Sunday, May 31, 2015

June is Jumping!

This is my list of events for June 2015, around the greater Portland area.  Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend because there are bound to be some mistakes, typos and cancellations.  

Minus tides (below sea level) continue on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling!  To find the perfect spot, check here: To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: Pure magic!

Berries will be bursting at the seams at pick-your-own farms in Oregon this month! Check Tri-County Farms or Pick Your Own for a farm near you.

This summer, Village Building Convergence will be organizing dozens of free community events where community members will be painting or (repainting) decorative designs on the pavement of Portland intersections. The streets get closed for a sort of mini family friendly block party, and you can help make Portland a more beautiful place! All you need to do to be included is to show up. To find them by location, they have a map here:  And many of the events seem to have been added to the Pedalpalooza calendar.  I used the Pedalpalooza calendar search and tried entering "intersection" or "painting" and I found a bunch.  Some may be listed as "intersection repair" and some as "pavement painting" so it's worth it to try both search terms.

Focus Culture 2015 Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon”, now through June 26, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. “The Chehalem Cultural Center's Focus Culture 2015 brings the Northwest's indigenous art and traditions home through a partnership with the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center. The collaboration includes pubic events, performances, field trips, hosted conversations, outreach and workshops.” Lots of pretty neat stuff! Check it out:

HART Theatre Presents, “Spamalot”, now through June 21, HART Theater, 185 E. Washington St., Hillsboro. Adults $17, seniors $15, students $13. “Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, ‘Spamalot’ retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?”

Stop-motion Claymation for Teens”, Monday, June 1, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Alex Chui.

Festival of Flowers”, Monday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 9, all day, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Each year, the Square works with a local artist or design firm to create a masterpiece of vibrant color utilizing nearly 20,000 flowers and plant material. This year the design Doughnut Trip, comes from PLACE Studio and celebrates Portland’s Coffee and Doughnuts: Two Portland Classics.” After the exhibit closes, the flowers will be sold 8AM-6PM June 10-12 or until sold out. Available varieties will include Impatiens, Begonia, Marigold, Lobelia, Pansy, Viola, Coleus, Vinca, Basil, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Alyssum.

Native Plants for Birds, Bees and Butterflies”, Tuesday, June 2, 6:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Metro. “Discover how beautiful native plants can bring these allies to your yard, helping fight pests and improve garden productivity. Learn which natives might be right for your yard and how to plant and care for them without harmful garden chemicals. Plus, find out where to get native plants in your area.”

Author Talk, “Brian Doyle”, Tuesday, June 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Brian Doyle discusses his novel, “Martin Marten”. “Dave is fourteen years old, eager and headlong. He is about to start high school, which is scary and alluring. Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. He is about to leave home for the first time, which is scary and thrilling. Both of these wild animals are setting off on adventures on their native Mount Hood in Oregon, and their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of the mountain and into the bruising wilderness of love, life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat?”

Homeschool Button Club”, Tuesdays in June, 12PM, 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!” 

Pluto and its New Family”, Tuesday, June 2, 6PM, 7:145PM and 8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
 featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images. When NASA launched its New Horizons mission to Pluto nine years ago, Pluto was still a planet. Now New Horizons finally arrives at the edge of our Solar System only to find that not only has Pluto been downgraded to a "Dwarf Planet," but also that the space around Pluto is filled with an assortment of celestial bodies that were previously undetected. How did this happen? Why did scientists make this change to Pluto, and what other new discoveries are being made right now by New Horizons? On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will answer those questions and more during his final presentation of the 2014-15 academic year called "Pluto and its New Family" at MHCC's Planetarium Sky Theater. During the show, he will also be covering features of the current night sky.” Directions, etc. here:

Sunset and Moonrise Watch”, Sunday, June 2, 8:30PM, , Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Education Center deck, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., 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.”

Annuals, Biennials and Perennials”, Tuesday, June 2, 12:20PM, Canby Library. “Find out how to create a vibrant garden display using annuals, biennials and perennials.”

Bike Clinic: Rights and Responsibilities”, Wednesday, June 3, 6PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Presented by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA): Know your bicyclist rights and responsibilities on the road. For over a decade, bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas has been sharing his wisdom with cyclists around the state in this 60-minute clinic on bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road. Learn about Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if you’re in a crash. Includes a lively question and answer session, a free copy of ‘Pedal Power, a Legal Guide for Oregon Cyclists,’ and bike maps.”

"Fleet Week", Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 7, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Pdx.  Free. You can tour visiting US Navy, Canadian Navy, and  US Coast Guard ships on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please see details here:

1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition”, Wednesday, June 3, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “The Exposition opened in June 1905. During its four month run, it attracted over 1.6 million visitors - more than three times Oregon’s population at the time! Portland grew from 161,000 to 270,000 residents between 1905 and 1910, a spurt that has been attributed to the exposition. Dr. Carl Abbott, PSU history and urban planning professor, who wrote the definitive history of one of the most critical happenings from Oregon’s past, gives his unique perspective of this event.”

Tall Ships in Astoria”, Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 13. Living history tours and sails on some pretty neat boats.

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in June, 12PM, Shute Park, 799 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro. 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. The towering Douglas Fir trees are home to many birds .”

Bharatha Natyam: Dance of India”, Thursday, June 4, 7PM, Beaverton Library; Saturday, June 20, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Tuesday, June 23, 6:30PM, Bethany Fountain, NW Center Dr. and NW Bethany Blvd. across from the Cedar Mill Bethany Library. “Bharatha Natyam is one of India's oldest classical dance forms, and is very popular both within India and abroad. Come and learn about this dance form with author and award-winning dancer Jayanthi Raman, and see a short presentation of this dance form.”

30th Anniversary Celebration of The Goonies”, Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7, Astoria. “Eager to relive one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories of the 1980s, fans will flock to historic Astoria, Ore., to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic film The Goonies, June 4-7, 2015. During the four-day event, Goonies can tour iconic film locations, bowl at “Chunk’s Bowling Alley,” attend costumed quote-a-long film screenings, sip Truffle Shuffle Stout from local Fort George Brewery, and adventure on a scavenger hunt supported by In addition, the VirtuaLUG builders group, all of whom are Adult Fans of LEGO (or AFOLs), recreated iconic scenes from The Goonies which will be on display in Astoria. In the spirit of One Eyed Willie’s treasure-filled ship in the film, the tall ship Lady Washington will be offering tours and sails in Astoria during the celebration. Official memorabilia, including t-shirts, hats, glassware, collectibles and more, will be available at the event.” Details here:

The Reptile Man”, Thursday, June 4, 12PM, Yale Elementary, 11842 Lewis River Rd., Ariel, WA; Thursday, June 11, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Tuesday, June 30, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin.     Lots of live, cool reptiles!

Poet Reading, “Peter Sears”, Thursday, June 4, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “A presentation by Oregon's Poet Laureate.”

Hike in the Mist Zone”, Thursday, June 4, 2PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge Porch. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “2 miles, 2 hours. Walk behind two waterfalls in this two-mile trek pausing all the while to visit and hear the stories of Silver Falls’ native plants.”

Mt. St. Helens - Why the Big Kaboom?”, Thursday, June 4, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. “Mount St. Helens Institute Volcano Naturalist David Newcomb delves into the geology that brought about the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens. Why are Cascade volcanoes so tall and steep and Hawaii’s are not? Which volcano in the Cascades is the most active? How did the eruption change the landscape around Mount Saint Helens? When will it erupt next? All questions answered – except one. Photos, charts drawings galore!"

Pedalpalooza”, Thursday, June 4 through Saturday, June 27, throughout Portland. Festival of bicycles. Most events free and many family friendly.

BJ the Clown”, Friday, June 5, 6:30PM with a summer reading kickoff beginning at 6PM, Cornelius Library; Tuesday, June 16, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library; Wednesday, June 17, 10:30AM, La Center Community Center, 1000 E. 4th St., La Center, WA; Wednesday, June 17, 1PM, Woodland Library; and Thursday, June 18, 2PM, Banks Library.

Sumi Ink Club”, Friday, June 5, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Sumi Ink Club is a participatory drawing project established in 2005 by Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. The club produces work cooperatively in open-to-the-public meetings, which can be organized by anyone at any time. In each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawing as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles.”

Family Fishing Events”, June 5, 6, 7, 13, and 22, various locations. See ODFW calendar for details: “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.”

Upcycled T-Shirts”, Saturday, June 6, 11AM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “Make t-shirt yarn, a no-sew t-shirt bag, or turn a t-shirt into haute couture. Use one of our t-shirts, or bring your own.”

