, what do we do with it when it comes our way? Come discover the history of money and investigate practical ways we can incorporate its use into our daily lives. We’ll be discussing four primary money management categories: Charitable Giving, Saving, Responsibilities, and Spending…….and how to move from having an itch to spend every dime in your pocket in the nearest gumball machine to realizing your dreams by giving, saving, and managing responsibilities. We’ll read a little, chat a little, and plan a lot. By evening’s end, each child and parent will have had to chance to ‘bake’ a Savings Pie and begin an All About Me and My Dreams Collage. First 20 families will receive a take home savings binder!” 

Recycled Art Workshop for Kids”, Tuesday, October 6, 2PM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. “An art workshop for kids of all ages using recycled and found objects. Library provides supplies, YOU provide the creativity! Inspired by the October gallery show, ‘Head and Hearts’ by Rod Stuart.”

Paper Quilling”, Tuesday, October 6, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Suggested for adults and teens. Preregistration required; call 503-226-3394. “In this introductory workshop, learn the medieval art of shaping and arranging strips of colorful paper to make beautiful art with local artist Jenna Lechner.”

3D Print: Swag Tags for Teen Girls”, Tuesday, October 6, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to design and 3D print your own name tag to add swag to your backpack, wear as necklace, or add to your keychain. If time allows each student will leave the class with their own 3D object or you can return to the makerlab to print on your own.”

Play with SCRATCH for Teens”, Tuesday, October 6, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Create stories, games, and animations on SCRATCH and share with others around the world.”

Magnus Chase Party”, Tuesday, October 6, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Rick Riordan is at it again with a new series that focuses on Norse mythology, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Join us for a release party with fun activities and fabulous prizes! Discover your patron god or goddess, unravel the future with rune stones, design a Viking shield, battle frost giants with the mighty Mjolnir, search for lost Vikings, and enter a raffle to win a copy of The Sword of Summer, the first book in the Magnus Chase series! The event will be held in the Teen room, no registration required.”

The Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį Project, a Collaborative Study of a Man Frozen in a Glacier and His Belongings”, Tuesday, October 6, Oregon Archaeological Society meeting begins at 7PM and lecture at 7:45PM, OMSI auditorium. Free and open to the public. Presented by Archaeologists Alexander and Kjerstin Mackie. “The Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį project began in 1999 when three men, hunting in the mountains of Tatshenshini-Alsek Park in the very northwest corner of BC, discovered a man and his belongings melting from a glacier. Within days a collaborative project was formed between the Champagne and Aishihik, the British Columbia (BC) Archaeology Branch and the Royal BC Museum. The human remains were excavated from the ice, and the artifacts collected for conservation. The Elders expressed an interest in knowing who the man was and how he died. They gave the project (not the man) the name Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį which means “Long Ago Person Found” in Southern Tutchone. The Mackies’ talk will discuss the nature of the collaboration, what was learned about the man, his biological history, diet, travels and cultural connections. The man’s belongings are described in some detail, with an emphasis on his robe which has a fascinating life history told through its very fabric via DNA, pollen, macrofossils and other methods. The Mackies’ thank the Champagne and Aishihik for their longstanding involvement in the project, and for permission to present this lecture without their direct participation.”

What is Education For?”, Tuesday, October 6, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. Conversation lead by PSU professor Alex Sager. “America faces a crisis in education. In the last fifteen years, the US government has spent billions of dollars financing reforms--such as test-­based accountability, charter schools, and the Common Core--largely designed to ensure our schools produce competent workers. These policies do not address some basic philosophical questions about the nature and goals of education. How does education relate to citizenship? To freedom and the good life? To social justice? Or to a love of knowledge and beauty?”

Autumnal Astronomical Adventures”, Tuesday, October 6, 6PM and 7:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Campus map and more info here:

Skull Buttons for Teens”, Tuesday, October 6, 5PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, October 24, 2PM, Albina 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.”

Climate Change”, Tuesday, October 6, 6:30PM, Kenton Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Saturday, October 24, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (preregistration required; register online: “Curious or concerned about the climate? Organizing for Action/Climate Reality Project volunteers are trained to educate our neighbors about climate change so that we all can make more informed choices at home, at work, in the community, and in how we influence our political leaders.”

Arctic Change”, Tuesday, October 6, 7PM, Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx., $8 advance tickets or $10 at the door ( ; and Tuesday, October 20, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater, $5 suggested donation ( Presented by Zachary Brown, PhD, founding director of the Inian Island Institute. “Join climate scientist Zach Brown as he describes his research in the High Arctic. Through photos and stories, he will share the experience of climbing aboard an icebreaking vessel for weeks in the 24-hour daylight and frigid temperatures of the polar seas. Zach will also delve into what his team has learned: the way that changes in sea ice are affecting the biological realm of this harsh and remote region of the planet – as well as inviting controversial industrial expansion. Zach will also share his current work: creating an institute for education and research at a remote and beautiful homestead in his homeland of Alaska. To spread word of this effort, last summer after completing his PhD, he set off on a 4-month, 2,300-mile trek from Stanford University to Southeast Alaska, traveling solo on foot and by kayak.” 

Piñata Workshop”, Wednesday, October 7. 4PM, Tualatin Library. For grades K-6. Preregistration required; register online:ñata-workshop-grades-k-6-taller-de-piñata-de-k%C3%ADnder-6o-grado-0 “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican Piñata tradition, its meaning and its role in other Mexican celebrations. Participants will craft their own piñata in the traditional form and learn the piñata song.”

Water Bottle Rockets”, Wednesday, October 7, 4PM, Vancouver Library. Suggested for ages 9-12. “Tweens - come to our STEAM/Makerspace for 9-12 year olds! Science, technology, engineering, art, and math will be featured at different sessions.”

Sámi and Native American Folklore, Poetry, Song and Joik”, Wednesday, October 7, 5PM, Linfield College, Delkin Recital Hall, Vivian A. Bull Music Center, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville. Free and open to the public. ““Sámi and Native American Folklore, Poetry, Song and Joik” will feature guests from Arctic Norway who will present joik (a Sámi expression similar to a chant) and stories from northern Scandinavia. They will be joined in a panel discussion by Ralph Salisbury, Native-American poet, scholar and professor emeritus from the University of Oregon; Tom Love, Linfield professor of anthropology; and representatives from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The discussion will include information about joik, how Scandinavian Sámi share common threads with the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and how these diverse cultures honor the earth and share wisdom. The panel will also touch on how poetry, chanting and oral history can sustain people and the environment. Panelists from Norway include Stina Fagertun, who has coastal Sámi and Kven (Finnish descendant) ancestry and comes from the fjords of Arctic Norway. She has written fairy tales and has collected ancient, unique fairy tales from the Sámi, Kven and Arctic storyteller tradition. Her stories have been published as books and CDs in Norway. She is the winner of the Northern Norway Cultural Award and she and Anita Barth-Jørgensen, a Norwegian and an adopted Sámi, have been performing around the world for nearly two decades. Øistein Hanssen still lives inside a culture mixed with Coastal Sámis, Qvens and Nordic people. An engineer, instrument maker and composer, Hanssen also plays historical wind instruments. Today, he is the only one who still has the technique of making the traditional Sámi instrument Fádnu, the small “Sámi oboe.” Hanssen has also researched Sámi drums, and is able to interpret the ancient symbols on the heads of the Sámi drums and the meanings attributed to them by the Arctic shamans.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in October, 12PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. Free. Forest and wetland birds. “Join Jackson Bottom Staff and Volunteers for Lunch with the Birds! Most Wednesdays, October through December, from Noon to 1 pm. Location varies, featuring a different City of Hillsboro Park each month. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars are available. We meet rain or shine and spend our time outside! Some parks have shelter from the rain but be prepared for the weather.”

Listening Salon”, Wednesdays, 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 October 7 for a basic listening workshop to learn the art of listening. Then, 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.”

Great Train Robbery of Southern Oregon”, Wednesday, October 7, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Documentary film maker Tom Olsen shares the story of the three DeAutremont brothers who held up a Southern Pacific Train in the Siskiyou Mountains October 11, 1922, killing four crew members in the process. The last brother died in 1984.”

littleBits: Explore the Power of Little Electronics!”, 3 Wednesdays, October 7, 14 and 21, 2:30PM, Goldendale Library. Suggested for middle and high school students. Session I attendance necessary for sessions II and III. Preregistration required; call 509-773-4487. Hey, middle school and high school students! Come experiment with the power of little electronics in a three-week program. Session I: Wednesday 10/7. Experiment with circuit building; Session II: Wednesday 10/14. Create useful, fun or just silly electronic inventions; Session III: Wednesday 10/21. Add music and other sounds to the mix with littleBits Synth.”

No-Sew Pillows for Teens”, Wednesday, October 7, 4PM, North Portland Library. “Chill out and read your favorite book on your very own no-sew pillow! Making soft pillows is quick and easy. What's the secret? Knots! In this 2-hour workshop, teens will transform two flat pieces of fleece into 3-D super-soft pillows. Puppetkabob will show participants how to tie a variety of shapes making the pillows super unique, functional and gift worthy!”

