Monday, February 29, 2016

Marvelous March

This is my list of events for the greater Portland area and beyond for March 2016. Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes and cancellations. 
March is the beginning of wildflower season in Oregon, beginning with grass widows at Catherine Creek in the Columbia River Gorge and trilliums at Tryon Creek, followed by camas flowers at Camassia Natural Area. At Hoyt Arboretum, their spectacular magnolia collection will explode into bloom as well.
Head to a pond, especially at dusk, and you will surely hear Pacific chorus frogs singing their unforgettable songs. Frog eggs are being laid and soon ponds will be teeming with tadpoles. Don't miss the magic!
If you're planning a garden with your kids and would like some help getting started, be aware that there are a wealth of free classes available. Google your county OSU or WSU Extension, and check your local nursery and your library calendar.  Portland Nursery is also a good place to check. 
For a list of regularly occurring homeschool activities, check here:

Exhibit, “Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern”, now through April 3, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Admission: adults $20, seniors $17, free for kids 17 and under. Clackamas County Libraries have cultural passes for admission discount. “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.”

Milagro Theatre Presents, “Contigo Pan y Cebolla”, now 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.”

Jugglemania”, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “International juggler Rhys Thomas will provide interactive comedy and amazing circus tricks that are also educational.”

Exhibit, “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!”, Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 24, Portland State University, Art Building, 2000 SW 5th Ave., 1st floor., Pdx with an opening reception March 1, 5-7PM. Also on view Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, May 15, Central Library Collins Gallery, with an opening reception March 5, 3-5PM. This is a traveling exhibit. “In response to the car bombing of Baghdad’s ancient booksellers’ street on March 5, 2007, this international traveling exhibition features over 200 artistic artifacts. In the past nine years, nearly 650 individuals have responded creatively to this iconic attack on life and on freedom of expression. Through their creations, the artists, poets, writers, printmakers and photographers express solidarity with their Iraqi brothers and sisters and affirm the dominance of hope and light over darkness.” Details and more events connected to his exhibit here:

Grand Reopening of the Portland Japanese Garden”, Tuesday, March 1. Did you miss it? Come check out the expansion! Should be groovy! Clackamas County and Washington County libraries have cultural passes for free admission.

Book History”, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Presented by Lawrence J. Yerkes. “Using models of historical book structures, you will learn how the modern book has developed from about 200 a.d. to present. This program is directed at people interested in handmade books and the history of the book.”

What’s In the Night Sky?”, Tuesday, March 1, 7PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale WA. “Join amateur astronomer Jim White for an exploration of the night sky in the coming months. You'll learn where to find planets, galaxies and certain stars this spring and summer, and what's so special about them. Telescope viewing on the library lawn following the presentation, weather permitting.”

Free Outgoing: Contemporary Theatre from India”, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill 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.”

Conversations: Russ Dondero on Elections 2016”, Tuesday, March 1, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. Prof. Dondero is a professor of political science at PSU and an affordable housing advocate.

Wonders of the Spring Sky”, Tuesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 10, 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:

Bridge Stories”, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Sharon Wortman, author of The Portland Bridge Book and The Big and Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver will introduce the audience to amazing bridges from all over the world, but especially the bridges found in Portland and Vancouver.”

Slime Science”, Wednesday, March 2, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 6-12. “YOU are living in a world of slime - at work and at play, at the dinner table and at the park - slime is all around us. Learn more by cooking up a batch of your own!”

Concert, “Sandeep Koranne”, Wednesday, March 2, 8PM, Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, Building 3 Room 114, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Free admission and parking is free in the event center parking lot behind building 9. “Sandeep Koranne will present the classical music of North India. Sandeep is from New Delhi and comes from a distinguished family of musicians. A virtuoso on sitar, he has been performing in public since the age of 10. Sandeep has performed regularly on All India Radio and has performed in Sacramento, Sunnyvale and Portland. Indian Classical music is thousands of years old, created by the ancient sages attuned to the cycles of nature. They observed and refined their experiences of sound and rhythm and its relationship to and effect on nature and the human psyche. Continually evolving for thousands of years, the music of India has become one of the most meditative and beautiful music in the world, a spiritual and living system of Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm).”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in March, 12PM, Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, 3809 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Late winter waterfowl and early spring arrivals on lower Rock Creek.” “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.”

"Waterfowl ID for Beginners", Wednesday, March 2, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Class $14 with optional field trip ($75 for both). Preregistration required; register online: "The Willamette Valley is home to more than 25 species of waterfowl. Join Laura Whittemore, long-time birder and teacher, and learn how to identify some of the more widespread and abundant waterfowl species using shape, plumage, habits, and habitat as guides. Then practice your skills at some of the best spots for finding these species in the Portland metro area. Experience the satisfaction of mastering identification of a notoriously difficult family of birds!"

Author Talk, “Lynn Darroch”, Wednesday, March 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Lynn Darroch’s ‘Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest’ is a nonfiction narrative about the jazz community in the Pacific Northwest that examines the people, places, and events that have made cities like Portland and Seattle so popular among musicians. From the genesis of Jackson Street and Williams Avenue in the 1940s and '50s with such legends as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, to the modern voices of George Colligan, Rebecca Kilgore, and Esperanza Spalding, Rhythm in the Rain aims to encompass and illuminate the rich musical history of a region that, while not widely recognized as a jazz mecca, has seen its relevance within the local community.”

Native Plant Workshop”, Wednesday, March 2, 6:30PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! This workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.”

Edible and Herb Gardening”, Wednesday, March 2, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Dennis' Seven Dees Education and Events Coordinator, Nicole Forbes, will be at the library to teach gardeners about garden edibles, herbs, and tomatoes. The class is free and will appeal to both novices and experienced gardeners. No registration is required. Attendees can enter a raffle for Dennis' Seven Dees gift cards.”

Concert, “Madrona Viola Duo”, Wednesday, March 2, 12PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Michelle Mathewson and Sharon Eng perform works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Fereol Mazas, Linda Yates Woody, and Portland composer David York. Madrona Viola Duo has developed a noteworthy reputation as a viola duo since 2011, playing a wide range of music spanning Bach, Bartok and Beatles to Ysaye and Zipolli”

Cracking Codes: The Enigma Machine and Today”, Thursday, March 3, 3:30PM, Lewis and Clark College, JR Howard, Room 254, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: “Professor Michael O’Sullivan will speak on the Enigma Machine built by the Germans in WW II and the real story behind British Alan Turning’s cracking the code. The story of the attack on the German WW II Enigma Machine led by Alan Turing was dramatized in the movie The Imitation Game. I will talk about the mathematical tools, the clever tricks, and the blind luck that led to the successful attack on the Enigma. I’ll also tell a few remarkable stories about historical events—and how they were bent in creating the movie. I will end with a taste of the mathematical tools used to attack our internet communications.”

Women in Cosmology”, Thursday, March 3, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Despite pervasive discrimination in their work roles, pay and career choices, women have played a substantial and essential role in the development of modern cosmology over the course of the last 150 years. Join PSU professor Jack Straton for an exploration of the history of women’s contributions to the development of our current understanding of our Solar System and the Universe at large.”

Inside a Prescribed Fire: Burning for Butterflies, Birds, and Blooms”, Thursday, March 3, 7PM, doors open at 5PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Amanda Stamper, Fire Management Officer at The Nature Conservancy. “For thousands of years, fires provided countless benefits to Oregon’s landscapes and peoples. Some of these fires were ignited by lightning, while others, particularly those in the Willamette Valley, were started by people. Some of the foods relied upon by the Kalapuya, who inhabited the valley prior to settlement, responded favorably to fire, as did many other plants and animals. With settlement and agricultural development came the demise of fire and the diverse species that depended upon it. Today, many of those species are listed as sensitive, endangered, or threatened. In this talk, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Manager and Burn Boss, Amanda Stamper, explains the role of fire in the Willamette Valley. She will dive into the history and foundation of fire’s role in the ecology of the Valley and then take you inside a controlled fire being used to restore and conserve native species and habitats.”

Defending Al-Qaeda”, Thursday, March 3, 6PM, Lewis and Clark College, Legal Research Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: Free and open to the public. “Every defendant gets a defense. David Nevin and Rich Federico, defense counsel for some of the highest profile members of Al-Qaeda talk about their experiences representing Guantanamo detainees and the challenges they face in a system that wants to see their clients punished beyond any defendant before them. National Lawyers Guild, ACS, ACLU, Federal Bar Association, and Secular Legal Society present a panel discussion with Mr. Nevin, Cmdr. Federico, and Professor Tung Yin, with a reception to follow featuring hand-brewed beer provided by Brewer’s Guild. Parking is limited at the Law School. Additional parking is located at Gate #2, Upper Griswold Parking Lot. Parking permits are required, license plate number needed, (Kiosks are available in the Law School Parking Lot and the Upper Griswold Parking Lot). The cost is $2.00 after 4:00pm.”

Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark”, Thursday, March 3, 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. “CCHM’s First Thursday event features Pat Courtney Gold presenting “Native Women’s View of Lewis and Clark.” Most the books written about Lewis and Clark were from a white man’s perspective. Learn about the Native People’s view of Lewis and Clark. How did the Columbia River matriarchal society see Lewis and Clark? What did they think of the smelly bearded men who ignored the sacred salmon in preference for dog meat? Pat consulted with Elders along the Columbia River to include their memories and stories of encounters with the Lewis and Clark expedition. Pat will bring artifacts to highlight her presentation.”

Holocaust Survivor Ruth Bollinger”, Thursday, March 3, 6:30PM, Lewis and Clark College, Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: Free and open to the public. “Holocaust survivor Ruth Bollinger will speak for the first time at Lewis and Clark about her family history and her survival of the Holocaust.”

Author Talk, “Tui Sutherland”, Thursday, March 3, 4PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St.; and Friday, March 4, 5PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. “Bestselling middle grade author Tui Sutherland visits to talk about her popular Wings of Fire Series! Discover this thrilling new dragon saga! Signed books will be available for purchase.”

Bonsai with Lee Cheatle for Teens”, Friday, March 4, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Learn the ever-changing, living art of bonsai--grown in containers as small as a thimble to as large as bathtub. It can be as basic as you want or as intricate as you desire. Lee will teach the basic skills for creating quality bonsai, resulting in healthy, beautiful trees. Lee says, ‘If I can do it, anyone can do it.’ Trees and pots will be provided for 12 students on a first-come, first-served basis; one tree per family, please.”

Open Beading Night”, Friday, March 4, 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!”

Author Talk, “Timothy Egan”, Friday, March 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Timothy Egan discusses his book, “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero”. “From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America. The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War — Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Twice shot from his horse while leading charges, left for dead in the Virginia mud, Meagher’s dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule. The hero's last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.”

Memories from a Swedish Shipping Family Before, During and After World War II”, Friday, March 4, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. “Marianne Bratt was raised on a farm outside Gothenburg, Sweden. She moved to the U.S. In 1970 and became a citizen in 2004. She traveled extensively, volunteered for Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India and has a M.A. degree from Marylhurst University. Though Sweden was officially neutral during WWII, many individuals helped their preferred side. Marianne's father sided with the Allies. He owned cargo ships and was willing to risk them to help in the war effort. He chose to continue using them for trade and humanitarian service in northern Europe. In doing so, he lost half of his fleet to torpedoes, sea mines, and bombs from airplanes. Marianne will be wearing her National Costume. It represents the time period when Sweden and Norway were in a union (1814-1905). It has red for Norway, and blue and yellow for Sweden.”

Reader's Theater: A Little Horseplay in the Library”, Saturday, March 5, 1PM, West Slope Library. Suggested for ages 12 and up. “Local playwright David Ritchie has written an original one-act reader's theater play set in a library, titled A Little Horseplay in the Library. Come and see what fun reader's theater can be as professional actors bring the play to life.”

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

Chinese New Year”, Saturday, March 5, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. Also known in China as the Spring Festival, the holiday ushers in the lunar New Year and is comparable to the West’s Christmas and New Year’s - all in one. Join preschool and kindergarten students from the Chinese American International School (CAIS) as they celebrate the New Year with songs, dance, poetry and native costumes. Culture crafts for children will be offered.”

