Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fabulous February

This is my list of events for February 2016 for the greater Portland area and beyond.  Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend because there will likely be some mistakes, typos and cancellations.  For recurring events in the homeschooling community, I have a list here:

It's officially "Rainbow Season"! Keep your eyes peeled for these masterpieces of Northwest weather!

February should continue to be nice and soggy, which is ideal for tree planting! These are usually super volunteer opportunities for kids. Find one near you at Friends of Trees and SOLVE They often have gardening gloves for adult volunteers, but you will probably want to pick up some for kids. If you are looking for more service learning opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful place to look. 

This month is “Lake Oswego Reads” month, and as always that means tons of cool educational events organized around the selected book as a theme. This year the book is a nonfiction book, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by Timothy Egan, a biography of the photographer Edward Curtis who documented Native Americans. More about the book here: This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Native American culture in depth at events all month long, many of which are free. Selected events are listed below and the complete list is here:

Registration closes Feb. 1 for “Victorian Valentine Tea”, Saturday, February 13, 1PM, Zimmerman House, Fairview. $22 adults and $12 for kids 9 and under. Preregistration required; call 503-261-8078. “Spend an early afternoon tickling your taste buds and wetting your whistle! This Victorian-themed tea is inspired by the Zimmerman House Museum, and comes with delicious tea, sandwiches, scones, and tiny desserts. (We are vegetarian-friendly.) All proceeds go to support ECHO’s mission, services, and preservation efforts.”

Registration opens February 1 for the Klineline Kid’s Fishing Derby, Friday, April 8 for special needs kids and adults, and Saturday, April 9 for kids ages 5-14, at Klineline Pond in Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver. “Over a two-day period 8000 to 10,000 people will gather at Salmon Creek Park/Klineline Pond in Vancouver, WA. to help children experience fishing, playing outside, and learning about water safety and our natural resources. To create stewards for our future fisheries we need to introduce children to the benefits of fishing as an individual and family activity, and as a way to become more aware of the outdoor environment.” More info here:

Registration days for Youth Outdoor Day will be posted sometime in February. This event takes place May 21, 2016 at E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area in Monmouth, and is a full day of outdoor activities for just $5 per child ages 5-14. See website for registration details when they are announced:

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

Exhibit, “Ink + Metal + Paper”, now through Saturday, February 27, 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Ave., Pdx. Opening reception Friday, February 5, 5PM-8PM. “Ink + Metal + Paper is an invitational exhibition curated by the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, a working museum and non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the art and industry of the typographic form located here in Portland. Ink+Metal+Paper features letterpress work from a select international roster of renowned printers and will include books, broadsides showcasing the use of metal type, ornaments, and border elements in relief printing. The exhibit includes the work of twenty-four printers, working as close as Portland and as far away as Belgium. It also includes representative pieces from C. Christopher Stern, Jules Remedios Faye, and Jim Rimmer, the three book artists who inspired the C.C. Stern Type Foundry in the first place.”

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

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

Exhibit, “Brink”, now through Monday, February 22, Antler Gallery, 2728 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Twenty artists have been asked to create works that focus on either an extinct or an endangered species. These new, original pieces will be on display for one month, Jan. 14-Feb. 22, and 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Audubon Society of Portland.”

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

Exhibit, “Recycled Dreams”, now through Monday, February 29, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Art by Kelly Keigwin.“This series of work is based on the core ideals of relationships, love, friendship, and dreams. A variety of whimsical characters engage in a variety of interactions that reflect human emotions, as well as fantasy. Keigwin re-purposes found and discarded materials to create this work, giving the pieces a unique quality through texture, aged finishes, and odd shapes.”

Tech Toys for Homeschoolers”, Monday, February 1, 1PM, Beaverton Library. All ages. “Homeschoolers, come play with Bee-Bot, Snap Circuits and LEGOs. We'll have hi- and lo-tech toys and games to expand your tech savvy!”

The Oregon Bird Man”, Monday, February 1, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Join the Oregon Bird Man Karl Anderson for an amazing avian adventure, featuring several live birds! Parakeets, cockatoos, parrots, macaws – what do they have in common, besides being gorgeous birds? They’re all part of the show “Colors of the Jungle”, presented by the Oregon Bird Man, Karl Anderson. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about these birds, and get to see a few up close and personal! The program is free and everyone in the family is invited to attend.”

The Art and Tradition of Trade Blankets”, Monday, February 1, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Examine the fascinating history of Native America Trade Blankets; travel through the Pendleton archives to see images of historic blankets and learn the profound meaning of these objects.” Presented by Kathy Monaghan.

Learn to Knit!”, Monday, February 1, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn the basics in this introductory class. Bring knitting needles and yarn if you have them; limited supply will be available. All skill levels welcome.”

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre Presents, “The Mantis and the Moon”, Tuesday, February 2, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “The proud praying mantis declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it, so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him. While his daughter, Porcupine, tries to gain his attention, Mantis focuses on his desire to achieve greater heights. He tries to trap the moon several times unsuccessfully, and in his failure he learns humility and the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Having learned his lesson Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Sing along with Mantis as we try to capture the moon!”

Film Screening, “Latino Americans: Peril and Promise (1980-2000)”, Tuesday, February 2, 6PM, Canby Library.

Remembering Frank Sinatra”, Tuesday, February 2, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. 

Some of the Most Amazing Things in the Universe!”, Tuesday, February 2, and Thursday, February 11, 6PM and 7:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Campus map and more info here:

Shen Yun Performing Arts”, Tuesday, February 2, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Come learn about China's 5,000 year history through its culture and dance. Tim Gebhart from Shen Yun Performing Arts in Oregon will be giving a presentation on the dance company and its inspiration in reviving the nearly lost cultural heritage of Chinese civilization.”

Soup Night”, Tuesday, February 2, 7PM, Beaverton Library; and Tuesday, February 16, 6:30PM, Garden Home Library. “Maggie Stuckey, author of ‘Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup’ will talk about the tradition of soup nights, in which neighbors build community through the age-old idea of getting together for a simple meal. Maggie will bring soup to share.”

Author Talk, “Gordon Korman”, Tuesday, February 2, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. Gordon Korman is a hugely popular author of over 75 books for kids, so if you plan to attend, I suggest calling the store ahead of time at 503-786-3464 to ask if there’s anything further you need to know to make sure you get to participate, and be sure to get there early! “Gordon Korman, author of Masterminds and Ungifted, will be joining us for a talk, reading, Q and A and signing event in our store. Gordon will sign up to two of his other titles with the purchase of Masterminds or Ungifted from Barnes and Noble. Proof of purchase will be required in order for additional titles to be signed. Please ask a bookseller for additional details.”

Fish Martinez Drumming and Singing”, Tuesday, February 2, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Fish Martinez will perform and talk about Native American Pow-wow drumming and hip hop.”!artists/cqey

Magnet Magic”, Wednesday, February 3, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 6-12. “Experience the possibilities of magnetic attraction. Did you know that a magnet can move a train, pay your bill and even look inside your brain? Discover all this and make a magnet painting.” 

Hari Kondabolu”, Wednesday, February 3, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), Reed College, Kaul Auditorium. “Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the New York Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today”. In March 2014, he released his debut stand-up album, Waiting for 2042, on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s Artist in Residence for the 2014-2015 academic year.”

Concert, “Seffarine, Classical Arabic and Andalusian Music”, Wednesday, February 3, 8PM, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus Forum, Building 3, Room 114, 17705 NW Springville Road, Hillsboro. Free and open to the public. Parking is free in the Event Center parking area behind Building 9. “Seffarine, a duo with Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulscamp, presents the music of classical Arabic and Andalusian music as well as original compositions influenced by cultures including Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music and American Jazz. Their CD, “De Fez a Jerez,” is listed in the top 20 best world music releases by the Transglobal World Music Charts, a panel of 43 world music experts.”

The History of Pressure Garments and Space Suits: Technological Evolution and Notes From Private Research”, Wednesday, February 3, 7PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Portland State University Anthropology Professor Dr. Cameron Smith will explore the history of the development of pressure and space suits used in the exploration of the outer reaches of our atmosphere and outer space, as well as his personal drive to develop, build, and test his own pressure suit.” We saw Dr. Smith last year, and his talk was great!

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in February, 12PM, Shadywood Park, 535 NE 24th Ave., Hillsboro. Free. “Large oak and maple trees make for an interesting mix of birds.” “Join Jackson Bottom Staff and Volunteers for Lunch with the Birds! Most Wednesdays, October through December, from Noon to 1 pm. Location varies, featuring a different City of Hillsboro Park each month. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars are available. We meet rain or shine and spend our time outside! Some parks have shelter from the rain but be prepared for the weather.”

Breaking Chains: Slavery on the Oregon Trail”, Wednesday, February 3, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SE Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Author R. Gregory Nokes returns to the Heritage Center to describe his research on the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon courts in 1853. Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes were brought to the Willamette Valley in 1844 and kept in bondage until the issue landed in court.”

Portland Winter Light Festival”, Wednesday, February 3 through Friday, February 6. Far too many individual events to list here, so be sure to check out the website: “The Portland Winter Light Festival, powered by PGE renewable energy, is a free, all ages, outdoor, community celebration illuminating the city with installations by premier light artists and designers. Hosted by OMSI, no tickets are needed for this event (museum admission not included) simply show up and enjoy the fun!” 

The Surprising Adventures of George Gibbs”, Wednesday, February 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Between 1849 and 1861, George Gibbs, heir to one of America's great fortunes, lived and worked among the American Indians of Oregon, Washington, and California. A Harvard graduate and classmate of Henry Thoreau, Gibbs compiled more than 100 Indian vocabularies, published dictionaries of Indian languages, served as secretary to treaty councils, and was a surveyor and cartographer. The sketches, ink drawings, and watercolors by Gibbs illustrate his works and travels. Join renowned historian Stephen Dow Beckham as he explores the life of this fascinating man.”

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

Liquids in Space”, Thursday, February 4, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Mark Weislogel, PhD, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Portland State University and Senior Scientist at IRPI LLC. “There are as many as 50 different drinks available to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Beer is not one of them. But coffee is. Understandably, the coffee is sucked through straws inserted into sealed bags. But wouldn’t it be more pleasurable to sip from a cup, sensing the warmth and aromatics, and chilling from the pressure of the day with co-workers a little like back on earth? Believe it or not, this isn’t easy to do. The problem is the lack of gravity(!) and its impact on the whole process of drinking. In this presentation we tell the story of the Space Cups which were designed at IRPI LLC in Wilsonville in collaboration with NASA, demonstrated in the low-gravity drop tower at Portland State University, launched to the Space Station on a Space-X rocket, and enjoyed by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. We will present fun video of astronaut antics while drinking in the galley of the Space Station, but also the deeper story of microgravity capillary fluidics research that undergirds our work and illuminates a direction for the design of advanced spacecraft for the more demanding exploration missions of the future.”

