Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Adventures

April 2015 Events
This is my event list for April 2015. I am not attempting to be complete, I'm just including the events I personally think look pretty neat. There are bound to be mistakes and typos in it, and sometimes things get cancelled, so do be sure to doublecheck all the details of whatever you'd like to attend.  My friend Michael continues to compile a great list of  environmental education events happening around town on his blog: https://exploreportlandnature.wordpress.com/ and you will find a list of the various regularly occurring events specifically for homeschoolers on my page here: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/p/portland-area-classes-and-drop-in.html.

The big news in April are blossoms everywhere!  There are tulip festivals, flower shows, fruit trees going gangbusters in Hood River, magnolias at Hoyt Arboretum and Elk Rock Garden in their prime, rhododendrons at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and sweeping displays of spring wildflowers beginning in earnest.   And birds are nesting and sharing their sweet songs.  Portland Audubon has their usual array of free field trips to great birding spots listed here: http://audubonportland.org/about/events and will also be leading special bird song walks in the early morning at 5 prime local spots: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/walks.

There will be a total lunar eclipse in the early morning of April 4! It will last only 5 minutes, perfect for waking up to see it and going right back to bed! All the details here: http://earthsky.org/tonight/shortest-total-lunar-eclipse-of-the-century-on-april-4-2015

Pompeii: The Exhibition”, now 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.” http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Exhibits/pompeii

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival”, now through May 3, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn. Details here: http://www.woodenshoe.com/events/tulip-fest/

Bird Song Walks”, April and May, 7AM, Mondays at Tryon Creek State Park; Tuesdays at Cooper Mountain Nature Park; Wednesdays at Mt. Tabor Park; Thursdays at Pittock Mansion; and Fridays at Camassia Preserve. Free. “Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2015 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. These Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly.” All the details about each location here: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/walks

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in April, 12PM, Dairy Creek Park, 515 SW 17th Ave., Hillsboro, meeting at the gazebo 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. Migrant song birds will be arriving all month and certainly stopping by this beautiful riparian forest. .”http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=5588

Oregon’s Rivers”, Wednesday, April 1, 6:30PM, EcoTrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5. Preregistration required; register online: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/j6jqxeN9Z2iZZxxjImbjxw “Despite Oregon’s watery reputation, the state has lacked a field guide for its many celebrated rivers and streams—until now. Preeminent river conservationist, photographer and author Tim Palmer’s ‘Field Guide to Oregon Rivers’ is an unprecedented reference that profiles 120 waterways throughout the state, from the Alsea to the Williamson. Please join us for a presentation by Tim featuring his award-winning photographs and the natural history of some of Oregon's most iconic streams.” http://www.timpalmer.org/books_by_tim

Czech and Slovak Egg Decorating”, Wednesday, April 1, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Inspired by traditional folk art of Eastern and Central Europe, Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney, a Czech born artist and educator, presents the ancient art of egg decorating. Learn about the various traditional methods of egg decorating and decorate eggs using blue ink, straw and paper.”

West Side Story: Tualatin and Washington County Railroad History”, Wednesday, April 1, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “Historic Railways that traveled through Tualatin and Washington County will be the focus of Alfred Mullett’s journey through time for this interesting presentation. Alfred is active in the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and has been researching interurban electric rail companies. He notes there were several different operators of passenger and freight trains through Tualatin.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Peep Science”, Thursday, April 2, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades 2-5 with adults. “Conduct science experiments on marshmallow peeps.”

Hike in the Mist Zone: Plant ID Hike”, Thursdays in April, 2PM, Silver Falls State Park, meeting at the South Falls Lodge Porch. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Walk behind two waterfalls in this two-mile trek pausing all the while to visit and hear the stories of Silver Falls’ native plants.” http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=151

Morning Bird Song Walks”, Thursdays in April, 7AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Presented by Steve Engel. “Develop and hone your ability to identify bird songs in one hour per week. Walk slowly, listen and discuss what you hear and connect a bird's name to its song. Repetition is the key to song recognition. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Depart any time. No pre-registration required.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370

Accordion Fun”, Friday, April 3, 6PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Steve Knapke and John Martin of the Rose City Accordion Club will play a lively set of fun accordion music, share a bit of accordion history and offer a close-up look at the workings of this interesting instrument.”

Under the Swastika: A Student’s Experience in Occupied Norway during World War II”, Friday, April 3, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Parking is free in PSU garages after 7PM. Refreshments afterwards in the Finnish Room. “Presenter is Erik Brakstad. Olav Brakstad, was 18 when the Nazis invaded Norway in 1940. He was among 1500 University of Oslo students arrested in 1943, and narrowly escaped being sent to Germany. He spent 13 months in Grini, Norway’s largest concentration camp. Upon release, he participated in the underground resistance until the end of the war. His story is told by his son Erik Brakstad, augmented by photographs Olav took during the occupation years.” http://www.scanheritage.org/c-15-friday-night-lecture-series.aspx

Sunset and Moonrise Watch”, Friday, April 3, 7PM, Rood Bridge Park Annex Building, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. 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.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370

Pysanki- Ukranian Easter Eggs”, Friday, April 3, 3PM-7PM, Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery, 8231 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton. “Come on in and make some pretty Ukrainian Easter Eggs -- using melted wax and dyes. We have all the equipment and supplies, you just need some time and patience to share.” http://www.imogap.org/calendar.cfm

Sakura-Con”, Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle. “Presented by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, art contests, AMV's, industry guests, over 100,000 square feet of exhibits hall, guests of honor, and more!” http://www.sakuracon.org

Spring Plant Walk at Cooper Mountain”, Saturday, April 4, 10AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “With the longer spring days, plants are waking up and stretching toward the sun. Take a walk with Metro naturalist Alice Froehlich to discover and learn about the diverse plants at Cooper Mountain. Take a close look at flowering plants, ferns and mosses. Along the walk, learn about basic identification skills and the natural history of common trailside plants.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/spring-plant-walk/2015-04-04

Sakura Matsuri”, Saturday, April 4, 12PM-5PM, Willamette University, Putnam University Center, 900 State St., Salem. Free. “Sakura Matsuri is JSSL's largest annual event. Occurring every spring, Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms around campus and across the street at the Oregon State Capital. Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life. Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities.” More info and schedule of performances here: http://www.jetaaportland.com/community-events/willamette-university-sakura-matsuri/

Birding at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, April 4, meeting at 8AM at the Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Discover Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge on a free expert-guided bird walk. This gem of a refuge on the Tualatin River floodplain offers wetland, riparian and upland habitat. Trails and viewing platforms offer prime bird watching opportunities. Learn about the birds and wildlife of this diverse refuge from naturalist and educator, Elaine Murphy. The refuge’s location on the Pacific Flyway make this refuge an important stop over for migrating waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds. Throughout the year 200 species that call this refuge home.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/tualatin_national_wildlife_refuge_bird_walk_april_8/

Master Recycling”, Saturday, April 4, 10:30AM, Sherwood Library. “Master Recycler, Laura Baldschun, will give tips and tricks on better ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle!”