Penjing: The Living Art of Time, Space and Place”, Saturday, March 5, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Recreation Ctr., Room 001 (Ground Floor), 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free “This will be a lecture and a hands-on demonstration about the meditative vibrancy of penjing through rocks, sand, and plants in the creation of miniature landscapes which focuses on ‘place.’ This arrangement can be a floating world within a world enabling viewers to experience an eternal moment like a Zen Buddhist awakening. Because a river is a Literati metaphor for eternity in Asian art, you will observe the composition of a riverscape by penjing master Mark Vossbrink. Come experience the hidden energy and transformative power of penjing. “

Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, March 5, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Saturday, March 19, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library; Sunday, March 20, 3PM, Belmont Library; Saturday, March 26, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Thursday, March 31, 6PM, Midland 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.”

The Wildlife Around You”, Saturday, March 5, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wildlife Education Center, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 12 and up. “Have you ever wondered how to tell a nutria from a beaver, a gopher hole from a mole hole or a coyote from a fox? From your local squirrel to the occasional wandering mountain lion, learn about the many mammals that call Washington County home - how to recognize them, fascinating tidbits of their natural history and how to identify their tracks.”

Author Talk, “Paul Tobin”, Saturday, March 5, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Paul Tobin will discuss his new middle grade book series, “Genius Factor”. “The Genius Factor series will have five volumes in all, telling the story of how, every Friday the 13th, 11-year-old genius Nate Bannister purposefully does three admittedly not-so-smart things, just to keep life interesting. After all, there’s nothing like a huge explosion of chaos to keep a genius interested! The Genius Factor adventures are all seen through the eyes of Nate’s classmate, Delphine Cooper, a girl with a penchant not only for adventure, but also detention. In the first volume, Nate’s taught a caterpillar how to read, and he’s mailed a love letter to the most popular girl in school, and… well… he’s not only turned the family cat, Proton, into an abominable giant, but also made him invisible. And Proton, as cats do, is causing trouble. BIG trouble. If that wasn’t bad enough, the nefarious Red Death Tea Society, known not only for their horribly nasty world-takeover plans, but also their admittedly impressive tea-brewing skills, are choosing the chaos of the feline crisis as the moment to strike against Nate and Delphine, the greatest threats to the society’s domination! It’s going to take all of Delphine and Nate’s courage, creativity, and friendship to save the day. Also a jet-belt. And a talking dog. And snacks.”

Student Poetry Reading: Poetry Out Loud”, Saturday, March 5, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Students at 30 high schools in 22 Oregon communities are preparing to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Now in its 11th year (and reaching nearly 4,000 Oregon students), Poetry Out Loud involves the memorization and recitation of classic poetry. Participants compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels. Nationwide, more than 400,000 students are expected to participate. Schools in the northern and eastern parts of Oregon, including the Portland metro area, will compete for the chance to advance to the state competition. Join us!”

Caturdays”, Every Saturday in March, Portland Museum of Art, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Note that March 5 is a free family day, and Clackamas County Libraries offer a Cultural Pass for this museum that provides discounted admission for adults. In conjunction with the special exhibition of the world’s most obnoxious wonderful cat painting, “My Wife’s Lovers” by Carl Kahler, PAM is hosting a series of cat-centric Saturday events. My pick: Moshow, the epic Portland cat rapper! See the complete schedule on their website: More about the crowd-pleasing, sneeze-inducing painting here:

International Students of Lewis and Clark”, Saturday, March 5, brunch 11AM-1PM and fashion show and performances 2PM-4PM, Lewis and Clark College, Templeton Campus Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: Brunch $8 adults, $4 children; performances free. “At the 51st Annual International Fair, let us introduce you to the many cultures and nationalities that are represented at Lewis and Clark College. Come enjoy an array of mouth-watering dishes and fun-filled performances from across the world. Please join students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff, as we present you with: mouth-watering delicacies ranging from Beef Bulgogi to Lamb Shank Barbecue to Lumpia; a fashion show with garments from around the world; stage performances (dance, music, etc.) choreographed and performed by students from traditional to modern style.”

Fairy House Workshop”, Saturday, March 5, 2PM, Northwest Library. Presented by Art Ala Carte. “Create miniature fairy houses and gardens. Use small boxes, tea cups, flowers, lights and trinkets. For magic lovers of all ages.”

Women in Science Day”, Saturday, March 5, 9AM-1PM, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Free. Girls ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Women in Science Day provides a great opportunity for young women in grades 6-12 in our community to learn about careers and opportunities from successful women in the field of science. We will begin the day at the Portland Community College - Rock Creek campus Event Center in Portland with breakfast and a presentation on science careers as well as a chance for the girls to discuss careers and opportunities with the mentors. Following the breakfast session, we will walk out to the Rock Creek SOLVE-adopted restoration site to plant trees and shrubs as a part of our stream restoration project. What better way to learn about the opportunities in the field of science that await young women in our community than hearing about them from women in those fields?”

Portland Opera Presents, “The Elixir of Love”, Saturday, March 5, 2PM, Tigard Library. “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.”

Ivy Basket Weaving Workshop”, Saturday, March 5, 10AM, Pittock Mansion Trailhead, Forest Park, Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Restore, reuse and re-purpose! Learn how to turn invasive ivy vines into beautiful, functional works of art at this family-friendly basket weaving workshop. Remember to dress warmly for all weather conditions! We'll provide all training, work gloves, and pruners for basket weaving success.” 

SE Area Artwalk”, Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, 10AM-5PM, Pdx. Free. Details and locations here: “The SE Area ARTWalk is a free, self-guided walking tour. You will visit the studios, home workspaces, galleries, host homes and businesses within the walkable/bikeable/busable boundaries of SE 9th Ave, SE 41st, SE Powell and SE Hawthorne Blvd. Over 70 artists will provide a blaze of colors, shapes, textures, and visual stimuli. Artists show in their own creative space or are hosted by local residents and businesses allowing you to visit indoor locations.”

Holocaust Speaker: Evelyn Banko”, Sunday, March 6, 1PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Evelyn (Evie) Banko survived the Second World War as a child refugee. Born in Vienna, Austria, Evie and her family were forced to flee their home in 1938 because of the Nazi annexation of Austria. They first went to Riga, Latvia; then a year later her family boarded the Trans-Siberian Railroad and traveled across Russia to China. Finally, in Japan they boarded a ship to the U.S. where they eventually settled in Portland. While Evie’s immediate family survived the journey, many members of her extended family who were stuck in Europe did not. Today Evie is an active member of the OJMCHE Speakers’ Bureau. Evie is the fourth of four Sunday speakers at OJMCHE during the winter months of 2015-2016. Sunday speakers are all members of OJMCHE's Holocaust Speakers' Bureau and each talk includes time afterwards to ask the speaker questions.”

Home Swap Travel”, Saturday, March 5, 3:30PM, Kenton Library. Presented by Sara Tetreault . “Want to travel the world and stay for free? If ‘yes’ is your answer, then home swapping is for you! Paris, Vienna, The Netherlands, Spain, San Francisco, British Columbia are all trips I’ve taken with my family and haven’t paid for a hotel or eaten restaurant food. Home swapping lets you stay for free in a home while someone stays in your home and collects your mail and waters your plants. Wondering if you could homeswap, too? I’ll share my tips and experiences. It’s easy to travel and stay on budget!”

AKA Science Presents, “Fizz, Boom, Wow!”, Saturday, March 5, 10:30AM, Happy Valley Library. Suggested for grades K-6. “Lava lamps. Mini rockets. Balloons that blow themselves up. Take a wild ride through physics and chemistry, then take supplies home to amaze your family and friends!”

“Murderous Melodrama: A Murder Mystery Party for Teens”, Saturday, March 5, 7PM, Belmont Library. “Teens: Help us solve a murder in Belmont Library Teen Council's production of A Murderous Melodrama. Take on the role of homicide detectives, search for clues, and catch the killer in this after-hours library event. Snacks provided.”

All Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, March 6, 5:15-6:30, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. “On only four Sundays of every year DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid welcome people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Portland Opera Preview”, Sunday, March 6, 2PM, Central Library Collins Gallery; and Monday, March 21, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “Join us for a sneak peek of our 2016 Season, featuring Portland Opera's Resident Artists and Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox. Resident Artists will perform highlights from Mozart's The Magic Flute, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers.”

"Owl Prowl", Sunday, March 6, 5:30PM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. Registration includes purchase of a $5 savings card which are given out at the class. "We’ll meet at the West Linn Central Village Backyard Bird shop at 5:30 for an introductory slide show, then carpool to Tryon Creek State Park to look and listen for local owls."

"Winter Twigs of Mt. Talbert", Sunday, March 6, 10AM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd, Clackamas. Ages 12 and up. $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: "Do you want to identify shrubs and trees by looking at the bark, twigs, and buds? Winter’s barren branches offer subtle yet observable clues to help identify plants. Join a Metro naturalist in exploring the flanks of this extinct cinder cone to learn common Northwest plants before they leaf out."

Cooking Around the World: Hands On Calzone”, Sunday, March 6, 3PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn to make calzones. Free samples and instructions included.”

You Do Speak English, Don’t You?” Cabaret-style Variety Show, Monday, March 7, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Through variety show vignettes, Mark and Helen Greathouse share the story of how they met in Germany and their life together. Mark, a music composer from Oregon, and Helena, a singer/dancer from Czechoslovakia, bring their story to life through comedy sketches, music, dance and several costume changes. CDs of their music will be available for purchase.”

Homeschooling Huddle”, Monday, March 7, 10:30AM, Molalla Library. “Come into the library for our first event in a homeschooling huddle. These activities are geared for elementary aged students that are homeschooled. All youth are welcome though. We will plan to have this type of event 4 times a year. Students may bring snacks if they like (caregivers welcome also). We will have movies, worksheets, discussion, and a theme related craft. This first theme will be the Solar System.”

3D Print: Swag Tags for Teens”, Tuesday, March 8, 5PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to design and 3D print your own name tag to add swag to your backpack, wear as necklace, or add to your keychain. If time allows each student will leave the class with their own 3D object.”

Beyond the Galaxy: How Humanity Looked Beyond our Milky Way and Discovered the Entire Universe”, Tuesday, March 8, 6PM, Hand Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by Ethan Siegel, astrophysicist and author. “Just 100 years ago, we thought that everything that existed in the night sky -- all the stars, nebulae, clusters and more -- was contained within the Milky Way. A few scientists, however, thought that the Universe might be much larger than that, and that some of the weirder objects, like the grand spirals, might be entire ‘island Universes’ of their own. This is the story of how we figured it out, and what we discovered about what lies beyond in the great cosmic abyss of deep space.”

Author Talk, “Alex Cooper”, Tuesday, March 8, 7PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Alex Cooper discusses her book, “Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began”. “When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in love. Alex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life. Yet when this secret couldn’t be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began. She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality. For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed ‘residential treatment program’ modeled on the many ‘therapeutic’ boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager. Alex is not alone; the headlines continue to splash stories about gay conversion therapy and rehabilitation centers that promise to ‘save’ teenagers from their sexuality. ‘Saving Alex’ is a courageous memoir that tells Alex’s story in the hopes that it will bring awareness and justice to this important issue. A bold, inspiring story of one girl’s fight for freedom, acceptance, and truth.”

Screening, “Lessons of Basketball and War”, Tuesday, March 8, 7PM, Kennedy School Gymnasium, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with an adult. “"Lessons of Basketball and War" was filmed at Hosford Middle School, in inner-southeast Portland, OR. It explores universal themes of violence, prejudice, cultural identity and conflict resolution as seen through the eyes of adolescent girls - refugees from war and famine in Somalia who have resettled in a strange foreign city. Pushed together in an inner city housing project, religious traditions and beliefs are tested by the onslaught of a sexualized, celebrity-obsessed America. Teachers work to help students with little previous education and a propensity for an abhorrent form of personal violence fueled by a legacy of ethnic hostilities. This hour-long documentary offers an engaging and at times thrilling account of a year in their young lives and the challenges faced by one dedicated educator, peacemaker and basketball coach.” Trailer here:

Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Micronesia”, Tuesday, March 8, 5PM-6:15PM, OMSI Kendall Planetarium. Included in museum admission. “On Tuesday, March 8, OMSI's Kendall Planetarium will host a live webcast of the total solar eclipse which will take place over Micronesia, roughly 500 miles north of New Guinea. Hosted by the Exploratorium's webcast team who will broadcast from the coral island of Woleai, the webcast will begin at 5:00pm.”

"Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Past, Present and Future", Tuesday, March 8, 7PM, Montgomery Park Lower Ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Audubon's Conservation Director Bob Sallinger. "Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a cherished place for Oregonians, and the recent armed occupation has created even broader awareness of these marvelous lands and the diverse wildlife inhabiting them. Join us for a special Nature Night on March 8 as Conservation Director Bob Sallinger speaks about Malheur’s rich history, its current status, and the future of the Refuge. Birders and conservationists have long been aware of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – one of the most important bird refuges in the United States. For the Audubon Society of Portland, Malheur is a place that is intimately intertwined with our history dating back to our founding in 1902; one of our earliest priorities was convincing President Theodore Roosevelt to designate Malheur as one of the first National Wildlife Refuges in the Western United States. Today Malheur remains one of Portland Audubon's top conservation priorities as we work with a broad coalition of stakeholders including the refuge, ranchers, the Burns Paiute Tribe, and other conservation organizations to implement some of the most important and collaborative restoration projects in the west – work that has continued even during the occupation. Come to this special Nature Night where we will discuss Malheur's fascinating history, its amazing wildlife, the path forward to ensuring that Malheur is truly protected and restored, and building an even stronger movement to defend our public lands. Just over a century ago, Portland Audubon members fought to protect Malheur and get it established as a wildlife refuge; today your voice is every bit as important as we continue to fight to protect this incredible place."

Art of Animation Camp for Teens”, 5 Wednesdays, March 9, March 30, April 6, May 11, and May 25, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by the amazing Alex Chiu. “This animation workshop series is designed to introduce teens to the idea of time-based cartooning. Teens will learn simple techniques and methods to make their own cartoon characters move and show expressions. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic or technique such as character design, paper stop-motion, claymation, and hand-drawn animation. At the end of the series, participants will have a digital animation to show to their friends and family. Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome!”

Concert, “PCC Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Jazz Choir”, Wednesday, March 9, 8PM, Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, Building 3 Room 114, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Free admission and parking is free in the event center parking lot behind building 9. “The Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Choir will perform a large variety of music from Classical to Jazz, Americana to Afro-Cuban. Compositions by Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Beethoven, and Bach will be featured. Also, New York saxophonist and composer Hashem Assadullahi will be joining the group for the concert.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, March 9, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!”

Edible Wild Plants: Foraging the Pacific NW”, Wednesday, March 9, 6:30PM, Trackers Earth, 4617 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “Join wild food educator and author, John Kallas to experience an entertaining and eye opening slide presentation about edible wild plants found in the Pacific Northwest. Learn wild foods from backyard to forest, swamp to hiking trail, natives and invasives. Gain tips on what to look for, when, and how to identify plants. See edibles at their prime for gathering and a few finished dishes. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period, a short video, and book sales for people who want a signed copy.”

#BlackLivesMatter and the State of Overpolicing”, Wednesday, March 9, 6PM, Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 N. Tillamook St., Pdx. $6 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Last November, it was discovered that the Oregon Department of Justice conducted threat assessments and kept files on Oregonians who have used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media. Thousands of Oregonians have possibly been made susceptible to unwarranted surveillance and investigation, merely for expressing a popular viewpoint. The recent injustice in Oregon is emblematic of the experience of black people in this country: when they share the truth of their experience of being Black in America, their rights are often violated and they are painted as threats. The Urban League of Portland is leading a community panel with Know Your City to reassess how the Oregon Department of Justice has been held accountable months after this discovery, and how black-led organizations are responding to government overpolicing in Oregon.”

Author Talk, “Steve Olson”, Wednesday, March 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Steve Olson discusses his book, “Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens”. “Survival narrative meets scientific, natural, and social history in the riveting story of a volcanic disaster. For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. The eruption was one of the largest in human history, deposited ash in eleven U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, and caused more than one billion dollars in damage. It killed fifty-seven people, some as far as thirteen miles away from the volcano’s summit. Shedding new light on the cataclysm, author Steve Olson interweaves the history and science behind this event with page-turning accounts of what happened to those who lived and those who died. Powerful economic and historical forces influenced the fates of those around the volcano that sunny Sunday morning, including the construction of the nation’s railroads, the harvest of a continent’s vast forests, and the protection of America’s treasured public lands. The eruption of Mount St. Helens revealed how the past is constantly present in the lives of us all. At the same time, it transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and, ultimately, our perceptions of what it will take to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet. Rich with vivid personal stories of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption delivers a spellbinding narrative built from the testimonies of those closest to the disaster, and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world.”

Concert, “Ronnie Robins”, Wednesday, March 9, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Brooklyn born guitarist, singer and songwriter Ronnie Robins, will present a concert of Bossa Nova, Samba and MPB, as well as some of his original songs. Lynn Darroch of the Oregonian wrote ‘It's as if studying Brazilian music has taught Robins how to write gorgeous pop tunes for American audiences’ Ronnie will play the music of Jobim, Bonfa', Nascimento, Djavan and more.”

Concert, “Marlise Stroebe”, Wednesday, March 9, 12PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Marlise Stroebe, concert pianist, will present a concert of music by women composers and men composers’ music dedicated to women. The program will include a wide variety of musical styles beginning with Hildegard of Bingen, Anna Magdalena Bach, Clara Schumann and Franz Schubert leading to contemporary jazz composers such as Marian McPartland and Valerie Capers. This is a great opportunity to learn about the lives of many great women and to hear beautiful music in their honor. Enjoy a relaxing hour of music in the beautiful setting of The Old Church Concert Hall.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, March 10, 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!”

Colored Pencil Mini-workshop”, Thursday, March 10, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. Preregistration required; call 503-647-5051. “Come join artist and teacher Valerie Sjodin in coloring with colored pencils. She will be demonstrating colored pencil techniques using pages from her new coloring book, Colorful Blessings. A coloring page from the book will be provided for each participant. Please bring your colored pencils and come ready to color together. Coloring books will be available for optional purchase at $9.95.”

Timely Remedies: The Ancient Medicine of Ötzi the Iceman”, Thursday, March 10, 7:30PM, Willamette University College of Law, Paulus Lecture Hall, 245 Winter Street SE, Salem. Presented by Dr. Patrick Hunt, Stanford University. “The almost perfectly preserved remains of “Ötzi the Iceman”, a 5,300-year-old Copper Age / Neolithic man whose body was discovered in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps at 10,500 ft. between Italy and Austria, may give us a glimpse into medicine practiced by prehistoric peoples. We know that “Ötzi” carried a medical kit with him – his own portable pharmacy with over ten different plant products that could heal and cure. Discoveries about ancient medical techniques may be possible studying Ötzi’s singular case. Amazing forensic science has recovered much detail about Ötzi’s life. This lecture explores the medical evidence, including material technology he carried, with vital medical and bioarchaeological data. This is research conducted under the auspices of National Geographic and the Institute for EthnoMedicine where Hunt is also a Research Associate in Archeoethnobotany. Hunt has filmed several documentaries (2008, 2010) for National Geographic on Ötzi and is currently involved in a third production (2015).”

Teen Maker Party”, Friday, March 11, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Celebrate 2016 Teen Tech Week's theme, ‘Create it at your library’ by participating in this special teen maker party. We'll have several maker areas for you to enjoy. Including 3D open labs and a stop motion animation area.”

Author Talk, “Rebecca Traister”, Friday, March 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Rebecca Traister discusses her book, “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation”. “A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America. In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Award finalist Rebecca Traister, ‘the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country’ (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried and late-married women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.”

Screening, “The Way We Talk”, Friday, March 11, 6:30PM, The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, ‪1726 Washington St., Oregon City. “What is stuttering? Where does it come from? Is it passed down through families? Director Mike Turner, who will attend the viewing, wondered about all this because of his own stuttering. He set out to get answers and open the door to the silence that many stutterers share. Learn what he discovered about the role stuttering played in his family and his identity in a conversation which is sure to be fascinating.”

Tween Takeover at the Library”, Saturday, March 12, 10AM, Tualatin Library. For youth in grades 4-7. “Tween TakeOver is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks.”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival”, Saturday, March 12, St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 SE 15th Ave., Pdx. “Bring friends and family to Portland’s annual kid and family friendly St. Patrick's Day Celebration – starting with a Fun Run at 11 a.m., after which the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band leads a community parade through the Sellwood and Westmoreland business districts. Everyone is welcome to come walk in the parade. At the festival that follows, there will be live bands, Irish music, Irish dancing, and entertainment in the tent from noon until 8 p.m. Guinness, local beer and Irish fare too! The kids’ carnival runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.”!st-patricks-day/cseh

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, March 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Crafting a Life,’ Barbara Herkert, author of ‘Mary Cassatt’, explores the tools a picture book biographer uses to paint a compelling picture of someone’s life. - 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!”

Irish Festival”, Saturday, March 12, 12PM-6PM, and Sunday, March 13, 10AM-6PM, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Irish tunes, step dancing and the Irish jig keep the energy flowing at this Irish Week Festival. Festival-goers may trace their roots in genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language and take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films. Meet Irish celebrities; view Irish movies, cultural exhibits and demonstrations and have a ‘great craic’ (gaelic for ‘a great time’).”

Mending 101”, Saturday, March 12, 12PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Multipurpose Room. Suggested for adults and teens. Preregistration required; register online. “Are you dropping things through the holes in your pockets? Ready to finally fix that broken zipper? Join staff from Montavilla Sewing as they teach the basics of repair using sewing machines. Bring your well-loved clothes and your mending questions!”

Concert, “Stephen Cohen”, Saturday, March 12, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30955 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. Free. All ages. “Join us for the performing and recording artist Stephen Cohen. He will present a free concert of original children's music using voice, acoustic guitar, homemade and custom-made cigar box guitars, a custom-made miniature guitar, and original homemade percussion instruments. Audience members will have the opportunity to use their voices and play some of the homemade instruments as part of the show.”

OHSU Brain Fair”, Saturday, March 12, 10AM-5PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free. “Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain at the largest brain fair in the country. This year’s Brain Fair includes interactive exhibits, real human and animal brains, prizes and dozens of OHSU Brain Institute neuroscientists explaining and demonstrating their groundbreaking research in a way that will be fascinating for all ages.”

OMSI Coastal Discovery Center Grand Opening”, Saturday, March 12, 1PM-4PM, Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, 3400 SW Abalone St, Newport. “Join us for an exclusive look at OMSI’s new outdoor education facility, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray. Take a self-guided tour of the grounds and stop at key locations to learn about the different types of programs that will be available at this summer’s Outdoor Science School. Programing will include coastal ecology, oceanography, biology, geology, zoology and more. Beginning at 1PM you can meet OMSI’s wonderful team of educators and stop by the cabins for mini-lessons on twine-making and coastal birds. Check out our classrooms and learn about marine plankton and the tricky weather on the Oregon Coast. At 2PM, join OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber, along with special guests, for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. We look forward to meeting new friends in Newport and becoming a part of the local community!”

"Owl Fest", Saturday, March 12, 1PM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. "Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an afternoon and evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, owl crafts, owl presentations, guided hikes, and close-up encounters with the Audubon Education Owls- Hazel and Julio!"

Free Family Day”, Saturday, March 12, 10AM-5PM, Portland Museum of Art, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “The Museum will be celebrating with family-friendly activities related to the special exhibition Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy.”

"Birding at Jackson Bottom", Saturday, March 12, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-629-0949. "Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a 650-acre wetlands area along the Tualatin River in Washington County, Oregon. It provides habitat for a wide variety of birds, both in the nesting season and during migration. Around 200 species have been spotted there, along with a wide variety of mammals. Improve your bird identification skills and hear interesting facts about bird behavior by participating in a free bird-oriented nature walk guided by naturalist Elaine Murphy."

Mr. Bray Academy Animation Workshop”, Saturday, March 12, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 11 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043. Kids are required to have a laptop to use, so if you don’t own one you should inquire about using one of the library’s laptops. “Learn how to create a short film using free online tools. We’ll provide all the sights and sounds to help even the absolute beginner make their very own short film in this class. This crash course in animation will walk you through all the important steps to create fun and exciting animations and even how to upload them to sites like YouTube or put them on websites for all to see. So bring your imaginations a laptop and lets make some movies!”

