Thursday, December 31, 2015

January Joy

Happy New Year! This is my list of happenings in the greater Portland area and beyond for January 2016. Doublecheck anything you'd like to attend for mistakes, typos and cancellations.

There are lots of service learning opportunities in January, especially around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18. Friends of Trees http://www.friendsoftrees.org will be hosting lots of community tree planting programs and SOLVE http://solveoregon.org will have beach cleanups and tree plantings. Most will be family friendly, but you may need to pick up some gardening gloves in kids' sizes ahead of time. If you are looking for more service learning opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland http://www.handsonportland.org/ is a wonderful place to look. They are an online resource connecting volunteers with hundreds of area nonprofits, and you can search specifically by age group. Oregon Food Bank http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/Volunteer also offers lots of terrific volunteer opportunities, most beginning at age 6. 

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.” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org

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.” http://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/kenny-scharf-cosmic-cavern/

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: https://cal.pnca.edu/e/1007 and here: http://mocc.pnca.edu/exhibitions/7297 “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.”

Exhibit, “Contact Expo by DLS Solution”, now through January 17, Disjecta Gallery, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Pdx. “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.” http://www.disjecta.org/portfolio-items/contact-expo/

“First Day Hikes”, Oregon State Parks, January 1. There are special “First Day Hikes” at 31 Oregon State Parks, including Tryon Creek, Stub Stewart, Milo McIver, Fort Stevens, Champoeg, Ft. Yamhill, Silver Falls, Smith Rock, Willamette Mission, Cottonwood Canyon, and two spots along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Some require $5 per vehicle day use fees, some have age minimums and lengths vary. “First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.” Look for a park near you: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.calendar

“Gem Faire”, Friday, January 1 through Sunday, January 3, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass, free for kids 11 and under, 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: http://www.gemfaire.com/locations/index.php?location=360 Beads, beads and more beads, plus crystals, fossils, cool minerals and gems. 

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, January 2, 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.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/get-involved/

“Christmas Bird Count”, Saturday, January 2, 7AM-5PM. Details here: http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/cbc “The Portland Christmas Bird Count wants YOU……to count birds on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016! Whether spending an entire day in the field or even just an hour watching your bird feeder, you can contribute significantly to our knowledge of bird life in the Portland area — even if you’re a beginning birder. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in North America. The results have provided critical information on the status and changes in bird populations over the 116 years it has been conducted. Please help out this year!”

Turning Trash into Peace: Learning About Sustainability Through Functional Art for Teens”, Saturday, January 2, 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.” http://www.trashforpeace.org

Summer Reading Teen Art Competition: Cartooning”, Saturday, January 2, 2:30PM, Woodstock Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “This year's summer reading theme is Health and Fitness. Express yourself and what that means to you. Bring out the best of your imagination. Teens will draw colorful cartoon pictures using an easy to follow step by step process. Participants will learn the fundamentals of drawing and develop an understanding of line, shape, color and shading. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome! Submit your artwork from this class to the Summer Reading teen cover contest and maybe your masterpiece will be the front cover of the Summer Reading teen gameboard this summer!” http://www.alexdoodles.com

Nature in the New Year”, Saturday, January 2, 1PM, North Logan Natural Area, Estacada. Ages 8 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/nature-new-year/2016-01-02 “Start the year off in nature! Explore the banks of the Clackamas River and learn about one of Metro’s most successful side channel restoration projects. This gem of a natural area has it all: white oak woodlands, exceptional salmon habitat, and a plethora of wildlife activity.”

Exhibit, “Recycled Dreams”, Saturday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 20, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Art by Kelly Keigwin.“This series of work is based on the core ideals of relationships, love, friendship, and dreams. A variety of whimsical characters engage in a variety of interactions that reflect human emotions, as well as fantasy. Keigwin re-purposes found and discarded materials to create this work, giving the pieces a unique quality through texture, aged finishes, and odd shapes.”

Weather Science!”, Saturday, January 2, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Super Saturday - Learn about weather science with Steve Pierce, meteorologist for KOIN-TV Channel 6 News. Create your own winter wonderland scene.”

Igbo Masquerade”, Sunday, January 3, 2PM, Midland Library. “Nzuko Ndi Igbo is the premier cultural organization of the Igbo people of Nigeria living in Oregon and SW Washington. This masquerade showcases their drumming, flute playing and dancing abilities and features the famous Nyikiriputu and Apunanwu Spirits, representing the Father and Mother of the Igbos.” http://www.nninw.org

Mochi Tsuki Celebration”, Sunday, January 3, 11AM-3PM, Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA. Donations requested. “For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi has been a celebrated New Year's tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year. Each year BIJAC brings this celebration to Bainbridge Island. We invite everyone, young and old, to bundle up against the crisp winter air, and enjoy the tradition of mochi tsuki (moe–chee sue–key), or mochi–making.” http://www.bijac.org/index.php?p=EVENTSMochiTsuki

2016 Sky Preview”, Tuesday, January 5, and Thursday, January 14, 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: http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Friends of Historic Forest Grove”, Tuesday, January 5, 7PM, Forest Grove Library, Rogers Room. “Formed in the mid 1980’s, FHFG’s primary mission was to pre- serve historical structures in and around Forest Grove. Over the years this has expanded to include historic neighborhoods, artifacts, and visual material culture. This enlightening presentation will review early achievements, the group’s place and purpose in our city, and how they work with sister organizations to preserve and protect local history.”

Geology Rocks”, Wednesday, January 6, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 6-12. “Did you eat a rock with lunch today? Does mom wash your clothes with rocks? Do you wash your hands with rocks? Do you think you can survive an earthquake? Learn the answers to these questions and lots more. If you have a rock you want identified, bring it along.”

Tualatin’s First People: The Atfalati Indians”, Wednesday, January 6, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Washington County Museum brings artifacts and stories of Washington County’s first residents: the Atfalati Band of the Kalapuya Indians who called this area home. Learn how these original Tualatin Valley families lived and dressed in an interactive presentation. Their descendants today are part of the Grand Ronde Confederated Tribe.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in January, 12PM, Hamby Park, 1035 NE Jackson School Rd., Hillsboro. Free. Forest birds in the McKay Creek watershed. “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.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, January 7, 4PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Teens! Come play with computer coding - we'll start with the basics and see where we go!”

From Penguins to Plankton: The Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula”, Thursday, January 7, doors open at 5, presentation begins at 7, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. All ages welcome. $5 requested donation. Presented by James B. McClintock, Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “McClintock presents an overview of the dramatic ongoing impacts of climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula based largely on his popular book Lost Antarctica - Adventures in a Disappearing Land. His presentation will begin with his personal descriptions of the retreat of the glaciers, the disintegration of massive ice sheets, and rapid loss of the seasonal sea ice near the U.S. field station where he works, Palmer Station. He will then turn to his area of expertise, polar marine ecology, and describe the impacts of the loss of sea ice on the Adelie Penguin and on shrimp-like krill, both integral components of the Antarctic polar ecosystem. Additional impacts of rapid warming and ocean acidification on Antarctic marine life will be discussed, along with the implications of the potential loss of species that McClintock and his collaborators have found to possess chemical compounds that could fight cancer and other human diseases. Yet despite the many challenges, in the end, McClintock will turn to the hole in the ozone over Antarctica and its remarkable mitigation to provide a model of hope to address climate change and its impacts on Antarctica.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/148164-OMSI-Science-Pub

Concert, “Choro Da Alegria”, Thursday, January 7, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Come browse the stacks and enjoy the wonderful melodies of various Brazilian composers performed by Choro Da Alegria. Choro Da Alegria is a Portland-based ensemble dedicated to playing various Brazilian genres, including choro, bossa nova, and MPB.” http://www.eclecticacoustica.com/about-us/choro-da-alegria/

Open Beading Night”, Friday, January 8, 5PM-9PM, Clark County Historical Society and Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Free event and free museum admission. “Are you a beader? Bring your project to CCHM during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk on January 8, 2016 for open beading! Everyone is welcome to this free event. It’ll run from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. This is a social activity, not a class. While you’re here, be sure to experience the exhibition ‘Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America’. Admission is waived for First Fridays but donations are greatly appreciated. Come make some wearable art with us!” http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/upcoming-events/