Puffins Return to Haystack Rock”, Saturday, April 4, Cannon Beach, OR. “For the best viewing at Haystack Rock, bring your binoculars, bird spotting scope or visit Haystack Rock at daytime low tides when interpreters from Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock Awareness Program will be on the beach with spotting scopes focused on the nesting birds.” Hours for the Awareness Program available here: http://www.ci.cannon-beach.or.us/~Natural/HRAP/hrap-program.html

Experience Music of India”, Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 11, 4PM, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton. Free. “Series showcasing Rasika Music faculty and local community.”  http://www.rasika.org/singleevent/event/rasika-presents-experience-music-of-india-2015-04-04/

Grand Opening Celebration At Nadaka Nature Park”, Saturday, April 4, 10AM, NE 175th and NE Pacific, Gresham. Free. “Join us for the official opening of this newly created community garden, nature-based play area, and picnic shelter. Come see the new community garden, which includes six ADA raised beds and a total of 50 family plots. Guests can also explore Nadaka's amazing nature-based play area, designed to help kids connect with the natural world through play. The Audubon Society of Portland’s education birds will be present and teaming up with Slough School to provide environmental education. Attendees can spread seeds on Nadaka's new eco-lawn areas and enjoy a walk in the forest, stopping to view the Camp Fire Girls kiosk. Refreshments and fun for the whole family! Meet the many partners of Friends of Nadaka that have made this project possible.” http://friendsofnadaka.org/event/nadaka-grand-opening-celebration/

Pirate Pouches!”, Saturday, April 4, 1PM, St. Johns Library Suggested for ages 4-12. “Yarrr! Join in the fun matey and create your own "Pirate Pouches"! In this 1 ½ hour workshop, children 4-12 will explore a variety of art and craft material to create their own usable pouch. Puppetkabob will show par*rrrrr*ticipants basic sewing skills to transform flat felt fabric into 3D bag art inspired by Pirates! Unique hand-made pouches are the perfect springtime accessory and a great place to hold your loot!” http://www.puppetkabob.com

Thunderegg Stravaganza”, Saturday, April 4, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro, OR. $5 per person, free for kids ages 4 and under. “On Saturday, April 4, come to the museum for our thunderegg hunt! Find whole thundereggs and plastic eggs to redeem for prizes. We will have free thunderegg cutting all day so you can discover what lies inside your find! Additionally, come see a talk on Thundereggs of the Pacific Northwest at 11AM or 1PM, as well as our regular museum tour at 2PM.” http://ricenorthwestmuseum.org/2015/03/12/thunder-egg-stravaganza-is-coming-up/

Portland Day”, Saturday, April 4, 11AM-3PM, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “PNCA’s new campus will come alive with activities for people of all ages! Families and members of the community are invited into PNCA’s amazing home, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. Enjoy interactive art activities, pop-up shops, art exhibits, tours of the building and its studios, and visit our nearby partner, the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Highlights include cardboard robot crafts, face painting, food carts, and live music.” https://cal.pnca.edu/e/1319?s=20150404

Fire Building Workshop”, Saturday, April 4, 10AM-12PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; email marcia@washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503-645-5353 ext. 114. “With help from our friends at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, we answer that question in our Fire Building Workshop on Saturday, April 4, from 10-Noon. Jackson Bottom Wetlands educators will talk about how the explorer David Douglas started his campfires and kept them going in our wet climate and they’ll help you learn to start a fire without matches! They will also focus on fire safety too!” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/home/2015/03/25/fire-building-workshop-april-4-2015/

"Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, April 18, 10AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, Parade Ground. Free. “Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by joining costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=697627-307230

GeoCaching 101”, Saturday, April 4, 1PM, Stevenson Library. “Come learn about the great family activity GeoCaching! Program will begin at the library and then venture out to nearby areas.”

English Ivy Basket Weaving”, Saturday, April 4, 12:30PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; contact Becky at info@hoytarboretum.org or 503-823-1649. “Learn to weave a basket from English ivy! Hoyt Arboretum Friends is partnering with Rewild Portland to host this family-friendly workshop at Hoyt Arboretum.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, April 4, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10 per ticket, $8 for members, maximum 2 per ticket sharing a cow eye. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14069 “Participants are led through the anatomy of an eye and discover how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow-up to Squid Dissection. It is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to attending this class.”

The Great Race”, Saturday, April 4, 2PM, and Sunday, April 5, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 2 and up. “Once upon an Easter, Peter Rabbit wants to deliver the Easter Eggs to everyone in the Land of Mother Goose. Well, he may be fast, but is he dependable? Well, we're not so sure as he stops off to race the tortoise. (Did you know that the tortoise was named Mortimer?) Mother Goose decides he needs to be taught a lesson about dependability, and hilarity ensues as Peter tries to finish his deliveries on time. Believe it or not!, this marionette production was Steven Sondheim's inspiration for his Broadway and movie hit, ‘Into the Woods’.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Music in Small Spaces Presents, “Music and Stories About the Lute”, Saturday, April 4, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $16 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. “This is an opportunity to hear a world class Lutenist, (Grammy nominated!), share his art with you. Ronn McFarlane plays antique and modern music, including some of his own compositions. The Lute was the most popular instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries, the grandfather of the modern guitar. A family friendly concert.” http://musicinsmallspaces.org/event/music-stories-about-the-lute/

Family Fishing Events”, Saturdays in April, various locations. See ODFW calendar for details: http://www.odfwcalendar.com/?post_type=tribe_events&eventDisplay=month&tribe-bar-date=2015-04 “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invite you to introduce youth to the fun of fishing through Family Fishing Days. Family Fishing Events offer a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site ODFW staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids ‘reel in’ their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be! Licenses are required for anyone 14 years and older, and are not available at the events.”

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing”, Saturday, April 4, 2AM-7AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to check OMSI’s website for weather related cancellations: http://www.omsi.edu/starparties “OMSI will host the first of two lunar eclipse viewings in 2015 on Saturday morning, April 4. That morning the full moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 5 minutes the only light hitting the Moon will be a reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 3:00 am at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada. The Rose City Astronomers, and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the spring night sky. Unlike solar eclipses in which the Sun's rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Lunar eclipses are unique in that no one can predict what color the Moon will turn during totality. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view. The penumbral eclipse begins at 2:03 am. and the umbral shadow will take a small, dark bite out of the left edge of the Moon. For 74 minutes of the partial phase darkness engulfs more of the Moon's disk as it slides into the shadow. The partial eclipse ends and totality begins at 3:17 am with the point of the greatest eclipse occurring at 5:00 am. The eclipse’s total phase will last for just 5 minutes. The Moon will be 17 degrees above the southwestern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse as twilight starts at 5:02 am. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 6:44 am followed by the moon set at 6:51 am.”

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing”, Saturday, April 4, 1AM-6AM, Goldendale Observatory, 1602 Observatory Dr., Goldendale, WA. http://www.goldendaleobservatory.com/special-events.html

Resurrection Dance Flash Mob”, Sunday, April 5, 3PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. An Easter celebration dance flash mob to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. See their instructional video to learn the dance and join in! http://www.dancepdx.org

The Clone Wars: Is Human Cloning Double Trouble or a New Frontier in Bio-medicine?”, Monday, April 6, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. All ages. Presented by Carrie Hanna, PhD, reproductive physiologist, Oregon National Primate Research Center. https://www.omsi.edu/sciencepubportland/040615

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Tuesday, April 7, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon is a one hour slide show presentation and discussion based on the guidebook of the same title. It is a light-hearted, humorous, yet informative program meant to entertain and inspire Northwest residents to get out and explore their backyard in all seasons.” http://adamsawyer.com

Homeschool Button Club”, Tuesdays in April, 10AM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale donation requested. Ages 8-18. “Young people who are learning outside of school are welcome to share our space on Tuesdays for some 1″ pinback button magic! Learn how to use our machine, gain access to the materials, and explore all that can be done with these tiny handmade badges. Lots of scraps to play with!” http://www.iprc.org/category/calendar

Folded Book Art”, Tuesday, April 7, 6PM, West Linn Library. “Learn to create cool fun works of art out of old books. It's not as hard as it looks! All supplies will be provided.”

Beyond the Visible Sky”, Tuesday, April 7, 6PM, 7:15PM 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. There is a lot more to see in the night sky than is visible to the human eye and many discoveries are being made with ‘invisible’ light. In fact, new star formation is best seen by looking at infrared light, while high-energy events, such as exploding stars, are best observed by looking at X-ray and gamma ray emissions. On Tuesday, April 7, Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will present ‘Beyond the Visible Sky’ at MHCC’s Planetarium Sky Theater. During the show, Pat will also cover features of the current night sky.” Directions, etc. here: http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Phad Thai Noodles”, Tuesday, April 7, 5:30PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by Nang’s Kitchen. “Phad Thai is a traditional Thai dish that is loved and enjoyed by many. Come join our cook and learn how to make this dish for your friends and family. The group will prepare this simple noodle dish together and sample their creation at the end of class.”