Owls Rule the Night”, Thursday, February 4, 6:30PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. $10 ($5 for Hillsboro residents). Suggested for ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Owls! The night-time birds of prey. Owls have amazing adaptations that allow them to rule the night, communicate with one another and occupy a variety of habitats. With fifteen species occurring in Oregon, chances are there is an owl living near you! Learn which ones are common, which are rare, which are big and which are small.”

Timberline Review Reading”, Thursday, February 4, 7PM, The Vault at O’Connor’s Restaurant, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx., and Tuesday, February 9, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Reading at O’Connor’s: Kim Stafford, Jeanne Krinsley, Gina Ochsner, Jack Estes, Wayne Scott, Jennifer Dorner, and Julie Young. Reading at Broadway Books: Penelope Scambly Schott, Jeanne Krinsley, Gina Ochsner, Jack Estes, Wayne Scott, Jullie Young, and Tiah Lindner Raphael. “The Timberline Review is a new literary journal being produced by the writing organization Willamette Writers. Founded in 1965, the organization just celebrated its 50th anniversary year. The idea for a literary journal took hold as a way to celebrate that legacy, an answer to the question, ‘What’s next?’ The review is intended to be a collage of voices speaking through the written word, in short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry, with the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. Editors Peter R. Field and Pam Wells head up a dedicated editorial staff of volunteers to produce this new publication. Please join us in celebrating this literary journal.”

Poetry Reading, “Windfall: A Journal of Poetry and Place”, Thursday, February 4, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. “Windfall, A Journal of Poetry of Place will celebrate its Fall 2015 issue with a reading at Broadway Books. Joining co-editors Bill Siverly and Michael McDowell to read will be Eric Le Fatte, Emily Ransdell, Marilyn Stablein, and Clem Starck. Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place features poetry which captures the spirit of place as part of the essence of the poem. Poetry written in the Northwest, that is attentive to the relationships between people and landscapes in which they live is emphasized.”

Who I Am - Celebrating Me: An Artistic Journey through Black History”, Thursday, February 4, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “A community of youth and adult artists explore history through artistic expression.”

Shawash Kagwe”, Thursday, February 4, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “The Indian way of doing things - David Harrelson, Preservation Officer will share the tools used by native people to manage the landscape of the Willamette Valley.”

Mapping Air Pollution with Moss”, Thursday, February 4, 4PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 71, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Two presenters. Dr. Geoffrey Donovan, Research Forester, US Forest Service: “Dr. Geoffrey Donovan has quantified a wide range of urban-tree benefits. These have ranged from intuitive benefits—reduced summertime cooling costs, for example—to less intuitive such as crime reduction. More recently, he has focused on the relationship between trees and public health. He found that mothers with trees around their homes are less likely to have underweight babies, and when trees are killed by an invasive pest, more people die from cardiovascular and lower-respiratory disease. He has a number of ongoing projects including a collaboration with the women’s health initiative.” Dr. Sarah Jovan, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service: “Dr. Sarah Jovan is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Oregon. She serves as national lichen advisor to the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, which monitors the condition of epiphytic lichen communities across U.S. forests for tracking forest health. Her research focuses on utilizing non-vascular bioindicators (lichens, bryophytes) as a supplement to air quality and climate monitoring stations to provide a fine-scaled view of conditions affecting forest and urban airsheds.”

First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community: Bridging Past and Future”, Thursday, February 4, doors open at 5PM to socialize and enjoy the museum’s exhibits, and program begins at 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 children, $10 families, free for active duty military and family. “In 2012, a sampling of family stories were woven into a book entitled ‘First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community: From World War Two to the Twenty-First Century’. But this was just the beginning. Many more memories have yet to be shared. The project’s next phase, First Families Forward, is finding ways to build on this foundation by continuing to highlight the story of African Americans in Vancouver – an aspect of our local and regional experience that is no less vital and essential for being often overlooked. At CCHM on February 4, 2016, First Families Forward invites the community into the discussion. A panel introduced by keynote speaker Rev. Marva J. Edwards, president of Vancouver NAACP #1139, and moderated by Nathan Webster, founding director of Dream Big Community Center, offers plans and ideas about how we came this far and where we might go from here.”

Screening, “Under the Blood-Red Sun”, Friday, February 5, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “We will be showing the movie version of Graham Salisbury’s Under the Blood-Red Sun. Graham and the movie producer will be present to talk about the book, movie, and Pearl Harbor.”

“26th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films”, Friday, February 5 through March 5, with most events at PCC Cascade’s Moriarty Arts and Humanities Bldg, Room 104., 705 N. Killingsworth St., Pdx. All events free and open to the public. See details here: “Welcome to the 26th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films! We are very pleased to present a variety of feature and documentary films from the African continent. The majority of films were made by African directors. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for change and a hopeful, more prosperous future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including music and the arts; revolution, politics and change; displaced children; poverty and the difficulties of urban life; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the struggle for gender equality and freedom; love and marriage.” 

The Dynamic Geological and Cultural History of Iceland”, Friday, February 5, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Presented by eminent geologist Dr. Scott Burns. “Iceland, world famous for being the land of fire and ice with all its volcanoes and glaciers, is located on a hot spot and therefore has lots of volcanism. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is splitting the country in two – one half is moving toward Europe and the other toward North America. Incredible waterfalls, the geothermal energy and warm water make Iceland a truly extraordinary place. Longtime SHF member and supporter Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, will tell us about this incredible Nordic country. Recently back from a trip to Iceland, where he taught a class for the Smithsonian last summer, he will summarize the highlights of the geology and the Scandinavian culture of Iceland.” Parking is free in the PSU garage after 7PM. 

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

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Project Warehouse”, Friday, February 5, 8PM, and Saturday, February 6, 5PM and 8PM, 513 NE Schuyler St., Pdx. $10 in advance. “Enjoy an exciting evening of aerial dance, refreshments, and local art. Live music by Julius Major (Subphonic) starts 30 minutes before the show.” Always family friendly and highly recommended!

Tribal Foods”, Friday, February 5, 6PM, Nic and Fig’s Makery, 425 2nd St., #120, Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover the flavors of Ceremonial Tribal Foods prepared for you by Andrew Lintz, member of the Native American Church. He employs traditional medicinal culinary values to enhance and fortify his plates. Andrew draws inspiration from writings and stories about pre-contact civilization and wild crafting, infusing his palate with unique flavors.”

Traditional Native American Plants”, Saturday, February 6, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. All ages. “For time immemorial, the Willamette Valley has provided a vast array of plant foods for Native Americans. Stephanie M. Wood, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, will share the management techniques traditionally practiced by her people to improve and maximize food systems. Her presentation will focus on local plants and their purposes.”

Raptor Road Trip”, Saturday, February 6, 9AM-2PM, Sauvie Island, Pdx. $10 per vehicle (includes Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Parking Permit). Beginning at Kruger’s Farm Market. Details here: “Explore Sauvie Island in search of the magnificent Bald Eagles, hawks, and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts will host activities and answer your questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close, and sharpen your hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and donuts are available in the morning to keep you warm while you breakfast with the birds.” This trip is a must! Very neat! Two tips- when you arrive, be sure to ask the volunteers if Audubon is planning to release a rehabilitated bird from their Wildlife Care Center. These releases are wonderful to see and usually happen at Howell Territorial Park towards the end of the Road Trip time. Also, this is an ideal time to check out the Sauvie Island Spaceship at Collins Beach. Collins Beach requires a parking permit, which you will already have. And it’s a nude beach, but chilly February is bad for nudists and good for visiting with kids! The Spaceship is a mysterious abandoned boat that looks just like a flying saucer and is typically covered with colorful graffiti murals. More about Collins Beach here:

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2016- Year of the Monkey”, Saturday, February 6, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $8, free for ages 3 and under. $2 coupon here: and $4 admission with a paid admission to Têt (Vietnamese New Year Celebration). Food, dance, vendors, and a lion dance!  
Tết Festival 2016”, Saturday, February 6, 9:30AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5, free for kids 5 and under and 65 and over.

Cheese Making”, Saturday, February 6, 10AM, OMSI Classroom 1. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $18. One batch of cheese per ticket; maximum 3 participants per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the wonderful world of cheese making! We’ll learn the art and science of making cow’s milk fresh mozzarella cheese in this class. Participants will sample a variety of cheeses, make their own mozzarella, and learn several recipes using their homemade cheese.”

Juba This and Juba That: A Collection of African American Folktales”, Saturday, February 6, 12PM, St. Johns Library. “Storytelling plays a huge role in the culture of both Africans and African Americans. In this presentation, Chetter uses animation, sound effects, and audience participation to perform a potpourri of fun-filled stories from the African diaspora. It includes amazing animal adventures, trickster tales as well as stories of courage, wisdom and perseverance.”

The Story Of The Guitar”, Saturday, February 6, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library. The modern guitar has ancestors which started in Babylonian times, circulated from Greece to most countries in Europe, evolving into the 20th century. Discover more guitar history and music with PSU instructor, Jesse McCann.”

Fire Cider for Cold and Flu Season”, Saturday, February 6, 3PM, Kenton Library; and Sunday, February 21, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Fire Cider is an age old way to preserve herbs for the fall and winter months when herbs cannot be picked fresh. Fire Cider is made by infusing Apple Cider Vinegar with a number of fresh and spicy herbs. Think spicy and warming. They are used traditionally to help boost the immune system, increase circulation, and support the liver. Great for cold and flu season, seasonal changes, and for stress colds. This is also sometimes called 'cyclone' cider because it cyclones through the body cleaning it up and clearing it out. In class we will make a traditional fire cider recipe and taste a few variations that will excite your taste buds. Everyone will go home with a fire cider of their own.”

Igbo Masquerade”, Saturday, February 6, 3PM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM. “Nzuko Ndi Igbo is the premier cultural organization of the Igbo people of Nigeria living in Oregon and SW Washington. This masquerade showcases their drumming, flute playing and dancing abilities and features the famous Nyikiriputu and Apunanwu Spirits, representing the Father and Mother of the Igbos.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, February 6, 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.”

African Song and Dance”, Saturday, February 6, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room; and Thursday, February 25, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library. “Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning the richness of West African culture through song and dance. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. The whole audience gets involved in simple dance steps, call and response, greetings and phrases, and rhythm drumming.”

Understanding Dyslexia”, Saturday, February 6, 2:30PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “This interactive lecture discusses what dyslexia is, including common characteristics, signs in school-aged learners, and current, scientific understanding of the brain as it reads and how instruction changes the brain. Hands-on simulation will let participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations that students with dyslexia face every day. Brought to you by Columbia Gorge Dyslexia Fund in partnership with Three Creeks Community Library.”

Turning Trash into Peace: Learning About Sustainability Through Functional Art for Teens”, Saturday, February 6, 1PM, Rockwood Library. “Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of sustainability through fun, engaging, hands-on activities such as building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bottles, renewable energy activities, zero waste cooking, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to build relationships in their community and learn valuable vocational, team building, and leadership skills. All aspects of the program are bilingual in English and Spanish.”

