Saturday, December 31, 2016

Joyful January

This is my event list for the month of January 2017 for the greater Portland area and beyond. Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes and cancellations.  If you are in search of regularly occurring events in the homeschool community, I have all the ones I know of listed here: 

January is a great time for bird watching. Audubon Society of Portland always offers many free guided birding outings: Friends of Trees are hosting lots of tree planting events in January, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come! If you are interested in finding yet more kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful database used by many nonprofits to post their events, and you can use their advanced search to find volunteer opportunities that specifically include kids. Oregon Food Bank also offers lots of terrific volunteer opportunities, most beginning at age 6. 

Imago Theatre Presents, “La Belle Lost in the World of the Automaton”, now through January 8, Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., Pdx. Ages 4 and up. “A giant art work of a play with 100 moving parts that will engage you like no other show… Animated effects every 30 seconds... Steampunk finesse… Whimsical, dramatic and heartfelt… This is the new Imago and they are at their best! A grimy engine room of a steamship becomes an enchanted theatrical playground where Beauty and the Beast comes to life with puppetry, shadow theatre, a multitude of effects, song, drama and comedy. Imago’s long-awaited spectacle will dazzle your eyes, enchant your heart and intrigue your imagination. Sam Stoker (Jim Vadala) and Lady Rose (Justine Davis) take you on a sea voyage while also traveling back to 1740 to retell the classic La Belle et la Bête. A spectacle like no other. A story-within-a-story-within-a-ship.”

Exhibit, “The Troll with No Heart”, now through January 17, Nordia House Exhibit Hall, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. Free. “Explore the mythology of trolls at Nordia House with our new exhibit, The Troll With No Heart: Woodcuts By Betsy Bowen and Stories by Lise Lunge Larsen. Beautiful woodcuts are paired with tales of trolls from up and down Norway, coming to us from the American Swedish Institute and Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.”

Exhibit, “Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America”, now through February 1, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. The museum is always free to Multnomah County residents with proof of residency. Otherwise admission is $11 adults, $9 students and seniors, $5 youth 6-18 and free for kids 5 and under. They also have great admission rates for school groups of 6 or more kids. “The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America—a remarkable exhibition featuring rare items from the Mark Family Collection symbolizing America's long quest for a more perfect union. The exhibition unites priceless original engravings of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the United States Constitution, and the Monroe Doctrine, five iconic documents that made American freedom what it is today. One of the extraordinary standouts of this exhibition is the 1733 engraving of the Magna Carta. Written in 1215, the Magna Carta was the first document to limit the power of a monarch, and is regarded as the cornerstone of western democracy. When the only surviving original copy affixed with the Great Seal of King John was damaged by a fire in 1731, a new copy was commissioned. This illuminated hand-engraved copy includes the original Latin text surrounded by the Coats of Arms of the council of Twenty-Five Barons. Other notable artifacts on view include handwritten letters from George Washington and original engravings of the Inaugural Addresses of Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. Political challenges continue over the balance of power, Federalism vs. Anti-Federalism, and America's foreign policy; yet, while the words of these iconic documents remain unchanged, their application and interpretation throughout American history continue to impact countless issues and millions of people. Please join us as we discuss the relevance of these bedrock documents from our past and as we consider how they continue to impact our politics, our country, and our world today.”

“First Day Hikes”, Sunday, January 1, select Oregon State Parks. Hikes are free and parking is free on this day as well. Details here:

“Gem Faire”, Sunday, January 1, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass, free for ages 11 and under. Discounts and coupons on their website: beads and jewelry making supplies, but also crystals, gems, and fossils. 

“Washington State Parks Free Days”, Sunday, January 1, Sunday, January 15 and Monday, January 16. A Discover Pass is not required to enjoy Washington State Parks on these days.

“Beachcombing Clinics”, Monday, January 2 at 9AM, Tuesday, January 17 at 10AM, and Tuesday, January 31at 9AM, 33rd Street Beach, Lincoln City. Free. “Each clinic begins with a brief orientation by local expert Laura Joki at the 33rd Street beach access just north of the Sandcastle Beachfront Motel. To get there, from Highway 101 turn west onto 35th Street (at the Christmas Cottage), continue down the street and take a right at SW Anchor Avenue. The beach access will be on the left hand side. Public parking lots are located at 35th and 32nd Street. Parking is also available along SW Anchor and at the beach access. Following the orientation, Laura will guide participants along the beach and help them identify coastal treasures. Some of the treasures you may encounter include agates, fossils, gemstones, shells, petrified wood, jasper, amber, rocks and minerals. Each clinic lasts 2 hours. Questions and feedback are encouraged from all participants.” More info here:

Earth2Trump: A Cross-Country Road Show of Resistance”, Tuesday, January 3, 7PM-10PM, Ecotrust Building, 2nd Floor, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. A free event and political rally, part of a 16 city tour prior to the inauguration, in support of civil rights and environmental advocacy. Learn more here:

By Sea, By Snow, By Land, and By Shore: Dispersals of the Genus Homo”, Tuesday, January 3, 7PM, OMSI auditorium. Free and open to the public. Oregon Archaeological Society general meeting. Presentation by Dr. Cameron Smith.

“More than Hard Rock: Metals in Your Life”, Tuesday, January 3, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 in advance, $10 suggested donation at the door. “When one talks about metal and life, most people might immediately think of Metallica, or maybe about the dangers of lead in drinking water. But Dr. Kelly Chacón, professor of chemistry at Reed College, wants to tell you about the other amazing roles that all kinds of metals play: in our bodies, in ecology, and in helping our fight against newly emerging, antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”. Equal parts fascinating and formidable, the biological activity of metals like copper, silver, nickel, cobalt, and even arsenic will leave you with plenty to think about as you sip your beer.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, January 4, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!”

Stencil Screen Print for Families”, Thursday, January 5, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Presented by SCRAP. “Screen printing with stencils is a fun and easy way to make limited edition runs of prints while getting familiar with screen printing materials! Kids will learn the fundamentals of stencil making, how to use a silkscreen, and how to pull a print. You'll leave with screen printed posters and fabric patches. Participants are welcome to bring a T-shirt to print on (light color cotton fabric only please).”

Gamemaker’s Academy”, Thursday, January 5, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Ever wanted to code a video game yourself? This is your chance to give it a try! No experience necessary.”

Squid Life: Biodiversity of Deep Sea Cephalopods”, Thursday, January 5, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Annie Lindgren, PhD, Research Staff and Adjunct Lecturer for the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University. “Only about ¼ of our oceans exist in shallow waters where ample sunlight drives photosynthesis. But below the shallows lies an entire world filled with animals living in constant darkness at near freezing temperatures under crushing pressures. From dime-sized squids that migrate the length of 6 football fields twice a day to feed, to deep-sea fish with built-in red flashlights to find food, the deep sea holds some of the greatest diversity seen on our planet. In this lecture, Dr. Annie Lindgren will present an overview of the biology and physiology of the most enigmatic and diverse creatures that call this cold dark ocean realm, home and will discuss her research on new species discovery in the deep sea. Using a combination of genetic, biogeographical and morphological approaches, Dr. Lindgren will provide insights into how cephalopods (cuttlefishes, squids and octopuses) invaded, diversified and became one of the most successful predators in the deep oceans.”

Oregon Symphony”, Thursday, January 5, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Classical, Family Friendly. Whether you’re a fan of classical music, or an about-to-be fan, this concert is not to be missed. As part of the Symphony’s mission to share the power of music throughout the region, their wind and brass sections will visit the Walters for a special performance this January. In addition to Mozart and Stravinsky, the concert will feature selections from Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Teen Zine Studio”, Thursday, January 5, and Thursday, January 19, 1PM-3PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale. “Join us for Teen Zine Studio taught by artist and zine maker Erika Rier at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Learn to make your own zines! Collaborate on group projects! Great for ages 12-16! Learn skills and techniques for zine making! First and third Thursday of every month.”

Repair Fair”, Saturday, January 7, 1PM, Hillsboro Brookwood 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 2nd 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.”

Exhibit, “Angels and Kings, Titans and Chieftains: The Art of Title Pages and Frontispieces in Atlases, 1493-1852”, Saturday, January 7 through Monday, February 27, Central Library Collins Gallery. “From almost the very beginning of Gutenberg’s movable type, more than 600 years ago, atlases — books filled with maps — were printed with highly decorative title pages and frontispieces characterized by great allegorical invention and the exotica and mystery associated with distant lands. These beautiful pictorial devices were an intersection of cartography, art and commerce designed to entice the viewer to acquire the atlas while also encouraging viewers to appreciate both the mythological and physical qualities of the areas portrayed. This exhibition celebrates this often overlooked art form over a more than 500 year period, and is drawn from the rich private collection of longtime map collector and dealer Page Stockwell, along with materials from the John Wilson Special Collections of Multnomah County Library.”

