Saturday, October 31, 2015

Notable November

This is my list of events for the Portland area and beyond for November 2015.  There will be typos, mistakes and cancellations among all these events so be sure to doublecheck whatever you plan to attend. 

Do your kids have way too much Halloween candy sitting around? Consider the Halloween Candy Buyback at a dentist office near you:

Veteran’s Day is Thursday, November 11, and many events honoring veterans are planned that week.  The Oregon Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs has many events listed here by city: and the Washington DVA has events listed by date on their calendar:

The rainy season means it's an ideal time to plant trees! Solve and Friends of Trees have lots of 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! If you are interested in finding yet more kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful resource, and you can use their advanced search to find volunteer opportunities for kids.

Are you looking for a citizen science project that is also a genuine adventure?  Check out the Wolverine Tracking Project, which happens from December to March in Mt. Hood, with training sessions throughout November:

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.”

La Muerte Baila”, now 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.”

2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Installation”, through Wednesday, November 4, Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave., Pdx. “The Regional Arts and Culture Council is pleased to present the 2nd annual Día de los Muertos installation at the Portland Building. This year the display has been organized by muralist Rodolfo Serna. Known for his large collaborative mural projects, Serna is working with young artists from the Boys and Girls Club to create large scale images on the walls while members of Portland’s Mexica Tiahui Aztec Dance Group set up traditional ofrendas (altars) in the center of the exhibition space adjacent to the Portland Building lobby. The Día de los Muertos holiday is focused on commemorating ancestors, family, and friends that have died, and serves to remind us the natural part death plays in the cycle of life. The holiday originated in Mexico, but has expanded over time and is now celebrated throughout the U.S. and beyond.”–-november-4

Día de los Muertos”, Sunday, November 1, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Join our Día de los Muertos event, where we will celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on. Listen to stories, make projects and decorate sugar skulls. Enjoy hot cocoa and pan de muerto, too!” 

Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed”, 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.”

Rookie Yearbook Four”, Sunday, November 1, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “ is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain, and awkwardness of being a teenager. Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie Yearbook Four features the very best of Rookie from the 2014-2015 year, including art, photographs, interviews, playlists, DIY tutorials, and advice ranging from how to get over trauma to how to write a college admissions essay.”

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Other Musical, Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse”, 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.”

Día de los Muertos”, Sunday, November 1, 4:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Listen to stories about Day of the Dead and then decorate a paper skull to take home.”

Screening, “Calling Home the Dead”, Sunday, November 1, 3PM, Hood River Library. “The film, made by Jim Hill and Meesh Rheault Miller, follows the villagers of Lake Patzcuaro in Michoacán, Mexico as they honor their ancestors on the Day of the Dead.”

All Ages Diwali Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, November 1, 5PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. All ages. “”This month you can catch one of Portland’s most well know DJs stepping out from behind the turntable and onto the dance floor for this all ages dance party. Anjali (along side The Incredible Kid) has played a transformative role in the Portland club scene for over a decade, incinerating dance floors with the South Asian sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood. Now she brings it to the Viscount on 11/1 as a fusion celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights), along with a warm up lesson before the music begins. Come to learn, come to practice, come to dance your heart out. Super family friendly event! Walk ins welcome!”

Sunday Speaker: Deb Mrowka for Eline Hoekstra Dresden”, Sunday November 1, 1PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Included in admission, $6 adults, $4 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under. “Deb Mrowka is the first of four Sunday speakers at OJMCHE during the winter months of 2015-2016. Sunday speakers are all members of OJMCHE's Holocaust Speakers' Bureau and each talk includes time afterwards to ask the speaker questions. Deb Mrowka is a speaker who travels regularly to share the story of her mother, Eline Hoekstra Dresden. Eline is sometimes able to attend these presentations to offer commentary and answer questions, but she does not attend every presentation, as she is unable to travel extensively. Deb and Eline have been speaking to groups for years and hope that the story will encourage audiences to become more tolerant of all people and to stand up and act when they see injustices and bullying. Eline Hoekstra Dresden was born the youngest of four Jewish children in 1923 in The Hague, The Netherlands; two years later her family moved to Utrecht, The Netherlands. It was apparent to Eline’s family that some parts of Europe were no longer safe for Jews as soon as the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, and they took in two Jewish refugee children whose parents had sent them away from Germany for safekeeping among strangers. After the invasion of The Netherlands, German authorities forced these two sisters to leave Eline’s family and return to the Jewish orphanage, from which they were deported to Auschwitz and murdered.”

Oregon Mycological Society Fall Mushroom Show”, Sunday, November 1, 12PM-5PM, Miller Hall on the grounds of the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for kids 11 and under. “Join us for the annual Fall Mushroom Show! The main event is a beautiful display of fresh mushroom specimens collected from the surrounding area. In addition, there will be presentations throughout the day and special interest tables with knowledgeable folks ready to talk about mushroom cooking, preservation, dyeing, cultivation, toxicology and of course identification. There will also be mushroom growing kits and many mushroom books available for purchase as well as a children’s area.”

Talk, “Native American Art of Oregon”, Sunday, November 1, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. “Many people use the collective term ‘Native Art of the Pacific Northwest.’ However, there were many differences between tribes in Oregon and tribes in Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. For example, historically, totem poles weren't part of Oregon's tribal cultures. Portland State University scholar-in-residence Dr. Tracy J. Prince uses historical photos to demonstrate how Oregon's tribes showed artistic expression via basketry; canoes; longhouses; beadwork (on clothing, necklaces, headdresses, and cradleboards); burial platforms; and rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs). Oregon’s tribal traditions faced an extreme impact in the 1950s when 62 Oregon tribes were terminated by the government. Yet, today many Native Americans in Oregon are active in reclaiming and teaching cultural traditions.”

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

The Story of She: A writing workshop to reclaim your authentic voice”, Sunday, November 1, 2:30PM, North Portland Library. Suggested for teens and adults. Preregistration required; register online: “During this hands-on workshop, we will use visual images as writing prompts to help you explore both the celebrations and the challenges of your life. You will be encouraged to write poetry, songs, creative nonfiction and any other written expression that inspires you. This workshop is led by Carolyn Campbell-visual artist, empowerment speaker and ‘be who you want to be’ coach-and S. Renee Mitchell-poet, speaker, teaching artist and creative revolutionist.”

Robo Pets for Teens”, series of 5 Mondays in November, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Saturday Academy. “Build a Robo Pet using the LEGO Mindstorms® system. Explore how different animals move and create your ideal robotic creature. Construct your pet and program it using NXT software. Make full use of light and touch sensors to make the interaction with the pets as realistic as possible. Does your Robo Pet like the dark? How fast can it move? What happens when you pull its tail? Control what your Robo Pet does and how it reacts to various stimuli.”

Mysteries Beneath the Ice”, Monday, November 2, 6:30PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. Free. “Ice Cave Explorer and accomplished outdoor and adventure photographer and photography instructor Brent McGregor has traveled extensively to explore caves – especially ice cave – around the world, including in Oregon. He discovered the Pure Imagination Cave on the Sandy Glacier, a system of glacier caves within the ice of Mount Hood in Oregon. McGregor’s program will encompass the unexpected discoveries, surprises and science that have come from mapping previously unknown ice caves throughout the Pacific Northwest’s Cascades Mountains.”

How Computing Will Change the World”, Monday, November 2, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “The historical, monumental impact of computing will be dwarfed by what it will make possible in the next decade. Computing has already transformed the modern world. Without it there would be no smartphones, no in-car navigation, and no Internet. And many of the products that we take for granted just wouldn’t exist. Modern consumer goods are imagined, designed, tested and manufactured using computers. But the true impact of computing is yet to come. The exponential evolution of computing will create more value and more disruption in the next decade than in the last half century. It will fuel a total rethinking of human mobility, work, and leisure. It will even change the nature of the objects that fill our lives. In this talk Steve Brown, a former futurist from Intel, will explain how computing will dramatically change almost every industrial sector from agriculture to retail, and from entertainment to healthcare. If you want to learn more about robotics, self-driving cars, blended reality, deep learning, smart objects, personalized medicine, and the Internet of things, this will be a fun talk you won’t want to miss.”

Tinker Tuesdays: LED Bookmarks”, Tuesday, November 3, 4PM, Beaverton Library (suggested for grades 2-5. Preregistration required; register online: and Thursday, November 12, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library (ages 13-18 only).

Concert, “Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner”, Tuesday, November 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Start November in great spirits by enjoying an evening with pianist Sally Harmon and bassist Frank Gruner; a fall tradition at the Lake Oswego Library.”

New Seasons Cooking for Kids”, Tuesday, November 3, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. Suggested for ages 7 and up. “Want to learn to make appetizers for your Thanksgiving dinner? New Seasons Market staff will show you how to make easy and delicious treats for the holidays!”

Author Talk, “Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz”, Tuesday, November 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Today in the United States, there are more than 500 federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly 3 million people, descendants of the 15 million Native people who once inhabited this land. Historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the U.S. told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples — revealing how Native Americans actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire. Spanning more than 400 years, ‘An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States’ reframes U.S. history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.”

Spooky Stellar Phantoms: Nebulae and More! ”, Tuesday, November 3, 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:

Earthquake Preparedness”, Tuesday, November 3, 6:15PM, Hillsdale Library; Sunday, November 8, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; Tuesday, November 10, 6PM, Woodstock Library; Thursday, November 12, 6PM, Hollywood Library; Saturday, November 14, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Sunday, November 15, 3PM, Belmont Library; and Saturday, November 21, 2PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management. “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will be on how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store it.”

Poetry Reading, “Leah Stenson”, Tuesday, November 3, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. Poet Leah Stenson reads from a book of poetry which she edited, “Reverberations from Fukushima: Contemporary Japanese poetry and essays on the first nuclear disaster of the 21st Century.”

1st Tuesday Opening, “Here Be Art!”, Tuesday, November 3, 5PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Exhibit runs through 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!”

A Shared City: Native Americans in Early Portland History”, Tuesday, November 3, 6:30PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, November 7, 12PM, Hillsdale Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Sunday, November 15, 2PM, Kenton Library. “The first written histories of our city never mentioned that Portland’s recently arrived white residents were outnumbered three to one by the Native Americans who lived along the Willamette River at the foot of Jefferson Street and other sites around Portland. Portland historian Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D., recently uncovered this completely neglected part of Portland's history, and in this presentation, she will share rare photos and early stories about Native Americans in Portland.”

