Monday, November 30, 2015

December Delights

This is my list of happenings in the greater Portland area for the month of December 2015. Be sure to doublecheck anything you'd like to do in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations. 

If you want a good excuse to get outside and have some fun, it's an ideal time to plant trees! Solve and Friends of Trees have lots of tree planting events, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come! If you are interested in finding yet more kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful resource, and you can use their advanced search to find volunteer opportunities for kids.

World War II Newspaper Display”, now through Tuesday, December 8, Tigard Library, 2nd Floor. “Examine a special collection of front pages from The Oregonian during World War II. Presented to the library by a local family, these volumes cover world events from December 1941 to September 1945.”

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

“Christmas in the Garden”, now through January 3, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Admission $6, free for children 4 and under. “Christmas in the Garden is an award-winning event featuring a traditional German Christmas Market and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest. This year, we are also excited to add an outdoor ice skating rink!”

Exhibit, “Reid Trevarthen”, now through Friday, December 18, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Reid Trevarthen makes abstract and representational images out of hand-cut pieces of National Geographic magazines. By using the colorful photography of magazines, he is able to create vibrant images which contain smaller images themselves. Faces, animals, and funny words all hide within the larger image.”

Exhibit, “Let Go My LEGO”, now through January 30, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 adults, $4 seniors, youth and active military. “On December 28, 29, 30 and 31, staff and volunteers will provide additional hands-on LEGO robotics activities with LEGO Mindstorms kits. This exhibit is all about the love of LEGO. Find out the mathematics behind LEGO, and enjoy the many fascinating brick creations from PortLUG, the Portland LEGO User Group. LEGO lovers young and old can add to the display by building their own works of art to exhibit.”

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

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

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

Exhibit, “Alien She”, now through January 9, at two locations, 511 Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Pdx.,; and Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis, Pdx. Details here: and here: “Organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, 'Alien She', curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. A pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s, Riot Grrrl has had a pivotal influence, inspiring many around the world to pursue socially and politically progressive careers as artists, activists, authors and educators. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture and communities that reflect their values and experiences, in contrast to mainstream conventions and expectations.”

“Winter Sky is Coming”, Tuesday, December 1, 6PM and 7:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Campus map and more info here:

Author Talk, “Megan Pugh”, Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Megan Pugh discusses her book, “American Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk”. “The history of American dance reflects the nation’s tangled culture. Dancers from wildly different backgrounds learned, imitated, and stole from one another. Audiences everywhere embraced the result as deeply American. Using the stories of tapper Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, ballet and Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille, choreographer Paul Taylor, and Michael Jackson, Megan Pugh shows how freedom—that nebulous, contested American ideal—emerges as a genre-defining aesthetic. In Pugh’s account, ballerinas mingle with slumming thrill-seekers, and hoedowns show up on elite opera house stages. Steps invented by slaves on antebellum plantations captivate the British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances were better boundary crossers than their dancers, however, and the issues of race and class that haunt everyday life shadow American dance as well. Deftly narrated, America Dancing demonstrates the centrality of dance in American art, life, and identity, taking us to watershed moments when the nation worked out a sense of itself through public movement.”

“Feed the Elk at Jewell Meadows”, December through February, daily at 9AM, Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, Jewell, OR Free. Preregistration required; call 503-755-2264 on December 1. “ODFW offers members of the public an opportunity to view the elk feeding on tours that run from December through February each year. These free popular wagon excursions trips begin at 9 a.m. and last for one hour. ODFW feeding programs are designed to keep elk in areas where they can be viewed and enjoyed by the public. The feeding programs also help keep elk off adjacent private agricultural property where they could cause damage and aid in elk repopulation efforts. Elk from Jewell Meadows have been used in reintroduction and repopulation programs in the Cascade and Coast Ranges and as far away as Northern California and Alaska.”

“The Nutcracker”, Tuesday, December 1, 3:30PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Pianists Maria Antionia Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu will perform a four-hand arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday masterpiece. Returning to the Little Ears stage is Multnomah Youth Librarian Susan Smallsread who will narrate the enchanting story ‘The Nutcracker, The King of the Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman.”

Concert, “Oregon Trail Trio”, Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PM, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Pdx. $30 per person or $90 for a family of 4. “Music from Appalachia. Gayle and Phil Neuman and Mick Doherty will sing and play banjo, hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, whistle and more. The program will take a historical approach, with early sources and information.”

“Lunch with the Birds”, Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15, 12PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, North Viewing Station, SE Wood St., Hillsboro. Free. Winter waterfowl and raptors. “Join Jackson Bottom Staff and Volunteers for Lunch with the Birds! Most Wednesdays, October through December, from Noon to 1 pm. Location varies, featuring a different City of Hillsboro Park each month. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars are available. We meet rain or shine and spend our time outside! Some parks have shelter from the rain but be prepared for the weather.”

“Classical Dance of India”, Tuesday, December 1, 6PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “One hour of interactive lecture and performance of classical dance of India. Jayanthi Raman is Northwest's renowned scholar, world class dancer and recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission.”

“Soup Night”, Tuesday, December 1, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. (Also speaking Thursday, December 10, 6:30PM at the Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie, but apparently without sharing soup).“Meet author Maggie Stuckley, enjoy some homemade soup and learn about the community-building practice of soup night. She will also share some insights into the life of a full-time writer.”

First Lego League Showcase”, December 1, 4, 7 and 9 at 6:30PM and December 5 and 1PM. “Trash Trek is the 2015 First Lego League project challenge. As part of their local competition, teams of 4th through 8th graders will develop innovative ways for us to make less trash or improve the way we handle the trash we make. The public is invited to come hear local teams' ideas and cheer on our future science and technology problem solvers.”

San Francisco 1906: Destruction of the Greatest City in the West by Earthquake and Fire”, Tuesday, December 1, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Author and speaker Sig Unander tells the story of the only major American city ever destroyed by earthquake and fire and the fight to save it. The presentation is illustrated with dramatic archival images of the city and its people taken by photographers during and after the event.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Preview: A Little Princess”, Tuesday, December 1, 7PM, Beaverton City Library. “The Beaverton Civic Theatre will give a preview of their upcoming production, A Little Princess. The 60-mintue program includes scenes from the production and a behind-the-scenes look into why the director selected this specific version of the script and the process of costume design. A Little Princess is based on the 1905 classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and was named one of the ‘Top 100 Chapter Books’ of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal. This preview will delight and provide a glimpse of what it takes to bring a literary classic to the stage.”

Author Talk, “Angel Pilato”, Tuesday, December 1, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Angel Pilato, Lake Oswego author and retired Air Force Lt. Col., will discuss the events of the sixties and how they affected her decision to join the Air Force at the height of the Vietnam conflict. Pilato was the first woman officer to manage an officers' club and the first to be assigned to run one on a fighter base in Southeast Asia during the war. Her memoir ‘Angel's Truck Stop: A Woman's Love, Laughter, and Loss during the Vietnam War’ recounts her experiences while stationed at Udorn Air Base in Thailand from 1971 to 1972. The fighter pilots christened the officers' club "Angel’s Truck Stop", which became the backdrop for the conflicts, challenges, and choices she encountered.”

“The Hunter’s Magic: Ritual Re-use of a Petroglyph”, Tuesday, December 1, 7PM, OMSI Auditorium. Oregon Archaeological Society meeting; free and open to the public. Presented by Jim Keyser. “In 2009 Oregon Archaeological Society volunteers recorded a rock art site in the Lucerne Valley in Wyoming. After careful laboratory work, the analysis of the superimpositions, weathering, and differential re-varnishing of the images at the site demonstrated that the petroglyphs were made and used in hunting magic rituals designed to insure success in communal hunts. The imagery at the site was ritually reused at least five times over the course of several hundred years. This site forms one of the strongest cases for positively identifying hunting magic in the rock art of western North America.”

Coffees of the World”, Tuesday, December 1, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “Nathan Palmer of To the Roots Coffee Roasters is known for being the sole roaster of long-time beloved coffee shop, BJ’s Coffee. Join him as he discusses the history of coffee both culturally and economically. Palmer will explain processing, harvesting, and the logistics, exploring the roots of coffee from the tree all the way to the cup.”

Concert, “River City Ramblers”, Wednesday, December 2, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Local musicians, River City Ramblers, play the classic good vibe fun songs from the heyday of the fabulous folk and bluegrass era of the 1960s. Also, a novelty song or two, and a few surprises along the way! Founded in 1960, critics have acclaimed the River City Ramblers to be ‘The best to have survived the 60s folk phenomenon, and still going strong today.’ Fun for all ages!”