Open House at the New Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters”, Saturday, January 7. 1PM-3PM, 987 McClellan Rd., Vancouver. Free. “Join us for an open house of the new Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters at historic Vancouver Barracks Building 987! After a welcome from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service there will be guided tours showcasing the building’s rehabilitation. Over the past several months, the 110 year-old building has received a complete renovation with a new roof and interior, increased energy efficiency, and removal of asbestos and lead. The National Park Service has worked to keep the historic character of the building intact, restoring ceiling tiles, original wood floors, and woodwork in the building.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, January 7, 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.”

“Wise Owls”, Saturday, January 7, 1PM-3PM, Garden Home Library. “Join us as THPRD’s Sarah Skelly leads this interactive program about our region’s owls.
 There will be activities, specimens, and crafts.
 This is a drop-in program – 
Feel free to come by anytime between 1 and 3 p.m.” 

“Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, January 7, and Saturday, January 21, 7PM, Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. 5th St. $15 adults, $10 for kids 15 and under. 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, including graduates of the park’s Youth Volunteer Programs. 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.”

Ordinary and Extraordinary Heroes”, Saturday, January 7, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 students. “Listen to the Portland Storyteller Guilds’ own threesome of hero-worshippers as they delve into intriguing stories of the famous and the not famous, individuals of legend and people just like us. Ones who confronted a challenge and did what seemed impossible. Ones who made a difference for others. Join Patrick Gannon, Edward Hershey and Eric Foxman for an evening of tales about men and women who have inspired the three of them and who will inspire you, too. Youll come away energized and feeling good about the world and those who inhabit it: people just like each one of us.”

Waterfowl Watch”, Saturday, January 7, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for the ‘how to's’ of waterfowl watching with USFWS Biologist, Michelle McDowell. Build your skills with bird watching tools and tips, practice identifying waterfowl and then venture out on the Refuge to see them in the wild! Please bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. Loaners will be available. This event is open to all skill levels. Come and celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial!”

Introduction to Seed Saving”, Saturday, January 7, 1:30PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come learn the basics of seed saving with Jennie London of Grow Portland. Each participant will receive a printed seed saving guide.”

Library Tour”, Saturdays in January, 11AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. All ages. “Join us for a tour of the library. Find out what goes on behind the scenes. Everyone is welcome. Tour will be geared to the group’s interest. Meet by the front door.”

Meet the Author! Legendary Portland Wrestler – ‘The Grappler’ Lynn Denton”, Saturday, January 7, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Lynn Denton, a fixture in the world of professional wrestling, will visit and share stories from his legendary career and talk about his book, ‘Grappler: Memoirs of a Masked Madman.’ Books will be available to purchase.”

Oregon Ballet Theatre 2”, Sunday, January 8, 2PM, Tualatin Library at the hearth. “OBT2 Program Director, Lisa Sundstrom, a native Oregonian and former ballerina with New York’s American Ballet Theatre, will present the group in contemporary works by renowned Spanish choreographer, Nacho Duato and OBT’s own treasured ballerina, Alison Roper. Concluding the program, will be a well-loved classic, Napoli Pas de Six, by the great 19th Century Danish choreographer, Auguste Bournonville. Come clap along with OBT2 to this one – and meet the dancers at the conclusion of the show!”

Hike to the Molalla River”, Sunday, January 8, 9AM-5PM, carpooling from Portland. Free. Details here: “Join hike leaders Jayson and Lo this month to explore the Hole in the Road Timber Sale, a BLM project located along the scenic Molalla River. The BLM recently cancelled 88 acres of this project, but the proposal still includes many acres of never-logged forest with high quality habitat for wildlife. We will discuss the ecology and policy behind this proposal, and see for ourselves some of the most beautiful parts of the Molalla River.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, January 8, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.” 

Reducing Anxiety with Mindfulness”, Monday, January 9, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Join Samir Ranpara for an introduction to the techniques of Mindfulness and Meditation with a specific focus on reducing anxiety and preventing panic attacks.”

Registration opens for “Ocean in Motion Spring Homeschool Day”, Monday, January 9. Event takes place Friday, March 24, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport.

Life in the Canopy with Red Tree Voles”, Monday, January 9, 6:30PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us in January for a discussion about one of the forest's most fascinating tree-dwelling creatures: the red tree vole! The tree vole is unique in that it lives its life in the canopy of old-growth forests rather than on the ground. We will be joined by Traci Jo of the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) to learn more about this creature and the surveys that NEST does to protect the vole's habitat.”

Homeschoolers Ask the Experts: People Who Have Cool Jobs”, Monday, January 9, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us for monthly special presentations from local community experts. Each month will be a new professional talking about their work from a police officer, a park ranger, a farmer, a hot air balloon pilot and more. A short Q/A and time for pictures will follow the presentation.” January: Meet a hot air balloon pilot.

You Go Girls! The Women’s Guide to Great Travel”, Monday, January 9, 7:30PM, Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room, and Tuesday, January 31, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Local author and certified Travel Counselor Marcia Lynn Miller presents her entertaining approach to travel planning for women, including packing, health, beauty, safety and more! Ms. Miller has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years and owns a tour company that creates, sells and escorts small group tours for women. Her new book," You Go Girls! The Woman's Guide to Great Travel," was recently published by Portland's Inkwater Press. Ms. Miller will be available for book signing following her talk.”

Concert, “Two Spirit Jazz”, Monday, January 9, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Their current repertoire comes from the American songbook and from the vast supply of American jazz and blues.”

“Glass Lantern Slide Show- A History of Gardening in Portland”, Monday, January 9, 7PM, Clackamas County Master Gardeners Milwaukie Center, 5540 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie. Free and open to the public. “The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present an original glass lantern slide show on the history of twentieth century gardens told through the lens of the Portland Garden Club (PGC). These slides were created locally by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the PGC—many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time including the Kerr gardens and the Frank and Meier Estates. All slides have been delicately colored by hand and will be screened using an original lantern slide projector ca. 1940. Original narration courtesy Suzanne Bishop (PGC).”

“Mexico’s Aztec Eagles”, Tuesday, January 10, 6PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Join guest speaker Sig Unander for a Film presentation and Q/A to learn about the Aztec Eagles, the Hispanic Heroes of WWII.”

“Learn to Solder”, Tuesday, January 10, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Meeting Rooms Floor 4. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Sign up for this free workshop on simple electronics and soldering, which is the process of fusing metals together by melting solder between them. Participants will use a hot soldering iron to melt solder and then fuse LED lights to a robot badge. Presented by Eric Thompson from Low Voltage Labs.”

Fake News Talk”, Tuesday, January 10, 6PM, Molalla Library. “Information is everywhere! Teacher John Flavin will show us how to tell between true and false information.”

Saving Birds and Seeing Stars”, Tuesday, January 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Building a Sustainable Urban Landscape to Protect Birds and the Night Sky. Window collisions are one of the foremost threats facing wild bird populations today, killing up to 1 billion birds annually in the United States alone. At the first Nature Night of 2017, Portland Audubon’s BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator, Mary Coolidge, will give you an expert’s view behind the science of window collisions, the impacts of light pollution, and how we are working to mitigate these hazards. Light pollution drowns out stars, confuses birds’ navigation, and lures them into lit areas where they may be entrapped and/or face additional daytime hazards. This year, Portland Audubon mobilized over 2,500 households and worked with our partners at the Lloyd EcoDistrict to solicit 13 iconic buildings to go Lights Out on September 30. Responsible lighting design meets a range of climate resiliency and sustainability objectives including energy efficiency, cost savings, ecological health, human health, and preservation of the night sky. Window collisions and light pollution are hazards with real solutions that can be implemented at all scales of development. It will be the cumulative actions of all of us that ultimately make the difference.”

Willamette Falls Legacy Project”, Tuesday, January 10, 7PM, Lake Theater, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego. Free. “For the first time in more than a century, people will be able to see and experience Willamette Falls along the Willamette River from a world-class public space. Join us for an entertaining and informative local history presentation about this project. Laurie Matthews, Director of Preservation Planning and Design at MIG, will share the work she and her team are doing to understand the layers of history on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project site in support of the riverwalk design process.”

Screening, “13th, From Slavery to Mass Incarceration”, Tuesday, January 10, 6:30PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “A screening of the award-winning film 13th directed by Ava DuVernay, director of Selma. Film critic Wendy Ide of the The Guardian says, ‘There is something bracing, even exciting, about the intellectual rigor that Ava DuVernay brings to this documentary about the prison system and the economic forces behind racism in America. The film takes its title from the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery but left a significant loophole. This clause, which allowed that involuntary servitude could be used as a punishment for crime, was exploited immediately in the aftermath of the civil war and, DuVernay argues, continues to be abused to this day’.” Trailer here:

“Just Uke It! Group Ukulele for Newbies!”, Tuesday, January 10, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Get ready to have some fun while learning the ukulele! Taught by Aaron, this class for newbie ukulele players will introduce you to the popular kids songs performed by Micah And Me! This class teaches anyone from 8 to 88 to play ukulele. Through this class, you’ll always collect a variety of tunes to share before bed, around the campfire, at your child’s preschool, and beyond! You will leave the first class playing a song and throughout the class you will grow the list of joyful songs you can share with your family and friends. Ukuleles provided; however you are welcome to bring your own!”