Can I Recycle That? Recycling and Sustainability Workshop”, Wednesday, November 4, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Master recycler Laura Baldschun will present a workshop on common and not-so-common recyclable materials and how to reduce, reuse and lighten your footprint on the world by eliminating waste.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesday, November 4, 11, and 18, 12PM, Walnut Street Park, 1717 SE Walnut St., Hillsboro. Free. Local songbirds and interesting fly-overs. “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.”

Author Talk, “George Musser”, Wednesday, November 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. George Musser discusses his book, “Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time- And What it Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything. “What is space? It isn't a question that most of us normally ask. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time: nonlocality-the ability of two particles to act in harmony no matter how far apart they may be. It appears to be almost magical. Einstein grappled with this oddity and couldn't come to terms with it, describing it as "spooky action at a distance." More recently, the mystery has deepened as other forms of nonlocality have been uncovered. This strange occurrence, which has direct connections to black holes, particle collisions, and even the workings of gravity, holds the potential to undermine our most basic understandings of physical reality. If space isn't what we thought it was, then what is it? In ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’, George Musser sets out to answer that question, offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to explain it. Musser guides us on an epic journey into the lives of experimental physicists observing particles acting in tandem, astronomers finding galaxies that look statistically identical, and cosmologists hoping to unravel the paradoxes surrounding the big bang. He traces the often contentious debates over nonlocality through major discoveries and disruptions of the twentieth century and shows how scientists faced with the same undisputed experimental evidence develop wildly different explanations for that evidence. Their conclusions challenge our understanding of not only space and time but also the origins of the universe-and they suggest a new grand unified theory of physics. Delightfully readable, ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ is a mind-bending voyage to the frontiers of modern physics that will change the way we think about reality.”

Native American Jewelry Making Class”, Wednesday, November 4, 3:30PM, Kenton Library; Friday, November 6, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library; Saturday, November 7, 1PM, St. Johns Library; Saturday, November 14, 11AM, Rockwood Library; Saturday, November 14, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Saturday, November 21, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Sunday, November 22, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. “Mary Bodine will be leading a class in Native American jewelry. Mrs. Bodine is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Southwest Oregon. She is a dancer with Northstar Painted Sky and teaches at Lewis and Clark School of Law. In this class we will be using traditional items such as bone beads and leather to create various jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make a beaded necklace, a choker necklace or, for the older students, beaded earrings. Please join this class. Projects are suitable for students age 4 and older. Young students must be accompanied by an adult.” 

Let’s Talk Trash: What our Trash Says When We’re Gone”, Wednesday, November 4, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Every day, thousands of tons of the artifacts of our daily lives get buried in places far away. This has impacts on our environment, and what we bury may say a lot to future generations about the lives we’re living now. What are our options for the future? How can we learn from the lessons of the past? The Oregon Historical Society and Metro invite you to a discussion about roles of landfills in dealing with our region’s waste. Where were they located and what is there now? How did we wind up deciding to send garbage to Eastern Oregon? What role will landfills play in our future?”

Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, November 4, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Come learn about owls and their unique adaptations to awaking in the night. Then go on a walk on the refuge with owl enthusiast Jenna Mendenhall.”

Legends of Mexico”, Wednesday, November 4, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. All ages. “Local artists and performers, Gerardo Calderón and Nelda Reyes of the group Nuestro Canto, present an original storytelling performance with masks, movement, and music. Mexico is well known for legends, myths, and tales that speak about love, nature, and everyday life. Mexican stories originate both from the ancient times of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, and Hucholes, as well as from after the arrival of the Europeans to the American continent. Nuestro Canto tells stories from all over Mexico, and to further enhance the storytelling experience, they play music that they have composed especially for the tales that they tell during their performances.”

Nitro Circus Live”, Wednesday, November 4, 7:30PM, Moda Center. “Nitro Circus Live’s latest creation takes things to another level, as the best athletes in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX and more will unite for an all-new production. Starring 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana, the tour will feature unbelievable tricks and insane stunts, plus a whole new repertoire of daredevil fun. Also, look out for a host of outrageous contraptions — including trikes, a tall bike, a lazy boy recliner and more — all launching from the new jet-powered Nitro Slingshot. To top it all off, for its latest event Nitro is going really retro, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s three-ring circus. This stunning set will transport you into the past, to an eerily haunting Big Top. This all-new theme provides the perfect backdrop for the Nitro crew’s aerial feats. Believe us when we say, you have never seen a circus like this before.”

Gender and Justice in Washington County”, Wednesday, November 4, 7PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 adults, $4 seniors, youth and active military. “Gender has played a central role in criminal justice since Oregon was just a territory. Even long after Oregon became a state, women were considered to be the property of men and were not allowed to vote or to serve on a jury. Local authors Ken and Kris Bilderback will explore how gender has influenced jurisprudence in Oregon. The Bilderbacks will share stories from Law and Order at the End of The Oregon Trail, which has earned honors at book festivals in New York and Hollywood. Stories of sex scandals and pioneer feminists in Washington County will come alive in these true stories shared by the Bilderbacks.” 

Candy Science”, Thursday, November 5, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-8. “Have some candy left over from trick-or-treating? Come do some sweet science experiments.”

“Chelsea Clinton Booksigning”, Thursday, November 5, 5:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “This is a booksigning only. A purchase of It’s Your World is required to join the signing line.” “In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.”

Archaeology Talk: Transporting Giant Statues on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)”, Thursday, November 5, 4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Rm. 236, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx.  Presented by Terry Hunt of the University of Oregon. From a description of a NOVA program focused on Dr. Hunt’s work: “A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves?”

A Finished Heart”, Thursday, November 5, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “A Finished Heart is a one-man performance piece that instills a deeper understanding of end-of-life care, increases empathy for same-sex couples, and inspires professionals, students, caregivers, youth and families alike.” More here:

Food Hero Recipe Taste Testing Presentation”, Thursday, November 5, 5:30PM, Midland Library. “OSU Extension Services Nutrition educators show families 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. Fun for the whole family!”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, November 5, 4PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor; and Wednesday, November 18, 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!”

Opening Reception, “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America”, Thursday, November 5, 5PM, with a lecture following at 7PM, exhibit running through fall 2017, Clark County Historical Society, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children or $10 for families, free for active duty military and families. CCHM’s First Thursday event on November 5th at 7:00pm features guest curators Steve Grafe, PhD and Angela Swedberg. They will discuss our newest exhibition Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America. Grafe is Curator of Art at Maryhill Museum of Art and specializes in Columbia River Plateau Native beadwork. Swedberg is a tribally certified Indian Artisan in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Before the lecture join us for the opening reception of Making Beauty at 5:00pm. Experience the beauty of traditional and contemporary Native American beadwork from across the Northwest Coast, Plateau and Plains regions. Making Beauty connects the past to the present and brings to light the skills and artistry of Native people. Award-winning artists Charlene Holy Bear, Molly Murphy Adams and others are included to remind the general public that Native artists remain a vibrant part of our community. The exhibition invites you to explore themes: trade networks, materials used, skills and artistry. Tools, raw materials and finished beaded objects dating from the mid-1800’s to present day remind our audience that Native Americans continue to be a vibrant part of the fabric of our community.”

Exhibit, “Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern”, Thursday, November 5 through February 21, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Admission: adults $20, seniors $17, free for kids 17 and under. “Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern immerses viewers in a day-glo universe densely packed with graffiti tags, detritus, and everyday objects reimagined as cartoon personalities. This surreal world comes to life under the fluorescent black lighting reminiscent of clubs and discos of the 1980s, a central inspiration for this party environment turned art installation. In 1981 Scharf created the first version in the closet of the small New York apartment he shared with artist Keith Haring. Since then, he has transformed basements, galleries, museums, RVs, and even suitcases into this psychedelic, multi-sensory experience.”

Opening Reception, “In LEGO We Connect”, Thursday, November 5, 6PM, Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 S. Main St., Seattle. Exhibit runs Nov. 5 through Dec. 12. “Earlier this year, the Bryan Ohno Gallery hosted the first Fine Art Lego Photography exhibit in the world. Popular demand by critics and fans alike has resulted in this second, all-new show featuring even more artists from around the globe as they capture 21st century pop culture with a fresh sense of mystery, wonder and playfulness. The act of building a world with your own hands is a powerful feeling. Block by block, piece by piece—the possibilities are limitless. This creative drive stems all the way back to youth—reminiscent of a child stretched out on the ground with LEGO spread all around, as they forge a world of their own creation. Above all other toys, LEGO fosters this sense of play and imagination in every sense.”

Author Talk, “Elias Weiss Friedman”, Thursday, November 5, 6:30PM, Furever Pets, 1902 NE Broadway, Pdx. “Furever Pets, Broadway Books, and the Oregon Humane Society are pleased to be hosting an event with Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist. Elias Weiss Friedman walks the streets of America looking for dogs to photograph: dogs of all breeds, shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. His canine radar is always on, scanning for a dog that stands out in some way – maybe wearing an outfit, sporting a funny haircut, or taking a stroll with an owner dressed to match. Most often it’s that intangible something that comes from a pup with a lot of personality. Elias photographs dozens of dogs a day and posts them on his wildly popular blog and Instagram feeds, The Dogist. And now those photographs are available in a beautiful four-color book ($24.95; Artisan) that will be for sale at this event. A portion of the sales of the book and of items purchased during the event will be donated to the Oregon Humane Society. Representatives from OHS will be pouring beverages at the event and will also have a couple of adoptable dogs with them. Well-behaved dogs are happily invited to attend this event. There is a good chance that if time allows The Dogist will take a group photo of ‘dogs of northeast Portland’!!”

Wheat Weaving Cultural Craft Workshop”, Thursday, November 5, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Thursday, November 19, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Learn how to make Czech and Slovak traditional wheat weaving crafts with Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney. Have fun and share what you have learned with others.”

Author Talk, “Susan Kuklin”, Thursday, November 5, 6PM, Hollywood Library. “Author and photographer, Susan Kuklin, will discuss her young adult books, including ‘Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out’. Susan will talk to teens about tackling tough topics and share her writing, research, and photography techniques.”

Crazy 8s Author Tour”, Thursday, November 5, 7PM-9PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Eight award-winning Oregon authors each take eight minutes to address the audience about their life as a writer and introduce a featured book. A fast-paced literary slam! A mixer will follow the rapid-fire presentations. Jacobsen's Books of Hillsboro, Oregon will be on-hand to sell titles by our featured authors. The visiting authors are: KB Dixon, Cai Emmons, Dana Haynes, Lauren Kessler, Craig Lesley, Barbara Corrado Pope, Johnny Shaw, Molly Best Tinsley, and George Byron Wright.”