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, February 6, and Saturday, February 20, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $15 ages 16 and older, $10 ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “The Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour.”

African American Read-In”, Saturday, February 6, 12PM, Midland Library; Sunday, February 14, 2PM, North Portland Library; and for teens on Friday, February 26, 4PM at St. Johns Library. “Celebrate Black History Month with Black literature! Join us as community leaders, teachers, students, and local celebrities read from their favorite books by African American writers. Fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults will be featured in a special gathering of good words from great writings. Community members are also encouraged to come and share words from their favorite works.”

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating”, Sunday, February 7, 12PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Ages 13 and up. “Come practice your cookie decorating skills, just in time for Valentine's Day! Mindy Simmons, owner of Decadent Creations Bakery, will share tips and tricks. You'll go home with your own creation, and have the opportunity to check out bakeware for further kitchen adventures.”

Dragon Dance and Parade”, Sunday, February 7, 11AM-2PM, downtown Portland. Free. “Kick off the Chinese New Year with a fabulous mile-long parade through Portland! The Dragon Dance will begin at 11am on the corner of NW Davis and 4th Ave., continuing through Chinatown, down 3rd Ave., and up SW Jefferson. The celebration continues at Oregon Historical Society when the parade arrives around noon, where we will host tea, sweet treats, and special performances by local Lion Dance teams!”

Lion Dance for the Lunar New Year”, Sunday, February 7, 2PM, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. “The Lion Dance is a Lunar New Year celebration to bring good luck and happiness in the coming year. Sunflower Dance Troupe: 2:00 pm; Lion Dance: 2:45 pm.”

Lost and Found: Community in the Age of the Internet”, Sunday, February 7, 2PM, McMinnville Library. Presented by Dr. Tod Sloan, Professor of Psychology in the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. “Is community disappearing or strengthening as we gaze at smartphones, video games, online movies, and web pages? How do these technologies both connect and disconnect us? Where online do we engage deeply with friends, family and neighbors alike?”

Papermaking for Kids”, Sunday, February 7, 10AM, ADX Makerspace, 417 SE 11th Ave., Pdx. $25. Suggested for ages 6-11. “Ready to get your hands pulpy? In this 1.5 hour introduction to papermaking, kids ages 6-11 will learn the basics of making recycled handmade paper made from 100% post-consumer waste paper. We'll use a blender to create papers of various colors (using non-toxic Tempera paints) and sizes. Kids will have the opportunity to add in flowers, plants, ribbon, and seeds as they form their paper, making it their own. We'll also use cookie cutters and stencils to make shaped papers and Valentine's hearts.”

Author Talk, “Susan Beal”, Sunday, February 7, 1:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join author Susan Beal to learn the history of Oregon's own treasure Pendleton Woolen Mills and get inspired to do your own sewing and quilting with her book in partnership with Pendleton, ‘Hand-Stitched Home’.”

3D Print: Cuff Bracelet for Teens”, Sunday, February 7, 1PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to design and 3D print your own cuff bracelet that is unique to you by designing an image or adding your name, whatever trips your fancy. If time allows each student will leave the class with their own 3D object or you can return to the makerlab to print on your own.”

Holocaust Speaker: Miriam Greenstein”, Sunday, February 7, 1PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Admission $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for kids 11 and under. “Born in Poland in 1929, Miriam Greenstein was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. After moving several times with her family to evade the Nazis, she was captured and forced into the Lodz Ghetto in 1941. From there she was sent to the Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, and Magdeburg concentration camps before she was forced to return to Bergen Belsen. There she survived until British troops liberated the camp in 1945. After the war Miriam moved to Portland to be with her only living relative. Today she is an active member of the Speakers’ Bureau.”

Owl Prowl”, Sunday, February 7, meeting at 5:30PM at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. $5 per person (participants will be given a $5 Backyard Bird Shop Savings Card the night of the class). Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Meet at the Beaverton location of Backyard Bird Shop to learn about these magnificent birds of the night, first with an introductory slide show and then on location as we carpool to a local park to look and listen for owls. We’ll gather at 5:30 p.m. for some class time at our Beaverton store. Then we’ll carpool to Tualatin Hills Nature Park at 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97006 to look and listen for owls.”

Concert, “Grupo Condor”, Sunday, February 7, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “Enjoy the Latin American folk music performed by Grupo Condor, featuring Spanish, African and Native American influences. Learn about the instruments from Andes, such as the pan flutes, the armadillo shell string instrument, the bombo (bass drum) and the importance of each culture's contribution to this enchanting music and full of energy.”

Don’t be Scared, Be Prepared!”, Sunday, February 7, 3:30PM, Vancouver Library, Skamania Room Level 4. “Learn to assemble the life-saving kit your family needs in an emergency.”

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

Candy Science”, Monday, February 8, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3PM. Suggested for grades 2-5. “Enjoy some sweet science with candy experiments. Building, bubbling, blowing up...anything can happen when you become a confectionary detective!”

Free Outgoing: Contemporary Theatre from India”, Monday, February 8, 6PM, Central Library. For teens and adults. “Join Boom Arts, Portland's source for thought-provoking global theatre, to learn about ‘Free Outgoing’, a contemporary play from India based on a book by Anupama Chandrasekhar, slated to be performed in Portland in early March 2016. Free Outgoing is about adolescence in the age of the Internet, a cell phone video of the sexual indiscretion of a teenage girl and her boyfriend goes viral. As modern technology and old-world values collide, mother Malini realizes she must do anything to protect her daughter. Hear from the playwright and meet the director, Los Angeles-based Snehal Desai, and find out about how the play made waves in the UK, Canada, and most recently India for how it navigates the complex social and cultural issues of today's India through theatre.”

Author Talk, “Pagan Kennedy”, Monday, February 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Pagan Kennedy discusses her book, “Inventology: How We Dream Up Things that Change the World”. “A doctor realizes that an innocent-looking tube is killing his patients. An engineer dreams of a science-fiction world and pioneers the cell phone. A father, left at home to care for his toddler, creates the sippy cup. Why did these people hit on solutions that everyone else missed? ‘Inventology’ takes the reader through the methods that visionaries use to imagine new technologies. Based on interviews with inventors, economists and psychologists — as well as evidence from studies — the book reveals the steps that produce discoveries.”

Lan Su Chinese Garden Reopens Monday, February 8 following the completion of their renovations, and will honor their annual tradition with many festive events for the Chinese New Year. See their calendar here:

Community Forum on Willamette River Superfund with EPA”, Monday, February 8, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “he Portland Harbor Superfund site is a highly contaminated stretch of the Willamette River that extends approximately 10 miles, starting near the confluence with the Columbia River and extending to the Fremont Bridge. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to determine how the river will be restored to health and how much the parties who polluted the river will pay to clean up their mess. Come and learn more about the Willamette Superfund Site and the options the EPA is considering for cleaning up the river. The sessions will include a Portland Harbor background presentation by EPA staff that includes information on health risks and why EPA is taking action, information on cleanup options, and next steps for public participation/comment during the proposed plan release in spring 2016. Come for the presentation and discussion that follows with the EPA and Audubon Staff.”

Concert, “Sally Harmon”, Monday, February 8, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Performing Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “New Age pianist Sally Harmon was born in Washington, D.C.; she began playing by ear at the age of three, starting formal lessons a year later. A pupil of concert pianist Stewart Gordon, in time she earned a Masters Degree in music and began touring the U.S.; in 1985, Harmon and her husband, jazz bassist/producer Frank Gruner, formed the Soulo Records label, initially selling copies of early efforts like Brava! and Snap, Classical, Pop! at her concerts before landing national distribution. Theme records like Romancing the Movies, Love Songs of the Beatles and A Cozy Christmas followed during the 1990s.”

Valentine Needle Felting for Teens”, Tuesday, February 9, 4PM, Troutdale Library; Wednesday, February 10, 4PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, February 13, 2PM, Holgate Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Make a sweet for your sweetheart (or yourself) this Valentine's Day! Using needle felting techniques, we'll create beautiful and intricate soft sculpture cakes, cookies and other confections that you can take home at the end of class. Great for beginners.”

Author Talk, “Kathleen Dean Moore”, Tuesday, February 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Kathleen Dean Moore discusses her book, “Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change”. “Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life. Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What are useful answers to the recurring questions of a storm-threatened time – What can anyone do? Is there any hope? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?”

“Abraham Lincoln Portrayed by Steven Holgate”, Tuesday, February 9, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Donations requested. “Steve Holgate has been portraying Abraham Lincoln onstage, in classrooms and in other public venues for sixteen years. He has performed before audiences on the West Coast and Washington, DC, as well as in Mexico, Bahrain and Sri Lanka. ‘I think it’s important for Americans to have a real understanding of who Lincoln was and what he did,’ Holgate says. “He wasn’t a statue or a saint, but a man who struggled as any of us does to find meaning in his life and work. His ability to transcend his limitations, evolve a vision for the country and unite the nation behind that vision is what makes him perhaps our most inspiring figure.’ ” Highly recommended!

“Butterflies – Winged Jewels of Oregon and the World”, Tuesday, February 9, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Join butterfly enthusiast Dr. Martin Schwartz as he explores the natural history of these winged beauties of Oregon and the world. Using photos taken in Oregon as well as in his travels to South America and Asia, Martin will discuss butterfly behavior and ecology, their life cycle and classification, the relationship between butterflies and moths - as well as some fascinating aspects of butterfly reproduction. Dr. Schwartz will also describe the habitat on which butterflies depend and how their numbers have been impacted by habitat loss.”

River Rock Felting”, Tuesday, February 9, 6PM, Canby Library. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-266-0653. “Wet Felted River Rocks.”

Edward Curtis and Moral Tragedy”, Tuesday, February 9, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “Dr. Joel Martinez will discuss different kinds of moral tragedy and how these types of tragedy can help us engage with a number of moral issues in ‘Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher’.”

Lunar New Year”, Tuesday, February 9, 6PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, February 13, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; Sunday, February 14, 3PM, Woodstock Library; and Saturday, February 20, 2PM, Midland Library. “The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and light refreshments. Happy New Year!”

Screening, “Black Girl in Suburbia”, Tuesday, February 9, 5PM, Northwest Library. “Black Girl in Suburbia is a locally made documentary by Melissa Lowery looks into the experiences of African American girls growing up in predominately white communities. The film explores conflicts and issues African American girls face relating to both white and black communities. Join us for this film screening and engage in an open dialogue with director Melissa Lowery about race, identity and perspective.”

Cardboard Box Mazes”, Wednesday, February 10, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for ages 7 and up. “Cardboard boxes are great for making mazes. Come walk through our maze and help us complete it.”

Flying in the BUFF: Personal Memories of the B-52 and Missions over Vietnam”, Wednesday, February 10, 7PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Mac MacKinnen, who served as a navigator in B-52 airplanes during the Vietnam War, will discuss the history and development of the B-52, its pivotal role in global scale aerial conflicts and the Strategic Air Command, and share some of his personal stories of his many missions on board the ‘BUFF’.”