Re-imagined Radio: “Rossum’s Universal Robots/Fall of the City”, Wednesday, October 7, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. Doors open at 6. “Come to a live re-enactment of two historical radio dramas combined into one. 'R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots)' was a 1937 radio drama originally written as a stage play. The plot follows Universal Robots without emotions designed to work as slaves for humans. All is well until the plant manager’s wife persuades a scientist to give the robots human emotion. As a result, the newly conscious machines revolt. 'The Fall of the City', written by Pulitzer Prize winner Archibald MacLeish, was the first American verse play for radio. The plot centers on a radio announcer reporting from a nameless plaza where a crowd awaits the appearance of a conqueror. The conqueror arrives and raises his metal visor. Only the radio announcer can see that the suit of armor is empty. ‘People invent their oppressors,’ he concludes.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, October 8, 4PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor; and Wednesday, October 28, 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!”

Light Painting for Teens”, Thursday, October 8, 6PM, Gladstone Library. Ages 12 and up. “In this program, teens will put together their own LED ‘paintbrushes’, and use them to paint words and shapes with light in cool, long-exposure photos. All materials provided by the library.”

Giant Bubble Festival”, Thursday, October 8, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, 1st floor Community Room. “Make bubbles of all sizes! We'll be blowing small bubbles, medium bubbles, and giant bubbles. Learn how make a bubble that is bigger than you!”

Cartoons for Victory Release Party with Warren Bernard”, Thursday, October 8, 5PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. “Fantagraphics is happy to announce that Floating World Comics in Portland, OR will helping us celebrate the release of Cartoons for Victory with a signing and presentation with editor Warren Bernard. When over 16 million Americans served in some capacity during the Second World War, life in the U.S. was unarguably changed. War efforts across the country upended social norms and deeply impacted the media in all of its forms. Cartoonists and their creations were unable to escape editorializing the battle as prominent characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse were drawn fighting the axis through television shows, strips, and comic books. Shown through inexhaustible research by editor Warren Bernard, Cartoons for Victory is the most comprehensive anthology of WWII cartoons and comics ever collected. Featuring works by Charles Addams, Harold Gray, and Harvey Kurtzman that haven’t been seen since their original publication. Editor Bernard gathered them over years of unstinting research through private collections and the obscure holdings of public sources. The importance of this work to modern American history is undeniable, and now collected for the first time in Cartoons for Victory.”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Thursday, October 8, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “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.”

Revisiting Easter Island’s Mysterious Past”, Thursday, October 8, 6PM, Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Terry L. Hunt, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. “Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is widely known for its mysterious past: a remote and deforested island covered with nearly a thousand giant statues. What happened and when did it happen? Rapa Nui has also become the “poster child” for societal collapse resulting from reckless human actions. In this lecture Dr. Hunt critically re-evaluates the conventional narrative for this mysterious past. He also revisits one of the most intriguing questions for the island: how were the colossal statues transported to every corner of the island. Science, history, and native traditions converge in Dr. Hunt’s widely acclaimed research on Rapa Nui’s past.”

Mockingbird, Watchman, and the Jim Crow South”, Thursday, October 8, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library, 1st floor Community Room. “Lewis and Clark College Professor Dr. Reiko Hillyer, a social and cultural historian, will present a talk highlighting how themes in the work of Harper Lee still hold significance in American society today. This presentation will explore the novels in the context of life in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. Dr. Hillyer’s academic background includes specialties on the American South, African American history and the history of public memory. Dr. Hillyer earned her B.A at Yale University and her Ph.D. at Columbia University. She is the author of ‘Designing Dixie: Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South’.” 

Sew Your Own Stuffed Alien Monster for Teens”, Thursday, October 8, 4PM, Hillsdale 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.”

Hawk Identification Class and Field Trip”, Class Thursday, October 8, 7PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro, and optional field trip Saturday, October 10, 8AM-5PM. Suggested for ages 12 and up. $15 for class and $55 for both; discount for Hillsboro residents. Preregistration required; register online: “Fall is a perfect time to learn about hawks and other raptors, also known as birds of prey. Many raptors migrate south through Oregon this time of year. This class will focus on how to identify the most common birds of prey that occur in Oregon. An optional field trip with transportation provided visits Bonney Butte, a hawk migration study site near Mt. Hood, where up to two hundred raptors a day fly by.”

The Pearl Quilt Display and Meet the Artists”, Thursday, October 8, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. Exhibit runs October 1-31. “Quilts representing the Pearl District in Northwest Portland and created by the West Side Modern Quilt Club are on display all of October in the Lake Oswego Library. The quilters will talk about their quilts on October 8 at 7 pm. These quilts will debut at the Northwest Quilting Expo in September and then will travel the Portland area in celebrating the beauty and the uniqueness of the Pearl District. This exhibit will be hung in a very creative way. It will follow a magazine format complete with a cover page and a table of content which is the map of the area and will incorporate history, art, food and the land marks of the area, all in fabrics. Last year the group had the honor of making their quilts styled after the Bridges of Portland and were celebrated by having the quilts hang at the Portland Airport for six months as a featured exhibit.”

Virtual Planetarium Show Series: Nebulas”, Friday, October 9, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. All ages. “Nebulas are the ghosts of old stars and birthplaces of new suns! Join Dr. Torley for a sightseeing tour of some of the universe’s most colorful creations.”

Apple Tasting 2015”, October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 11AM -5PM, Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. Free. “About the time the leaves begin to change color, it's time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. We're always well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound, as many as 60 different varieties in all! Tasting lines, as well as our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting, will be open during all six days of this free event.”

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “Fiddler on the Roof”, Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 25, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $14 adults, $12 seniors and youth. “Winner of nine Tony awards, featuring music written by Jerry Bock, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is filled with timeless classic songs, including ‘If I were a Rich Man,’ ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker,’ and ‘Sunrise, Sunset’. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.”

35th Annual Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show”, Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, October 11, 10AM- 5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under. “The 35th Annual Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show runs today through Sunday in the Main Exhibit Hall. There will be over 40 dealers and more than 100 exhibits. This year the show will feature leading authors displaying, selling, and signing their books.”

Portland Tattoo Expo”, Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $20 one day admission; $40 for 3 day admission, kids 12 and under are free. Parking $8 per space or $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

Wrestling Lucha Libre Masks”, Friday, October 9, 1PM, St. Johns Library; and Sunday, October 25, 3PM, Hillsdale 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.”

Author Talk, “Jeff Dwyer”, Friday, October 9, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; and Saturday, October 10, 1PM, Barnes and Noble, 1317 Lloyd Center, Pdx. “Meet Jeff Dwyer, author of ‘Ghost Hunter's Guide to Portland and the Oregon Coast’. Take advantage of meeting this expert paranormal investigator whose investigations have taken him to haunted sites across the country!”

Braceros: The Men of Migrant Labor”, Saturday, October 10, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Suggested for grades 3 and up. “Join our bilingual Washington County Museum presenter as she brings the past to life and shares about the Braceros, a group of Mexican workers who helped farmers during the labor shortage of WWII. Learn hands-on by examining artifacts and photographs.”

Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival”, Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 10AM- 4PM, on the beach at D-River Wayside, Lincoln City. “The weekend festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful ‘big’ kites in the world!”

Family Fishing Events”, Saturday, October 10, 9:30AM-2PM, St. Louis Ponds, Gervais, OR; and Saturday, October 17, 9:30AM- 2PM, Mt. Hood Pond, a 5 acre pond on the campus of Mt. Hood Community College, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. Free. Licenses are required for anyone 14 years and older, and are not available at the events. “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invite you to introduce youth to the fun of fishing through Family Fishing Days. Family Fishing Events offer a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site ODFW staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids reel in their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be!”

Portland Pet Expo”, Saturday, October 10, 10AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, or $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

Time Traveler’s Lyceum and Ball”, Saturday, October 10, Odd Fellows Hall, 267 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Lyceum 12PM-5PM with storytelling, crafters, presentations, demonstrations, and museum exhibits. Ball 7PM-11PM. Tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the door. “This is a family friendly event! Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Spend an afternoon with fellow time travelers in a 1920s era lodge hall. During the afternoon you’ll enjoy storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, stories of space travel and fantasy fiction, international folk dancing lessons and more. At 4PM hear our keynote speaker, Sara Christman, the author of ‘Victorian Secrets’. You are invited to wear a costume from any historical era. We’ll take a dinner break from 5PM-7PM. A simple supper will be available for purchase at the Lodge, or plan to visit one of the many restaurants in historic downtown Hillsboro. Then, come back to the ball room in your formal wear at 7PM. We’ll start our evening of dancing through the ages with English Country Dance instruction by Laura Hatch followed by a Costume Parade. Then, we will fill up the dance floor with country dances, swing dancing (lead by the lively teachers form Stumptown Dance), and finally contemporary music and dance to cap off the evening. A photographer will be on hand to capture the fun.”

Quake-Up!”, Saturday, October 10, 9AM -1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Quake-Up! Join Museum staff and volunteers for activities related to the earth’s movements. Local Storyteller Emmy blue will tell tales of the Enchanted Forest at 11 a.m. and guests will make tsunami bottles and pet rocks to take home. Family Day activities will take place in conjunction with Quake Up and Preparedness, an earthquake preparedness fair for all ages, presented by the Washington County Citizen Participation Organization (CPO) Program on the Civic Center Plaza.”

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, October 10, and Saturday, October 24, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $15 ages 16 and older, $10 ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “The Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, October 10, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $18. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 10 and up. Maximum 3 participants per registration. 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.”

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, October 10, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Suggested for ages 8- 18. “In "Creating Story from Significant Moments," Mindy Hardwick, author of ‘Stained Glass Summer’, discusses how to find and capture important moments and turn them into character and story. Hosted by author Rosanne Parry, The League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books.”