Nicolas Steno: Founding Father of Geology”, Friday, January 8, 7:30PM, PSU Cramer Hall, sub-basement, Room S17, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $3 requested donation. Open to the public. “Prof. Kyle Dittmer will talk about a little known but brilliant Renaissance Danish scientist named Nicolas Steno. What were Steno’s contributions to Geology? Why is his story unique? Come join us and find out! Prof. Dittmer has taught Earth Science for 25 years. Come hear this interesting thought-provoking science-history talk!” http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/

Author Talk, “Jennifer Chambers”, Friday, January 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jennifer Chambers presents her book, “Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries and Visionaries”. “Without the efforts of inspiring, brave women of the past, the progressive and individualistic Oregon we know today might not exist. From native tribes and Oregon Trail pioneers to Victorian suffragists and unlikely politicians, strong female leaders give profound meaning to the state motto, alis volat propriis--she flies with her own wings. Writer and activist Julia Ruuttila fought for the rights of the citizens of Vanport, the largely African American town lost to a disastrous flood in 1948. Others broke stereotypes to serve their communities, like women who helped build ships during World War II and the nation's first female police officer, Portland's own Lola Baldwin. Similarly, Laura Stockton Starcher unseated her husband as mayor of Umatilla. Author Jennifer Chambers tells these and many more stories of progressive, radical women who fought for change within their state.”

Mobiles and Garlands”, Saturday, January 9, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “There are many simple but beautiful geometric shapes that you can fold out of pretty paper for your room decoration or for a special event. Origami Instructor Yuki Martin will show you how.” http://yukiorigami.blogspot.com

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, January 9, 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.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/get-involved/

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, January 9, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In 'Writing Dialogue with Sparkle and Snap,' Tina Connolly, Nebula Award nominee and author of Seriously Wicked, shows how to give your dialogue purpose and polish. Hosted by 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!”

Luminarias”, Saturday, January 9, 2PM, Albina Library. “Join artist, Kathy Karbo, as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy!”

Investigating the Buried Mirror Mystery: How Should We Look at Early Chinese Artifacts?”, Saturday, January 9, 9:30AM, Portland State University, PSU Academic and Student Recreation Center Auditorium, Room 001, 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Kenneth Brashier, Religion and Humanities, Reed College. “In a 2000 year old burial remain, an archaeologist uncovers a round bronze mirror which has been carefully positioned near the head of a Han Dynasty corpse. Why is it here? Why does every corpse in this tomb have a mirror in the same position? Why is it the same in other Han burials across China?” http://www.pdx.edu/asian-studies/events/investigating-buried-mirror-mystery-how-should-we-look-early-chinese-artifacts?delta=0

Weather and Vanport Flood Exhibit”, Saturday, January 9, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “What do you know about weather and the Vanport flood of 1948? Join us for some weather fun – make different kinds of clouds, 3-D snowflakes and much more. All of these and more are important parts of why the Columbia River floods.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Mad Science Presents, “Science from the North Pole”, Saturday, January 9, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Saturday, January 30, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Science fun straight from the North Pole! Watch how science helps Eggbert get down the ‘chimney.’ Defrost a chemical snowman and see simple powders burst into color. Analyze a mysterious substance that is said to have come straight from an iceberg! Be amazed at the science behind many of the traditions we see during the winter season.”

Waterfowl Watch”, Saturday, January 9, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/event-2098215?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=1/27/2016 “The ducks and geese are flocking to the refuge! Come learn about how to identify them with USFWS Biologist, Michelle McDowell. Start with a presentation on waterfowl watching and then venture out on the refuge to see them in the wild! Please bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them.”

Free Family Day”, Saturday, January 9, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Celebrate the New Year with us by learning how different cultures in Washington County mark their celebrations. Students from Hope Chinese Academy and the International School of Beaverton will host booths, and participants will complete a passport to explore traditions, make crafts and play games.” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/home/2015/10/28/free-family-day-january-9/

Winter Plant Identification”, Saturday, January 9, 11AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Have you ever taken a winter walk in the woods and wondered what those deciduous trees are? Join an arborist to learn the clues in twigs, bark, and fruit that allow you to identify species without their leaves.”

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, January 9, and Saturday, January 23, 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.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/lantern-tour.htm

Winter Twig Identification”, Saturday, January 9, 1-4PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Ages 12 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 Presented by Steve Engel. “When the leaves are missing, what can you rely on to identify our common deciduous trees and shrubs? All you need to know are the characteristics of their twigs, bark and fruit. This class begins indoors to learn some basic terminology and then ventures outside where you can put your new-found knowledge to the test - in a fun way!”

Feed the Birds!”, Sunday, January 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.”

Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!”, Saturday, January 9, all day beginning at 11AM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Nonperishable food donations for the Oregon Food Bank requested. All ages. Elves, wizards, orcs and all others are invited to join in this all-day celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the 20th Century’s most influential authors. We'll have live music, movies in the Theater, Willamette Radio Workshop broadcasting live, Hobbit-inspired food specials and more! Please bring a can of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank. Schedule here: http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/147055-Happy-Birthday-JRR-Tolkien

Long Winter Knights”, Sunday, January 10, 11AM, Hollywood Library. “What did the passage of seasons mean to people in the Middle Ages? How did they survive and what did they celebrate? Learn about these subjects and more with Knights of Veritas! Featuring many crowd favorites from Knights of Veritas' swordfighting programs, the supplemental information in this program fits the fall and winter seasons. Subjects include how warfare changed during the winter months, the traditions and festivals which marked the passage of time and what the change in seasons meant for the common people during long winter nights.” http://www.knightsofveritas.org/

Author Talk, “Melinda Jetté”, Sunday, January 10, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Melinda Jetté’s book, ‘At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century, 1812-1859’, delivers a social history that deepens our understanding of the Oregon Country during the 1800s. This history of French Prairie provides a window onto the multi-racial history of the Pacific Northwest and offers an alternative vision of early Oregon in the lives of the biracial French-Indian families whose community challenged notions of white supremacy, racial separation, and social exclusion.” http://www.ohs.org/events/beyond-white-supremacy.cfm

Earthquake Preparedness”, Sunday, January 10, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; Monday, January 11, 6PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, January 26, 6PM, Albina Library; and Saturday, January 30, 1PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/earthquake-preparednes. “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store it.”

Slavic New Year”, Sunday, January 10, 2PM, Midland Library. “Come and celebrate the most popular holiday in Slavic culture with music, folktales and traditional treats.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, January 10, 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.”

Origami Circle”, Sundays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31, 12PM, Holgate Library. “Come and create adorable animals, shapes and flowers. Learn something new each time, be creative and have fun!”

Portland Opera Presents, “The Elixir of Love”, Monday, January 11, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfiled Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx: http://www.portland5.com/antoinette-hatfield-hall/events/noontime-showcase-portland-opera-go-elixir-love; and Tuesday, January 26, 12PM (doors open at 11AM), Chehalem Cultural Center Ballroom, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg: http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=11583. Free. “Portland Opera To Go provides children and families with the opportunity to engage in the rewarding world of opera by bringing high-quality, accessible programming to communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our 50th anniversary celebration began in Vienna and it ends in the American Wild West, a creative and ingenious setting for Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Like Die Fledermaus, The Elixir of Love is a celebration of love’s intoxicating power…and the powerful intoxication of a certain snake-oil salesman’s 40-proof love potion. Nemorino the cowpoke is snake-bit in love. High-falutin’ Adina laughs off his every attempt to rustle up some romance with her, especially after the gaudy Sergeant Belcore rides into town. Desperate, Nemorino enlists in Belcore’s battalion and invests his bonus in a large dose of Doctor Dulcamara’s ‘Elixir of Love.’ Giddy with hope, Nemorino suddenly seems younger, handsomer, and richer to all the village girls. Even Adina starts responding to his homespun charm, so she packs Belcore off to conquer other hearts and pledges her own to Nemorino.” 