Music in Small Spaces Presents, “Hawaiian Dance and Culture”, Friday, April 8, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Adults $16, seniors and students $11, free for kids 12 and under. “The O.H.A.N.A. Foundation will present male and female dancers, singers and their backup band on the stage of the Beaverton Library Auditorium. Discover the history and meaning behind Hawaiian dance and chant. Make a day of it with your family in Beaverton! Visit the Hawaiian Craft Fair on the lawn next to the Beaverton Fountain in the morning during the Farmers Market. Learn about modern Hawaiian festivals in our history section.” http://musicinsmallspaces.org/event/hawaiian-dance-culture/

“Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, April 8, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Donations requested. “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.” http://www.iprc.org/category/calendar

“Chayag Andean Folk Music and Dance”, Wednesday, April 8, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Chayag brings the sounds and dances of Latin America to life as they play and share the stories and traditions of the people and culture from where they come. Chayag means to arrive in Quichua, the indigenous language of the Incas. This group has been sharing and preserving the ancestral music, dance and culture of the indigenous people of the Andes for more than 20 years. The group’s dedication to the music, dance and cultural expression has been well recognized in South America, Europe and the US.” http://www.andeanmusic.org

“Star Wars Origami”, Wednesday, April 8, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Kids - make your own Origami Yoda, Origami Darth Vader or Origami Chewbacca. Or, you can make a cootie catcher.”

“Native Plants of Hoyt Arboretum”, Wednesday, April 8, 10AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Angie Moore, wildflower enthusiast and Hoyt Arboretum volunteer, will give a presentation on native plants in the Hoyt Arboretum. Have you ever wondered about the blanket of understory plants beneath our conifers? This is a chance to start learning about the native plants that make up that understory. She will have photos, key characteristics for identifying these plants, their Latin and common names and what plant family they belong to. When appropriate she will include ethnobotany - how those plants were and are used by humans. If you have been meaning to learn more about our native plants, this is a very basic and friendly lecture to jumpstart your learning.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Programming for Finch Robots”, a series on Thursdays in April, 5PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 12-18. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x114. “4 week class for teens/tweens interested in learning how to program our new Finch Robots. Programming will be in Scratch and students will learn how to move the robots, light up their beaks and navigate around obstacles.”

Intensive Gardening”, Thursday, April 9, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Have a small garden? Wonder how to make the most of it? Take it to the next level – up! An OSU Extension Master Gardener shares easy and fun techniques for using every inch! Learn how to plant densely, plant up with vertical gardening, inter-planting techniques, succession planting, day length strategies, cultivar choices and more! Be inspired!”

A-WOL Arial Dance Presents, “Closed Doors”, Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12, 513 NE Schyler St., Pdx. “In this new, original aerial dance production, A-WOL invites you to go where you're not always allowed: behind closed doors. Through dance and aerial expression, A-WOL will expose audiences to a unique portrayal of those things that happen when we think we are safe behind our walls. From obsessive rituals to embarrassing feelings to surreal behaviors, A-WOL's collective Pandora's Box is about to be opened for all to see...
 Peek into a woman's obsession with love, a female's gossip gathering, the love-hate relationship between roommates, and one's personal grappling with OCD.” http://www.awoldance.org

“Live Q and A with Jean-Michel Cousteau”, Thursday, April 9, 9:45AM, OMSI Empirical Theater. Free. All ages. “Join us for a special free screening of the colorful new documentary, “Secret Ocean,” followed by an exclusive live Q and A session with the film’s director, explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau. Son of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel brings his own experience as an explorer and director to life in his newest documentary, “Secret Ocean.” Now playing at our Empirical Theater, the film takes an up-close look at the unique and precious marine environment in which the smallest life has the biggest impact on us all. The screening of the film, which begins at 9:45am, will be followed by a live one-on-one style Skype call with Mr. Cousteau on the Empirical Theater’s four-story tall screen. Audience members will be invited to submit questions for Mr. Cousteau to answer.” https://www.omsi.edu/node/14851

“Magnolia Tree Tour”, Thursday, April 9, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join Hoyt Arboretum’s curator Martin Nicholson for this annual tour through the arboretum’s nationally-recognized Magnolia collection. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Angel’s Rest Summit Hike”, Thursday, April 9, with carpools departing from Portland at 9AM, $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/events/angels-rest-summit-hike Despite the fact that this is actually a fairly difficult hike, Angel’s Rest is a real favorite with families. 

“komedy 4 da kidz”, Thursday, April 9, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Angel Ocasio’s performance combines physical comedy, juggling, comedy magic, jokes, balancing and impromptu comedy situations.” http://www.ocomedy.com

Building Emotional Intelligence”, Thursday, April 9, 12PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Discover the roots of conflict and the mediation skills needed to find effective solutions, at work and in your personal life. Learn how to have discussions that are balanced, direct and fair.”

Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox", Thursday, April 9, 12:15PM, Ft. Vancouver. “At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the bell ringing will take place just north of the reconstructed fort at 1001 E. Fifth St., and will be followed by an artillery salute by costumed Union soldiers representing the First Oregon Volunteer Cavalry, one of the units that served at the post during the Civil War. After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country. Churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, historic sites, and others are invited to ring bells precisely at 12:15 p.m. PST (3:15 p.m. EST) for four minutes (each minute symbolic of a year of war). The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=754675-307230

Screening, “Finding Vivian Maier”, Friday, April 10, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.” http://www.findingvivianmaier.com

“Bucket Truck Rides”, Friday, April 10, 11AM-1PM, SW Park Blocks between SW Harrison and Montgomery. Free. “Urban Forestry crews will offer a squirrel’s-eye view of downtown Portland in the same equipment they use to keep our trees healthy and beautiful. People of all ages are welcome to have a ride.” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61386

“9th Annual Gorge Artists Open Studios”, Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, 10AM-6PM. 38 participating artists. Details here: http://www.gorgeartists.org

Victorian Cultural Demonstration: The Meaning of Flowers”, Saturday, April 11, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 719 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “During the Victorian era, flower dictionaries explained the meaning of plants, flowers and herbs. Come learn about the popular custom of using flowers to send secretive messages. This ongoing hands-on, drop-in demonstration series features a variety of Victorian needlework and handwork techniques. Experience for yourself this important aspect of the lives of ladies in the 1800s!” https://www.facebook.com/events/807997739270402/

Jimmy Rinehart, Barnstormer to Bush Pilot”, Friday, April 10, 6:30PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. P resented by Cindy (Rinehart) Boeing. “James Rinehart was born in 1910 and raised in Oregon. He was one of the first commercially licensed pilots in America. As a teenager, he built his own airplane and learned how to fly at Vancouver's Pearson Field. In 1928, at the age of 18, he was an endurance flight record holder, the youngest licensed transport pilot in the country, and was acquainted with some of the best pilots in America.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/jimmyrinehart.htm

"Kathakali Dance Drama", Friday, April 10, 7PM, St. Mary's Academy, 1615 SW 5th Ave., Pdx.  $15 adults, $10 children 5-12; contact Shivy Vanka at (971)-409-9714 or Mini Jairaj (503)-475-3097 to buy tickets or for more information..  "A rare opportunity to watch this highly stylized theatrical art from Kerala, India.  Here in Portland, Oregon after 10 years! Kathakali is a theatrical art from "God's own country"- Kerala. It is well known for its elaborate makeup, costumes and story telling.The group will perform “NALACHARITHAM - KATHAKALI DANCE DRAMA.” The story "Nalacharitham" is considered the most romantic work of art, about Nalan and Damayanthi as depicted in the Mahabharatha. The great exponent of Kathakali Sadanam Balakrishnan will perform this drama together with 10 accompanying dancers and musicians." https://www.facebook.com/events/1577934415824029/

Oregon Ghost Conference”, Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, Old Oregon City High School Jackson Campus, 1306 12th St., Oregon City. “The 4th Annual Oregon Ghost Conference will include guest speakers from all over the Pacific Northwest and the western part of the United States. In addition, the Conference will include special Investigations and Ghost Tours of Oregon's oldest incorporated city. The Conference will also include a vendor area, classes, Meet and Greet events, After Parties and more! Do not miss this great event!” http://www.oregonghostconference.com/index.html

Japan on the Road”, Friday, April 10, 1PM, Newberg Library. Suggested for 2nd -6th grades. Preregistration required; call 503-537-0304. “Japan on the Road centers around the life of school children in Japan today, focusing on third through sixth grade students. Teams of two Americans and two Japanese travel to elementary schools in SW Washington and throughout the state of Oregon. They bring a specially designed Japan on the Road kit which includes maps from a Japanese classroom, a model of a Japanese home, a traditional Japanese breakfast, a Japanese school uniform and the randoseru, an elementary school book bag packed with all the books and materials that a Japanese student would use during the day. Also included are a photo presentation created specifically for this program and other everyday articles and activities to help American students visualize a day in the life of their peers in Japan.” http://jaso.org/japan-on-the-road-page-2/

Gem Faire”, Friday, April 10, 12PM-6PM; Saturday, April 11, 10AM-6PM; and Sunday, April 12, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Admission $7 weekend pass, free for children 11 and under. 2 for 1 coupon available online: http://www.gemfaire.com A focus on beads, but many interesting stuff for rockhounds too like fossils, crystals, etc. 

