Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Fun

This is a list of happenings around the greater Portland area for the month of February 2015.  I'm no longer trying to compile a list of every worthy event.  When it comes right down to it, it's hard to define my criteria except to say it's all stuff that appeals to me that I'd certainly take my son to.  Still plenty of good stuff!  If you like it, share it! My friend Michael continues to compile a pretty complete list of all the environmental education events happening around town on his blog: and you will find a list of the various regularly occurring events specifically for homeschoolers on my page here:

Solve and Friends of Trees continue to have many tree planting events that are generally very family friendly.  (You may want to pick up kids' gardening gloves ahead of time because they don't tend to have kids' sizes.)

February is Black History Month, and there are an abundance of events related to African American history and culture, the Civil Rights movement, and African culture.

February 14 is also the official anniversary of Oregon's statehood, so there are many birthday celebrations planned each year on Valentine's Day.

Various events in Lake Oswego take place in honor of the “Lake Oswego Reads 2015” book, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, which features a blind French girl named Marie-Laure and a German boy named Werner in France during WWII. Therefore they are having events related to WWII, French and German culture, blindness, gemstones and other sundry topics related to the narrative. A list of events is here: and some are listed individually below.

Registration opens Sunday, February 1 for the Klineline Kids Fishing Event, April 11 and 12, Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver:

Origami Workshop”, Sunday, February 1, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. “Try your hand at Japanese paper-folding. Members of Tigard High School's Japanese National Honor Society will show you how to make simple, fun origami pieces.”

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, February 1, 5:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.” They are making this a quarterly event instead of monthly.

Documentary Screening, “The Abolitionists”, Sunday, February 1, 2PM, Tualatin Library.

Portland Opera Preview: Carmen”, Sunday, February 1, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery, and Tuesday, February 3, 6PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Carmen? To the soldier Don José, she is hypnotic. To Micaëla, Don Jose's sweetheart, she is the most potent of rivals. To Escamillo, Don José's rival, she is inspiration. The preview will feature commentary by chorus master and assistant conductor Nicholas Fox, with musical selections performed by resident artists Katrina Galka, Ian Jose Ramirez, and Alexander Elliott.”

Exhibit, “Fossil Fools”, Monday, February 2 through Friday, February 28, Stevenson Community Library. “A collaborative installation by Diane Gadway and Janet Essley. The exhibit portrays their view of the dangers of oil trains, the fragile beauty of the Gorge and a story about climate change. With a unique sense of humor, the artists present their views on these issues of public interest.”

The Electric Earth: OSU investigations of subsurface geologic structures in Cascadia using electromagnetic geophysics.”, Monday, February 2, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kyle McDonald, faculty research assistant, Oregon State University.

Social Movements, Citizenship, and Civil Liberties: Oregon Women and Progressive Era Reform and Reaction (1890s to World War I)”
 Monday, February 2, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free.

Miniatures Workshop”, Monday, February 2, and Monday, March 2, 4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790. “Interested in learning how to make miniatures out of every day objects? We’ll be offering two workshops for you led by Shana Stewart. All materials will be provided.”

Harmony Masters Barbershop”, Tuesday, February 3, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “Harmony Masters Barbershop will entertain with history and a sampling of small group vocalists who specialize in four-part harmony.”

Screening, “Documentary: Freedom Riders”, Tuesday, February 3, 6:30PM, Canby Library; and Sunday, February 22, Tualatin Library. Discussion follows the Canby screening with facilitator Dr. Andrea Lowgren.

Sunset and Moonrise Watch”, Tuesday, February 3, 5PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Education Deck. Free. “Once a month make time to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seek shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro Parks and Recreation sites. A naturalist guides you through the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather, you may wish to bring a blanket and a warm beverage. Some seating is provided but you may wish to bring a chair.”

Poetry Writing Workshop with Peter Sears”, Tuesday, February 3, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Oregon's new Poet Laureate Peter Sears will lead a poetry-writing workshop and reading for all poets, regardless of experience. Bring your work for review and development.”

Shaken, Not Stirred: The Coming Great Cascadia Earthquake”, Tuesday, February 3, 7PM, Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at door.

Exploring our Nearest Galaxies”, Tuesday, February 3, 6PM, 7:145PM and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Directions, etc. here:

Beating the Blues”, Wednesday, February 4, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Counselor Beth Mogck and naturopath Tanya Hudson will deliver a presentation that will teach non-medication methods to help relieve depression symptoms, including a brief introduction to mindfulness meditation.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in February, 12PM, Turner Creek Park, 789 SE 31st Ct., Hillsboro, meeting at the tennis courts. Free. Join Jackson Bottom staff and volunteers every Wednesday at noon, November through June, for Lunch with the Birds! Location varies featuring a different City of Hillsboro park each month. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Habitats at Turner Creek include a creek with ponds, lots of snags, plus open fields make for interesting birds.”

Raptor Road Trip Rev-Up!”, Wednesday, February 4, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., and Thursday, February 5, 7PM, Leach Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $10 suggested donation. “The Willamette Valley is a winter home to a variety of hawks, eagles, and falcons. Join us for this introduction to identifying birds of prey where we’ll learn the key field marks of local wintering raptors and make side-by-side comparisons of similar species. A great way to prepare for the Raptor Road Trip on February 7th!”

Going Wild”, Wednesday, February 4, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Gretchen Brauer Rieke will share her story of hiking with her husband across Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail. Find out how ordinary people can plan their own experience on this amazing trail.”

Irish Music in America: More than Danny Boy!”, Wednesday, February 4, 6PM, Belmont Library. Presented by Dr. Sean Williams. “Dr. Williams will focus on the music of the Irish and Irish-Americans as it is played here in the United States. Far from being limited to nostalgic songs about Ireland, the presentation will include lively dance tunes, Irish songs about America, and a discussion of the ways in which Ireland and America are deeply connected.”