Registration opens Monday, January 11 for Homeschool Day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, taking place Friday, April 1, 10AM-4PM. Details TBA: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/education/marine-education/homeschool

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, January 12, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Everyone’s favorite reptile guru is back. See lots of live, slithery specimens, learn cool facts, and get a chance to touch a reptile for yourself!” http://www.oregonreptileman.com

Author Talk, “Kara Platoni”, Tuesday, January 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Kara Platoni presents her book, “We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time”. “How do we know what’s real? That’s not a trick question: sensory science is increasingly finding that we don’t perceive reality: we create it through perception. In We Have the Technology’, science writer Kara Platoni guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception. ‘We Have the Technology ‘ introduces us to researchers who are changing the way we experience the world, whether creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients, constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch, or building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield. These diverse investigations not only explain previously elusive aspects of human experience, but offer tantalizing glimpses into a future when we can expand, control, and enhance our senses as never before. A fascinating tour of human capability and scientific ingenuity, ‘We Have the Technology’ offers essential insights into the nature and possibilities of human experience.” http://www.karaplatoni.com

“Soup Night”, Tuesday, January 12, 6:30PM, West Linn Library, Community Room.; and Thursday, January 14, 6PM, Newberg Library. “Maggie Stuckey, author of ‘Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup’ will talk about the tradition of soup nights, in which neighbors build community through the age-old idea of getting together for a simple meal. Maggie will bring soup to share.”  http://maggiestuckey.com/maggie-stuckey-author/soup-night/

Loteria Game Night”, Tuesday, January 12, 6PM, Troutdale Library. Bilingual. “Come enjoy a family night at the library playing the traditional Mexican game, Loteria! Loteria is similar to Bingo, using images instead of numbers.”

Talk, “Prowling for Owls!”, Tuesday, January 12, 7PM, Montgomery Park, lower ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. $5. “Last year, Scott Carpenter’s talk on Owls attracted an overflow crowd, and we were forced to turn people away because of the limited space in Heron Hall [Audubon Society]. Scott agreed to do another Owl presentation at a location large enough to hold a blockbuster crowd! Join us on January 12 in the lower ballroom at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210, for a comfortable venue with lots of parking and access from public transportation. There will be a small admission charge ($5 suggested donation). Doors open at 6 p.m. Owls have fascinated us since prehistoric times, representing various things to various cultures – from symbols of wisdom, protection and good fortune, to omens of doom. Despite our collective captivation, many people have limited firsthand experience with owls. In general, owls are secretive; and most species are nocturnal, making them relatively hard to find. But by learning a bit about their behavior and breeding biology, you can greatly increase your odds of seeing owls, even in the daytime. Join local birder and photographer Scott Carpenter as he shares his insights into finding and enjoying owls in the Pacific Northwest. With the goal of empowering you to have enough information to go out and observe owls on your own, Scott will share month by month suggestions for finding 13 species of owls in Oregon and Washington.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nature-night-prowling-for-owls

1860s Schoolmarm Presentation”, Tuesday, January 12, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Donations requested. “Attendees will be ‘students’ in Miss Elliot’s one room schoolhouse. Learn etiquette of an 1863 school day. Learn a history about our flag. Learn arithmetic from a text used in the 1860s. This is an excellent experience for children, so families are welcome!” http://www.historicbeaverton.org

Studio Ghibli Retrospective”, Tuesday, January 12 through Monday, January 18, OMSI Empirical Theater. Films from the legendary Japanese anime studio extraordinaire. Schedule here: https://www.omsi.edu/calendar?start[value][date]=&end[value][date]=&keywords[]=353&keys=ghibli

Author Talk, “Roseanne Parry”, Tuesday, January 12, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Roseanne Parry presents her children’s chapter book, “The Turn of the Tide”. “On a beautiful day in June, the ground broke open. In Japan, you’re always prepared for an earthquake. That’s why Kai knows just what to do when the first rumbles shake the earth. And then he does the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do: He runs. And then the tsunami hits. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pacific, Kai’s cousin Jet sets sail off the coast of Astoria, Oregon. She knows she should have checked the tide—she always checks the tide. Except this time she didn’t. When the biggest mistakes of their lives bring them together, Jet and Kai spend the summer regretting that one moment when they made the wrong decision. But there’s something about friendship that heals all wounds and, together, Jet and Kai find the one thing they never thought they’d have again—hope.” http://rosanneparry.com/books/a-new-novel-from-random-house/

“Lego Hexbug Mazes”, Wednesday, January 13, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Construct a maze out of Legos and then run a hexbug through it. Will your hexbug make it out? Hexbugs are tiny micro-robotic creatures.”

2016 Beaverton State of the City Address”, Wednesday, January 13, reception 5:30PM, program 6:45PM-7:30PM, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, Performing Arts Center, 11375 SW Center St., Beaverton. Preregistration required; info here: http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/stateofthecity “You are invited to the 2016 State of the City Address presented by Mayor Denny Doyle and Beaverton City Council. Free and open to the public.”

Poetry Reading, “Dawn Diez Willis”, Wednesday, January 13, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Dawn Diez Willis holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and has been the recipient of a Literary Arts Fellowship. She served as an editor with Airlie Press. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Dawn’s poetry has also been part of collaborative art shows with photographer Barry Shapiro and visual artist Ann Kresge. Her book 'Still Life with Judas and Lightning' was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.” http://www.dawndiezwillis.com

Poetry Reading, “Ursula K. Le Guin”, Wednesday, January 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Late in the Day, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new collection of poems (2010–2014) seeks meaning in an ever-connected world. Le Guin’s latest poems give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless through and about the seasonal rhythms of the earth, the minute and the vast, the ordinary and the mythological.” http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-LateInTheDay.html

Sock Snowman”, Thursday, January 14, 3PM, Northwest Library. “Get crafty making holiday decor! You’ll make a friendly snowman base out of a white sock, and then decorate him (or her) with buttons, beads and other trimmings. Like snowflakes, each snowman will be unique!”

Opening Reception, “Brink”, Thursday, January 14, 6PM-9PM, exhibit runs from January 14 through February 22, Antler Gallery, 2728 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Twenty artists have been asked to create works that focus on either an extinct or an endangered species. These new, original pieces will be on display for one month, Jan. 14-Feb. 22, and 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Audubon Society of Portland.” http://www.antlerpdx.com/audubon-society-portland.html

B-SAT: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow for Teens”, Thursday, January 14, 4:30PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room Level 4. “Teens, share your writing with other teens and get feedback! Produce new stories/poems.”

Every Kid in a Park”, Thursday, January 14, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Calling all Nature Enthusiasts, Families, 4th Graders, and Kids at Heart! Join us for an evening with Deborah Hill, Interpretive Park Ranger, Tryon Creek State Natural Area Learn about the federal program Every Kid in a Park, for families of 4th graders, as well as how to plan your next camping adventure at county, state, or federal parks. Question and answer session, and craft will follow presentation. There will also be a raffle for a copy of Ken Burns' 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' DVD set.”

The Horse and Cultural Identity in 1st Millennium Britain”, Thursday, January 14, 4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 298, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Bioarchaeologist Pamela J. Cross talks about archaeological horses and people from the European Dark Ages. We’ll look at how skeletons tell us about living horse and human lives and relationships. And we’ll explore how changing horse ritual may have echoed changing cultural identities, colored myth and folklore and continued in modern cultures.” http://www.pdx.edu/events/anthropology-first-thursday-lecture-horse-and-cultural-identity-1st-millennium-britain?delta=0

Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves”, Thursday, January 14, 6PM, Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Dennis L. Jenkins, PhD, RPA, Senior Research Archaeologist II and Director of the Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. “Luther Cressman’s 1938-1940 excavations at the Paisley Caves in south central Oregon discovered exciting evidence suggesting that people may have lived there as early as the Late Pleistocene, some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. However, it was not until recent developments in Ancient DNA testing that he was proven correct. This presentation explains the scientific processes and results of archaeological and paleogenetic investigations at the Paisley Caves, bringing the audience the most up-to-date information about the evidence for the association of humans and Pleistocene animals in Oregon’s high desert country more than 14,000 years ago. Dating of camel and horse bones, artifacts, twigs, and dried human feces containing Native American DNA between 12,900 and 14,500 years ago indicates that people lived in the caves and apparently hunted mammoth or mastodons, camels, horses, and other animals at the end of the Pleistocene (Ice Age) period. This colorful slide show takes the audience through the scientific processes involved in proving the case for pre-Clovis (>13,500 years) human occupations at the world famous Paisley Caves.” https://www.omsi.edu/node/8568