"SE 16th and Ash Street Painting", Saturday, June 6, 10AM-7PM.  "The traffic circle at SE 16th and Ash is a well-trafficked bike route and just a block from the arts-magnet school, Buckman Elementary.  We will be giving it some pollinator love! [flowers] Come on out and help us put a fresh face on this part of Portland."

2015 Sherwood Altered Art Festival”, Saturday, June 6, 10AM-4PM, Veteran’s Park, 22547 SW Main St., Sherwood. Lots of hands-on art activities.

Internet Safety for Kids”, Saturday, June 6, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 5 and up. “In this workshop children will learn tips for navigating the internet safely.”

Oregon Coast Agate Club 52nd Annual Gem and Mineral Show”, Saturday, June 6, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, June 7, 10AM-4PM, National Guard Armory, 541 SW Coast Hwy., Newport. Admission $2 and free for kids 12 and under. Dealers, Door Prizes, Raffle, Displays and Silent Auction.

Champoeg Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 6, meeting at 8AM at the Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Stroll along the Willamette River in stands of oak and Oregon ash on this free expert-guided bird walk. Naturalist Elaine Murphy leads you through the woods and meadows of Champoeg State Heritage Area, home of Oregon’s first provincial government and now, hundreds of species of birds including Western Bluebirds.”

Junior Ranger Programs”, Saturdays in June, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 6-12. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children.” June 6- Into the Wild: Hiking Essentials; June 13: Game of Cones: The Noble Trees of Tryon Creek; June 20- The Owls of Tryon; June 27- Wild Careers: Be a Park Ranger.

Portland Taiko”, Saturday, June 6, 1PM, Cedar Mill Library, 2nd Floor Community Room. “This event includes audience participation and will appeal to all ages.”

"Living History: 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 20, 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.”

Concert, “Harmonica Pocket”, Saturday, June 6, 3:30PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood. “The acoustic, harmonica-filled, uplifting sounds from this Seattle band will have the whole family willingly clapping their hands and dancing around!”

Biblical Plants of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, June 6, 12PM, meeting at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 per person suggested donation. “Hoyt arboretum tour guide, citizen scientist and herbarium archive assistant Daniel Salomon will lead a sequel to his Easter tour based on Salomon's recent trip to Israel in the Winter of 2015. Salomon will focus on different Biblical plants as well as revisit some of the Biblical plants from his Easter tour.”

117th Aniversary of the North Head Lighthouse”, Saturday, June 6, 10AM-3PM, North Head Lighthouse Interpretive Center, North Head, WA. “Washington State Parks and the Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse will be celebrating the 117th Anniversary. The event will feature cake and refreshments, an informative exhibit, self-guided tours of a lighthouse keeper’s residence, and birding tours at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. by the Shoalwater Birders. A special-edition poster of the North Head Lighthouse, and raffle tickets for a lighthouse-themed prize will be for sale.”

Mission History Walk”, Saturday, June 6, 12PM, Willamette Mission State Park. “State Parks Day at Willamette Mission! This is a Ranger guided history walk on "The Wilamet Station" on the Mission Lake Trail to the Mission Viewing Deck. Tours from B Loop at 12:00 and 2:00. - It is an easy one mile walk, for families, taking you on a journey to the American provisional settlement that led to Salem and Oregon government. Other fun locations to visit will be shared that tie to this history for your summer adventure.”

OregonRocketry Public Launches”, Saturday, June 6, 10AM-2PM, Garden Home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, June 6, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Ages 8 and up.

State Parks Days Oregon”. June 6 and 7 are free days at the Oregon State Parks which normally charge a day use fee, and there is also free tent and RV camping (by reservation only) and other activities at various parks. Not all OR state parks charge a day use fee (Tryon Creek does not) but the usual fee is $5. Check it out: There will also be free, license-free fishing crabbing and clamming (regulations still apply),; and some parks will have free gear available for use:

State Parks Free Days Washington”, Saturday, June 6 (in honor of National Trails Day), and Saturday, June 13 (in honor of National Get Outdoors Day). All Washington State Parks normally require a Discover Pass for day use, which is $10 for a single day. These two days in June all parks will be free.

Kids Fishing Derby”, Saturday, June 6, 9AM-1PM, Fort Stevens State Park, Coffenbury Lake. Free. “Fort Stevens State Park along with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Rainland Flycasters will be hosting free fishing day activities at Coffenbury Lake. A kids fishing derby will be held with prizes and a biggest fish competition. A limited number of poles, tackle and bait will be provided for participants. There will be fly casting demos put on by the Rainland Flycasters. A BBQ lunch will be served and prizes awarded for the biggest fish. June 6 is Free Fishing Day and Oregon State Parks Day. No license is required to fish and there will be no day use or camping fees.”

79th New York State Militia, Highlanders, Co. C”, Saturday, June 6, Sunday, June 7, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Fort Stevens State Park. “This passionate group brings to life the famous unit of Union soldiers who marched into many Civil War battles. One of their more famous commanding generals was Major General, Isaac Ingles Stevens. It's this heroic man who gave his life in battle that Fort Stevens is named after. Come out and see the dedication these modern day Civil War soldiers put into portraying the past.”

Gardening with Raised Beds”, Saturday, June 6, 3PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Thinking about raised garden beds? Laura Huckaba, Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener will show you how to successfully construct, plant and extend the growing season of your own raised garden beds.”

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival”, Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Pagdiriwang is Filipino for ‘celebration.’ Filipino cultural diversity will be celebrated through food, historical exhibits, visual and performing arts, music and dances of the various indigenous groups of the Philippines, with emphasis on Mindanao. Other highlights: children’s hands-on activities, Filipino martial arts, literary-musical contests, blood drive, youth performances and exhibits; bands, the FYA Drill team, short-film festival, food booths, Philippine products and information.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays through November 1, 12PM-5PM, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. Enjoy a lovely park and ride model steam trains!

Portland Opera Preview: The Rake’s Progress”, Sunday, June 7, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “The Rake’s Progress is a musical homage to Mozart by Igor Stravinsky, with a score that blends comedy and drama ála Don Giovanni with the composer’s characteristic wit and spiky humor. The Portland Opera production utilizes the celebrated scenery and costumes designed by David Hockney, which are another tribute to a great 18th-century creative artist, William Hogarth, who painted the series upon which the opera plot is based. 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.”

Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, June 7, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under.

Milk Carton Boat Races”, Sunday, June 7, 11AM, Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, SE Bybee Blvd. just west of McLoughlin Blvd., Pdx. Free. “T he Milk Carton Boat Race, supporting Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger, offers a memorable day for participants and spectators alike. Children and adults race and show off their handmade boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively crafted watercraft will compete in seven classes for the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy. Join us for a Sunday filled with family friendly entertainment and some spirited competition.”

Community Music Center 60th Anniversary Performance Festival and Community Event”, Sunday, June 7, 1PM-8PM, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Performing Arts Building and Kaul Auditorium. $10 donation requested. “Join us for a musical fair with activities for all ages, including multiple concerts featuring hundreds of performers, in celebration of six decades of music education in Portland Parks and Recreation. Made possible by the Wintz Family Foundation, the event sponsors include All Classical Portland, Marley Brown Lumber Service, Tierra Educational Center, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.”

Author Talk, “Zach Dundas”, Monday, June 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Zach Dundas discusses his book, “The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes”. 

Wheat Weaving”, Tuesday, June 9, 6PM, Canby Library. Suggested for ages 12 to adult. Preregistration required; call 503-266-0653. “Learn about the ancient art of wheat weaving, and complete two small straw projects to take home.”

Hiking the Waterfalls of Oregon”, Tuesday, June 9, 6:30PM, West Linn Library; Tuesday, June 16, 6:30PM, Canby Library; and Thursday, June 18, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join travel writer, photographer, and guidebook author Adam Sawyer as he takes you on a light-hearted, humorous, and informative tour of the best waterfall hiking trails in Oregon. There is no doubt you will leave inspired to get out and explore the beauty waiting for you in your own backyard.”

Willamette Valley Railways”, Wednesday, June 10, 6PM, Cornelius Library. “An illustrated historical presentation with Richard Thompson on ‘Willamette Valley Railways’, the electric interurban railways that rain throughout the area (including Cornelius) in the early 20th century.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, June 10, 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.”

Author Talk, “Kristin Ohlson”, Wednesday, June 10, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Kristin Ohlson will discuss her book, ‘The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies Are Building Healthy Soil to Heal the Planet”, a finalist for the 2015 Oregon Book Awards. Ohlson explains how most Americans could help reverse climate change by creating healthier soil and increasing soil carbon in their own backyards.”