Michael Curry Studio Presentation”, Saturday, March 12, 4PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “The Library Foundation of Hillsboro's WOW series is proud to offer a presentation by a representative of Michael Curry Design. Located in Scappoose, MCD is one of the world’s foremost creators of visual spectacle for live theatre. With their expertise in character design and puppetry they have developed a worldwide audience. They are primarily known for their artistic solutions but incorporate a great deal of technology and state of the art production techniques. At the heart of their work they are story tellers and invent whatever technique is required to tell that story visually. MCD will present several decades of their innovative work and discuss the need for theatre in contemporary society.”

Poetry Reading, “Peter Sears”, Saturday, March 12, 6PM, Garden Home Library Annex Store, 7306 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. “We are excited to welcome Oregon's Poet Laureate Peter Sears for a poetry reading and discussion. “Please note that this event will be held at our Annex (Garden Home Community Store), which is across the street from the library. This space is in the Lamb's Shopping area; 2 doors down from the Baskin-Robbins.”

Tears of Joy Theater Presents, “Tad and Fry: A Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis”, Saturday, March 12, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “A tadpole and a fry can become friends, but what happens when they grow up? Tad and Fry are best friends, but as their bodies start to change and they grow up, their friendship is put to the test. What will happen when Tad grows legs or Fry is ready to migrate to the ocean? Tears of Joy Theatre presents this new original tale about friendship, growing up and biology through puppets, shadows and audience participation. Grab your magnifying glass and come explore your backyard stream.”

Jedi Tricks with Static Electricity”, Saturday, March 12, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Monday, March 14, 4PM, Hollywood Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Presented by Saturday Academy. “Do you watch Star Wars and are curious about how Jedi magic happens? Come to this program and learn our static electricity affects our whole universe. Students will learn about subatomic particles as they experiment with balloons and other household items to determine their place in the Triboelectric series. They will observe the effects of positive and negative charges as they learn about conservation of charge.”

Urban Wetlands Exploration Tour”, Saturday, March 12, 10AM-2PM. $35 per person or $50 per family of 4. Preregistration required; register online: “We will have a central meeting point and then jump into vans to visit the wetlands. “Can you tell the difference between the egg mass of a frog and a salamander? Join TWC urban stewards on a 4-hour tour of some of their favorite Tualatin wetlands. Get trained on how to find and identify frog and salamander egg masses, learn about the connection between beaver, frogs and salamanders, visit a great blue heron rookery and help take water quality samples above and below a beaver dam. Finish the day at a brewpub and celebrate wetlands while sharing drinks, snacks and stories of the day’s explorations and findings. This promises to be 4 hours of great fun, wildlife viewing, and information about urban wetlands for all ages.”

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

Mad Science Presents, “Fire and Ice”, Saturday, March 12, 4PM, Kenton Library; and Wednesday, March 23, 11AM, Woodstock Library. “The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109F below zero. This science show will stimulate a child’s mind and spark their imaginations as they experience exciting, educational, high energy science magic! Come and see just how hot and cool science can be!”

Free Family Day”, Saturday, March 12, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Celebrate spring! Plant seeds, complete a scavenger hunt of Washington County’s natural resources and make a craft to take home. At 11 a.m. storyteller Holly Robison will present “Spring Has Sprung” stories of animals awakening for spring.” The St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration will begin at 11AM downtown on the same day. 

Molly Malone Dancers”, Saturday, March 12, 2PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit - come see the Molly Malone Dancers!”

Oceans and Estuaries”, Saturday, March 12, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to the Water Center’s March Second Saturday to learn about oceans and estuaries. Have you ever want to know more about animals that live in the ocean? Discover some interesting things these animals do to attract food and protect themselves. Enjoy fun, interactive activities!”

Hillsboro St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, Saturday, March 12, beginning at 11AM, downtown Hillsboro. Details here:

Concert, “Dulcina Ensemble”, Saturday, March 12, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Enjoy Renaissance music performed on period instruments.”

Beyond the Gate Opening Celebration”, Saturday, March 12, exhibit open 10AM-5PM with free admission, presentation at 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx.. Free tickets for admission available online: “In honor of the recent opening of the original exhibition Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns , and Smithsonian's special Museum Day celebrating Women's History Month, we are thrilled to host Dr. Judy Yung for a slide presentation at 2pm on the lives and stories of Chinese women in America during the Chinese exclusion era. This presentation will explore how these women responded to racial, class, and gender discrimination with resourcefulness, agency, and resilience.”

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre Presents, “The Mantis and the Moon”, Saturday, March 12, 11AM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. $10, free for babes in arms. “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!”  

Postcards from Eastern Europe”, Saturday, March 12, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $16 adults, $11 seniors and students, free for kids 12 and under. “We present an Eastern European musicard postcard, performed by the Lyrical Duo of Lucia Conrad, virtuoso Violinist and Stephen Osserman, Guitarist. Janacek, Dvorak, Martinu and Chopin, to name a few composer choices.”

Kids Comics and Drawing Club”, Saturday, March 12, and Saturday, March 26, 1PM-2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. Created by delightful homeschooling mom Kristen Klever and her rad daughter. “An informal drop-in hour of drawing, sharing, and friendship for kids aged 6-11ish. We’ll provide tools, supplies and paper and a selection of comics and books to share and discuss. Kids are invited to bring their favorite drawing pens, new comics they’re into, or things they’re working on at home. Adults are invited to stay and participate.”

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear”, Saturday, March 12, 6PM canapé buffet, music and silent auction, 7PM program, Gresham Memorial Chapel and Event Center, 257 SE Roberts Ave., Gresham. $25. “In this political year, the Center for the Arts Foundation is excited to bring to Gresham the fascinating emergence of Eleanor Roosevelt as a woman of genuine character and a ‘force to be reckoned with’ — possibly the first American woman to be a worldwide personage. We welcome distinguished actress, Jane Van Boskirk as she portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in ‘Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear’, a one-woman show by prize-winning playwright Sharon Whitney. ‘Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear’ is a well-written, brilliantly acted drama that traces the growth of a desperately shy, insecure girl into the woman we knew as Eleanor Roosevelt. Often called ‘First Lady of the World’ this rich and exceptional piece of live theater highlights both her fears and achievements, recalling key moments in her life.”

Dino Day”, Saturday, March 12, 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. “See hundreds of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures from the Burke’s collection that once lived on the lost continent of Laramidia, from giant Triceratops to tiny two-legged crocodiles! Also meet paleontologists and talk to them about their research around the world.” Get there the evening before and attend this free lecture:

Nuclear Energy”, Saturday, March 12, 1PM, Wings and Waves Waterpark, McMinnville. Suggested for grades 7-12. Free with admission to the waterpark or Evergreen museum. Clackamas County and Washington County Libraries have a Cultural Pass to this museum. Presented by Petty Officer Clark, a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Technician. “Join us for an informative presentation on nuclear energy and the future of alternative energy resources.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, March 12, 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.” 

Victorian Craft Demonstration”, Saturday, March 12, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Butterfly Pen-Wiper made of velvet would have been a necessary addition to one's writing table. Class is free and all materials are supplied.”

Squishy Circuit Workshop”, Sunday, March 13, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room. “Get creative with circuits. Use conductive play dough, LED lights and battery packs to explore electronic circuitry. Build unique sculptures at buzz and light up!”

Angel Island Immigration Station and Chinese Exclusion”, Sunday, March 13, 2PM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, KPC Community Room, 75 NW Couch St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Please join the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for a book discussion, poetry reading, and film screening by Judy Yung, author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island , and Felicia Lowe, documentary producer of Carved in Silence . Both the book and video will be available for sale following the program. Award-winning veteran producer Felicia Lowe's works focus on the Chinese experience in America and include Chinese Couplets, Chinatown, and China: Land of My Father . Judy Yung is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who were detained on Angel Island and Professor Emerita of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, and Women's History for fourteen years.”

Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, March 13, 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!”

Lichen Hike”, Sunday, March 13, 9AM-5PM, carpools leaving from the Hollywood Trader Joe's, 4121 NE Halsey St., Pdx. “For our March Bark-About, we will explore the unbelievable world of lichens! Lichens do everything from "fixing" atmospheric nitrogen to providing key nesting materials for birds. Are lichens organisms or ecosystems? Are they fungal greenhouses or algal farmsteads? Find out for yourself this month with hike leader Maysa Miller, who will guide us through an enchanting part of the forest. Please consider bringing collection bags/scrap paper, a writing utensil, and a hand lens (if you have one). We will be examining what we find in further detail on Monday night during our Ecology Club: Lichen night!” Lots more here:

Concert, “Dram and Go”, Sunday, March 13, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Dram and Go is made up of veteran Celtic musicians and leads audiences on an innovative musical journey through modern, traditional, and original music. Dram and Go features music from Scotland, Ireland, and elsewhere performed on the highland bagpipes, borderpipes, guitar, bouzouki, flute, whistles, and fiddle.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, March 13, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.”

Daniel Clowes in Conversation with Eric Reynolds”, Sunday, March 13, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes, celebrated graphic novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and frequent New Yorker cover artist, is a multi-Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Award winner. His new graphic novel, Patience (Fantagraphics), is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially ‘Clowesian’ and utterly unique in his body of work. Clowes will be joined in conversation by Eric Reynolds, cartoonist and Fantagraphics associate publisher.”

Let’s Play Holi!”, Sunday, March 13, beginning with a Krishna Pooja at 2PM at Chinmaya Haridwar, 3551 NW John Olsen Place, Hillsboro, and continuing with Holi celebration 3PM-5PM, Rock Creek Park, 20900 NW Amberwood Dr., Hillsboro. “Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in the child in you, no matter how old you are, joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors! Krishna Pooja and Holi are open to all, please come with your family and friends! We will celebrate Holi on 13th March, starting with a Krishna Pooja at Chinmaya Haridwar at 2:00PM. We will then go to Rock Creek Park and celebrate Holi. We invite you to come and participate in the festivities on March 13th! Please RSVP through our website so that we have an accurate count of the participants.”

Exhibit, “Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist”, Sunday, March 13 through June 13, with a reception Sunday, March 13, 12PM-4PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Admission $6 adults, $4 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under. “Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a twentieth-century pioneer and trailblazer. Once the world’s youngest PhD, Ruth Gruber is now in her 104th year. The photographs in this exhibition span more than fifty years, from her groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s. A selection of Gruber’s vintage prints, never before exhibited, will be presented alongside contemporary prints made from her original negatives.” Biography and lots of details here:

Exhibit, “The Music that Makes Us”, Sunday, March 13 through April 24, Disjecta Gallery, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Pdx. “The Music That Makes Us is an exhibition presented by the Art and Social Practice MFA Program in collaboration with musically-inclined partners from Kenton, the neighborhood surrounding Disjecta. A cross-section of community members have been invited to expand their musical practice and collaborate on an installation of ephemera that explores the broad range of musical experiences in the neighborhood. Throughout the exhibition there will be programmed events, including temporary rehearsal space, music lessons, and a guided audio tour exploring public space through personal histories. The project culminates with a closing reception/festival of performances by the musicians featured in the exhibition, ranging from local church and school choirs to bands and individual artists. The Music That Makes Us investigates a neighborhood through its music, and emphasizes the value of diverse musical expression within a community.”

Screening, “Ahead of Time: Ruth Gruber-The Movie”, Sunday, March 13, 12PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. In conjunction with an exhibit of Gruber’s photography. “This special noon screening will be introduced by Executive Producer, Patti Kenner and International Center of Photography Curator Maya Benton. “Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, Ruth defied tradition in an extraordinary career that has spanned more than seven decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Ruth is an inspiration not only for her ground-breaking career, but for her vitality and humor at 98 years old.”

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!: What We Left Behind”, Sunday, March 13, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “A conversation with Dr. Baher Butti, Massarra Eiwaz and Jim Lommasson on Iraqi culture and trauma of losing their home, their loved ones, their country and their cultural traditions.”