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “Wizard of Oz: Young Performers’ Edition”, Friday, January 15 through Sunday, January 24, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove. $14 adults, $12 seniors and youth 17 and under. “Like so many girls her age, Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Based on the classic 1939 motion picture, ‘The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers’ Edition’ includes the movie’s songs, including ‘Ding-Dong, the Witch is Dead,’ ‘If I Only Had a Brain,’ ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road,’ and, the Oscar-winning ‘Over the Rainbow.’” http://theatreinthegrove.org/wp/

Author Talk, “Frances Backhouse”, Friday, January 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Frances Backhouse discusses, “Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver.” “Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent’s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wherever there was wood and water, there were beavers — 60 million (or more) — and wherever there were beavers, there were intricate natural communities that depended on their activities. Then the European fur traders arrived. In ‘Once They Were Hats’, Frances Backhouse examines humanity’s 15,000-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver’s even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems.” http://www.backhouse.ca

The Kalapuya: Stewards of the Western Oregon Prairies”, Saturday, January 16, 2PM, Tigard Library. “In the past 200 years the Kalapuya people have both owned all of the Willamette Valley and lost everything. For 15,000 years they traveled broadly—fishing, hunting and trading—until European-American settlement brought population declines and dispossessions from their homelands. Ethno-historian Dr. David Lewis tells their story.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, January 16, 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.” http://www.metaltype.org/ccstf/

Japanese Stab Bound Pocketbooks”, Saturday, January 16, 1PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/japanese-stab-bound-pocketbooks/53194 Presented by Sonya Richards. “Learn how to bind your books through Japanese stab binding. This non-adhesive binding makes gorgeous decorative patterns on the spine of the book. We’ll go over four different styles and techniques, and you’ll leave class with four little notebooks handmade by you!” https://www.etsy.com/people/RookieBooks

Portland Metro Reptile Expo”, Saturday, January 16, 10AM -5PM, Portland Holiday Inn, Columbia Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $9 adults, $4 kids 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. $1 off coupon on their website: http://www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo/ This is very fun even if you are not interested in buying a new pet. There is always plenty to look at! There will also be amphibians and unusual animals like hedgehogs.

“1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, January 16, 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.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=697627-307230

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, January 16, 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. January: Anniversary of the Kaiser Shipyards.” http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/lantern-tour.htm

Engineering and Simple Machines: Quirky Contraptions”, Saturday, January 16, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Ever hear of Rube Goldberg who over-engineered a contraption to perform a simple task? Come and gain hands-on engineering experience as you work in small teams to design and build quirky contraptions out of everyday materials to solve simple problems. Along the way, you will learn about the physics of energy conservation, inertia and forces.”

Make a Folk Instrument”, Saturday, January 16, 2PM, Central Library. “Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

Exhibit, “From our Past to our Present”, Saturday, January 16 through February 28, with an opening reception Saturday, January 30, 1PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “Latino Art Now Collective presents an exhibition by contemporary local artists who challenge the presumptions of what Latino art is and take the audience to a new level of awareness.” https://www.facebook.com/LatinoArtNOWpdx/

Dyslexia 101”, Saturday, January 16, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/dyslexia-101/51888 Presented by Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. “Dyslexia is invisible and frequently misunderstood, yet it affects up to 20% of the population. Dyslexia 101 informs attendees about this neurobiological learning difference by exploring: early warning signs, causes, treatment and consequences of not providing teacher training or evidence-based instruction for dyslexia in America's public schools and discussion of recent Oregon legislation regarding dyslexia.” http://www.decodingdyslexiaor.org

Pop-up Movie Theater for Teens”, Saturday, January 16, 2PM, St. Johns Library. “Make a city for Godzilla to smash or Iron Man and the X-Men to save! In this 1 ½ hour workshop with Puppetkabob, kids will create paper pop-up movie sets and rod puppets to direct their own hero story with a WHAM, ZAP or POW!” http://www.puppetkabob.com

Drop in and Drop Spindle”, Saturday, January 16, 2PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/drop-and-drop-spindle/51601 “Learn how to spin your own yarn! In this class you will learn some spinning vocabulary and how to spin wool fiber into yarn using a drop spindle. This method of spinning is inexpensive and portable. Wool fiber will be provided. Bring a drop spindle if you have one but if you do not own one, a spindle will be provided.”

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Presents, “Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case”, Saturday, January 16, 2PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, January 23, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Solve a mystery with the world's most famous detective! Something's amiss, and now "the game's afoot!" for the brilliant scientist and criminologist, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Along with his trusted companion, Dr. Watson (played by a child volunteer), Holmes will follow the clues and solve the mystery with audience's help.” http://www.travelinglantern.com/nowplaying.php

What Goes Up!”, Saturday, January 16, 2:30PM, Woodstock Library. “What goes up...must come down! Have a blast with things that float, spin, and glide through the air! Join AKA Science to experiment with push-copters, launch mini-parachutes, and try some cool air pressure magic tricks...then take your creations home to show family and friends!”

Concert, “Grupo Condor”, Saturday, January 16, 11AM, North Portland Library; Saturday, January 23, 11AM, Holgale Library; Saturday, January 30, 11:30AM, Woodstock Library; and Saturday, January 30, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Enjoy the Latin American folk music performed by Grupo Condor, featuring Spanish, African and Native American influences. Learn about the instruments from Andes, such as the pan flutes, the armadillo shell string instrument, the bombo (bass drum) and the importance of each culture's contribution to this enchanting music and full of energy.” http://www.grupo-condor.com

5th Annual Yachats Agate Festival”, Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, 10AM-4PM, Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101, Yachats. “The village gem invites you to the 5th annual Yachats Agate Festival and Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show. The festival weekend will feature spectacular displays as well as family friendly learning opportunities for all ages. There will be special guest speakers and the Oregon Coast Agate Club will also be joining in with demonstrations and club displays.” http://yachatsagatefestival.com

The Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship”, Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, Eugene. Details here: http://www.oregontrufflefestival.com/event_location/joriad/

The Great Train Show”, Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $9, free for kids 11 and under. $2 off coupon on their website: http://trainshow.com/portland/ Parking $8 or $7 for carpools of 3 or more. Lots of model train displays and a riding train. 

Coding for the Whole Family”, Sunday, January 17, 2PM, Kenton Library; and Saturday, January 30, Woodstock Library. Presented by Pixel Arts Game Education. “Learn free online resources to explore computer coding. Kids can learn to design their own games and play it at home.”

William Stafford Celebration”, Sunday, January 17, 4PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “The library will host a William Stafford birthday reading, featuring local writers and an open-mic for those who would like to share one of Stafford's poems, or a story about an encounter with the late Oregon Poet Laureate. The evening will conclude with a performance of William Stafford's work by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration”, Sunday, January 17, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Baha'is of Lake Oswego will present a program at Lake Oswego Public Library to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., with quotes from Dr. King, music and refreshments.”

Author Talk, “Nicholas Beatty and Coleen McIntyre”, Sunday, January 17, 2PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Join the authors of ‘The Cultured Chef: An International Cookbook for Kids’ as they talk about food from around the world. They'll also help you prepare a tasty treat that you can also make at home later.” http://www.culturedchef.com/cookbook.php

African Storytelling”, Sunday, January 17, 3PM, Hillsdale 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.” http://www.habibasvillage.com

White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Monday, January 18, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; and Saturday, January 30, 2PM, Midland Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/white-out-future-racial-diversity-oregon) “Although Census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the state remains one of the whitest in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity, but we have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will facilitate a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse communities.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration”, Monday, January 18, reception 5PM, program 6PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. “This community-organized celebration honors the legacy of Dr. King by promoting diversity and inclusion in our community. Performers and speakers from diverse backgrounds use the power of creative expression in pursuit of thoughtful conversation. The program will feature performances from local school choirs, the First United Methodist Church Choir, and George Fox University violinist Simeon Brown. New this year is an hour-long social time from 5 to 6 pm. This will include an art exhibition, live music entertainment and refreshments. The formal program will begin at 6pm. The program will feature guest speaker Dr. Johnny Lake, from Northwest Christian University. Lake is an international consultant, trainer and speaker, certified in programs respecting leadership, diversity, community building, cross-cultural communication and interactions skills, equity and ethics for youth and adults. He consults with government, professional and educational agencies and organizations. Lake teaches diversity courses for teacher and counselor preparation programs at Northwest Christian University, Pacific University, and University of Oregon. He is an Administrator on Special Assignment with Eugene 4J School District, an advocate for needs of at-risk youth, and provides teacher training institutes and student learning and leadership opportunities. Lake is an internationally recognized writer and storyteller. He is a former chairman of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and Education Chair for the NAACP.” http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=9448