Screening, “OR-7: The Journey”, Wednesday, February 4, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $10. Advance tickets recommended. “After several sellout shows, the OR-7 documentary will be back in Portland on Wednesday, February 4th. The screening will be hosted by Oregon Wild and will include a Q and A with filmmaker Clemens Schenk and Oregon Wild's Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator Rob Klavins. Oregon's last wolf bounty was paid in 1947. In 1973, gray wolves were granted protections under the federal Endangered Species Act, setting the species on a slow path of recovery. Oregon is again home to a fragile recovering population of 64 known wolves. All but one are confined to the Northeast corner of the state. That one wolf set off and made history becoming the first wolf west of the Cascades since 1947, and the first in California in nearly a century. In the process, he inspired people around the world and has become an ambassador for native wildlife. That wolf is OR-7. Journey.”!the-film/cnel

Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, February 4, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; register online:  “Whooooo goes there? Join us at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to find out about the owls that make the Refuge their home. During a night hike we will learn about the mysterious lives of our nocturnal neighbors, discover their habitat, and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night.”

Meet Brigadier General James B. Thayer and Anne Sandoval”, Wednesday, February 4, 7PM, Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego. “Brigadier General James Thayer joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and earned the prestigious Silver and Bronze Stars for his combat heroics in Europe during World War II. Second Lieutenant Thayer’s anti-tank mine platoon discovered and liberated a Nazi death camp, Gunskirchen Lager, near Wels, Austria, saving the lives of over 15,000 Hungarian Jewish refugees. General Thayer will discuss his military experiences. Anne Sandoval is one of Lake Oswego’s “Rosie the Riveters”. During WW II, Anne graduated from High School and became a riveter for Lockheed Aircraft, building the Mighty Lightning P38, the fastest plane during the war. She loved her job but lost the hearing in one ear due to the constant riveting noises. However, Anne feels that was little sacrifice compared to what our service men went through during the war. She will share her experiences contributing to the home front during World War II. OHC’s museum will have an exhibit featuring World War II memorabilia. OHC’s museum is open most weekdays from 10am until 3pm. The WWII exhibit will run through February 16.”

Oregon’s Birthday”, Thursday, February 5, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; register online.  “Do you know Oregon’s birthday? How about our state motto, dance, or fruit? You will learn fun facts about the beautiful state we live in, and explore Oregon geography. Weather permitting, we will take a walk around the park to search for some iconic Oregon plants that we walk by every day.”

Imaginings of Flight: The Past, Present and Future of Aviation”, Thursday, February 5, 6:30PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. Presenter is Robert Cromwell, Ph.D., National Park Service. "The Spruce Production Division's Vancouver Cut Up Mill and the Contribution to the Air War in World War I"

Deep Roots, Strong Branches”, Thursday, February 5, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1151 Main St., Vancouver. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children under 18. “A performance by local students of “Deep Roots, Strong Branches," a script made from original interviews with descendants of African American families who migrated to Vancouver during World War II.”

White Out?: The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Thursday, February 5, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse, inclusive communities.”

Book Launch, “This Side of Home”, Thursday, February 5, 6PM, North Portland Library. “Join author Renée Watson for her book launch of 'This Side of Home'. Renée will read excerpts from her novel as well as share poems and short stories - all about growing up in Portland, Oregon. Participants will have to opportunity talk to Renée and get their book signed.”

Jupiter in Opposition”, sunset Friday, February 6 until sunrise Saturday, February 7. The best night of the year to view Jupiter. Lots more info here:

Three Lives of Carye Bye: Open Studio and Show”, First Friday, February 6, 5PM-9PM, and Saturday, February 7, 11AM-6PM, Red Bat Press, 211 SE Madison St., Pdx. Free valentine with donation of a phone book or two. "Red Bat Press Valentine Sale, Bathtub Art Museum Love Show, and Hidden Portland Library and Publication Release Party."  Your chance to see the Bathtub Art Museum and many more marvels of Portlandia! 

Discover Music Series- The Baroque Era”, Saturday, February 7, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Explore string instruments and music from the 17th and 18th centuries during American exploration. Dancing was all the rage! Meet the musicians and ask questions. Ashley Peck, Cellist with Tatiana Kolchanova, violinist and Mary Rowell.”

en Taiko- The Art of Drumming”, Saturday, February 7, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. First floor in the JC Penny’s court. “There are orchestras. There are bands. And then there's en Taiko. Watch school age en Taiko drummers, then stick around for a chance to learn the basics.”

Pompeii: The Exhibition”, Saturday, February 7 through May 25, Pacific Science Center, Seattle. “Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including the largest collection of body casts ever presented.”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Saturday, February 7, 10:30AM, Albina Library. “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as Loop de Loo, Miss Mary Mac, Ham Bone and Shortnin’ Bread. Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Binding Mini Books”, Saturday, February 7, 1PM, West Slope Library. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Local artist Sue Selbie will provide instruction and supplies to create simple folded and stitched books.”

Italian Style”, Saturday, February 7 through May 3, Portland Art Museum. “This major exhibition will be a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day.”

Screening, “Black Girl in Suburbia”, Saturday, February 7, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Black Girl in Suburbia is a feature documentary directed by local filmmaker Melissa Lowery which looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening.”

Body Worlds: Awesome Anatomy”, Saturday, February 7, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. Presented by AKA Science. “Take a trip through the skin you're in to find out what makes you tick! Test your reflexes, make an awesome inflatable lung and experiment with Bio Dots! Have fun with some ooey-gooey activities...then take stuff home to show your family and friends!”

Doing Dough Series: Cinnamon Rolls”, Saturday, February 7, 11:30AM, Troutdale Library. For adults; register with your child. Preregistration required; register online: “Life's too short to eat store bought cinnamon rolls, so come learn to make your own. You'll need a rolling pin, and Jean Johnson, your teacher, will bring the ingredients. This introduction to yeast doughs will empower you to bake, and this winter when people walk into your kitchen, they'll say, "It smells good in here.’” 

Opening Reception, “black [genus, genesis, genius]”, Saturday, February 7, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. Exhibit now through March 8. “Join BCC: BrownHall during the opening reception of 'black [genus, genesis, genius],' a curated installation of Black creatives mobilizing visual art, printed materials, movement, and voice to honor and celebrate the intersection of interests, histories, and cultural production of our community. Featuring: Akela Jaffi Auer, Turiya Autry, Samiya Bashir, Aasha Benton, Aisha Edwards, Diamond Furguson, Chris Fuzell, keyon gaskin, Jamondria Harris, Elijah Hasan, Lin Lucas, Nakeia R. Medcalf, André Middleton, S. Renee Mitchell, Sidony O'neal, Alex Riedlinger, Jonny Sanders, Sharita Towne, Tasha Triplett, David Walker.”