“Oregon Wild Portland Meetup and Action Night”, Tuesday, January 10, 5:30PM, Migration Brewing Annex, 2828 NE Glisan St., Pdx. RSVP requested: “We invite you to join us for an action night and meet and greet on Tuesday, January 10th at the Migration Brewing Annex beginning at 5:30 PM. We’ll be talking about revisions to Oregon’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, threats to our public lands, and the importance of protecting old-growth forests to mitigate climate change. You’ll be introduced to Oregon Wild staff, including our new Wildlife Policy Coordinator Danielle Moser and Public Lands Fellow Alex Harris, who will be helping lead a new series of Oregon “Wild Ones” activist trainings in the near future. And we’ll have opportunities to take action and volunteer. We’ll also be discussing what's next for the Elliott State Forest. The State Land Board postponed a vote to sell off this important piece of public land, and now attention will shift to the Oregon Legislature to create a mechanism to save the Elliott from privatization.” 

“One-Hour Cheese: Easy Cheeses for Complete Beginners”, Tuesday, January 10, 6:30PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Claudia from Portland's own Urban Cheesecraft as she demonstrates the fun, easy and economical way to make cheese based on her popular book, One-Hour Cheese. No prior cheese-making experience is required. Attendees will see the process from beginning to end; from an average gallon of milk, to magical curd, to delicious cheese! In addition, you will learn how to flavor fresh cheese with herbs and other add-ins as well as how to shape cheese into wheels, small bites and more. This demonstration includes a tasting of the classic and flavored cheese variations made in class.”

“2017 Sky Preview”, Tuesday, January 10, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, January 13, 1PM and 6PM, Mt. Hood Community College, 2600 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.”

“Brain Reactions”, Wednesday, January 11, 4PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. Ages 10-14. “Create a chain reaction! Collaborate in teams to build Rube Goldberg machines, finding the most weird and wonderful ways to move objects. Remember, every action has an equal and opposite reaction!”

“Science Circus and the Physics of Fun”, Wednesday, January 11, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 in advance, $10 suggested donation at the door. “Science Circus is physics taught with hilarity and dexterity. Often compared to a Pixar movie, Science Circus blends mature science with comedy to create a show The Smithsonian Institution called, “wonderful.” Observe gravity’s constant acceleration through bowling ball juggling, gyroscopic stability through glass bowl spinning, centripetal force with cowboy lariats, center of balance from a six-foot tall unicycle, and inertia with a classic tablecloth pull. Come watch as master juggler Rhys Thomas describes and demonstrates physics concepts with the irresistible force of levity.”

“Self Publish Your Book for Free! For Teens”, Wednesday, January 11, 4PM, Holgate Library. “If you have written anything that you would like published at no cost, come to this event. We will share resources and tools that you can use for free to become an author. No experience necessary!”

“Henna Basics Class for Teens”, Wednesday, January 11, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. “The art of henna is a natural and one of the purest forms of body decoration. In this class you will learn more about this beautiful ancient art form that has been practiced for centuries.”

“Coding with Edisons”, Wednesday, January 11, 2PM, Battle Ground Library. Ages 8-12. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4741 on January 4. “Come try out the library's new Edison LEGO®-compatible robotics kits! Build your robots and program them to perform a simple task. No prior experience is necessary and you can work at your own pace.”

“Anime Movie Night for Teens”, Thursday, January 12, 6PM, Tualatin Library. “Love anime and manga? Join us for great Japanese animation and delicious Asian snacks, and learn a little about Japanese culture and history along the way.”

“Anything Zines: A Middle Grade Zine Studio”, Thursday, January 12, and Thursday, January 26, 2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale. “You can make a Zine about Anything! Join the IPRC for a middle grade (ages 7-11) zine studio. Youth zinesters will collage, write, type, paste draw, fold staple, share and make buttons. Materials provided.”

Milagro Theater Presents, “El Payaso”, Thursday, January 12 through Saturday, January 21, Milagro, 425 SE 6th Ave., Pdx. Tickets $18 for opening night, $20-27 other nights. “Amidst chaos, confusion and war, an American engineer worked to bring electricity to rural villages in Nicaragua. ‘El Payaso’ invites the audience to learn the story of an incredible man and the extraordinary people with whom he unexpectedly connected. Our tale is told through the eyes of Elías, a Latino college student, traveling to Nicaragua thirty years later, to encounter the people who are still carrying on the work of the late Ben Linder. An engineer and a clown for a cause, Linder participated in rallies and health campaigns that brought vaccines to children. His memory lives on in the work of Clowns without Borders and various environmental groups that are collaborating to bring this story to life. With red noses and humor, the performers will share the value of ‘thinking globally, while acting locally.’ In 1987 Ben Linder was killed by Contras in Nicaragua, during a war that was fueled by the Regan administration of the United States. For the 30th anniversary of Ben’s passing, this play will share with a new generation, an inspirational story of one idealist who saw the potential of art and science to help save the world, one small village at a time.”

“Experimental Printmaking for Teens”, Thursday, January 12, Capitol Hill Library; and Monday, January 23, 4PM, Midland Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. Preregistration required; register online: “Printmaking is a process of art making in which an image is imprinted on a piece of paper or other surface. The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages. In this workshop, participants can explore unique forms of printmaking including leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, Rorschach inkblot monoprints, and more.”

Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective”, Thursday, January 12 through Sunday, January 22, OMSI Empirical Theater. Advance tickets are advisable- $7 adult, $6 youth 3-13 and seniors, $1 off for members. “OMSI Studio Ghibli Retrospective - Featuring Northwest premiere of Ocean Waves. Over a period of nearly 30 years, Japan's Studio Ghibli established itself as perhaps the world's finest producer of animated motion pictures. With a reputation for lush visuals, attention to detail and epic storytelling, Studio Ghibli eschewed commercial success to create intelligent, poetic, often fanciful films that embrace family, community, and a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature. In dedication to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made, the Empirical Theater is pleased to host our second annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective from January 12 through January 22. Headlining this year's program is the Northwest premiere of director Tomomi Mochizuki's Ocean Waves presented in a new 4K restoration and paired with the short film Ghiblies: Episode 2. Also on exhibit are such popular favorites as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away. While the majority of the screenings in this year’s Retrospective will be in the original Japanese with English subtitles, several films will screen in their English-dubbed versions. Please review the individual film listings and schedule below for more information on show times and corresponding language version. The format for all film screenings is DCP.”

“The Goulash Diaries: A Writer’s Adventures in Eastern Europe”, Thursday, January 12, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Back by popular demand: local writer Hannah Gildea returns to the Oregon City Library. Hannah received scholarships to study fiction in Prague, Czech Republic, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Pull up a chair and hear some of Gildea’s misadventures abroad and an excerpt from her award-winning story, ‘Cottonmouth’, from Big Muddy: The Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.”

Screening, “The Mask You Live In”, Thursday, January 12, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Discussion of the film will be the following week, Thursday, January 19, 6PM. “Depression, violence, anxiety, the problem with the phrase ‘be a man" - The Mask You Live In explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.” Trailer here:

Poetry Reading, “Amy Minato”, Thursday, January 12, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Portland writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection, “Hermit Thrush.”

“5 Secrets to Safe and Memorable World Travel”, Thursday, January 12, 7PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “This month we will learn how to make our travels memorable and safe with Dan and Shyla from Wild Spirit Travel. World travelers with more than 70 different countries under their belts, Dan and Shyla are passionate about off-the-beaten-path locations and activities that really let them interact with people around the globe.”

Author Talk, “Kent Nerburn”, Thursday, January 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx, and Wednesday, January 25, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Portland author Kent Nerburn reads from “Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way.” “Native Americans are lauded for their profound spirituality and deep understanding of the land. Kent Nerburn here draws on his three decades living and working among Native peoples to offer stories and reflections that reveal what the ways of Native Americans have to teach us all about giving, sharing, grieving, and celebrating. Nerburn takes readers inside a Native feast that highlights respect for elders, to a nearly forgotten Nez Perce battlefield, and to both the traditional burial of a young man and the reinterment of the ancient bones of two teen-aged girls. At a dusty roadside cafe he introduces us to an elder who remembers when his ancestors could talk to animals. Whether moving and dramatic, delightfully humorous, or all of the above, these vignettes remind us that as common children of a common land, we have much to learn from each other if only we have the heart to listen.”