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Work Party”, Monday, January 18, 9AM-12PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required only for groups of 5 or more; email volunteer@columbiasprings.org to register. “Make your day off a ‘day on’ and give back to your community! All ages are welcome to join Columbia Springs for a Stewardship Saturday style volunteer service event. Groups of volunteers will work on several projects around our site that help maintain or enhance our recreational and educational facilities.” http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/

MLK Day of Service Oak Planting”, Monday, January 18, 9AM-12PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Preregistration required; email Jared at jared_strawderman@fws.gov call 360-835-8767. “We will be planting Oregon White Oak saplings from 9:00 am - 12 pm. Meeting at the trail head parking lot. Event will take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather including waterproof boots and gloves.”

Say Yes to Less: Decluttering Workshop”, Tuesday, January 19, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Get practical tips on where to start, how to sort, and who gets what. You'll also learn the guaranteed items test for what to keep. Presented by Jane Green, author and founder of A Clear Place. Jane brings a ‘no blame/no shame’ approach to living large with less.”

Screening, “The New Latinos (1946-1965)”, Tuesday, January 19, 6PM, Canby Library. “Film screening and discussion.” http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/episode-guide/

Book Talk, “The Man Who Wouldn’t Kill Cats”, Tuesday, January 19, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Evan Kalik presents a biography of him written by David Michael Smith entitled, “The Man Who Wouldn’t Kill Cats: The Evan Kalik Story” about his supreme animal rescue efforts. https://evankalik.wordpress.com/about/

Oregon History Night”, Tuesday, January 19, 6:30PM, Midway Historic Public House, 1003 7th St., Oregon City. “Rick Minor, Senior archaeologist with Heritage Research Associates, will share knowledge gained during last summer’s archaeological investigations at the Oregon City Woolen Mill foundation. Doors open at 5:30 PM.”

William Stafford Birthday Celebration”, Tuesday, January 19, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “The Lake Oswego Public Library and the Friends of William Stafford present an evening of poetry in honor of William Stafford. Featuring former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson and writer and Professor Kim Stafford.”

Earthquakes in Oregon", Tuesday, January 19, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater ($5 suggested donation); and Thursday, January 21, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin ($3 suggested donation per adult). “Dr. Scott Burns, retired geology professor and frequent commentator on TV when the earth moves, will review the latest perspectives on the recent news about a major earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.” 

Screening, “Latino Americans- Prejudice and Pride: 1965-1980)", Wednesday, January 20, 6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx; and Tuesday, January 26, 6PM, Canby Library. Film screening and discussion. http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/episode-guide/

Rose City Classic Dog Show”, Wednesday, January 20 through Sunday, January 24, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 for a 1-day ticket, $15 for a 2-day ticket. Seniors free on Thurs. and Fri. and $5 on Sat. and Sun. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. http://rosecityclassic.org

Art Bots for Teens”, Thursday, January 21, 5PM, Beaverton Library. “What kind of art do robots make? Find out by creating your very own art bot at the library!”

Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, January 21, 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.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, January 21, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library, by the hearth. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

Exhibit, “Stitches in Bloom”, Friday, January 22 through Sunday, January 24, 10AM- 4PM, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Admission $9, free for kids 4 and under. “The show will feature more than 150 beautiful quilts, vendors selling quilting wares, lectures by featured artists and demonstrations by quilting vendors. Enjoy the Tea Room, presented by Stash Tea, where lunch fare and specialty items will be available for purchase.” http://www.oregongarden.org/events/quiltshow/

Advanced Geocaching”, Saturday, January 23, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Library. “So you've been caching for a few weeks, months, or years now. And you would like to learn some of the more advanced ways to plan your geocache hunts. During this afternoon of workshops in the Tualatin Library Community Room, we hope to get you on the trail faster with more caches in your sights. We will also speed up your logging and help you develop cool caching statistics for your profile. We will break the afternoon up into four 50-minute sessions. You can come and stay all afternoon or just catch us for one or two of the workshops. The workshops will cover: 1:00 - 1:50 pm, Pocket Queries and Bookmarks; 2:00 - 2:50 pm, Introduction to GSAK and Downloading Geocaches; 3:00 - 3:50 pm, Various Methods to Identify, Select and Upload Caches to your GPS Unit; 4:00 - 4:50 pm, Advanced GSAK and Introduction to Macros.”

Winter Waterfowl Identification”, Saturday, January 23, 9AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Ages 12 and up. $25; $18 for Hillsboro residents. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370 “The Tualatin River basin is home to tens of thousands of waterfowl during the mild Pacific Northwest winter. Learn how to identify the most common species of ducks, geese and swans. An indoor session is followed by a field trip onto the Preserve with binoculars and field guides (provided) and a spotting scope. Local author and instructor, John Rakestraw, teaches this class.”

Egg Mass Monitor Training”, Saturday, January 23, 9:30AM-12PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx (preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/egg-mass-montior-training/2016-01-23) and Saturday, January 30, 10:30AM-1PM, Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood (preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/egg-mass-monitor-training/2016-01-30#). “If you are interested in becoming an egg mass monitor for Metro, Clean Water Services, or the Wetlands conservancy, this training is for you. Learn about frog and salamander monitoring in the region, natural area restoration, amphibian identification techniques, how the field protocol works (and how much fun it is!), safety and logistics. Attendees can determine which of the three programs works best for them and sign up to be a volunteer for the 2016 season. Coffee, tea, juice, and muffins will be served.”

Sunset Sit and Moonrise Smile”, Saturday, January 23, 4:40PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. Free. “Make time in your day once a month to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro park sites. A Hillsboro Parks and Recreation naturalist helps you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370

17th Annual Winter Powwow”, Saturday, January 23, 12PM-9PM, PCC Sylvania, Health Technology Building, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx. Free admission and parking. “Please join us for an extraordinary campus and community celebration. This cultural event features drum groups and dancers from across the region and attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. It supports the PCC Native American Scholarship Fund and Native American businesses by offering vendor space.” http://www.pcc.edu/about/events/powwow/

Eat Smart, Waste Less, Recycle More!”, Saturday, January 23, 2PM, Sherwood Library. “Want to save up to $1600 a year on groceries? Learn about the importance of food in our lives and the negative impacts when food gets wasted, including environmental, social and economic impacts. Find out what you can do at home to prevent wasted food with this presentation from Washington County's Waste Prevention team.”

Twin Kennedy Concert”, Saturday, January 23, 2PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Enjoy the country/roots music of identical twin duo Carli and Julie Kennedy. With Carli on guitar and Julie on fiddle and bass guitar, these Victoria, BC siblings will share their seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting.” http://www.twinkennedy.com

Kids Knit!”, Saturday, January 23, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Discover a fun new hobby by learning to knit or improving your current skills! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own supplies. For grade school-age children and up.”

Teen Taste of Programming”, Saturday, January 23, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/teen-taste-programming/54339 “Teens! Have you ever wondered if computer programming is for you? Come find out what you can do with mad programming skills and try it out for yourself. You will learn what is possible with programming, what the difference is between programming and coding, and how to learn more! This class is perfect for beginners.”

Lichen and Moss”, Saturday, January 23, 1PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Ages 12 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/lichen-and-moss/2016-01-23 “Lichen and moss are all around, living on trees, rocks, houses and sidewalks. This class will focus on the natural history of lichen and moss and how to identify them. Magnification lenses and field guides will be provided. Put on your rain gear, and let’s take a walk in the woods!”

DIY Phone Case for Teens”, Saturday, January 23, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/diy-phone-case/54469 “The Fairview Teen Council invites you to a special DIY Phone Case program. Have fun hanging out with friends while you apply glitter, bling, paint and other materials to make your phone case uniquely yours. Bring your own phone case or get one for free during the class. Snacks provided.”