Hanford and our Nuclear Legacy”, Wednesday, June 10, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested cover at the door. “Hanford Nuclear Reservation, located on the Columbia River in eastern Washington, is the largest contaminated site in the western hemisphere. Used to make plutonium for nuclear bombs during WWII and the Cold War, the Hanford site generated vast quantities of chemical and radioactive pollution. Cleanup at Hanford began in 1989 and we know it will now continue for generations to come. Scientists have devised creative ways to contain the radioactive waste, such as turning liquid nuclear waste into glass for safer long-term storage, but technical problems continue to plague these proposed solutions. Meanwhile, contaminated groundwater and radioactive soil are ongoing concerns that pose risks to nearby and downstream communities. At this Science on Tap, Abigail Cermak, Hanford Coordinator with Columbia Riverkeeper, Dirk Dunning, Chemical Engineer and Nuclear Specialist from the Oregon Dept. of Energy, and Tom Carpenter, the Executive Director of Hanford Challenge will talk about the history of Hanford, how we built the atomic bomb, and what the government is doing to clean up the nuclear waste.”

The History of the Tualatin River”, Wednesday, June 10, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Using a power point presentation and a beautiful collection of historical photographs, volunteer archivist John Fervia tells the story of the river's history from the geographical happenings that created it, to the native people who lived along the river banks, through the growth of the Riverkeepers who now protect our river.”

Concert, “Here Comes Everybody”, Wednesday, June 10, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Here Comes Everybody will perform their brand of shiny orchestral pop music using the words of William Shakespeare Wednesday June 10 at 2:00 pm. Mostly featuring text from Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet, Here Comes Everybody will help make the bard's famous works more accessible with a little help form the lead singer, Michael Jarmer, a 25-year teaching veteran of English Literature, Author, and entertainer. Tight harmonies, Bill's words, and fun upbeat music will present this special program to anyone who loves a little pop music mixed in with a good think.”

Year Round Vegetable Gardening”, Thursday, June 11, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Summer’s coming and your garden is getting lush! Did you know you don’t have to stop when the weather gets bad? Expand your gardening into the fall and winter seasons. Join OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners and learn how to keep your garden going all year ‘round! Topics include what to plant and when, season extending techniques, when to harvest, and more.”

Author Talk, “Susan Middleton”, Thursday, June 11, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join acclaimed photographer, author, and lecturer Susan Middleton for a special visual presentation of her latest work, Spineless. The result of seven years of fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, and showcasing the photographic techniques Middleton has developed over the past three decades, this volume presents more than 250 portraits of rarely or never-before-seen ocean dwellers. Middleton visually isolates each creature she photographs to best capture its individual character and to spotlight the dazzling natural blueprints inherent in the marine invertebrate realm of life. An endless array of remarkable diversity in life designs parades across the pages of Spineless: resplendent sea cucumbers, ethereal jellies, otherworldly nudibranchs, and a host of other fascinating creatures. From the stubby squid to the frilled anemone to the white phantom crab, these images open our eyes to both the fragility and the resiliency of these species.”

Who Was Harriet Tubman?”, Thursday, June 11, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. “Local SHARE House Outreach Case Manager, Cristina Maggio, who graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies, will give an historical presentation on Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) who led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Tubman took an active role in the conduct of the war serving as a valued Union scout, spy, and nurse. When she died in 1913, the person called “General Tubman” by her admirers was laid to rest with military honors. Today, she is considered the first recorded African American woman to serve in the military.”

Backyard Foraging with Langdon Cook”, Thursday, June 11, 6PM, Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “Green Neighbors, a Clark County Environmental Services program that provides county residents with information about sustainable living, is sponsoring this free event featuring Seattle author Langdon Cook. He will present a slideshow of wild foods with tips on how to identify, gather, cook and preserve a variety of wild edibles.”

Incredible Insects”, Friday, June 12, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “They fly, creep, hop and hover! Learn more about this fascinating group of animals and go for an Insect Investigation Walk outside the library. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for outdoors.”

Campfire Evening at the Farm”, Friday, June 12, 6PM, Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd., West Linn. Suggested for ages 4 and up. $15 per child or $10 for residents of Lake Oswego. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Farm! Children and their families explore different areas of Luscher Farm and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Help with a planting project, and enjoy s'mores around the campfire. Campfire Evening is held rain or shine. Please register the child.”

Brothers and Sisters Grimm”, Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, 7PM, and Sunday, June 14, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “We invite you to a free performance of Brothers and Sisters Grimm by MAC’s Studio Theatre class. A one hour adventure in the legendary Black Forest. Magic, myth or mischief? The Grimm family will find the truth behind the tales!”

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods”, Friday, June 12, 7PM, Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Riverview Room. Free tickets available here: “This talk will focus on the incredible story of J. Harlen Bretz’s discovery and interpretation of the geological evidence throughout the Pacific Northwest that finally led to the now commonly accepted account of the Missoula Floods. Between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago one of the greatest sets of geological events ever to occur in North America, a series of cataclysmic floods known as The Great Missoula Floods, repeatedly inundated more than 16,000 square miles of the Pacific Northwest with unbelievable power, reaching heights of up to 1000 feet and permanently altering the landscape. The effects of the floods were particularly dramatic throughout the National Scenic Area of the Columbia River Gorge with tributaries of the Columbia left hanging, creating waterfalls for which the area is well known.”

Scottish Country Dance”, Friday, June 12, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Members of the Portland Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will demonstrate and perform Scottish Country Dancing, a form of social dance involving groups of couples of dancers tracing progressive patterns according to a predetermined choreography. You can watch or join in!”

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games”, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 633 NE 3rd St., Newport. “Organized by the Celtic Heritage Alliance, the Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games is one of many year-round events which support its ongoing mission to promote and preserve Celtic culture on the Oregon coast. Each summer, visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest flock to Newport, Oregon to join in this celebration of Celtic culture which spans the seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.”

Classic Stories of the Strange and Macabre”, Saturday, June 13, 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Come kick off the start to the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program at the Hillsboro Public Library with refreshments, prizes, and some traditional storytelling. Professional actors Cassie Greer and Pete Schuyler from Bag and Baggage will bring to life renowned short stories by such masters of science fiction and horror as Ursula K LeGuin, Ray Bradbury, and Edgar Allen Poe. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served, prizes will be raffled off, and attendees will be encouraged to sign up for the county-wide summer reading program.” 

Artist Talk, “Sharri LaPierre”, Saturday, June 13, 5PM, North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver. “At this lecture, Vancouver artist Sharri LaPierre will explore the intricacies of printmaking with live demonstrations. Guests will be welcome to try their hand at monotype printmaking.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, June 13, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Ages 10 and up.

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park”, Saturday, June 13, 11AM-6PM, Maypole at 1PM, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. “Scandinavians have a long tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice with bonfires and the raising of the Maypole (Majstang). Here in Portland that tradition has been celebrated for 86 continuous years at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Everyone is welcome at this summer solstice festival. As anyone who's been there before knows, it’s always a fun, family friendly day filled with games, dancing, food, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole.”

Evening Performance”, Saturday, June 13, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Doors open at 5:30 and the museum is open as well. “Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history.”

Explorando El Columbia Slough”, Saturday, June 13, 1PM-5PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Explorando is free, and includes: guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, workshops, and more! The first 300 visitors receive a free Explorando t-shirt.”

National Get Outdoors Day and Brigade Encampment”, Saturday, June 13, 10AM-3PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. “Celebrate healthy, active, outdoor fun in your urban national park! Experience all kinds of outdoor activities at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - your Gateway to the Great Outdoors. Partners from federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the fifth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage outdoor fun at sites across the nation. These diverse partners offer free opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities throughout the United States - at GO Day right here in Vancouver, Washington! GO Day at Fort Vancouver includes the annual free Brigade Encampment, where costumed interpreters re-enact the springtime return of Hudson's Bay Company fur brigades to Fort Vancouver.”

2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, Fort Stevens State Park. “One of the first units to take command of the new Fort Stevens, in the 1860's, was the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C. There will be camp life demonstrations, drills, and actual cannon fire throughout each day. Displays of various cannon munitions are on hand with dedicated history buffs sharing how these were used in battle.”