Farm Fest and Plowing Competition”, Saturday, April 11, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. $5 adults, free for kids age 12 and under. “Rare opportunity to watch 20+ teams of draft horses and mules in a plowing competition, see demonstrations and meet the teamsters! Sawmill, blacksmith, horseshoeing demonstrations! Old-time music, food and more!” http://yamhillcountyhistory.org

Holland America Tulip Festival”, Saturday, April 11, Sunday, April 12, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 10AM-4PM, Holland America Bulb Farm, 1066 S. Pekin Rd., Woodland, WA. Food, vendors, kid’s activities and u-pick tulips.  Tulip fields are open for u-pick during weekdays as well.  http://www.woodlandtulipshabf.com/woodland-tulip-festival

Tino and the Pomodori”, Saturday, April 11, 1PM, Sherwood Library. All ages. “Join Sherwood author Tonya Russo Hamilton and illustrator Britta Nicholson for an interactive storytime with a watercolor demonstration.” http://www.figsandfamiglia.com/tino---the-pomodori.html

Introduction to Wild Foods”, Saturday, April 11, 9AM, Mt. Tabor, Pdx. Preregistration info and all the details here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#March Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. 

Tamanawas Falls Hike”, Saturday, April 11, with carpools departing from Portland at 8:30AM. 4 miles, 500’ elevation gain. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/events/tamanawas-falls-hike-0 “Come see why Oregon Wild has been working to permanently protect Tamanawas Falls for over a decade. This gem on the eastside of Mount Hood is one part lush forest, one part stunning waterfall, and ten parts completely awesome! Cold Springs Creek thunders over a 150-foot lava cliff and creates one of the most photogenic waterfalls in all of Oregon. Unfortunately, Tamanawas Falls was left out of the final Mount Hood Wilderness bill in 2009, so this special area remains unprotected. Come see it for yourself and become an advocate for preserving Tamanawas Falls for future generations.”

Trillium Festival and Native and Hardy Plant Sale”, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, 10AM-4PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free shuttle from Riverdale High School on Terwilliger Blvd. during festival hours. “Every spring nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native and hardy plant inventories available for purchase. This is an excellent place to pick up beautiful natives such as vine maple, red flowering current, salmonberry, Indian plum, Oregon grape, ferns, various irises, assorted wildflowers and, of course, our local Trilliums, among other things. As in year’s past, we will have a large selection of the beautiful Trillium ovatum for your backyard habitats. This early season perennial of the lily family awakens each year in Late February and early March slowly turning to a reddish-purple by the end of April or early May, making it a wonderful introduction to the spring wildflower season. As always, the Festival will also feature guided interpretive nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers, a nature discovery open house where families can explore the natural world, native gardening and nature presentations to help festival attendees understand the value of native gardening and how best to care for native plants, local craft and garden art vendors.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/35th-annual-trillium-lily-festival-native-and-hardy-plant-sale/

Critter Count”, Saturday, April 11, 9AM- 12PM followed by a show by Brad’s World Reptiles at 1PM and 2:15PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. All ages. “Celebrate Earth Day at the 15th Annual Critter Count by counting frogs, snakes and other herps around Clark County. Train with a wildlife biologist at 9 a.m.; then go with experts to local sites to find and record critters. Please dress for the weather; all children must be accompanied by an adult.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/critter-count

Animal Tracking”, Saturday, April 11, 9:30AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Suggested for ages 12 and up. $20, $15 for residents. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 Presented by Steve Engel. “Tracking wildlife is a skill you develop with guidance and lots of practice. This class gets you started with some of both. Learn to read the story behind the tracks you find by understanding basic information about gaits - the way an animal moves - and the pattern of tracks left behind as a result. We spend time indoors drawing and measuring track patterns of local wildlife then go out and look for stories from the night before.”

Hood River Valley Blossom Time”, Saturday, April 11 through Sunday, April 26. “Nothing says spring quite like fruit trees in bloom, and Hood River County celebrates the arrival of spring in style with their three-week annual Blossom Time. Hood River Valley, which spans the north slope of Mount Hood to the south shore of the Columbia River Gorge, is the largest pear-growing region in Oregon, producing 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop. It’s also home to an abundance of cherry and apples orchards. This translates into acres and acres of beautiful fruit blossoms along the Valley roads. Blossom Time (April 11-26) is a perfect opportunity for the winter-weary to visit Hood River County for a dose of Oregon’s beautiful springtime. The celebration’s main stars—the beautiful pink and white fruit tree blossoms along the Hood River Fruit Loop—are best viewed from the comfort of your car. This gorgeous 35-mile drive runs along the county’s Scenic Tour Route is the centerpiece of the longtime festival celebration. A host of activities during Blossom Time make the celebration of spring a rich experience for visitors. Craft and quilt shows, pancake breakfasts, a pansy party, a grange blossom dinner, wine and beer tasting are all part of the festivities. Baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce—there’s something for everyone.” Details here: http://hoodriver.org/events-festivals/chamber-events/blossom-fest

Marine Science Day”, Saturday, April 11, 10AM-4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. Join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center for an Open House! Get behind-the-scenes to experience the research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique in the Pacific Northwest. Meet scientists! Come learn what’s new on the Oregon Coast’s most dynamic Marine Science campus.” Schedule and more info here: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday

Origami Fun”, Saturday, April 11, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for ages 5 and older. “ Drop in and join the fun making simple origami creations. We will provide paper and instructions.”

TrashMan and the Noise Band”, Saturday, April 11, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room. “TrashMan and the Noise Band is more than just a rock 'n' roll puppet show, we're a legitimate rock band! TMNB is comprised of trash puppet bandmates (puppets made literally of trash) and Rockin' Rob TrashMan, a front man who plays handmade instruments made of re-used items. Like all of KCPuppetree's performances, this show features original music and very memorable (and silly) puppet characters made out of re-used and up-cycled items. Audience members are encouraged to join in and rock out with the ‘infamous’ TrashMan and the NoiseBand!” http://www.kcpuppetree.com

Paint With Light”, Saturday, April 11, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for ages 4-10. “Using a flashlight and camera, doodle in the air and capture the amazing designs it creates after it disappears!”

Newberg Camellia Festival”, Saturday, April 11, 10AM-4PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. “Oregon Camellia Society Annual Bloom Competition, historical trolley tours, exhibition garden, plant sales, food and artisan vendors, kids activity areas.” http://newbergcamelliafestival.com

Recycled Jewelry”, Saturday, April 11, 3PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, April 18, 2PM, Albina Library; and Saturday, April 25, 2PM, Gresham Library. Bilingual class. “Jewelry made out of recycled material! Come and enjoy making jewelry with recycled goods while protecting the environment. Maria Alvarado will demonstrate how to make jewelry from the most common recycled materials to something you will want to flaunt and show.” 