“Getting Started with Tinkercad”, Thursday, January 12, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. Ages 13-adult. Preregistration required; register online. “This introductory class will get you started using computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 3D objects. Students will learn to use Tinkercad, a free, web-based design program, and will have an opportunity to submit their creation for printing by one of the library's 3D printers.”

Woodstock Teen Comics Book Group”, Thursday, January 12, and Thursday, January 26, 4:30PM, Woodstock Library. “Engage in conversation about comics; exchange perspectives about characters, design and plot; and get to know other teens.”

Code Club for Teens”, Fridays, January 13 through March 24, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Did you know you use tiny computers called microcontrollers every day? They are in many of the intelligent devices you rely on. Every Friday through March 24, we will use some popular Arduino microcontroller components to build simple circuits and control them with programs you write! You will build the circuits using switches, LEDs, integrated circuits, variable resistors, speakers and light and temperature sensors. We will use the online development environment from to create, compile and download the programs to the microcontrollers! All supplies will be provided, no experience required!” 

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, January 13, 6PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We'll read anything, from Alexie to Zusak, from historical fiction to space opera. This month we meet to discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the paranormal adventure by Ransom Riggs. Join us!”

Pusheen the Cat Plushie”, Friday, January 13, 3:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Tweens will use basic sewing skills to turn a sock into an adorable Pusheen plushie to take home and enjoy. All supplies will be provided.”

Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Friday, January 13, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to make amazing jewelry with the makerspace's awesome tools and equipment and take it home. We will make 3D Word Art Jewelry, metal rings, laser cut earrings and more.” 

“African Flower Dance”, Saturday, January 14, 1PM, Midland Library. “Join the Mathias Galley African Dance Ensemble in learning the ceremonial African flower dance that is performed during weddings, births and holidays. Mathias will do a short performance before teaching these moves to the audience. In this fun and energetic workshop, Mathias will use native instruments, including African drums and bells, to get the audience up and moving to the beat.”

“Stamp Making Class”, Saturday, January 14, 2PM, Oregon City Library. Ages 12 and up. “Carve your own custom rubber stamp and learn a little about printmaking too. All materials will be supplied. The class is limited to 12 spots and it is first come first served so get here early!”

“The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, January 14, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Making Books From Page to Press,’ Laura Stanfill, publisher of Forest Avenue Press, offers an inside look at the publishing process. 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!”

“Animate Anything!” for Teens, Saturday, January 14, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Drop in and learn different techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flipbook animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and much more. There are no limits to what your imagination can create! No experience necessary - open to all levels of experience.”

“Lunar New Year Celebration”, Saturday, January 14, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, JC Penney court, Vancouver. “Celebrate the year of the Rooster with traditional Chinese dance, martial arts demonstrations and the Lion Dancers.”

“Fun With Robots”, Saturday, January 14, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Program robots, join circuits, build, explore and learn at this STEAMtastic event. Delve into the mysteries of programming and coding with activities, crafts, and challenges designed to engage the mind.”

“Frog and Salamander Monitoring Volunteer Training”, Saturdays, January 14 in Cornelius, January 21 in Portland and January 28 in Beaverton. “Be a part of a regional effort in the Tualatin River Watershed to monitor wildlife, watershed health, and success of our restoration projects. You will receive a FREE workshop explaining how to identify local frogs and salamanders and their eggs. Then in February and March YOU help us survey 3 to 4 times at ponds and wetlands. No previous experience necessary. To sign up and get more information please contact Megan Garvey, 503.227.0778”

“The Write Place: A Writing Group for Teens”, Saturday, January 14, 1:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Every 2nd Saturday of the month. This is a writers’ group geared towards teens that are looking to better their writing, receive feedback from peers, work on essays and creative writing, and have some fun expressing themselves through literature!”

“Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!”, Saturday, January 14, 11AM-late, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Donations requested for the Oregon Food Bank. “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! The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Follow Frodo through the epic series. 11 a.m. ‘til late - in the Theater. Willamette Radio Workshop: Live radio, performing ‘Hobbit's Greatest Hits.’ 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - in the Gym. Garcia Birthday Band: Psychedelia relived as Arthur, Scott, Justin, Peter and Adam get their jam going. 7 p.m. ‘til 10 p.m. - in the Gym”

"Ticket Giveaway to Hear Author Nathalia Holt”, Saturday, January 14, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. LO Library card required. Two ticket limit per person. “Rocket Girls author, Nathalia Holt, will speak in Lake Oswego on February 8 at Lake Oswego High School Auditorium. Admission will be free thanks to the Friends of the Library.”

“Peter and the Wolf”, Saturday, January 14, 3PM, Northwest Library. Presented by Portland Columbia Symphony. “Enjoy the sounds of the epic children's story, Peter and the Wolf. Musicians will play while the librarian reads the wonderful tale.”

Guided Historical Tour”, Saturday, January 14, 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.”

“African Storytelling”, Saturday, January 14, 1:30PM, Troutdale Library; and Monday, January 30, 6PM, Kenton 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.”

Self-Defense Class”, Saturday, January 14, 1PM-4PM, Estacada Library. Teens and adults. “Join us for a free 3 hour self defense workshop at the Estacada Public Library. We recommend this class for teenagers and adults as we will talk about adult subjects. Situational awareness, de-escalation and evasion, breaking free from assailants, and fighting back to do real damage to the assailant so you can escape. Hosted by Academia Duellatoria, a Western martial arts school in Portland.”

Concert, “Ensemble de Organographia”, Saturday, January 14, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Ensemble De Organographia Ancient Greek music performed on period instruments.”

“Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, January 14, 3PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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 them.”

“Portland Metro Reptile Expo”, Saturday, January 14, Portland Holiday Inn, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. $10 adults, $5 kids 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. $1 off coupon on their website: These are fun whether you’re looking for a new pet or just looking to see some fascinating animals up close.

“Cooking the Books - Preserving Family Recipes”, Saturday, January 14, 2:30PM, Salem Library, Anderson Room A. “Prepare a favorite or family recipe and bring it in for us to try. We will discuss what makes a recipe timeless. This month we will be taste testing ‘Preserving Family Recipes’ by Valerie J. Frey, who provides advice on saving heirloom recipes.”

“6th Annual Yachats Agate Festival”, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15, 10AM-4PM, Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101 N, Yachats. “The village gem invites you to the 6th 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.”

Fernhill Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, January 14, meeting at 8AM, Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Join naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy for a free educational bird walk around Fernhill Wetlands! This local treasure has undergone a large-scale wetland restoration project to enhance wildlife habitat. Waterfowl populations are daily in the thousands from November through March. Spring through fall, see many birds including up to 17 species of shorebirds. Viewing stands and trails at this birding hotspot are ideal for watching the thousands of migratory and wintering birds that use this wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Our expert-guided free bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds!”

Chinese Steamed Buns”, Sunday, January 15, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Love Chinese dim sum? Then you will love mantou! Come and learn how to make mantou (Chinese steamed buns) with Ashley Xu. Samples and instructions will be provided.”

People and Birds of Vanport”, Monday, January 16, 11AM-1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “North Portland was once home to the city of Vanport, where thousands of shipyard workers, African-Americans and World War II veterans lived before a devastating flood in 1948. On this nature walk on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, participants will learn about the culture and history of Vanport while learning about the birds and wetlands of Smith and Bybee.”

“Civil Rights, Human Rights and Martin Luther King in 2017”, Monday, January 16, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Presented by Tami Cockeram, President Human Rights council of Washington County, speaking at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum. Free and open to the public. Lunch available for ordering from the menu.

“Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist”, Tuesday, January 17, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “History comes to life with this multimedia presentation by historian and author Sig Unander. Born to wealth and privilege, Theodore Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and populist reformer, taking on big oil, banks and railroads. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East. Learn more at this free program.”

Author Talk, “LeeAnn Elwood”, Tuesday, January 17, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Portland author LeeAnn Elwood McLennan returns to Annie Bloom's for her YA novel Root, the second book in her Dormant Trilogy.”

“Learn Coding with Robots! For Teens”, Tuesday, January 17, 4PM, Gresham Library; and Friday, January 20, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online:

“Conservation Activist Monthly Happy Hour and Storytelling”, Tuesday, January 17, 6PM, Green Dragon Bistro, 928 SE 9th Ave., Pdx. “Join us for our monthly Activist Happy Hour and Storytelling nights where you'll be able to hear stories from Lacy Campbell, our Care Center Operations Manager, about incredible wildlife rescues and rehabilitation work. Lacy has rehabilitated thousands of animals, from Bald Eagles to beavers to western painted turtles, each with their own unique journey. This is a perfect opportunity for new folks to come learn about our conservation issues and about our numerous volunteer opportunities.”

“Darning 101”, Tuesday, January 17, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Learn a simple woven method to repair holes in your sweaters, socks and other knitwear.”