Author Talk, “Kelley Roy”, Wednesday, December 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Kelley Roy discusses her book, “Portland Made: The Makers of Portland’s Manufacturing Renaissance”. “Kelley Roy’s ‘Portland Made’ is a celebration of Portland’s Maker Movement and the people behind it — the legions of artisans, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, and doers who are reinventing and reshaping artisanal manufacturing one handmade product at a time. Through the creation of beautiful and thoughtfully produced goods — from food and fashion to housewares and craft brewing — Portland is showcasing the city’s deeply embedded values and playing a lead role in shaping the fast-growing manufacturing renaissance. Roy will be joined at the event by Makers featured in the book, along with examples of their products.”

Benson Hotel Gingerbread Masterpiece”, December 2-26, Benson Hotel Lobby, 309 SW Broadway, Pdx. Unveiling Wednesday, December 2, 4PM. Free. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for Make-a-Wish Oregon requested. “From the Benson team comes this: This year's Masterpiece required 150 pounds-plus of gingerbread, 10 pounds of white and dark chocolate, 32 pounds of marzipan and six pounds of royal icing.” This year’s theme is “Imagination.”

Killer Urban Legends- Really? For Teens”, Wednesday, December 2, 6PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by Oregon Tellers with Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. “Teens dig into urban legends, exploring gruesome details to figure out where fact ends and fiction begins. Master storytellers (and award-winning liars) Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke present a grisly bouquet of tales from the Internet through the penny dreadful press of the 1800s. Good for those with strong stomachs and skeptical minds; a sense of humor (slightly twisted) also helpful. Heh-heh-heh.”

Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, December 2, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Whoo whoo? Come learn about owls and their unique adaptations to awaking in the night. Then go on a walk on the refuge with owl enthusiast Jenna Mendenhall.”

Glacier Caves of the Pacific Northwest: Hidden Laboratories under the Ice”, Wednesday, December 2, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River. “Until recently, little was known about the extent and value of glacier caves hidden under the Cascade Mountains. But new studies show that these caves are much more than just curious holes in the ice: They serve as valuable climatic and volcanic indicators, and laboratories for astrobiological studies. They harbor some of the most alien and challenging environments on Earth, and conceal some of the most beautiful and bizarre ice-scapes imaginable. They are true scientific frontiers, allowing discovery right in our own backyard. Eddy Cartaya, National Cave Rescue Commission Pacific Northwest Coordinator, will unlock the mystery of glacier caves with a focus on the Mt. Hood cave system. Eddy will illuminate the life and death of a glacier and the challenges and rewards of those scientists and explorers who brave these hazardous environments to access the secrets and data they hold.”

Concert, “Children’s Choir and Strings”, Thursday, December 3, 5PM, Sherwood Library. “Hear local youth from Voices for the Performing Arts Children's Choir and Strings.”

First Thursday Reception, “Paper Nature Folds”, Thursday, December 3, 6:30PM, Powell’s Pearl Room, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Paper Nature Folds is an exhibition of work by Kayla Carlson centering around a new project and art product. The making of 'Modular Origami Coloring Ball' is a culmination and combination of one of the constants in Carlson’s life — a simple origami form — and her pen and ink artwork. It combines origami, coloring pages, and puzzles into an activity people of all ages can enjoy. The exhibit will feature completed sculptures and process work, with ambiguous nature, cats, and mushrooms as primary themes.”

Book Release Party and Art Exhibition, “Chainmail Bikini: An Anthology of Women Gamers”, Thursday, December 3, 6PM-10PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. “Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! 40 cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about—from video games to tabletop role-playing to collectible card games. The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. Join Hazel Newlevant, Kinoko Evans, Sera Stanton, Elizabeth Simins, and MK Reed for a release party and group art exhibit on December 3rd.”

Magenta Theater Presents, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, December 3-19, 606 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $15-$18 in advance. “Magenta Theater presents C.S. Lewis' classic, ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. This is a tale of love, faith, courage, triumph of good over evil and most importantly the ultimate sacrifice.”

Waterfowl ID for Beginners”, Thursday, December 3, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “The Willamette Valley is home to more than 25 species of waterfowl. Join Laura Whittemore, long-time birder and teacher, and learn how to identify some of the more widespread and abundant waterfowl species using shape, plumage, habits, and habitat as guides.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, December 3, 4PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor; and Wednesday, December 16, 4:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library (with iPads). Preregistration required; register online: “Teens! Come play with computer coding - we'll start with the basics and see where we go!”

Christmas Ships”, Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 20, Columbia and Willamette rivers. Unique and wonderful! Free to view in many locations. Be sure to check updates in case of weather cancellations.

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents, “A Little Princess”, Friday, December 4, through Sunday, December 20, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $5 youth 10 and under. “Opening night is Community Partnership Night - The opening Friday of each performance offers discounted tickets in partnership with the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library. Ticket is $5 with donation of a new or used book, CD or DVD. Discounted tickets available only at box office, on evening of performance.” “Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this is the story of a British girl, Sara, born in India to a wealthy army captain in the early 19th century. She is sent to a boarding school in England, where she must deal with the nasty headmistress, Miss Minchin. When events unfold that leave Sara impoverished, she is subjected to servitude the headmistress. Yet, through all the trials and hardships, she remains proud and imaginative, and a little princess at heart.”

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 20, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $14 adults, $12 seniors and youth. “When the six Herdman kids – considered the terror of teachers, parents, and students – show up at the auditions and manage to snatch the major roles in the pageant, everyone is convinced that this Christmas pageant, if it is presented at all, will be “the worst Christmas pageant ever.” As the spirit of the season comes alive in the Herdmans, the audience learns that things are not always what they seem and all discover that there are still lessons in kindness, tolerance, and humanity to be learned from the story of the stable in Bethlehem.”

Christmas in Dairyville”, Fridays. Saturdays, and Sundays, December 4-20, Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. Nonperishable food donations for the Oregon Food Bank requested. “Get your family in the holiday spirit with a stroll down Storybook Lane. Alpenrose Dairy and the Cadonau family, along with the 4-H Discovery Farm at Alpenrose open the grounds to Dairyville for this holiday tradition that has been around for decades. Christmas in Dairyville is a winter wonderland filled with over 300 festive trees, live animals bringing to life the various scenes in Storybook Lane, modular train displays, old-fashioned movie screenings in the iconic Opera House, carolers and choirs singing the joyful sounds of the Christmas Season and holiday dance performances. You can stroll the vintage storefronts of Dairyville, stop by the holiday gift shop, enjoy a cup of cocoa or hot apple cider as well as treat yourself to homemade goodies from the bakery. And last, but certainly not least, stop by and see the big man himself, Santa! Whisper your Christmas wish and get your photo taken with him.”

"Reindeer Magic at Dennis' 7 Dees", Friday, December 4, 11AM-5PM, 1090 McVey Ave., Lake Oswego; Saturday, December 5, 6025 SE Powell Blvd., Pdx; and Sunday, December 6, 10455 SW Butner Rd., Pdx. Free. Donations of blankets requested. "Bring the whole family to visit Santa’s reindeer and create magical holiday memories. Kids will enjoy festive make-n-take activities, cookies, hot cocoa and cider while enjoying the magical company of Santa’s reindeer and listening to holiday tunes. Don't forget your camera to capture fun photo ops of the reindeer, baby reindeer and a picture with Santa!"

Concert, “The Trail Band”, Friday, December 4, Salem; Saturday, December 5, Corvallis; Sunday, December 6, McMinnville; Monday, December 7, The Dalles; Friday, December 11, Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland; Saturday, December 19, Bend; and Wednesday, December 30, Cannon Beach. “The Trail Band is an eight-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists including Quarterflash’s Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus seven successful albums have established The Trail Band as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with their rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound.”

Suspenseful Stories of African American Folklore”, Saturday, December 5, 11AM, North Portland Library. Presented by storyteller Chetter Galloway. “From humorous tales of talking skulls to haunting ghosts in the graveyard, Chetter delivers suspenseful, chilling tales that may make you jump! These stories are born out of the tradition and folklore of the African American authors who preserved and collected them.”

Christmas in the Country”, Saturday, December 5, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek, OR. “This free event is our gift to you! Meet with Santa in the parlor, enjoy some pioneer hospitality, traditional music, and get your Christmas tree while you’re here! Visit our store for an interesting variety of books, toys, games, and crafts.”