League of Extraordinary Writers”, Saturday, April 11, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Create Your Own Character,’ a writing workshop for young adults, fantasy and sci-fi author Anne Osterlund leads a hands-on workshop in which you create your own fictional character from fabric scraps, yarn, and your imagination. 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.” http://www.anneosterlund.com

Introduction to Birdwatching”, Saturday, April 11, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Presented by artist Jens Tomas Larsen, who paints watercolors of birds. “Learn how to identify birds found locally, how to attract birds to your backyard, and what to consider when buying binoculars. Presenter will share photos of common birds in Portland, printed and online resources, and best tips to a spectacular birding experience, i.e. what kind of weather to look out for, when and where to see a swallow roost in fall, and much more.”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, April 11, 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!” http://www.mississippipizza.com/geeks/

Woven Basket”, Saturday, April 11, 11AM, North Portland Library. “The whole family is invited to join papercraft artist Sarah Fagan for eco-friendly basket weaving this spring. Our basket armatures will be crafted from recycled cardstock with the woven strands coming from a variety of repurposed sources such as magazines, road maps and old sheet music. The final products are perfect for holding eggs, wildflowers or other spring treasures.”

Mi Piñata”, Saturday, April 11, 3PM, Kenton Library; and Saturday, April 18, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.” http://grupo-condor.com/id73.html

Oregon Orchid Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, The Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King JR. Blvd., Pdx. Advance tickets $7 or print a $3 off coupon on their website, free for kids 12 and younger. http://oregonorchidsociety.org/coupon.php

A Tale of a Few Tricksters”, Sunday, April 12, 2PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Suggested for adults and kids ages 6 and up. Storyteller Chetter Galloway. “One sneaky, one clever, one greedy, one wise, these characters are like birds of a feather whose stories flock together.” http://www.chettergalloway.com

Berkman Addy World Music Concert”, Sunday, April 12, 3PM, Lewis and Clark College, Evans Hall, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. $10. “This concert, presented in memory of beloved LC world music faculty members Franya Berkman and Obo Addy, will feature performances of music from Zimbabwe, Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Spain by LC world music students.” http://www.lclark.edu/calendars/events/#event_id/27550/view/event

Adventures in Ventriloquism”, Sunday, April 12, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 2 and up. “Chuck Mott and Friends perform for you and your friends. An interactive and entertaining program exploring the how to of ventriloquism. Featuring live performance, Q and A and an opportunity to try your hand (and lips) at ‘venting’ yourself.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, April 12, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10, $8 for members. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14186“View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments.”

Author Talk, “Trudy Ludwig”, Sunday, April 12, 2:30PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Free with admission which is $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, and free for kids 11 and under with and adult. “Please join Trudy Ludwig, who will speak about her children’s book, ‘Gifts From the Enemy’, based on one part of local survivor Alter Wiener’s story in which he routinely received a gift of food from a German woman while living as a slave laborer. ‘Gifts From the Enemy’ teaches valuable lessons and discourages stereotyping. Parents and teachers will find this story a valuable and timely resource to help children understand in an age-appropriate way the dangers of hatred, stereotyping and prejudice. A personal note from Alter Wiener, thought-provoking discussion questions, kid-friendly activities to promote kindness and more are included.” Trudy and her book are really terrific! Any chance to hear her speak is worthwhile. http://www.ojm.org/experience/talk-2015-04-12-sunday-speaker-philip-mandel

Wild Foods of Forest Park”, Sunday, April 12, 1PM, Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Lots of details and preregistration info here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#March

Journey to Hood River: First Generation Stories”, Sunday, April 12, 2PM, Hood River Library. “Five first generation immigrants from Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, and Spain will share their experiences of coming to the United States and living in the gorge. Come find out what brought some of your friends and neighbors to the gorge. What were their early experiences? How is their culture different or the same? How has living here changed them?”

Screening, “Finding David Douglas”, Sunday, April 12, 2PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join us at Hoyt Arboretum for a viewing of the critically-acclaimed film Finding David Douglas, which focuses on David Douglas’s contributions to science—forestry, botany, and horticulture. During his career, Douglas introduced more than 200 new species to the gardens and forests of Europe. Produced and directed by historian Lois Leonard, this free film screening will take place in the Bill deWeese Classroom at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. The director will be in attendance, and DVDs will be available for purchase at the screening.” http://www.findingdaviddouglas.org

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, April 12, 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.”

Brody Theater Improv - Once Upon a Story”, Monday, April 13, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. Suggested for adults and kids ages 6 and up. “West Slope Library presents the entertaining improv routines of Brody Theater. Using clever audience participation techniques, they will enthrall audiences of all ages!” http://www.brodytheater.com

Jefferson Dancers”, Monday, April 13, 12PM, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, Portland’5, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “This high-energy performance by Portland's premier pre-professional high-school dance company is sure to thrill and inspire you. The skill and passion that these students of Jefferson High School infuse into the program will bring you to your feet.” http://jeffersondancers.blogspot.com

Author Talk, “Matt Kepnes”, Monday, April 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “For over half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has used his massively popular travel blog to teach readers how to travel the world on the cheap. Arguing that traditional travel media lies, Matt cuts through the myth that travel is expensive. In the new edition of ‘How to Travel the World on $50 a Day’, Matt reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel that you won't find anywhere else with over 100 new pages of updated content.” http://www.nomadicmatt.com

Inside Baseball”, Tuesday, April 14, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. Presented by Greg Hadley, a former NCAA Division I baseball umpire. “His book, ‘The Fundamentals of Baseball Umpiring’, is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Greg and his wife live in Lake Oswego where he remains an active community volunteer.”

California Condors in the Pacific Northwest”, Tuesday, April 14, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “California Condors are a remarkable example of a species that was rescued from the very brink of extinction. Recovery efforts have greatly improved the condor’s situation since its low point in the 1980s, when only 22 individuals remained. Yet, significant challenges remain and, until recently, little attention has been paid to the northern half of the species’ historical range and its importance to condor recovery. Join biologist Dr. Jesse D’Elia, the lead author of 'California Condors in the Pacific Northwest,' for this Nature Night talk and book signing as he explores the colorful history of California Condors in the Pacific Northwest, the Herculean conservation efforts that saved the condor from being yet another entry in the extinction ledger, and prospects for future reintroduction of this iconic bird to its northern range.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nn-april2015

Japanese Folk Tales and Myth with Mask”, Wednesday, April 15, 7PM, Banks Library. Storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto. “Enjoy an evening of several short stories performed with audience interaction and participation. The stories portray the culture and moral perspective of Japan. The audience is encouraged to compare Japanese and American tales, arts and the cultural elements.” http://kunikotheater.com

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Wednesday, April 15, 10AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Interested in expanding your knowledge of native conifers? Instructor Ken Denniston will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The class will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.”

Science Matters”, Thursday, April 16, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online.  “Love science? The 3rd Thursday of the month come and learn about a different scientist and afterwards participate in a related hands-on activity!”

Yom HaShoah”, Thursday, April 16, 10AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “A day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust presented by the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. The names of victims will be read by local dignitaries continuously throughout the day.” http://thesquarepdx.org/events/

Nez Perce Indians”, Thursday, April 16, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested; call 360-546-3344. “Come and visit Clearwater Springs Assisted Living for a presentation on the Nez Perce Indians by guest lecturer Dan Strawn, a local author and Clark College instructor. Come and discover the life and customs of the Nez Perce tribe before the 17th century and how they adapted to the changes brought by the Europeans. Learn about their homeland, sources of survival including culture, food, clothing and shelter. Dan will also bring hands-on materials that include a buffalo robe, cured camas bulbs, stone fishing weight, tule mat, and other treasures.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/nez-perce-indians

Junk Drawer Science”, Thursday, April 16, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades 2-6. “Hands-on science using items you might already have at home.”