Pop-up Valentines”, Saturday, February 7, 2PM, Gresham Library Story Room. “Children of all ages (and their adults) are invited to join book artist Sarah Fagan in handcrafting their own pop-up style valentine cards. The structure is deceptively simple -- but the possibilities are endless! All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite collage materials for a personal touch.”

Concert, “Nuestro Canto”, Saturday, February 7, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “Grupo Condor is a touring folk music ensemble that embodies traditional musical styles of all of Spanish-speaking America. Their concerts and school programs focus on the blend of Spanish, African, and Native American influences that comprise this music and create this truly multicultural art form.”

1st Oregon Cavalry Volunteers”, Saturday, February 7 and Saturday, February 21, 10AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver, Parade Grounds. Free. “Join Civil War volunteer reenactors on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Grounds. Reenactors will portray the 1st Oregon Cavalry of 1862-1865, which may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, and scouting formations.”

Portland Opera To Go Presents “The Barber of Seville”, Saturday, February 7, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro ; Monday, February 9, 12PM, Portland’5, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx; and Saturday, February 21, 12PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg, in the Ballroom. All shows are free. Be sure to get there early for seats. “Portland Opera To Go, Portland Opera’s annual Northwest tour, will feature the world premiere of an innovative bilingual adaptation of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville as its 2015 offering.  Created by stage director Kristine McIntyre, the 50-minute adaptation performed in Spanish and English, will demonstrate the power of love to triumph over adversity of every kind.”

Zinesters Talking: From Zines to Publishing”, Saturday, February 7, 2PM, Central Library. “Portland is home to many authors who started out by self-publishing their work in zines, and went on to have work published by bigger publishers, or by becoming publishers themselves. This program will bring together some of these authors, as well as other creators, entrepreneurs, and connectors in the local zine community, to discuss how Portland’s economy and culture enable innovation and access in publishing. Featuring zinesters and authors A.M. O'Malley, Kevin Sampsell, Nicole J. Georges, Tonya Jones, and Francois Vigneault, and Reading Frenzy bookstore proprietor Chloe Eudaly.”

All the Senses You Can Use to See”, Saturday, February 7, 1PM-4PM, Grahams Book and Stationery, 460 2nd St., Lake Oswego. “See the Antique radio WWII-era display. Hear them work. Listen to Blake Dietze talk about spy radios and classics of the era. 1-2:00 pm. Feel the various wood boxes and imagine them in the hands of Marie-Laure. Let our wood craftsman tell you about his turned bowls and boxes. 2-3:00 pm. Taste French wine from France along with beer and sausages from Germany 1-4:00 pm. Experience the worlds of Werner in Germany and Marie-Laure in France with science kits, wood and metal puzzles, games, a mini victory garden, art, artifacts and allied reading.”

Book Talk, “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography”, Saturday, February 7, 12PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Presented by the book’s editor, Pamela Smith Hill. “Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction. Hidden away since the 1930s, Laura Ingalls Wilder s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world.”!pioneer_girl/c1ly9

Raptor Road Trip”, Saturday, February 7, 9AM-2PM, Sauvie Island. $10 cash per vehicle which includes a parking permit. When you arrive, ask the volunteers if there will be a rescue bird release. “Explore Sauvie Island in search of the magnificent Bald Eagles, hawks, and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts will host activities and answer your questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close, and sharpen your hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and donuts are available in the morning to keep you warm while you breakfast with the birds.” Details here:

This Side of Home: Writing About the People and Places that Shaped Us”, Saturday, February 7, 3PM, Kenton Library. Suggested for grades 6- adult. “In this inter-generational writing workshop, author Renée Watson will read excerpts from her novel, This Side of Home, and share poetry about what it was like growing up as a black girl in Portland, Oregon. Participants will write poetry and prose using prompts and inspiration from the characters and scenes in the book.”

African American Read-In”, Sunday, February 8, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Local celebrities and community leaders read from works by their favorite African American writers at the 18th annual African American Read-In. Fiction and nonfiction for children and adults will be featured in an afternoon of good words from great works.”

From Paper to 3D Printer: You Made It!”, Sunday, February 8, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required, 1 per family: “3D printing is the wave of the future! Come learn how 3D printers work, see what they can make, and watch one print a part that you designed. You’ll leave with a page of resources for continued learning as well as a print of the part that we’ll design.”

A Pet A Day Keeps the Doctor Away”, Sunday, February 8, 2PM, Woodstock Library. “You always felt better with Fluffy around, but did you know that it's a proven fact that pets provide numerous health benefits? This presentation will explore the research behind this phenomenon, and the growing field of human-animal interactions.”

Out of Africa- Story of Adinkra”, Sunday, February 8, 3PM, Kenton Library. “This is a one hour digital slide presentation on the origin and history of the Adinkra symbols of West Africa, which are widely used all over the world in fabric prints. Adinkra prints are one of the highly valued hand-printed and hand-embroidered cloths found in Africa today. Its origin is traced to the Asante people of Ghana, and the Gyaman people of Cote’d'Ivoire . However, the production and use of Adinkra has come to be more associated with the Asante people of Ghana than any other group of people. Around the 19th Century, the Asante people developed their unique art of Adinkra printing. Adinkra cloths were made and used exclusively by royalty and spiritual leaders. According to the Adinkra dictionary there are currently 62 symbols and more are being added with time. The presenter will discuss 11 popular and prominent Adinkra symbols, used and embraced today all over the world in the first half hour, and in the other half hour will talk about the popular traditional ethnic attire women called the 'Kaba' in Ghana, and the men's Kente wrap, she will also teach about how different colors are only used for certain social events, such as birth, weddings, and funerals.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, February 8, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it.”

Owl Prowl” Sunday, February 8, 5:30PM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. $5. When you arrive you will receive a $5 gift certificate. Preregistration required. Class followed by carpool to Whitaker Ponds. Details here:

Screening, “Documentary: Slavery by Another Name”, Sunday, February 8, 2PM, Tualatin Library.