A Remarkable Reconciliation”, Thursday, November 5, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Rex and Keiko Ziak, who are co-founders of OBON 2015: “During World War II, countless Japanese soldiers carried with them the Japanese national flag signed by family members and loved ones. These good luck flags, called Yosegaki Hinomaru, were often claimed as souvenirs of war and returned home with thousands of Americans. Historian and author Rex Ziak, and his wife, Keiko, a native of Japan whose grandfather was one of over one million Japanese soldiers listed as missing in action during World War II, are now leading an effort to return Yosegaki Hinomaru flags to family members of the Japanese soldiers who carried them. To date, they have collected over 100 flags, and have succeeded in repatriating 30 to Japanese families. The Ziak's efforts are in keeping with the efforts of President John F. Kennedy, the father of Caroline Kennedy, the United States Ambassador to Japan. President Kennedy encouraged reconciliation and friendship between the United States and Japan, and invited the commander of the boat that destroyed his PT boat to his Presidential inauguration in 1961. OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk will interview Rex and Keiko about their inspiring efforts, and their recent trip to Japan where they were accompanied by a number of World War II veterans from Oregon.”

Black Power Initiative Discussion and Bookfair”, Thursday, November 5, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “We are pleased to welcome the supporters of Black Parent Initiative to our store. Author and Educational Advocate Valarie Pearce will be conducting a discussion starting at 6:00PM. Please join us and help support Black Parent Initiative!”

Village Vaudeville III”, Friday, November 6, 7PM, Multnomah Arts Center auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “An evening of variety performance and community! Come join the fun!”

Corn Husk Dolls”, Friday, November 6, 4PM, Troutdale Library. “Come celebrate the beautiful Autumn season with us. We will make a traditional Mexican craft: dolls made of corn husks.” 

Opening Reception, “Santa Pictures Not Picked Up”, Friday, November 6, 6PM- 9PM, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., Pdx. Free. Exhibit runs through Jan. 2. “While examining negatives donated to the Oregon Historical Society in 2001, archivist Matthew Cowan came across a box with 'Santa pictures not picked up' scrawled across the top. Intrigued by the description, he began reviewing its contents and found hundreds of pictures of a familiar holiday tradition: children posed on Santa's lap. These orphaned images were taken in the 1950s and 60s by Earnest Walter Rollins, a photographer from Coquille, OR who would often be hired for portraits and community events. Over the holidays Rollins would photograph the children with Santa while his son would collect their parents' contact information to notify them when the photographs were ready for pick up. These images, one box of many that made their way to OHS, are the remnants—photographs and negatives that were never claimed.”

Mini Maker Faire at Barnes and Noble”, Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver; and 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. Preregistration required for all events. See their website for details: (Vancouver) and (Tigard).

Leonardo Da Vinci: Art for Kids series”, Friday, November 6, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. For 2nd -6th grades. Preregistration required; register online. “Find out fascinating facts about Leonardo Da Vinci, the artist and inventor, then create your own art project based on Leonardo’s style.”

PCC Theatre Presents, “Usagi Yojimbo”, Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 15, PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx. For ages 7 and up; PG with mild violence. $10. “For over 30 years Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo has been loved by comic book readers across the globe. Now, in its American premiere, this 90 minute epic play follows the young rabbit, Usagi as he seeks his own true path to become a Samurai. Set in rural 16th century Japan, where feudal lords fight for power and danger lurks everywhere, Usagi, with his friends Mariko and Kenichi, strive to bring glory to themselves and harmony to their families by seeking the disciplined ways of the great teachers. But to do so, Usagi struggles to leave his mother, Atsuko, and abandon his friendships if he is to follow his instincts and travel the path of the warrior. Risking it all, Usagi pursues his destiny. But will he also meet his untimely fate?” Maybe it’s just me, but I find their campus super confusing. Campus map here (look for “PAC”):

Meet Dash’ka’yah and Coyote”, Saturday, November 7, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “Meet… Dash’ka’yah, the monster woman - with long hair, claws for fingers, scraggly teeth, snot down to here, and bad breath! Hah! Coyote- Hear his stories: Coyote Made the Columbia River (Colville); Coyote Steals the Water from Frog (Kalypua); Coyote Eats His Own Rump (Klamath); Coyote Places the Stars (Warm Springs); Coyote Loses His Eyes (Nez Perce). Ed Edmo is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture.”

Mt. Hood Model Railroad Annual Open House”, Saturdays in November, 12PM-5PM, 5500 SE Belmont St., Pdx. $2. “The Mount Hood Model Engineers are a HO scale model railroad club located in Portland, Oregon, with a history going back to the 1970's. We operate the freelanced Mount Hood RR, our large member-built layout which encompasses almost 1200 square feet and has a mainline run of seven scale miles.”

Screening, “A Thousand Voices”, Saturday, November 7, 11AM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “The Clark County Historical Museum is providing a free viewing at the Kiggins Theatre of a new documentary called ‘A Thousand Voices.’ This documentary builds from thousands of voices to present shared history of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.”

Wi-Fi and Your Health”, Saturday, November 7, 11AM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Open forum given Saturday, November 7th at 11am by an OHSU Physician. Scientific facts and data from leading physicians, scientists and technological experts around the world. Get your questions answered! How does long-term Wi-Fi exposure affect your brain? Autism, dementia, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, etc.? How does long-term Wi-Fi exposure affect your organs? Cancer, infertility, etc.? How will 1600 hours per year of Wi-Fi exposure at school affect our children and future generations? How to enjoy technology safely?”

Newt Day”, Saturday, November 7, 12PM-4PM, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton. $2 per person and free for children 2 and under. “From newts and trees and woolly bear caterpillars, learn about the cycles these creatures go through in the forest. This is a family-friendly event combining indoor exhibits and activities that inspire exploration of nature during a season when it's tempting to stay inside.”

Fall Park Tour”, Saturday, November 7, 9AM, Forest Park, Springville Trailhead, NW Skyline Blvd., Pdx. Guided by author Marcy Houle. Preregistration required; register online: “Late fall is a beautiful time to explore Forest Park. The leaves are off the trees and the air is crisp. On this guided hike, come learn the five defining features that make Forest Park unique among all city parks in the nation.”

Salmon River Fall Hike”, Saturday, November 7, 8:30AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. $10 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: Easy/Moderate, 5.5 miles, 100’ elevation gain. “In the 1960s, some confused folks had the not-so-great idea that a highway should run straight up Salmon River Canyon as an alternate route to Highway 26. Lucky for big trees, the salmon that rely on them, and us hikers who love to experience the wild beauty of the Mount Hood National Forest, the plan died. Today, much of the area is protected in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. The canyon and the river below support wild salmon that return each year to spawn. On this hike, we'll walk along the trail surrounded by giant Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Be ready to experience the big and the small, the beautiful and the fine on this close-in hike.”

Hmong New Year Celebration”, Saturday, November 7, 10AM- 5PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison St, Seattle. Free admission. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions. The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture that originates in the mountains of China.”

Hmong New Year Celebration”, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 9AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $3 admission for one day or $5 for two days, free for children 5 and under and seniors. “The Hmong American Community of Oregon will be hosting this year's annual Hmong New Year Celebration, Hmoob Peb Caug, in the Main Exhibit Hall. The Culture Show and Marketplace will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM both days. Make sure you get here early for your favorites: papaya salad, spicy sausage and sticky rice, pad thai, nab vam and more!”

Bunny-Palooza 2015”, Saturday, November 7, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Cloverleaf Building. “This is a free event with vendors, veterinarians, bunny supplies, food, and adoptable bunnies. You are welcome to BYOB--Bring Your Own Bunny! You can win prizes in the raffle, shop for bunny items, and meet other bunny lovers!”

Public Nights at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, November 7, 6:30PM- 9:30PM, 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!

Wordstock”, Saturday, November 7, 9AM-6PM, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. General admission $15 including $5 book voucher, $20 with admission to PAM’s “Seeing Nature” exhibit, free for ages 17 and under. “The festival will include author discussions and activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, pop-up readings and concerts, a beer tent, and local food trucks. Wordstock is also offering a series of workshops, and tuition includes admission to the festival. The weekend of literary celebration will kick off with a special Friday night opening event, the Bookmark Ball.” Check out their lineup-very impressive and lots for kids!

Annual Chestnut Roast”, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 12PM-4PM, Nella Chestnut Farm, 3435 Neal Creek Rd., Hood River. “Here at Nella Chestnut Farm, we combine our efforts with a local winery, Hood River Vineyards, and celebrate a chestnut roast with red wine, Italian Style. Come join us for a fun filled day of enjoying chestnuts hot off an open fire and vino. According to Italian custom, the chestnuts are roasted, peeled and dropped into a glass of red wine. As the wine is sipped, the flavors and aromas of the chestnut mingle with the fruitiness of the wine, creating a unique sensation.”

Getting Started with the Galileo Aduino for Teens”, Saturday, November 7, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online.  “Get hands on with this Arduino workshop using Intel's Galileo microcontroller. Participants will learn basic code for programming an Arduino and will have it performing some basic functions by the end of the class.”

Heart Ornament Painting”, Saturday, November 7, 11AM, North Portland Library. Presented by Mimosa Studios. “Bring out your creativity, and express love through painting ceramic heart ornament! Ornaments could hang on a ribbon or can be turned into a magnet. This fun workshop teaches basic painting techniques on a large heart ornament. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome! Pieces will be ready to take home the day they are painted.”

Discover Rock Creek Work Party and Educational Event”, Saturday, November 7, 9AM-12PM, 14974 SE Hwy 212, Happy Valley. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Happy fish make for a Happy Valley! That’s why the Clackamas River Basin Council, Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES), and SOLVE have joined forces to engage volunteers like you in helping to improve water quality and fish habitat in Rock Creek. Take advantage of the rare opportunity to explore this beautiful natural area at a key juncture where it flows into the Clackamas River, normally closed to the public, for a day of education, exploration and fun for volunteers. Participants will tour recent in-stream construction and restoration work, and engage in hands-on learning at four education stations on soil, water quality, fish habitat and plant care.”

Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club Open House”, Saturdays and Sundays, November 7 through November 29, 2505 N. Vancouver Ave., Pdx. $7 for adults and $3 for kids 3-11. VIP behind the scenes tours $15 by reservation only. “Each year, the CGMRRC hosts an open house for the public to come enjoy the layout. We fully staff the layout operations with more than 30 operators at once. Our dispatchers and operators get quite a workout while the public enjoys the layout and the many trains operating all day long. We will feature Thomas and many other famous trains kids of all ages will recognize. The layout is 4200 square feet - approximately the size of a basketball court! There are dozens of highly detailed scenes and thousands of feet of track.”