Tortilla, Sope and Gordita Making with Fresh Corn Masa”, Sunday, March 13, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Saturday, March 19, 2PM, St. Johns Library. “Using Three Sisters Nixtamal’s fresh, stone-ground organic corn masa, you will see how easy it is to make your own delicious masa creations. This hands-on class includes shaping and cooking tortillas, sopes and gorditas and finishing them with our favorite locally available Mexican ingredients. We share our favorite recipes and talk about the history of corn in Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas as well as the health benefits of this thousands-years old, traditional corn processing method called nixtimalization.”

Festive Floral Arrangement”, Sunday, March 13, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a festive fresh flower arrangement with the florist-designer Margarit Petrosyan. Learn the refinements of flower care and arranging.”

Exhibit, “The Colorful Lives of Stick Figures”, Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 30, White Salmon Valley Library, White Salmon, WA. “Teaching Artist, Janet Essley invites us to celebrate the humble stick figure with this fun exhibit for the whole family. Being displayed in conjunction with the library's grand reopening celebration on Tu, March 15 from 1-5:00 p.m.”

Concert, “Celtic Trill", Monday, March 14, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Performing Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. All ages. “”Join Celtic Trill in a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with Irish and Celtic music. The two musical women of Celtic Trill, Doanne Brown and Nancy Jacobson, have been performing together on the Celtic Harp and Flute since 2003. Nancy and Doanne have both spent many years steeped in music, performing, teaching and even directing in settings as diverse as church choirs, local choruses, and handbell choirs. They met through their church and soon branched out to share their musical talent with the community by playing for a variety of audiences. Celtic Trill provides a relaxing atmosphere of Celtic, light Classical, Sacred, Broadway, Contemporary, American, holiday music, and other worldwide favorites. Their music sets toes tapping, brings a tear to the eye, puts a smile on the lips and a song in the heart!”

Lichen Night”, Monday, March 14, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. “For our March Ecology Club, we will explore the unbelievable world of lichens! Lichens do everything from ‘fixing’ the atmospheric nitrogen to providing key nesting materials for birds. Are lichens organisms or ecosystems? Are they fungal greenhouses or algal farmsteads? Find out for yourself this month with knowledgeable Bark volunteers who will be sharing lichens from the Lichen hike the previous day.”

Gardening for Pollinators”, Monday, March 14, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Davies Ct., Milwaukie. “Master Gardener Laren Leland will teach you how to best care for and plant your garden to attract and support pollinators.”

Fertilizers, Pesticides and Bees, Oh My!”, Monday, March 14, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Learn all about the basics of fertilizers and pesticides, alternatives and the impact they have on our local creeks and rivers. hear from a local bee expert about the impacts of pesticide usage on bees including a 101 on urban beekeeping.”

Expert Garden Panel”, Tuesday, March 15, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “A panel of experienced gardeners, led by local gardening expert and author Barbara Ashmun, will provide advice about Northwest plants by doing a ‘show and tell’ of items from their own yards, and by taking questions from attendees.”

Meet the Author: Suzanne Selfors”, Tuesday, March 15, 3:30PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Author of The Imaginary Veterinary series will be at the library to read from her books, talk about what it means to write for kids, and provide a short writing activity. Audience members will be able to have books autographed.”

Exhibit, “Road to Equality”, Tuesday, March 15 through April 30, Battle Ground Library. “See the Clark County Historical Museum in Battle Ground through its exhibit, ‘Road To Equality,’ which focuses on women's rights. Interpretive panels and life-size cutouts throughout the library tell the story of the suffrage movement and the fight against gender discrimination in the Pacific Northwest.” 

Weed Control and Identification”, Tuesday, March 15, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Master Gardener Series.

Eve of the Red Wednesday Party”, Tuesday, March 15, 6PM-11PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $10; free for kids 9 and under. “Char-Shanbeh Soori, ‘Eve of the Red Wednesday Party. Please join us to say farewell to the cold of Winter and welcome the warmth of Spring on Char-Shanbeh Soori, eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian calendar year. Come and jump over fire outside and enjoy the food, Aajeel (mixed nuts) and Shirini (sweets) inside, with kid's activities, DJ music, dance and more. Food served by Pasha Restaurant.” More information on this holiday here:

Claire Phillips: Oregon’s Legendary Actress and Spy”, Tuesday, March 15, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate we have author and historian Sig Unander who will highlight the life of Claire Phillips Snyder, the only Oregon woman to ever receive the Medal of Freedom. Claire, a native of Portland, was an actress whose espionage and humanitarian work as a guerilla leader during World War II brought her fame and international recognition. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.”

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping”, Tuesday, March 15, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Ever thought of keeping a colony of honey bees in your backyard? Maybe you are just curious about these docile, hard-working insects that enhance our lives in so many ways. Glen Andresen from Bridgetown Bees will give an overview of honey bees and some considerations to ponder in deciding whether beekeeping is for you!”

Wildlife Rescue Photography”, Tuesday, March 15, 7PM, doors open at 5PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. (Theory restaurant will be closed that day.) “Award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas takes us into the world of wildlife rescue. With her adorable and powerful imagery, Suzi tells us the heartwarming stories of special hospitals and centers around the world working to rescue some of the world’s most amazing animals. From fluffy joeys at the Koala Hospital in Australia, to cheeky orangutan babies at Orangutan Orphanage of Borneo, to goofy sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and scaly pangolins at a special rescue facility in Vietnam, Suzi’s show is guaranteed to make all ages ooh and aah. Book signing immediately following. Suzi is one of the only women in her competitive, adventure-filled industry.”

Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Tuesday, March 15, 7PM, Beaverton Library; and Saturday, March 26, 1PM, Sherwood Library. “Often, new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated with their lack of success. Don’t let that be you! An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will walk you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. They will talk about site selection, soil preparation, planting times, water and fertilization needs, as well as general garden maintenance. Focus will be on spring and summer gardens. Washington County Master Gardeners.”

Magic Mayhem”, Wednesday, March 16, 4PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn new magic tricks and amaze your friends! You’ll learn two magic tricks and explore the science and math of magic.”

Guided Hike”, Wednesday, March 16, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. All ages. “Powerful pollinators! Join us on a tour to see native plants beginning to bloom and learn how native pollinators, including bees, birds, and ants, help them spread their seeds! You’ll also get to make native wildflower “seed bombs” and mason bee houses to take home!”

Concert, “Castletown”, Wednesday, March 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Castletown has a sound best described as ‘Renegade Celtic Folk Rock and Americana,’ blending the energy of traditional Irish reels with modern folk, blues, jazz, and country influences with Robert Richter on guitar and vocals, Olivia Duffy on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals.”

Concert, “David Rothman”, Wednesday, March 16, 12PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “David Rothman—Concert Pianist with Michael Barnes, organist present Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major and piano sonatas of note!”

Paper Making”, Wednesday, March 16, 1:30PM, West Linn Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Paper-making with Sustainable Clackamas County! Paper-making is a fun, hands-on activity that helps kids understand how recycling paper saves trees, water, and energy. Participants in this program will learn about the benefits of paper recycling as they create a beautiful, hand-made recycled piece of paper.”

"Lichens, Mosses and Ferns", Wednesday, March 16, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: "The forests of Oregon are famous for being carpeted in lush layers of lichens, mosses, and ferns. Indeed, these primitive organisms are both diverse and abundant in our region. They play crucial roles in forest ecosystems, such as providing food and shelter for animals, as well as nutrients for the soil. Naturalist Ivan Phillipsen will introduce you to the fascinating microcosm of local lichens and simple plants. You’ll learn the key differences among the groups and how to recognize our most common species."

Scandinavian Paper Crafts”, Wednesday, March 16, 6PM, West Slope Library. Preregistration required; call 503-292-6416. “Local cultural artist, Daniela Mahoney, will provide participants with the supplies and guidance to create Scandinavian paper crafts. Part of the experience will include learning about different countries and about the cultural significance of the craft.”

Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives”, Wednesday, March 16, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library. “From the moment we are born, gender shapes every aspect of our lives: our interests, opportunities, and how we move through the world. In the 21st century, disparities among the genders still prevail, especially at the intersections of race, class, immigration status and geography. What can these disparities tell us about society’s values and priorities? How can we better understand the complex ways gender affects our daily lives and identities? Jade Aguilar, an assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University, will lead participants in a conversation about these questions and examine ways of finding meaning within gender gaps.”

“Kells St. Patrick’s Day Festival”
, Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave., Pdx. Music, dancing, and Irish food. See their website for details on which events can include minors and a complete schedule:

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, March 17, 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.”

75th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration”, Thursday, March 17, 4PM-9PM, Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Pdx. $10 adults, $5 ages 12-20, $1 for ages 11 and under. Presented by the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon. Great entertainment, yummy food, children’s activities. Complete schedule here:

Embroidery Hoop Art”, Thursday, March 17, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Suggested for ages 12-adult. “Make a beautiful piece of art with scrap fabric and a few simple stitches.”

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, March 17, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.”

Flameless Blue Ink Egg Painting”, Thursday, March 17, 3:30PM, Gregory Heights Library; Saturday, March 19, 2:30PM, Rockwood Library (preregistration required); and Saturday, March 26, 3:30PM, Holgate Library (preregistration required). “For centuries, eggs have symbolized renewal, life, good luck, eternity and rebirth. Inspired by traditional folk art of Eastern and Central Europe, Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney, a Czech born artist and educator has developed cultural workshops to promote and to preserve the ancient art of egg decorating. Participants will learn how to decorate egg shell in two different styles: blue ink method and straw application. Traditional designs are drawn on the surface of a white egg with a blue ink painting using straw application.”

Comic Book Club”, Thursday, March 17, 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! Our talk titles for March will be the Deadpool editions Killustrated and Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. This is a fun general discussion too, so you don't need to have read these comic books to enjoy the club!”

Author Talk, “Peter Lerangis”, Thursday, March 17, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. Peter Lerangis will talk about the 5th book in his Seven Wonders series for middle grades, “The Legend of the Rift”.

“St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamin’s”, Thursday, March 17. Most McMenamin’s locations have all ages celebrations all day on St. Patrick’s Day with live music, dancing, Irish food, etc. Look for a celebration near you:

“Irish Tales with Ken Iverson”, Thursday, March 17, 7PM, Sherwood Library. “It is St. Patrick's Day, the time of the year for Irish Tales and there are more good ones than you can shake a stick at. Come prepared to laugh and enjoy a bit of Irish wisdom and wonder through a fine selection of stories with award-winning teller, Ken Iverson.”

“The US Army Ambulance Service in World War 1”, Thursday, March 17, 6:30PMN, The Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. Presented by Vancouver Barracks Military Association.

“History Of The Development Of The Continental Drift - Sea Floor Spreading Hypothesis”, Thursday, March 17, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 requested donation. “Bill Burgel, retired engineer, will give us the story of how the hypothesis of the Continental Drift - Sea Floor Spreading gained acceptance. (An echo of what happened with J Harlen Bretz and the Lake Missoula Floods story).”

Concert, “Choro da Alegria”, Friday, March 18, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Enjoy the beautiful Brazilian melodies of Portland-based ensemble Choro da Alegria. The group’s repertoire includes choro, loosely called Brazilian ragtime, as well as bossa nova and MSP (música popular Brasileira).”

“Composting with Worms”, Friday, March 18, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Learn how to set up your own worm composting bin at home. Includes hands-on time with real worms.”

Studio Theatre Presents, “Spotlight Parade”, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 7PM, and Sunday, March 20, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, Pdx. Free. “A tribute to the musical comedies of the 1930s. Entertainment for the entire family. And it won’t cost you a dime. Gee, that’s swell!”

"Homeschool Open House", Friday, March 18, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Puett Room. "Are you a family that homeschools?  Spend an afternoon at the library for fun and education.  Learn some catalog search tips, then go on a scavenger hunt in the Children's Room.  Stay for social time and a resource swap!  Bring books and curriculum resources you are finished with to share with other families."

“Kid’s Night at Bark”, Friday, March 18, 5:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. All ages. “We want to set aside some time and space for kids to play, learn about the environment, and organize and work on issues that matter to them. This will be a monthly event, hosted by some of our youngest Barkers! There will be games and activities designed by kids and each month we will watch a kid's environmental movie. There are some very interesting opportunities for kid's to participate in environmental advocacy. While this is mostly just a fun night for now, we hope to develop into a productive environmental action group focused on the young voices. We hope parents will talk to kids about environmental activism on the way to Kid's Night.”