Democracy's Challenge; The Voice of We the People in the 21st Century”, Wednesday, February 10, 7PM, Cascade Park Library. “Low voter turnout in recent elections makes us wonder if the true voice of "We the People" is being heard. How can we cross the boundaries that divide us? How can we make sure we are being heard? Is anyone listening?”

Tualatin State of the City Address”, Wednesday, February 10, reception at 5PM with light refreshments, speech at 6PM, Hedges Creek Business Park, 11225 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. “Join us Wednesday, February 10, 2016, with Mayor Ogden and the Tualatin community as we celebrate highlights from 2015 and share exciting news for 2016. Tualatin was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the America's Best Communities Competition out of hundreds of cities across the nation, and we hope you can be there to join us for the celebration!”

Poetry Reading, “Kathleen Halme”, Wednesday, February 10, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie.

Guns and America: Exploring the Second Amendment”, Wednesday, February 10, 6:15PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The topics of gun violence, gun control, and the right to bear arms are constantly in the news. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom to own guns. Why wasn’t this freedom incorporated into the First Amendment, along with freedom of the press, speech, religion, and right of assembly? Reed College professor Pancho Savery will lead participants in a discussion about why the Second Amendment exists. The conversation will consider the special circumstances that made the freedom to own guns important enough to merit its own amendment.”

Getting Started with Tinkercad”, Thursday, February 11, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Ages 13 and up. 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.”

Author Talk, “Joe Biel”, Thursday, February 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Joe Biel discusses his book, “Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Asperger's”. “In 1996, everything about Joe Biel’s life seemed like a mistake. He was 18, he lived in Cleveland, he got drunk every day, and he had mystery health problems and weird social tics. All his friends’ lives were as bad or worse. To escape a nihilistic, apocalyptic worldview and to bring reading and documentation into a communal punk scene, he started assembling zines and bringing them in milk crates to underground punk shows. Eventually this became Microcosm Publishing. But Biel’s head for math was stronger than his ability to relate to people, and it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome that it all began to fall into place. This is the story of how, over 20 years, one person turned a litany of continuing mistakes and seeming wrong turns into a happy, fulfilled life and a thriving publishing business that defies all odds.”

Screening, “Dislecksia: The Movie”, Thursday, February 11, 6PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Enjoy a free screening of this light-hearted documentary on dyslexia. You will get a better understanding of the condition itself, the problems it makes for individuals and families and the programs that are needed to deal with it. Presented by Columbia Gorge Dyslexia Fund.”

Milagro Theatre Presents, “Contigo Pan y Cebolla”, Thursday, February 11 through March 5, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. In Spanish with English supertitles. Preview Feb. 11 tickets are $18 in advance, other nights tickets are $25 adults, $23 seniors and $19 students. “A tragicomedy in which the family serves as a metaphor for society. The story is set in Cuba during the second half of the 1950s, as a family endures hardships before and after the revolution. Lala, the mother attempts to simulate a higher economic level than the family can afford because she cannot tolerate the idea of poverty.”

“Adventurer Edward Curtis and the Mazamas”, Thursday, February 11, 7PM, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave. This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “What was it like being a Mazama in the early years? Matthew Brock, Library and Historical Collections Manager of the Mazamas, will speak about Edward Curtis and his brother’s time with the organization and John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt’s association.”

“Teen Nail Art”, Friday, February 12, 2PM, Beaverton Library. “Learn how to create amazing nail art with simple supplies like toothpicks, tape and more! Feel free to bring your favorite nail polish.”

Great Backyard Bird Count”, Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15. “The Great Backyard Bird Count is a four-day count held each February with the goal of getting a snapshot of bird numbers and distribution across the globe. As a participant, you commit to count birds at a location of your choice for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the four count days. Simply tally the number of individuals of each species you see, and enter your totals at Last year Great Backyard Bird Count participants counted birds all over the world on 6 continents, including more than 100 countries! A total of 147,265 bird checklists were submitted and the 5,090 species reported represents nearly half the possible bird species in the world! In Oregon nearly 2,000 checklists were submitted including over 200 from here in Portland.”

65th Annual Agate and Mineral Show”, Friday, February 12, 9:30AM-5:30PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free. “Explore the wonders of nature at the 65th Annual Agate and Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society (OAMS) 30+ exhibits will be on display. Special features include: the Oregon State Seal made from a large variety of Oregon stones including the Sun Stone, the Oregon State gem; a food table, which showcases rocks that look like food; a dig pit where kids can hunt for rocks; and hand-crafted jewelry and window hangings made by OAMS club members.”

Magenta Theater Presents, “The Women”, Friday, February 12 through Saturday, February 27, 1108 Main St. Vancouver. “Magenta Theater’s debut production at our new location (1108 Main Street) 2016, The Women. It is set in the 1930’s and spans 11 different locales. This brilliant play has assumed the status of a modern classic. Aside from the novelty of its involving a large cast of women (no male characters at all) it is an immensely entertaining panorama of our modern metropolitan world from the feminine viewpoint.” Contains some mature themes.

Author Talk, “Devin James”, Friday, February 12, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 317 Lloyd Center, Pdx. Devin James presents his book, “Inside Ferguson”. “What happens to a community torn apart by racism? The world watched the small town of Ferguson, Missouri answer this question during a monumental period in American history. When protesters took to the streets after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown August 9, 2014, Ferguson’s City Council called on Diversity and Community Engagement Expert Devin James for help. Like many black men in America, Devin had to overcome insurmountable odds. Fully informed of his conviction nearly ten years prior, the leaders in Ferguson welcomed Devin. He was abused as a child, dropped out of high school, joined a gang and stared death in the face when he was robbed and shot at his job. Devin got a taste of institutional racism and bias in the criminal justice system at the early age of 22, when he was charged for killing a man during a home invasion- something conservatives call ‘Standing Your Ground’.”

An Anthropologist’s Perspective on Edward Curtis”, Friday, February 12, 1PM, Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. Preregistration required; call 503-635-3758. This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “Anthropology is the study of people, discovering all their biological and cultural diversities. Anthropologist Dr. William Wihr addresses the controversy of Curtis as anthropologist and shares his expertise on the Pacific Northwest Chinook Indians.”

Screening, “Secret State of North Korea”, Friday, February 12, 6:30PM, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. Free. “In Secret State of North Korea, Frontline shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors—including a former top official—who are working to try to chisel away at the regime’s influence”

“Monster Jam”, Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Pdx. Seriously, what could be more romantic each Valentine’s Day weekend than watching monster trucks crush things? Whoo hoo!

“Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, February 13, 7PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $15 ages 16 and older, $10 ages 15 and under. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “Titled Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks, these new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud. February: Romance at Vancouver Barracks.”

Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands”, Saturday, February 13, 2PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Journey through the outback and Kangaroo Island, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and take in a sunset at Ayers Rocks with Aussie Jeff Adams, a rep for Down Under Answers travel agency. Sample an Australian biscuit as Jeff takes you on a tour of his homeland and the South Pacific.”

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, February 13, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Writing from Nature,’ Amber Keyser, author of The Way Back from Broken, shows how to hone your observation skills, experiment with language, and capture the wonder of the world around us. 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!”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, February 13, 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.”

Pioneer Toys”, Saturday, February 13, 10AM-2PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. $25. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; To register contact Kathleen or Kaylyn @ 503-585-7012. “Little House on the Chemeketa Prairie? You bet. Re-scheduled by popular demand, this month’s focus will be on pioneer life, specifically the toys that pioneer children created and enjoyed. We’ll examine toys from the Willamette Heritage Center’s Collection and hear the stories of the Willamette Valley children who played with them. Then kids will have the option of creating several types of fiber-related toys from classroom supplies.”

Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year”, Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, 305 SE Harrison St., Seattle. Free admission. “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. Tết in Seattle is a FREE event and is a part of Seattle Center Festál, world cultural events. For the past 19 years, Tết Festival has celebrated the traditions of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans by presenting and promoting arts, music, performances and foods that are unique to Vietnam.”

Audubon Kids Day”, Saturday, February 13, 10AM-3PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Come join Audubon staff as we host a day just for kids. We’ll have free activities and projects based on many of our most popular Summer Camp programs, including animal tracking, archery and many nature-based art activities. Join the fun!”

Oregon Birthday Party”, Saturday, February 13, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for an Oregon Birthday Party! Try your hand at a variety of activities related to Oregon history including building Oregon houses, trading like a mountain man and packing an Oregon Trail wagon.”

LED Wearable Workshop”, Saturday, February 13, 10AM, OMSI Design Lab. $18. Preregistration required; register online: “Circuits and crafting combine in this hands-on workshop. Learn about sewable soft circuits, and use assorted textiles, conductive thread, electronic components, and your own artistry to make a light up LED cuff to take home. Participants should know how to sew a running stitch, but no electronics experience is necessary.”

Fossil Fest”, Saturday, February 13, 10AM-4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. Donations requested. “Do you like agates? Have a fossil from the beach you can't identify? Then we have the event for you! Join us for our annual Fossil Fest event where you will see special displays, can identify your beach finds and swap stories with other rock hounds! Special lectures by Guy ‘Oregon Fossil Guy’ DiTorrice and Dr. William Orr.”

Birding at Sauvie Island- Oak Island Trail”, Saturday, February 13, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Stroll the Oak Island trail on a free expert-guided walk with naturalist Elaine Murphy. Situated between Sturgeon and Steelman Lakes on Sauvie Island, this grassy peninsula and its towering oaks offer stellar birding opportunities. This time we'll watch Sandhill Cranes, and can also expect to see grassland, upland, and riparian species.”

Bee-Bot”, Saturday, February 13, 2PM, Murray Scholls. Suggested for grades 1-6. “We’ll play with the Bee-Bot and program it to go through a maze.”

Oregon’s 157th Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, February 13, 10AM-2PM, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem. “Oregon's 157th Birthday Celebration at the State Capital.. Covered wagons on display. Live costumed interpreters from Champoeg State Park. Performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association. Photo ops with the Gold Pioneer, Dr. John McLoughlin, wagons and more. Birthday cake will be served. Kids gift bags and activities. Stake your Oregon Land Claim Game. Live music. Why I love Oregon essay contest.”

Poetry Reading, “Alireza Taghdarreh”, Saturday, February 13, 3PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Come hear the Iranian poet Alireza ‘Ali’ Taghdarreh read at the Pond House.”

Dyslexia 101”, Saturday, February 13, 1PM, Midland Library; Tuesday, February 23, 6:30PM, Albina Library; Saturday, February 27, 1PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, February 27, 4PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. “Dyslexia is invisible and frequently misunderstood, yet it affects up to 20% of the population. Dyslexia 101 informs attendees about this neurobiological learning difference by exploring: early warning signs, causes, treatment and consequences of not providing teacher training or evidence-based instruction for dyslexia in America's public schools and discussion of recent Oregon legislation regarding dyslexia.”