Live Radio Drama,Miracle on 34th St.”, Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, December 20, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Suitable for kids 5 and up. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, $10 or kids 5-11. “Come find a new reason to believe. The players at the fictional KZAS radio station return to put their stamp on a brand new holiday classic – Miracle on 34th Street. As they bring to life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live foley sound effects, you’ll be re-introduced to Kris Kringle, the charming Macy’s mascot put on trial for claiming to be real Santa Claus. Santa Claus will be at the Center on December 6, 13, and 20 from 12:30-1:30pm for holiday photos. Photo cost is $10.”

Block Printing: Advancing Knowledge, Literacy and Culture”, Saturday, December 5, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Recreation Center, Room 001, Ground Floor, 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Presented by Donald Jenkins, Curator of Asian Art Emeritus, Portland Art Museum. “Printing is one of the great inventions of ancient China, which has a long history and far-reaching impact. Among the most globally significant innovations of the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties were the inventions of woodblock printing and moveable type, enabling widespread publishing of a variety of texts, and the dissemination of knowledge, literacy and artistic inspiration. This technology eventually spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Europe. Ukiyo-e, a type of Japanese woodblock art print is a prominent example of woodblock printing most familiar to the West and has been showcased at the Portland Art Museum and other museums across the nation and world. Our lecture by Donald Jenkins will provide a historical perspective of this technology with its origins in Asia and a China focus, including commonalities and differences between Chinese and Japanese prints. We will learn about the basic process of how woodblock prints are made; how they have been used and how they developed over time and spread to other countries.”

Public Nights at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, December 5, 5:30PM- 8:30PM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 option 1 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here: Visitors get in line very early for this event, so be prepared for a wait. It will be worth it!

Everything in the Kitchen Sink! How to create natural dyes from scraps”, Saturday, December 5, 12PM-3PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Sarah Hill of Rewild Portland. “Students will learn the basics of natural dye techniques, a few ways to get color out of what they already have in the kitchen, and an easy technique to get started experimenting with natural dyes. The class will also include a walk around the arboretum to discuss other common plants that are great for dyes, inks, and other natural crafts. To tie everything together, students will be using a technique called eco printing or bundle dying to make beautiful prints on silk scarves to take home!”

Exquisite Envelope Workshop”, Saturday, December 5, 10:30AM, Hood River Library. “Join Artist/Calligrapher Peggy Dills Kelter for this free form calligraphy workshop. Tired of sending and receiving dull mail? Thrill your friends, family and mail carriers with beautifully addressed envelopes. Come play with ideas and materials. Bring along your holiday cards if you like (don’t forget your address list), or just make one special envelope for a special someone.”

ScanFair 2015”, Saturday, December 5, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, December 6, 10AM -4PM, Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibit Hall, 300 N. Winning Way, Pdx. $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $15 for a family of 4, free for kids 11 and under. “Come celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas! Live music, dance and entertainment, Scandinavian arts and crafts, Oregon Lucia, Queen of Light, Joulupukki, Finnish Santa Claus, Pippi Longstocking Kids Area, Scandinavian delicacies, cultural explorations, pickled herring and meatball eating contests."

Christmas Tree Tour”, Saturday, December 5, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 donation. “Tour the popular Christmas trees growing in Hoyt Arboretum, including Oregon natives and other Christmas trees available in the Portland area. The tour includes Christmas tree history and tips on picking out the perfect Christmas tree.”

Concert, “New History Minstrels”, Saturday, December 5, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “This barbershop quartet will share local and regional history through song and word.”

“Young Authors”, Saturday, December 5, 11AM, Gresham Library. “Rena Marthaler wrote the 128-page middle grade fantasy novel ‘Magic the Crest” in fourth grade while participating in National Novel Writing Month, a free annual competition that takes place each November and is open to both young and adult writers. Rena, now in sixth grade, visits libraries and schools to read from her book to kids age 7-12, and answer their questions about how children can write and publish their own stories.” http://www.renawrites.comer

African Storytelling”, Saturday, December 5, 11:30AM, Midland Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

Cut Paper Bookmarks for Teens”, Saturday, December 5, 2PM, Albina Library. “Come learn the art and craft of making bookmarks with cut paper designs. Cutting paper has a long tradition in many different cultures around the world. Join the local artist from Little Gold Fox Designs and learn to design, cut, and then glue your own paper creation to a mat board bookmark and decorate it with a tassel. All supplies and tools will be provided. Just bring your imagination and leave with a cut paper bookmark of your own.”

Imagineering: Jitterbugs”, Saturday, December 5, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Suggested for grades 6 and up. Presented by OMSI. “With just a motor, a battery, a marker and a handful of craft supplies, students are challenged to design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own.”

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, December 5, and Saturday, December 19, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $15 ages 16 and older, $10 ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “The Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour.”

Turning Trash into Peace: Learning About Sustainability Through Functional Art for Teens”, Saturday, December 5, 1PM, Rockwood Library. “Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of sustainability through fun, engaging, hands-on activities such as building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bottles, renewable energy activities, zero waste cooking, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to build relationships in their community and learn valuable vocational, team building, and leadership skills. All aspects of the program are bilingual in English and Spanish.”

Comics 101 for Teens”, Saturday, December 5, 12PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Lin 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.”

Dragon Theatre Puppets Presents, “The Reindeer and the Dreidel”, Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 11AM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Ages 4 and up. $9. “An enchanting tale about a little girl named Rachael who is on her way to celebrate Hanukkah. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer collides with her and they begin to teach each other about their holiday traditions. However a greedy innkeeper and his ungrateful daughter might ruin the holidays by stealing Santa's magic bag from Rachael.”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, December 5, 11AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. Free. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, December 5, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

Book Signing, “Allen Say”, Saturday, December 5, 2PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Join us as we welcome Allen Say and his newest book, 'The Inker's Shadow'.”

iSing Choir Presents, “A Midwinter Night’s Dream”, Saturday, December 5, 7:30PM, Bethel Congregational UCC Church, 5150 SW Watson St., Beaverton. Donations requested. Free reservations suggested here: “Shakespeare set to music! Concert weaves the music of John Rutter, Chanticleer and Sven Hagvil with the story of star-crossed lovers, adventures and untimely death.” 

LED Wearable Workshop”, Saturday, December 5, 10AM, OMSI Design Lab. $18. Preregistration required; register online: “Circuits and crafting combine in this hands-on workshop. Learn about sewable soft circuits, and use assorted textiles, conductive thread, electronic components, and your own artistry to make a light up LED cuff to take home. Participants should know how to sew a running stitch, but no electronics experience is necessary.”

Angels on High Holiday Open House”, Saturday, December 5, 10AM-4PM, Steven-Crawford Heritage House, 603 6th St., Oregon City. Free. “The Steven- Crawford Heritage House has been decorated for the holidays! Local garden clubs have transformed 10 rooms into holiday spectacles with the theme of Angels On High. On December 5th come and enjoy live music and light refreshments as you tour the house for our grand opening event! The SCHH will keep the decorations up for a week before taking them down so be sure to come early.”

Origami Circle”, Sunday, December 6 and Sunday, December 13, 12PM, Holgate Library. “Come and create adorable animals, shapes and flowers. Learn something new each time, be creative and have fun!”

Menorah Lighting and Community Chanukah Celebration”, Sunday, December 6, 4:30PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. “The Chabad Jewish Center in Vancouver, Washington invites you to a community-wide Chanukah celebration and public grand menorah lighting at Esther Short Park. This year, the Community Chanukah Celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever. We will be celebrating in Esther Short park in a covered and heated tent. The candle lighting ceremony will be on a Giant Ice Sculpture Menorah and it will be followed by a spectacular laser light show! Food available for purchase.”

Make Your Own Wreath Party”, Sunday, December 6, 1PM-5PM, Old Venersborg School House, 24309 NE 209th St. , Battle Ground, WA. Free. “Be prepared to bring your own smile! This is an open house style festive, fun, free party! If you saved your foundation from last year bring it with you to re-decorate with a new bow and fresh greens or pick up a new homemade grapevine wreath or swag foundation and a bow upon entry. Volunteers and neighbors are happy to help show you how. Extra greenery, decorations, treats, ornaments, wire or pruners to share are always welcome if you want to bring some. Gently used or new decorations adorning the building are free door prizes. Presents Under the Tree raffle tickets can be purchased but no purchase needed to join the party! Raffle items are donated by local businesses and individuals and all proceeds go to the schoolhouse, the only pay volunteers receive is your smile!”