Fungi Fest”, Saturday, November 7, 2PM- 7PM, The Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach, OR. “Curry County is a foragers paradise! The moist rain forest yields to many varieties of mushrooms. The public is invited to enjoy music by Margaret Barber, ukulele soloist, and then Kelly Thibodeau and the Etouffee Band, along with mushroom dishes, locally made brews from the rain forest coast, wine, dance, and vendors. Learn about mushrooms, eat mushrooms and mushroom/pasta dishes, and drink and dance at Fungi Fest. Product vendors on-site (mushroom dyed scarves, fossils, handmade jewelry, iron art, etc.).”

Veterans Parade at Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, November 7, 11AM, Ft. Vancouver Parade Ground, 1000 Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. Free. Free admission to the Fort today. “Join us for the 29th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy. Rain or shine, this community parade pays tribute to our country's veterans and those currently serving in the military. Each year over 100 units and 2500 people march in this Department of Veterans Affairs officially sanctioned Veterans Day celebration Parade at Fort Vancouver.”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, November 7, and Saturday, November 21, 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.”

GirlFest 2015”, Saturday, November 7, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 advance registration or $15 at the door. $8 parking, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. Presented by Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington. “GirlFest 2015 features hands-on activities, live performances, workshops and more! This event is open to all girls, their friends and families - you don't have to be a Girl Scout to attend.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, November 7, 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.”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, November 7, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. One squid per ticket; maximum two people per ticket. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “While dissecting squid, participants will practice observation skills and making hypotheses about the animal's unique adaptations. NOTE: Squid can cause allergic reactions in those with seafood and shellfish allergies. We will provide gloves and goggles, if needed.”

Lelooska Living History Evening Performance”, Saturday, November 7, and Saturday, November 28, 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.”

Turning Trash into Peace: Learning About Sustainability Through Functional Art for Teens”, Saturday, November 7, 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.”

Polk Station Rail Model Railroad Club Open Houses”, Saturday, November 7, Saturday, November 28, Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 10AM-4PM, Rickreall Grange Hall, 289 Main St., Rickreall, OR. Donations requested. “Polk Station Rail Open House, Train Swap Meet, and Holiday Craft Bazaar. Great food, free parking. Something for the whole family!”

Native American Song and Dance”, Saturday, November 7, 2PM, Midland Library. “Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. This special presentation includes Native American story, song, music and Native American style of dance.”

Lantern Making for Lanternelaufen”, Saturday, November 7, 2PM, Albina Library. “Make a lantern for the traditional Lauternelaufen, a German tradition of walking with lanterns. Beach Street Project and Fly Awake will host a neighborhood walk on November 11; children can participate in the walk holding colorful lanterns they made at the library.”

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Sunday, November 8; Saturday, November 14; and Saturday, November 28, 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.”

Confronting Extremism: The State of Hate Today”, Sunday, November 8, 1PM, Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. $20, educators and students with ID $8, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. “Join Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education for our Fall Symposium, a film screening of the 2014 film, HATE, followed by a conversation with the director and other guest speakers. Featuring special guest Nadav Eyal, acclaimed Israeli journalist and director of HATE, a documentary dramatically depicting the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. After the film, audience members will have the opportunity to ask the director questions about the film itself. This will be followed by a discussion with panelists as they reflect on the challenges posed by racism, extremism, hate groups and hate speech in our local community. The panel will look at the overall themes of hatred and prejudice as they exist in Portland and beyond while broadening them to include multiple forms of discrimination experienced by people here in America. The event takes place the day before the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the massive Nazi government pogrom against European Jews in 1938.”

Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, November 8, 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!”

Author Talk, “Emiko Jean”, Sunday, November 8, 3PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Emiko Jean presents her YA novel, “We’ll Never Be Apart”.

Legacies of WWII: New Perspectives on Science, Society, and Global Relations”, Sunday, November 8, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Details here:

Koll Creekside Bird Walk”, Sunday, November 8, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 11492 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “This marsh, situated along Fanno Creek, is an excellent place to watch Belted Kingfishers in action. Look for them perched on an exposed branch or cruising over the open water, sometimes hovering momentarily before hitting the surface with a splash. Successful dives usually result in a catch of a small minnow, which the bird carries to a nearby perch. Occasionally the prize is a large frog, nearly as big as the bird itself! The Great Blue Heron is a common resident and can often be seen feeding on fish or frogs or squabbling with a neighbor over a favorite fishing hole. The marsh abounds in other wetland birds. It’s my favorite place for viewing the snipe, a secretive and well-camouflaged bird. Other birds to look for include Hooded and Common Mergansers, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal, wigeon, shovelers, coots and – of course – mallards. Scan the trees for Red-tailed Hawks, kestrels, Band-tailed Pigeons, Mourning Doves and a variety of sparrows and finches. Listen for the calls of the Ring-necked Pheasants.”

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents, “Jack and the Dragon”, Sunday, November 8, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King's daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.” These shows are really amazing!

77th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Holocaust Remembrance”, Monday, November 9, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Local Holocaust survivors will speak about their experiences under Nazi persecution during WWII. Kristallnacht was a coordinated attack on the Jews of Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. It was considered to be the first real sign of the Holocaust.” Naturally they are recommending this talk for adults and teens. Last year I emailed them to express my concern that they were limiting attendance to adults and teens, and they advised that this is a recommendation only; parents may make this decision for themselves.

Portland Kids Rock the Library”, Monday, November 9, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. “The Ultimate Rock Guitar Dojo for Kids (or URGD) is a fun and systematic method for teaching rock guitar to children based on the 'Japanese-style' belt system. Students of the Dojo progress through five levels of skills, concepts, and techniques ranging from beginner to advanced (represented by the white, yellow, green, red, and black belts). Come to this introductory course to see what kind of music you can make!”

Concert, “Stumptown Sages Troupe”, Monday, November 9, 12PM, Portland’5, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. All ages. “Join members of Stumptown Stages Troupe, a group of local singers and performers who will sing music from past and future Stumptown Stages’ productions including songs from Once On This Island, Into The Woods, Last Five Years, 110 in the Shade, Ruthless! The Musical, Rent, A Chorus Line and more.”

A Soldier’s Images of Vietnam”, Tuesday, November 10, 3PM, Happy Valley Library. “Karl Karlgaard brings a unique perspective to the Vietnam War through the photographs he took as a combat correspondent for his battalion in the Army's 25th Infantry Division and the artifacts he has collected. In addition, he has returned to Vietnam twice to document a country far removed from his 40-year-old images.”

Travel the World: Venezuela”, Tuesday, November 10, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Slide show.

Cookbook Discussion”, Tuesday, November 10, 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.”

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Tuesday, November 10; Sunday, November 15; and Sunday, November 29; Fort Stevens State Park, Battery Russell. “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.”

Soup Night with Maggie Stuckey”, Tuesday, November 10, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Soup Night is about a subject that is very close to Maggie Stuckey's heart: how sitting down to enjoy a meal together brings people closer. Along with 140 delicious recipes, it’s filled with stories of neighbors around the country who have built a genuine community through the simple act of getting together regularly for a soup supper. The process is really quite simple, but the results are extraordinary.” Cedar Mill Library will also present her program on Fri. Nov. 6 at 6:30PM for adults only; preregistration required by calling 503-644-0043 x 114.

Restoring Portland’s Rivers: A Chance to Turn the Tide”, Tuesday, November 10, 7:45PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “The Willamette and Columbia Rivers flow through the City of Portland, forming a nexus of beauty, recreation and transportation; all while providing the ecological lifeblood for the region. They serve as some of the most important habitat for wildlife including salmon, river otters, and Great Blue Herons – right within sight of downtown Portland. These amazing waterways need our care and our help to recover from years of contamination and habitat degradation. In the next 6 months, Portlanders will have unprecedented opportunities to set our urban rivers on a course to health. Join Bob Sallinger and Travis Williams, two of the rivers’ strongest advocates, for this special Nature Night focused on these wonderful rivers. Learn about the rich history of our urban waterways and what you can do to get involved in protecting and restoring them! Current concerns include contamination so severe that the final eleven miles of the Willamette are listed as a federal Superfund Site; along with the constant encroachment by industrial development. New threats include the potential siting of fossil fuel export facilities; and the danger posed by existing fuel tank farms in the event of an earthquake – situations that are not only unhealthy for the people, fish and wildlife that use the river, but also very real threats to our local communities. But there is also hope. The next six months represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to turn the tide. The EPA will release its draft plan for cleaning up the Willamette River. The City of Portland will adopt a long-term Comprehensive Plan which will determine whether the most important natural resources along the river will be protected. And the city will also adopt a fossil fuel export policy that will determine whether dangerous storage and transport facilities will continue to proliferate next to our rivers and our communities.”

Author Talk, “Sue Armitage”, Tuesday, November 10, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx; and Monday, November 30, 7PM, Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Sue Armitage discusses her book, “Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest”. “Drawing on her three decades of research and teaching and based on hundreds of secondary sources, Armitage's account explores the varied ways in which, beginning in the earliest times and continuing to the present, women of all races and ethnicities have made the history of our region. An accessible introduction for general readers and scholars alike, ‘Shaping the Public Good’ restores a missing piece of Pacific Northwest history by demonstrating the part that women—‘the famous, the forgotten, and all the women in between’—have always played in establishing their families and building communities.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, November 11, 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!”

3D Print and Design Lab”, Monday, November 11, 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!”

Origami Workshop”, Wednesday, November 11, 11AM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15 per family. Preregistration required; call 503-292-9453. “Looking for a fun crafting activity for the whole family on the Veteran’s Day Holiday? The Nature Store hosts a special midweek origami workshop Wednesday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Heron Hall with local artist and origami expert Eileen Holzman. Eileen teaches origami for all ages and levels of ability, with an eye for combining artistic expression with the science of animal anatomy.”

Lanternelaufen”, Wednesday, November 11, 5:45PM, beginning at Fly Awake, 3514 NE 13th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Lanternelaufen or Lantern Walking is a traditional German activity held in the evening on the 11th of November. Children, usually preschool to kindergarden age (though all are welcome to join in) walk with lanterns, often handmade and bring light to the darkness. It sounds like fun so let's try it. This is a chance to enjoy the night with children, friends and neighbors. This is a part of the Beech St. Project which is all about getting to know our neighborhood and having creative fun. Route: We will start at Fly Awake, gathering at 5:45 and leaving promptly at 6pm, we'll walk up to 13th and Beech, down Beech (past the two intersection paintings) to NE 9th where we will turn left and walk across our new neighborhood crosswalk and back along Fremont towards Fly Awake. There will be will be some hot spiced cider made fresh for the event! This event is free, please be careful of the garden with your young children. Bring your own lantern or make one at our event at the Albina Library Nov. 7.”