Hidden History of Albina Walking Tour”, Saturday, February 13, and Saturday, February 27, 1PM, $17.87. “The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. This tour provides a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina to Vanport and beyond.”

Backstage at the Portland Opera”, Saturday, February 13, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Ah, opera! An opportunity for singers to emote about issues of family, love and life. Discover the ‘Italian musical’, and what a circus it can be. Portland Opera explains terms, roles and dramatic devices.”

Rivers, Floods and Birthday Celebration for Water Center’s 20th Anniversary”, Saturday, February 13, 1PM-3PM, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Rivers, floods and birthday fun – oh, my! The Water Resources Education Center’s Second Saturday event will be ‘flooded’ with activity as families celebrate the 20th anniversary. Make a watershed and watch what happens when you change the flow of a river. Explore these and other hands-on activities.”

Chinese New Year Celebration”, Saturday, February 13, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Join us as we celebrate Chinese (Lunar) New Year! Cultural activities, crafts, and fun in celebration of the Year of the Monkey.”

Luminarias”, Saturday, February 13, 10:30AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join artist, Kathy Karbo, as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy!”

Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, February 14, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every second Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Come listen, learn, laugh and leave with a story to tell!”

"Audubon Wildlife Care Center Open House", Sunday, February 14, 11AM-4PM, with small guided tours in 15 minute increments.  Preregistration required; call 503-292-0304.  "Once a year, the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center opens its doors to the public and gives visitors a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility. Meet our wildlife veterinarians, naturalists and volunteers, who will answer your questions about native wildlife and introduce you to the Wildlife Care Center."

Oregon Statehood Day”, Sunday, February 14, 12PM-5PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate Oregon's birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! The one and only Thomas Lauderdale will be at the piano as former Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts lead the singing of "Happy Birthday." Feast on cake from Gerry Frank's Konditeri, and meet Gerry himself as he signs copies of the latest edition of ‘Gerry Frank's Oregon’. Cake will be served at 1pm, and admission is free all day! Don't miss the chance to celebrate Oregon's 157th birthday, and to see the exhibit The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II , closing today!”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday February 14, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.”

Hands-on History: Thomas Jefferson”, Monday, February 15, 10AM, Deepwood Estate, 1116 Mission St., SE, Salem. Ages 5 and up. $3. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us in the historic house of Deepwood for a Kids EdVentures program of hands-on activities and crafts as children learn about Thomas Jefferson, his life, home, and presidency.”

Royally Fun Reads!”, Monday, February 15, 2PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Kristen Kittscher, author of ‘The Tiara in the Terrace’, Anne Nesbet, author of ‘The Wrinkled Crown’, and Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of ‘The Guardian Herd: Landfall’ will share their new books and lead a panel discussion. Best for kids ages 8-12. Signed copies of all of their latest books will be available for purchase during this event.”

Ben Speaks: Our Presidents”, Monday, February 15, 2PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. $10. “Cascade Chautauqua Presents a Special Presidents’ Day Production. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin comes to life on stage at The Old Church to recall his experiences with George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. ‘Ben Speaks: Our Presidents’ is a unique one-man play written by and starring Steven Nousen. Performed in the Chautauqua format, audience participation is not only encouraged, it is essential; so come prepared to speak directly with ‘Dr. Franklin’. Steven Nousen is a nationally known interpreter of the work and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin. He has performed for audiences aged 9 – 99 in such varied locations as the National Geographic Society, the Library of Congress, colleges, and elementary schools.”

How Much Inequality is Acceptable?”, Tuesday, February 16, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “Inequality seems a natural consequence of rewarding excellence and innovation in a capitalist economy. But the level of inequality changes with the times. A number of prominent economists have recently suggested that we, in America, are now living with the largest income gap in the history of the world. As of 2013, one tenth of American households earned almost half of all income. In this conversation, writer and educator Julia Hammond will explore our beliefs and values around income inequality. Is it an incentive for hard work and invention, an acceptable part of community life? Or does that story no longer make sense? At what point, if ever, is the gap too large?”

History of Evolution”, Tuesday, February 16, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Richard H. Beyler, PhD, Professor of History at Portland State University. “HMS Beagle is famous today as the ship on which Charles Darwin sailed around the world in the years 1831 to 1836. This voyage sparked many of the ideas that led to his theory of evolution though natural selection. Yet the voyage of this British navy vessel was not planned in order to ferry this young naturalist across the oceans: his presence on board was almost a coincidence. This presentation is about how the story of Darwin's early development as a naturalist intersects with the history of international politics, naval strategy, imperial expansion, global trade, and anti-slavery activism.”

Book Preview, “Enduring Spirit”, Tuesday, February 16, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “M.J. Cody and John Laursen present a preview of Northwest Photography Archive’s forthcoming book, ‘Enduring Spirit: Photographs of Northwest Native Americans 1855 – 1928’. This presentation will feature rarely seen candid photographs – images of place and activity – by lesser-known photographers, illuminating the early cultural heritage of Northwest Native Americans during this fascinating, yet, dark period in our shared history.”

Gravity Catastrophe!”, Tuesday, February 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Juggling meets physics for a tornado whirlwind of family fun! Presented by the Zaniac, Alex Zerbe, a two-time Guinness World Record Holder.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents a Preview of The Philadelphia Story”, Tuesday, February 16, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Come for a special preview of Beaverton Civic Theatre's production ‘The Philadelphia Story.’ This 60-minute preview includes scenes from the production and Delilah Marvelle, a USA Today Bestselling Romance Author, will provide a behind-the-scenes look into how The Philadelphia Story fits in the romance genre. There is no charge and registration required for this event, but seating is limited. Come early!”

A Brief Look at the History of Photography”, Wednesday, February 17, 7PM, Marylhurst University, Flavia Hall, Furman Dr., Marylhurst, Free and open to the public. Campus map here: This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “In 1900 when Edward Curtis began his epic project, The North American Indian, photography was only 61 years old. How did it begin and evolve to that point and how has it changed in the years since? Rich Rollins, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Interior Design at Marylhurst University, will explore the discovery and practice of photography from 1839 to the present.”

Lutenist and Guitarist Hideki Yamaya Plays the Music of Many Centuries”, Wednesday, February 17, 8PM, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus Forum, Building 3, Room 114, 17705 NW Springville Road, Hillsboro. Free and open to the public. Parking is free in the Event Center parking area behind Building 9. “Hideki Yamaya, lutenist and guitarist, is a specialist on lutes and early guitars from the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as later guitars from the 18th and 19th centuries. He approaches playing early music with an aesthetic appropriate to the period, and with period technique. Yamaya, who has toured internationally, received his bachelor’s degree in Music and his master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Hideki has two CDs, ‘Adam Darr: German Romantic Guitar Duets’ and ‘The Arch lute in 18th Century Italy’.”

Guided Tour of the Fish Hatchery”, Wednesday, February 17, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. “Join us for free urban nature adventures every third Wednesday, February through November (except April and July)! Each guided “hike” will consist of an easy walk or tour with a theme, appropriate for all ages. February’s theme: the fish hatchery. Join us for a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look of how we raise trout, steelhead, and salmon! All ages are welcome! No registration required.”

Is Oregon Ready for the Big One? Oregon’s Past and Future Earthquakes”, Wednesday, February 17, 7PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St. , Hillsboro. $6 adults, $4 seniors, youth, and active military. “Still unsure about earthquakes in Oregon and what the ‘Big One’ really means? Join us on February 17 for an informative lecture by Scott F Burns, Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University. In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Juan de Fuca plate is being subducted under the North American Plate at the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The lecture will discuss the hazards of and the preparedness for ground shaking, liquefaction, landslides and tsunamis along the subduction zone. What are the differences of recurrence intervals for large earthquakes on the northern and southern margins? Much of the region was not thought to be an earthquake region so earthquake building standards are fairly recent. How does the chance of crustal, plate and subduction quakes affect building codes, emergency preparedness, siting of critical facilities, building of bridges, and transportation corridors in the region? What have we learned from recent subduction quakes around the world that can be applied to the Pacific Northwest? What can the region expect after a large quake?”

Native Conifers of NW Oregon”, Wednesday, February 17, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Expand your knowledge of native conifers with Instructor Ken Denniston (author of Ken will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The workshop will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.”

Tuskegee Airmen”, Wednesday, February 17, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Local author and historian Sig Unander, Jr. tells the fascinating story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were America's first black military aviators. Fighting abroad against the Nazis during World War II, they earned honors for valor. With rare period photographs and profiles of individual airmen, this presentation is sure to educate, entertain, and inspire.”

Fun with Worms!”, Wednesday, February 17, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. WHAT???

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, February 18, 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.”

Author Talk, “John Knokey”, Thursday, February 18, 7PM, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave. “Lakeridge High School alum Jon Knokey, while a graduate student at Harvard, unearthed hundreds of unpublished letters and interview notes from Roosevelt contempo­raries. In his recently published book, Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership, Knokey tells the previously untold tale of Roosevelt’s journey to becoming a self-taught leader and how his uniquely American brand of leadership not only defined the 20th century but also changed the country forever.”

“Comic Book Club”, Thursday, February 18, 6PM, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “Fans of graphic novels, comic books and more are warmly invited to our brand new monthly book group! We kick off our 2016, third Thursday meetings in February. Our talk title will be volume I of the highly imaginative 'Lewis and Clark' series Manifest Destiny.”

Buffalo Soldiers at the Vancouver Barracks”, Thursday, February 18, 6:30PM, Marshall House, 1201 Officers Row, Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; email “Presented by Staff Sergeant (Retired) Frazier Raymond, United States Army. After the Civil War, during Reconstruction, the United States Army created several regiments of infantry and cavalry composed almost entirely of African American soldiers. These units known historically as Buffalo Soldiers served with distinction and honor on the American frontier.”

Willamette Falls Heritage Area Talk”, Thursday, February 18, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 requested donation. “Alice Norris, former Oregon City Mayor and past president of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, will describe how leaders are working to expand this natural resource from a state designation to a national heritage area. Discover the many ‘firsts’ that occurred just downstream from Tualatin.” More information about the Heritage Are here:

A Night of Art”, Thursday, February 18, 6PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. Free. “Arrive 6:00 PM for a chance to make your own short animated movie – draw on 16mm film with sharpie, add sound, and learn just how small a film frame can be. Using abstract designs, rhythmic patterns and flashing strobes we will watch your final product projected up on screen. Think of it as filmic DJ'ing. Then at 7:00 PM, while enjoying some food and wine watch the best of the films to be presented at last years festival!”

At Home Among the Children of the Woods: Sisters of the Holy Names and the Native American Community”, Thursday, February 18, 2PM, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego. “In 1874, the Sisters of the Holy Names opened a school on the Grand Ronde Reservation in Yamhill County. This presentation will explore the Sisters’ connection to numerous tribes in the Pacific Northwest from the 1870s to the present. Sister Margaret Ball, a member of Oregon’s Klamath Modoc tribe, will perform on her drum.”