Wildflowers at Saddle Mountain”, Saturday, June 13, 8AM-5PM. Preregistration required; text Marsh Sly at 503-201-8119 or email “Join local naturalist and Audubon volunteer Marsh Sly on Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range. The hike is moderate at the beginning then steepens before opening onto grassy meadows with a rich diversity of wildflowers. Weather permitting you can see the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River Bar at Astoria. This mountain top and surrounding area was a refuge for plant species during the Ice Age; the flora that remains is a unique treasure, found nowhere else in the region. Plant lists will be provided for those who are interested.”

Mason Bees 101”, Saturday, June 13, 10AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-681-6283. “Learn the life cycle and management of mason bees. Did you know that while mason bees are considered solitary bees, they are also highly gregarious? A nesting mason bee female makes approximately 1,875 flower visits to collect enough pollen and nectar to provision just one nesting cell for one egg. Are you ready to raise mason bees? Come and gain a solid knowledge of these docile bees.”

"1st Annual Canoe Families Celebration", Saturday, June 13, 12PM-4PM, Millersylvania State Park, Olympia, WA. Free admission and no day use fee. $10 per person lunch, with Indian fry bread and BBQ salmon. “Come join the Chehalis Indian Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians from noon to 4:00 PM. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy singers, drummers, storytellers, and cedar bark weavers. Free canoe rides for the public.”

Quizissippi Jr.”, Saturday, June 13, 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!”

Presto the Magician”, Saturday, June 13, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Thursday, June 18, 12:30PM, Wilsonville Library. “Presto the Magician’s shows combine comedy, amazing magic, excitement, high energy, and audience involvement! Fun for children of all ages.”

The Heartfelt Hero”, Saturday, June 13, 2PM, and Sunday, June 14, 4PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $8. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Presented by Brittany Moering and The Wily Wayfarers. “What comes to your mind when you think of a hero? Lady Delphine believes that being a hero means protecting others, fearlessly charging into battles, and defeating villains. That’s why she became a knight, after all - But what if there’s more to heroism than feats of derring-do? Join Britt the Bard, Lady Delphine and the Wily Wayfarers on an interactive quest to discover a different kind of heroism.”

Knit in Public Day Celebration”, Saturday, June 13, 11AM-3PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and SW Yamhill St. “Knit in Public Day 2015: An exploration of the craft of knitting and fabric creation, and an opportunity for the general public to participate in this worldwide event. Knit Purl staff members will provide unique demonstrations and have hands on opportunities for all ages!”

Battle of Joseph Stewart”, Saturday, June 13, with battles at 11AM and 3PM, and Sunday, June 14, with battles at 11AM and 2PM, Joseph H. Stewart State Park, east of Medford, OR. “The Cascade Civil War Society is back with their encampment, daily battles, sutler village and live cannon blasts. Bring the whole family to watch the battles and explore the camp!”

Family Day: Technology from Primitive to Present Day”, Saturday, June 13, 10AM-1PM,Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St. Hillsboro. Free. “Join Museum staff and volunteers for a chance to get hands-on with a variety of fun technical activities; from technology used by the very first people in Washington County to products produced by the booming technology industry that calls Washington County home today. Engineering for Kids will have their Lego robots available for families to run and build onto!”

Jugglemania”, Sunday, June 14, 1PM, Hillsdale Library. Free tickets will be given out at 12:30PM. “Rhys Thomas dazzles you with improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics.”

Flag Day at Ft. Vancouver”, Sunday, June 14, 3:30PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site.

Trees and Shrubs of the Tillamook Forest”, Sunday, June 14, 1PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. $15 (which includes a copy of “Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests”, a $12 value). Suggested for ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 866-930-4646 to register. “Join tree and shrub expert Ed Jensen in this hands-on workshop that will teach you how to identify trees and shrubs native to the Tillamook Forest and much of western Oregon. The workshop will begin with a 30-minute overview on how to identify shrubs and how to use Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests to enhance your shrub identification skills (book is included with registration). Following the introduction, we’ll stroll the trails around the visitor center and apply the skills just learned to both trees and shrubs. Each plant “discovered” will include notes on the meaning of names, historical and cultural uses, the plant’s ecology and relationship with its environment, and how it’s likely to respond to disturbances (like The Tillamook Burn). Jensen is a local and national award-winning educator who spent his career at Oregon State University teaching many thousands of students of all ages and abilities about Northwest trees and shrubs. In addition to his award-winning books on Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests and Trees to Know in Oregon (both available for purchase at the Tillamook Forest Center), he is an author/co-author of Manual of Oregon Trees and Shrubs and Woody Plants in North America.”

Kalmiopsis Discovery Day”, Sunday, June 14, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Explore the Garden and discover Lilla's botanical discoveries including Kalmiopsis leachiana, her adventures in the Siskiyou Mountains and her link to Leach Botanical Garden and its future.”

Bamboo Flute Workshop”, Sunday, June 14, 2PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online:ú-bamboo-flute-workshop/43054 “An opportunity for you to create a bamboo flute and learn how to play it, too. All materials will be provided. Conducted in English and Spanish.”

Birding at Killin Wetlands and Pacific University”, Sunday, June 14, meeting at 8AM at the Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Seek elusive marsh birds and Acorn Woodpeckers on this free expert-guided bird walk with Elaine Murphy to Killin Wetlands and Pacific University. This walk offered by the Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop features one of the largest remaining peat wetlands in the Willamette Valley. The rare organic peat soil wetlands of the area provide a home to unique species of plants and animals including bittern, rails, and sora. Nearby we’ll search for Acorn Woodpecker and songbirds amid Pacific University’s stately groves of Oregon White Oak.”

Sneak Peak Nature Walk at McCarthy Creek Natural Area”, Sunday, June 14, 10AM, NW Pdx. Ages 12 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Beyond Forest Park, where elk roam forested hills and salmon swim in streams, voters have invested in a growing collection of protected natural areas. By protecting land and creating forested links with the Coast Range, the region can help animals travel across the landscape. Come learn about one of the natural areas in this wildlife corridor. The exact location and directions will be provided upon registration.”

Second Sunday at the Plankhouse”, Sunday, June 14, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Carty Unity, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free. Children’s activities and plankhouse tours. 1PM- naturalist lead hike. 2PM- presentation: “First Person, First Peoples” presented by Deana Dartt, Portland Art Museum’s Native American Gallery Curator.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, June 14, 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.”

Backyard Chicken Keeping”, Sunday, June 14, 1PM, Midland Library. Presented by Sara Tetreault. “Learn how to keep chickens on an urban homestead – otherwise known as a backyard and in the city even! You’ll learn how easy it is to keep chickens in your backyard and whether they’re right for you. Chickens are funny creatures that give the best tasting eggs around. They’re pets with benefits!”

Gardens of Eatin': Edible Landscaping”, Sunday, June 14, 3:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Get the skinny on blending edibles and ornamentals for a delicious, low-maintenance landscape. Discover salad-boosting herbs and flowers, fruit trees for small spaces and native plants that hide ‘berried’ treasures. Learn easy organic care methods and best varieties for blueberries, strawberries, tree fruits, grapes, kiwis, culinary herbs and more.”

Mad Science Presents “Heroes of Science”, Monday, June 15, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 2PM. “Science doesn't just happen. It takes real live people just like you and me to discover and invent all the science and technology that we take for granted in our everyday lives. Let Mad Science take you on a journey of the inventions and stories of some of the unsung heroes of science. Find out what makes a superhero with Bernoulli's principles of flight and Newton's explosive laws of motion! Maybe one day we will be talking about your story and the amazing things you have invented!”

Master Gardeners on Native Plants”, Monday, June 15, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Learn about the benefits of native plants and how to incorporate them into your yard.”

Author Talk, “Joseph Kim”, Monday, June 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Joseph Kim discusses his book, “Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America”. “A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage.”

Magician Bob Eaton”, Tuesday, June 16, 10AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; and Wednesday, June 17, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Main Library. “Local magician Bob Eaton will amaze you with his incredible magic tricks! All ages with family.”

Super-Physics!”, Tuesday, June 16, 2PM, Northwest Library; and Thursday, June 18, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “How do superheroes do it? Use physics to uncover the stories behind your favorite heroes’ abilities, like Spider-Man’s wall-crawling and Iron Man’s rocket flight. Create your own super-gadgets in our library laboratory, then take your prototypes home to wow your family and friends!”

Science Squad”, Tuesday, June 16, 2PM, Troutdale Library. Suggested for grades K-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Join our exclusive club of mad scientists and help us explore life's mysteries through science experiments. All supplies will be provided.”