Oregon Ballet Theatre Presents, “Ballet Between the Books”, Saturday, January 23, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Come see a special performance by Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 (OBT2) at your library. Beautifully trained dancers will perform ballet from Napoli Pas de Six and Alison Roper’s new pieces. Stay after the show to learn more about ballet and upcoming OBT shows.”

Exploring the Music of Bartok and Beethoven”, Saturday, January 23, 1:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Music historian, Peter Kupfer, will discuss the music of Bartok and Beethoven. Peter is an Assistant Professor of Music History at Southern Methodist University: Meadows School of the Arts.”

Intuitive Painting”, Saturday, January 23, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/intuitive-painting/51912 “Play with watercolor paint on wet watercolor paper to create beautiful spontaneous abstract art.”

Author Talk, “Barbara Roberts”, Saturday, January 23, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts will discuss her book, “Up the Capitol Steps”. “Up the Capitol Steps is a personal and political memoir by Oregon’s first (and only) woman governor, one of only thirty-four women who have served as state chief executives in the history of the United States. Barbara Roberts offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a woman’s life in politics and aims to demystify leadership by telling the story of her own unlikely rise to power. The mother of an autistic child before the advent of special education, Roberts began her life in public service as an advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. She documents her expanding political career from school board member to legislator to Secretary of State and finally, Governor. In this gripping and poignant memoir, hotly contested elections and tough policy decisions are interspersed with intimate details of personal ups and downs. Throughout, Roberts reveals the warmth and humor that show the real person behind the politician. Only the third published autobiography by an American woman head of state, Up the Capitol Steps is ‘a very significant contribution to Oregon history, the history of women in politics, and especially the history of women governors,’ according to series editor Melody Rose. The book captures a period of our nation’s political history and a view of women’s expanding role in government that brings new understanding to the term, ‘social revolution.’” http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/up-capitol-steps

Tortilla, Sope and Gordita Making with Fresh Corn Masa”, Saturday, January 23, 3PM, Kenton Library. “Using Three Sisters Nixtamal’s fresh, stone-ground organic corn masa, you will see how easy it is to make your own delicious masa creations. This hands-on class includes shaping and cooking tortillas, sopes and gorditas and finishing them with our favorite locally available Mexican ingredients. We share our favorite recipes and talk about the history of corn in Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas as well as the health benefits of this thousands-years old, traditional corn processing method called ‘nixtimalization.’”

Water Bug Bonanza at Brightwater”, Saturday, January 23, 10AM, Brightwater Education Center, 22505 St. Rt. 9 SE, Woodinville, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: https://islandwood.org/event/water-bug-bonanza-brightwater “Come join us for a fun day of citizen science with the water bugs at Brightwater! You’ll venture into the great outdoors to collect water bugs from our on-site ponds and return to our cozy classroom to take a closer look. Water quality investigations and other water bug related activities will ensue. A perfect way for families with kids of all ages to escape the dreary winter days and explore the life that lurks beneath the surface.”

Repair Fair”, Saturday, January 23, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online.  “Has your toaster stopped toasting? Your favorite jacket won't zip? What is that mystery gizmo, and why won't it latch? Bring your broken small appliances, clothing, and more to Hillsboro Public Library's inaugural Repair Fair. Volunteers from the local Repair Fair team will be on hand to help you get them back in working order. When registering, please include any information about the broken items you will be bringing to assist our volunteers with planning.”

Plant for the Planet”, Saturday, January 23, 9AM-5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. For ages 8-14. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/ “Plant for the Planet will host a free one-day academy for local students interested in taking action! Students will learn about the science of Climate Change and Recovery, how Climate Change impacts people everywhere, the importance and how-to of planting trees and effective presentation skills!”

Legends of Mexico”, Saturday, January 23, 3:30PM, Midland Library; Sunday, January 24, 3PM, Hillsdale Library; Thursday, January 28, 11AM, Rockwood Library; and Thursday, January 28, 6:30PM, Trost Elementary School, 800 S. Redwood St., Canby. “Latin America has a rich and diverse musical culture that is an important part of many Latino celebrations and traditions. These traditions have been passed down from generations to generations and must be kept alive no matter where you may live. Join Nuestro Canto in singing traditional songs while learning about their meaning and origin.” http://www.grupo-condor.com/id69.html

LED Wearable Workshop”, Saturday, January 23, 10AM, OMSI Design Lab. $18. Preregistration required; register online: www.omsi.edu. “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.”

"Build It!  Bridge Activity for Kids", Sunday, January 24, 12PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/build-it-bridge-building-activity-kids/54283 “Sharon Wood Wortman, with the help of staff-recruited volunteers at branch libraries visited, leads a two-hour bridge building activity for children using the patterns and step-by-step directions found in her latest book, “The Big and Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers and Their Teachers". Using low-temp glue guns, hot glue, and wooden craft sticks, participants take home a model truss fashioned after a Portland-Vancouver span. Especially suitable for primary grade engineers. Parents are welcome.” http://bigandawesomebridges.org

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Pirate and His Pet”, Sunday, January 24, 2PM, Midland Library. “A heroic boy named Joey is on a quest to find his parents, having lost his belongings to one banker's greedy ways. On his journey he meets swashbuckling pirates, a courageous mermaid and a timid sea serpent. This brave boy will not settle until his parents are found.” http://www.dragontheater.com/index.html

Yad Day”, Sunday, January 24, 10:30AM-12PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration strongly suggested; call 503-226-3600. A ‘yad’ is a pointer used to follow along with a Torah reading. “Join us for crafts and storytelling! Along with viewing our exhibit about Torah pointers, ‘Pointing the Way’, children will make handmade yads and listen to Portland Jewish Library stories in the museum’s auditorium. All ages welcome!” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-event-2016-01-24-yad-day

Mystery Authors Panel Discussion”, Sunday, January 24, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Featuring Gigi Pandian, Cindy Brown and Lisa Alber. http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/mystery-authors-panel-discussion-featuring-gigi-pandian-cindy-brown-and-lisa-alber

Fresh Truffle Marketplace”, Sunday, January 24, 11AM-4PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. $15 advance tickets, $22 including wine tasting with commemorative glass, extra cost at door. “The Oregon Truffle Festival’s most popular culinary day-long culinary experience comes north for one day of truffle cooking classes, chef demonstrations with take-home recipes, wine tasting from some of the north valley’s most notable wineries, artisan foods samples, fresh Oregon truffles for sale and a truffle dog demonstration.” http://www.oregontrufflefestival.com/event/newberg-fresh-truffle-marketplace/

Family Graphic Novel Book Group”, Sunday, January 24, 2PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 2-3 with an adult family member gather to discuss graphic novels, aka comic books, and explore how visual elements and text combine into engaging stories for reluctant and advanced readers.”

Knife and Ax Sharpening”, Saturday, January 24, 3PM, Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave., Pdx. $5 donation requested. “The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a family friendly class and networking event that happens monthly. Join us for a fun day of fixing up our knives with our friend Jeremy Thomas. Jeremy is a lead instructor of Boulder Outdoor Survival School, and has field tested knives for various survival situations. He has a knife company called SACHA knives (http://sachaknives.com/).” https://www.facebook.com/events/853257164717447/

Winter Walk Nature Program”, Monday, January 25, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. “How do animals and plants cope with less light, food, and warmth? Go for a walk to find out which animals stay through the winter and what adaptations both plants and animals have to help them survive. Dress for the weather. Registration required online or at the library.”

Building the Golden Gate”, Monday, January 25, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Paul Giroux, Senior Estimating Manager at Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. “The early twentieth century was the golden age of long-span suspension bridges, yet the spanning of the Golden Gate Strait was thought to be impossible by many. Working in the shadow of the Great Depression, the builders of the bridge had to overcome daunting political, financial, and technical challenges to construct the longest bridge in the world in one of the harshest marine environments in the world. Eager to meet these challenges, extraordinary engineers and construction workers would converge on San Francisco in the early days of 1933 to span the Gate. Utilizing a combination of historic photographs and dynamic animation techniques, Paul Giroux brings the construction of the bridge to life providing a unique learning opportunity.” https://www.omsi.edu/node/8629 

American Girl Maker Workshop”, Monday, January 25, 3PM, Battle Ground Library. “Drop by our American Girl Doll Maker Camp. Volunteers will create a simple ‘pillowcase style’ dress that attendees will choose and embellish on their own. There will be crafts and face painting too!”