“Comic Book Workshop for Teens”, Saturday, March 19, 2:30PM, Sherwood Library. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Do you like to read comics? Lean to make your own comics! This workshop will explore different ideas that cartoonists use to write and create their own comics. Participants will explore concepts such as character design, dialog, backgrounds, actions, and page layout. No experience necessary. Beginners are welcome.”

Jewish Theatre Collaborative Presents, “Davita’s Harp”, Saturday, March 19 through April 9, Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. “Davita’s mother was Jewish – but chose atheism and communism. Her father was Episcopalian – but chose atheism and communism. Coming of age in New York in the 30’s with a missionary nurse aunt, a mystical story writing ‘uncle”’ and orthodox cousins, Davita discovers who she is and who she will choose to be.” Based on the Chaim Potok novel.

Author Talk, “James Liber”, Saturday, March 19, 1PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. “Join us at 1:00PM when local author James W. Liber signs his new book. 'Number-Crunching Sudoku: Math + Sudoku = 2× the Fun'. These 99 number-crunching puzzles are Sudoku Plus! Just like the familiar Sudoku that solvers love, the grids go from 1 to 9, and each number appears only once in each row, column, and box. The twist is, you need to do a little arithmetic, too!! It's a fresh, challenging math take on the super-popular puzzles.”

Ivy Basket Weaving Workshop”, Saturday, March 19, 1PM, Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 168 NE 8th Ave., Hillsboro. $20 adults, $10 youth, $30 family. Preregistration recommended; register online: Ivy removal event 9AM-12PM at Hamby Park; details here: “Join Resources for Health and Hillsboro Food Co-op for an afternoon of basket weaving! Learn how to craft simple, sturdy, and beautiful baskets out of the invasive English Ivy in this 3-hour family-friendly workshop at Hillsboro United Methodist Church (168 NE 8th Ave). Light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, but youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Supervising adults may attend at no cost if they are not making a basket.”

Native Plant Society of Oregon Guided Wildflower Hike”, Saturday, March 19, 10:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. Preregistration required; please send an email to with the names of all people attending. “Spring has arrived and special Tillamook Forest Center guests are eager to share some beautiful forest wildflowers with you. Join members from the Seaside chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon for an easy guided walk searching for blooming flora. Trilliums, wood violets, candy flowers and more may offer splashes of color along the trail.”

Concert, “CelloBop”, Saturday, March 19, 12PM, Hillsdale Library. “Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. His art is inspired by the best of classical, modern, jazz, and blues traditions, and his music is both immediately accessible and richly detailed in its nuance and complexity.”

Author Talk, “Scott and Sandy Blackman”, Saturday, March 19, 1PM, Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Beaverton. Authors of “Oregon Surfing: Central Coast” and “Oregon Surfing: North Coast”.

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, March 19, , 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.”

Game Masters in Training”, Saturday, March 19, 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.”

LED Wearable Workshop”, Saturday, March 19, 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.”

Live Happy Wall”, Saturday, March 19, 10AM-5PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “Live Happy, in cooperation with the United Nations will celebrate coming together to recognize the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal. Come down and share your happiness and post on the Happy Wall. Each post, the Live Happy company will donate $1 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.”

Fleece to Fiber Class: Inkle Loom Weaving”, Saturday, March 19, 10AM-2PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Ages 10 and up. $25. Preregistration required; call Kathleen or Kaylyn at 503-585-7012. “Take an old broom stick, 2×4 board, a saw and some glue and what do you get? A custom-made inkle loom of course! In this class we’ll dust off our construction skills and call on the early spirit of hand-craftsmanship that built the Jason Lee House and Parsonage to build our very own inkle loom. After the dust settles and the glue dries we’ll warp our looms and begin a weaving project to take home.”

Author Talk, “Ana Maria Spagna”, Saturday, March 19, 1PM, Hood River Library. Ana Maria Spagna will read from her new book Reclaimers. “For most of the past century, Humbug Valley, a forest-hemmed meadow sacred to the Mountain Maidu tribe, was in the grip of a utility company. Washington’s White Salmon River was saddled with a fish-obstructing, inefficient dam, and the Timbisha Shoshone Homeland was unacknowledged within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park. Until people decided to reclaim them. In ‘Reclaimers,’ Ana Maria Spagna drives an aging Buick up and down the long strip of West Coast mountain ranges–the Panamints, the Sierras, the Cascades–and alongside rivers to meet the people, many of them wise women, who persevered for decades with little hope of success to make changes happen. In uncovering their heroic stories, Spagna seeks a way for herself, and for all of us, to take back and to make right in a time of unsettling ecological change.”

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, March 19, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.”

“Making Lotions and Balms”, Saturday, March 19, 11AM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Making your own lotions and balms is fun and easy. Best of all, by making them yourself you get to decide what goes in them. Most of the commercial lotions on the market contain low-cost, low-quality genetically modified oils, industrialized chemical stabilizers, and toxic preservatives and fragrances. Learn to make your own lotion and balm formulas easily and relatively inexpensively for friends and family with equipment you have around the house. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes, and lotions to take home. This is a hands on class taught by the owner of Sellwood Bodycare and ENSO, two local body care companies in Portland.”

“Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show”, Saturday, March 19, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. “Heather Pearl's solo clown show is a feat to be marveled at. Her inventiveness and abilities astound and surprise all ages. The show has a variety of juggling, magic, dance--with Mz. Pearl's character always being the most captivating. Heather has performed at festivals, libraries, theaters and parties. Her show can culminate in a hands on Circus Workshop and audience show.”

Backyard Composting”, Saturday, March 19, 10AM, Battle Ground Library. “Do you want to compost but aren't sure how to start? Master Compost Recyclers will be here to teach you the basics of backyard composting. Learn about compost bins, the benefits of composting, composting techniques, and the science behind this alternative method for waste disposal.”

Author Talk, “Jane Kirkpatrick”, Saturday, March 19, 4PM, Hoodland Library, Welches. “New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will 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. Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now the young mother of two children, Eliza faces a different kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants them to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her departed mother's grave--and returning to the land of her captivity. Eliza longs to know how her mother, an early missionary to the Nez Perce Indians, dealt with the challenges of life with a sometimes difficult husband and with her daughter's captivity. When Eliza is finally given her mother's diary, she is stunned to find that her own memories are not necessarily the whole story of what happened. Can she lay the dark past to rest and move on? Or will her childhood memories always hold her hostage?”

Concert, “Beltaine”, Saturday, March 19, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Celtic fusion.”

“Owl Prowl”, Saturday, March 19, 7PM, Silver Falls State Park, Old Ranch. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn about the native owls that live in the park by listening to a presentation at the Old Ranch and join in a short hike to call for the owls and hopefully get a response!”

Paper Mache”, 2 part workshop, Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, March 26, 11AM, Ridgefield Library. “Make any creature you can imagine using wire hangers, newspaper, masking tape, and strips of white sheets. The following Saturday decorate your and paint your creature. We promise we won't let it escape!”

Spring Whale Watching Week”, Saturday, March 19 through Saturday, March 26, Oregon Coast. “People come from all over to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Rangers are ready to answer your questions.” More info here:

"Wapato Nature Walk", Saturday, March 19, 8AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. "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. Walks will occur the third Saturday of each month."

Vernal Equinox Celebration Star Party”, Saturday, March 19, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Be sure to check OMSI’s website in case of cancellations due to overcast skies: “On Saturday March 19, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘Stub’ Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planet Jupiter, waxing gibbous Moon, Orion Nebula, and more!” All kinds of info about attending a star party here:

"Ridgefield Bird Walk", Sunday, March 20, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 N.E. Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. "Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is located on the shore of the Lower Columbia River, with 5,150 acres of marshes, grasslands, and woodlands. Sandhill cranes, shorebirds, and a great variety of songbirds stop at the refuge during spring and fall migrations. Some bird species including mallards, Great Blue Herons, and Red-tailed Hawks are year-round residents. Black-tailed deer, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, beavers, river otters, and brush rabbits can also be seen. Naturalist Elaine Murphy will introduce you to the natural wonders around you, and teach concepts about wild bird identification and bird behavior."

Black Light Painting for Teens”, Sunday, March 20, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Preregistration required; register online. “Experiment with us with black light painting. We'll try splatter painting, adding black light paint to existing art, and creating our own paintings with black light paint.”

Festival of Illusions”, Sunday, March 20 through Friday, March 25, Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NW U.S. 101, Lincoln City. “Lincoln City is magic during Spring Break! Visit the Lincoln City Cultural Center from March 20-25, 2016 for a week full of amazing performances and learn from the pros at a one-of-a-kind magic camp for kids during the Festival of Illusions. There will be performances every evening, Sunday through Friday at 7 PM, featuring a different professional magician or illusionist. Performers will roam through the crowd teaching guests tricks and illusions. Audience participation is encouraged!
 Advance evening show tickets are $11 for adults, $6 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids 4 and younger. For tickets call 541-994-9994 or visit the website. Daily Magic Camp, Monday through Friday from 9 – 11 AM for kids ages 8 to 18, includes props and instruction by local magicians.”

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Walk”, Sunday, March 20, 9:30AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Easy, 2.5 miles, no elevation gain. “Enjoy a leisurely morning walk on the first day of spring with Columbia Gorge Refuge Steward Joan Durgin at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about many different animals that call the refuge home, including over 200 bird species. Afterwards, join us for an optional post-hike beverage at a brewery in Washougal.”

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures”, Sunday, March 20, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Seattle's French Fest is free, family-friendly and open to the public with the purpose of promoting and raising awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions to the residents of the Greater Seattle area. During the one-day event, festival-goers will listen to live music, watch dance performances, taste international cuisine, learn from informative seminars and cooking demonstrations, play games and enjoy a day full of fun activities en Français!”

The Heroes Magnifico Filmmaking Camp for Latino Teens”, Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25, 12PM, St. Johns Library and Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online:óvenes-latinos-héroes-magn%C3%ADficos-heroes-magnifico-filmmaking-camp-latino “Are you interested in learning filmmaking skills, helping others, and making a positive contribution to the community? In this filmmaking camp for Latino teens, you will work with filmmakers and other youth participants to make short films about "everyday heroes" in our local Latino community mentors, coworkers, family members, friends or community leaders—anyone you admire for their selfless support of others and devotion to making our community a better place. The films will be screened this spring and summer at Milagro Theatre, Multnomah County Library, Northwest Film Center and on Comcast public access channels. No previous experience or equipment needed. Lunch and snacks will be provided.”

Author Talk, “Kayat Sukel”, Monday, March 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Kayat Sukel discusses her book, “The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance”. “Are risk-takers born or made? Why are some more willing to go out on a limb (so to speak) than others? How do we weigh the value of opportunities large or small that may have the potential to change the course of our lives? These are just a few of the questions that author Kayt Sukel tackles, applying the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to compelling real-world situations. Building on a portfolio of work that has appeared in such publications as Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and more, Sukel offers an in-depth look at risk-taking and its role in the many facets of life that resonates on a personal level. Smart, progressive, and truly enlightening, ‘The Art of Risk’ blends riveting case studies and hard-hitting science to explore risk-taking and how it impacts decision-making in work, play, love, and life, providing insight in understanding individual behavior and furthering personal success.”

Comics 101 Camp for Teens”, Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25, 12PM at Sellwood-Moreland Library and 4PM at Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Lin Lucas. “Learn the basics of comics art with a professional cartoonist in this step-by-step introduction to basic character design, story development, page layout, penciling, and editing through fun and challenging exercises designed to stretch your creative muscles.”

Ursula K. Le Guin Poetry Group Reading”, Monday, March 21, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Late in the Day, Ursula K. Le Guin's new collection of poems (2010 2014), seeks meaning in an ever-connected world. In part evocative of Neruda's ‘Odes to Common Things’ and Mary Oliver's poetic guides to the natural world, Le Guin's latest 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. Ursula will be joined in reading by members of her poetry group: Noel Hanlon, Caroline Le Guin, Molly Gloss, Barbara Drake, and Bette Husted.”