Concert, “Recess Monkey”, Tuesday, June 16, 3PM, Tigard Library; and Tuesday, June 16, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “Rock out to the awesome tunes of Seattle kindie band Recess Monkey. Time to get the summer reading party started!”

Robotics”, Tuesday, June 16, 2PM-5PM (Part 1- Intro to Building and Programming); and Wednesday, June 17, 4PM-7PM (Part 2- Robot Design), Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 6-12. Must attend Part 1 in order to attend Part 2. Preregistration required; register online: “The local robotics team batteries in black ( will present an introduction to robotics building and programming!”

Alexander, Master of Marvels”, Wednesday, June 17, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Magic and illusion for the entire family.”

Author Talk, “Deborah Hopkinson”, Wednesday, June 17, 3:30PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. “Local author Deborah Hopkinson will visit the Green Bean Books Family Book Club in June. She'll talk about her historical middle grade novel ‘The Great Trouble’. Kids (ages 8 and older) and their parents are invited to join us. Copies of the book will be available at a special discounted price for book club members! Get your book signed after the meeting!”

Seriously Funny Juggling with Curtis Carlyle”, Wednesday, June 17, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City.

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents, “Jack Chapeau Meets the Gill Man”, Thursday, June 18, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Oregon Shadow Theatre tells the story of the marine scientist Doctor Jack Chapeau employing submarines, diving suits, robotics and sonar to make his most amazing discovery: a fantastical creature he calls the Gill Man! Oregon Shadow Theatre's colorful puppets, live music and good humor create an informative and hilarious family entertainment.” 

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, June 18, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. This month’s episode is The Silver Nemesis. All ages are welcome.”

Art of Animation Camp for Teens”, June 18, 19, 25, and 26, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Super cool! Presented by artist Alex Chiu.

Ranger Guided Kayak Tours”, Thursday, June 18; Sunday, June 21; Monday, June 22; Thursday, June 25; Sunday, June 28; and Friday, June 29, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada Lake Boat Ramp. $15 per person covers kayak, paddles, life jackets and instruction. Preregistration required; call 1-800-452-5687. “Tour the River Mill Reservoir, a quiet stretch of the Clackamas River alongside Milo McIver State Park. Find out more about the history and ecology of the reservoir and see a variety of plants and animals that call the lake "home." We may even see the resident Osprey family!”

Words and Pictures: Comics 101”, Thursday, June 18, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by artist Linwood T. Lucas. “Whether you call them comics, manga or graphic novels — combining words and pictures to tell amazing stories is what it’s all about. In this introductory workshop, learn the basics of character design and story development through fun, challenging explorations designed to inspire creativity and ignite a desire to write and draw your own stories.”

After the Eruption, Life is Tenacious”, Thursday, June 18, 3PM, Clearwater Springs Assisted Living, 201 NW 78th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. “Mount St. Helens Institute Volcano Naturalist David Newcomb discusses how life is coming back to the Mount St. Helens blast zone. Did anything survive the May 1980 eruption and what determined their survival? Which plants and animals were the pioneers into the blast zone? What has surprised the biologists? And just what is this succession thing that those biologists speak of? And, why is all this even important to know?”

Making Casts of Ice Age Fossils”, Thursday, June 18, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Join us when Mike Full, founder of the Willamette Valley Pleistocene Project talks about the casting of Ice Age artifacts. Extensively involved in the ongoing Tualatin Ice Age Trails project, Mike will highlight recent finds throughout the valley as well as work done to repair, restore, mold, cast and finish a number of our fossils for public display.”

Krugers Farm Tunes”, Thursday evenings June 19 through September 3, 6:30PM, Krugers Farm, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd. $15 per carload. Thursday evening concerts. Bring a picnic or buy from their vendors.

The Golden Age of Superman”, Thursday, June 18, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. All ages. “Join celebrity performers for a live radio show of ‘The Golden Age of Superman’ presented by WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program and Kiggins Theatre.” The mayor of Vancouver has the role of Superman!

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, “Macbeth in Lone Fir Cemetery”, Thursday, June 18 through Saturday, July 25, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Ave. between Stark St. and Morrison St. Donations requested. “The Scottish Play. Macbeth. The name alone sends shivers up the spine of theatre-goers around the world. In June/July 2015, see it as never before, among the tombstones at twilight in Lone Fir Cemetery. All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs June 18st-July 25th, most Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7 PM (no performance on July 4, and July 11 is at Marylhurst University at 6 PM instead of Lone Fir). There will be an ASL-interpreted performance on July 17.”

Juneteenth: Words Along the Way”, Friday, June 19, 6PM, North Portland Library. “On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers brought Texans the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth, the observance of that date, has become a national celebration of freedom. Join us on the North Portland lawn as we celebrate Juneteenth with words and music under the skies.”

Clark County Historical Museum Walking Tours”, Fridays 12PM-1PM and Saturdays 9AM-10AM, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; register online: “Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly. This year’s tours will feature the following areas: Officers Row, Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, and Lincoln Neighborhood.”

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival”, Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria. A 3-day admission button is $8 per adult, $3 for kids 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. Parking is $2 a day or $5 for a weekend pass. “The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over forty years. The Festival takes place typically on the 3rd full weekend of June. The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday, June 19, 9:30PM- Midnight, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Art of Henna for Teens with Roving Horse Henna”, Friday, June 19, 3PM, Scappoose Library; and Thursday, June 25, 3PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains (Grades 6-12, first 30 only admitted). “Summer Reading Program Kickoff event with Wendy Rover. This two-hour workshop will feature a slideshow, mixing and style demonstrations. Henna objects, artifacts and books will be available to explore. Instruction in henna technique will be given and henna application will be available for all participants either on fabric, paper or skin.”

Henrik Bothe Presents, “Yes You Can Variety Show”, Friday, June 19, 11AM, White Salmon Library; and Monday, June 22, 2PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room. “Henrik Bothe presents a physical comedy show that demonstrates that you can achieve anything you set your mind to - with plate spinning, juggling and unicycling.”

Washington Reptile Man Scott Petersen”, Friday, June 19, 3PM, Goldendale Library; Wednesday, June 24, 10:30AM, La Center Community Center, 1000 E. 4th St., La Center, WA; and Wednesday, June 24, 1PM, Woodland Library. “Live reptile presentation! African desert tortoise, American alligator, cobra, rattlesnake, large Burmese python, and much more!”

Get Rolling! with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance”, Saturday, June 20, 1PM, Tigard Library. “All ages and experience welcome. It’s summertime, and the weather is wonderful! Bring your bike and helmet to the library for an outdoor adventure! The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) will share road safety tips, basic bike maintenance and local riding routes. Afterward, join BTA outside for a guided community bike ride!”

Cemetery Sagas for the Summer Solstice”, Saturday, June 20, Champoeg State Park. $20 per person plus $5 parking fee per vehicle. Preregistration required; call 503-678-1251 ext. 221. Some details are missing from the listing (such as the time of the event) but they tell me details will be updated June 1. “Love a good history lesson and ghost story? Join us for one of our most popular events, which takes you to area cemeteries and back in time to hear tales of long ago from the people who lived them! Individuals from the historic Champoeg era, ordinary and extraordinary, are presented by costumed actors in ‘first person’ portrayals. The theme for this year’s fundraiser is ‘You Should Have Met My Father', with vignettes by first generation descendants relating experiences of their pioneer families. The event, a tour by bus, leaves from the Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitor’s Center and visits cemeteries at Butteville and St. Paul where multiple ‘persons’ appear at each location. The 90 minute (approx.) tour ends with strawberry shortcake served in the restored Donald Manson 1860’s barn at Champoeg Park.”  

Valery Chkalov: From Moscow to Pearson”, Saturday, June 20, 10:30AM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Join the National Park Service for a special talk celebrating the 76th anniversary of Valery Chkalov’s landmark transpolar flight from Moscow, Russia to Pearson Air Field and its significance to our local community. Lecture presented Historian Mary Rose Kline.”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, June 20, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Ages 8 and up.

"Washington County Sheriff's Office Police K9 Trials and Kid's Safety Fair", Saturday, June 20, fair 10-12 and K9 team trials 11-2, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Free. "Come and cheer for your favorite K-9 Team. The event is free to the public. Food and beverage will be available and sold at the event. Due to the nature of this event, we ask that you leave your pets at home."

Planet Parade Star Party”, Saturday, June 20, 9PM, Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site after 3PM on the day of the Star Party in case overcast skies cause a cancellation. Tips and etiquette here: “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 beautiful gathering of the moon with Jupiter and Venus in the west, and the famous Saturn.”

Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest”, Saturday, June 20, 11AM-9PM, and Sunday, June 21, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa's Mali Empire.”

Family Wormshop”, Saturday, June 20, 10AM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Class is free, $35 materials fee which you can waive if you don’t need them. Preregistration required; register online:“Squiggly fun for the whole family. Learn the care and feeding of red worms and discover how they can help you turn fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen into food for your garden or houseplants. Children should be at least five years of age to participate. Participants receive a worm bin and red worms to take home. Information is free, if you don’t want a bin and worms you can come for free!”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, June 20, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.”

249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B”, Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, Fort Stevens State Park. “The 249th CAC, Battery B, reenactors will be representing those soldiers who served at Fort Stevens during WW II. Drills and camp life will be demonstrated throughout each day. They sleep in actual field tents and drive around in period jeeps; just the way it happened over 70 years ago at Battery Russell. Feel free to ask questions and spend some time listening to the big band music playing on the radio.”

2015 Juneteenth Oregon”, Saturday, June 20, 12PM-6PM, Legacy Emanuel Field, N. Williams Ave. and N. Graham St., Pdx. “Celebrating 150 years of freedom. Free family event, local vendors, entertainment, and amazing food!  Rain or shine event.”

Commemorating the Forgotten”, Saturday, June 20, 10AM, Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery, SE 17th Ave. and Waverley Dr., Milwaukie. “A ceremony and program to dedicate new gravemarkers for nine war veterans, will be held this morning at 10 am, just south of Garthwick, at ‘Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery’, S.E. 17th Avenue and Waverley Drive. Two of the men – Noah Hubler and George Washington Wills – fought in the Yakima War, and the remainder – George Franklin Batchelder, George Boyer, John Burns, James M. Jackson, Elihu Morgan, William Lockhart and Lazerus Robertson – fought in the Civil War. This free program is open to the public. Military honors, Taps, and a musket salute will be performed by the Sons of Veterans Reserve Honor Guard in full Civil War uniform. Bagpiper Ogden Kimberly, the Patriot Guard Riders, the American Legion, and other civic organizations will participate.”

MAX Birding Trip”, Saturday, June 20, 9AM-2PM, meeting at Hillsboro Civic Center. $15 or $10 for residents plus MAX fare. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Travel by light rail to local green spaces where hidden treasures await! We venture east to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and then to Washington Park where we get off the train in the middle of a mountain range! Learn about local streams, wetlands and geology while seeing what the local nesting songbirds are up to.”

73rd Anniversary of Attack on Fort Stevens”, Saturday, June 21, 11AM-4PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “On June 21, 1942, at about 11:30 p.m., a Japanese submarine surfaced just south of the mouth of the Columbia River. Using its 5.5 inch deck gun, the submarine crew began shelling our coastline. This type of attack hadn't happened in America since the War of 1812. Come find out the rest of the story through interpretive displays, and talk with a dedicated volunteer who is regarded as the leading expert on this historic occurrence.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, Sunday, June 21 through Sunday, August 23. Free Shakespeare in the park! They will be performing a wide variety of plays at a wide variety of venues, and they perform rain or shine.

Exhibit, “A Survival Guide to the Streets of Portland”, Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, August 9, Central Library Collins Gallery. “A collection of art, statements and tools that expresses the obstacles, challenges and tricks to surviving a year homeless on the streets of Portland. p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.”

Dutch Oven Cookoff”, Saturday, June 20, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR. $5, $20 per family. “Authentic history and Dutch oven cooking combine for the perfect day to visit the Philip Foster Farm. Come for a taste, or sign up to compete in the cookoff. Guests are welcome to visit, learn from contestants, and vote for their favorite dishes.”

All-You-Can-Make Art Bar”, Saturday, June 20, 11AM, and Tuesday, June 23, 1:30PM, Midland Library. “Art ala Carte turned restaurant salad bars into art bars for an "all you can make" art experience. Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of seemingly endless supplies: everything from pom-poms, feathers and glitter, to bottle caps, CDs and army men. Kids create at their own pace as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces.”

Felted Beads for Families”, Saturday, June 20, 2PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Learn the ancient craft of feltmaking by making beads using only raw wool and hot soapy water. You will felt a "cane" of layered wool that will be cut into slices of millefiori-style beads. In this workshop, you'll get to make a nice collection of beads that can be strung into bracelets, necklaces and garlands, or used as buttons. Because the wool beads must dry overnight before being strung into jewelry, this class covers just bead-making, not jewelry creation.”

Railroads in the Garden Summer Tour”, Saturday, June 20, 10AM -5PM. Booklets with maps and directions are $10 and are available at local garden centers and hobby shops (see their website for a complete list) and entitle a carload of people to admission. “Rain or Shine, there will be trains running! The Rose City Garden Railroad Society showcases 8 to 12 club member layouts at their homes each year on our annual Summer Tour.” This is a unique and cool event! 

Beyond the Scoreboard: Sports in Our Lives and the Community”, Saturday, June 20, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Americans devote huge amounts of time and attention to sports and physical activities ranging from tiny tot tee ball and round-up rodeos to Friday night football and Blazermania. Some see sports as opportunities for building character and community identity as well as for contributing to the local economy. Others see the very same activities as distractions from more important community matters. Can both these seemingly contradictory perspectives be true? This conversation, led by University of Portland associate professor and sports enthusiast Andrew Guest, will address the many ways sports matter in our lives and communities.”

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest”, Saturday, June 20, Cannon Beach. “Dozens of teams of master sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand as Cannon Beach, Oregon celebrates the oldest sandcastle contest in the Northwest and the most popular annual event in this North Oregon Coast town.”

***Happy Father’s Day (and First Day of Summer)! Sunday, June 21***

Summer Solstice Solar Viewing”, Sunday, June 21, 10AM-3PM, Maryhill Stonehenge Memorial, Goldendale, WA. Free. “Join Friends of the Goldendale Observatory for free solar viewing through our safely-filtered telescopes to get an unbelievable view of the Sun (you should never look directly at the sun - especially using a telescope - without approved filtration). Our star is a cauldron of incredibly hot gases with far more features than you might think. Look for sunspots as big as Earth in our white light filtered telescopes. See surface details and loops of gas called filaments and prominences in our hydrogen-alpha filtered telescopes. FoGO volunteers will gladly explain what you are looking at, and the fascinating physics which underlies these incredible features.”

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, June 21, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Ages 8 and up.

Junior Ranger Roving”, Sunday, June 21 and Sunday, June 28, 11AM-3PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 6-12. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children.” June 21- The Bridges of Tryon; June 28- Treasure Hunt: Solve the Riddles and Follow the Map.

Exhibit, “Rationing the War: WWII on the Domestic Home Front and Abroad”, Sunday, June 21, 12PM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73341 E. US Hwy 26, Rhododendron, OR behind the Still Creek Inn. Free. “December 7th, 1941, changed the history of the United States forever. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, America entered a four-year war again Imperial Japan and soon after the fascist Nazi Germany. To aid the war efforts in Europe and the Pacific, citizens had to sacrifice the way they lived their life and rations were put in place. Everything from gas to nylons to scrape metal was not only rationed, but became a new way of surviving while the country was at war. Sadly, some men, women, and children --- all Japanese Americans --- (because of their ancestry) were considered potential spies, and eventually found themselves without any rights and were confined to internment camps while their sons were sent overseas to fight against Adolf Hitler. This exhibit tells the story of domestic survival at home, as well as the efforts to halt the aggressiveness of the enemy. Through artifacts, music, and radio broadcasts, what happened over 70 years ago reemerges with a better understanding of why history defines those who underwent this four-year period as being the Greatest Generation.”

“Father’s Day Animal Tracking”, Sunday, June 21, 10AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. $6 per person, $11 per family, and $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “It’s Father’s Day and summer solstice! Join veteran tracker Terry Kem on the longest day of the year in search of tracks and signs of wildlife along the banks of the Sandy River in Oxbow Regional Park. Learn the basics of track identification and awareness skills needed to watch wildlife at close range. With practice, beginners can learn to read the ground like an open book.”

Super Spies!”, Monday, June 22, 2:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); and Tuesday, June 30, 2PM, Holgate Library. “The Black Widow. Batman. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Before they were superheroes, they were super-spies. Relive their journeys to reveal your identity as a scientific sleuth! Collect forensic evidence, from fingerprints and fibers to spatter patterns and handwriting samples. Use chemistry to crack the case--then take your detective tools home to show off your skills!”