OMSI Presents, “Pit Crews”, Thursday, February 18, 3:15PM, La Center Library, La Center, WA. “Kids, come build your own car with the help of OMSI staff!”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Thursday, February 18, 3:30PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); and Saturday, February 20, 11AM, North Portland 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!”

“Dr. Who Club”, Thursday, February 18, 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.”

Teen Henna Body Art Workshop”, Thursday, February 18, 6:30PM, Oregon City Library. “Teens (grades 6 to 12) are invited to come learn about the ancient practice of henna body art. Participants will walk away with their very own temporary henna tattoo!”

Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau”, Thursday, February 18, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Join Jim Keyser for a journey back into the past that will enable you to better understand Indian pictographs and petroglyphs and the cultures of the tribes that occupied this area prior to the entry of Europeans.”

Adventure and Discovery Aboard a Pre-Columbian Balsa Raft”, Thursday, February 18, 7:30PM, Willamette University College of Law, Paulus Lecture Hall, 245 Winter Street SE, Salem. Presented by John Haslett, Author and Explorer. “Join writer John Haslett for a fascinating look at life aboard a raft at sea. The author will share stories, video, and still images from his voyages, and then summarize the sightings of sailing rafts throughout history, the important features of each of those vessels, and the questions that still remain concerning construction and navigation of pre-Columbian watercraft.”

Poetry Reading, “Timberline Review”, Friday, February 19, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “The Timberline Review, published by Willamette Writers, is a semi-annual literary anthology featuring new short fiction, nonfiction, essays and poetry from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”

“Portland Magic Jam 2016”, Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, The Portlander Inn, 10350 N. Vancouver Way, Pdx. A convention for professional and aspiring stage magicians.

Wizard World- Portland Comic Con”, Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx.

Native American Inspired Lunch”, Friday, February 19, 11:30AM, Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. $5. Preregistration required; call 503-635-3758. “Enjoy a delicious lunch of Wild Rice Salad, Poyha (Indian Meatloaf), 3 Sisters Veggies, Fry Bread and Indian pudding.”

The Happiness Game for Teens”, Friday, February 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “The Happiness Game is a fun, interactive presentation designed for youth (ages 12 and up), their families, educators and those who work with young adults. Focus is on real life challenges and relationships. A mindfulness meditation experience is offered as a tool for happiness, especially when the going gets tough.”

Geocaching: Codes and Ciphers”, Saturday, February 20, 1:30PM, Tualatin Library. “We hope will help cachers learn some of the tricks to solving puzzle caches. Although experienced puzzle solvers can jump in at any point in the series, this lesson is meant to build on concepts that were demonstrated in the previous caches.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, February 20, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $18. One ticket per batch; maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances.” 

Indian Toes for Kids”, Saturday, February 20, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. “TeePee’s food truck owner Rod and his family come from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Rod is a member of Oglala Lakota Sioux Indian tribe and will share his Grandmother's recipe for ‘Indian Toes’ with kids today.”

Annual Invasive Species Survey”, Saturday, February 20, 9AM- 12PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. “Be a scientist for a day at our annual Invasive Species Survey! Groups of volunteers will go throughout our 100-acre natural area looking for three different invasive plant species and collecting data. No experience necessary! Training begins promptly at 9 a.m.”

Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshop”, Saturday, February 20, 2PM-4PM, Tigard Library Community Room. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2517. Suggested for adults and teens. “Expert folk artist Daniela Mahoney will lead participants through the delicate process of decorating eggs using hot wax and discuss the importance of heritage crafts. She will provide supplies and tools for each participant to make 2-3 decorated eggs.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Pirate and His Pet”, Saturday, February 20, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “A heroic boy named Joey is on a quest to find his parents, having lost his belongings to one banker's greedy ways. On his journey he meets swashbuckling pirates, a courageous mermaid and a timid sea serpent. This brave boy will not settle until his parents are found.”

Old Planes: A Labor of Love”, Saturday, February 20, 7PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Presented by Mark Smith and Karen Barrow of Century Aviation. Century Aviation of East Wenatchee, Washington, specializes in the rehabilitation of historic aircraft for museum and private displays. The life of an aircraft is not necessarily over when it is retired to a junkyard or replaced by more modern technology - at Century Aviation, historic aircraft are given new life. In this lecture, learn about the restoration of various historic aircraft, ranging from the famous Spruce Goose at Evergreen International Air and Space Museum, to Pearson Air Museum's own soon-to-arrive DH-4 Liberty.”

Wapato Nature Walk”, Saturday, February 20, 8AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. We will walk the trail around Virginia Lake, which is approximately 2 miles long. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at Wapato Access Greenway. Directions: To reach Wapato Greenway parking lot travel from the bridge onto the island, continue north on Sauvie Island Road, past the intersection with Reeder Road, past Ferry Road boat ramp turnoff, to the marked parking lot on the left.”

Oaks Bottom Bird Walk”, Saturday, February 20, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 S.W. 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!”

Traditional Duck Decoys, Cedar Roses and Cordage”, Saturday, February 20, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Join Stephanie Wood, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, for our Science Saturday program. She will teach the young children in your life to use tule grass and bark from the cedar tree to make duck decoys, roses, and cords.”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, February 20, 11AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. Free. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

Aztec Indigenous Art”, Saturday, February 20, 11AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join Armando Cruz to learn and see Native American healing properties of gems and symbols for protection against evil and bad luck. All items will be for sale.”

Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, February 20, 11AM, St. Johns 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 it.”

Taiko Workshop”, Saturday, February 20, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Each workshop will begin with a performance by Portland Taiko. Members of the ensemble will provide a brief explanation of the roots of taiko drumming in Japan and North America, followed by an introduction to kuchi shoga, rhythmic syllables that are sung for different drum strokes. Workshop participants will learn the basic hitting techniques by applying these patterns on the drums. The workshop will conclude with a Q/A session. All workshop participants are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothing (suitable for a light work-out) and to bring water.”

Archaeology Day”, Saturday, February 20, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth ages 5 and up. Free for kids 4 and under. “Uncover thousands of years of history in Washington state in one special day at the Burke Museum. Discover how people lived in our state in the past, what tools they made and how they made them with hundreds of artifacts on display at this annual all-ages event. Examine artifacts from Finntown, a historic Seattle site that was once home to a glass foundry. Try your hand at the ancient hunting skill of atlatl throwing. Watch flintknapping demonstrations and discover how projectile points were 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. Investigate ancient charcoal under microscopes. And more!”

Make a Folk Instrument”, Saturday, February 20, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

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

Oregon Shadow Theatre Presents, “Anansi the Spider”, Saturday, February 20, 3PM, Northwest Library; Thursday, February 25, 10AM, Rockwood Library; Saturday, February 27, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Sunday, February 28, 1PM, North Portland Library. “he West African trickster Anansi the Spider is brought to life by the Oregon Shadow Theatre. As shadow puppeteer Deb Chase manipulates and gives voice to the puppets from behind the shadow screen, Mick Doherty works in view of the audience providing music, voices, and sound effects, and acting as a storyteller. Marimba, Ghanaian hand drum, and thumb piano are among the many instruments and sound effects devices used. The colorful shadow puppets are based on African designs. Anansi the spider is clever, witty, foolish and greedy. He loves to eat and he hates to work. Anansi plays tricks on everyone and gets into a lot of trouble. In this story Anansi meets a River Goblin, fights a Chimpanzee, and plays a trick on his whole village.”

From Africa to America”, Saturday, February 20, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “By means of beautifully written songs and stories, Benin born artist and educator Parfait Bassalé shares about his journey from West Africa to Portland, Oregon. Parfait's music has been described by many as inspirational and transformational. The depth of the lyrics and the emotional rawness with which Parfait sings his experience, won't leave you the same. You are in for a treat!”

3rd Annual Puzzle Competition”, Saturday, February 20, Sherwood Police Dept., Community Room. 20495 SW Brochers Dr., Sherwood. Teams will compete to finish the puzzle in the fastest time! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division, Individual (300 pc), Team of 2 (500 pc) and Team of 4 (500 pc). Times, registration costs, etc. here:

Engineering and Simple Machines: Wheels and Axles for Teens”, Saturday, February 20, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Students will explore wheels and axles on simple machines to learn how they affect motion and mechanical advantage.”

Beginning Rug Hooking”, Saturday, February 20, 1PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “In this three hour class, students will be provided with a rug hooking kit and hook, and will learn all the basics for hooking rugs with yarn. “

“Make an LED Bookmark”, Sunday, February 21, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library 1st Floor Event Room. Grades 5-12. Preregistration required; register online.  “Making your own LED Bookmark is fun and easy. We'll provide all the supplies and show you how to make your own.”

Owl Prowl”, Sunday, February 21, meeting at 5:30PM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. $5 per person (participants will receive $5 Backyard Bird Shop Savings Cards the night of the class). Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Learn about these magnificent birds of the night by allowing naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy to introduce you to them! First at the N.E. Portland location of Backyard Bird Shop for an introductory slide show, then we'll carpool to Whitaker Ponds to look and listen for owls.”

Cooking Around the World: Chinese Chicken Dumplings”, Sunday, February 21, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn to make Chinese chicken dumplings. Free samples and instructions included.”

Understanding Disability: Family and Community Stories”, Sunday, February 21, 2PM, Nicholson Library, Linfield College. Free and open to the public. “The disability community accounts for 12 percent of the US population and almost 14 percent of the population of Oregon. Join writer and activist Jill Crawford Hurt in an exploration of our experiences and perceptions of this community. Whether these stories contain themes of pride, oppression, resistance, failure, or success, they offer us an opportunity to rethink our perceptions.”

Screening, “In the Land of the Head Hunters”, Sunday, February 21, 1:30PM, Lewis and Clark College, Council Chambers in Templeton Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: Free and open to the public. This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “In 1911, as part of his massive undertaking, Curtis traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to visit the Kwakwaka'wakw. By the next year, needing money for his research and photography work, Curtis decided that the best way to record the traditional way of life and ceremonies of the Kwakwaka'wakw was to make one of the first feature motion pictures. To prepare for the centennial of the film's release, Milestone worked with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Field Museum of Natural History, the U'Mista Cultural Center and Professors Aaron Glass and Brad Evans to produce a deluxe edition of the restored, original version of the film! The restoration includes a rendition of the original orchestral score that Curtis commissioned from composer John J. Braham.”

Decomposers Nature Program”, Monday, February 22, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “Did you know that the F.B.I. are at work cleaning up our forests and natural areas every day? Learn about the fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates that recycle the leaves and other natural things that fall. Meet some worms who help build our soil and take a walk to look for the F.B.I. in action. Dress for the weather.”