Valentine Needle Felting for Teens”, Monday, January 25, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, January 30, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Make a sweet for your sweetheart (or yourself) this Valentine's Day! Using needle felting techniques, we'll create beautiful and intricate soft sculpture cakes, cookies and other confections that you can take home at the end of class. Great for beginners.”

James Wasson: The Life of an Extraordinary Portlander”, Monday, January 25, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “The life of James Wasson, a true renaissance man of pre-WWII Portland, was rediscovered by staff of Old Portland Hardware after purchasing and opening a trunk that contained Wasson’s photographs and other extraordinary records. A Buffalo solider, early African American photographer, and community leader, exploring Wasson’s life provides a unique view onto Portland's history. Old Portland Hardware owner Bret Hodgert will tell stories of how he followed clues among Wasson’s materials — including photographs of people and events, a letter from Wasson’s employer, and correspondence related to Wasson’s military service — to reconstruct the biography of this extraordinary Portlander and to understand the community in which he lived and worked.” http://www.ohs.org/events/james-wasson.cfm

Conversations With Writers - Don Weston”, Monday, January 25, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library, first floor community room. “What types of writing do we create? Why do we do it? How many of us are writers without realizing it? Don Weston will talk about why we should write in this Amazon age, knowing we probably can’t expect to make any money at it. 

Don is author of the Billie Bly, P.I. series about a hard boiled female Portland private eye. His books include Bleeding Blue, Death Fits Like A Glove, and the upcoming The Hollywood Detectives. His stories combine mystery and suspense with a judicious seasoning of humor. 

In addition to books, Don worked as a newspaper journalist for several years. He is active in several literary organizations, including Oregon Writers Colony, where he serves as a board member, and Willamette Writers, where he serves as a Volunteer Coordinator for their annual conference.” https://donweston.wordpress.com/

LEGO Stop Motion Videos”, Tuesday, January 26, 6PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 3-8. “Create a short LEGO stop motion video using an iPad and the LEGO Movie Maker app!”

Nine Bridges Writers Group Presents, “A Book is Judged By More Than Its Cover”, Tuesday, January 26, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “9 Bridges Writers Community is coming to the Tualatin Library to share their knowledge of self publishing. Learn about cover design, title pages, fonts, illustrations, and layout.”

Northwest Agricultural Show”, Tuesday, January 26 through Thursday, January 28, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 general admission, $8 seniors, free for kids 11 and under. Wednesday $20 for the whole family. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. http://www.nwagshow.com If you think of agriculture as Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”, then you should take a gander at the massive industrial steel machinery on display at the Ag Show!

C.E.S. Wood: Romancing Freedom”, Tuesday, January 26, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. “Writer and filmmaker Laurence Cotton and scholar/poet Tim Barnes will share observations and insights into one of Oregon's most colorful and significant citizens - Charles Erskine Scott (C.E.S.) Wood (1852-1944). Soldier, attorney, poet, essayist, artist and art patron, public speaker and raconteur, philosophical anarchist and cultural figure, C.E.S. Wood left a profound, enlightening, and controversial legacy on Portland, Oregon, and the West Coast. A friend of Chief Joseph, Clarence Darrow, Emma Goldman, and Mark Twain, Wood's romance with freedom made him a passionate defender of civil liberties and a leading progressive voice of early 20th-century America.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/147807-CES-Wood-Romancing-Freedom http://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregonexperience/segment/ces-wood/

In the Footsteps of David Douglas”, Tuesday, January 26, 3PM, Historic Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem. $6. Preregistration required; register online: http://historicdeepwoodestate.org/estate/calendar_event/929/ Presented by Catherine Alexander, President - David Douglas Society. “In the early 1800s, David Douglas arrived in the Oregon Territory on a mission to gather seeds from native plants and trees for cultivation in England and the British colonies. At that time, the average life expectancy of a plant collector was roughly one year; many died from accidents, disease or were killed by indigenous people. Douglas not only survived his first year, he became one of the world’s most prolific plant collectors and his introductions of Douglas-fir and sitka spruce helped re-forest the United Kingdom. Learn how he achieved these extraordinary feats and what he learned from the native tribes of the Pacific and Inland Northwest.”

Exhibit, “Katsushige Nakahashi: Project Zero”, Tuesday, January 26- February 14, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. “Katsushige Nakahashi’s ‘Zero Project’ transforms the museum into a space of collaborative making. Following Nakahashi’s detailed instructions, the Cooley is building the artist’s life-size sculpture of a Mitsubishi A6M Zero warplane, the aircraft flown by Imperial Japanese Navy kamikaze pilots during WWII. Visitors are invited to participate in constructing the work. 

Nakahashi conceived ‘Zero Project’ in response to his experience of Japanese denial about the country’s actions during WWII. He describes the work as a vehicle for communal memory, not just about Japanese history, but about trauma and sacrifice in general. Nakahashi’s father worked as a Zero mechanic during the war, and witnessed the detonation of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki in 1945. Nakahashi intends for the collective activity of making the Zero to inspire cooperation and reflection. Nakahashi states: ‘By looking back at the past, a spirit of forgiveness, intelligence, and respect for a better future will emerge.’ Nakahashi based his Zero on a model plane he played with as a boy. Photographing a similar model with a macro lens, he then scaled the plane to its actual dimensions. Nakahashi’s Zero consists of 25,000 color photographs joined by various kinds of tape. Each iteration of the plane results in a very different artwork. At the close of the project the Zero must be burned, carried from the museum to its destruction site. Nakahashi describes the ritual burning of the plane as a ‘return to zero,’ a cleansing and healing release: ‘The work is completed only at the point when it is reduced to ashes, but when the ashes are taken up by the wind, and the scorched grass begins to re-grow, these processes are also all part of the artwork …’ ” http://www.reed.edu/gallery/

Engineering Adventures”, Wednesday, January 27, 4PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/engineering-adventures-grades-3-5-2 “Make robots, experiment with circuits, build vehicles … get ready to tinker with engineering at the library!” 

Felting Beads”, Wednesday, January 27, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “In this workshop you'll get to make round felted ball beads and wet felted cane beads that can be strung into bracelets or necklaces or used as buttons. Making a felted cane creates a rod of wool that makes fancy beads when cut apart--magical!”

Pinecone Birdfeeders”, Wednesday, January 27, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Bring your friends, get out of the cold, and make pinecone birdfeeders. All ages welcome.”

Create your own Knotted Bracelets for Teens”, Wednesday, January 27, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. “This is a great class for anyone to make an adjustable bracelet. You will leave with a finished bracelet for yourself or to give away.”

Concert, “Ricardo Cárdenas”, Wednesday, January 27, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library; and Saturday, January 30, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Take a musical journey through Latin America with this beautiful guitar concert featuring works by composers including Heitor Villa-Lobos of Brazil, Antonio Lauro of Venezuela, and Agustin Barrios of Paraguay. A classically trained guitarist as well as a composer himself, Ricardo Cárdenas is originally from Chile, now lives in Eugene, and plays widely throughout the Northwest.” http://www.cardenasmusic.com

Author Talk, “Patrick Jennings”, Wednesday, January 27, 4:15PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 8-12. Preregistration required; call 503-954-2354. “Author Patrick Jennings will be at our next Family Book Club to talk about his book hilarious book, 'Guinea Dog'. This book will be our book club pick for the month of January! Join us for a lively discussion and snacks with the author.” http://www.patrickjennings.com

Frankentoys”, Thursday, January 28, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Community Room 1st Floor. Ages 10 and up. “Be a mad scientist! Create your own Frankentoy by taking parts of broken toys and putting them together into your own creation. Some broken toys will be provided for your use but feel free to bring your own broken toys to take apart and share.”