Make a Folk Instrument”, Monday, February 9, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Saturday, February 14, 11:30AM, Midland Library; Thursday, February 19, 3:30PM, Belmont Library; and Saturday, February 21, 2PM, St. Johns Library. “Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

Holocaust Survivor Alter Wiener”, Monday, February 9, 7PM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. All ages welcome- parents use your discretion. “Holocaust survivor and author of From a Name to a Number, Alter Wiener will share his experiences as a young man during WWII. Mr. Wiener's father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939, by German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At age 15, he was deported to Blechhammer, a forced labor camp for Jews, in Germany. Mr. Wiener subsequently survived five different camps. Upon liberation by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, he discovered most of his family was gone. Through sharing his experience of a time in our history which must never be forgotten, Mr. Wiener's message is ultimately one of tolerance and strength..”

Calamity Jane: The Life and Legends”, Monday, February 9, 6PM, Northwest Library. Presented by Professor Richard Etulain. “Calamity Jane (1856-1903, born Martha Canary) probably was the most-written-about woman of the 19th-century American West. Her unorthodox behavior (sometimes dressing like a man and drinking too much) attracted the attention of male journalists and dime novel authors. By her early 20s she was nationally known. Later she traveled with Wild West touring groups. But besides being known as a Wild West woman, she was also recognized for her kind heart and willingness to help the sick and needy, a veritable Angel of Mercy. This slide-illustrated presentation, based on the author's new book, ‘The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane’, will depict the life and the legends that have circled around Calamity in the past century.”

Origins and Consequences of Starfish Wasting Disease”, Monday, February 9, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Bruce Menge, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, OSU College of Science. An update on what is known about what is killing our sea stars.

Jay Frasier’s Magic of Reading”, Tuesday, February 10, 6:30PM, Tigard Library.

Egg-napping! Rescuing the Streaked Horned Larks of the Pacific Northwest”, Tuesday, February 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd. Free.

Guide Dogs for the Blind”, Tuesday, February 10, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Corinna Campbell-Sack has trained Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies for five years. Volunteer puppy trainers work with the dogs from eight weeks to fifteen months old when they are passed on for further training. She will share her experiences preparing the puppies to serve and empower individuals who are blind or vision impaired. She will tell about the program and the requirements to be a puppy trainer.”

Tailor Made Tails”, Tuesday, February 10, 7PM, Albina Library. Presented by storyteller Chetter Galloway. “The program draws from personal stories and experiences as well as tales from African American folklore and history. Stories of love, courage, laughter, and perseverance will inspire, motivate, and uplift the listener.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, February 11, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Join us for our new monthly collage night, where all are welcome to come hang out, create, and share work with other enthusiasts of collage art. If you have always wanted to learn more about collage or perhaps used to collage and haven’t in a long time, here’s your chance to do so in a fun environment of people eager to create and explore this easy-to-learn and very DIY medium. The night will kick off with a short slide show of collage art from around the world designed to inspire you with ideas. And then the cutting and pasting will commence! This event was created by local collage artists A.M. O’Malley and Kevin Sampsell. Some materials (scissors, paper cutters, glue stick, old magazines and books) will be provided, but please bring some of your own materials as well.”

Starting Seeds Indoors”, Thursday, February 12, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online at or by phone at 503-681-5397. “Valentine’s Day is coming and the birds already know spring is in the air! If you just can’t wait for spring to start gardening, get going – indoors! Join an OSU Extension Service Master Gardener as she shares tips and techniques for getting indoor seed starts to flourish like those lush and pampered nursery seedlings we all admire! Go home ready to sow like a pro, save money, and get a jump-start on early-bird transplanting!”

The Physics of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Thursday, February 12, 7PM, Eugene.$5 suggested donation, all ages. Presented by Stan Micklavzina, Senior Instructor, Department of Physics, University of Oregon.

Memories of WWII”, Thursday, February 12, 2PM, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego. “Panel Discussion of memories from World War II. "Every man, woman and child is a partner" declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt of World War II. This slogan underscores the way in which the conflict shaped the lives of everyone who experienced it. This panel discussion will include memories of universal experiences, such as rationing and blackouts, as well as a New Zealand woman's fear of Japanese invasion, an American girl's connection to the Manhattan Project and a German boy's exposure to firebombing raids.”

"The Meteorite Petting Zoo”, Thursday, February 12, 6:30PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. Presenter is Dick Pugh, Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, Portland State University. “Mr. Pugh will bring meteorites for up close viewing, and encourages attendees to bring suspected meteorites for verification.”

African Storytelling”, Thursday, February 12, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library; and Saturday, February 28, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

Author Talk, “Susan Scott”, Thursday, February 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. Susan Scott discusses her book, “Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea”.

Great Backyard Bird Count”, Friday, February 13 through Monday, February 16. All the details here:

GSWCO Meeting: How To Find Your Civil War Ancestor”, Saturday, February 14, 10AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Monthly meeting of the Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon. Meetings are free and open to members and non-members. Janice Heckethorne will share historical, statistical and genealogical information along with internet and local archive sources that will give the attendees strong leads to find their Civil War ancestors.”

Discover Music Series- The Classic Era”, Saturday, February 14, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. Presented by the Stumptown Winds. “Learn about the hits of the American Revolution and then the French Revolution. Discover some of the band instruments of the period. Be prepared for surprises.”

Waterbird Watching 101”, Saturday, February 14, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you enjoy watching birds in wetlands, lakes, and streams, but are not sure what they are doing, where they came from, or even know their name? Do you want to learn more about bird behavior, migration, identification, or how to use binoculars? Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, Michelle McDowell, to learn the basics of birdwatching and nature observation and open your eyes to the wonders that can be discovered at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Fall and winter are the best time to experience migrating waterfowl that travel through the refuge by the thousands. All experience levels are welcome. Space is limited so register early at We explore the refuge in rain or shine so dress for the weather. We will take a leisurely easy stroll on our wheelchair accessible nature trail. Bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them or borrow ours during the walk.”

Family Day”, Saturday, February 14, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for an Oregon Birthday Party! Try your hand at a variety of activities related to Oregon history including building a variety of Oregon houses, trading like a mountain man and packing an Oregon Trail wagon.”