Holiday Open Houses”, Sunday, December 6 and Sunday, December 13, 1PM-4PM, Historic Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem. Free. “Join us for this fun and festive Salem tradition. Santa will be here taking pictures with kids young and old. Enjoy warm cider, cookies, and live music inside the beautiful decorated historic house museum of Deepwood. Bush House Museum at 600 Mission St. SE will also be hosting their free Holiday Open Museum, so make it an afternoon with two of Salem’s beautiful historic homes located on Mission Street.”

Christmas Along the Barlow Trail”, Sunday, December 6, 1PM-4PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73370 E. Hwy 26, behind the Still Creek Inn, Rhododendron. Free admission. “Oregon Trail Christmas Village, pioneer Christmas spirits along the Oregon Trail, Christmas tales from old Oregon, and Santa Claus.”

48th Annual Holiday Cheer Celebration of Oregon Authors”, Sunday, December 6, 12PM-4PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “For nearly 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale. Sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get into the spirit of the season as we kick off the holidays at the Oregon Historical Society!” List of participating authors and lots of details here:

Staver Locomotive Holiday Train Event”, Sunday, December 6, 11AM-3PM, 2537 NW 29th Ave., Pdx. Donations to Friendly House requested. “Live steamer” model trains which burn alcohol to create the look of real steam engines. Always fun! Live music and treats available, and a kid play area with wooden trains. The warehouse is not heated so be prepared with a nice warm coat!

Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop”, Sunday, December 6, 1:30PM, North Portland Library. Suggested for adults and teens. Preregistration required; register online:’s-domain-writing-workshop/50381 Presented by esteemed poet Paulann Petersen. “Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you. Join me in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, we’ll make exhilarating plunge into language.”

NW Dance Theater Nutcracker Tea”, Sunday, December 6, 2PM, Tualatin Library. Suggested for ages 4 and up. “A Nutcracker Tea is an abridged, family-friendly adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet. The classic story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince is told with beautiful music, colorful costumes, and delightful dancing.”

The Portland Menorah”, Sunday, December 6 through Sunday, December 13, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Yamhill St., Pdx. Special festivities on December 6 at 4PM with a carving of an ice Menorah, music, and latkes. Donations of soft toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion for the Red Cross to provide to VA Hospitals. “Menorah lighting for the entire community. Live music, booths for children. Join the community for our annual lighting of The Portland Menorah. Sponsored by Chabad of Oregon, American Red Cross, and Portland Fire and Rescue.”

Learn and Play during the Hour of Code”, Monday, December 7, 4:30, Gresham Library; Tuesday, December 8, 4PM, Holgate Library; Thursday, December 10, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Friday, December 11, 4:30PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Sunday, December 13, 2PM, Midland Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “The Hour of Code is here: join millions to learn computer science for one hour during Computer Science Education Week. “Come to the library and learn how to create and play games on your own with activities designed to demystify ‘code’ and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Discover resources you can use at home. We'll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. No experience needed. Best for participants ages 6 and older. Parents come join your kids and learn together.”

Beyond the Limits”, Monday, December 7, 7PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Stacy Allison, the first American woman to climb Mt. Everest and Dr. Steve Boyer, retired ER Physician and Experienced Mountaineer. “High mountains of the world present one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. What does it take to survive arctic temperatures, hurricane force winds, or seemingly bottomless crevasses, when the life blood is being sucked out of you by the effects of altitude? You’ve all seen the movies and read the books, tonight we’ll talk about what it really feels like to encounter the effects of stress and altitude on our minds and bodies. We will also discuss what to look for and how to monitor the effects of altitude in yourselves and others."

Piñata Workshop”, Monday, December 7, 2PM, Happy Valley Library. “Have fun making a festive piñata and learn about the cultural and seasonal significance of this traditional Latin American craft.”

Miniatures Workshop”, Monday, December 7, 4PM, Three Creeks Library Vancouver. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4790 to register. “Interested in learning how to make miniatures out of everyday objects? Let Shana Stewart show you how. All materials will be provided.”

“Winter Celebrations”, Tuesday, December 8, 1:30PM, The Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie. “Learn about Winter Celebrations: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa through music, games, and food. We will decorate gift bags for Meals on Wheels recipients, play holiday games, give door prizes, sing songs and light the Christmas tree. This event is fun for all ages!”

en Taiko: Youth Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble”, Tuesday, December 8, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. All ages. “This group of youth musicians perpetuates an ancient musical tradition from Japan. They combine traditional Japanese style taiko with the marimba in a dynamic performance. Experience taiko drumming for yourself after the program.”

Hanukkah Story Time with Eric Kimmel”, Tuesday, December 8, 11AM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Author Eric Kimmel will lead a special Hanukkah Story Time on Tuesday, December 8th at 11am at Green Bean Books in conjunction with Portland PJ Library. Eric Kimmel will read some of his favorite Hanukkah stories including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale, and Hanukkah Bear.” 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Craft”, Tuesday, December 8, 6PM, Troutdale Library. Bilingual. “Come create a lovely depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe using blissful vibrant colors.”

Jewelry 101”, Tuesday, December 8, 6PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for ages 12 and up. “Learn how to make a beaded bracelet! All materials and tools provided. Drop-in. Free!”

Decoupage”, Tuesday, December 8, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Suggested for adults and teens. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. “Decoupage is one of the hottest trends in the crafts world. It is a decorative form of collage and dates back to 12th century China. Cut, paste and create!”

Freeway and Phantom, Birding I-5 and the Great Gray Owl”, Tuesday, December 8, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “The Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a huge owl of the boreal forest and western mountains. It’s the tallest owl in North America yet is rarely seen. Getting a glimpse or a photo can be a daunting quest for any birder or biologist. Journalist and expert birder Harry Fuller spent countless hours in the field searching for this elusive owl. And while living in northern California and southern Oregon for many years, Harry also became deeply familiar with great birding areas located just minutes from the Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) corridor. Join us for a Nature Night talk and book signing on December 8th as Harry shares his knowledge of both subjects: the Great Gray Owl and birding along I-5. Using photos and colorful stories, Harry will discuss several birding hotspots along I-5 in southern Oregon – all within 20 minutes of a freeway exit. He’ll explore the biology and breeding range of the elusive Great Gray Owl in that same area. Harry will share maps of the owl’s true breeding range on the Pacific Slope and explore what effects climate change may have on this species.”

Evening at the Zimmerman House”, Tuesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 10, 3PM-7PM, George Zimmerman House, 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation for ages 18 and over. Preregistration required; register online: “The historic Zimmerman House was built in 1874 and was home to three generations of the Zimmerman Family. Their furnishings and personal articles remain in this two-story Victorian home, including children’s toys, games, Christmas postcards, and winter clothing. Parking is extremely limited, so please consider car pooling. Please reserve the time you’d like to visit the House, and give yourself approximately 45 minutes to explore both floors of the home. We will also have the Zimmerman House open on Saturday, December 20th from noon-4pm. Reservations are not required that day.”

Cookbook Discussion”, Tuesday, December 8, 6PM, Ridgefield Library. “Stop by the library and pick up a cookbook that fits the theme of the month. Prepare a recipe and bring it to share at our meeting as we discuss the various cookbooks. Contact the library for this month’s theme.”

The Edge of Lost Book Release Party and Alcatraz Presentation”, Tuesday, December 8, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Join Happy Valley resident and bestselling author Kristina McMorris as she celebrates the release of her latest historical novel, The Edge of Lost. A fascinating presentation will highlight lesser-known facts about Alcatraz that inspired her book, including children raised on the island, controversies of prison life, and escape attempts that remain unsolved.”

Kid's Company NW Presents, “Holiday School”, Wednesday, December 9, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Let the children walk you through their favorite season highlighted by dance, costumes and live music. Kid's Company NW, or 'Kid's Co.' as it's often called, is NWCT's ambassador group to the community! Talented young performers take original musical reviews to festivals, events, retirement homes, schools, and more.”

Westside Community and Youth Orchestra Presents, “The Bells of Christmas”, Wednesday, December 9, 7:30PM, Liberty High School Auditorium, 21945 NW Wagon Way, Hillsboro. Free. “The Westside Community and Youth Orchestra (WCYO) will present a Winter 2015 Concert, "The Bells of Christmas", featuring orchestra works with a winter holiday theme, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Fantasia on Greensleeves and three selections from Handel’s Messiah. The orchestra features players from Western Washington County and includes members from age 8 to 80 and is directed by conductor Collin Heade. Also featured are special guest appearances by the Liberty High School Choir and vocalists Tony and Heather Peterson. This event is free to the public.”