Cherokee Double-Sided Basket”, Thursday, November 12, 1PM, Central Library US Bank Room; Saturday, November 14, 1:30PM, St. Johns Library; and Sunday, November 15, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by basketmakers Carol Ross and Roger Besselievre. “A very traditional design, the double-sided is a fun basket to make: one basket inside of another. This round reed basket is quite small - about 3 inches tall and 5" wide -making it a perfect candy bowl, soap dish, dresser key and change holder, etc. Students will choose from a variety colors and several sample baskets will be available for instruction and inspiration. While we weave, we will discuss our experience of 26 years in the Appalachians and how learning about Cherokee basketry inspired us and truly helped to direct our course as artists.”

Native American History and Culture”, Thursday, November 12, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. Free. Presented by David G. Lewis, PhD and Greg Archuleta. “Learn about Clackamas County tribes, their histories and their cultures.”

Author Talk, “Dana Simpson”, Thursday, November 12, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Dana Simpson, author/illustrator of the hilarious Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel series will be here to sign and offer a drawing demo! There will be plenty of laughs at this event!”

Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro: Art for Kids Series”, Thursday, November 12, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. For 2nd -6th grades. Preregistration required; register online. “Find out fascinating facts about artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, then create your own art project based on the abstract styles of Picasso or Miro.”

Lost Music of Byzantium”, Thursday, November 12, 5PM, Portland State University, Art Building, Room 200, 2000 SW 5th Ave. Free tickets required; see website for details: “Dr. Alexander Lingas, head of the internationally renowned choral group Cappella Romana, will offer a lecture/performance focused around the architecture and music of the Church of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.”

Portland Area Meadows and Pollinators”, Thursday, November 12, 7PM, Metro Building, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Enter through NE Irving St. and walk across the upper plaza to the entrance where an attendant will direct you to the meeting room upstairs. “Can we all do more to bring back Oregon’s natural habitats? Join Mark Griswold Wilson, restoration ecologist and landscape designer, as he discusses the cultural history of the Willamette Valley’s prairie savannah landscape and a potential urban analog — the native plant meadow garden. He will present the idea of planting urban meadows as turf alternatives for: conserving water, improving water quality, providing habitat for pollinators, and introducing an interested gardening public to our native prairie plants. He will also identify some commonly seen urban bees and recommend native meadow plant communities to use in your own yard to provide a micro-habitat for them.”

Living Dead Horror Convention”, Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx.

Film Screening, “Xmas Without China”, Friday, November 13, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Just in time for Christmas shopping, “Xmas without China”, Producer Tom Xia explores a broad range of topics from commercialism to stereotyping to national pride to consumer safety to friendship. This often humorous and always meaningful film will get you thinking about the intersection of the US reliance on Chinese products and the American Dream.”

Virtual Planetarium Show Series: Dr. Torley’s Terrific Trek through the Universe”, Friday, November 13, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. All ages. “Dr. Roy Torley takes you on a tour in his starship of the imagination to the far reaches of the universe. Visit galaxies, black holes, double stars and more!”

Disney: Art for Kids Series”, Friday, November 13, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 2-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “Find out fascinating facts about Walt Disney as an artist, then create your own art project based on Walt's style.”

Rainspouts: Yachats Music Festival”, Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15. Some ticketed events and some free events! “World-class performers will delight concert goers with an eclectic mix of Celtic, Bluegrass, New Orleans Brass, Folk, Country, Gypsy Violin and Blues just to name a few. There will be intimate shows all around town for every musical taste, special Meet The Artists sessions and more.”

Author Talk, “Barry Deutsch”, Friday, November 13, 6PM, The Spritely Bean, 5829 SE Powell Blvd, Pdx. “Join us in celebrating the release of the third exciting adventure of Mirka, in the epic Hereville saga. ‘Hereville: How Mirka Caught A Fish’ will be arriving in November. Head down to The Spritely Bean to grab yourself a copy of the book, and meet the creator of Hereville, Barry Deutsch! He will read an excerpt from the latest book, sign copies and generally regale us all, in his inimitable fashion.”

Tween Takeover Volunteering”, Saturday, November 14, 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!”

Victorian Handcraft Demonstrations: Snowflakes”, Saturday, November 14, 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.”

Grand Re-opening of the Ft. Vancouver Visitor Center”, Saturday, November 14, 1PM-4PM, 1501 E. Evergreen St., Vancouver. Free. “The grand re-opening of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center at 1501 E Evergreen Blvd. will take place at a special event on November 14, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This free opening will provide the public with their first look inside the remodeled 1961 facility, which has been closed for over a year during renovations. There will be refreshments and live music by the Vancouver Community Concert Band at the event. This grand opening coincides with the kickoff of the National Park Service's Centennial celebrations, and updates the facility to better serve the local community, visitors, and educational groups.”

Meet the Mammals”, Saturday, November 14, 10AM-5PM, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St., Seattle. Included with admission; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth 5 and up. Free for kids 4 and under. “Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection. Meet the Mammals is the only opportunity of the year for visitors to see hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection on display. There will be hands-on activities for the whole family; many of the specimens can be held or touched. Mammal experts are on hand all day long to answer questions and talk about the amazing diversity of mammals! Meet “Griff,” a live llama, and discover how he can help you on your next backpacking trip with Middle Earth Llama Ranch. Put together a 16-foot-long whale skeleton. Hear live music played on instruments made from mammals. Discover new research about Puget Sound sea otters and Washington’s wolves and bats. Draw mammals and play mammal games like ‘Snakes vs. Mammals.’ Discover who wins in predator/prey interactions with mongooses, porcupines and more as part of the closing weekend of the ‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’ exhibit.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, November 14, 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.”

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, November 14, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Suggested for ages 8- 18. In ‘Graphic Novel Autobiography,’ Victoria Jamieson, author of Roller Girl, shares how to use your own memories and personal stories to create a four-panel comic strip. 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.”

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, November 14, and Saturday, November 28, 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.”

16mm Orphan Films from Oregon's Classrooms”, Saturday, November 14, 7PM, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., Pdx. Free. “In October 2011 Indiana University in Bloomington acquired over twelve-thousand 16mm film prints from the state of Oregon. From sheep shearing and venereal disease to the finer points of how to tie-dye these films span over sixty years of audio-visual education in Oregon. What value do these films hold for audiences in 2015? Why did they end up at a major (out of state) university film archive? These questions and more will be tackled as we bring some of these films back to Oregon for their first public screening in decades. The screening will also include films and slides from the Oregon Historical Society's Moving Image Collection.”

Celebrate India!”, Saturday, November 14, 10AM-1PM, performance at 11AM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “The students of the Anjali School of Dance will present a lecture demonstration on Bharatanatyam, a classical dance from India at 11 am on Saturday, November 14. Bharatanatyam is a 2000 year old dance form that uses hand gestures, face expressions and eyes to tell stories from Hindu Mythology. Dressed in traditional costumes, the dancers will explain and demonstrate the various aspects of Bharatanatyam. Audience members will get a chance to try some of the hand gestures as well as some of the basic steps in the interactive session. Activities and crafts will be provided by Museum staff and volunteers.”

Clark County Open Studios”, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 10AM -5PM. Free. “Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour where local artists open their studios to the public and share how, why and where their art is created. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and artisans, view diverse works and buy pieces specifically created or made available for this event. Mark your calendar!” Complete guide here:

“Come Fall for Rats”, Saturday, November 14, 11AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Cloverleaf Building, Hillsboro. $5 adults, $3 kids 3 and up, free for kids 2 and under. “"Come Fall For Rats is presented by RatsPacNW and is a show celebrating rats for show and pets. You'll find vendors, Ratteries, Rodent Rescue organizations, pet talks, vet talks, and pet contests.”

“Portland VegFest”, Saturday, November 14, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, November 15, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, $1 off coupon on their website: “Portland VegFest is a 2-day event celebrating plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations, Fashion and Beauty Stage presentations, Fitness Stage workouts, restaurants, films, and activities for kids and teens. There's something for everyone!”

Elk of North Tualatin Mountains”, Saturday, November 14, 10AM-1PM, North Abbey Creek Natural Area (north of Forest Park). Age 7 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Forest Park and Metro's four sites in the nearby North Tualatin Mountains are home to a herd of Roosevelt elk. These elusive creatures live incredible lives, and their story can be read through the labyrinth of tracks, trails and signs they leave on the landscape. Explore their world with tracker and naturalist Dan Daly.”

Groundwater 101”, Saturday, November 14, 9AM, NECA-IBEW Training Center, 16021 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Ages 14 to adult. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Groundwater 101 – a FREE educational workshop that teaches groundwater basics including local geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can do to protect this important resource. This interactive workshop is presented with a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching and is appropriate for adults and high school students aged 14 and up. Light refreshments will be provided.”

DNA–Why test, what kind of test, what will I learn?”, Saturday, November 14, 10AM, Hillsboro Main Library, Community Room 1st Floor. Meeting of the Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon which is free and open to the public. “Lisa McCullough has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. In September, 2011, Lisa learned about autosomal DNA testing, signed up to test immediately and has been hooked since. Active in several Special Interest Groups at the Genealogical Forum in Portland, Lisa has taught classes in DNA and chairs a group devoted to helping people interpret and analyze their DNA results. Lisa’s presentation will focus on answers to the questions above. She will discuss reasons you might want to test, help you determine which of the three DNA tests will provide the best insight into your genealogical mysteries and help you learn basic interpretation of the test results.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, November 14, 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.” 

Oregon Game Project Challenge Kickoff for Teens”, Saturday, November 14, 10AM, Rockwood Library. “Join us to learn about the Oregon Game Project Challenge, a statewide event to create games and meet game industry professionals. Participants will be able to learn more about game design and kickoff their own design process for the OGPC main event. You can form a team with other youth and even coach the team!”

Library Writers Project: Publish it yourself!: Everything you need to know about self-publishing”, Saturday, November 14, 1PM-5PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to make it fast, free and easy for writers to self-publish and distribute ebooks. He’ll spend the afternoon with aspiring writers and will cover: 10 Trends Driving the Future of Publishing; Introduction to ebook publishing; Formatting an ebook (with live demo of Smashwords); Ebook publishing best practices.”