This is Our World Film/Photo Storytelling Camp for Teens”, Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 3PM-4PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants will work with professional artists to explore their world through the lens of a camera. Through the process, they will learn camera basics along with cinematography, composition and basic editing techniques and will delve into the visual avenues for telling a story.”

Imagine New Worlds Game Camp for Teens”, Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever wanted to create your own adventure story or a game you can play with friends? Bringing games to life can be easy and fun! Join Pixel Arts for five days of fun, hands-on workshops to create tabletop and video games with your friends. We'll draw, sketch, and design games inspired by your favorite books and your imagination.”

A Town Hall with Abraham Lincoln”, Tuesday, June 23, 6:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate uses his remarkable resemblance to our 16th President to give us a compelling performance as Abraham Lincoln. In his town hall program, Holgate delivers a 30-minute opening presentation centering on Lincoln’s presidency and featuring selections from Lincoln’s most famous speeches, including the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address, then opens the floor to questions from his audience, which takes on the role of Civil War-era journalists.”

Our Shared Region: A Conversation About Shared Goals”, Tuesday, June 23, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., Forest Grove. “We all care about our communities. That's why we signed up to serve as elected officials, representing the public to keep our towns and cities great. Working together, we also have built a great region. How can we best address issues that cross city lines and affect us all? Join Metro in a conversation about our shared goals and how we can achieve them. Information about Metro's role in regional planning, environmental protection and recreation, solid waste management and visitor venues that entertain and support our economy will be provided. This event is also an opportunity to meet with fellow public officials from the region, including city councilors, county commissioners, local planning commissioners, Metro councilors and others.”

"Comicamp", Monday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 14, 1PM-4PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for grades 4-7.  Preregistration required; register online:  "Pre-register online for this three-day camp with professional graphic artist Alex Chiu. He will teach you how to create your own comic book."

Mad Science Presents, “Where’s the Water, Watson?”, Tuesday, June 23, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “Mad Scientist and his detective assistant, Watson the flea, explore the unique and magical attributes using the water cycle. Telling the water cycle story using music, interactive engagement, visual imagery and repetition will both entertain and educate our youngest audience members. From evaporation to condensation, to precipitation, to collection and back to evaporation, experience the cycle right there on stage!”

Vancouver Lake Paddle”, Tuesday, June 23, 10AM. Donation requested. Age 5 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore Vancouver Lake from a whole new perspective! Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly canoe paddle aboard our two 29' 14-passenger canoes. Glide past a host of birds while learning about the Columbia River ecosystem from seasoned paddle guides. This paddle trip will depart from a small sand patch and not a dock so waterproof shoes or sandals are recommended.” 

Alex Zerbe: Professional Zaniac”, Tuesday, June 23, 10AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Tuesday, June 23, 2PM, Holgate Library; Tuesday, June 23, 6:30PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room; Wednesday, June 24, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Main Library; Wednesday, June 24, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library; Thursday, June 25, 11AM, Forest Grove Library; and Thursday, June 25, 2PM, Banks Library. “With the energy of 1,000 suns, The Zaniac bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Two-time Guinness World Record holder!”

Ugly Stuffed Animals for Teens”, Tuesday, June 23, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich.  “Learn to make your own ugly stuffed creations! The charm of these misfit creatures is in their ugly-cute appearance. Teens will design, pattern and hand sew a one-of-a-kind companion. No sewing experience required.”

Heather Pearl”, Tuesday, June 23, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “Get ready to laugh with Heather Pearl, clown extraordinaire!”

African Song and Dance”, Tuesday, June 23, 6:30PM, Albina Library. “Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning the richness of West African culture through song and dance. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. The whole audience gets involved in simple dance steps, call and response, greetings and phrases, and rhythm drumming.”

Colors of the Jungle”, Tuesday, June 23, 3PM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone; Wednesday, June 24, 2PM, Washougal Community Center, 1681 C St., Washougal; and Tuesday, June 30, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. “Meet the Oregon Bird Man and his parrots! This educational and entertaining program features a wide assortment of parrot species from four continents -- including many endangered species. Learn about the natural history and unique behaviors of these beautiful creatures as well as what is happening to them today in the wild and things to know about parrots before getting one as a pet.”

OMSI Presents, “Prehistoric Dinosaurs”, Wednesday, June 24, 2PM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for preK- grade 3. “Students become fossil-digging paleontologists and learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces.”

“Steve’s Creature Feature”, Wednesday, June 24, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Tuesday, June 30, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world.”

Traveling Lantern Theater Co. Presents, “Peter Pan”, Wednesday, June 24, 6:30PM, Bonneville Event Center, 102 CDB Mall Dr., North Bonneville, WA. Come see the Traveling Lantern Theater Co. at the Bonneville Event Center! They will present a performance of Peter Pan, the treasured tale of an adventurous boy who never grows up! Fly away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter battles with a band of pirates and his arch enemy: the villainous Captain Hook. Peter is a daring, courageous and mischievous boy - an incurable prankster with a valiant heart. This ageless story of love and bravery is one of our most popular shows. Call Stevenson Community Library at (509) 427-5471 for more information and directions to the Event Center.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “Rocket Hamster’s Dreamy Space Odyssey”, Wednesday, June 24, 1PM, Gresham Library. “Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big! His dream is to become an astronaut and explore space. But a villain known as "Luna Tick" will try and stop him! Her alien space bugs steal the moon and try to take over the solar system. Only Rocket Hamster and his team of ‘Home Grown Heroes’ can save the day!”

Maryhill Festival of Speed”, Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, Goldendale, WA. Free. “Thrills, chills and spills are all part of the Maryhill Festival of Speed, which brings 250 top international competitors to the Gorge for the Downhill Skateboarding World Cup, as well as Street Luge and Classic Luge events. The 2.2 mile, 22-corner course is on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, just east of US 97, and features two spectator areas as well as action sports exhibits, give-a-ways, food and musical entertainment. Other activities include athlete autograph sessions and half-pipe trick contests (bring your own board and join in the fun!), all in a family-friendly setting.”

“Leapin Louie, Cowboy Comedy”, Thursday, June 25, 11AM, 12:30PM and 2PM, Wilsonville Library; and Friday, June 26, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); and Tuesday, June 30, 2PM, Cannery Square Plaza, 15601 SW Willamette St, Sherwood. “Saddle up for this whip-cracking, boot-stomping, trick-rope wielding cowboy comedy show the whole family will enjoy.”

The Bug Chicks”, Thursday, June 25, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Experience the incredible world of insects, spiders and their relatives! The Bug Chicks are two entomologists who teach about these exciting animals in a fun, interactive way using preserved specimens and live arthropods. This workshop explores the biology and importance these animals have on us and our environment while promoting STEM education and encouraging curiosity and respect of the natural world.” Always highly recommended!

Volunteering 101”, Thursday, June 25, 6PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Interested in volunteering with Metro, but don’t know exactly where to start? Join this overview of Metro, its programs and resources, and the many fun and helpful ways you can get involved.”

En Taiko”, Thursday, June 25, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Enjoy the experience of Taiko drumming - by youth performers!”

Motion Magic”, Thursday, June 25, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Explore the world of stories through circus theater. This show has it all: humor, grace, feats of daring and inspiration.”

Author Talk, “David Neiwert”, Thursday, June 25, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. David Neiwert discusses his book, “Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us”. “A celebrated journalist’s eye-opening history of orcas, and an exploration of their relationship with human beings.”

The Magic of Jay Frasier”, Thursday, June 25, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “The Houdini Reading Magic Show will feature the story of the Great Houdini! See family friendly versions of some of the magic and escapes Houdini himself performed. Discover how Houdini was inspired to become a magician by reading a book.”

Family Campfire Adventures: Paws, Claws and Flippers”, Thursday, June 25, 6PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 5-12. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover paws with claws, webbed flippers, hooves, and feet that can detect smells. Bring your family for a guided hike through the forest as we discover the awesome variety of animal adaptations we find in Tryon Creek. We’ll examine all sorts of feet for movement and ears for hearing. After our hike we’ll roast s’mores over a campfire while we play games and share stories.”

Tie-Dye T-Shirt Craft for Teens”, Friday, June 26, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Ages 13-18. Preregistration required; register online.  “Make your wearable art. Bring a white or light colored t-shirt and we’ll show you how to tie-dye it.” (Most tie-dye kits require 100% cotton white or pastel colored shirts. They sell white cotton shirts at Michael’s. I’d doublecheck with the library first if you want to use a polyester blend to make sure it will actually work with their dye.)