Traditional Folk Songs of the Winter Holidays”, Wednesday, December 9, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Come and enjoy some well-known (and not so well-known) sing-along songs of the holiday season: traditional folksongs, carols for the New Year, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice -- from pagan times to the present. This entertaining and interactive sing-along program introduces audiences to American folksongs and folklore. It also helps develop active listening skills and foster a lifelong love of literature, reading and listening to stories. The traditional American folksongs and folktales used in the program can be found in books that reside in the public library!”

Centerpiece Making Workshop”, Wednesday, December 9, 4PM, La Center Community Center, 1000 E. 4th St., La Center, WA. “Make a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your winter celebrations! Join Friends of La Center Library from 4-6pm on 12/9 at the La Center Community Center. All materials provided.”

Science in the Courtroom: Misperceptions, Biases, and Eyewitness Testimony”, Wednesday, December 9, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Many people have been sent to jail because a witness says that they saw them commit a crime, but how reliable is that eyewitness evidence? Using visual illusions, Dr. Renee Magnan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at WSU Vancouver, will illustrate common errors in perception and memory that have important implications for eyewitness accuracy. She will also discuss biases that impact the perceived strength of eyewitness testimony and what might be done to reduce wrongful convictions from eyewitness error.”

Gingerbread House Workshop”, Wednesday, December 9, Friday, December 11, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4747. “Bring your engineering and artistic know how to create your very own gingerbread house. We will provide the supplies.”

Concert, “Joanna Pearson”, Thursday, December 10, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Start the holiday season off with an evening of beautiful music by local harpist Joanna Pearson.”

Becoming Oregon”, Thursday, December 10, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. Free. “Clackamas County Historical Society welcomes local historian Robert Hamm as he presents excerpts from his new book ‘Becoming Oregon.’ The lecture will highlight important moments in our state’s history as told through newspaper stories and other primary documents. Come learn about the roots of our unique Oregon identity in this engaging and eye-opening presentation.”

Feed the Birds!”, Thursday, December 10, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. All ages. “Create bird feeders from pinecones and recycled materials to feed your neighborhood birds and learn about the different types of birds in your backyard.”

Author Talk, “Don George”, Thursday, December 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Don George discusses his book, “The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George”. “As a professional travel writer and editor for the past 40 years, Don George has been paid to explore the world. Through the decades, his articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, and websites around the globe and have won more awards than almost any other travel writer alive, yet his pieces have never been collected into one volume. ‘The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George’ fills this void with a moving and inspiring collection of tales and reflections from one of America’s most acclaimed and beloved travel writers.”

Designer Marvel and Manga for Teens”, Thursday, December 10, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. “Up-cycle comic book art into cool magnets, pins, bangles and more. In this workshop with Puppetkabob, teens will Mod-Podge collage illustrated Marvel and Manga art to create designer room decorations and accessories.”

Book Talk, “Ellen Morris Bishop”, Thursday, December 10, 6PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 8th Ave., Pdx. $5, $3 students and seniors. Ellen Morris Bishop discusses her book, “Living with Thunder”. “Oregon’s landscapes and geology are intimately tied to the thunderous processes of volcanoes, and have been documented and explained by indigenous peoples, as well as modern science. For all of us, our intimacy with geology runs deeper than landscape. This talk will explore the volcanic processes that built the northwest, the Native American stories about those events, and our deep relationship to the geology that surrounds us.”!living-with-thunder-december-10/qc1b6

Snow Globe Craft”, Thursday, December 10, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Learn to make your own Snow Globe, complete with a scene inside and ‘snow’.” Craft for adults so plan to do it alongside kids, or do it yourself and bring home your new skills to share.

The Nutcracker”, Friday, December 11, 7:15PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Suggested donation $5 per person or $15 per family. “The timeless Winter tale with classic score by Tchaikovsky brought to life with live piano duo and narrator. The performance will last about 40 minutes, followed by hands-on music activities.”

Studio Theatre Presents, “The Knights of the Round Table”, Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12, 7PM, and Sunday, December 13, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “This one hour adventure of raging battles and wondrous magic is free and open to all.”

Dance Fusion NW Presents, “Christmas Stories”, Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13, Ridgefield High School Auditorium, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield, WA. $16 adults, $12 seniors and children. “Christmas Stories is a family production for all ages and one that will likely become your family’s holiday tradition for years to come. Dance Fusion NorthWest in association with the Fuse Dance Force, present their original holiday production ‘Christmas Stories’. Reading Christmas stories from an old book, Katie Radford and her young daughter Emmy make the best of Christmas Eve in the midst of financial struggles. As the story unfolds, the magic of Christmas is discovered in unexpected ways. This spectacular theatrical dance performance features tap dancing reindeer run amok in the ‘real’ story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. Two disgruntled elves stage a take over at Santa’s workshop in the colorful ‘Mutiny At The North Pole’. Troops are entertained in ‘A USO Christmas’ and the unity of man is celebrated in the poignant story of ‘The Music Box’. Full of holiday spirit and featuring an amalgam of dance styles alongside live acting and vocal performances, ’Christmas Stories’ is the perfect family event to celebrate the magic, joy and hope of the season.”

Grieg Lodge Christmas Party”, Saturday, December 12, 1PM-4PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Pdx. “Join us for a traditional Norse Christmas celebration–singing and dancing around the enormous tree in the center of our Ballroom, cookies galore, and a special appearance by Santa. For kids of all ages.”

25th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert”, Saturday, December 12, 1:30PM-3PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 715 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 250 tubas play in unison for the 25th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, December 12, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. $18. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 10 and up. Maximum 3 participants per registration. Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances.” 

Tualatin Dance Center Performance”, Saturday, December 12, 2PM, Tualatin Library hearth area. “Join us for a special seasonal dance performance and stick around after to do a seasonal craft project with the dancers.”

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, December 12, 2PM, Powell’s, Beaverton. “In 'Character + Conflict = Story,' Kristin Wolden Nitz, author of Suspect, explains how to write a compelling story from the conflict your characters face. Hosted by author Rosanne Parry, the League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. Join us!”

Vancouver USA Singers Presents, “Hallelujah!”, Saturday, December 12, 7PM, and Sunday, December 13, 3PM, First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, 4300 Main St. Tickets $20 at the door, $17 in advance, free for kids 12 and under. “Celebrate your holiday season with Vancouver USA Singers as we perform Handel’s Messiah as well as several holiday favorites such as Mary Did You Know, Ding Dong Merrily On High, and Angels We Have Heard On High. We will also be performing Morten Lauridsen’s ethereal O Magnum Misterium and Eriks Esenvelds Stars featuring tuned wine glasses and Himalayan Prayer Bowl along with the choir. Hallelujah will be a truly festive concert to enjoy this holiday season!”

DIY Wind Powered Car”, Saturday, December 12, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades K-6. “Have fun designing, creating and racing your own wind-powered car.”

Opening Reception, “Contact Expo by DLS Solution”, Saturday, December 12, 6PM-10PM, Disjecta Gallery, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Pdx. Exhibit runs Sunday, December 13 through January 17. “Contact Expo by DLS Solution (Downtown Light and Sound Solution), is a multi-channel sound and light environment that will continually shift over the course of the six-week exhibition. Focusing on the potential of surface as the site of sculpture, this collaborative installation will utilize 3D mapping with extensive speaker and projection arrays to question the reliability of an object’s obligations to the quality or character of its environment.”

Tualatin Dance Center Performance”, Saturday, December 12, 2PM, Tualatin Library hearth area. “Join us for a special seasonal dance performance and stick around after to do a seasonal craft project with the dancers.”

Beginning Quilling”, Saturday, December 12, 10:30AM, Hillsdale Library. Suggested for adults, so do it with your child or take it yourself and come home to share your new skill. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a beautiful, three-dimensional piece of art with mere paper strips: quilling is the age-old art of paper curling, invented in the 16th century by French and Italian monks as a way to embellish book covers. We will learn the basics of quilling in this workshop, where we will embellish a letter via quilling.”

Science of Toys”, Saturday, December 12, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “The science of toys! As we enter the season of giving, learn the science behind your toys. At 11 a.m. Rhys Thomas will explain ‘Gollyology’ – the study of tricks that make you say, ‘Golly!’ Rotation around center of mass is demonstrated with juggling clubs and Chinese flower sticks, balancing tips are generated using the scientific method, Chemistry and Archaeology are tapped to discover the best juggling ball in 4,000 years of circus history, gyroscopic stability is refined until 4 balls are spinning on four giggling kids and it all comes together when Rhys spins and juggles on a slackrope. Zowie! Rhys is known to present science with hilarity and dexterity by blending mature science with kid-savvy comedy the whole family will love. Make a toy to take home with museum staff and volunteers. This event is free and open to the public.”