Author Talk, “Jim Wallis”, Monday, February 22, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Jim Wallis discusses his book, Wallis will be joined in conversation by Leroy Barber, Executive Director of The Voices Project and Holla, organizations committed to supporting and developing leaders of color. “America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. ‘It's time we right this unacceptable wrong,’ says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week. In ‘America's Original Sin’, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians--particularly white Christians--urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.”

“Sunset Sit and Moonrise Smile”, Monday, February 22, 5:30PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Make time in your day once a month to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro park sites. A Hillsboro Parks and Recreation naturalist helps you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like.”

Latino Read-In: Unknown Americans”, Monday, February 22, 6PM, Kenton Library. “Milagro Theatre brings to life the characters that unfold throughout ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’. Audience members are encouraged to participate by sharing writings and poetry from other Latino writers.” This event is part of Multnomah County Library’s “Everybody Reads” community reading project, and this year’s book is “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Christina Henríquez.

I Want Candy- Science Program”, Monday, February 22, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for ages 7-12. “Do you love candy? Do you love science? Come to our candy science workshop featuring dancing candy hearts, high flying Pop Rocks, gum drop engineering, and ice cream creations.”

Truffles and Truffle Dogs: The Quest for Hidden Gems”, Monday, February 22, 6:30PM mushrooms identified, 7:30PM presentation, Cheatham Hall outside the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Pdx. This is an Oregon Mycological Society meeting which is free and open to the public. Presented by Kris Jacobson, Umami Truffle Dogs. “Kris will share the trials, tribulations and joys of training and hunting with truffle dogs. She will guide us through training her dogs, the basics and identification of truffle habitat and how to properly harvest truffles from the wild. Kris is a retired K9 officer from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Today she offers others the experience of truffling with her dogs Isla and Jory (Belgian Malinois) and conducts truffle surveys for private landowners and cultivators, sharing her message of truffling in a manner that preserves the forests' productive state. Kris and Isla made Oregon agricultural history in 2013 by discovering and harvesting the first cultivated Tuber melanosporum (French périgord) truffle in a Willamette Valley truffiere.”

Living Sustainably: Recycling”, Tuesday, February 23, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Master Recycler Cecelia Warner will demonstrate everything you need to know about curbside recycling.”

Levi Scott’s Story of the 1846 Emigration”, Tuesday, February 23, 6:30PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Levi Scott explored the new Southern Route to Oregon in 1846 and led the first covered wagon companies over it. Scott's stories of the exploration and the emigration expand our knowledge of the experience for the emigrants. Many of those stories remained unavailable until Mr. Hazelett's recent publication, ‘Wagons to the Willamette: Captain Levi Scott and the Southern Route to Oregon, 1844–1847’, which is currently for sale in the OHS Museum Store. Mr. Hazelett is a descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers of 1846 who came by the Southern Route to Oregon with Levi Scott. He is a lifelong resident of Oregon and is working on another book about the history of the 1846 emigration.”

Native American Art from the Pamplin Collection”, Tuesday, February 23, 7PM, 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st St., Lake Oswego. “Emeritus Director of the Oregon Historical Society, Chet Orloff, will present highlights from the Pamplin Collection, of which he is director and co-curator. His presentation will include images, artifacts and discussion of superb examples of historical clothing, domestic items, weaponry and items of adornment, along with contemporary work by nationally-recognized artists. Robert and Marilyn Pamplin have assembled this outstanding and renowned collection over the past 30 years.”

Suspenseful Stories of African-American Folklore”, Tuesday, February 23, 5PM, North Portland Library. Presented by storyteller Chetter Galloway. “From humorous tales of talking skulls to haunting ghosts in the graveyard, Chetter delivers suspenseful, chilling tales that may make you jump! These stories are born out of the tradition and folklore of the African American authors who preserved and collected them.”

Detained by My Country”, Tuesday, February 23, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages welcome. “For Japanese Americans who lived in the West during World War II, the removal to internment camps in 1942 as decreed by Executive Order 9066 is an experience they will never forget. Mitzi Loftus was a child living in Hood River when her family was forced to leave their belongings and home and move to Tule Lake Camp from 1942 to 1943 in northern California. At the August OE History Night, listen to Mitzi Loftus describe her time spent at Tule Lake and view related photographs from her personal collection. Loftus will detail her parents immigration story to the United States in 1904 and 1911, describe the removal from her house in Hood River to internment camps and tell of her family's movements through World War II and re-settlement in Oregon with the attendant discrimination they experienced in the following years.”

Oregon My Oregon”, Wednesday, February 24, 7PM, The Springs Living at Carman Oaks, 3800 Carman Dr., Lake Oswego. “Oregon Historical Society docent Sherry Johnston will explore the many layers and challenges of America’s largest migration west, from the first Americans and how they fought with or accepted the pioneers to the farming families, craftspeople, professionals, and some who wanted to escape creditors or the law and headed west over a span of 30 years.”

Poetry Reading, “Ursula K. Le Guin”, Wednesday, February 24, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. “Late in the Day, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new collection of poems (2010–2014) seeks meaning in an ever-connected world. Le Guin’s latest poems give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless through and about the seasonal rhythms of the earth, the minute and the vast, the ordinary and the mythological.”

International Fake Mustache Day”, Wednesday, February 24, all day, Bethany Cedar Mill Library. All ages. Also at Cedar Mill Library but without the photo booth. “Celebrate the fake mustache by taking a photo in the photo booth, complete a mustache craft and play the hidden mustache picture game at this all day event.”

Engineering Adventures”, Wednesday, February 24, 4PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Make robots, experiment with circuits, build vehicles … get ready to tinker with engineering at the library!” 

New Research on Pearson Field's US Army Air Service 321st Observation Squadron, 1921-1942”, Wednesday, February 24, 7PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. “Presented by Dr. Bob Cromwell, Acting Chief Ranger of Fort Vancouver NHS. “Using newly acquired files from the US National Archives, as well as photographs and records from the national park's collection, Dr. Cromwell will present an overview of the activities, people, and planes associated with this little-known or researched Army Reserve Observation Squadron.”

I Am a Poet” for Teens, Wednesday, February 24, 4PM, Hollywood Library. “Renee, a spoken word poet, performer and storyteller, will inspire you in this interactive workshop that engages your senses, celebrates creativity, courage, and connectivity to our authentic selves and to each other. Come learn techniques to express yourself through poetry and spoken word.”

Planning for Pollinators Using Native Plants”, Wednesday, February 24, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover how beautiful native plants can bring these allies to your yard, helping fight pests and improve garden productivity. Learn which natives might be right for your yard and how to plant and care for them without harmful garden chemicals. Learn effective ways to control pests without harming bees, find attractive plants to provide pollen, nectar and habitat in every month of the year and get tips for attracting pollinators of all sorts. Plus, find out where to get native plants in your area.”

White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Wednesday, February 24, 6:30PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Although Census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the state remains one of the whitest in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity, but we have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will facilitate a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse communities.”

A Little Taste of Latin”, Wednesday, February 24, 6PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy sample cuisines from local Latin restaurants. Discover the origins, and taste the differences and similarities in food from different regions of Latin America. A special treat not to be missed.”

Author Talk, “Jane Kirkpatrick”, Thursday, February 25, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick returns to Oregon City to discuss her new book The Memory Weaver. Based on true events, the emotional journey follows Eliza Spalding Warren as she is forced to confront her past. Don’t miss this popular author and terrific speaker on her return visit to Oregon City!”

“Stencil with Native American Designs”, Thursday, February 25, 2PM, Nic and Fig’s Makery, 425 2nd St., #120, Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; contact Nic and Fig’s: “Enjoy stenciling traditional Northwest Tribal images onto a t-shirt or scarf. There will be a variety of images to choose from to create your own unique tribal design. Bring a white or light-colored cotton or linen t-shirt or scarf.”

Before the Shadow Catcher: Predecessors of Edward S. Curtis”, Thursday, February 25, 7PM, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave. This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “Edward S. Curtis's twenty-volume ‘The North American Indian’ became a landmark work published in the early 20th century. Several others, however, preceded Curtis in documenting Native American culture, language, and portraits. Among these were George Catlin, George Gibbs, and Lt. Lorenzo Lorain, all of whom worked along the lower Willamette River in the 1850s. Stephen Dow Beckham’s presentation will include images by these other visual documentarians and establish the historical context in which Curtis produced his images of the vanishing Americans.”

3 Leg Torso”, Thursday, February 25, 7PM, Silver Falls Library. “3 Leg Torso creates charming, elegant and daring modern chamber pop music infused with equal parts tradition and innovation. Evoking tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful arrangements.”

Author Talk, “Amy Costales”, Thursday, February 25, 6:30PM, Canby Public Library. “Bilingual children's book author Amy Costales will tell stories, speak about the importance of Spanish language heritage, and the creative writing process.”

“Teen Comic Book Club”, Friday, February 26, 4PM, Gladstone Library. “If you like graphic novels and comic books, this is the book club for you! Each month we will read a different selection and then meet on the last Friday of the month to discuss. Pick up a copy of February’s book in the Teen Room!”

“Salmon Bake”, Friday, February 26, 6PM, Lake Oswego. $10 per person, free for kids 5 and under. Advance tickets required; buy them in person at Lake Oswego Library or Parks and Recreation. “Northwest Salmon will be prepared in the traditional Salmon bake style – whole salmon threaded on sticks and cooked vertically over an open fire pit. Traditional and contemporary Native American dance and music by Painted Sky/Northstar Dance Company will also be performed along with demonstration of Ravenstail weaving and Chilkat weaving.”

Beaverton Civic Theater Presents, “The Philadelphia Story”, Friday, February 26 through Saturday, March 12, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Adults $15, seniors and students $12, youth 10 and under $5. “In this Broadway hit, Tracy Lord is the headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged Philadelphia Lords. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven, she is engaged to a successful young snob. A society weekly sends a reporter and female photographer to cover the wedding arrangements. Tracy finds herself growing interested in the reporter Mike Connor, and following the pre-wedding bash, they take a moonlight swim and are then surprised by Dexter and the fiancé. The following morning her intended smugly forgives her, enraging Tracy, who breaks off the engagement. Connor offers to marry her, but will she say yes?”

“Community Critter Dive”, Saturday, February 27, 1PM, Fort Ward Park, 2241 Pleasant Beach Dr., Bainbridge Island, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: This is a seriously cool event! “Join certified beach naturalists as we identify sea stars, nudibranchs, sea cucumbers, urchins, marine worms and more! Participants will get a close-up look at critters brought back from the briney deep by volunteer divers and placed gently into kiddie swimming pools. We'll have some of our favorite marine life field guides to enhance identification. Beach naturalists will model respectful techniques for interacting with wildlife as we practice being responsible beach stewards while enjoying our investigations and outdoor fun alongside Rich Passage (part of the Puget Sound).”