“Crush: An Intimate Evening with Alison Roper and OBT2”, Tuesday, January 17, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. “Join choreographer and retired prima ballerina Alison Roper and dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theater junior company (OBT2) for a preview of the new world premiere of’ ‘Crush,’ choreographed by Roper. Roper will also share the story of her personal journey as a principal dancer, choreographer, and parent. Audience members will have a special opportunity to meet the dancers and talk back with the artists.”

William Stafford Birthday Poetry Reading”, Tuesday, January 17, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Join us for an evening of reading the poems of William Stafford, featuring members of The Third Monday Authors' Evening. As time allows, members of the audience may share some of their favorite William Stafford poems.”

Author Talk, “Brooke Barker”, Tuesday, January 17, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Brooke Barker discusses her book, “Sad Animal Facts”. “A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations. Ever wonder what a mayfly thinks of its one-day lifespan? (They’re curious what a sunset is.) Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? (Sorry, but they’re not sorry.) This melancholy menagerie pairs the more unsavory facts of animal life with their hilarious thoughts and reactions. Sneakily informative, and wildly witty, ‘Sad Animal Facts’ will have you crying with laughter.”

“Origami and Towel Folding for Tweens”, Wednesday, January 18, 5PM, Troutdale Library. “Whether it's paper or towels, learn how to make decorations by folding them into shapes. You can make elegant cranes, cute elephants, and more. We will provide origami paper but we encourage you to bring your own towel if you can.”

“Rose City Classic Dog Show”, Wednesday, January 18 through Sunday, January 22, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx.

“Places of Remembrance”, Wednesday, January 18, 6:30PM, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 NW Davis St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Places of Remembrance is based on the Holocaust memorial in Berlin where over 90 antisemitic laws are displayed. Participants will have an opportunity to consider the legislative and social processes, including the slow passage of dehumanizing laws that led to an environment of full-scale genocide. Discussions include a comparative look at U.S. governmental processes and the importance for our own civic engagement today.”

Screening, “Wolf OR-7 Expedition”, Wednesday, January 18, 6PM, Base Camp Brewing, 930 SE Oak St., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Follow six adventurers as they retrace the route taken by a GPS-collared Oregon wolf to explore human and wolf coexistence and meet the people along Wolf OR-7's route who now find themselves in wolf country. The Wolf OR-7 Expedition team retraced by bicycle and on foot the approximate route taken by the GPS-collared wolf called OR-7. The wolf was born in NE Oregon and in 2011 left his pack and dispersed South to find new territory. He became the first known wolf in California in 90 years, and he is still out there... The film will be shown in Base Camp Brewing's covered patio. It runs 82 minutes and will be followed by Q/A with expedition member Rachael Pecore-Valdez and Oregon Wild's own Rob Klavins.”

“Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, January 18, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Whooooo goes there? Join the refuge's owl enthusiast Seth Winkelhake and get to know this outstanding hunter. Owls remind us that nature is still very active after the sun goes down. During this night hike you'll learn about the different owls who call the Refuge home and their mysterious nocturnal lives. You'll explore their habitat and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night. Flashlights provided.” 

“Trees and Shrubs in Winter”, Wednesday, January 18, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for the class alone, $65 for the class plus an optional field trip on Jan. 21. Preregistration required; register online: “The natural world is mostly dormant and quiet in the depths of winter. Deciduous trees and shrubs have dropped their leaves, ceasing photosynthesis until next spring. You may think it’s difficult to identify these plants in winter but each species has telltale characteristics that you can learn to recognize. Naturalist Ivan Phillipsen will help you get your bearings in the winter woods by presenting information on how to identify the bark, buds, and overall shapes of leafless trees and shrubs. Some species covered will be bigleaf maple, red alder, Oregon white oak, beaked hazelnut… and many more!”

“Game Design Coding Camp for Teens”, 8 Wednesdays, January 18 through March 8, 3:30-5PM, Salem Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Middle and high school students are invited to create their own video games through an 8-week Google CS First Coding Camp: Game Design with Scratch. Participants are expected to attend all eight sessions in the sequence.”

“Science Matters”, Thursday, Thursday, January 19, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online. “Explore the life of a scientist and do hands on experiments to learn some of the science they discovered.” 

Fossils and Micro-Photography”, Thursday, January 19, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Presented by Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo. He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally.”

Author Talk, “Gail Chumbley”, Thursday, January 19, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Local author Gail Chumbley will discuss her book 'River of January: Figure Eight', the second installment of her true story series which examines the dizzying developments of the Twentieth Century through the lives of Virginia farm boy, Montgomery "Chum" Chumbley and Helen Thompson, a glittering New York dancer who aspired to fame.”

“Reminiscences of a Military Historian”, Thursday, January 19, 6:30PM, Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. RSVP requested; email PRESIDENT@VBMA.US. Presented by author Jeff Davis. “Jeff Davis deployed to Southwest Asia in 2002 and from 2003-2004. He worked as a military historian, both authoring reports, as well as going from base to base interviewing soldiers about their experiences in the Global War on Terrorism. While respecting the privacy of those he interviewed, Jeff will share some of the mostly humorous, often ironic experiences he had during his deployments. Jeff Davis joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1979 at the Vancouver Barracks, and served over 30 years of active and reserve military service. He has served in Italy, Bosnia, and Southwest Asia, and two deployments with Operation Enduring Freedom as a military historian. Major Davis' final assignment was as the Command Historian for the 104th Division, where he was the defacto army historian of the Vancouver Barracks. Jeff Davis was also the principal author for the book ‘Weird Washington’ and co-author of ‘Weird Oregon’.”

“Conflict Resolution Skills or Better Relationships”, Thursday, January 19, 12PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Discover the roots of conflict and the mediation skills needed to find effective solutions. Learn how to have discussions that are balanced, direct and fair.”

“Button Making for Teens”, Thursday, January 19, 4PM, Oregon City Library. “We’re digging the good old button maker out of storage for this month’s Make It. Show off your artistic skills or your love for your favorite fandom with a homemade button. As always, all supplies are free and provided by us.”

“Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, January 19, 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 19, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

“Mini Terrariums”, Friday, January 20, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Create your own mini terrarium with a small plant, jar and flair!”

“Oregon Truffle Festival”, Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 22, various venues. Lots of events including a truffle dog competition, a truffle hunt, and a truffle marketplace. Details here:

Screening, “My Love, Don't Cross That River (South Korea)”, Friday, January 20, 7:30PM, Garden Home Community Store, 7306 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. “At 100 years of age, Jo Byeong-man and Kang Kye-yeol, have been inseparable companions for 76 years. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Moyoung Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing the tender moments of their twilight days as the two face the inevitable reality that their time together will soon be approaching an end. This film was a blockbuster in its native South Korea. Come early to view a Bonus Short Film (begins at 6:15 pm).” Trailer here:

Play, “You Can’t Take it With You”, Friday, January 20 through Saturday, January 28, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood. “Sweet-natured Alice Sycamore falls for banker’s son Tony Kirby. But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage, Alice’s peculiar extended family — including philosophical grandfather Martin Vanderhof, hapless fledgling ballerina sister Essie and fireworks enthusiast father, Paul — might be too eccentric for the staid Kirbys.”

“Winter Plant Identification”, Saturday, January 21, beginning class 10AM-12PM and intermediate class 1PM-3PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $25 per class or $35 for both. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn all about winter plant identification with instructor Ruth Williams. A beginner and intermediate class will be available - sign up for a single session or both! Have you ever gazed at the frost covered branches of a tree in winter and wondered, ‘What kind of tree is that?’ It can be tricky to identify trees without their familiar leaves, flowers, and fruits. Join us to learn how to identify dormant trees based on twigs and other clues.”

“Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, January 21, 10AM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; email Margaret Gunther at or call 503.691.3070 “Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, ideas, and opinions! Tween Take-Over is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks. Tween Take-Over is for youth who are in 4th-7th grades.”

“Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year”, Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace. The Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. Revisit one thousand years of the Vietnamese history at this festive New Year celebration. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster."

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, January 21, 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.”

“Archaeology Day”, Saturday. January 21, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth, free for age s 4 and under. Uncover thousands of years of human history in one special day at the Burke! Discover how humans lived in the past, what tools they made and how they made them with hundreds of artifacts on display at this annual all-ages event. Additional Activities: Talk to members of the Muckleshoot Tribe and learn Coast Salish methods of catching and cooking fish as they demonstrate making fish cooking sticks and fish spears, as well as net repairs. Examine part of a specialized, 25-foot-long ancient river canoe that was discovered in the banks of the Green River. Find out how the Muckleshoot Tribe and Burke archaeologists are restoring the rare canoe and restoring knowledge back to the community. Examine artifacts from beneath Pike Place Market and get a new perspective on one of Seattle’s most popular destinations. See how 3-D printing is creating 21st century replicas of prehistoric artifacts, and helping support the restoration of the Green River canoe. Try your hand at the hunting skill of atlatl throwing. Watch flintknapping demonstrations and discover how stone tools are made. Find out what your car keys are made of or if your ring is pure gold with an X-ray fluorescence ray gun used to analyze artifacts. Try on scuba gear, write underwater and learn more about underwater archaeology.”