Christmas at Fort Vancouver”, Saturday, December 12, 10AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $5 for adults, free for ages 15 and under. “Experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s holiday season at Fort Vancouver. Visitors will be able to view and participate in activities undertaken by residents at the fort during the holiday season. Enjoy Wreath Making, Holiday Beverages, Caroling, and more!” Also stop by the Marshall House, 10AM-2PM, 1301 Officers Row, to see Santa and beautiful Victorian style decorations, and to enjoy hot cider and cookies. 

Heritage Holiday Open House”, Saturday, December 12, 12PM-3PM, William L. Holmes 1847 House, 536 Holmes Lane, Oregon City ($4 adults, $3 seniors, and youth 6-17, free for kids 5 and under) and Saturday, December 12, 11AM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City (free).

Holiday Choral Performance”, Saturday, December 12, 10:45AM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Listen to the beautiful voices of youth ages 10 to 18. The Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir was founded 32 years ago and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing artistic musical experiences for the youth of Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. Join the choir of 60 singers in a choral performance as part of their annual holiday tour.”

The Nutcracker Cracked!!!”, Saturday, December 12 through Friday, December 27, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Ages 2 and up. $9. “Our wacky sendup of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet. -- You've never seen a version quite like this - Imagine -- the entire ballet in 38 minutes - What a time saver!!  It’s a miniature satire of epic proportions, with Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, and 84 new rod puppets. It came out wild and crazy - and oddly enough appropriate and fun for children as well. Suitable for the whole family.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, December 12, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.”

Conifer Identification”, Saturday, December 12, 9AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “What tree is that? Interested in knowing how to tell one green conifer from another? Learn how to identify Oregon conifers using dichotomous keys. We’ll start off inside learning the identifying features of trees such as buds, leaves, fruits, etc., and how to use keys to discover the names of trees. Then we’ll hit the trail and practice in the forest on the conifers of Tryon Creek.”

Steampunk Boxes”, Saturday, December 12, 1PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a one-of-a-kind decorative box using tissue paper, feathers, ribbons, beads and small charms. Boxes will be provided and come in a variety of shapes including hearts and ovals to spark your imagination! These boxes are perfect for holding jewelry and other small trinkets.”

Gingerbread House Decorating”, Saturday, December 12, 12PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Ages 12 and under.

A-Wol Dance Collective AEROS Youth Company Presents, “Toy Box”, Saturday, December 12, 7PM, and Sunday, December 13, 2PM, 513 NE Schuyler St., Pdx. $20 adults, $12 ages 12 and under. ““Toy Box” is magical story where a girl wishes her toys could be alive. One day, her wish comes true, and her toys magically start to move and dance and play *with* her! Most of the toys have very sweet and silly personalities, but one is a grump and only takes joy out of the other toys’ sadness. Never fear! There will be toy soldiers to the rescue, plus sock monkeys and teddy bears to melt your heart. Come see if the magic lasts forever or if it was all just a dream…”

Nail Art for Families: Snowmen”, Saturday, December 12, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Celebrate winter on your nails with these adorable snowmen. Artist Joi will walk you through the straightforward process of creating a winter scene on your nails.”

Summer in Winter”, Saturday, December 12, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Do you often think about summer sun and heat during the wintertime? Remember some of the fun you had during the summer, like blowing bubbles and playing with pinwheels? Come to the Water Center and enjoy ‘summer’ fun in December! Kids can explore their creativity and enjoy many hands-on activities.”

Corn Husk Traditional Winter Season Ornaments”, Saturday, December 12, 2PM, Albina Library; and Sunday, December 20, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Bilingual. “In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican winter season traditions, which include a combination of indigenous and occidental traditions such as the posadas (parties), nativity scenes, and Día de Reyes. Participants will make their own ornaments and can use them to decorate for the season.”

Silver Falls Christmas Festival”, Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, 11AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park South Falls Lodge and surrounding day use area. $5 per vehicle day use fee, and some crafts may have a material fee. “Join in various country Christmas time crafts - make a wreath, a gingerbread house, cards, and ornaments. Learn how the park changes during the winter. Enjoy storytelling and live music.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, December 13, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.”

Make an Animal Track Tee-Shirt”, Saturday, December 12, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Visitor Center, Suggested for ages 6 and up. $15, or $10 for Hillsboro residents. Preregistration required; register online: “Design your own tee-shirt, handkerchief or other cloth item using fabric paints and animal track stencils. Let your creativity and imagination go wild to make a unique gift for the holiday season. Life-size stencils of many different kinds of animal tracks, fabric paints, brushes and directions are provided; bring your own light-colored cotton or cotton-blend tee-shirt or other item to decorate.”

Paint Your Own Holiday Ceramic”, Saturday, December 12, 3PM, Northwest Library; Thursday, December 17, 4PM, Kenton Library; and Sunday, December 20, 2PM, Midland Library. “Love having an ornament on the tree that you can pull out year after year? Especially one made by a child? We have a wide assortment of ornaments that can be painted and taken home that day that will last for years to come! We supply the ornament with the ribbon, lead-free paint, colorful mats, aprons, water buckets, paint brushes, and all that is needed. All you need is a child with an imagination! Kids love to paint!”

Birding at Graham Oaks Nature Park”, Saturday, December 12, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Discover the many treasures of this 250-acre, Metro-owned, natural area on a free expert-guided bird walk with Elaine Murphy. Metro staff and volunteers have planted over 150,000 trees and 100 million grass and flower seeds, to enhance existing oak savanna and Douglas fir forests at Graham Oaks Nature Park. The result is an area rich in wildlife and fauna. Espy blue birds, nuthatches, perhaps even kingfishers on the 3 miles of trails that meander through the park.”

Make a Gingerbread House”, Sunday, December 13, 3PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; and Wednesday, December 23, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Make an edible gingerbread house out of graham crackers and candy!”

Geminids Meteor Shower”, Sunday, December 13. “The Geminids is produced from the remnants of a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, and is a perennial favorite among skywatchers. The shower spans from December 7th through the 17th, but will peak overnight on the 13th and into the early hours of the 14th with up to 120 sightings per hour. The meteors will appear multicolored, which gives an added bonus to the already spectacular show. The best time to view it will be after midnight, when the moon has set and conditions are darker. These meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Gemini.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, December 13, 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. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.”

Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, December 13, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every 2nd Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Featuring a new theme each month, our series kicks off with stories of home and harvest, where things can go happily haywire. Come listen, learn, laugh, and leave with a story to tell!”

Posada Milagro”, Sunday, December 13, 1PM, Milagro Theatre, 537 SE Stark St., Pdx. Free. “Milagro invites the whole family to enjoy the Posada Milagro, to be celebrated Sunday, December 13th between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Milagro. This community celebration filled with Latin American traditions and culture reflects upon the journey of Mary and Joseph in their search for refuge and is a day of fun for all! This year’s celebration will feature two Spanish presentations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. of an original pastorela . Music, folkloric dance, arts and crafts activities for kids, storytelling for children under 5 years old, a piñata for all ages and, of course, traditional foods for purchase are all part of the holiday celebration. Admission to the event is FREE, but performances are limited to ticket-holders only. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the theatre beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 13th. All the guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for benefit the Oregon Food Bank.”

Lego Building Challenge for Homeschoolers”, Monday, December 14, 1PM, Beaverton Library. “Can you meet the challenge?! Homeschool families, join us to create with LEGOs of all sizes. We'll provide the challenges; you provide the creativity and expertise!”

Imagination Boxes”, Monday, December 14, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library; and Tuesday, December 22, 2PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM). Presented by Creative Roots. “Inspired by artist Joseph Cornell, imagination boxes capture a meaningful story for the child and family artists. Each family can work together to create an imagination box, decorating, collaging, gluing found objects and provided materials. Families can imagine and create together.”

Concert, “Sacred Flight”, Monday, December 14, 12PM, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “SacredFlight is a not-for-profit charitable organization of certified music-thanatologists. We serve people who are terminally ill or dying, providing live music prescriptively with harp and voice in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and private residences in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area.”

Concert, “Bells of the Cascades Holiday Ringers”, Monday, December 14, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Ring in the holiday season with us! The group will perform a wide range of handbell music, including secular, sacred and popular pieces.”