NW Ciderfest”, Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 715 SW Morrison St., Pdx. All ages welcome. “Over 30 cideries. Food Trucks, live music, flavors of the NW, cider tastings for ages 21 and over.”

1st Annual Portland Typewriter Jam”, Saturday, October 10, 4PM-9PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “The inaugural Portland Typewriter Jam has everything any typewriter aficionado could ask for! The event includes an exhibit of unique and rare typewriters, a typewriter clinic with demos for repair and cleaning and attendees walk away with their own typewriter-themed art print.”

Tween Takeover Volunteering”, Saturday, October 10, 10AM-12PM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; call Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Gunther at 503-691-3070 or via email at “Calling on library-loving teens: Go behind the scenes and in the stacks to learn how our library works! Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, and ideas! Tween Takeover is a monthly program of volunteer projects for 4th - 7th graders. Includes chill time in the Teen Room!”

Family Nature Walk at Fort Cascades Trail and Bonneville Dam, WA”, Saturday, October 10, 10AM-2PM. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 1.5 miles, little elevation gain. “Join Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee and volunteer environmental educator Roland Begin on a family-friendly interpretive nature walk on the Fort Cascades trail to learn about the many plants and animals that make up this area's ecosystem. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of the Bonneville Dam and underwater fish viewing windows.”

Delicious Homemade Sodas”, Saturday, October 10, 1PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Homemade sodas are refreshing, delicious, and easy to make. Learn how to make your own sodas with the fresh ingredients that you choose. This class allows you to take back control of what you are drinking. No more high fructose corn syrup for you and your family! Join herbalist and home fermenter, Saundra Kamman of HerbN Tea, to learn two different methods for creating your own personal sodas. We will taste a few sodas made with fresh fruit, herbs and a variety of sweeteners (including honey, agave, and turbinado or brown sugar ). We will discuss the benefits of each and then make a soda to take home.”

Eco-Friendly Gardens”, Saturday, October 10, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to join us at the Water Center to learn about eco-friendly gardens. Also learn how to use water wisely in your garden.”

Concert, “Jass Two Plus One
”, Saturday, October 10, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “The romance and adventure of 1920’s and 1930’s Jazz.”

Paradise of Samoa: Polynesian Dance Troupe”, Saturday, October 10, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, in the JC Penny Court. “Take a tour of the Pacific Islands through dance, music and costumes.”

Invasive Plants in our Neighborhoods”, Saturday, October 10, 1PM, Belmont Library. “In this workshop, you will learn about invasive plants, including tree-of-heaven, in Sunnyside and surrounding neighborhoods. How to identify some of these plants, what problems they cause, and how to control them. It will include a slide show and a walk around the neighborhood to see examples of invasive plants. This workshop is presented by Sunnyside Street Tree Team and City of Portland Urban Forestry.”

Portland Open Studios”, Saturday, October 10, Sunday, October 11, Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 10AM-5PM. Tour guide functions as a ticket for up to 2 adults for all 4 days, anyone under 18 is free. You can purchase it online or from local retailers including New Seasons for $15, or purchase it as an app for $4.99. See details online: “Portland Open Studios is an annual self-guided studio tour of 100+ artists studios across the metro area during the second and third weekends in October.” This is a juried open studio.

Monster Costumes”, Saturday, October 10, 2PM, Woodstock Library; and Saturday, October 24, 10:30AM, Hollywood Library. “Transform a colorful fleece beanie into a monster with big eyes, curly horns and pointy teeth! In this 1 ½ hour workshop, kids will pretend to be ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ as they create monstrous Halloween costume caps with Puppetkabob.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, October 10, 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.”

Teen Mixed Media Collage”, Saturday, October 10, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Teens will be provided with an 8x10-inch canvas to express themselves thru mixed media. They can use acrylics, mod-podge, magazines, collage paper, recycled goods and more.” Presented by Art ala Carte Pdx. 

North African Native Music and Culture”, Saturday, October 10, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Algerian-born Moh Alileche will introduce the culture and music of the North African Berbers. Alileche, accompanied by a drummer and flutist, will play traditional music on the mondol, a steel-stringed instrument resembling a mandolin.”

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations: Quilting”, Saturday, October 10, 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.”

Birding at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, October 10, meeting at 8AM at the Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Enjoy the sights and sounds of migrating geese, ducks and other birds on this free expert-guided bird walk at the gateway to the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. An easy 10-mile drive from Vancouver, Steigerwald Lake offers historic riverine flood plain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and stands of Oregon white oak, as well as great views of the Columbia River.”

Dog Safety School”, Sunday, October 11, 1:30PM, Tigard Library. All ages. “In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, an Oregon Humane Society educator will provide valuable information about how to stay safe around dogs. Then practice what you learned with our special guests: real live trained therapy dogs!”

Wahclella Falls Kids Hike, OR”, Sunday, October 11, 9:45AM- 1PM, free. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 1.8 miles, 380’ elevation gain. “Join Hike Leader Mary Ann Schmidt and Conservation Organizer Ryan Rittenhouse on this educational salmon hike up Tanner Creek to thundering Wahclella Falls. Learn about the life cycle of salmon and get to witness their spawning grounds first hand. Afterwards, enjoy an optional trip to Eagle Creek for additional salmon viewing. Makes for a great family outing!”

22nd Annual Heirloom Apple Festival”, Sunday, October 11, 12PM-4PM, Smith Berry Barn, 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Hillsboro. “Join in on this fun, one-of-a-kind, family activity! As long as availability allows, we will be offering select varieties of apples and pears for U-pick. We'll be offering an array of heirloom and modern varieties of apples and pears, picked fresh from our orchard and ripe for the tasting! Varieties include classics such as Macintosh, Jonathan and Gala as well as some lesser known varieties including Spitzenberg, King, Cox Orange Pippin and many more! Kids and adults alike love to taste the amazing difference in flavors of all of our fresh-picked apples. Enjoy freshly dipped caramel apples, hot apple cider and home-made apple pie, made from an assortment of different varieties! We will be grilling delicious chicken apple sausages with caramelized sweet onions and grilled apples. Yummm! Pick your favorite pumpkin from our patch out back...or select from our bountiful array we've already picked for you....your choice! And don't forget your other fall decorating items. We have straw bales, corn stalks, gourmet pumpkins, squash, gourds and plenty of fall décor. The kids will love jumping in our straw pile, climbing on our straw pyramid or wandering through our tiny-tots hay maze! Friendly alpacas from Easy Go Farms will be visiting with us this weekend. Hayrides will be available as weather permits.”

Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, October 11, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every 2nd Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Featuring a new theme each month, our series kicks off with stories of home and harvest, where things can go happily haywire. Come listen, learn, laugh, and leave with a story to tell!”

"Portland Oregon Paper Shapers", Sunday, October 11, 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."

Courage, Hope, and Survival of the Holocaust”, Sunday, October 11, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. "We have kept silent about our experiences for many years, but we have decided that we need to share our history about our incarceration during the Holocaust, in order to teach of what hate and discrimination can do to people's lives." “Les Aigner was 15 year old boy in 1944. Because of his religion he was taken from his home in Budapest, Hungary, to Auschwitz Concentration Camp as well as several other camps. Les was liberated in Dachau Germany by the American Forces. After liberation, Les returned to his home, and found out that most of his family had been killed in the Holocaust. Eva Aigner, as a seven year old child and because of her religion, was taken from her home to the Ghetto in Budapest, Hungary. She survived the Budapest Ghetto, but many of her family members were killed during the Holocaust. Les and Eva got married in Hungary in 1956, and escaped from Communism with the great desire to build a new family in a free country. They now live in Oregon.”

Sarangi Music”, Sunday, October 11, 3PM, Tualatin Library. “Enjoy an afternoon of folk tunes and classical music from India. Rose Okada plays the sarangi, an instrument featuring both bowed and resonating strings. She will be accompanied on tabla. Free for all ages by the Library Hearth.”

Bike the Levees”, Sunday, October 11, 10AM- 1PM, Multnomah County Drainage District, 1880 NE Elrod Dr., Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 12 and up. Helmets required. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring your bike and your friends for a tour of Portland’s levee system! The Multnomah County Drainage Districts and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 15-mile trip on easy terrain. We’ll be on a mix of dedicated pedestrian path, bike lanes and short distances of shoulder riding. A portion of this ride will be on the scenic Columbia Slough Trail. Learn about functionality and history of Portland’s levee system which protects people and properties from flooding the work being done to ensure that the levee system meets modern standards for public safety. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Levee Ready Columbia, a collaboration of government, business, and neighborhood organizations working together to evaluate the condition of our local levee network and to ensure valuable regional resources are protected in the future. Riders will explore how the levees are managed for the balance of safety, recreation, and restoration.”

Re-Sufficiency”, Sunday, October 11, 3PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Urban living with country tricks for easy self-sufficiency. Re-Vitalize and Re-Design your life while saving money and time.”

Davis Graveyard Open House”, Sunday, October 11, 11AM-4PM, 8703 SE 43rd Ave., Milwaukie.  “Come see behind the scenes and meet the creators of the graveyard.”  This is Portland’s epic annual Halloween display!

Food Hero Taste Testing for Teens”, Monday, October 12, 3:30PM, Midland Library. “OSU Extension Services Nutrition educators show kids how easy it is to eat more fruits and vegetables, by demonstrating how to make a healthy recipe. Participants will receive program information, recipes, a small gift, and a little taste of something super yummy.”