Explore Corps Discovery Days Day Camp”, Saturday, February 14, 1PM-4PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $15 per child. Preregistration required. Details here:

Oregon Statehood Day”, Saturday, February 14, 11AM-3:30PM, with free admission from 10AM-5PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “The Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historical Society are excited to celebrate Oregon’s 156th birthday with programs highlighting black history in Oregon. Learn about what life was like for blacks in Portland in the mid-twentieth century in a guided tour of A Community on the Move. This interactive exhibit traces how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland’s black families and businesses. Tours will be led by members of the Oregon Black Pioneers from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Spend the afternoon enjoying performances with African American storyteller Chetter Galloway. A member of the National Storytelling Network, Galloway engages listeners through energetic, animated storytelling. Performances are 15 minutes long and take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Don’t forget to grab a slice of Oregon’s birthday cake at noon from the one and only Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, served by former Governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongoski!”

Geoff Norcross Talks Radio”, Saturday, February 14, 10AM, Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego. “Like Werner, Geoff Norcross has talked on the radio since the day he turned 16, doing hay reports and funeral notices for a tiny AM station in the hills of West Virginia. After working in several markets around the country, he landed in Portland in 2008. He will discuss his personal history with radio, and the role of radio in historical and current events. This is an AAUW meeting that is open to the public.”

Mountain Men and Bringing Oregon to Statehood”, Saturday, February 14, 1PM, Sherwood Library. “Join Judy Goldmann of the Genealogical Society of Washington County, as she presents on her great grandfather Joseph Meeks, the Mountain Men and the events leading up to Oregon's first birthday, on February 14, 1859. Birthday cupcakes will be served.”

Monster Jam”, Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15, Moda Center. What could possibly be a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend than watching monster trucks crush things?

Valentine Collage”, Saturday, February 14, 11AM, North Portland Library. Presented by artist Shanon Schollian. Learn how to create your own collage paper valentines using decorative papers, fabrics and other embellishments. Materials and supplies provided, but bring your own supplies to add your unique flare.”

Paint Your Own Picasso Portrait”, Saturday, February 14, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Tuesday, February 24, 4PM, Gresham Library (preregistration required; register online: For adults- if bringing kids, plan to register with them. “You needn’t have painting experience to emulate techniques of the masters. In this guided workshop, learn acrylic paint skills and a little art history while creating your own unique version of this iconic painting. Leave with a completed 12 by 16 inch canvas and introductory skills in color mixing, composition and layering.”

The League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, February 14, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In "It's Alive! Creating Memorable Characters That Work," a writing workshop for young adults, author Kari Luna gives tips and tricks for bringing your characters to life. Hosted by author Rosanne Parry, The League of Extraordinary Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their writing knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. We welcome avid readers, enthusiastic artists, and aspiring young authors!”

Celebrate Oregon’s 156th Birthday”, Saturday, February 14, 1PM-5PM, Lafayette Museum, 605 Market St., Lafayette. Free with canned food donation for YCAP. “Tour the historic Poling Memorial Church and Miller Log Cabin. View exhibits specially created to showcase life as Oregon became a state. Free birthday cake and punch!”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, February 14, 1PM with signup at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Quick, Mom! Which character was the title star of the first Pokémon movie? Dad–who was President when Oregon became a state? Combine your family’s collective brainpower and work together at Portland’s only family-friendly trivia event. It’s all the fun of Quizissippi geared for an all-ages audience. Test your knowledge of games, toys, history, science, books, movies, and more. Don’t miss the kid-friendly Multimedia Round! Free to play!”

Lunar New Year”, Saturday, February 14, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; Monday, February 23, 6PM, Holgate Library; and Saturday, February 28, 2PM, Midland Library. “The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and light refreshments. Happy New Year!”

Spectacular Arcade For Kids”, Saturday, February 14, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Join Tinker Camp and imagine, design and create your one of a kind arcade game using cardboard, recycled materials and electronic components such as LED lights and motors.”

Birding at Sauvie Island (Oak Island Trail)”, Saturday, February 14, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required. Details here:

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, February 14, 6:30PM- 9PM, 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!

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, February 14, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Visitor Center Auditorium. $5 day use fee per vehicle. “As part of Champoeg's celebration of Black History Month: New York Times author Jane Kirkpatrick's 26th book 'A Light in the Wilderness' is based on the life of one of the first African-American women to cross the Oregon trail in 1845. Jane and author Greg Nokes, 'Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory', will explore this time of history and other slave stories.”

Colors of the Jungle”, Sunday, February 15, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “ Meet zoologist, animal behaviorist, and wildlife educator Karl Anderson and his parrots! Learn about the natural history of tropical birds and their behavior in captivity, responsible pet ownership, and why some parrots are now critically endangered.”

Wildlife Care Center Open House”, Sunday, February 15, 11AM-5PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Tours must be reserved in advance and are $5 per adult or $10 per family. All other activities are free.

Screening, “Documentary: The Loving Story”, Sunday, February 15, 2PM, Tualatin Library; and Tuesday, February 17, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Canby Library discussion follows film with facilitator Dr. Andrea Lowgren.

Adventures in Antarctica”, Tuesday, February 17, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Come hear about adventures in Antarctica. Jim Danzenbaker, an experienced tour guide who specializes in ornithology, will talk about history and share photographs of nature and wildlife on Earth's southernmost continent.”

Tricky Physics”, Tuesday, February 17, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. Presented by AKA Science. “Use science to work some magic! Defy gravity, hold water upside down without spilling it, and learn the secret of the magicians' Tablecloth Trick. Then take home a set of supplies to amaze your family and friends!”

Hanford Hazards: Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste”, Tuesday, February 17, 7PM, OMSI, Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by with Ken Niles, assistant director, and Dirk Dunning, technical staff at the Oregon Department of Energy’s Nuclear Safety and Energy Emergency Preparedness Division.

Science Squad”, Tuesday, February 17, 4:30PM, Troutdale Library. Suggested for grades K-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Join our exclusive club of mad scientists and help us explore life's mysteries through science experiments. All supplies will be provided.”

Crepuscular Walks”, Tuesday, February 17, and Tuesday, February 24, 7AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Hillsboro. Free. “Join Sarah Pinnock for a leisurely walk around the wetlands as we watch for birds leaving their night roosts, look for tracks and other kinds of animal sign and greet the new day in a beautiful place. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet/muddy.”