Author Talk, “Pamela Smith Hill”, Tuesday, December 15, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for a presentation by Pamela Smith Hill, editor of the New York Times bestseller Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography and author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life. She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels. At 18, she sold her first story to her hometown newspaper and has been writing professionally ever since. She's taught professional and creative writing classes at universities in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. Her popular massive open online courses on Laura Ingalls Wilder, offered through Missouri State University, have reached 8,500 students worldwide. Her books have been recognized by the Junior Library Guild, the Oregon Book Awards, Western Writers of America, the Midwest Booksellers, Women Writing the West, the New York Public Library, the National Indie Excellence Committee, and the Mark Twain Award Committee. She lives in Portland, where she continues to teach and write.”

Teen Clay Workshop”, Tuesday, December 15, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. “Teens, join us for a fun clay workshop with local artist Jennifer Blais. We will be working with air-dry clay to create a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament.”

Storybook Lane”, Tuesday, December 15, every evening through Christmas, Friday December 25, 5:30PM-9PM, 4288 SW Bantam Ave., Forest Grove. Donations requested. Unique walk through display which originated in 1936. It’s only open every other year, so don’t miss it!

“Physics of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Tuesday, December 15, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. “Christine McKinley is a licensed mechanical engineer, and the author of Physics for Rock Stars (Perigee/Penguin 2014.) She is convinced that understanding the laws of motion and energy are a sure route to a rock star life. As she does in her book, she will make the case at OMSI that rock stars need an understanding of physics not only to understand feedback and harmony, but also to execute a proper stage dive and microphone throw. Sure, it sounds scientifically obsessive but Christine will convince you of all of this at OMSI on December 15th. She will also play a song on her electric guitar, and bring her ‘rock star’ cutout for your pictures.”

Gingerbread House Workshop”, Wednesday, December 16, 3:45PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA; and Thursday, December 17, 3:15PM, La Center Community Center, 1000 E. 4th St., La Center, WA. “Kids - create your very own gingerbread house! We will provide the supplies.”

Willamette Radio Workshop Presents, “A Radio Christmas Carol”, Wednesday, December 16, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, beginning with a performance by the Hough Elementary Glee Chorus at 6PM. Free with a non-perishable food donation for Clark County Food Bank. “Inspired by the Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol, first published December 1843 and adapted from the 24 December 1939 Campbell Playhouse radio dramatization narrated by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge.”

“Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, December 17, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome. This month’s episode is Horror of Fang Rock.”

“DIY Craftshop: Snowglobes”, Thursday, December 17, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for ages 12 to adult. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Watch the snow fall inside a snowglobe you've created yourself.”

“Christmas Bird Count Preview/Review”, Thursday, December 17, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you thought about participating in a Christmas Bird Count but are worried that as a beginner birder you’ll get left behind? Have you done several counts in years past and are ready to take on the role of a team leader? Join Eric Scheuering in this refresher course to get ready for this year’s Christmas Bird Counts. We’ll preview what species to expect and review key field marks for identification of those species. For some fun, we’ll split into teams at the end and 'count' birds in a short simulation.” The Christmas Bird Count is January 2:

The Christmas Revels Presents, “Celtic Crossing”, Thursday, December 17 through Tuesday, December 22, ST. Mary’s Academy, 1615 SW 5th Ave., Pdx. “Join us for a family-friendly holiday celebration, featuring authentic 19th century Irish music and dance. This year Revels will transport audiences to the late 19th century, aboard one of the last immigrant sailing ships to cross the Atlantic from Ireland to New York. To properly say goodbye to their past, the travelers decide to hold an “American Wake” aboard the ship. An American Wake was a traditional send-off ceremony for friends and neighbors to say goodbye to those leaving Ireland for America. We’ll be enveloped in the music, dance, poetry and storytelling of the period as the emigrants welcome the light of their new life abroad and say goodbye to the land they’ve left behind.”

“Paper Bead Figures”, Friday, December 18, 3PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades 1-6. “A hands-on activity in sculpture and mixed media. Make a 3D paper bead figure using your imagination.”

Columbia Dance Presents, “The Nutcracker”, Friday, December 18 through Monday, December 21, Royal Durst Theater, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, $10 children. “Columbia Dance brings its most joyous holiday gift with its wonder-filled production of the ‘The Nutcracker.’ A cast of over 90 dancers from Columbia Dance present the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a thrilling journey through the Land of Snow and into the Kingdom of Sweets.”

“Dance Fusion NW Performance”, Saturday, December 19, 12PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 715 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Dance Fusion NW in association with The Fuse Dance Force will be performing routines from their original holiday production ‘Christmas Stories’. This fun-filled, theatrical performance features tap dancing reindeer run amok, disgruntled elves, silly Santa’s helpers, broken Toys and tapping Snowmen. It’s full of holiday spirit and features an amalgam of dance styles including Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary.”

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, December 19, 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.”

Traveling Lantern Theatre Presents, “Bilbo’s Journey”, Saturday, December 19, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Suggested for all ages. “A grand story of peril, wonder and daring! Everyone loves the cherished tale of a home loving little Hobbit who finds himself on an adventure he could never have imagined! On his perilous trip he meets elves, trolls, a wizard, a dragon…and ssssomething ssstrange called a Gollum. Travel with this brave little Hobbit through dangerous and wondrous terrain, and then, happily, back home again.”

Winter Solstice Christmas Ships Viewing Event”, Saturday, December 19, 4:30PM, Milwaukie Riverfront Park, 1700 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie. “Come participate in a Milwaukie tradition, the Christmas Ships, while enjoying hot cocoa, coffee, hot dogs, pies, holiday music, and a bonfire!” Details and info about parking here: This is a popular event and a lovely spot to see the Christmas ships. Get there very early if you don’t want to wait in long lines for vendors, or bring your own thermos of hot chocolate, etc. 

Mad Science of the North Pole”, Saturday, December 19, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Defrost a chemical snowman, see simple powders burst into holiday colors and analyze a mysterious substance that is said to have come straight from the North Pole!”

Birding at Chrystal Springs Rhododendron Garden”, Saturday, December 19, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Amidst the thousands of rhododendrons on the seven-acre Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, a jewel of a lake hosts wintering waterfowl. Take a free expert-guided bird walk with naturalist, Elaine Murphy, to seek ducks, mergansers, herons, and kingfishers. Stroll the pathways, and enjoy the tranquility of this scenic setting while you spy the waterfowl that winter on the spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake.”

Engineering and Simple Machines: Wheels and Axles for Teens”, Saturday, December 19, 1PM, Rockwood Library. “Students will explore wheels and axles on simple machines to learn how they affect motion and mechanical advantage.”

Five Petal Origami Flowers”, Saturday, December 19, 2PM, Rockwood Library. Bilingual. “Learn how to make paper flowers with mother and daughter instructors, Daisy and Natalia. This program is for children 8 years and older, or younger if accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided. We hope to see you there!”

Magic at the Mill”, Saturday, December 19 through Wednesday, December 23, 5:30-8:00PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Ste 200, Salem. $6 adults, $4 youth 4-12, free for kids 3 and under. “First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem. With children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights, Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.” Lots of details and a complete schedule here:

Winter Solstice Celebration”, Saturday, December 19, 4PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the shortest day and longest night of the year. Learn the science behind the solstice, explore the forest during an evening guided walk with a trained naturalist, make a winter craft, and enjoy treats from a Dutch oven.”

Guided Nature Walk”, Saturday, December 19, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Venture out with a refuge naturalist for a free nature walk to explore the oak savanna, riparian forest and wetland ecosystems and natural history of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Topics will vary from walk to walk but will be appropriate for all ages.”

NW Classical Ballet Presents, “The Nutcracker”, Saturday, December 19, 2PM and 7:30PM; and Sunday, December 20, 2PM, Union High School, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St., Camas, WA. $15.

Conscientização”, Saturday, December 19, 2PM, Midland Library. “Conscientização (Cone-sien-tee-sah-sowl) is an interactive event series using popular culture and popular education to explore social change and liberation. Taking primary inspiration from Brazilian popular educator Paulo Freire and his term conscientização, or critical consciousness, the event series will use puppet theatre and music videos to create a fun and accessible 'classroom' for diverse audiences to engage with complex ideas about how change happens. We will draw from student and colleague of Paulo Freire, feminist thinker bell hooks’ writings as the central jumping off point to learn about how radical teaching and learning can help dismantle oppression.”