3D Print and Design Lab”, Monday, October 12, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. “3D printing is the wave of the future, but what can you do with it today? Come learn about 3D printing, see one in action, and make a few of your own 3D printed designs. You'll leave with the skills to start making your own products and a 3D print of one of the parts we'll design!”

Author Talk, “Patrick Ness”, Monday, October 12, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Patrick Ness discusses his YA book, “The Rest of Us Just Live Here”. “What if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…”

The Cascade Earthquake In Our Future”, Monday, October 12, 6PM, Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Chris Goldfinger, PhD, Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Oregon State University. “When “The Really Big One” ran in The New Yorker in July, the potential for a catastrophic earthquake in the Pacific Northwest captured national attention. The story opens with a minute-by-minute account of the 2011 Tohoku quake in Japan through the eyes of Chris Goldfinger. On this side of the Pacific, the Oregon State University geologist has led studies pinpointing the years and locations of past ruptures along what scientists call the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 700-mile-long fracture under the Pacific Ocean just off the Northwest coast. At the Corvallis Science Pub, Goldfinger will describe the 13-year research effort that led him to identify 19 major breaks along the Cascadia in the last 10,000 years. The magnitude of these events ranged between 8.7 and 9.2 on the Richter Scale, “really huge earthquakes,” he says. The earthquakes increase in frequency southward with additional 8.0-8.7 quakes, averaging about every 350 years at Newport. In the far south, near the California-Oregon border, he has found that quakes tend to occur about twice as often as they do in the north, about every 240 years. The Tohoku earthquake registered as a 9.0.”

3D Print Cuff Bracelet for Teen Girls”, Tuesday, October 13, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to design and 3D print your own cuff bracelet that is unique to you by designing an image or adding your name, whatever trips your fancy. If time allows each student will leave the class with their own 3D object or you can return to the makerlab to print on your own.”

Migration! Amazing Tales from the Flyways”, Tuesday, October 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “Migration: it’s been part of the seasonal rhythm of the planet for eons. Yet scientists are just beginning to understand the forces that drive the incredible journeys of millions of birds each year. The Arctic Tern wins the world distance prize by traveling from its Arctic breeding grounds to winter in the Antarctic each year. But even the tiny Rufous Hummingbird, familiar to us here in the western US, travels over 2000 miles in its migration from winters in Mexico to summers as far north as Alaska. Join ornithologist Dr. Michael Murphy as he describes new findings revealed by emerging technologies, explains the various migration strategies used by different species, the forces that trigger migration, the risk and reward of these often prodigious journeys, and conservation implications as habitat is threatened along the migration route. Using maps and photos, he’ll describe the routes, distances and timing of the annual migration of the familiar and the less common species from North America and elsewhere. Migration studies abound with astonishing tales of endurance and navigation.”

Travel the World: Myanmar”, Tuesday, October 13, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Myanmar: A Place Frozen in Time. Slide show.”

Cookbook Discussion”, Tuesday, October 13, 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.”

Beginning Birding 1”, Wednesday, October 14, or Thursday, November 5, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. 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.”

NASA’s Greatest Hits: Fifty Years of Exploring Our Solar System”, Wednesday, October 14, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets, $10 at the door. “A lot happened in NASA exploration of the solar system the summer of 2015, including the 10-year journey of New Horizons probe to the dwarf planet Pluto and the Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt. These missions cap a five-decade-long era of solar system reconnaissance that began with Venus and Mars in the early 1960s, and continued through first looks of Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn in the 1970s, and Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s. Meaningfully, the July 14 flyby of Pluto occurred 50 years to the day after humans first explored Mars with NASA’s Mariner 4 on July 14, 1965. At this Science on Tap, Greg Cermak, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and former Astrobiology instructor at WSU, will take us on a tour of the greatest hits of five decades of NASA outer solar system exploration and the spacecraft that made it all possible.”

Mushrooms of the Northwest”, Wednesday, October 14, 6:30PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for this exploration of the world of Fungi. We will start off with some basic mushroom anatomy, and then via slideshow and live specimens we will meet some of the major mushroom genera in our area. Come away with useful identification tips, understanding of fungal ecology, harvesting and cooking advice, and so much more. Instructor: Gradey Proctor.”

Grumpy Cat Photo Oppurrtunity”, Wednesday, October 14, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Grumpy Cat is back with a mission: teach the world to ‘NO’ everything ‘Grumpy Cat: No-it-all’ is packed with feel-good topics just begging for a cranky makeover: kittens, rainbows, smiles, birthday parties, cuddles, and more. Please note: a purchase of Grumpy Cat: No-It-All is required to join the photo line — limited to the first 500 people.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, October 14, 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!”

DIY Craftshop: Felted Acorns”, Thursday, October 15, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. For adults and kids ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503 625-6688. “Unleash your inner crafter at our monthly craft series inspired by Pinterest. Make your own felted acorn that you can turn into jewelry, decorations or more.”

Lantern Slide Show: Portland Gardens”, Thursday, October 15, 10AM, Portland Garden Club, 1132 SW Vista Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Join us for a slide show presentation and narration of hand-colored lantern slides of early twentieth-century Portland gardens. The slide show will be orchestrated by Matthew Cowan, Archivist for the Moving Images and Photography Collection at the Oregon Historical Society, and slide show narration will be presented by Suzanne Bishop, chair of the Garden History committee at the Portland Garden Club, and Tricia Hoffman, Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography.”

Educator Appreciation Night for Homeschoolers”, Thursday, October 15, 4:30PM, Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “Homeschool educators - enjoy discounts, prizes, free treats from our Cafe's new menu, a presentation from the creators of Living the Mediterranean Diet, one of this fall's best reviewed books, popular, all-ages author Elizabeth Rusch and more! Ends at 6:00PM.”

Educator Reception for Homeschoolers”, Thursday, October 15, 2PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “Homeschool educators pre-K through grade 12 are invited to celebrate Educator Appreciation Days with a special reception just for homeschoolers. Please join us for a presentation, free giveaways, and enter for a chance to win a $500 Barnes and Noble giftcard.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, October 15, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. This month’s episode is Horror of Fang Rock. All ages are welcome.”

Space Travel and Survival”, Thursday, October 15, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades K-12. Preregistration required; register online: “What would you need to travel to Mars? What about to survive in outer space? Come learn all about it from the experts from Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum!”

Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail”, Thursday, October 15, 7PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. $3 requested donation. “The Ice Age Floods National Geological Trail (IAFNGT) will become a reality in 2016. Rick Thompson, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, will present an update on the National Park Service partnering with the Ice Age Floods Institute to create our largest national park: The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. Starting in Missoula, Montana and ending at the Pacific Ocean, it will have stops in Portland, Oregon City and Tualatin!”

A History of Landscape Painting”, Thursday, October 15, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, 1st floor Community Room. “Why do artists paint landscapes, and what can we see in them? Join Professor Nancy Schonbrun for an exploration of landscapes from the earliest depiction of volcanoes in prehistoric Turkey, to scenes of the newly-conquered American West, the dramatic canvases of Turner, the meditative ink paintings of Japan, and more.”

La Muerte Baila”, Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, November 8, Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. Bilingual. “Día de los Muertos is a time of joyous reunion! When a disenchanted muertito refuses to return to the realm of the living, La Muerte must stop her own grumbling and set things right! Traversing a landscape of bruised egos, the two set off on a comical journey through the lands of grief and remembrance. A colorful and bittersweet story of self-reflection and forgiveness complemented by beautiful lyrical and folkloric-style dance.”

Great Shake Out: Drill”, Thursday, October 15, 10:15AM, Ridgefield Library. All ages. “Every wonder what you will do in an Earthquake? Join us for a drill and pick up information to make your home safer. Great practice for oldsters and youngsters and everyone in between.”

Native Plant Workshop”, Thursday, October 15, 6:30PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “This workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show you examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.”

Great Shake Out: Speaker”, Thursday, October 15, 5PM, Ridgefield Library. “Tim Dawdy of the Ridgefield Fire Department will be here to share information on how to prepare for earthquakes and other natural disasters. Learn the basics on how to prepare yourself and your family.”

Salmon Surveyer Orientation”, Thursday, October 15, 6PM, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, 1900 SE Milport Rd., Milwaulie. Preregistration required; Contact Danielle at or call 503-652-7477. Please indicate if you are signing up with your own survey partner. “Help Johnson Creek Watershed Council document the distribution of salmon species through Johnson Creek. No experience is necessary, training is provided. Biologists from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and JCWC Staff will provide training and answer questions. Light refreshments provided. How the surveys work: Volunteers will walk selected sections of Johnson Creek in pairs a minimum of one weekend between October 17th and December 12th, searching for salmon and evidence of spawning. Waders and necessary equipment are provided. Allow 2-3 hours per survey.”

Sounds from the Archives”, Friday, October 16, 5:30PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. $25. “A one-night only exhibit at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, part of our From the Archives series. This event will display musical instruments, radios and artifacts from our collections. Enjoy the music from a circa 1900 transposing piano, listen to an Edison phonograph, take your turn at playing cymbals from big band groups from the 1920s and 30s, and explore the museum in prime time. All ticket sales support the creation of new exhibits at the museum. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and each ticket includes one free drink.”