Author Talk, “Mitch Greenlick”, Saturday, January 21, 11AM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Rep. Mitch Greenlick will discuss his book, “Capitol Letters: An Inside View of the Legislative Process”. “Greenlick’s new book ‘Capitol Letters’ reveals the inner workings of state government so that it is accessible to us, the ordinary citizen. Do you ever wonder what goes on in the Capitol? How does a bill become law? How do our elected officials, many of whom are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, work together for the best interests of the public? When budgets are tight, how do they prioritize and fund much-needed programs for education, medical care, housing, public safety and so much more? Representative Mitch Greenlick takes us inside the Capitol and gives us a front-row seat to the process of law-making. Most legislators send out some kind of newsletter to their constituents, but Greenlick’s MitchMessages are unique in that he writes them himself; they are his own very personal account of legislative sessions as a participant/observer. Capitol Letters is a compilation of those messages, nuanced by his academic background, but written to be accessible to the rest of us.”

“Biking Across America”, Saturday, January 21, 1PM, Wilsonville Library. Presented by Terri Wortman. What does it take to bicycle across the U.S., and why would anyone do it? Find out at this talk.”

“18th Annual Traditional Powwow”, Saturday, January 21, 12PM-9PM, Portland Community College, Health Technology Building, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Free 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.”

“Geocaching 101”, Saturday, January 21, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Have you ever heard of "Geocaching?" Ever wonder what geocaching is? Want to find a cool hobby that gets your whole family outside and active? Come check us out! There will be a few "expert" geocachers from right here in Portland that will come and teach you the basics of Geocaching. We will cover - what geocaching is, what to use when geocaching, how we do it, why we do it and more! Just bring your smartphone and/or a laptop, a great attitude and a smile!”

“The Oregon Iron Chronicles: Oregon's Pioneer Iron History”, Saturday, January 21, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Susanna Campbell Kuo spearheaded The Oregon Iron Chronicles, a compilation of newspaper articles published between 1860 and 1930. Historian, writer, illustrator Kuo will discuss Oregon's pioneer iron industry and the Oswego ironworks.”

“Wild Foods in Survival and Self Reliance”, Sunday, January 22, 1:30PM, Capitol Hills Library. Presented by local expert Dr. John Kallas. Preregistration required; register online: “Any individual survival situation presents a mix of situation-dependent choices. For many, wild foods seem a reasonable resource and lifeline when one is stranded in the wild. In this presentation, learn how to determine if and when wild foods are desirable to use, which plants to seek, what are your priorities in both recreational and unplanned survival situations. Books and resources on the subject will be displayed and discussed at the end of the talk. “

Creating Your Own Graphic Novel for Kids”, Sunday, January 22, 2PM, Hollywood Library. “A workshop for young writers and illustrators to create their own autobiographical comic.”

“Warm Up with Chai”, Sunday, January 22, 2PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Winter in the damp Pacific Northwest is the perfect time to think about chai. It is a delicious drink with warming herbs that improve circulation, increase your mental acuity and improve energy levels. After discussing how each herb affects the body, we will make and taste a few chai variations. Everyone will go home with herbal information, recipes and chai. Bring your appetite for good tastes and learning.”

“Crystal Ballroom’s 103rd Birthday Free-For-All”, Sunday, January 22, 1PM-8PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., Free. All ages. “YOU WHO: Children's Rock Variety Show (2 p.m.) Children's rock variety show is a half hour-ish of variety entertainment featuring DJs and interactive dance parties with giant barn owls, musical guests, stories, skits, sing a longs, cartoons, artists, puppets, parades and performers. Their variety show features performances by YOU WHO's house band Sneakin' Out, The Cardboard Songsters, and surprise guests. Ballroom-wide fun includes a Bhangra dance party with DJ ANJALI, blanket forts, hair dos, art activities, a giant parachute and much more fun stuff! YOU WHO is a benefit for MyMusicRx- the flagship program of Children's Cancer Association who believes that joy matters and music heals. MyMusicRx provides music medicine to seriously ill kids and teens at 19 pediatric hospitals across the nation including locally at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel, '80s Video Dance Attack - featuring VJ Kittyrox (5 p.m.), Biddy on the Bench (3 p.m. in Ringlers Pub), Special Crystal birthday beers, Special 103rd Birthday passport stamp, History presentation, brewery tours, tastings of McMenamins ales, liquors, cocktails and wines, drink and food specials, NFL screenings, special birthday cake ... and much more!”

“Oaks Bottom Bird Walk”, Sunday, January 21, meeting at 8AM, Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Portland is known as a livable city but fish and wildlife find it livable too thanks to places like Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge! Join expert naturalist Elaine Murphy as she takes you on a free bird walk through Portland’s own urban wildlife refuge. Its location at the base of Oaks Bluff and next to the Willamette River’s Holgate Slough and Ross Island result in rich and varied habitat: uplands, wetland, riparian, and open water. And that means great bird watching!”

Make Change Happen - You Can Fight City Hall”, Monday, January 23, 6:15PM, St. Johns Library. “Do you have an interest in improving life for yourself and your neighbors or a concern about local, state or federal laws? Create change! Learn how to investigate the issues and learn about tools for change. Topics: Information and misinformation; How to ferret out the best info; Examples of successful advocacy; Choosing your battles; Who makes the rules?; Getting heard: tools for change; Tracking what’s happening; State legislature is in session: what is going on now.”

The Role of the Lobbyist”, Monday, January 23, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Presented by Craig Honeyman, Legislative Director, League of Oregon Cities, speaking at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum. Free and open to the public. Lunch available for ordering from the menu.

“Starry Nights, Should We Care?”, Monday, January 23, 7PM, First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “As the glow of our city and mobile electronics grow, is there still any reward to a night under the stars? Join us for a compelling event that combines video shorts and information about why Oregon's high desert is one of the best places in our country to view our night skies. This presentation will ask questions about the anthropological value of being under the stars. You'll leave inspired to reconnect with that childlike curiosity that draws us outside on a clear night to gaze up and explore the skies above.” 

“Homeschooling Huddle”, Monday, January 23, 10:30AM, Molalla Library. “Come into the library for a homeschooling huddle. These activities are geared for elementary aged students that are homeschooled. All youth are welcome though. We will plan to have this type of event 4 times a year. Monday, January 23rd from 10:30 to 12 noon. We will show a movie, worksheets, discussion, and a fun themed craft. Our theme will be ‘U.S. Geography.’ Hope to see you there.”

Author Talk, “Robert Bresky”, Tuesday, January 24, 2PM, West Linn Library. “Robert Bresky will be giving a short talk about his book ‘The Papermakers: More Than Run of the Mill’ and signing copies. Using information gathered from over 50 former mill workers and 100 photographs, the book tells the untold stories behind the Oregon City and West Linn paper mills and reveals what they say about the future of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.”

Author Talk, “Rick Rubin”, Tuesday, January 24, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Rick Rubin presents his book, “Naked Against the Rain: The People of the Lower Columbia River 1770-1830.” “Rick Rubin, a writer by trade and historian at heart, combines years of research with his journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear to create one of the most compelling and readable histories of the Native American people of the lower Columbia River. Rubin conveys information about the people's daily life, spiritual beliefs, mythologies, and how the introduction of white settlers into the region forever changed their culture. Thanks in large part to the abundant salmon runs the Chinook-speakers residing along the lower Columbia River were among the wealthiest in North America. Master fisherman and expert canoeists it was not uncommon for a single canoe and crew to net two tons of succulent Chinook salmon on a single outgoing tide. A thickset people with artificially flattened heads, anarchistic politics, and a highly stratified society, they spoke a language unconnected to any known language on earth. Yet despite all their wealth and accomplishments they were all but completely wiped out in a few short decades after whites first landed on their shores.”

Author Talk, “Donald Sevetson”, Tuesday, January 24, 12PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Donald Sevetson discusses his book, “Atkinson: Pioneer Oregon Educator”. “George Atkinson (1819-1889) was among the most influential people in the Pacific Northwest during his four decades (1848-1889) of residence here. Sent to Oregon as a Congregational missionary, he gave sustained attention to both community involvement and church work. Atkinson was a peripatetic traveler, an alert observer, and an articulate writer. His community leadership extended to public and private education, railroads, penitentiaries, Native American affairs, industry, and agriculture. The presentation will draw on Atkinson's written legacy of some four hundred letters and more than sixty lengthy newspaper columns to describe his vision and influence.”