Traditional Kalapuya/Coos Storyteller and Drumming”, Saturday, February 27, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Esther Stutzman tells stories to non-Indian groups about the tribal culture of the Kalapuya/Coos. Esther's daughter, Shannin Stutzman, is a traditional dancer/drummer and uses Native American music to enhance the presentation.”

The Paper Airplane Guy”, Saturday, February 27, 11AM and 1PM, Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville. Admission $25 adults, $24 seniors, $23 youth 5 and up. Free for ages 4 and under. (Washington County and Clackamas County libraries have Cultural Passes for free admission to this museum.) “We are bringing back John Collins, The Paper Airplane Guy and his world record holding, plane folding, educational and fun program to the Museum. Join us to see and meet the Guinness World Record holder for longest paper airplane throw. He will teach you all about paper airplanes and you will learn how to build the record holding design! All shows are free and open to the public with paid museum admission.”

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Featuring Christopher Leebrick”, Saturday, February 27, 10AM, Sandy Library. Celebrate the good Dr.'s birthday with national award-winning storyteller, Christopher Leebrick. Featuring Seuss stories as well as delightful tales from Christopher’s extensive multicultural repertoire. Fun for all ages!”

Master Gardener Class: Composting with Worms”, Saturday, February 27, 1PM, Sherwood Library. “Join Deb Jones, of the OSU Master Gardener Speakers Guild to learn about composting with worms. Part of our OSU Master Gardener series.”

Library Tour”, Saturday, February 27, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “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 groups interest. Meet by the front door.”

Game Masters in Training”, Saturday, February 27, 10AM, OMSI, the Parker Room. Suggested for ages 8 and up; families and groups encouraged. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you have what it takes to be a Game Master? Test your skills in this class that explores the creative and strategic planning required for video game story and character development. Participants will storyboard their own game segments and imagine new characters for classic games.”

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Presents, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”, Saturday, February 27, 2PM, Sandy Library. Suggested for ages 3 and up. "In a mysterious old house, children find a musty, magical wardrobe containing a secret entrance that leads them into a fantastic world. More than just a delicious story of make-believe, C.S. Lewis' Narnia is a land where a malicious Witch, and a beautiful and dear Lion touch the hearts and influence the choices of all who enter."

Introduction to Geocaching”, Saturday, February 27, 2PM, Three Creeks Library. “Come to learn about geocaching with instructors Mike Tribe and Debbi Patton. Toward the end of the class, we will go outside and practice finding a geocache. Refreshments will be provided.”

Ducks and Beavers”, Saturday, February 27, 9:30AM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview. All ages. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Some say the ducks and beavers will never get along. Come see for yourself at Blue Lake’s best-kept secret: a wetland that hosts our rival species. Beavers ramp up territorial marking at this time of year, and the ducks are warming up for a long journey north.”

We Need Plants? Past and present use of local plants”, Saturday, February 27, 10AM-11:30AM guided walk, 11:30AM-1PM classroom open house. Free. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Have you used a plant today? Join a trained naturalist for a walk in the woods and discover how people in this area have used plants to survive and thrive for thousands of years from traditional use by Native Americans to today. After the walk, check out the classroom for hands-on demonstrations on ethnobotany: how people use plants.”

Mystery Mineral Day”, Saturday, February 27, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Admission $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students 5-17, veterans and military with id, and free for kids 4 and under. “A panel of experts will be on hand to identify your rocks, minerals, meteorites and gems.”

Bricks Cascade”, Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $9 per person or $32 for a family of 4. “Join us to see the artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult Fans of Lego (AFoL) and very talented young builders from around the world. Vendors will also be available with T-shirts, LEGO Minifigs, Custom made plastic elements and old/vintage LEGO sets.”

Stinging Nettle and Other Spring Greens”, Saturday, February 27, 3PM, Kelley Point Park, N. Marine Dr. and Lombard St., Pdx. $5-$10 suggested donation. “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. This month's theme is Stinging Nettle and Other Spring Greens. In late winter and early spring, many edible greens begin to emerge. Let's celebrate them by learning about them, how to encourage their growth, what roles they play in ecology, how to process and prepare them, and of course, how to eat them and what nutritional value they bring! Come to learn and share what you know. Find us at Picnic Area F, furthest parking lot, on the bike path just passed the bathrooms on the Columbia River side.”

Great Electrifying Event”, Saturday, February 27, Bonneville Dam Washington Shore Visitor Center. Free. "Learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and videos and take a tour inside Bonneville’s Powerhouse 2 – where visitors can walk on top of two generators and partially inside another. This free educational event teaches the basics of electricity and how it is generated at Bonneville Lock and Dam. It is geared toward elementary and middle school students, but is informative and fun for the entire family." Details and directions to be announced; check here: and here:

Percussion Extravaganza”, Saturday, February 27, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Local percussionist Roger Allen will provide a demonstration and explanation of notable percussion instruments and the techniques used to play them. Children should be especially entertained by the stories and workings of some of their favorite percussion instruments.”

Portland Opera Presents, “The Elixir of Love”, Saturday, February 27, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Get there early for seats! “Portland Opera To Go provides children and families with the opportunity to engage in the rewarding world of opera by bringing high-quality, accessible programming to communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our 50th anniversary celebration began in Vienna and it ends in the American Wild West, a creative and ingenious setting for Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Like Die Fledermaus, The Elixir of Love is a celebration of love’s intoxicating power…and the powerful intoxication of a certain snake-oil salesman’s 40-proof love potion. Nemorino the cowpoke is snake-bit in love. High-falutin’ Adina laughs off his every attempt to rustle up some romance with her, especially after the gaudy Sergeant Belcore rides into town. Desperate, Nemorino enlists in Belcore’s battalion and invests his bonus in a large dose of Doctor Dulcamara’s ‘Elixir of Love.’ Giddy with hope, Nemorino suddenly seems younger, handsomer, and richer to all the village girls. Even Adina starts responding to his homespun charm, so she packs Belcore off to conquer other hearts and pledges her own to Nemorino.”

Concert, “Rose City Trombones”, Sunday, February 28, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Join us for a romance-themed performance by Rose City Trombones that will include unique trombone choir arrangements of Romeo and Juliet (Tchaikovsky), Loves Longing (Schubert), Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder), This Love (Maroon 5), I've Got The Music in Me (Love Machine), Can You Feel The Love (Elton John) and others. Rose City Trombones is a group of passionate musicians dedicated to showcasing the full range of the majestic Trombone, from tender to powerful. Please join us for an exciting afternoon of brass romance.”

Beginning Bird Language”, Sunday, February 28, 10AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “February marks the beginning of a rapid increase in daylight. Experience how the birds react to the expanding daylight by ramping up their vocal activity and learn how to recognize many of their distinct songs and alarm patterns. Meet at the Nature House.”

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre Presents, “Papagayo”, Sunday, February 28, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Bilingual. “Papagayo the parrot spends his days singing, playing games and disturbing the daytime slumber of the Animales De La Noche. But when the Ancient Moon Dog wakes up, and starts to eat the moon, the Night Animals are too afraid to do anything. Only Papagayo knows what to do. The Night Animals learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have, even if he is a little loud! Fun and interactive, this bilingual one person show brings the Guatemalan jungle to life with brightly colored puppets. Join us as we sing, hoot, croak , crow, and work together to scare away the Moon Dog!”

“Tracking Club”, Sunday, February 28, 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.

Paper Marbling”, Sunday, February 28, 1PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Ever wonder how to make a unique zig-zag or swirly pattern on a piece of paper? Then this workshop is for you! Join us for this class and end up with a portfolio of marbled paper that you can use to make books, write letters, wrap gifts, make art, or to frame and enjoy. We will provide a variety of handmade papers to be used during the course. We'll use the traditional Japanese technique of Suminagashi and have some fun with shaving cream and food coloring, too.”

Family Graphic Novel Book Group”, Sunday, February 28, 2PM, Hollywood Library. “Boys and girls in grades 2-3 with an adult family member gather to discuss graphic novels, aka comic books, and explore how visual elements and text combine into engaging stories for reluctant and advanced readers.”

Concert, “Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, February 28, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd. Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 student and senior, free for children 11 and under.

Screening, “Coming to Light”, Sunday, February 28, 1:30PM, , Lewis and Clark College, Council Chambers in Templeton Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: Free and open to the public. This event is part of Lake Oswego Reads; and the book this year is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”, a biography of Edward Curtis, photographer of Native America, by Timothy Eagan. “In this award-winning film, Anne Makepeace explores the often controversial nature of Curtis's romantic images, and the meaning they have for Native Americans today. In the documentary Native Americans, descendants of Curtis's photographic subjects, tell stories about the people in the pictures, and describe the way in which they are using the photographs to revive their own traditions in the modern world.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, February 28, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.”

What Goes Up!”, Monday, February 29, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3PM. “What goes up...must come down! Have a blast with things that float, spin, and glide through the air! Join AKA Science to experiment with push-copters, launch mini-parachutes, and try some cool air pressure magic tricks...then take your creations home to show family and friends!”

Immigrant Voices from Portland’s Historic Chinatowns”, Monday, February 29, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages welcome. Panel Discussion with Bertha Lee Saiget, Kenneth Fong, and Robert Luck. “Bertha Lee Saiget was raised on the outskirts of Chinatown by parents who were new immigrants from China. Bertha was a long time Headstart teacher for Portland Public Schools and a graduate of Oregon State University. Kenneth Fong was born in Old Chinatown and is a retired high school principal. His father was both a tailor and one of two owners of the largest casino in Chinatown. Robert Luck was born in New Chinatown, where his parents ran a lottery in their storefront on Northwest Sixth Avenue two blocks from Union Station. As a boy, he worked in Chinatown restaurants and was a runner for his family lottery, delivering tickets and picking up winnings based on two drawings a day. He received a university education and became a successful aeronautical and electrical engineer, working for Bonneville Power and firms in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. He has also had a semi-professional acting career.”

OMSI Presents “Imagineering: Jitterbugs for Teens”, Monday, February 29, 4PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “With just a motor, a battery, a marker and a handful of craft supplies, students are challenged to design and build a scribbling robot that can doodle all on its own.”

Creating Persona Through Writing”, Monday, February 29, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library Board Room. “Nancy Linnon believes in using writing as a means of figuring out what you have to say. This approach makes writing a tool for thinking and discovering, resulting in a clear, authentic expression and a deeper connection to self and others. It is useful to everyone – those who believe they can write, those who struggle with writing, and those who want a life practice that will ease stress and promote growth. Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his / her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.”

Regenerative Medicine”, Monday, February 29, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Rahul Desai, MD, Musculoskeletal Radiologist and CEO at RestorePDX. “Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. One of their unique properties is their regenerative abilities which has resulted in increasing treatments for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease along with therapy for chronic back pain, hip, knee, and shoulder issues. These therapies allow doctors the ability to perform minimally invasive non-surgical techniques to treat and heal injuries that were previously treated by major surgeries. Join Dr. Desai to learn about the science and history of stem cells, stem cell processing, and how he utilizes stem cell therapies in his patients.”

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