16th Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Festival”, Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. “Yachats is a small coastal village that highlights good regional food, local arts and crafts, and is surrounded by lush temperate rainforest that provides (and depends upon) an astonishing array of fungi and mushrooms. This annual festival features wild forest mushroom cuisine presented by talented local chefs, culinary markets, wine and beer tastings, arts and crafts, live music and other entertainment. In addition, you’re guaranteed a FUN time while learning all about mushrooms, the role of fungi in forest ecology, how to grow your own culinary mushrooms, and how to create delicious mushroom dishes. We are honored to host a world class team of fungi scholars and educators who join this festival annually to provide informative mushroom talks, guided walks, workshops and wild mushrooms displays.”

Family Resource Fair”, Saturday, October 17, 10AM- 2PM, Beaverton Library. “The Beaverton City Library Family Resource Fair connects families with nonprofit organizations that serve children. Local organizations will host tables with information and activities for kids.”

TurkFest”, Saturday, October 17, 12PM-6PM, and Sunday, October 18, 12PM-5PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Turkey through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, an authentic Turkish tea house, and a lively marketplace. This enriching, engaging, and entertaining festival of friendship celebrates the multiple cultures that link modern Turkey to the East and West.”

Home Movie Day”, Saturday, October 17, 2PM, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Films will be accepted for inspection starting at 1:00pm; projection starts at 2:00pm. “Home Movie Day is a FREE community event that takes place each October in theaters, museums, libraries, and basements around the world. Bring in your 16mm, 8mm, and Super8 (please no video) for inspection and projection on the big screen. Trained film archivists will be on hand to answer your questions and prep your films for viewing. Throughout the afternoon, we will also be playing Home Movie Day Bingo. Can you spot a mustached beer drinking uncle? Fake Santa beard? Waving rose parade queen? Glowing birth footage? A wedding congo line? String them all together in a row of five, and you might just win yourself a prize.”

12th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta”, Saturday, October 17, 10AM-4PM, Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. Free. “If you’ve never been to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy. Over the last 11 years the award-winning West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta has become Oregon's best October event. Spectators come from not only the Pacific Northwest but also from all over the United States and Canada. The event has been featured by a wide variety of local, regional, and national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Travel Channel, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, and Food Network Magazine.”

Washington County Artists Open Studios”, Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 11AM-5PM. Free. Their website allows you to locate artists by city, media, or name, and see which artists are new this year. It is clearly marked whether you will be visiting a gallery or an artist studio. And it’s free! What could be better?

Advocate for Your Dyslexic Child”, Saturday, October 17, 3PM, Hood River Library. “Families and Community Together (FaCT), together with Columbia Gorge Dyslexia Fund and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of Decoding Dyslexia, will provide training to families who want to become advocates for their children in school. Participants will learn about the IEP/504 process and be able to create goals to ensure their children receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), which is guaranteed under federal law. This event is part of Dyslexia Awareness Month in October.” (Homeschooled children are also qualified for benefits.)

Concert, “Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band”, Saturday, October 17, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band will play Americana, folk, country, and bluegrass as they used to be played in the old-time kitchens, with instruments found around the house.”

Bag and Baggage Pop-Up Performances”, Saturday, October 17, 2PM-4PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “In celebration of Hillsboro Arts Month, Bag and Baggage theater will be doing roughly 8 ‘pop-up’ performances around the Hillsboro Main Library between 2-4pm.”

Abenteuer auf der Welt: Lost Adventures of the Globe-Trekking German Botanists”, Saturday, October 17, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Because we share a language with Great Britain, people in the United States are far more familiar with Britons who discovered, classified or introduced woody plants to our gardens than we are with Germans who did the same things. On this tour, you'll discover that many trees in our arboretums, parks and gardens were first scientifically described or brought into cultivation by German speakers. We'll trace the footsteps of these globe-spanning botanical pioneers, and learn how they climbed active volcanoes, penetrated forbidden kingdoms, and sailed beyond the farthest ends of the known world in a quest not for gold but botanical treasure.”

Creature Feature”, Saturday, October 17, 11AM, Ridgefield Library; and Tuesday, October 27, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Touch live reptiles and learn about these fascinating animals at this sure to be popular program.”

Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory”, Saturday, October 17, 11AM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Champoeg State Heritage Area joins dozens of other Oregon locations by Participating in the month long 2014 Oregon Archaeology Celebration. On Saturday October 17th retired Oregon State Archaeologist Dr. Leland Gilsen will exhibit a "Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory" - showcasing the tools, weapons, and technological achievements of the First Americans. The museum about Oregon covers 14,000+ years and the cultures found in the NW Coast, Columbia Plateau, Inter-Mountain and Great Basin ecological zones. The Oregon Archaeology Celebration was created through a proclamation by the Governor of Oregon that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote archaeology, cultural heritage, and history with a focus on Oregon. It represents a great opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of the state.”

Fleece to Fabric”, Saturday, October 17, 11AM-3PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Vancouver Community Library and the Vancouver Handspinners invite you to Fleece to Fabric. Join us for a demonstration of all things wooly and explore the process of turning wool into cloth. Watch historic techniques and traditional crafts as we create handmade fabric. See demonstrations of: fiber preparation, handspinning on antique and modern spinning wheels, and also the crafts of knitting, crochet and weaving.”

Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow”, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 11AM- 4PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Park Rd., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. See website for schedule of events: Nothing says “Pacific Northwest” like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation’s designated Wild and Scenic rivers. During the annual Salmon Homecoming, naturalists are on hand to help you see the salmon and explore other aspects of the park’s 1,000 acres of old-growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches. Take the chill off around the campfire. Hot drinks provided. No registration required.

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, October 17, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10 ages 16 and older, $7 ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “Titled Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks, these new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud.” October tour: Halloween at Vancouver Barracks.

Geocaching 101: Learning the Basics”, Saturday, October 17, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Library. “Want to find a cool hobby that gets your whole family outside and active? There will be a few ‘expert’ geocachers from right here in Portland that will come and teach you the basics of geocaching. We will cover what geocaching is, what to use when geocaching, why we do it and more! Just bring a laptop, a great attitude and a smile!”

Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair”, Saturday, October 17, 11AM-2PM, Garden Home Library. “Peruse booths on various sustainable topics and businesses from gardening to recycling to water. Family-friendly event. Bring broken items (typewriters, bicycles, etc.) to the Repair Fair! Volunteers will be on hand to help you fix these items. Contact us for more details. Learn about topics such as: Eat Smart, Waste Less; solar power, sustainable home projects, pollution prevention and more!”

FrankenToys for Teens”, Saturday, October 17, 2PM, Vancouver Library, Teen Central Level 1. “Teens, bring out your inner mad scientist and transform cute, cuddly stuffed animals into mutant creatures.”

Portland Retro Gaming Expo”, Saturday, October 17, 10AM-midnight, and Sunday, October 18, 10AM- 5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Advance prices $27 weekend pass, $22 Saturday only, $16 Sunday only, $5 extra at the door, free for ages 10 and under. “Our primary mission is to educate our visitors on the impact that video games have made on our society. Our main methods for doing this are through hands-on interaction with classic games and by hosting speaking engagements from important figures from video game history.” In addition to speakers, panel discussions and exhibitors, they feature a hands-on arcade. “Put simply, it will be 20,000 square feet of full-size arcade cabs and pinball machines. All awesome and all set to freeplay. It's like a museum that you can touch - pay one admission price and play all weekend.”

Lelooska Living History Evening Performance”, Saturday, October 17, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Grounds open at 5:30 including museum. “Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length.”

Pulleys and Levers”, Saturday, October 17, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, October 17. 1PM, Rockwood 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.”

Let’s Make A Monster”, Saturday, October 17, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Bring out the best of your child’s imagination through drawing. This fun drawing workshop will teach kids how to create monsters from their own imagination. Participants will learn how to draw interesting and original faces, bodies, and limbs in order to bring their own unique monsters to life! Participants will learn the fundamentals of drawing and also develop an understanding of line, shape, color, texture, and shading. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome!”

All About Fruit Show”, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 10AM-4PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby. $6 admission or $10 per family. “Home Orchard Society’s famous annual fall tasting event, The All About Fruit Show, is for fruit enthusiasts of all ages! Attendees will have the opportunity to see and taste hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruit from the Pacific Northwest including apples, pears, plums, grapes, kiwis, quince, and more! Home Orchard Society aims to help lots of folks launch into the pleasure of growing good fruit at home! If you love fruit or want to grow your own fruit trees, this is the place to be! • Free with entry – hundreds of varieties of fruit to see and taste! • Apple pie contest and Large fruit contest! • Speakers presenting on a variety of fruit-growing topics (see schedule at HOS website) • Cider pressing demos (fun for the whole family!) • HOS expert table to answer your fruit growing questions! • Plus … mason bee supplies, fruit tree growing publications, order custom-grafted fruit trees, door prizes, and more!”

Tortilla, Sope and Gordita Making with Fresh Corn Masa”, Saturday, October 17, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. “Using Three Sisters Nixtamal’s fresh, stone-ground organic corn masa, you will see how easy it is to make your own delicious masa creations. This hands-on class includes shaping and cooking tortillas, sopes and gorditas and finishing them with our favorite locally available Mexican ingredients. We share our favorite recipes and talk about the history of corn in Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas as well as the health benefits of this thousands-years old, traditional corn processing method called ‘nixtimalization’.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, October 17, 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.”