Community and Art Extravaganza”, Saturday, November 14, 1:30PM, Northwest Library. “Local artist Justin Lacche brings his background in community journalism and his enthusiasm for local history and culture to the Northwest Quadrant. The artist will host an open house for kids in grade school and their families. Lacche will share techniques and materials for kids to practice creating art. This class will focus on comic book styles, abstract and enhanced photograph/mixed media, but all styles are welcome. We will also be sharing resources for family-friendly art activities, and potential futures in arts education and employment. Participants are encouraged to display their creations in the library’s community room gallery or take their masterpieces home. Lacche will be exhibiting his art work from November 1 to December 29 at Northwest Library during open hours.”

Edible Holiday Gifts”, Saturday, November 14, 2PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “The holidays are coming. What better gift than something homemade from your kitchen? Cooking expert Chrisetta Mosley will demonstrate a few simple recipes for you to try.”

Composting with the DirtHugger!”, Saturday, November 14, 11AM, Stevenson Library. “Learn to support a sustainable, local economy by collecting, processing and utilizing valuable organic nutrients locally. Presented by Pierce Louis, aka Dirt Hugger.”

American Indian Storytelling and Drumming”, Saturday, November 14, 2PM, Gresham Library. Presented by Esther Stutzman. “These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

Seismic Retrofitting Workshop”, Saturday, November 14, 3PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Lighting of Maddax Woods”, Saturday, November 14, daily through December 31, 4PM-9PM, 5785 River St., West Linn. Free. “Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted , accessible path through the Woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River. Search for creatures of the Woods. View new Maddax's Boat History. See Dorothy Maddax's Garden.”

Snap Circuits”, Saturday, November 14, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Students will use snap circuits to explore the fundamentals of electronics. They will develop a basic understanding of series and parallel circuits by using snap circuits and wires to build models using LEDs and fans.”

Powell Butte Bird Walk”, Saturday, November 14, 8AM, meeting at the Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. “Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and the hosting Backyard Bird Shop in West Linn Central Village for a free tour of this unique Portland natural area and discover the birds and wildlife of Powell Butte Nature Park. One of Portland’s extinct volcanoes, Powell Butte, features meadows, wild hawthorns and cedar groves, that provide a home to a variety of species. This expert-guided walk amid the slopes of Powell Butte will cover slopes and meadows of Powell Butte so be prepared for some ascending to lofty views of several raptor species and on clear days, Mt Hood.”

Botanical Illustration with Watercolor”, Saturday, November 14, 11AM-3PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online and read the supply list: “Whether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your botanical illustration skills, this class is for you! Students will learn the basics of botanical illustration and complete one or two watercolors. This class will highlight festive winter trimmings like holly and pinecones – great practice for creating your own botanic-themed holiday cards!”

Eco-Friendly Gardens”, Saturday, November 14, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Join us for the annual observance of Native American Heritage Month. November’s Second Saturday at the Water Center is a collaboration with the Vancouver native community to showcase native regalia, songs, dancing and activities. Learn about regalia - clothing and adornment unique to each dancer - as participants walk down the red runway. Watch a dance performance and listen to music and song. Join us in painting feathers and making various crafts. Enjoy light refreshments.”

3D Print Your Own Ornament”, Sunday, November 15, 3:15PM, Holgate Library. “Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Come design your own 3D printed ornament! In this modern take on ornament crafts you'll design your ornament on the computer in TinkerCAD and then have it 3D printed in holiday colors. Come learn about 3D printing, see a printer in action, and learn how you can use 3D printing to make stuff!”

Keeping it Local”, Sunday, November 15, 1PM-4PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Keeping it LOcal: authors and illustrators share their work and help with your holiday gift giving Authors and illustrators are all around us. Down the street and right next door. Come and meet them, hear about their work, and find a special gift for someone on your list. From the children’s room to the third floor, authors will be scattered throughout. Our friendly and talented librarians will be on hand to make reading recommendations and of course we’ll have coffee, tea and cookies.”

Mushroom Mania”, Sunday, November 15, 10AM, Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave., NE Bainbridge Island, WA. $5 ages 4 and up, free for ages 3 and under. Preregistration required; register online: “Like mushrooms, but don't know where to start? IslandWood is the perfect place to start a lifelong learning journey with fungi. IslandWood's beautiful trails offer a wide variety of mushrooms both on the ground and in the trees. We can't wait to explore with you, but don't delay -- Mushroom Mania is always a sell-out!”

Simple Machines”, Monday, November 16, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 3-8. “Learn how simple machines help us out every day and create your own marble run!”

Literary Corps of Discovery”, Monday, November 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Presented by Library Director Doug Erickson. From Thomas Jefferson's hand-selected traveling library for Meriwether Lewis, to the artistic and literary impact of the Corp of Discovery on 19th century America, the Lewis and Clark Expedition has had a rich cultural history. This talk will explore these areas using multiple visual and textual examples of the influences and effects of America's most famous expedition.”

Author Talk, “Ethan Hawke”, Monday, November 16, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Ethan Hawke will discuss his new novel, “Rules for a Knight”. “From Ethan Hawke, four-time Academy Award nominee—twice for writing and twice for acting—an unforgettable fable about a father's journey and a timeless guide to life's many questions. A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty.” 

Create a Colorful Choker Necklace for Teens”, Monday, November 16, 3:45PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Are you stumped for a great present for your best friend or family member this holiday season? Or better yet, enjoy making this great necklace/choker for yourself! I will have lots of beads to chose from and we will have a great time being creative.”

Author Talk, “Margot Leitman”, Monday, November 16, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Margot Leitman discusses her book, “Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need”. “This is a practical storytelling guide from comedian, winner of multiple Moth storytelling competitions, and founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program, Margot Leitman. Did you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Storytelling teacher and champion Margot Leitman will show you how! With a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, this guide breaks a story into concrete components with ways to improve content, structure, emotional impact, and delivery through personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises.”

African-American Storytelling Workshop 101”, Monday, November 16, 6PM, Kenton Library. Presented by storyteller Chetter Galloway. “This interactive workshop introduces participants to the storytellers, authors, and organizations who preserve African American culture and history through the art of storytelling. Additionally, the workshop will cover the stories, styles, and performance techniques used by African-American storytellers.”

Who’s Who? Taxonomy in an Hour”, Monday, November 16, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. “Scientists have special ways of classifying living things. Come join us as we learn the difference between various groups of animals and what makes them so special. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for going outside.”

The Genetics of Birdsong”, Monday, November 16, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. “Every spring, young songbirds around the world learn to sing by imitating their parents – at first awkwardly, but later with astonishing accuracy – in a process remarkably similar to how babbling infants learn to speak. Some can even learn to imitate other species, including their human owners. Why is it that so few animals possess this complex ability, whereas others, such as dogs, struggle to imitate, despite understanding up to 1,000 human words? And how can learned behaviors, which change drastically over our lifetimes, be encoded in our genes, which largely stay the same? Neurogeneticist Morgan Wirthlin looks for critical clues to the evolution of vocal behaviors by studying the brains and genomes of songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds, as well as a strange group of birds found deep in the Amazon. In this talk, Morgan will describe what this research can tell us about the mechanisms behind our own ability to speak and sing.”

Oregon Bird Man”, Tuesday, November 17, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Meet a large assortment of colorful and endangered species of parrots representing four continents. Learn about bird behavior, things to seriously consider before getting a bird as a pet, and why these beautiful creatures are disappearing from the wild at such an alarming rate.”

Leonids Meteor Shower”, Tuesday, November 17, peaking overnight and into the early ours of November 18 with perhaps 15 visible meteors per hour, originating from the constellation Leo. “In 2015, the rather wide waxing crescent moon sets in the evening and won’t interfere with this year’s Leonid meteor shower. The peak morning will probably be November 18 – but try November 17, too.”

Cancer Genome”, Tuesday, November 17, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. “Cancer – perhaps the most scary diagnosis one can face. With the aging of the U.S. population, cancer is becoming ever more prevalent; practically everyone knows someone who has been affected. What is being done to combat this deadly disease? Over the past decade, a whole new class of cancer therapeutics has been developed, acting more like ‘smart bombs’ than the traditional, highly toxic chemotherapies. This shift in therapeutic approaches has been driven by a revolution in DNA sequencing technologies, which have revealed a far more complex picture of cancer than was ever suspected. What was formerly “lung cancer” is now more than 20 different diseases, each offering new possibilities for interfering with tumor growth. In this talk, Dr. Christopher Corless will illustrate how modern sequencing is being used to molecularly classify tumors of all types, and how this information can serve in ‘personalizing’ the care for individual patients.”

Paint Your Pet”, Tuesday, November 17, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring a photo of your pet and paint a picture using acrylic paints on canvas. Bring your own smock.”

Screening, “The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai”, Tuesday, November 17, 7PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. $10 general admission, $5 students. “In the years between 1938 to 1941 nearly 20,000 European Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, China where most would spend almost a decade in exile. The emigration to Shanghai was, for most refugees, a 'last resort' to find a safe have at a time when borders around Europe were closed to the desperate Jews of Europe. This remarkable archival material reveals a lost world when Shanghai was the Far East's most illustrious city. Extraordinary images of refugees and uncommon views of Chinese life create a compelling vantage point for understanding this story of survival. After the film we will hold a conversation around experiences in Shanghai, focused on local survivors and their descendants. The museum will also feature a small display of artifacts related to Jewish life in Shanghai.”

The Amazing Amazon”, Tuesday, November 17, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Did you know that the Amazon is so big that the UK and Ireland would fit into it 17 times? It spans 9 countries and is home to the second longest river in the world! It has rich diversity with more than 40,000 plant species and 2.5 million different insects. Crystal Steinmuller spent some time in this amazing ecosystem during the summer of 2015 and will be here to share her photographs and adventures with us.”

Author Talk, “Peter Guralnick”, Tuesday, November 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Peter Guralnick discusses his book, “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll”. “The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.”

Mask and Mirror Theatre Reading”, Tuesday, November 17, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library, by the library hearth. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

Beyond Recycling: Simplify Your Life and Have Time to Enjoy the Holidays”, Tuesday, November 17, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Terra Heilman will present a message of 'guilt-free green', combined with humor and storytelling to gently nudge us toward a little greener future. In this holiday version, she will specifically address the waste associated with this time of year, and give suggestions how to lessen our footprint while saving ourselves some unwanted stress.”