“San Francisco 1906: Destruction by Earthquake, Trial by Fire”, Tuesday, January 24, 6:30PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Sig Unander, Jr. “The destruction of the leading city in the West over four tragic days by a magnitude 8 earthquake that struck without warning and the firestorm that followed. This epic event changed the city forever and holds lessons as we prepare for the coming Cascadia quake.”

Author Talk, “Michael Eric Dyson”, Tuesday, January 24, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Michael Eric Dyson discusses his book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America”. “As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece ‘Death in Black and White,’ Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it "an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain" and "crushingly powerful," and Beyonce tweeted about it. Now he continues to speak out in ‘Tears We Cannot Stop’―a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. In the tradition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time―short, emotional, literary, powerful―this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.”

“Vanport: A City That Was”, Tuesday, January 24, 6:30PM, Albina Library. “Vanport, the largest World War II housing project in the United States, built in a year, meant to house shipyard and defense workers, became the second-largest city in Oregon (during that time period). In its heyday, it housed 40,000 residents. On May 30, 1948, in a matter of a few hours, it disappeared forever, leaving a lasting influence on Portland, Oregon. This presentation, by author Zita Podany, will summarize the rise and fall of Vanport.” 

Oregon Shadow Theatre Presents, “Jack and the Dragon”, Wednesday, January 25, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King's daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.”

Author Talk, “Sarah van Gelder”, Wednesday, January 25, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Sarah van Gelder discusses her book, “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America”. “America faces huge challenges – climate change, social injustice, racist violence, economic insecurity. Journalist Sarah van Gelder (co-founder and editor-at-large of the award-winning YES! magazine) suspected that there were solutions, and she went looking for them, not in the centers of power, where people are richly rewarded for their allegiance to the status quo, but off the beaten track, in rural communities, small towns, and neglected urban neighborhoods. In ‘The Revolution Where You Live’, join van Gelder as she meets the quirky and the committed, the local heroes and the healers who, under the mass media's radar, are getting stuff done.”

“ArtBots”, Wednesday, January 25, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Meeting Rooms Level 4. “Learn how to deconstruct common household objects and create your own autonomous robot for creating art. No experience necessary. This is an all ages program!”

“Nature Book Club for Teens”, Thursday, January 26, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Multipurpose Room. Grades 6-8. Preregistration required; register online. “Join Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve staff and other middle school book enthusiasts for a group discussion of books based on nature and the environment. Explore Scotland, Hawaii, and the redwoods of northern California through this year's book selection. January's selection is ‘Wild Wings’ by Gil Lewis. Follow the migration of osprey from Scotland to Africa and discuss challenges that impact the nests and habitats of these magnificent wild birds. Pre-registration online or at the Library is required. Once students are registered, they may pick up a free copy of the book as well as a preview of discussion topics at the Hub central service desk of the Brookwood Library.”

Public Meeting for Proposed Reintroduction of California Condors in Northern California”, Thursday, January 26, 6PM, Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. Free. “In support of the recovery of the California Condor, for the last decade the Yurok Tribe, in coordination with USFWS, has spearheaded efforts to reintroduce condors in the Pacific Northwest, a region that condors have not occupied for more than a century. Reintroduction of this magnificent species into Northern California will likely lead to condors flying in Oregon skies in the near future. Attend this public meeting to learn about the proposal, how hazards likes lead ammunition are going to be addressed, and how this proposal fits into the overall recovery plan for this endangered species.”

A Shared City: Native Americans in Early Portland History”, Thursday, January 26, 6:30PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The first written histories of our city never mentioned that Portland’s recently arrived white residents were outnumbered three to one by the Native Americans who lived along the Willamette River at the foot of Jefferson Street and other sites around Portland. Portland historian Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D., recently uncovered this completely neglected part of Portland's history, and in this presentation, she will share rare photos and early stories about Native Americans in Portland.”

"Democratic Values after Trump: A Frank View", Thursday, January 26, 7PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Recital Hall 75 in the basement, 1620 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Advance tickets required: Presented by US Congressman Barney Frank. 

Author Talk, “James Riley”, Thursday, January 26, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “We are pleased to welcome author James Riley to our store for a reading, discussion and signing event! James will be here discussing his new children’s novel ‘Secret Origins’, which is the third book in the 'Story Thieves Series.' Please join us at 6pm upstairs in our event space for what is sure to be a fun event!”

Exhibit Opening, “Brink”, Friday, January 27, 6PM, Antler Gallery, 2778 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Exhibit runs January 27- February 23. “Join us at BRINK, the Fifth annual Audubon Society of Portland benefit show at Antler Gallery! You won’t want to miss this unique show, which features regionally and nationally celebrated artists inspired by wildlife and the natural world, focusing on the theme of extinction. These new, original pieces will be on display and offered for sale, with 20% of all sales donated to the Audubon Society of Portland. Antler Gallery founders and curators Susannah Kelly and Neil M. Perry believe strongly in Portland Audubon’s mission to protect birds, wildlife, and habitat. Over the past four years, the gallery has raised more than $11,000 to support wildlife conservation across Oregon.”

“Teen Improv Night”, Friday, January 27, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Teens! Whether you're the Class Clown or the resident Drama Queen, come to play, or come to watch... Just be prepared to laugh!”

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, January 27, 6PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’re fans of strong stories, diverse characters, and Rainbow Rowell (of course!). This month our group meets to discuss ‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. Join us!”

“Felted Acorns”, Friday, January 27, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Fall is here! Celebrate by making a festive garland of felted acorns. The acorns will be wet felted wool balls attached to real acorn tops. Come by yourself or bring your friends and family and work together on a bigger garland. All ages welcome.”

“Paper-Circuitry Art”, Friday, January 27, 10:30AM, North Portland Library; Friday, January 27, 2PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Saturday, January 28, Holgate Library. “Combine paper, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries and you have the makings of amazing interactive paper art. Make origami birds with glowing eyes, make interactive greeting cards that turn on and off when you open them, and make beautiful glowing paper collages. At the same time you'll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

Decoupage Chests for Valentines”, Saturday, January 28, 1PM, Troutdale Library. Teens. Bilingual. “Show your loved one how much you treasure him or her for the holidays. Shanon Scholian will help you decorate small treasure chest boxes using decorative papers, fabric, text and notions.”

Chinese New Year Celebration”, Saturday, January 28 through Monday, February 6, Lan Su Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Most events are free with admission, but evening lantern viewings require special advance tickets. Washington County and Clackamas County libraries have cultural passes to the Lan Su Garden, which can be used during regular hours.

Nest Fest: Prepare for Nesting Birds and Pollinators this Spring”, Saturday, January 28, 1PM-4PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Learn how to enhance the habitat value of your backyard for birds, mason bees, and bats! See the different styles and sizes of boxes designed to attract the wildlife of your choice. Pick up free plans for do-it-yourselfers, talk to our experts, see what the Nature Store has to offer. Learn about construction, proper dimensions, materials and placement. Nesting season will be here before you know it! Come to this fun, casual event! It's the Bees Knees!
 Become a backyard bee keeper this spring by hosting mason bees, gentle native pollinators that will quickly set up shop in a nesting block you provide. With your own on-site bee colony, no fruit-bearing tree or shrub is safe from pollination, and your harvest is sure to increase. Learn about materials and methods, seasonal maintenance, and more! Get The Bird Eye View! What do they really want? Get the dimensions right and they will come! It's all about the design. We want a house with the perfect dimensions and floor plan, so do our avian friends. When you offer the perfect nest box, how can they resist? Feeling A Little Batty? You should, they are everywhere in our urban environment. Create the perfect roost to keep them happy and residing close by. On their nightly excursions each hungry bat devours hundreds of mosquitos and bugs (up to ½ their own body weight!), right in our own backyards! Plus, learn about Portland Audubon's Backyard Habitat Certification Program and how you can make you yard irresistibly inviting to the wonderful, natural, native visitors who are looking for a residence right in your own neighborhood!”

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, January 28, 7PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10 adults, $7 ages 15 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “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.”

Library Seed Exchange”, Saturday, January 28, 1PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Calling all local seed savers with good quality seed to share seeds, stories and growing practices. Join the nonprofit urban gardening organization, Grow Portland, for the first annual Seed Sharing Event. Share extra seed you have saved in your garden with others and discover new varieties. Local gardeners and farmers will have the opportunity to learn about seed saving and take home free seed.”

Classroom Discovery Days: Mossum Mosses”, Saturday, January 28, 11:30-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please. Our classroom is an open house for all ages. Drop in anytime between 11:30 - 1:00pm”

Great Train Expo”, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx.

Misinformation and Political Propaganda Civic Workshop”, Saturday, January 28, 1PM, Oregon City Library. “We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources and other media. Establish truth from fiction using critical thinking strategies, and learn where to find accurate information. This workshop uses real-life examples to show how information can be, intentionally or not, distorted. Logical fallacies, political ads, news headlines, graphs and charts, the effect of language chosen to express ideas and other types of information are examined in a ‘what do you see here? / what is missing?’ type of format.”