Childhood in Nazi Germany”, Tuesday, February 17, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Professor Maureen Healy of the Department of History at Lewis and Clark College will speak at the Lake Oswego Public Library. Healy will examine the Nazi Party’s efforts to mobilize certain children before and during World War II. Ironically, the Party idealized the virtues of family, but at the same time attempted to weaken bonds between parents and children. Some children fell outside the parameters of a racially defined Volk, while others actively resisted incorporation into the Hitler Youth and League of German Girls. Childhood is a useful and illuminating lens through which to view World War II.”

Heritage Talks- Jan Looking Wolf Reibach”, Tuesday, February 17, 6PM, 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem. $6. Preregistration required; register online: “A review of general cultural practices and the incredible history of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon with Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, Manager of Chachalu, the Tribe’s Museum and Cultural Center.”

Concert, “Liberty and Union- Civil War Campaign Songs”, Tuesday, February 17, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Did you know that music played a significant role in the Presidential campaigns of the Civil War? Join troubadour and raconteur ‘Illinois’ Doug Tracy as he takes his audience on a musical tour of the campaign trails of 1860 and 1864. Looking back at these songs gives us an insight to the candidates' positions and how divided Americans were, both culturally and politically, around the election of Abraham Lincoln. Discover how folk music—written by Americans in response to the events unfolding around them—helped to shape what were arguably the most crucial Presidential elections our nation has ever held.”

Portland Correspondence Co-op”, Tuesday, February 17, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “PDXCC is a monthly gathering where participants make and share analog correspondence in the great mail art tradition of Ray Johnson and Anna Banana: art and conversation through the mail. This uniquely democratic, DIY art form incorporates writing, drawing, collage, rubber stamps, faux postage, decorative tape, typewriters – anything goes, as long as it goes through the mail. Hang out, skill share and send the glorious results through the mail. Basic materials will be on hand (scissors, glue sticks, envelopes), but you’re encouraged to bring whatever materials fuel your creative spirit.”

Earthquake Preparedness: Prepare for the Big One”, Wednesday, February 18, 7PM, Tigard Library. “The Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross will provide information on disaster preparedness, with an emphasis on events that might occur in the Portland metro area. Learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your workplace for a range of possible disasters, both man-made and natural: Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit.”

"Mona Miller, Gemologist", Wednesday, February 18, 11:45AM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Mona Miller, owner of Pacific Gem Lab, will speak downstairs at the Lakewood Center about her life as a gemologist.  She is resident G.I.A. Graduate Gemologist, Master Gemologist appraiser and Accredited Senior Gemologist.  Join us as we discover the formation, the inherent aesthetic beauty, and perhaps even some of the history of gems. This is a Lake Oswego Women’s Coalition monthly meeting open to the public."

Lincoln and the Oregon Country”, Wednesday, February 18, 6PM, Hollywood Library; and Tuesday, February 24, 6:45PM, Capitol Hill Library. Presented by Professor Richard Etulain. “This slide-illustrated program covers Abraham Lincoln's strong connections with the Oregon Country from the 1850s until his death in 1865. It uses a cross-continental approach to deal with Lincoln in the East with the Oregon Country in the West. The presentation also advances a thesis that residents of the Pacific Northwest were not ‘Spectators of Disunion,’ as one distinguished historian argues, but rather they were intimately involved in the divisive issues that brought on and continued the war. The talk deals with Lincoln and politics, Lincoln and the Confederates, Lincoln's friends in Oregon, Lincoln and civil rights, and Lincoln and slavery.”

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

Science Matters”, Thursday, February 19, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online: They have not announced their topic yet, but they have been consistently worthwhile.

The Great Missoula Floods, Meagafloods and Wenatchee Reach”, Thursday, February 19, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 donation per adult requested. “Research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Waitt has studied the Missoula floods and other megafloods for more than 30 years. He will compare Missoula Floods to other megafloods documented in the geologic record. Dr. Waitt will emphasize the Wenatchee Reach of the Columbia area, where he has done extensive work to expand and unravel the catastrophic flooding sequences that periodically inundated the Columbia River and Moses Coulee valleys.”

Myths About Blindness”, Thursday, February 19, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Meet Richard Turner, Training Center Director at the Oregon Commission for the Blind, and hear his experience of losing his sight at age 12. He will also share current technology most often used by people who are blind as well as some of the myths about blindness. Bring questions as he enjoys answering.”

Author Talk, "Susan Fletcher", Thursday, February 19, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Acclaimed children's author Susan Fletcher brings a presentation of her travels and experiences preparing to write her novel ‘Alphabet of Dreams.’ The author will share her tips on researching for fiction and how to integrate research into the written work.”

Oregon Renaissance Band Presents “The Song of the Birds”, Friday, February 20, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. Programmatic music including Janequin's "Le chant des oiseaux," Byrd's "The Battell," Senfl's "Das Gläut zu Speyer" (The Sounds of Speyer), and Isaac's "A la battaglia".

Booksigning, “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar”, Friday, February 20, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Booksigning only, and only books will be autographed. He will present his new book for middle-grade readers, “Stealing the Game”.

The Secret Life of Birds”, Saturday, February 21, 10:30AM, Sherwood Library. Presented by the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.  “Join a Refuge volunteer naturalist for this special program about eggs, nests, feathers, and more. Learn what you can do to help backyard songbirds. Explore artifacts and activities to unlock the mysteries of the secret life of birds.”

UCarnival Indian Fashion Fiesta”, Saturday, February 21, 11AM-8PM, and Sunday, February 22, 11AM-8PM, Hilton Garden Inn, 1550 NW Gateway Court, Beaverton. Free admission and parking. “India lands in Portland! This season’s style expo in the amazing city of Portland is set to be high on fashion, enriched with colorful weaves, stunning silhouettes and sparkling embroidery across its range of sarees, salwar kameez and Indo Western tunics.”

Fossil Fest”, Saturday, February 21, 10AM-4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. “Attention all bone bugs and rock hounds - join us for our annual fossil fest! Bring your fossils and other beach finds to be identified by local experts. Enjoy a day full of exhibits on fossils including displays from the North American Research Group (NARG). Join us in the auditorium for special presentations by Dr. Bill Orr, state paleontologist, and Guy DiTorrice, the Oregon Fossil Guy.”