10th Annual Clark College Sakura Festival”, Thursday, April 16, 1PM ceremony and 2PM performances, 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Free. http://www.clark.edu/clark-and-community/about/history/sakura/index.php

Origami Tales”, Friday, April 17, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. Storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto. Suggested for adults and kids ages 6 and up. “Using origami, music and audience participation, Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture with mythological character masks and puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon – all made from origami – setting the stage for heartfelt stories.” http://kunikotheater.com

Oregon for the Curious”, Friday, April 17, 2PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of Oregon’s oddest hiking and travel destinations, from an island sea cave to a forgotten canyon of colored pinnacles. Expect off-the-beaten-path tales of history and geology, as told by the bestselling author of a new short story collection, ‘The Oregon Variations.’” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

60th Annual River of Gems”, Friday, April 17, 9AM-6PM; Saturday, April 18, 10AM-6PM; and Sunday, April 19, 10AM-4:30PM, Polk County Fairgrounds, Hwy 99, Rickreall, OR. $2 adults, free for ages 11 and under. http://www.wamsi.org/content/upcoming-rock-shows

Concert, “Lost Creek Bluegrass Band”, Friday, April 17, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. http://www.lostcreekmusic.com

Spring Bird and Wildflower Walk at Mt. Talbert”, Saturday, April 18, 10AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. Ages 8 and up. $5 per adult and free for kids 8-17. Preregistration required; call 503-794-8092. “The rare oak woodlands of Mount Talbert offer welcome refuge for migrating songbirds, and a revitalized oak savanna and wet prairie meadow bloom with a variety of wildflowers in the spring. Join Metro naturalist Ashley Conley on a walk to discover the beauty of this island oasis nestled between the bustling interstate and urban development.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/spring-bird-and-wildflower-walk-mount-talbert-0/2015-04-18

Soap Making”, Saturday, April 18 10AM, OSMI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Maximum 3 participants per ticket making 1 batch of soap, $15 per ticket for members and $18 per ticket for nonmembers. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14187“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 please, as we will be working with caustic substances.”

Botanical Illustration with Watercolor”, Saturday, April 18, 11AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “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.”

National Park Week at Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, April 26, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. Loads of living history events! Details here: http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

Hortlandia Plant and Garden Art Sale”, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 10AM-3PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. http://www.hardyplantsociety.org/hortlandia

NW Pet and Companion Fair”, Saturday, April 18, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 19, 10AM-4:30PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. http://nwpetfair.com

Birding Hike at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, April 18, 8AM, near Beacon Rock in WA. Free. Preregistration required; contact Josie Finley at (360) 887-4106 or josie_finley@fws.gov “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.” http://www.refugestewards.org/calendar.html

Juba This and Juba That”, Saturday, April 18, 1PM, Aloha Community Library, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Suggested for adults and kids ages 6 and up. Storyteller Chetter Galloway. “Enjoy an afternoon of a diverse collection of fun filled stories sprinkled with a little bit of African and African American seasoning!” http://www.chettergalloway.com A great chance to check out the fairly new Aloha Library, which will become part of the Washington County Library system if the library levy passes this fall.

Ventriloquism with Dave Miller”, Saturday, April 18, 2PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $7 for ages 2 and up. “Come and spend a fascinating session with Dave Miller as he does some venting, talks story, and entertains you with his ventriloquism talents and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at American ventriloquism.” http://www.puppetmuseum.com/SummerShows.html

Portland Lindy Exchange Presents, “The Midnight Serenaders”, Saturday, April 18, 1PM-4PM, Director Park, SW 9th Ave. and Taylor St., Pdx. Free. “Portland Lindy Society is hosting a live music and swing dance event that will showcase one of our own local jazz bands playing music from the 1920s to the 1940s. All are welcome, any age, to join in the fun.” http://www.midnightserenaders.com

“Yuri’s Night World Space Party”, Saturday, April 18, 5PM-9PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Yuri's Night celebrates the first person to orbit the earth in space: Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was launched into near earth orbit 54 years ago, on April 12, 1961.” Some pretty neat things are scheduled! All the details here: http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/yurisnightatpearson.htm

Webfooter’s Post Card Club 35th Annual Antique Paper Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, Kliever Armory, 10000 NE 33rd Dr., Pdx. Free admission and parking. http://www.thewebfooters.com/html/annual_show_-_sale.html

Earth Day at the Oregon Garden”, Saturday, April 18, 10AM-4PM, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. $5 suggested donation and $5 parking. Details here: http://www.oregongarden.org/events/earth-day/

Portland Center Stage Presents, “All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare”, Saturday, April 18, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Shakespeare, Theatre. ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ Four exciting young actors. Six famous scenes of romance and regrets. This dynamic, hour-long touring performance by Portland Center Stage, (one of the top professional regional theatre in America) explores the exciting, complex relationships of the bard’s most famous couples. Join Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedick, Hamlet and Ophelia and more for a deeper look at love found, love lost, love forgotten and, most of all, to celebrate the master of the language of love. Don’t miss some of the region’s best actors take the Walters stage for this special performance during the month of Shakespeare’s birthday. (Followed by a post-performance talkback)” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1091

“Fused Glass and More”, Sunday April 19, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Tigard Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Fused glass classes by preregistration only at 12:30PM and 2PM; call 503-718-2656. “Make amazing Mothers Day gifts with fused-glass artist Rae Campbell. She will take your creations to the kiln to fire and you can pick them up later. Register for a fused-glass class at 12:30 or 2 p.m. Registration required. Or drop by any time between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. to make glass magnets and paperweights.”

“Latino Cultural Festival”, Sunday, April 19, 12PM- 5PM, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Featuring Latino art, food, entertainment and so much more, the Latino Cultural festival offers a chance for our community to welcome and embrace the traditions of the areas largest minority.” http://www.hillsborochamberor.com/latino-cultural-festiv.html

Birding Hike at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, April 18, 8AM, Washougal, WA. Free. Preregistration required; contact Josie Finley at (360) 887-4106 or josie_finley@fws.gov “This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails.” http://www.refugestewards.org/calendar.html

“Water Bugs at Whitaker Ponds Kids’ Walk”, Sunday, April 19, 10AM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. Recommended for ages 5 - 11, younger siblings are welcome. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Using bug boxes, magnifiers, a field microscope, and a bird spotting scope, child educator and naturalist Elaine Murphy introduces kids to the plants and animals that live around Whitaker Ponds Nature Trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/kids_nature_walk_at_whitaker_ponds_on_april_27th/

“Cowboy Poetry with Tom Swearingen”, Sunday, April 19, 3PM, Tualatin Library; Wednesday, April 22, 7PM, Tigard Library, Houghton Room, 2nd Floor; and Saturday, April 25, 3PM, Sherwood Library. All ages. “Tom Swearingen of Tualatin, Oregon is a popular performer at cowboy gatherings, horse camps, rodeos, and wherever else you find folks who live and appreciate cowboy life and western heritage. Winner of the National Finals Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest, Tom’s original cowboy poetry is often based on his own experiences and observations, many of which occur on horseback.” http://www.oregoncowboypoet.com

“Spring Walk”, Monday, April 20, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “The seasons are changing and nature outside the Library will look, smell and feel different! Let’s go exploring to find out what is happening at the pond, in the oak trees and the Douglas fir forest. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for going outside.”

2015 Semana de la Raza”, Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, PCC Rock Creek, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. “The Multicultural Center at PCC Rock Creek will host its 9th annual Semana De La Raza. During this week, we advocate and celebrate the Latino Culture. Semana de la Raza features free events that are open to the public, including lectures, music, awards and much more.” Details to be posted here: http://www.pcc.edu/about/events/semana-de-la-raza/

Portland Correspondence Co-op”, Tuesday, April 21, 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.” http://www.iprc.org/

Author Talk, “Thor Hanson”, Wednesday, April 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx, and Thursday, April 23, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Thor Hanson discusses his book, "The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History." “In nature and in culture, seeds are fundamental—objects of beauty, evolutionary wonder, and simple fascination. How many times has a child dropped the winged pip of a maple, marveling as it spirals its way down to the ground, or relished the way a gust of wind (or a stout breath) can send a dandelion’s feathery flotilla skyward? Yet despite their importance, seeds are often seen as a commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to Thor Hanson and this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more.” http://www.thorhanson.net/the-triumph-of-seeds.html

Author Talk, “Bruce Henderson”, Wednesday, April 22, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Bruce Henderson discusses his book, “Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II.” “From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines—a tale of daring, courage, and heroism. Combining personal interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival research, ‘Rescue at Los Baños’ tells the story of a remarkable group of prisoners—whose courage and fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and cruelty—and of the young American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to save them.” http://brucehendersonbooks.com

Willamette Radio Workshop Presents, “The Case Files of Dr. Moreau”, Wednesday, April 22, 7PM, Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “Adapted from ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ and directed by Sam A. Mowry. A free, live radio performance.” http://kigginstheatre.net/

“All About Bats!”, Wednesday, April 22, 7PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10, $5 for residents. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 Presented by Wolfgang Dempke. “Welcome the return of bats to Oregon with this introduction into their fascinating night-time world. Learn about bats around the world, how they live and why they are important. What threats do they face to their continued existence? Is it just coincidence that Oregon has fifteen species of owls AND bats? After the program we go outside with special bat detectors and listen for bats over Jackson Bottom!”