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Bird Walk”, Saturday, January 28, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “This expert-guided bird walk along Vancouver’s Greenway Trail is a great way to learn how to recognize our local birds and learn a bit about their habits.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, January 28, 8PM, Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Always call 503-594-6044 Option 1 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event for a recorded announcement about the status of the night's event. Do not use flashlights. Be prepared in case there is a long wait for your turn to look through the big telescope. Get there early and bring snacks, books, etc. It will be worth it! “Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College, the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) maintain the Haggart Observatory located at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center on the CCC campus in Oregon City. To offer the public a unique opportunity to access this rare community resource, RCA opens the observatory on 'Public Nights' to members of the general public. On most Public Nights RCA members will also set telescopes up in a nearby parking lot for guests to look through before and after their trip up to the Observatory.”

Nihao 2017! Lunar New Year Celebration”, Saturday, January 28, 1PM, West Linn Library. “Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with crafts, songs, dancing, snacks and other cultural activities led by Luan Lierman! All are welcome to join. Everyone who comes will receive a lucky money envelope!”

Hot Process Soap Making”, Saturday, January 28, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have fun while learning to safely make your own handmade soap at home with wholesome, nourishing, all natural ingredients. Hot process soap is the oldest form of soap making, dating back over 5000 years, and was how true soap was made until “soap” became industrialized in the 1950’s when, in order to make soap economical to produce, they changed soap into detergents made with artificial colorants, fragrances, and man-made ingredients. If our ancestors were able to make natural, healthy soap you can too. We will cover the process of saponification, natural ways to color and fragrance soap, and how to do it all safely. Additional topics may include working with goat’s milk and choosing oils. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes and soap to take home. Class is taught by SELLWOOD bodycare owner Kent Bromenschenkel.”

ViVoce Winter Concert Series”, Saturday, January 28, 7:30PM, St. Michael and All Angels, 1704 NE 43rd Ave., Pdx; and Sunday, January 29, 4:30PM, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave., Pdx. Tickets $12- $15. “Of Fools, Frogs, and Fearless Women, Songs of resilience from the Jewish diaspora, American folk traditions, and Indonesia. For our winter concert, we spin a seasonal story exploring how gallant heroines rise high in the face of foolish mandates and unfavorable circumstances. Throughout this evening of merriment, fearless maidens reconcile the faults of their elders and the folly of the natural world, saving face and community all in a day’s work.”

Beyond Human? Science, Technology, and the Future of Human Nature”, Saturday, January 28, 3PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Throughout history, religious scholars and philosophers have debated what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom. More recently, evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have contributed new thinking to our ideas about human nature. Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology—such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields— challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human? Prakash Chenjeri, an associate professor of philosophy at Southern Oregon University, will lead participants in a thoughtful conversation about these questions and more.”

Franken-animal for Teens”, Saturday, January 28, 3:30PM, St. Johns Library. “Create your very own Franken-animal or creature by hacking apart stuffed animals and reclaimed materials, then putting it all back together using needle, thread and hot glue. For the final touch, we'll be adding in animatronics to make it one of a kind.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, January 29, 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.

Mochitsuki 2017”, Sunday, January 29, 11AM-4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Advance tickets are discounted, $10 adult, $7 senior and $4 child age 4-12. Free for ages 3 and under. “Mochitsuki is Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration and has been a premiere event in the local community since 1996. The goal of Mochitsuki is to celebrate tradition by sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture. We welcome you to join the celebration while enjoying the great food, performers, and activities presented at Mochitsuki!”

The Underground Railroad: From Tragedy to Triumph”, Sunday, January 29, 2PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “To celebrate Black History Month, we look at one of the most remarkable pieces of African-American History, one filled with both triumph and tragedy: The Underground Railroad. This program specifically uses the story of William Still and his many friends, including Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett, to create an overview of the Railroad.”

National Unpublished Writers Day”, Sunday, January 29, 1PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Inspired by the life and work of Richard Brautigan, this annual event is hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, and will feature presentations by local writers and guests.”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Sunday, January 29, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as Loop de Loo, Miss Mary Mac, Ham Bone and Shortnin’ Bread. Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Paranormal Insights: Psychic Ghost Exploration”, Sunday, January 29, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “Join international psychic medium William Becker, as he explores human connections to paranormal beings that exist in other dimensions or universes, as well as in our own. Our journey will assist us in finding our own place in the universe and what that means to us. As a paranormal enthusiast and experienced paranormal investigator, Becker combines his love of history and psychic abilities to allow people inside the world of ghosts and hauntings.”

Asia FantAsia”, Monday, January 30, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Asia FantAsia is a fun-filled storytelling show bringing alive the cultures of Asia through the re-telling of myths and folk tales interwoven with plenty of music, rhythmic call-n-response games and audience participation. His extensive repertoire includes trickster tales, journey stories, cautionary tales and animal parables expressed with a dynamic audience rapport, dramatic face and hand gestures as he recounts the tales of China, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, India and so much more. Each show is embellished with traditional Asian bamboo wind and percussion instruments. The stories have positive messages of personal triumph, community responsibility, cause and effect and WONDER to not only raise the awareness of Asian cultures but also to show the universal messages found in storytelling.”

More Than Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: The Former Oregon School for the Blind”, Monday, January 30, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Oregon School for the Blind operated in Salem, OR, from 1873 until 2009. Join us for a lively exploration of the history of this residential, State-run school and its specialized programming. Discover why OSB was so influential on its evolving student population and learn about its controversial closing.”

Leather Cuffs for Tens”, Tuesday, January 31, 5PM, Northwest Library. “In this 2 hour workshop, teens will design their own leather cuff using supplies from the Oregon Leather Co. Puppetkabob will demonstrate how to pattern and cut various shapes, add snaps to fit, and embellish with an industrial hole puncher, colorful cords and specialty paints to make a one of a kind cuff.”

Valentine Book Folding”, Tuesday, January 31, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Turn an old book into a Valentine's gift for a loved one! All supplies provided. No registration required.”

Painted Crepe Flowers”, Tuesday, January 31, 6PM, Canby Library. Teens and adults. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. “Participants will create realistic looking paper flowers by painting, stretching, and manipulating crepe paper.”

Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other Strategies for Protecting Wild Birds”, Tuesday, January 31, 6PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “Join us for a teach-in about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918, the most comprehensive law protecting wild birds ever enacted. It is a criminal statute that makes it illegal to possess, import, export, transport, sell, barter any migratory bird, or the parts, nest, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit. The MBTA provides protection for more than 800 species of birds in the United States. It has been used to protect wild birds from everything from illegal poaching to the impacts from wind farms. For activists interested in protecting birds, understanding of the MBTA is a critical piece of the puzzle.”

Teen Bad Art Night”, Tuesday, January 31, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Teens (ages 12-18) - come make some bad art! Everyone will have access to a pile of ridiculous craft and art material. The ‘worst’ piece of art will win a hideously tacky trophy and crown at the end of the night. Participants can make as many pieces of ‘Bad Art’ as they want, and in the final 20 minutes we’ll set up a Bad Art Exhibition. Everyone can browse and cast 3 votes for their favorite pieces of Bad Art. The winner gets the trophy. Come join the fun!”

Coding Academy- Fun with Robots”, Tuesday, January 31. 6PM, Vancouver Library. “Have you ever wanted to teach a robot to do your bidding? Are you curious about how computer programs work? Well, now is your chance to try your hand at coding. No prior experience is necessary and you can work at your own pace.”

Screening, “Landfill Harmonic”, Tuesday, January 31, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Landfill Harmonic is a documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash. This film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful-sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.” Trailer here:

“Is The Palomar Pipeline Back?”, Tuesday, January 31, 6:30PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. RSVP requested: “Longtime supporters of Bark and Columbia Riverkeeper probably remember the stunning victories over the Palomar Pipeline, proposed across Mt. Hood, and the Bradwood LNG terminal, planned for the Columbia Estuary. Now it’s time to dust off our banners and rally chants. A pair of natural gas-to-methanol refineries in Kalama, Washington and Clatskanie, Oregon, and the new Trail West Pipeline are the potential heirs to the ill-fated Palomar Pipeline and Bradwood LNG terminal. Join Columbia Riverkeeper and Bark for a presentation to learn how the Trail West Pipeline threatens Mt. Hood and why the world’s largest methanol refineries would undermine our region’s commitments to fight climate change. Each proposed methanol refinery would use more natural gas than every gas-fired power plant in Washington combined and could pave the way to more dangerous and destructive fracking, natural gas pipeline infrastructure, and climate change. Please join us to learn more and help us stop new massive fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest and protect Mt. Hood.”