Discover Music Series- The Romantic Era”, Saturday, February 21, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Napoleon was tearing up Europe, yet the most gorgeous music was being enjoyed in larger public concert halls. Discover the music of democracy and love with Pianist Dr. Susan Chan and Sarah Kwak, Violinist.”

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2015- The Year of the Sheep”, Sunday, February 21, 11AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E. $8 for ages 3 and up.

Vietnamese Community of Oregon Presents: TET Festival 2015- Year of the Goat”, Saturday, February 21, 9:30AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center. $5 ages 6 and up, free for 5 and under and seniors.

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents, “The Green Bird, A Mexican Story”, Saturday, February 21, 3PM, Troutdale Library. “Behind the illuminated shadow screen, colorful shadow puppets come to life and tell the story of The Green Bird. A drum roll and a cymbal crash, the calliope sound of a button accordion, and the play begins: A boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by a magician. A brave girl journeys through Mexico to save him. In her travels, she encounters fantastic characters and scenes from Mexico's rich folkloric tradition. She sees skeletons dancing to the song La Bamba at a Day of The Dead fiesta. The climax of the play is set in the Bull Ring, where the audience joins in shouting "Ole!" Colorful and intricate shadow puppets combine with live music, voices and sound effects to create a delightful family entertainment.”

Traditional Japanese Music and Dance by Takohachi”, Saturday, February 21, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Traditional Japanese Taiko percussion ensemble Takohachi will perform lively music and dance. They will also describe the rich history and tradition of Japanese music and culture, with highlights from their recent experiences in Nagano and Tokyo. The music will be loud! Earplugs may be useful for sensitive ears.”

Books, Books, Books…Time to Create Your Own”, Saturday, February 21, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. “Children will learn the art of making blank books in which to record their thoughts and drawings. During this class, artist will work with children to create two personal hard cover accordion pleated books. Children can design their own covers or use decorative papers to create their one-of-a-kind books. Drawing materials will be on hand for children to decorate, draw or write in their completed books.”

Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year”, Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, Seattle Center. Free admission. All ages welcome.

Gardener’s Special Winter Guided Interest Walk”, Saturday, February 21, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “It may be winter but there are always many wonders to view in the Garden. Join Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick on a Winter Guided Walk to view blooming plants such as Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel), Lonicera standishii (Honeysuckle), Helleborus (Hellebores), Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush), and Mahonia x media (Arthur Menzies Mahonia). Wear your cozy clothes and we’ll finish our walk back at the Manor House terrace to warm up with hot cider.”

90-Second Newbery Film Festival”, Sunday, February 22, 5PM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less. Get your chance to view a screening with co-hosted by founder James Kennedy. Ever since 1922, the Newbery Medal has been recognized as the most prestigious award in children’s literature. But it turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds. The 90-Second Newberys people have submitted in the past three years have been ingenious, hilarious, and impressive—from musicals to stop-motion Claymation, from puppet shows to Minecraft!”

"70th Anniversary Reception", Sunday, February 22, 11:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. "In honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the day’s festivities will include authentic French crepes from Creperie Le Bon Temps, Lake Oswego High School Windjammers, music from the era by Dick Saunders Trio, Quilts of Valor display, Patriot Guard Riders, refreshments and a WWII-era M3 Stuart Tank! That’s right—we’re bringing a full-sized tank to the Library.  Dog tags can be made too for $5, thanks to Rowdie Tamblyn. Also hear World War II veterans will share memories of the war: Art Sorenson, who was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart; Dr. David Grimwood, a B17 pilot and Base Operations Officer, Wilton Jackson a bombardier in France and Italy and Robert Weiss who has been credited with making the difference in the pivotal battle of the Normandy invasion.  The culmination of the day will be the unveiling of the Peace Pole, a hand-crafted monument donated by Lake Oswego Rotary Club. Written in a variety of different languages on its many faces, it speaks with a single voice: 'May Peace Prevail on Earth.' As a symbol of our shared desire to see the world unified in peace, it links us with other Peace Poles that span the globe.  We honor the veterans who have given their lives by dedicating this Peace Pole to their memory."

My Memories of Anne Frank and My Work with Her Diaries”, Sunday, February 22, 2PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Anne Frank” exhibit now through April 14. “Laureen Nussbaum, Anne Frank scholar and Holocaust survivor, will speak on Holocaust history and the legacy of Anne Frank's work during this afternoon lecture.” 

Lunar New Year Celebration”, Sunday, February 22, 12:30PM, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Sunflower Dance Troupe at 12:30PM, Lion Dance at 1:15PM, and Yo-Yo and Folk Dance at 2PM.

Tracking Club”, Sunday, February 22, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

Owl Prowl” Sunday, February 22, 5:30PM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. $5. When you arrive you will receive a $5 gift certificate. Preregistration required. Class followed by carpool to Whitaker Ponds. Details here:

Author Talk, “Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman”, Sunday, February 22, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Presenting the 2nd book in the Accelerati Trilogy. “Fourteen-year-old Nick has learned that the strange antiques in his attic bedroom were left there by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla. They are pieces of Tesla's Far Range Energy Emitter, capable of transmitting 'free energy' to the globe. Some components of the contraption are still missing, but the objects themselves seem to be leading Nick and his friends to their current owners. However, members of the Accelerati, a menacing secret society of physicists, are on the hunt too, and their brazen leader, Dr. Alan Jorgenson, will stop at nothing to foil Nick and steal the objects. It takes a dangerous build-up of electromagnetic energy in the atmosphere to reverse everyone's fortunes--and lead Nick to his destiny.”

3D Printing Open Labs” Beginning Monday, February 23, Hillsboro Main Library will be hosting open labs for patrons wishing to use the new 3D printers! Check the Hillsboro Library calendar for dates and times. 

Wolf OR-7 Expedition”, Monday, February 23, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Rachael Pecore-Valdez, Wolf OR-7 expedition team member. “n 2014, a team of 6 adventurers retraced the approximate track of the GPS collar worn by the Oregon wolf known as Wolf OR-7. This young male gray wolf traversed well over 1,200 miles through Oregon and into California, to become the first and only known, wild wolf in California in nearly 90 years, and he is still out settled in Oregon with a mate and pups. Rachael Pecore-Valdez is a Storyteller, Educator and Ecologist from Oregon who cycled and hiked across Oregon following a harebrained idea to learn about her state and the return of wolves first-hand.”