Hillsboro Mayor Willey’s State of the City Address”, Thursday, January 28, reception 5PM, program 6PM-7PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Please join us as Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey delivers the 2016 State of the City Address, highlighting the accomplishments from the previous year, and the opportunities for the year ahead.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=24441

Broadway Rose Theatre Company Presents, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Thursday, January 28 through February 28, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. “Six awkward tweens vie for the coveted spelling championship in this fast-paced, Tony Award-winning comedy. As they fight to stay in the contest, the students – each with their own quirky and engaging personality – share hilarious and touching tales from their home lives, ultimately learning that winning isn’t everything. Featuring an addictive original score and riotous competition, Spelling Bee is an instant musical theater favorite.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/spelling-bee See content advisory: http://www.broadwayrose.org/content-advisories

Beginning Birding 1”, Thursday, January 28, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Class only $20. Class plus two field trips Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, $75. Repeating in Feb. and March. Preregistration required; register online:  http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/begbird_winter16 “Join Laura Whittemore, long-time birder and teacher, for an introduction to bird watching that takes the mystery out of the country’s most popular hobby. You will learn to recognize birds by shape, behavior, plumage, and more; and how to use binoculars and field guides to zero in on the identity of that mysterious little bird. Learn about birds with the patient guidance of an experienced birder.”

The Art of Quilling”, Thursday, January 28, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. Preregistration required; call 503-657-8269. “Learn the elegant art of Quilling. Join us for a beginner's quilling class where you’ll learn the basic coils and scrolls used most in quilling, and then put your new skills to work on a creation of your own!”

Teatro Milagro Presents, “Súper Ana”, Thursday, January 28, 3:30PM, Northwest Library. “Ana is a shy young girl disparaged by her friends for not being fashionable, American or technologically cool enough. At night she dreams that her family's old things are half-eaten and spit out by an insatiable consumer monster! To battle the monster she becomes Super Ana!, able to resist peer pressure with a swift but mighty lesson that will help her save her family's treasures and save the planet, too!” http://milagro.org/event/super-ana/

Potterpalooza: Quiz Night at the Leaky Caldron for Teens”, Thursday, January 28, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Community Room. “Muggles and Wizards alike! Take the Hogwarts Express to the library for an evening of Harry Potter magic. You wouldn't wand to miss it! Costumes encouraged.”

No-sew Recycled T-shirts for Teens”, Friday, January 29, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/no-sew-recycled-t-shirts-teens/53740 “Turn an old T-shirt into a useful shopping bag, then use the leftover recycled fabric scraps to make necklaces, bracelets, headbands, wrist cuffs and/or hats. Make all these items with no sewing required with the help of artist Lee Meredith. Bring an old T-shirt if you have one you would like to transform; there will also be T-shirts available for you to use.”

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Presents, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”, Saturday, January 30, 2PM, Sandy Library. Suggested for ages 3 and up. "In a mysterious old house, children find a musty, magical wardrobe containing a secret entrance that leads them into a fantastic world. More than just a delicious story of make-believe, C.S. Lewis' Narnia is a land where a malicious Witch, and a beautiful and dear Lion touch the hearts and influence the choices of all who enter." http://travelinglantern.com/TLBrochure2016W.pdf

“Fashion Fest”, Saturday, January 30, 5:30PM, Bethany Library. Ages 11-18. “Bring an old t-shirt and learn how to transform it into a new, exciting top. Learn how to create amazing nails by using our nail art techniques. When all is done, you can walk down the ‘runway’ and show off your new look. Bring old clothes in good condition for a clothing swap too.” 

Let There be Light for Teens”, Saturday, January 30, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Presented by artist Kathy Karbo. “Celebrations, ceremonies and rituals illuminate our lives. Traditional Lantern Festivals from all over the world bring communities together to celebrate and commemorate. They will serve as our inspiration as we explore recycled materials and found objects to create our own lanterns to take home.”

The Snowflake Man”, Saturday, January 30, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Free tickets will be given away at 10:30AM. “Puppetkabob's 'The Snowflake Man' swings audiences into historic 1920 through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of water color scenery. Come chill this winter and learn about American inventor W.A. 'Snowflake' Bentley, pioneer of snowflake photography. This award-winning show combines art, science and a little known piece of American history to magical effect!” http://www.puppetkabob.com

Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, January 30, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. $10. One microscope per ticket; maximum two participants per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands–on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.”

Geology of Newell Creek Canyon”, Saturday, January 30, 1PM, Oregon City. Ages 12 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/geology-newell-creek-canyon/2016-01-30 “The Pacific Northwest is filled with geological wonders, and the densely populated metropolitan area is no exception. Newell Creek Canyon in Oregon City has layers of stories written into the landscape. Join a naturalist to learn about the geology in this steep canyon and the surrounding area.”

Music Slam”, Saturday, January 30, 7PM, Sherwood Library. Ages 12 and up to participate; call 503-625-6688 to register. All ages to attend. Light refreshments served. “Performers 12 and up, are you ready for an opportunity to shine in front of an audience? Bring your band instrument, your band, or your voice and preform your best song for everyone to hear.”

Twin Lakes Snowshoe Hike”, Saturday, January 30, 8:30AM-4:30PM, with carpools departing for Mt. Hood from Portland. 4 miles, 800’ elevation gain, moderate. Snowshoe rentals can be made through REI or Next Adventure stores. $10 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/events/twin-lakes-snowshoe-hike “This segment of the Pacific Crest Trail has it all: old-growth forests, lakes, and spectacular straight-line views of the summit of Mount Hood. We'll snowshoe to two frozen lakes through the wintery backdrop of Mount Hood's forest Wilderness.”

Author Talk, “Matthew Holm”, Saturday, January 30, 2PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Celebrate the publication of ‘Comics Squad: Lunch’ with Matthew Holm on Comics Squad Day! Co-creator of Babymouse and Squish, Matthew Holm, will be here to talk about comics and sign books. We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a super-fun event!” http://www.matthewholm.net

Ethnobotany”, Saturday, January 30, 11AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Many of the plants which we ignore on our walks in the woods actually played an important part in the everyday lives of North American indigenous people. And many people are surprised to learn what they considered as delicacies, such as grubs, baby birds and grasshoppers. Roger will also talk about how they used various trees for housing and weapons as well as the challenges of foraging for their livelihood. Among this seemingly primitive existence, indigenous people knew how to make aspirin, which they used for headaches and soothing aches and pains encountered at the ‘office’.”

ViVoce Women’s Ensemble Presents, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Darkness Into Light”, Saturday, January 30, 7PM, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 NE 43rd Ave., Pdx., and Sunday, January 31, 4:30PM, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Pdx. $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. “Vivoce consists of 23 singers and performs two concerts a year in January and June under the direction of Jamie Webster. The concerts feature folk music from around the world, poetry and storytelling.” http://portlandrevels.org/calendar/vivoce-singers/

Four Centuries of Guitar”, Sunday, January 31, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by Steve Adams. “A performance of guitar styles spanning the 1600's to the 21st century. Adams incorporates fingerstyle and plectrum technique showcasing works from the renaissance, baroque, classical, jazz, loops, and beyond!” http://www.steveadamsguitar.com

Cooking Around the World: Vietnamese Candied Coconut Ribbons”, Sunday, January 31, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/cooking-around-world-vietnamese-candied-coconut-ribbons/53407 “Learn to make Vietnamese candied coconut ribbons. Free samples and instructions included.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, January 31, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

20th Annual Portland Mochitsuki”, Sunday, January 31, 11AM-4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. $10 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 kids 4-12, free for 3 and under and seniors 88 and older. http://mochipdx.org “In the Asian zodiac, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey! Mochitsuki 2016 is also the 20th anniversary of the Japanese American New celebration in Portland. Enjoy traditional foods, art, performances and many exceptional hands-on cultural experiences for the whole family at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union. It all takes place on Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Mochitsuki is, in its strictest sense, the pounding of rice into tasty, sticky rice cakes called mochi, that symbolize starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. At Mochitsuki 2016 you can feast on foods rich in symbolic meaning. There will be mochi pounding demonstrations, free mochi samples, and children's bento cooking classes, as well as appetizing Japanese fare for purchase. Special guest Alton Chung will emcee the Mochitsuki entertainment, which includes taiko drumming, classical Japanese dance, and koto, shamisen and shakuhachi flute performances. Hands-on cultural experiences include calligraphy, origami, ikebana, tea ceremony, New Year’s card making and learning to play Go (Japanese chess).”