Make A Lucha Libre Match Card”, Friday, June 26, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. Suggested for ages 6-12. In English and Spanish. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you like wrestling and luchadores? Learn how to make your own luchador poster. We will take pictures using an iPad and work with laptops. Participants will take home printed and electronic copies of their project.” 

Family Folk Dances from Around the World”, Friday, June 26, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Discover the fun of folk dances from around the world! Everyone is welcome to participate, from children of all ages to parents, grandparents, care providers, etc. The emphasis is on fun and Janet Trygstad will bring the English Maypole, Mexican Hat Dance, and American Virginia Reel. We will also enjoy dances from Israel, Ireland, Asia, and end with the Chicken Dance from Germany.”

Tigard Festival of Balloons”, Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28, Cook Park, Tigard. Hot air balloon launches at 5:45AM each day weather permitting, and Night Glow Friday and Saturday evenings with illuminated hot air balloons. There is an admission charge and a parking fee as well. They have a new website and I expect much more info will be posted shortly: or on Facebook:

A-WOL Open Air Series”, Friday, June 26, 7PM and 8PM (“Walls and Mazes”); Saturday, June 27, 4PM (“Drop of a Hat Kids”); and Saturday, June 27, 7PM and 8PM (“Walls and Mazes”), Director Park, SW Park Ave. and SW Yamhill St., Free. “Telling stories though aerial, acrobatics, and contemporary dance movements.”

Storm Through Science with the Thunderbots!”, Friday, June 26, 1PM, Cascade Park Community Library, Vancouver. “Come get your Robot Driver's License from the Mountain View Robotics Team and learn some cool science experiments too!”

Storyteller Will Hornyak”, Friday, June 26, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. “Delightful, intriguing and inspiring stories from the Magic Box and other tales from around the world.”

The Sounds of India”, Saturday, June 27, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Enjoy the enchanting music of Northern India with a concert performance by Professor Nisha Joshi and the Swaranjali Academy of Indian Music.”

Strawberry Shortcake Day”, Saturday, June 27, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Free. Donations accepted for freshly milled flour. “Whole Wheat Shortcake topped with ripe strawberries, need we say more? Visitors will be greeted and given a ‘Working Tour’ of how this mill still works today. Huge pulleys and belts spinning above and below are turning and churning to produce flour, corn meal and even apple cider (the last Saturday in October). These samples are given to the visitors for take home and a first hand experience of the products. No gas or electricity are used, simply mother nature's water power. All that work here are volunteers and are more than happy to explain how this process works to any and all.”

Forest Birds at Gresham Butte Saddle Trail”, Saturday, June 27, 6AM, SW 19th Dr. and Towle, Gresham. All ages. “The dawn chorus is one of the most conspicuous vocal behaviors of birds, and one of the least understood. Near sunrise, birds often sing more loudly and vigorously than they do at other times of the day. Set your alarm for this special sunrise class on Gresham’s forest birds! We will be gathering for the dawn chorus and learning how to properly identify the variety of species sounding off along the Gresham Butte Saddle Trail.”,-with-Portland-Audubon-s-Jim-Labbe/

Zip Pins”, Saturday, June 27, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: For adults, so I suggest attending with your child to work together. “We will be making flowers out of zippers which can be used as a magnet, a brooch a headband or hat accessory. These make great gifts! 

Recycled Arts Festival”, Saturday, June 27, 9AM-6PM, and Sunday, June 28, 10AM-4PM, Esther Short Park, 301 W. 8th St., Vancouver. “Is it trash or is it art? Visit the hippest, most eco-conscious festival of the year and see for yourself how people are giving new life to items that were landfill-bound.”

Woodpeckers: Homebuilders of the Forest”, Saturday, June 27, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please. Today's Special Topic: Wacky tongues, sharp beaks, and weird feet make these animals very cool. Come check out skulls and woodpecker activities as we learn about these special birds. Our classroom is an open house for all ages. Drop in anytime between 11:30 - 1:00pm.”

Author Talk, “Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin”, Saturday, June 27, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Co-authors John Lewis and Andrew Aydin discuss the second graphic novel in their series, “March”. “Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement’s young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the ‘Big Six’ leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”

Kids Dig!”, Saturday, June 27, 10AM and 2PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. Free with admission; $3 for adults and free for kids 15 and under. Ages 8-12. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6250. “This popular program introduces kids aged 8-12 to the fascinating world of archaeology! In this program, kids excavate a site with trowels, screen dirt, measure and map their finds, and discover the historical secrets that lie below our feet! Kids also learn about the importance of protecting archaeological sites for future generations. Kids work with park staff, volunteers, and students from our Public Archaeology Field School.”

Summer Kite Festival”, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, 10AM-4PM, D-River Wayside, Lincoln City. “The Summer Kite Festival is held on the beach, in the center of Lincoln City. The weekend festival includes kite flying demonstrations by experts, free kids kitemaking, running of the bols, and some of the most colorful ‘big’ kites in the world! Catch the World’s Largest Kite on June 26th, a day prior to the festival. The “MegaFlag”, a 130 feet wide and 80 feet deep American flag self-flying kite, will be on display throughout the day.”

Free At Last, Now Let Me Fly!”, Saturday, June 27, 11:30AM, Midland Library. Presented by storyteller Chetter Galloway. “This program highlights the heroes and sheroes of freedom from the Civil War era to Civil Rights and beyond. Through stories, folklore and songs, experience the trials and triumphs of African Americans once held in in bondage. The stories emphasize perseverance and the sense of accomplishment one feels when overcoming an obstacle to reach a goal. It is also a tribute to the struggle for freedom, equality and human dignity.”

Salem World Beat Festival”, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Riverfront Park, Salem. Donations requested of $5 per person or $15 per family. “Celebrate and explore culture at Oregon’s largest multicultural event all year. 25,000 visitors, 125 performances, 70 cultures, 2 days, 1 world.” Lots of details here:

Naturalist in the Park”, Sunday, June 28, 10AM and 1PM, Graham Oaks Nature Park, 11825 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. Free. “Sundays this summer, join a naturalist for free tours of the region's nature parks. Guided walks will introduce participants to the local plants and animals that inhabit the parks. Two tours per day. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours, and will leave the parking area promptly at 10am and 1pm.”

Fabulous Fossils”, Sunday, June 28, 11AM, OMSI Paleontology Lab. Ages 8 and up.

Poet Margaret Chula”, Monday, June 29, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote “when writing about the bamboo, become the bamboo. When writing about the pine become the pine.” For twelve years, Maggie Chula lived the life of a poet in a ramshackle Japanese house, wandering around mountain temples and gardens writing haiku. She also taught English and creative writing at Kyoto universities and studied the arts of flower arrangement and woodblock printing. Her seven collections of haiku, haibun, and tanka include Grinding my ink, which received a Haiku Society of America Book Award. Maggie currently serves as president of the Tanka Society of America and will talk about this little-known form as well as haiku, haibun, and how living in Kyoto inspired her writing. Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his/her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.”

Introduction to Geocaching”, Monday, June 29, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Learn about geocaching: the worldwide outdoor treasure hunt played by millions. We'll teach you how to get started and what tools you need, plus you'll learn about some fun and unique caches you can search for right here in West Linn. Refreshments will be provided and we'll conclude with a prize drawing!”

Teatro Calimari”, Tuesday, June 30, 10AM, Beaverton Murray Schools Library. “Join us for puppets, trolls and a super goat in the Three Bill Goats Gruff! All ages with family.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Tuesday, June 30, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Angel Ocasio’s performance combines physical comedy, juggling, comedy magic, jokes, balancing and impromptu comedy situations.”

Musical Petting Zoo”, Tuesday, June 30, 1:30PM, Midland Library. “Have you always wanted to try out new instruments and don't know where to start? Come play with Vibe of Portland! You may even learn a note or two.”

UFOs in Oregon Since 1947”, Tuesday, June 30, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with adult. “Introducing a new monthly series at the Mission Theater: Paranormal Pub, featuring topics and phenomena whose existence is beyond or outside our current experience or scientific explanation. As the first presentation in the series at the beautiful Mission Theater, we are pleased to welcome Tom Bowden, State Director of the Oregon chapter of MUFON and Keith Rowell, Assistant State Director. 

Bowden and Rowell will present a slideshow on the many incredible UFO sightings that have happened in Oregon since 1947, when the modern UFO era was launched by a series of West Coast flying saucer sightings, best remembered today for the crash at Roswell, NM. Many of Oregon's cases over the years were personally investigated by MUFON members, including Bowden and Rowell.” Always very hard to park in the Pearl, plus capacity is limited, so my advice is to get there early!