Animated Christmas”, Saturday, December 19, 2PM, Hollywood Theater, 4035 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. All ages. “Presented on glorious 16mm film and Vintage VHS, another multi colored and layered mosaic of rich Christmas fables from yesteryear. Instead of the classic holiday fare most are familiar with, we have hand picked the more obscure, rare gems of Christmases past including: Holidayland – A young boy is led into a dream where he visits various holidays. The Little King: Christmas Night – A Little King shows generosity to the unfortunate on Christmas Day. Mickey Plays Santa Claus – A basket of kittens wreaks havoc on the household of Mickey Mouse. The Twelve Days of Christmas – An animated version of the famous song and each of the gifts. Nestor: The Long Eared Donkey – One of the more rarely seen Rankin and Bass stop motion animations about ridiculed donkey who ends up playing a very important role on the very first Christmas. The Snowman – A snowman comes to life and takes a young boy on an amazing journey around the world. PLUS a few more beautiful pieces. This program is Rated G, however some material may not be for very young or highly impressionable children.”

Nail Art for Teens: Snowflakes”, Saturday, December 19, 4PM, Kenton Library; and Tuesday, December 22, 2PM, Rockwood Library. “Celebrate winter on your nails with this classy nod to the season. Artist Joy will walk you through the process of creating elegant snowflakes on your nails. No experience needed.”

Winter Solstice Walk”, Sunday, December 20, 1PM, Canemah Bluff Nature Park, 815 4th Ave., Oregon City. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and is followed by the gradual return of the light. Come celebrate the end and beginning of this cycle at this historic site, while taking in the beauty of the white oak woodlands and basalt cliffs perched above the Willamette River.”

All About Earthquakes”, Sunday, December 20, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab, Earth Sciences Hall. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Why do earthquakes happen? Where do they happen? What causes one earthquake to be devastating when others can barely be felt? Students experiment with models and collect data.”

Animal Tracks”, Monday, December 21, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “Learn the basics of identifying animal tracks, where to look for them, and a demonstration of how to make a plaster cast of an animal track. We will also go outside (weather permitting) to look for tracks and other clues that animals have been around the Library. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for going outside.”

Hip Hop Camp for Teens”, four sessions, Sunday, December 20, 3PM-4:30PM, and Monday, December 21, Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23, 3PM-5PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Be immersed in a hands-on Hip-Hop experience. Learn how to make beats, write and record rhymes. You will have the opportunity to freestyle and express yourself in a cypher (freestyle rap circle). Work alongside local professional musicians to achieve your artistic and musical goals, and be able to record your original music throughout the camp.”

DIY Snow Globes”, Monday, December 21, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades 3-8. 

Magician Bob Eaton”, Wednesday, December 23, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Tuesday, December 29, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library (grades 2-5; preregistration required; register online: “Come see a fantastic magic show presented by Master Magician Bob Eaton.”

Teen Button Making”, Thursday, December 24, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Teens - Learn how to make buttons of your favorite cartoon characters and superheroes. We'll have two buttons makers available - one large and one small. Bring your worn out comic books or magazines to cut up and make into buttons.”

Origami for the New Year”, Saturday, December 26, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Make fun origami projects to celebrate the New Year.” 

The Oregon Renaissance Band Presents, “It Fell on Holie Eve”, Saturday, December 26, 7:30PM, and Sunday, December 27, 3PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. Tickets $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. “Thirteen of the Northwest's finest renaissance musicians perform music by Palestrina, Holborne and many others on violin, viols, lute, sackbutts, dulcians, rackett, spinettino, portative organ and voices. Directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman.”

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, December 26, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $15 ages 16 and older, $10 ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “Titled Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks, these new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud.”

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture”, Sunday, December 27, 2PM, North Portland Library. Suggested for all ages. “Come help us celebrate ‘Kujichagulia,’ self-determination.”

Block by Block with Minecraft”, four sessions, Sunday, December 27, 3PM-4:30PM, and Monday, December 28, Tuesday, December 29, and Wednesday, December 30, 3PM-5PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “It's not just a game! It's a world with infinite possibilities built by you one block at a time. Come and design, create, problem solve and explore the digital world you create yourself using Minecraft.”

Winter Whale Watching Week”, Sunday, December 27 through Thursday, December 31. “People come from all over to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The 'Whale Watching Spoken Here' program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Rangers are ready to answer your questions.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, December 27, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

All Ages Anime”, Tuesday, December 29, 3PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Ring in the New Year with Japanese games, crafts and snacks and a screening of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (PG).”

Storm Through Science with the Thunderbolts!”, Tuesday, December 29, 1PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Kids, come get your Robot Driver's License from the Mountain View Robotics Team and learn some cool science experiments, too!”

Scandinavian Folk Papercrafts Workshop”, Tuesday, December 29, 6:30PM, Garden Home Library. Family event. Preregistration required; call 503-245-9932. “Daniela Mahoney will teach this workshop on the various papercrafts of Scandinavia. Focusing especially on Paper Hearts from Denmark and decorative stars from Finland.”

Fem STEM: E-garments”, Tuesday, December 29, 2PM, McMinnville Library. For girls in grades 3-7. $2. Preregistration required; call 503-435-5571. “We’re making e-bracelets.”

New Year’s Gift for our Feathered Friends”, Tuesday, December 29, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 5-9. “Create tasty treats for our feathered friends using pine cones, shortening and sunflower seeds.”

"Magic Workshop with Bob Eaton", Tuesday, December 29, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library.  Grades 2-5.  Preregistration required; register online: "Dazzle your friends with simple and amazing magic tricks!"  

Imagineering: Down with Gravity”, Wednesday, December 30, 1PM, Midland Library. Presented by OMSI. “How slow can you go? In this gravity-defying workshop, students are challenged to reduce a falling ball to the slowest speed possible through a maze of obstacles.”

Create Your Own Digital Family Comic Book”, Wednesday, December 30, 3:30PM, North Portland Library. Family activity. “Have fun learning basic computer skills while making a digital family comic book. Using a iPad to take pictures, downloading pictures to the computer and saving it to a flash drive.”

OMSI Presents, “React-o-Blast”, Wednesday, December 30, 2PM, Woodland Middle School Commons Area, 755 Park St., Woodland, WA. “Come help OMSI staff conduct experiments that vividly demonstrate the predictable (and sometimes unpredictable!) reactions of matter, including some that have explosive results. Topics include nature of chemical reactions, physical vs. chemical changes and safety.”

“Science Mania: Electronic Origami”, Wednesday, December 30, 2PM, McMinnville Library. $2. Grades 3-7. Preregistration required; call 503-435-5559. 

Honey Bee Science Discovery Program”, Thursday, December 31, 2PM, Gresham Library. Presented by Kendall Swanson. “A presentation by a young beekeeper on honey bees and the science behind them. The short interactive presentation is followed by hands-on learning stations, including: Honey Bee Discovery Lab (featuring products of the hive, beekeeping equipment and tools, magnifying glasses, honey tasting, and question and answer time), flower seed planting, pollination station, honey bee board games, and coloring sheets. This discovery lab is for children ages 3 years and up, and adults enjoy the lab, as well.”

POW/MIA Flag Raising Ceremony”, Thursday, December 31, 10AM, City Hall, Front Lawn, 10722 SE Main St., Milwaukie. “At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday December 31, 2015, members of the American Legion Post 180 Honor Guard and the Milwaukie City Council will participate in a flag raising ceremony on the front lawn of Milwaukie City Hall. The ceremony will feature the raising of the United States Prisoner of War (POW) / Missing in Action (MIA) flag, which will fly directly beneath the U.S. Flag.”

New Year’s at Noon”, Wednesday, December 31, 11:30AM-2PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. “Arts and crafts, games, bouncy house, dancing, snacks, pool float, and count down to 2016 at Noon! Free.”

Family New Year’s Eve Skate Party”, Thursday, December 31, 7PM-1AM, Oaks Park Skate Rink, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $20 per skater. “It’s a New Year’s Eve party for all ages filled with fun, games, raffles, and roller skates! Countdown to 2016 at midnight!”

Out of This World Pizza New Year’s Eve Bash”, Thursday, December 31, 9PM-12:30AM, 6255 NW Century Blvd., Hillsboro. All the details here:

Mt. Hood Skibowl New Year’s Eve Extravaganza”, Thursday, December 31, Government Camp, OR. Details TBA:

Sunset Lanes New Year’s Eve Rent-A-Lane”, Thursday, December 31, Sunset Lanes, 12770 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton. Cosmic bowling with 3 two-hour sessions available, 6PM, 8:30PM and 11PM, $100 per lane for up to 6 guests including shoe rental.