Robo Pets for Teens”, Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25, 3PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Saturday Academy. “Build a Robo Pet using the LEGO Mindstorms® system. Explore how different animals move and create your ideal robotic creature. Construct your pet and program it using NXT software. Make full use of light and touch sensors to make the interaction with the pets as realistic as possible. Does your Robo Pet like the dark? How fast can it move? What happens when you pull its tail? Control what your Robo Pet does and how it reacts to various stimuli.”

Skulls and Bones Nature Program”, Monday, March 21, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “Animal skulls can tell us many things about creatures and how they once survived in their natural environment. Check out some skulls and learn the stories they tell about the creatures they came from. Walk outside to look for bones or other clues animals leave behind. Dress for the weather.”

All Ages Anime”, Tuesday, March 22, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Join us for a rare screening of Hayao Miyazaki's classic Panda! Go Panda!, Japanese snacks and panda and bamboo crafts!”

World Water Day”. Officially Tuesday, March 22. The Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver is planning something; details TBA:

Remembering Jenny”, Tuesday, March 22, 1PM, Carson Elementary School Gym, 351 Hot Springs Ave., Carson, WA. “’Remembering Jenny’ is a new play for young audiences about the life and times of Oregon women's rights pioneer Abigail Scott Duniway. When she was a girl, she walked the Oregon Trail in 1852. When she was a woman, she worked for 40 years to win women the right to vote. When she was an old woman, she finally saw victory in Oregon in 1912. she was big and strong and outspoken. Her name was Abigail Scott Duniway. When she was young, they called her Jenny. ‘Remembering Jenny’ is her story. Sponsored by the Friends of the Stevenson/North Bonneville Libraries.”

Service Puppies in Training”, Tuesday, March 22, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “How do puppies ever become service dogs? Volunteers from Canine Companions for Independence answer that question with real puppies in training.”

Russian Head-dress”, Tuesday, March 22, 6PM, Midland Library. Presented by Lyubov Romanava. “The Kokoshnik or head-dress is a sign of tradition and elegance in Russian festive formal wear. Join us and learn how to make simple version of this head dress using paper and colorful beads.”

Needle Felted Critters at Teen Animanga Club”, Tuesday, March 22, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; register online: “A special Animanga for all! LeBrie Rich will be at the library to show teens how to make felted critters using wool roving and needles!”

Living Sustainably: Food Waste”, Tuesday, March 22, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Take the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge! Waste Reduction Outreach Specialist Caitlin Ahearn shares simple tips for preventing food –and money– from being wasted at home.”

Throwing Kaolin and Melting Cones: A Potter's Perspective on Clay”, Tuesday, March 22, 6PM, Hand Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by ceramicist Meadow Anderson. “We touch ceramics every day, but the process of transforming mud and dust into these durable objects can seem mysterious. Meadow will give a brief introduction to the art and science of ceramics and clay, drawing on her own experiences in the studio working with porcelain clay, a pottery wheel, and an electric kiln.”

Ukrainian Egg Decorating”, Tuesday, March 22, 6PM, Canby Library. Adults and teens. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. Presented by Daniela Mahoney. “Curious about the beautiful Ukrainian eggs? Learn about their history, and create a traditional Ukrainian Easter egg to take home.”

Prenumbral Lunar Eclipse”, early morning of Wednesday, March 23. If the skies are clear and you’re really, really willing to be up late/early, check it out! Begins 2:39AM, peaking at 4:47AM, ending at 6:54 AM. Lots of details here:

Author Talk, “Senator Cory Booker”, Wednesday, March 23, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Senator Booker will be discussing his book, “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good”. “In United, Cory Booker draws on personal experience to issue a stirring call to reorient our nation and our politics around the principles of compassion and solidarity. He speaks of rising above despair to engage with hope, pursuing our shared mission, and embracing our common destiny.”

“Operation S.T.E.A.M. Break”, Wednesday, March 23, 2PM, Tigard Library. Ages 10-14. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656. “Make your own Operation game! Design your game board, hook it up to a computer and make sure you ‘operate’ with a steady hand. If your tweezers slip, the game will react with a sound effects you code yourself. You don't need to know how to code.”

Re-Imagined Radio Presents, “Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitchhiker”, Wednesday, March 23, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “Start with a 1936 theatre. Re-enact historic radio dramas complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Garnish with digital SFX, music, and visual backdrops. Overlay student digital interpretations of the base narrative. Invite a live audience to watch, eat popcorn, and participate via social media. The result: Re-Imagined Radio—storytelling as never before heard, or seen. Two classic radio dramas celebrating writer Lucille Fletcher and National Women’s History Month. Sorry, Wrong Number, written by Lucille Fletcher, is called the most effective radio drama ever written and the best episode from the Suspense series, itself called one of the best series of the Golden Age of Radio (1920s-1950s). First broadcast 25 May 1943 starring Agnes Moorehead, the story follows Mrs. Elbert Stevenson, bedridden at home, who depends on the telephone for a lifeline to the outside world. She attempts to telephone her husband without success. She is, however, connected with two men planning to murder her. Mrs. Stevenson calls the police, but is not taken seriously. The drama becomes a critical examination of the telephone, a device, which although it allows people to connect, does not necessarily allow them to communicate. The Hitchhiker is, essentially, a ghost story. Driving from New York City to California, Ronald Adams sees a strange man hitchhiking on the Brooklyn Bridge, and again and again as he continues driving cross-country. There is no logical way this hitchhiker could have gotten ahead of him, and Adams becomes obsessed with him, even determines to run him over with his automobile. Calling home from New Mexico, Adams learns his mother is distraught over his death on The Brooklyn Bridge, six days prior. Could this hitchhiker be an Angel of Death, sent to guide him to the other side? Adams starts searching for the hitchhiker, for another reason.”

"Lava Flows and the Missoula Floods: Geology of the Columbia River Gorge", Wednesday, March 23, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for class or $115 for class plus optional field trip on March 26 or 27. Preregistration required; register online: "The beautiful Columbia River Gorge has been shaped by violent natural forces over millions of years. Lava flows, volcanoes, giant floods, and landslides have all played their parts. Join naturalist Ivan Phillipsen on this field trip to the Gorge, to learn about the origins of the cliffs and waterfalls of this awe-inspiring region. We’ll explore the green, forested western end of the Gorge as well as its sun-baked eastern reaches. After this trip, you’ll see the Gorge in a whole new way!"

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “Cryptozoology: The Search for Weird Animals”, Wednesday, March 23, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Shawnery Connery is looking for cryptids. Creatures thought to only by myth and legend. Will he find BIGFOOT? Will he find the Chickenkabra? Or is this just another one of his silly dreams? Find out in this interactive show!”

Engineering Adventures”, Wednesday, March 23, 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!” 

“Harry Potter's Potions Class”, Wednesday, March 23, 2PM, West Linn Library. All ages. “The owl finally brought your admissions letter to Hogwarts! Can you make the grade in Snape's potions class? Join us as we concoct mysterious elixirs and brew restorative cordials.”

“Sunset Sit and Moonrise Smile”, Wednesday, March 23, 7:30PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. Free. “Make time in your day once a month to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro park sites. A Hillsboro Parks and Recreation naturalist helps you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like.”

Concert, “Sopranos, Dara Searcy-Gardner and Erin Rogers”, Wednesday, March 23, 12PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Two outstanding sopranos from Ruth Dobson’s Vocal Studio in recital.”

Dragon Theater Puppets Presents, “The Reluctant Dragon”, Thursday, March 24, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “The story is about the cowardly knight Sir Cans-O-Lot, who must prove his knighthood and a dragon that must show the village that he's nice. With the help of a shepherd boy they have a fake fight to fool the village into thinking that the knight heroically tamed the dragon.”

"Little Brown Birds", Thursday, March 24, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: "At first glance, all those little brown birds flitting through the brush look alike. But with a little practice, you will learn to recognize the great variety of sparrows, finches, and wrens found in the Portland area. In this class, local author and guide John Rakestraw will help you learn the field marks and behaviors that make all these birds unique."

“Prepare for The Big One: Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake”, Thursday, March 24, 2PM, Washington State University, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 110, 129 and 130, Vancouver. Campus map here: “Scott Johnson, emergency management division manager for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, will inform us on what to expect—and how to prepare—for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake A.K.A. ‘The Big One.’ The one-hour presentation will be offered at two times, noon and 2 p.m., in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Raffle prizes and 100 starter kits will be given out. Guests are invited to browse emergency products, learn about local resources and pick up a to-go snack (while supplies last).”

Oregon Women in History”, Thursday, March 24, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “A presentation from Jan Dilg from History Built titled ‘Nothing Will Settle it But Victory’ about the 1912 campaign for women's right to vote in Oregon, eight years before the amendment to the US Constitution.”

Radicle Training: Intro to Forest Policy”, Thursday, March 24, 6PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. Family friendly. How has history treated public lands and how has "ownership" changed over the last century? Which laws protect the land and which accommodate destructive commercial activity? Who makes land management decisions and what are their goals? How can we influence the management if we, the public, don’t like it? This training, facilitated by Bark's staff attorney, Brenna Bell, will answer all these questions, and more, as we learn about how and why the Forest Service and BLM (mis)manage our public lands. Attend this training if you are interested in engaging in the public process on lands management, or simply want to be more informed about the law and politics that influences current forest management. Be prepared for some wonky legal jargon to be de-coded, some feelings of frustration to well up, and to gain few more tools to help you vent that frustration in constructive ways.”

Jay Frasier's Magnificent Magic Show”, Friday, March 25, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Jay Frasier has performed at schools, libraries, county fairs and personal and corporate events throughout the Pacific Northwest, and is best known for his engaging way of making magic funny, entertaining and interactive for all ages.”

Sakura-con”, Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl, Seattle. “Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2015 was over 23,000 individuals, with most members attending all three days! Please join us for Sakura-Con 2016 as we celebrate our 19th amazing year. All the excellent programming you’ve come to expect will be back in abundance. Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, art contests, AMV’s, industry guests, over 100,000 square feet of exhibits hall, guests of honor, and more!”

Every Kid in a Park”, Friday, March 25, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Learn about the federal program Every Kid in a Park for 4th graders, as well as how to plan your next camping adventure. Discover how our state mammal is well suited to its wet home and make your own beaver puppet to take home. Presented by Tryon Creek Park Ranger Deborah Hill.”

Origami Fun”, Friday, March 25, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Learn origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. We'll have a Star Wars focus with examples of many characters and folding instructions. Even if you are an advanced folder, join us for the fun.”

Comics and Animation for Teens”, Friday, March 25, 2PM, Gresham Library. Presented by the amazing Alex Chiu. “Bring out the best of your imagination through comics. Draw interesting and original characters with a background and storyline. Teens will learn the fundamentals of drawing comics and develop an understanding of line, shape, color, texture, and shading. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome!”

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest”, Friday, March 25 through May 1, 9AM-6PM daily, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn. Really lovely tulips and unique play area for kids. It gets super crowded on weekends, so if you can’t make it on a weekday, be sure to get there early.

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, March 25, 1PM, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $7 students, $28 family of 4, free for ages 5 and under. Cultural Pass available from Washington County and Clackamas County Libraries. “Join the staff from Effective Chinese for a hands-on paper cutting activity and a chance to explore new ways to learn Mandarin. This activity is suitable for kids of all ages. You can learn Mandarin, practice speaking or focus on your paper cutting skills.”

Fairy Houses”, Saturday, March 26, 2PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 4-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to build miniature houses that are just the right size for a fairy with sticks, leaves and your imagination!”

Dandelions for Food and Medicine”, Saturday, March 26, 3PM, Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th Ave. and Taylor 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 Dandelions for Food and Medicine. Come learn and share what you know. We'll be drinking dandelion coffee, frying up some dandelion fritters, and snacking on dandelion greens.”