Thanksgiving Tales”, Wednesday, November 18, 6:45PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood (ages 12 and up); and Tuesday, November 24, 7PM, Garden Home Library (all ages). “Get ready for the holidays with an evening of heartwarming and funny stories from Ken Iverson. From the festive dinner where everything goes wrong, yet it ends up being so right; the mother who follows her intuition and learns much; to a story of immigrants and their first Thanksgiving in their new country and how it becomes such a joy to share it with an older couple that arrive unexpectedly.”

Northwest Senior Theater Presents, “Silver Season Holidays”, Wednesday, November 18 through Saturday, November 21, 2PM, Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. $5.

Lava Flows and the Missoula Floods: Geology of the Columbia Gorge”, Wednesday, November 18, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Dr. Ivan Phillipsen. “The beautiful Columbia River Gorge has been shaped by violent natural forces over millions of years. Lava flows, volcanoes, giant floods, and landslides have all played their parts.”

European Paper Crafts”, Wednesday, November 18, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist Daniela Mahoney. “Participants will learn how to use paper to create traditional paper crafts representative of Poland and Denmark. You will learn how to make Polish ‘Wycinanki’ (folding and cutting stars and people) and Danish hearts through cutting and weaving.”

3D Printing 101”, Wednesday, November 18, 6PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “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!”

Author Talk, “Tim Palmer”, Wednesday, November 18, 6:45PM, The Waypost, 3120 N. Williams Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Join Oregon Wild for a special Oregon Wild Wednesday with a focus on Oregon’s iconic wild rivers. Award winning author and photographer Tim Palmer will present a stunning slide show based on his acclaimed new book, ‘Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.’ Tim will highlight the exceptional river trips that are possible in Oregon, and show us the extraordinary beauty of our rivers estate with tips on how to enjoy our waterways by walking, hiking, paddling, and fishing. He’ll also discuss the history of river protection and the threats that remain to our waters. In addition, hear from Oregon Wild staff about the work they do to protect Oregon’s rivers, streams, and wetlands.”

Time Banking in Clark County”, Wednesday, November 18, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Do you have a need for services that are too expensive? Are you interested in cultivating a connection with your neighbors? Do you want to save money while helping your community thrive? The hOUR IMPACT Time Bank, sponsored by the Human Services Council, allows individuals living in Clark County do all of those things at once. Come learn how a time bank provides community members a way to exchange skills or services without any money changing hands, and how to be a part of it right here in Battle Ground.”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, November 19, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news.  All ages are welcome.”

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival”, Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, 10AM-5PM, and Saturday, November 21, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 admission, 50% off coupon on their website: $8 parking, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “At this festival, you will find a variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supplies. Participate in one of the many ‘Make and Take’ workshops or any of the educational seminars offered.”

Salvage Paleontology”, Thursday, November 19, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Fossils are protected resources at ground-disturbing construction sites on public lands in the United States. A matrix of federal, state, and county laws require the retrieval of fossil objects that might be used for display, research or teaching . Sheila Alfsen will speak on her experiences in salvage paleontology industry, working in the states of the western United States.”

Winter Sky is Coming”, Thursday, November 19, 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:

Author Talk, “Michael Witwer”, Thursday, November 19, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Michael Witwer discusses his book, “Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons and Dragons”, “The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax's magnum opus, Dungeons and Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and '80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. D and D is the best-known, best-selling role-playing game of all time, and it boasts an elite class of alumni--Stephen Colbert, Robin Williams, and Junot Diaz all have spoken openly about their experience with the game as teenagers, and some credit it as the workshop where their nascent imaginations were fostered.”

Imagination Boxes”, Thursday, November 19, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Presented by Creative Roots. “Inspired by artist Joseph Cornell, imagination boxes capture a meaningful story for the child and family artists. Each family can work together to create an imagination box, decorating, collaging, gluing found objects and provided materials. Families can imagine and create together.”

Watercolor Resist Art Workshop”, Thursday, November 19, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Preregistration required; call 306-906-4747 beginning on Nov. 12. “Enjoy making a watercolor resist painting based on a children's book inspired by artist Paul Klee called ‘The Cat and The Bird.’ Please wear clothing you don't mind getting messy.”

Author Talk, “Jack Nisbet”, Thursday, November 19, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Jack Nisbet discusses his book, “Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest”. “These are the genesis stories of a region. In Ancient Places, Jack Nisbet uncovers touchstones across the Pacific Northwest that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and place in this corner of the world. From rural Oregon, where a controversy brewed over the provenance and ownership of a meteor, to the great floods 15,000 years ago that shaped what is now Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, this is a compelling collection of stories about the natural and human history of our region.”

Author Talk, “Jason Mark”, Thursday, November 19, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Jason Mark discusses his book, “Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man”. “Is there any thing or any place left on Earth that remains really, truly wild? In this Human Age it’s easy to believe that wildness is extinct. Civilization’s fingerprints are everywhere – from plastic trash on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, to the effects of global climate change on the most remote landscapes, to the wildlife that we carefully monitor and control. And yet, if you know where to look, you’ll find that much remains that is untamed. Even today, wildness can remain a touchstone for our relationship with the rest of nature. In Satellites in the High Country, I travel beyond the bright lights and certainties of our cities to seek wildness wherever it survives.”

Candy Corn Catapults”, Thursday, November 19, 4:30PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades 4-8. “How far can you launch a candy corn using only office supplies and creativity?”

Concert, “Ricardo Cárdenas”, Friday, November 20, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “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.”

Screening, “Frederick Law Olmstead: Designing America”, Friday, November 20, 5:30PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. Discussion will be lead by Laurence Cotton, the film’s consulting producer, and will include Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté and architect William J. Hawkins III, author of “The Legacy of the Olmstead Brothers in Portland, Oregon”.

HART Theatre Presents, “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings”, Friday, November 20 through December 20, $15 adults, $13 seniors and $11 students. “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is a brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been ‘Plaid-erized,’ our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren't sure why they've returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like their riotous three minute and eleven second version of The Ed Sullivan Show - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the "Day-O" in Excelsis! This truly ‘heaven-sent’ holiday treat will lift audiences' spirits and fill them with nostalgia for a bygone era of classic music sung in perfect harmony.”

Olio Nuovo Festa”, Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Olive Mill, Grande Room, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Dr., Dayton, OR. Free. All ages welcome. “Taste the tradition of freshly milled olive oil! Join us for our 7th Annual Olio Nuovo Festival! In the spirit of the Italian food festivals, we’re marking the end of harvest by inviting one and all to enjoy freshly-pressed, limited release Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Tour the Northwest’s foremost olive milling facility and savor traditional Italian bruschetta paired with Durant Vineyards signature Pinot Noir.”

Sticks and Stones: Bully Awareness for the Modern Age”, Friday, November 20, 5PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Brandon Keefe. “As I am sure you are aware, bullying is a constant problem that has been plaguing children for generations. Luckily, we are growing more aware of not only what bullying is, but how long lasting its effects are on people. In this seminar, you will learn WHAT bullying really is, WHO is involved in bullying, WHY people engage in these behaviors, and finally HOW to address and counter bullying in your child’s life.”

Author Talk, “Matt Mikalatos”, Friday, November 20, 7PM, Powell’s, 3425 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Matt Mikalatos offers a poignant and compassionate look at a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the certainty that even death can’t stop love in a deeply moving memoir inspired by a sky lantern with a scribbled note and the journey to find the child who wrote it. ‘Love you, Daddy. Miss you so much. Steph.’ Steph scribbled those words on a sky lantern before sending it off to her father in heaven who had passed away from cancer. Halfway across the country, Steph’s lantern landed in Matt Mikalatos’s yard. As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let Steph’s note go unanswered, so he posted an open letter to her on his blog. Matt never could have expected the viral response to his letter that led him on a journey to find Steph—and to bring healing to thousands of others in desperate need of the loving words of a father.”

“Gem Faire”, Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 21, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 weekend pass, free for kids 11 and under. 2 for 1 adult admission coupon on their website: Mainly beads, but also crystals, fossils, and minerals for the discerning rockhound. 

Author Talk, “Alex Honnold”, Friday, November 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Alex discusses his book, “Alone on the Wall”. “The life and death-defying feats of Alex Honnold, a visionary climber of the sort that comes along only once in a generation. A thirty-year-old climbing phenomenon, Alex Honnold pushes the limits of free soloing beyond anything previously attempted, as he climbs without a rope, without a partner, and without any gear to attach himself to the wall. If he falls, he dies. In ‘Alone on the Wall’, Honnold recounts the seven most astonishing achievements thus far in his meteoric career, including free-soloing Sendero Luminoso in Mexico and climbing the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia. Each chapter narrates the drama of one climb, along with reflective and introspective passages that get at what makes Honnold tick. Veteran climber and award-winning author David Roberts quotes the judgments of other climbers to help put Honnold s tremendous accomplishments in perspective. Honnold s renown transcends the climbing realm: at the moment, he is one of the most famous adventurers in the world. His extraordinary life has much to teach us about risk, reward, and the ability to maintain focus even in the face of extreme danger.”

Image Comics”, Saturday, November 21, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Four comic book writers and artists from Image Comics join us for a special afternoon panel discussion: writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, author of Bitch Planet; writer Joe Keatinge, author of Tech Jacket, Shutter, and the upcoming Ringside; Leila del Duca, Shutter artist; and writer Kurt Busiek, author of Autumnlands.”

Salmon Release”, Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild, tiny fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.”

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, November 21, 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. “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.”

Art of Microscopy”, Saturday, November 21, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Preregistration required; register online: $10. “We will explore ways to capture creative images by using the camera on your phone with a microscope. Visitors will be able to print one imagine to take home. It is highly recommended to have taken OMSI's Beginner Microscopy lab experience prior to this one. Make sure to bring your phone to capture many pictures.” 

Cherokee Wheel Basket”, Saturday, November 21, 1PM, Troutdale Library; Sunday, November 22, 1PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, November 28, 2:45PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by basketmakers Carol Ross and Roger Besselievre. “This rattan reed basketry class is suitable for all levels. Each student will complete a full-size table basket using traditional Cherokee techniques and motifs. Student will have several color choices and numerous basket examples for inspiration. Marriages, births and deaths were all recorded and celebrated with intricate designs in Cherokee baskets and these unique styles and patterns have made Cherokee one of the great basket traditions of the world; as we weave we will discuss how the "Indian Removal Policy" shaped and affected this tradition by restricting access to customary materials. Resiliency and determination enabled them to adapt what was at hand so that their basketry art could survive and is still being created today.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, November 21, 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.”

Mad Science Presents, “North Pole Science”, Saturday, November 21, 1PM, St. Johns Library. “Science fun straight from the north pole! Defrost a chemical snowman, see simple powders burst into holiday colors, and analyze a substance that is said to have come straight from way up north!”