The Bug Chicks”, Saturday, October 17, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library; and Thursday, October 22, 3PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. All ages. “The Bug Chicks will be your scientist guides through the incredible world of insects, spiders, and their relatives. Join us for their interactive program where you can even touch the bugs!” Highly recommended!!!

Family Nature Fest”, Saturday, October 17, 9AM- 1PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $5 per child ages 2 and up. Free for adults, and scholarships available for children who receive free or reduced school lunch. “What do you get when you bring together zoo critters, a ‘garbage rock’ musician, a world-renowned comedian/magician, guided nature hikes, a scavenger hunt, and 100-acres of urban nature? Family Nature Fest! Instrument making and sing-along with Recycle Man, nature comedy magic show with Angel Ocasio, Oregon Zoo animals, ‘Los Arboles de Columbia Springs’ bilingual nature hike, fish hatchery tours, forest pharmacy hike, toddler nature story and stroll, scavenger hunt, prizes and more.”

Skared yet? Celebrate your fears with author Katy Towell”, Sunday, October 18, 11AM, Hollywood Library; Sunday, October 18, 3PM, Hillsdale Library; and Thursday, October 22, 4PM, Gresham Library. “Join author and illustrator Katy Towell for a fun-filled scary workshop, based on her middle grade horror fantasy ‘Charlie and the Grandmothers’, to celebrate our fears by drawing scary characters and telling stories of the things that scare us, to learn about the ‘behind the scenes’ of illustrating scary illustrations and make them come alive, and dress up as our favorite nightmare.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, October 18, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Preregistration required; register online: $10. “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.”

Re-Function Fabulous Costumes from Finds”, Sunday, October 18, 3PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Get inspiration and instruction to Re-Invent a classic costume, or something completely unique!”

Cedar Mill Cider Festival”, Sunday, October 18, 1PM-4PM, John Quincy Adams Young House, 12050 NW Cornell Rd., Beaverton. Free. “Bring the whole family to this fun, interactive event! You'll see how the pioneers made cider with antique, hand-cranked presses and even sample the results! Browse the food and craft offerings of local vendors in the Country Store, and be sure to visit our partners’ booths for information about local resources. Enjoy a BBQ lunch and delicious brownie sundaes, while listening to the folksy bluegrass music of Lauren Sheehan and Friends. The Rec Mobile will be onsite to provide games and activities for kids. Visit the History Tent to find out more about Cedar Mill history and the plans for the historic John Quincy Adams Young House. Free parking in the big lot east of the Cedar Mill Bible Church.”

Birding at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge”, Sunday, October 18, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Preregistration required; call 503-635-2044. “Join naturalist Elaine Murphy on a tour of Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the outskirts of Portland, it is one of only a few urban national wildlife refuges in the country. It is home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants.”

Book Talk, “Amber Keyser”, Sunday, October 18, 2PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Join author Amber Keyser to celebrate the publication of her first novel, 'The Way Back From Broken'.” “Rakmen Cannon’s life is turning out to be one sucker punch after another. His baby sister died in his arms, his parents are on the verge of divorce, and he’s flunking out of high school. The only place he fits in is with the other art therapy kids stuck in the basement of Promise House, otherwise known as support group central. Not that he wants to be there. Talking doesn’t bring back the dead. When he’s shipped off to the Canadian wilderness with ten-year-old Jacey, another member of the support group, and her mom, his summer goes from bad to worse. He can’t imagine how eight weeks of canoeing and camping could be anything but awful. Yet despite his expectations, the vast and unforgiving backcountry just might give Rakmen a chance to find the way back from broken . . . if he’s brave enough to grab it.”

3D Printing 101”, Monday, October 19, 6:30PM, Kenton Library. “From prosthetics to pizza and organs – 3D printing is all over the news! How does it work? What is being done today with 3D printers? Come see a variety of prints, as well as a printer in action. Bring your questions and thoughts to this open-ended session, and leave with a 3D printed reminder of what you learned!”

Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives”, Tuesday, October 20, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Lars Nordström, author of Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives, will share oral histories from Swedes and their descendants who made their way to Oregon in the 20th Century. Books will be available for sale and signing.”

Travel the World: Peru”, Tuesday, October 20, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Exploring Peru. Slide show.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Tuesday, October 20, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play. Free by the Library Hearth.”

3D Print Swivel-Top Box for Teen Girls”, Tuesday, October 20, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to design and 3D print your own swivel top box style container, similar to the swivel top boxes that woodworkers create. You will be able to uniquely design your lid to make it one of a kind. If time allows each student will leave the class with their own 3D object or you can return to the makerlab to print on your own.”

An Evening with Coyote”, Tuesday, October 20, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 537 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for an evening of tales from renowned Shoshone-Bannock storyteller Ed Edmo, who will introduce Coyote to the Walters stage through a riveting collection of stories for all ages. Edmo is a playwright, poet, performer, and consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and also plays the coyote spirit on the popular television series Portlandia. Prepare to laugh and learn from the many adventures of Coyote—one of the most pivotal indigenous characters of North American mythology. Please plan to arrive early for a seat.”

Earth Rocks!”, Tuesday, October 20, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Presented by AKA Science. Experiment with erosion, make colorful rock ‘streaks’ and see a sinkhole in action...then take stuff home to show your family and friends!”

Cape Cod and Islands”, Tuesday, October 20, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Meyer Room. “Cape Cod and the surrounding islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard conjure up images of clapboard houses, Betsy Ross flags, and clam chowder. These islands are steeped in a rich history where time stands still and many shops still close for the winter. Join us on a photographic journey of this classic slice of Americana.”

Author Talk, “William Ritter”, Tuesday, October 20, 7:30PM, McMinnville Library. “Will Ritter, author of the Jackaby young adult series, will visit McMinnville for a question and answer session as part of Teen Read Week.”

Back to the Future”, Wednesday, October 21, 4:30PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Today is the day, 30 years in the future, that Marty McFly arrives. Watch family-friendly clips from the movie; compare now and 1985; test your knowledge of the movie, and even check out a real DeLorean! Come in costume and get a prize.”

Marty McFly Returns!”, Wednesday, October 21, 4:29PM, Cedar Mill Library. For ages 10 and up. “The future is now! Where’s my hoverboard? We’re celebrating Marty’s return by watching Back to the Future 2 at precisely the moment he goes to the future, 4:29 PM. Come in costume and you might win a prize as well. Free event for ages 10 and up, so bring the big kids (parents) too!

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Wednesday, October 21, 9AM-12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, Hoyt Arboretum meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Interested in expanding your knowledge of native conifers? Instructor Ken Denniston (author of will help you learn to identify the 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon. The class will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.” 

Dandiya Raas Dance”, Wednesday, October 21, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Dandiya Raas is a traditional folk dance from Gujarat, India. This dance is a special feature of the Navratri festival. Learn a few steps and join in the dance!”

Climate Change”, Wednesday, October 21, 7PM, Estacada Library. “Talk presented by Andrew Fountain, Department of Geology, Portland State University.”

Masters of Illusion”, Wednesday, October 21, 2PM, Woodstock Library; and Saturday, October 24, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. Presented by AKA Science. “Can you make it look like pictures are moving around, changing places or jumping out at you? You can if you're a Master of Illusion! Join us for an hour of 3-D glasses, flip sticks and fun animation games - then take your creations home to fool your friends!”

Author Talk, “Teri Brown”, Wednesday, October 21, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Teri Brown discusses her YA novel “Velvet Undercover”. “Samantha Donaldson's family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, mathematics, and complex puzzles, hoping to make him proud. When Sam is asked to join the famed women's spy group La Dame Blanche, she's torn—while this could be an unbelievable adventure, how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes she can't refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.”

Exploring Oregon’s Historic Cemeteries”, Thursday, October 22, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Kuri Gill, of the Oregon Heritage Commission, will show how historic cemeteries are truly a record of their communities. Using examples from her exploration of Oregon’s historic cemeteries, she will discuss grave markers, cemetery design, and other fascinating stories that can be learned from cemeteries in Oregon.”

Digital Costume Creation for Teens”, Thursday, October 22, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your very own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches and even electric buzzers. Come prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit and leave with a hat, mask or arm band that you can use on your next adventure.”

YA Author Talks, “Alexandra Sirowy and Virginia Boeker”, Thursday, October 22, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.

Pixel Game Tour for Teens”, Thursday, October 22, 3PM, Woodstock 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.”

Can I Eat This? An Introduction to Mushrooms”, Thursday, October 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “The Pacific Northwest harbors a rich diversity of mushroom species. Fungi play critically important roles in the ecology of forests here. Get an introduction by naturalist Ivan Phillipsen to the weird and wonderful biology of mushrooms in our region. Learn how to identify some of the best edible species as well as the poisonous ones. This class will help you see another, under-appreciated facet of life in our beautiful forests.”

Poet Bao Phi”, Thursday, October 22, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Bao Phi is a multiple Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who has been on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and whose work was included in The Best American Poetry anthology of 2006. He has toured as a featured artist in hundreds of venues across the country since 1999, including the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night. His first book, ‘Sông I Sing’, was met with strong sales, is taught in classrooms across the United States, and enjoyed rave reviews, including The New York Times which stated ‘In this song of his very American self, every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth.’ His new poems deal with his history as a Vietnamese refugee born during war and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis, through his newly formed lens of being a man of color raising a daughter.”