Author Talk, “Mary Norris”, Wednesday, April 22, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Mary Norris discusses her book, “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen”. “Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/holy-writ

“Poetry in Music Concert”, Thursday, April 23, 6:30PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Friday, April 24, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; Sunday, April 26, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1; and Wednesday, April 29, 7PM, Goldendale Library, downstairs community room. Free. “A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Kerouac. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, the chamber jazz duo Primal Mates combines a variety of writers and poets with the beautiful sound of voice, cello and vibraphone for a truly unique listening experience.” http://www.primalmates.com/poetry-project

“What’s All the Buzz About the Mason Bee?”, Thursday, April 23, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested; call 360-546-3344. “Come and visit Clearwater Springs Assisted Living for a presentation about the importance of Mason Bees by guest lecturer Sherian Wright, author of ‘Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener’. She will educate and entertain us as she explains the beginning and life of the Mason Bee and why they’re incredibly helpful to any garden’s yard. Sherian is a retired mechanical engineer who has an avid interest in bugs, especially Mason Bees. Sherian is well-known for her entertaining lectures in the Northwest, where she has given presentations to colleges, master gardener groups, ecology classes, garden clubs, nurseries, schools, and libraries.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/whats-all-buzz-about-mason-bee

“The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane”, Thursday, April 23, 6:30PM, Sunnyside Library, Clackamas. “Everyone knows the name Calamity Jane, but what do we really know about her eventful life? Author Richard Etulain shares the facts he uncovered and the myths he dispelled about this legendary woman of the Wild West while researching his latest book.”

“Kokoshnik- Russian Head-dress”, Thursday, April 23, 5:30PM, Midland Library. “The Kokoshnik or head-dress is a sign of tradition and elegance in Russian festive formal wear. Join us and learn how to make simple version of this head dress using felt, beads and pearls.”

Poetry Reading, “Peter Sears and Andres Berger-Kiss”, Thursday, April 23, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Find out why Peter Sears was selected for the new Oregon Poet Laureate. He will be at the library along with Andres Berger-Kiss, a poet we featured last year in one spell-binding evening. Join us and enjoy this pair of poetry masters.”

“Poetry Aloud: an evening with Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen”, Thursday, April 23, 7PM, Goldendale Library; Friday, April 24, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1; and Saturday, April 25, 2PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Poetry is meant to be heard. Learn the art and magic of performance poetry with Washington's poet laureate, Elizabeth Austen.”

“Classical Up Close”, Friday, April 24 through May 3, various venues, free. “Symphony musicians on the loose! A tradition is born. In a blitz of activity for one week in spring, Musicians from the Oregon Symphony and Friends provide FREE chamber concerts throughout the greater PDX area!” See the complete schedule here: http://classicalupclose.com/blitz-list/

“Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday, April 24, 9PM- 11:30PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/haggart.htm Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

“A Gathering of the Guilds 2015”, Friday, April 24, 10AM-9PM; Saturday, April 25, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, April 25, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Free admission. “The Gathering of the Guilds includes work from the Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Northwest Fine Woodworkers Guild, Portland Bead Society and the Portland Handweavers Guild.” https://www.facebook.com/events/884030401638405/

“Butterflies and Bigfoot on the Wild G.P.”, Friday, April 24, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “The wildlands around Mount St. Helens are famous, as everyone knows, for the abundance of Bigfoot reports they have generated. Fewer people may be aware that the Gifford Pinchot is also good butterfly country. Writer and biologist Robert Michael Pyle has researched and written extensively about both of these phenomena. His book Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide is considered by many to be the most affecting account of the Sasquatch tradition in the Northwest; and another of his books, The Butterflies of Cascadia, acquaints lovers of these mountains with the lives that flit by on the bright wings of summer. In this program, Dr. Pyle will bring Bigfoot and butterflies together in a fascinating blend of natural history and lore that respects them both and opens our minds to all that resides, or might reside, on the wild GP. Robert Michael Pyle is the author of 17 books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in SW Washington.”

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival”, Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 10AM-6PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavillion, Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games. This year's feast for the senses features Taiko drumming, artisan demonstrations, and a theatrical stage production, Otokichi about the first Japanese shipwreck survivors on US (Washington state) soil. The Festival was founded 39 Years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.” http://www.cherryblossomfest.org

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show”, Friday, April 24 and Saturday April 25, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 26, 10AM-4PM, Kliever Memorial NG Armory, 10000 NE 33rd Dr., Pdx. Free admission. One free rock to each child. https://mthoodrockclub.wordpress.com/annual-rock-show/

OMSI Presents, “Scales, Claws, and Expanding Jaws”, Saturday, April 25, 2PM and 3PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790. “Slide, slither, and hop into herpetology, the science of reptiles. We'll get up close and personal with live snakes, lizards, and turtles in order to study the features which make this class of animals unique. Make some exciting discoveries—like that snakes are smooth and dry, that lizards have no earlobes, and that geckos can lick their eyeballs!”

“Earth Day PDX”, Saturday, April 25, 10AM-5PM, Normandale Park, NE 57th Ave. and Halsey St., Pdx. “Close to 100 sustainable businesses and organizations! Kids’ village by Circus Cascadia, live local music by Abstract Earth Project, placemaking by the City Repair Project.” http://earthdaypdx.com

“18th Annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Ceremony”, Saturday, April 25, 10AM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, Lower Parade Ground, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “18th Annual Memorial to remember Chief Redheart's band of the Nez Perce, including singing in honor of the ancestors, the Riderless Horse (Empty Saddle) Ceremony, Sacred Pipe Ceremony, and recognition of Veterans. Each year Nez Perce citizens travel to sites important to their history to conduct traditional memorials to honor their ancestors.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=476857-307230

Salmonids and Macroinvertebrates”, Saturday, April 25, 9AM, Jenne Butte Park, 2358 SW Border Way, Gresham. Preregistration required; contact Amy at amy@jcwc.org or call 503-652-7477. “Join us for a Salmonids and Macroinvetbrates tour with JCWC`s Robin Jenkinson and Amy Lodholz, and Joe Brady from the City of Gresham. Johnson Creek flows 26 miles from its headwaters near Boring, Oregon to where it meets the Willamette River, and its watershed encompasses forests, farms, golf courses, parks, industrial stretches, and residential communities. Johnson Creek remains an important home for a number of threatened and native species, including steelhead trout, cutthroat trout, coho and Chinook salmon. Come join us at Jenne Butte Park and learn about our native salmonids, their life cycle, natural history, habitat requirements, and the restoration efforts employed along Johnson Creek that are helping bring back these keystone species. We’ll also be discovering those little critters that share the stream with the salmon and are a major part of the aquatic food web!” http://jcwc.org/events/salmonids-macroinvetbrates-at-jenne-butte-park/

Champoeg History Cache: Shipbuilding”, Saturday, April 25, 12PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Oregon Maritime Museum Curator, Ed Wilson will talk about Joseph Gale and the ‘Star of Oregon’. A handful of men set out in 1840 to build the first American ship in the vast Oregon country. The ‘Star of Oregon’ which set sail from the Willamette River in August 1842 and arrived in San Francisco Bay within a month. This talk will reveal unique construction details employed by the builders to overcome a serious lack of materials, tools, and manpower to successfully construct this sailing ship in the wilderness of the Northwest.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43363

Charismatic Avifauna of Jackson Bottom”, Saturday, April 25, 11AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. $20, $15 for residents. For adults and youth accompanied by an adult. Presented by Steve Engel. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 “Check out the big and beautiful birds that nest at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Learn about the different life-styles of Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and Osprey. How do such different species co-exist here and what challenges to their survival do they face? After an indoor presentation we go out to view these birds in the wild and cheer them on in their nesting efforts.”