OMSI Presents, “Imagineering: Jitterbugs for Teens”, Saturday, November 21, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “With just a motor, a battery, a marker and a handful of craft supplies, students are challenged to design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own.”

“Quidditch Playtime”, Saturday, November 21, 2PM, Ridgefield Library. “Play Quidditch after learning the rules from an expert player. Eat yummy snacks.”

“Guided Nature Walk”, Saturday, November 21, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Venture out with a refuge naturalist for a free nature walk to explore the oak savanna, riparian forest and wetland ecosystems and natural history of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Topics will vary from walk to walk but will be appropriate for all ages.”

Origami Star Book”, Saturday, November 21, 2PM, Albina Library. Suggested for grades 2-8. Presented by artist Suki Allen Olson. “In this hour and a half class, kids will learn the basics of book construction while creating this fold out masterpiece. Students will learn to score, fold, cover a book cover, and assemble its pages.”

Festive Floral Fashion: Autumn Boutonnieres”, Saturday, November 21, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Wearable floral fashion. Florist-designer, Margarit Petrosyan, will help you to create a fall themed, stylish Boutonnière for wearing on your clothes.”

Beaverton Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble”, Sunday, November 22, 2PM, Beaverton Library. “Members of the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra share music in a relaxed environment. Short question-and-answer time will follow the music.”

University of Portland Orchestra Presents, “The Snowman”, Sunday, November 22, 3PM, University of Portland, Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Pdx. Free. “As our all-English concert season continues, the University of Portland is proud to present Howard Blake’s classic English tale, ‘The Snowman,’ narrated by All Classical radio personality and host of The Score, Edmund Stone, and featuring the famous song, ‘Walking in the Air.’ Bring the entire family for this magical story about the adventures of a young boy and a snowman who has come to life. The concert will also include holiday music c by Holst, Vaughan Williams and others.”

“Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, November 22, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.”

Sci-Fi Authorfest 9”, Sunday, November 22, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “A starfleet of science fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Meet Alma Alexander, Devon Monk, Barb and J. C. Hendee, Mark Ferrari, Shannon Page, Brent Weeks, Claude Lalumiere, Camille Alexa, Wendy Wagner, David Levine, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, Jason Hough, Ken Scholes, J. A. Pitts, Patrick Swenson, Leah Cutter, Blaze Ward, Tina Connolly, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Annie Bellet, Fonda Lee, Jason Gurley, Kristi Charish, Laura Ann Gilman, Randy Henderson, Django Wexler, and Jennifer Brozek.”

Fall Bird Walk”, Sunday, November 22, 8:30AM-12PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Preregistration required; register online: “Join local birding enthusiast Jason Wolf and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for an early-morning bird walk around Whittaker Ponds. Late Fall is a great time for waterfowl, raptors and resident songbirds, as well as the possibility of birds that are only in our area in winter. Beginners welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring your own binoculars, if you have them. This trip will go rain or shine.”

The Jim Pepper Project”, Sunday, November 22, 12:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. 45 min. with a 15 minute question and answer afterwards. “The Jim Pepper Project is an original play with music. It takes you through Oregon-born Native American musician Jim Pepper's journey to becoming a world-renowned jazz fusion artist. Four actors use text, multimedia, and music to explore history from the early 17th century to Jim’s rise to fame, when his song ‘Witchi Tai To’ became the only Native American song to reach the Top 100 Pop Charts. Woven into the story are accounts of Native American and African American history, showing the commonalities in two suppressed cultures. Unique to this production is the depiction of contemporary Native Americans, and the way history has impacted the present.”

Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow”, Sunday, November 22, 10:30AM, Oxbow Regional Park, Group Picnic Area A. All ages. Free with $5 per car day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy and celebrate the gifts of nature at Oxbow Regional Park with Metro naturalist Dan Daly, Deerdance School’s Terry Kem and others. Walk along the Sandy River as you focus on opening your senses and noticing how wildlife respond to the changing season. Afterwards, gather around the campfire to hear the ‘Thanksgiving Address’ passed down by the Iroquois. Hot drinks provided. Bring a sack lunch.”

“’Shroom Stroll”, Sunday, November 22, 9AM, Forest Park, Leif Erikson Trailhead, NW Germantown Rd., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “How many mushrooms can you spot? What are they and what do they mean for the forest? Find out on this leisurely 'shroom stroll through Forest Park.”

Make the Most of Your Stuff - A Master Recycler Program”, Sunday, November 22, 2:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Join us for a workshop sponsored by the Master Recycler Program serving the Portland metro region and the Washington County Solid Waste and Recycling Program. Learn how to prevent wasted food with the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge. Learn strategies for the Four R's - Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle. Get simple tips on how to prevent waste like a master and recycle like an expert, saving money in the process. Take home free tools and resources. This program is free and open to the public and takes place in the library's second floor community room. Refreshments will be provided.”

Illuminating Fungi”, Monday, November 23, 7:30PM, World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Parking lot fees apply. “Over 40 lineages of bioluminescent organisms are known to inhabit the earth. Some of the most poorly known are terrestrial bioluminescent fungi that emit greenish yellow light 24 hours a day. Dr. Desjardin will distinguish between the many types of light emitted by organisms, and outline what is known about bioluminescent fungi, addressing their diversity, phylogeny, biochemical mechanism of light emission, ecology, physiology, and why they glow.”

Author Talk, “David Banis and Hunter Shobe”, Monday, November 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. David Banis and Hunter Shobe discuss their book, “Portlandness A Cultural Atlas of Portland.” “The new cartography is about much more than just land! In 150 infographic maps of Portland, Oregon, two leading geographers explore unexpected topics like city chickens, wild coyote encounters, food-truck trends, and coffee culture. Modern cartography tells the hidden stories of Portland in these fascinating and colorful infographic maps.”

Meet the Robots”, Tuesday, November 24, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Meet Madison High School's First Tech Challenge robotics teams! Each team of students worked together to build and program a robot to compete in this year's challenge, set in a simulated remote mountainous area. Robots must collect randomly located debris and stranded mountain climbers, repair a locator beacon, and scale a mountain to score points. Come drive the robots Madison students designed, built and coded to meet this challenge!”

Engineering Adventures”, Wednesday, November 25, 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.”

Broadway Rose Presents, “A Taffeta Christmas”, Wednesday, November 25 through December 20, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Suggested to be appropriate for ages 6 and up; no child under 6 admitted. “The tinsel-strewn sequel to ‘The Taffetas’! It’s Christmas in Muncie, Indiana, and The Dumont Television Network is featuring the bright-eyed and bubbly 1950s girl group The Taffetas on its weekly show ‘Hometown Hoedown.’ Dishing out a collection of favorites from the original Off-Broadway hit ‘The Taffetas’, effervescent new songs, and seasonal classics, ‘A Taffeta Christmas’ is a twinkling hometown holiday – the way it used to be!”

Liberty in North Korea”, Friday, November 27, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Come and learn more about the North Koreans with this short presentation by Liberty in North Korea.”

Holiday Wreath Making”, Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. $15 for wreaths and $5 for cone bird feeders. Preregistration required; Please send an email to with the names of all people attending. “Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath to take home. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make cone bird feeders and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class”

Garage Door Theatre Presents, “A Tuna Christmas”, Friday, November 27, 7:30PM, and Saturday, November 28, 2PM and 7:30PM, Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students under 18. “This show is rated PG for mild language and mild adult themes. Just in time to get into the holiday spirit is Garage Door Theatre Troupe's production of ‘A Tuna Christmas’. Set in the third smallest town in Texas, the colorful denizens of Tuna are gearing up for the annual yard display contest, holiday productions (assuming the lights stay on!), and more Yuletide activities. Join Garage Door as they present a hysterical, fun filled evening complete with a crazy cast of 22 characters masterfully played by 4 very talented actors and actresses. The gender bending alone is guaranteed to have you in stitches.”

Concert, “The Trail Band”, Friday, November 27, 7PM, Canby High School Performing Arts Center, 721 SW 4th Ave., Canby. Adults $28, students K-12 $15. “The Trail Band is an eight-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists including Quarterflash’s Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus seven successful albums have established The Trail Band as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with their rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound.”

Decorative Decoupage Boxes”, Saturday, November 28, 12PM, Gresham Library. “Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family! If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift giving.”

Honey Bee Science Discovery Program”, Saturday, November 28, 2PM, Midland Library. “A presentation by a young beekeeper on honey bees and the science behind them. The short interactive presentation is followed by hands-on learning stations, including: Honey Bee Discovery Lab (featuring products of the hive, beekeeping equipment and tools, magnifying glasses, honey tasting, and question and answer time), flower seed planting, pollination station, honey bee board games, and coloring sheets. This discovery lab is for children ages 3 years and up, and adults enjoy the lab, as well.”

Classroom Discovery Days: Mysterious Mosses”, Saturday, November 28, 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”

Friction Fire”, Saturday, November 28, 3PM, Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th Ave. and Taylor St., Pdx. $5-$10 suggested donation. Presented by Rewild Portland. “The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a family friendly class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. Each month has a different theme.”

Gingerbread House Decorating for Teens”, Monday, November 30, 2:30PM, Bethany Community Room, 15160 NW Laidlaw Ave., Ste. 120, Pdx. For ages 11-18. “What sort of masterpiece do you have in your imagination? Come try your hand at gingerbread house construction at this teen/tween event on a no school day.”

Community and Art: Imagination, Creation, Compensation”, Monday, November 30, 6PM, Northwest Library. “Local artist Justin Lacche brings his background in community journalism and his enthusiasm for local history and culture to the Northwest Quadrant. Lacche will facilitate an open discussion on the business of making art. Whether you are looking for new avenues or just starting out, this discussion will be a chance to connect with other artists and share resources for making money while doing what you love. The artist will share his own experiences in Community, Public, and Private art exhibitions and projects with teens and adults. Lacche will be exhibiting his art work from November 1 to December 29 at Northwest Library during open hours.”

Conversations With Writers: What Matters- The Writing Life in an Age of Distraction”, Monday, November 30, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Pauls Toutonghi’s work has appeared in several periodicals; his short story, Regeneration, won the Pushcart Prize when he was 23. In addition, his first novel, Red Weather, well received, has been translated into German and Latvian. The classes he teaches at Lewis and Clark College emphasize the eclectic, such as The Rock ‘N’ Roll Novel, which explored the relationship between today’s music and literature of previous eras. Our meeting will feature an interactive discussion about a writer's life in an era that emphasizes distraction. How can writing – an activity of concentration and solitude – thrive in the modern world?”

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