Spooky Stellar Phantoms: Nebulae and More! ”, Thursday, October 22, 6PM and 7:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Campus map and more info here:

Teen Bollywood Fest”, Friday, October 23, 6PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Join us for an evening of all things Bollywood! Wendy, owner of Roving Horse Henna, will be on hand doing henna. Indian food and a Bollywood film will complete this event.”

Owl Prowl”, Friday, October 23, 7PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Have some little owlets that love owls? Bring them to our Owl Prowl family friendly event to learn more about these amazing nighttime predators. An indoor presentation covers local owls and their adaptations. Then the outdoor night hike is our opportunity to look and listen for the Great Horned Owls (and bats, deer, and beavers) at Whitaker Ponds.”

Open House at The Doll Asylum”, Friday, October 23, Saturday, October 24, Sunday, October 25, Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 5PM- 9PM, 6315 N. Michigan St., Pdx. Free admission; donations of dolls accepted. A famous Portland Halloween display!

Seismic Retrofitting Workshop”, Saturday, October 24, 1PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Learn the basics of how to install a seismic retrofit, whether it's something you think you'd like to do yourself, or you just want to understand the basic principles. Topics covered will include the goal of a seismic retrofit, basic load calculations, earthquake insurance, what features to avoid in your next home purchase, permits, assessing foundation quality, tools and hardware.”

Youth Music Project”, Saturday, October 24, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “The Youth Music Project will bring a variety of instruments for kids to try.”

Halloween Night Flight”, Saturday, October 24, 5PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $12.50 for the first member of your group, $10 for each additional member. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate Halloween at the Audubon Society of Portland as you learn all about the creatures of the night! Come face-to-face with Audubon’s Great Horned Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, Turkey Vulture and Raven. Enjoy crafts, learning stations, and a naturalist-led night walk that will investigate the creatures that haunt the Audubon sanctuary at night.”

Haunted Farm”, Saturday, October 24, 6PM-8PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “There are no ghosts at the Farm, and the pioneers didn’t celebrate Halloween, but we do have some stories to share about death and dying in pioneer times. Your family will enjoy close encounters with characters from Eagle Creek’s past.”

51st Annual Clackamette Gem and Mineral Show”, Saturday, October 24, 9AM- 6PM, and Sunday, October 25, 10AM- 5PM, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. “As you probably know, we are pretty passionate about rocks, and we would like to share this passion with you. On October 24-25 please come and join us for our gem and mineral show in Canby, Oregon. While there will definitely be enthusiastic rock hounds of all ages and from all walks of life, there will be lots of good fun to be had by everyone. There will be activities for kids, demonstrations for adults, silent actions, bargain rock sale and of course various dealer booths.” The Fluorescent Show is not to be missed!

Japanese Stab-Bound Books”, Saturday, October 24, 10AM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Sonya Richards. “Learn how to bind your books through Japanese stab binding. This non-adhesive binding makes gorgeous decorative patterns on the spine of the book. We’ll go over four different styles and techniques, and you’ll leave class with four little notebooks handmade by you!”

Photographer Talk: “Tim Moore”, Saturday, October 24, 1PM, Tillamook Forest Center. Exhibit runs throughout the month. “We are blessed to live in one of the most stunning natural areas in the world, the Pacific Northwest. Freelance photographer, Tim Moore, has been fortunate to grow up in a family that loves to travel. Their trips range from weekend outings to short vacations that take them to many areas in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and beyond. The abundant natural settings and a wide variety of wildlife provide endless subject matter for photographic pursuits. The Tillamook State Forest is a perfect place to bring a camera and capture beautiful images of wildlife and the outdoors. Join Tim on a photographic journey of his breath-taking images while learning his approach to get the best picture. Enter to Win! Purchase raffle tickets from October 1 – 24 ($3 each or two for $5) and enter to win a 18” X 24” matted and framed Rufous Visits Red Current photograph valued at $150. All proceeds go to the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust. The winner will be announced October 24th after Tim’s presentation. Winner need not be present to win.”

Hood River County Fruit Loop Heirloom Apple Celebration”, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, Hood River County. “Heirloom apple varieties can trace their heritage back 100 years or more. Farms celebrate these older varieties with special activities for the entire family including BBQs, tours, apple cider, tastings, apple art, fresh apple desserts and more.”

Felted Skulls”, Saturday, October 24, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Stitch and stuff a felt skull of your own design! Then decorate your skull with rhinestones, sequins and other shiny embellishments. For all age levels/skill levels.”

The Secret Life of Birds”, Saturday, October 24, 10AM-11:30PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. Ages 6 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “The birds are talking. Are you listening? Learn to unravel the mysterious communications of the birds and how their various calls and alarms reverberate throughout the landscape. Join naturalist Ashley Conley on this leisurely stroll through Graham Oaks white oak woodlands and open prairie where coyotes, weasels, and Cooper’s hawks roam. Meet in the parking lot.”

OMSI Presents, “Hunters of the Sky”, Saturday, October 24, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Get a bird’s-eye view of how hawks, owls and eagles survive in the wild. Learn about special adaptations such as “silent flight” and how your favorite birds of prey see and hunt. Discover what owls have for midnight snacks as you dissect owl pellets and take home your findings. Topics include adaptations, anatomy, biology and classification.”

Fall Color Tour”, Saturday, October 24, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Enjoy the highlights of the fall color season during this special Fall Color Tour of Hoyt Arboretum.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “Dracula Revamped”, Saturday, October 24, 2PM, and Sunday, October 25, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Pupped Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $9. “Dracula's wife gets eaten by King Kong and her head gets donated to Dr. Frankenstein. But the new bride created does not want to marry Frankenstein's Monster, instead she runs off. Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolf Man and others chase after her to try and win her heart.”

KidLit 101: An Insider's Perspective on Writing Books for Kids”, Saturday, October 24, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Join children's author Dawn Babb Prochovnic as she shares her journey to publication and provides a nuts and bolts overview of the ‘typical’ publishing process. She'll discuss key terminology, different pathways to publication, and local and national resources. Special emphasis will be placed on picture books, but much of the information will be applicable to other children's genres. If you've always wanted to write books for kids, or you've written a story and wonder what comes next, then this workshop is for you! Dawn is the author of 16 books for children including ‘The Nest Where I Like to Rest’, an Oregon Book Awards Finalist.”

Ivy Basket Weaving Workshop”, Sunday, October 25, 10AM-12PM, Forest Park, Birch Trailhead on NW 53rd Dr., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Restore, reuse and re-purpose! Learn how to turn invasive ivy vines into beautiful, functional works of art at this family-friendly basket weaving workshop. Remember to dress warmly for all weather conditions! We'll provide all training, work gloves, and pruners for basket weaving success.”

Screening, “Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton”, Sunday, October 25, doors open at 6PM and event begins at 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. Features a live introduction by Travis Walton via Skype. “Driving home after a day of clearing underbrush in the Sitgreaves National Forest, seven loggers come upon a 40-foot, shiny disc hovering on the crest of a ridge. As if spellbound, Travis jumps from the passenger side of their work truck and runs toward the craft for a closer look. That decision on November 5, 1975, would change him and these loggers forever. Travis's story became a book called ‘Fire in the Sky" and the movie (1993) of the same name. The Paramount Picture feature film enhanced his ‘close encounter of the third kind,’ (a term coined by ufologist J. Allen Hynek denoting human observations of actual aliens or ‘animate beings’). The Travis Walton UFO story remains one of the most well-documented stories of all time. Travis Walton himself will introduce the film via Skype, from his home in Arizona. Then attendees can stay to watch the documentary, enjoy a beer or two and think about life beyond our planet.”

"Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival", Sunday, October 25, 10AM-5PM, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene. $8 suggested donation per person, free for kids 11 and under. "The West Coast's largest mushroom exhibit! Live music, hay ride, scarecrow contest, apple pressing, kids' activities, great food and wine, arts, crafts and books, free parking and shuttle."

Otaku Teens Book Club”, Monday, October 26, 4:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room. For grades 6-12. Preregistration required; Sign up at the Children’s Reference Desk and get your free copy of the book while supplies last. J-Pop fans unite! Join this manga book group and mingle with other otaku teens while watching anime, making stuff and enjoying Japanese snacks.” For October: “Log Horizon” by Mamare Touno and Hara Kazuhiro.

Seismology in Antarctica”, Monday, October 26, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Doug Wiens, PhD Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

3D Print Mini Skull Lantern for Teen Girls”, Tuesday, October 27, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to design and 3D print your own mini skull lantern. Add an LED light or tea candle and you have some lit up magic right in time for the ghostly holidays. If time allows each student will leave the class with their own 3D object or you can return to the makerlab to print on your own.”

Bollywood Thriller for Teens”, Tuesday, October 27, 4PM, Gresham Library. “Learn to Dance Bollywood Thriller with Brittany and DJ Prashant, a choreography that blends the best of two cultures (Halloween from America and Bollywood from India) and makes for a lot of spooky fun. Imagine a Indian Wedding gone wrong when apocalypse hits mid wedding procession transforming the wedding party into Zombies! From their utter confusion and frustration arises the most exciting blend of Thriller infused with Bollywood Moves, co-choreographed by Brittany and Prashant.”

Author Talk, “Yeonmi Park”, Tuesday, October 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Yeonmi Park discusses her book, “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”. “Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape.”