Spring Blossom Tour”, Saturday, April 25, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join our tour guide for a stroll through the arboretum to view the season’s colorful blooms and learn about the fascinating transformation that is spring! Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Hot Process Soap Making”, Saturday, April 25, 2PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/hot-process-soap-making/37275 This class is for adults and does require toxic chemicals. Parents should either bring older kids and work together, or take it alone to share your new skills at home with your family. “Have fun while learning to safely make your own handmade soap at home with wholesome, nourishing, all natural ingredients.”

Saqra’s 26th and LAST Bellydance Showcase”, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. Admission $7, free for ages 9 and under. “Workshops at budget prices! Live music dance spots available! Over 300 dancers performed last year at this family event! Plus visit the vendors of costuming, instruments and art!” Details here: http://www.bellydanceshowcase.com/aprshowcase.html

Birding at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, April 25, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. “Portland is known as a livable city but did you know fish and wildlife find it livable too thanks to places like Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Join expert naturalist Elaine Murphy as she takes you on a free bird walk through Portland’s own urban wildlife refuge. Its location at the base of Oaks Bluff and next to the Willamette River’s Holgate Slough and Ross Island result in rich and varied habitat: uplands, wetland, riparian, and open water. And that means great bird watching!” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/oaks_bottom_bird_walk_-_july_28/

Classroom Discovery Days:  Tryon Creek Pollinators”, Saturday, April 25, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Drop in. “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.”  http://www.tryonfriends.org/calendar/?cid=all&civicrm_install_type=wordpress&mc_id=399

Oregon Author Fair”, Saturday, April 25, 10AM-1PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms. “Get to know Oregon authors and learn about their writing. Over 23 participating authors will be available to meet readers and have their work available for purchase. Several authors will be reading or discussing their work in the Speaker’s Corner.” Includes 4 children’s or young adult authors. http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/704

Spring Flowering Tree Tour”, Saturday, April 25, 1PM, Belmont Library. “Come join the Sunnyside Street Tree Team for a walking tour to explore and learn about spring-flowering trees in our neighborhood. Meet at the Belmont Library at 1 pm for refreshments and introductions, tour begins at 1:30 pm.”

Astronomy Day Star Party”, Saturday, April 25, 7:30PM, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site http://www.omsi.edu/starparties after 3PM on the day of the Star Party in case overcast skies cause a cancellation. Tips and etiquette here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/tips.htm “Astronomy Day wouldn't be complete without a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘Stub' Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, the waxing crescent Moon, and more!”

Portland Opera Preview: Showboat”, Sunday, April 26, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery; and Tuesday, April 28, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Jerome Kern’s Show Boat is the saga of three romances that blossom aboard a Mississippi River show boat over the course of nearly 40 years. Kern’s score is a true treasure trove of American music, ranging from passionate love duets to razzle-dazzle song-and-dance tunes to the incomparable ‘Ol’ Man River.’ Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox provides an overview of the story, illustrated with musical examples sung by Resident Artists soprano Katrina Galka, tenor Ian José Ramirez, and baritone Alexander Elliott.”

Animal Camouflage Kids’ Walk at Mary S. Young Park”, Sunday, April 26, 10AM, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Recommended for ages 5 - 11, younger siblings are welcome. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. Children must be registered with, and accompanied by, an adult. Child educator and naturalist Elaine Murphy introduces kids to the plants and animals that live in the Pacific Northwest. Take a close look at the forest life you discover using bug boxes, magnifiers, a field microscope, and a bird spotting scope. See natural artifacts like skulls, and animal evidence like pellets and chews. Dress for the weather!” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/kids_nature_walk_at_mary_young_park_march_2015/

Neighborhood Foraging of Spring Greens and Vegetables”, Sunday, April 26, 1PM, Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Ave., Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Preregistration info and all the details here: http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/workshop.html#AprilEarthday

Ghanaian Dance Presentation”, Sunday, April 26, 7:30PM, Lewis and Clark College, Evans Hall, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Lewis and Clark students present an evening of Ghanaian dance and drumming.” http://www.lclark.edu/calendars/events/#event_id/27608/view/event

Fabulous Fossils”, Sunday, April 26, 10AM, OMSI Paleontology Lab. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10, $8 for members. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/node/14188 “Handle an assortment of rocks and fossils to determine what a fossil actually is. Help clean a real 65-million-year-old Triceratops and other fossils using professional tools and techniques. Then make a copy of a Velociraptor claw to take home. Allergy note: claws are made of flour.”

Oregon Ag Fest”, Saturday, April 26, 8:30AM- 5PM; and Sunday, April 26, 10AM-5PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem. Adults $9, free for kids ages 12 and under. $2 coupon on their website: http://oragfest.com “Always the last weekend in April, Oregon Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Agriculture affects us all, though many of us don't know much more than where to buy the products we need. At Ag Fest, learn where our food, horticulture and fiber comes from, how livestock is raised, the importance of forests for our ecology and survival, plus much more. Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more.”

Koningsdag 2015 Dutch King’s Day Celebration”, Sunday, April 26, 2PM, Oaks Park Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. “For the 3rd straight year Kings Day will come to Portland, OR. We will have delicious Dutch and Indo foods and this year: Live Music by the Dutch of Fiz band!” https://www.facebook.com/events/1532589630324816/

Tracking Club”, Sunday, April 26, 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

Build It! Bridge-Building Workshop for Kids”, Tuesday, April 28, 4PM, Gresham Library. “Do you love to build? Is your brain wired for Legos? Could you be a future-engineer, or do you just like to play with glue and make stuff? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this event is for you! Inspired by the amazing book ‘The Big and Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver,’ we will make a popsicle-stick replica of one of our local bridges.” http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/events.cfm#april

An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt”, Monday, April 27, 6PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem (advance tickets $20; contact Amy Vandegrift, 503-585-7012 x 253 or amyv@millametteheritage.org) and Tuesday, April 28, 7PM, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave., Pdx. (Advance tickets start at $25: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=288083) “Back by popular demand, famed Teddy Roosevelt recreator Joe Wiegand returns for an encore performance at the Hatfield Historians Forum. Watch as the Colonel comes to life at an exciting living history event, where you will be convinced you are in the presence of our twenty-sixth president.”

Concert, “Trio Brasileiro, Brazilian Jazz”, Tuesday, April 28, 7:30PM, PCC Rock Creek, The Forum Theater, Room 114, Building 3, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. $10 cash only. “Trio Brasileiro is dedicated to performing the great traditional choro music of Brazil by Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and others, as well as their own compositions, which are modern reflections of that great traditional musical form.” http://triobrasileiro.com

Finding and Foraging Edible Mushrooms”, Thursday, April 30, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “ Learn the basics of harvesting edible mushrooms in the wild with Brad Blickenstaff of the Oregon Mycological Society. This presentation describes the ecology and habitat of fungi in the Pacific Northwest and explains how to identify both edible and poisonous mushrooms. Forest safety and good foraging practices will be emphasized.”

From Paper to 3D Printer: You Made It!”, Thursday, April 30, 4PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required, 1 per family; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/paper-3d-printer-you-make-it/38237. “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.”

Author Talk, “Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce”, Thursday, April 30, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. They discuss their inaugural book in a new series, “Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures”. “From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes an exciting new series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations. Because of a Unicorn Incident at her school (it was an accident!), Pip is spending the summer with her Aunt Emma at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures. At first, it’s all fun, games, and chatting with Hobgrackles, but when Fuzzles appear and start bursting into flame at the worst possible places, Pip and her new friend Tomas must take action. Because if the mystery of the Fuzzles isn’t solved soon, both magical and unmagical creatures are going to be in a lot of trouble.”