Amphibians and Reptiles Class”, Saturday, March 26, 9AM, Gresham Meadowlands, near intersection of SE Paropa Ave. and SE Hale Dr., Gresham. Free. All ages. “Join us to explore this restored wetland site and meet the resident amphibians and reptiles. Learn about identification, natural history, and conservation of Gresham’s diverse species. This hands-on class is great for all ages. Dress for the weather. Rain boots or waders recommended. Light refreshments will be provided.”,-2016/

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, March 26, 6PM, Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Always call 503-594-6044 Option 1 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event for a recorded announcement about the status of the night's event. Do not use flashlights. Be prepared in case there is a long wait for your turn to look through the big telescope. Get there early and bring snacks, books, etc. It will be worth it! “Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College, the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) maintain the Haggart Observatory located at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center on the CCC campus in Oregon City. To offer the public a unique opportunity to access this rare community resource, RCA opens the observatory on "Public Nights" to members of the general public. On most Public Nights RCA members will also set telescopes up in a nearby parking lot for guests to look through before and after their trip up to the Observatory.”

Teen Taste of Programming”, Saturday, March 26, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Teens! Have you ever wondered if computer programming is for you? Come find out what you can do with mad programming skills and try it out for yourself. You will learn what is possible with programming, what the difference is between programming and coding, and how to learn more! We will use Khan Academy's Hour of Code lesson to start learning programming. This class is perfect for beginners.”

Vancouver State of the City Address”, Thursday, March 26, 4PM, City Hall, 415 W. 6th St., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. “This free public event will start at 4 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices, as periods of live interaction with the audience will be part of the event. The Address will be followed at 5 p.m. by an informal social hour with the Mayor and City Council at Gray’s in the Park Bar and Grill, next door to City Hall in the Vancouver Hilton. The featured nonprofit for this event is Council for the Homeless, a local non-profit group that works to find assistance and resources for families and individuals at risk of homelessness in Clark County. Metered parking for the event is available in the Park 'n Go public parking deck in the VancouverCenter building (entrance is from W. 6th Street, between Columbia and Washington streets, one block from City Hall).”

Sketching Flowers from Observation”, Saturday, March 26, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. $25. Suggested for ages 12 and up. Preregistration is required; call 503-815-6803. “Explore sketching native flowers of the Pacific Northwest region. Develop basic drawing and observational skills through fun and engaging exercises. Learn how to incorporate line, value, shape, texture and detail while creating drawings of wildflowers. Artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh will go over how to use basic geometry while drawing 3, 4, 5, and 6 petaled flowers as well as how to go about drawing flowers that have bilateral symmetry such as skunk cabbage. After taking this class, you will be well prepared for sketching wildflowers through spring and summer.”

Nail Art”, Saturday, March 26, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever seen a professional manicure or pedicure with a cute little flower and wondered how they make them? Artist Joi will share an easy technique that will leave you able to create your own beautiful flowers on the nails of yourself and your friends and family. Come to class ready to add a flower to an existing manicure or start the class by painting your fingernails with one of the available polishes. Whether it's raining outside or the sun is starting to shine, your nails will be sure to brighten the day.”

Lyle Cherry Orchard Wildlife Walk”, Saturday, March 26, 10AM-3PM, Washington. Moderate, 4 miles, 900’ elevation gain. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Wildlife biologist Bill Weiler will guide you on the slopes of the Lyle Cherry Orchard and the neighboring property to the north owned by Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR). Visit an active bald eagle nest and learn about the threatened western gray squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, and other wildlife that inhabit this area. This hike involves a car shuttle. We'll meet at the Lyle trailhead to carpool to the Cherry Orchard trailhead. We'll leave half of the vehicles there, then we'll drive up Centerville Road in the other vehicles to start the hike. We'll enjoy lunch on top of the DNR property overlooking the Gorge.”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, March 26, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. $10 for one squid which can be shared between up to 2 people. Preregistration required; register online: “While dissecting squid, participants will practice observation skills and making hypotheses about the animal's unique adaptations. NOTE: Squid can cause allergic reactions in those with seafood and shellfish allergies. We will provide gloves and goggles, if needed.”

"Build a Bird House", Saturday, March 26, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. Supplies included.

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, March 26, 12PM-3PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center, St. Paul. 2 separate presentations. “The Columbia Boats of the Hudson’s Bay Company”: “The few rivers west of the Rockies where boats could travel were periodically punctured by impassible rapids and waterfalls. That meant that vessels moving passengers and freight had to be large enough for cargo but light enough to carry around obstacles. The result was the Columbia boat. Interpretive Park Ranger Dan Klug will give a talk about these craft built specifically for the Columbia River. Teacher and wagon builder, Rob Lewis will present: A wagon's transition from emigrant vehicle to workers wagon. Many wagons brought families west to settle Oregon but how were they transitioned to the farm or work force? Historic preservationist and log buildings expert David Rogers will demonstrate hand hewing a log to a beam. What types of tools and techniques were used by the early pioneers to turn logs into a beams and usable structures? We’ll explore how buildings like the Historic Manson Barn were built.”

Micro-green Planter Workshop”, Saturday, March 26, 2PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2517. “Chance Corbeil will discuss nutritional micro-greens, the popular young vegetables found in the specialty section of the grocery store and on the menus of fine restaurants. Seeds, soil and containers will be provided so you can take home your own micro-green planter.”

A Tectonic Good Time”, Saturday, March 26, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Don’t miss this hands-on, multi-media presentation on volcanoes by Dr. Roy F. Torley. Torley has an extensive science background, including the study of volcanoes, Oregon geology and geophysics. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Oregon.”

"Powell Butte Bird Walk", Saturday, March 26, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. "Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and the hosting Backyard Bird Shop in West Linn Central Village for a free tour of this unique Portland natural area and discover the birds and wildlife of Powell Butte Nature Park. One of Portland’s extinct volcanoes, Powell Butte, features meadows, wild hawthorns and cedar groves, that provide a home to a variety of species. This expert-guided walk amid the slopes of Powell Butte will cover slopes and meadows of Powell Butte so be prepared for some ascending to lofty views of several raptor species and on clear days, Mt Hood."

Thunderegg Stravaganza” Saturday, March 26, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. The usual admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students 5-17, veterans and military with id, and free for kids 4 and under. Usually it is discounted on this date; details of this year’s event TBA. “Thunderegg hunt and free thunderegg cutting”.

Family Graphic Novel Book Group”, Sunday, March 27, 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. Read Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal.”

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

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, March 27. 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments.”

Harry’s First Hundred Years- A Conversation with Harry Rabinowitz”, Monday, March 28, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “From Aretha and the Beatles to RoboCop and Cats, Harry Rabinowitz’s remarkable musical career has earned him world renown. Awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth for his outstanding service in music, Harry will add centenarian to his list of accomplishments when he turns 100 on March 26. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1916, Harry showed real talent on the piano at an early age and soon found work playing in Johannesburg jazz bands and teaching music students. After "discovering" Europe in the 1930s, he spent years as a conductor for BBC Radio and then conducting scores for iconic British and Hollywood film and television productions, notably a series of Merchant Ivory movies. Since the late 1990s, Harry and his wife, Mitzi, have been Portlanders five months out of the year (while spending the remaining seven months at their 400-year-old farmhouse in France). They enjoy the many musical and cultural offerings of the Rose City, not the least of which is the abundance of beer and wine. Forty-five years ago, Harry, as an original member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) was among the first Brits to stand up and demand local, fresh, and flavorful ales. For his big centennial bash, McMenamins has brewed him a very special ale to his specifications, which he drolly named ‘Harry's Downfall’. Come join the celebration of Harry's 100th, listen to him talk about his century of musical expeditions, and raise a pint in his hono[u]r!”

Conversations With Writers- Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell”, Monday, March 28, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Board Room. “The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell is a Unitarian Universalist minister and an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute in Portland. She holds three masters degrees and a PhD. Her own life journey is rendered in the documentary film, Raw Faith, which won the Human Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival. Judges said the documentary ‘gives us a stunning and candid portrait of the power and value of exploring just who we are and where we're going.’ Marilyn’s view is that what and how we write cannot be separated from who we are. We will discuss writing as a calling, a response to a human necessity – to be ignored only at our spiritual and emotional peril. She will reveal her own experiences and development as a writer and its relationship with her spiritual life.”

Sagebrush Conservation”, Monday, March 28, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jay Kerby, Southeast Oregon Project Manager at The Nature Conservancy. “What do a sage-grouse, wildfire and an Italian pasta making machine have in common? No, it is not a sage-flavor lasagna. They’re all part of an innovative research project seeking new methods for restoring degraded arid rangelands for the benefit of nature and people. In this talk, rangeland ecologist Jay Kerby will explain how a non-native grass is dramatically transforming the sagebrush ecosystem to the detriment of wildlife, ranching, and human health, why traditional restoration methods are not up to the challenge and how good science paired with a pioneering approach are imagining a whole new way to restore desert landscapes.”

Ancient Artifacts of the High Desert”, Monday, March 28, 7PM, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 NW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Preregistration required; register online: “In the third installment of the Portland edition of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series, Dr. Tom Connolly shares his experiences as one of Oregon’s preeminent cultural anthropologists. From incipient agriculture to paleoenvironmental studies and geoarchaeology to cultural resource management, Dr. Connolly has a special understanding of the high desert’s unique archaeological features. Archaeological work over the past two decades, and continuing study of museum collections made decades ago, are providing new insights on Oregon’s first peoples. Dr. Connolly outlines recent studies that have pushed back evidence for the earliest human presence in the region to about 15,000 years ago, and reviews museum specimens for a clearer understanding of the timing and range of key ancient cultural traditions. Join us as Dr. Connolly takes us on a journey thousands of years in the making.”

Native Plants”, Tuesday, March 29, 6:30PM, Sandy Library. “Learn about gardening with native plants from a Clackamas County Master Gardener.”

Soup Night”, Tuesday, March 29, 7PM, Lake Oswego 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.”

Painters of the High Renaissance”, Tuesday, March 29, 7PM, Sequoia Gallery, 136 SE 3rd Ave., Hillsboro. $12. “Explore the reasons why the High Renaissance is considered one of the high points of European painting. The development of the Renaissance style, plus the life and works of such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Durer, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Sit back and enjoy the presentation given by a very knowledgeable former art history professor, Nancy Schonbrun.”

Dyslexia 101”, Wednesday, March 30, 6:30PM, Hollywood 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.”

Healthy Lawns and Yards”, Wednesday, March 30, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Come and learn rain garden basics, how to create a habitat friendly yard, conserving water in your yard and preventing pollutants from going into creeks and rivers.”

Concert, “Piano Students from Portland State University”, Wednesday, March 30, 12PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Portland State University piano students of Professor Lisa Marsh will present a piano recital Wednesday, March 30th for the Old Church Sack Lunch Concert Series. Repertoire will include selections by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.”

Introduction to Beekeeping”, Thursday, March 31, 6PM, North Plains Library. “Join us at the library to learn about the benefits of keeping honeybees. Jeff Clark and his family keep bees in rural northern Washington County. He is the President of the Tualatin Valley beekeepers and a journeyman in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. This free presentation will cover: Hives and equipment; Cost of getting started; local rules and regulations; and resources for more information. Come listen and ask questions to find out if beekeeping is for you!”

Comedy Night at the Library”, Thursday, March 31, 7PM, West Linn Library. “Join us for a night of fun and laughs. Alex Falcone, Betsy Kauffman, Joanie Quinn, and Bri Pruett will perform their stand-up routines. Refreshments will be served.”

"Volunteering 101", Thursday, March 31, 6PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; call 503- 813-7513. "Interested in volunteering with Metro, but don’t know exactly where to start? Join this overview of Metro, its programs and resources, and the many fun and helpful ways you can get involved."

Author Talk, “Don Scarmuzzi”, Thursday, March 31, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Don Scarmuzzi discusses his book, “Day Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge”. “Designed specifically to cover in 60 hikes nearly the entire eighty-five-mile Columbia River Gorge corridor, this is the only guidebook for the Gorge with color photographs and color topographic maps. Almost every waterfall, including secret ones, and nearly every overlook point, summit, and loop hike within the Gorge is covered in great detail with specific mileage and compass directions. Author Don Scarmuzzi personally hiked every single trail several times, and in opposite directions, on different days of the year, under various conditions. The book begins by describing geological events that created the Gorge. The spectacular scenery with the modern day trail work help to make it a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are tourists or locals, experienced hikers or newbies. Hikes and walks are seamlessly synchronized with surrounding hikes to build on one another to create several different loops.”


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Kadra K. said...

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