Forest Fungi: Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek State Natural Area”, Tuesday, October 27, 1:30PM, Tryon Creek. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Park Ranger and Mushroom Enthusiast Dane Osis from Fort Stevens State Park will visit Tryon Creek to share his knowledge of mushroom identification and ecology. This program will provide an introduction to the important ecological role that fungi fill as well as helpful tricks and tips for identifying Pacific Northwest mushrooms. We'll then hit the trail to discover what species live in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.”

An Evening with Marja Mills”, Tuesday, October 27, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “In 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees’ blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. The Mockingbird Next Door is her first book and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained on the list for seven weeks. Marja Mills will give a presentation at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.”

The Oregon Historical Railroads Project”, Tuesday, October 27, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. Presented by historian Edward J. Kamholz. “Kamholz will provide a historical survey of Oregon’s private, public, and urban/interurban railroads. He will examine their development patterns and routes and the current effort to create a web-based layer in the Oregon State Geographic Information System that maps and documents the history of each railroad in the state. When completed the project will provide a new lens through which to view Oregon’s transportation network.”

Engineering Adventures”, Wednesday, October 28, 4PM, Tualatin Library. For grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Make robots, experiment with circuits, build vehicles … get ready to tinker with engineering at the library! Held the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Library Community Room.”

Hallowzine at the IPRC”, Wednesday, October 28, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. “Join the IPRC as we showcase the Zine Library with Halloween themed stations. Bob for apples, tell ghost stories, decorate a mask, make a button, read through scary themed zines, make your own Hallowzine, and dress up for our costume contest! Tricks and treats for all ages.”

Stories for a Dark Night”, Wednesday, October 28, 7PM, Tigard Library. For adults and teens. “Halloween isn’t just for kids! Get ready for a wicked evening of mesmerizing ghost stories by award-winning storyteller Ken Iverson. A founding member of the Portland Storytellers' Guild, Iverson will raise the hairs on the back of your neck with chilling tales.”

Centuries of Cider”, Wednesday, October 28, 6:30PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. Free. “Learn about traditional cider making from our experts from Philip Foster Farm. Then enjoy the history of hard cider making from Oregon City's own Portland Cider Company. Visit the cider wagon in the parking lot for a glass of their cider made from fresh pressed juice from Northwest grown apples.”

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?”, Thursday, October 29, 7PM, Estacada Library. 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.”

Hoot Family Halloween”, Thursday, October 29, 7PM, Kennedy School Gymnasium, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. Americana music.

OHEN Homeschool Teen Costume Dance”, Thursday, October 29, 7PM-11PM, The Ballroom Dance Company, 8790 SW Commercial St., Tigard. $15 per person in advance; $20 at the door. “The Teen Costume Dance is for homeschoolers 13 years old through high school age. Dates are not required. If you do bring a date or a friend, your date does not have to be a homeschooler (but still at least 13 years old). One person in a ‘couple’ must be a homeschooler.” All details and guidelines are here:

Night-time Walkabout”, Thursday, October 29, 6PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “How do the creatures of Jackson Bottom prepare for Halloween? Join us for a Night-time Walkabout along the nature trails at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve before the ghosts and goblins come out of the woodwork! Learn how some animals adapt to night time and what goes on while you sleep. Children must be accompanied by adult.” 

Reel and Real Mummies”, Thursday, October 29, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Room 238, Pdx. Free parking in PSU parking garages after 7PM. Presented by Dr. Stuart Tyson Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara. Free and open to the public. “From epic blockbusters to B grade thrillers, ancient Egypt is one of the most popular archaeological and historical genres for films. Hollywood’s Egyptomania draws heavily on the popularity of Egypt’s exotic settings and past glories. Around the turn of the last century, the media of motion pictures emerged and Egyptian- themed films were among the first produced. Mummies were--by far--the most popular theme. The ancient Egyptian mummy film genre again recently burst into theaters with Universal Studio’s special effects-driven The Mummy (1999) and its sequel The Mummy Returns (2001). Dr. Smith will outline the basic Egypt inspired themes in film, focusing on the mummy genre and the origins of Hollywood’s mummy myths. Referencing his work on the movies Stargate, The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns, he will compare Hollywood’s mummies to the insights that archaeology and Egyptology provide into the reality of death and burial in ancient Egypt, where mummies did take a central--if generally less--mobile role.”

Virtual Planetarium Show Series: Roy’s Royal Romp through the Solar System”, Friday, October 30, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. All ages. “Dr. Roy Torley takes you on a tour above the earth, to the moon, Mars, Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and a few other places in our solar system. The good doctor guarantees you a safe trip back home!”

Spooky Science”, Friday, October 30, 3PM, Newberg Library. “Join us for spooky science activities for grade-schoolers. Please wear clothing suitable for science exploration.”

Creatures of the Night”, Friday, October 30, 6PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Suggested for grades K-6. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “How is a bat wing like a human hand? Why do coyotes howl? Can an owl really turn it's head all the way around? Come find the answers to these questions and more as you experience the nighttime wonders of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. This fun, free family event will feature indoor hands-on activities, nature walks, and fun surprises! Most appropriate for Kindergarten through 6th grade, but anyone is invited to join in the fun. Kids, wear your pjs!!!”

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Other Musical, Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse”, Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 7:30PM, and Sunday, November 1, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Musical gothic comedy. Suggested donation $10-20 at door. “The professional bridesmaids in the village wait despairingly for any of the shy young men of the village to propose to the flower of maidenhood, Rose Maybud. Hannah explains that the Baronets of Ruddigore are under a curse to commit a daily crime or perish in inconceivable agonies. When faced with this inheritance, Ruthven flees and goes into hiding in the village, disguised as Robin, a mild-mannered farmer, and accompanied by his faithful servant Old Adam. His younger brother Despard, believing Ruthven to be dead, is forced to take on the curse. Robin greets his foster brother Richard, a sailor, who agrees to speak to Rose on Robin's behalf, but upon seeing Rose, feels compelled to obey the dictates of his heart, and propose to her himself. Meanwhile, Margaret, in love with Despard, but driven mad by his rejection, bewails her fate. A group of bucks and blades arrive from London to enjoy the charms of the village maidens. When Despard discovers that his elder brother is NOT dead, he calls Robin out and Robin must take on the curse. A ghostly portrait gallery of ancestors, led by Roderic ensure that the daily crime is committed faithfully.”

Dulcina and the ORB Singers present “The Witches’ Dance”, Friday, October 30, 8PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Admission $15 and $12 at the door. “Renaissance music about the supernatural and songs of general mayhem. Music by Johnson, Adson, Gesualdo, Playford and others on voices, shawms, dulcians, douçaine, bagpipes, percussion. Sponsored by the Early Music Guild of Oregon.”

Día de los Muertos Crafts”, Saturday, October 31, 11AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 2-11. “Celebrate the Day of the Dead with crafts, including sugar skulls and pasta skeletons.”

Día de los Muertos”, Saturday, October 31, 2PM- 4PM, Tualatin Library. All ages. “Día de los Muertos is a festive occasion set aside to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Join us with your family as we celebrate this holiday with special crafts, games, and food.”

Imperiled Flora: Trees in Trouble”, Saturday, October 31, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum meeting at the Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3. “Arboretums are sometimes important refuges for tree's who are under threat in their native habitat from development, logging, land clearing, invasives, introduced pests and diseases or climate change, etc. We'll explain the role arboretums play in helping preserve threatened and endangered species, and get a look at trees which are on the world's Red List of imperiled trees. We'll visit some rare trees and I'll share some remarkable stories of their rescue from oblivion.”

Petrifying Protein for Teens”, Saturday, October 31, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Challenge yourself to taste a different kinds of insects! Menu will include: Crickets, scorpions, silkworms, grasshoppers and more! The ultimate treat.”

Classroom Discovery Days: Creepy Creatures of Tryon Creek”, Saturday, October 31. 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “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”

Mushroom Walk”, Saturday, October 31, 1:30PM- 4PM, Scouters Mountain Nature Park, SE Boyscout Lodge Rd. and SE 147th Ave., Happy Valley, OR. Ages 12 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Mushrooms are more ancient than plants and have many crucial roles in our ecosystem. In this hands-on, beginners class, learn the basics of mushroom natural history and identification. This is not an edible mushrooms class.”

Cedar Creek Grist Mill Apple Pressing”, Saturday, October 31, 9AM- ?, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Free. “The Apple Cider Pressing is the last Saturday of October when they will begin distributing cider at 9 AM and continue until they finish all 8,000 pounds!”

Lone Fir Cemetery Tour of Untimely Departures”, evening of Saturday, October 31, Lone Fir Cemetery, SE 26th Ave and SE Stark St., Pdx. $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under and seniors. Advance tickets here: “Meet some of Lone Fir Cemetery’s residents at their graves and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures. Ghostly guides will share some of the history of Lone Fir as they take you through the cemetery on a path lit with candles. Tour proceeds are used for preservation efforts within Lone Fir Cemetery which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.” These tours aren’t intended to be scary, but there are madams, murderers, and victims of tragic accidents buried at Lone Fir, so the subject matter isn’t suitable for young kids. We think they’re rather terrific!

Wily Wayfarers Presents, “Ruddigore Abridged”, Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, 2PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Pupped Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $9.

Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed”, Saturday, October 31, 11AM-7PM, and Sunday, November 1, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead. The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. This Day of the Dead festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.”

McMenamin’s locations will be having special Halloween festivities on Saturday, October 31, and at many locations the events are all ages. Check here:

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