Conversations with Writers: Angela Sanders”, Monday, February 23, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Angela Sanders will have a special treat for us. She will conduct an interactive presentation on 'how to build a mystery.' Between us all, we will assemble a suitably gruesome murder, an intriguing cast, and a solid plot in under two hours. Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his/her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.”

In Science We Trust? The Role of Science in a Democracy”, Tuesday, February 24, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Americans have more confidence in scientific and medical leaders than we do in leaders of any group except the military. However, our confidence wavers on certain topics, like climate change. Why is our relationship with science so complicated? Science writer Gail Wells asks participants to consider the role of science, and how citizens can use science to make better decisions.”

Sebastian Brutscher, the First Newberger”, Tuesday, February 24, 7PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. Free. Presented by George Edmondston, Jr.

From German Prisoner of War to American Citizen”, Tuesday, February 24, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Hear Barbara Schmitter-Heisler speak about her research concerning German POWs who immigrated to the United States after the war. This research has resulted in the publication of several articles as well as a book entitled, 'From German Prisoner of War to American Citizen: A Social History with 35 Interviews'. Mrs. Heisler was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She earned an MA in her homeland, Germany, and three years later received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University. After having taught for some time she decided to retire, moving to Lake Oswego in 2005 with her husband.”

Book Talk, “Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation”, Tuesday, February 24, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.

Visualizing War: Pablo Picasso and Guernica”, Wednesday, February 25, 7PM, 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st St., Lake Oswego. “Perhaps one of Picasso’s most prominent and powerful works, Guernica remains one of the most hotly contested and debated artworks in the history of art. Join Lori Goldstein, Program Manager of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, as she explores the complexities of Guernica. Guests will examine elements such as style, space, color and symbolism to explore multiple interpretations surrounding why the artist might have chosen to visualize war in a manner unlike any artists before him or since thereafter.”

Buffalo Soldiers Exhibit”, Wednesday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28, Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes St., Vancouver. “African-Americans have fought in military conflicts since colonial days. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime. Exhibit 8AM-5PM, Pacific NW Buffalo Soldiers will be at the exhibit to talk to guests each day from 12PM-2PM. Lecture Saturday 6:30PM. Self-guided West Barracks tour available all February in honor of Black History Month.”

Juba This and Juba That: A Collection of African American Folktales”, Thursday, February 26, 6PM, Midland Library. Presented by storyteller Chetter Galloway. “Storytelling plays a huge role in the culture of both Africans and African Americans. In this presentation, Chetter uses animation, sound effects, and audience participation to perform a potpourri of fun-filled stories from the African diaspora. It includes amazing animal adventures, trickster tales as well as stories of courage, wisdom and perseverance. Experience the rich folklore of African Americans through these stories and how they assist with teaching character development. These engaging tales not only entertain, but they also educate listeners about the important role of storytellers in preserving history.”

Music of the Renaissance”, Thursday, February 26, 7PM, Oregon City Library. Presented by Gayle and Phil Neuman. “Music from the Time of Shakespeare, with music and instruments of 16th and early 17th century England. Composers include Antony Holborne, Henry VIII, and Thomas Morley, and one of the selections is ‘Heart's Ease,’ specifically mentioned by Peter the servant in Romeo and Juliet. Instruments include the more familiar violin, cittern, recorders, viol, and early trombones (sackbuts), as well as the more unusual ones such as rackett, tartold, serpent, and douçaine. The program also includes several vocal pieces.”

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece”, Thursday, February 26, 7PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver; and Friday, February 27, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Join film and literature historian, Lance Rhodes, in a conversation on how Mary Shelley's Frankenstein serves as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage.”

Author Talk, “Mary Pilon”, Friday, February 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Mary Pilon presents her book, “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal behind the World’s Favorite Board Game”.

Genetics: Who are you? What is in your DNA?”, Friday, September 27, 7PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free, and parking is free also. All ages. “Learn more about genetic science and discovering your African ancestry. Includes special performances by Sebe Kan, West African Dance Ensemble and special guest appearance by Stic.Man of Dead Prez.”

Comical Caricatures”, Saturday, February 28, 2:30PM, Holgate Library. Suggested for grades 6 and up. “Learn how to exaggerate features into a fun caricature! Artist Joanne Kollman will show you how to do a cartoon rendering of someone else using charcoal pencil on newsprint. You can draw a friend, work from your own photos, or bring a mirror and draw yourself! This program is supported by Multnomah County Library's Summer Reading program. Submit your artwork from this class to the Summer Reading teen cover contest and maybe your masterpiece will be the front cover of the Summer Reading teen gameboard this summer!” Presented by artist Joanne Kollman.

Discover Music Series- The Modern Era”, Saturday, February 28, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Music of today, such as Jazz and Blues, with the Pioneer Brass. Learn about the science of brass instruments. Meet the musicians and ask questions.”

Concert, “Okaidja Afroso”, Saturday, February 28, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Music from Ghana with singer and songwriter Okaidja Afroso. Enjoy a dynamic fusion of traditional and contemporary rhythms with the diverse music of the African Diaspora.”

Chinese New Year Celebration”, Saturday, February 28, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Chinese New Year Celebration with Chinese American International School Students.”

Mystery Mineral Day”, Saturday, February 28, 10AM-2PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Free with museum admission. “Bring your mystery minerals, meteorites, rocks and fossils! Museum personnel will identify your mysteries!”

Oaks Bottom Bird Walk”, Saturday, February 28, 8AM, Meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required. Details here:

"Bonneville Dam's Great Electrifying Event", Saturday, February 28, 10AM-3PM, Washington Shore Visitor Center. Free. "Learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and videos and take a tour inside Bonneville’s Powerhouse 2 – where visitors can walk on top of two generators and partially inside another. This free educational event teaches the basics of electricity and how it is generated at Bonneville Lock and Dam. It is geared toward elementary and middle school students, but is informative and fun for the entire family." Details and directions here: