Thursday, March 31, 2016

April Adventures

This is my list of events in the greater Portland area for April 2016.  Please doublecheck anything that you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations.  If you are looking for regularly occurring events in the homeschool community, they are listed on my page here:

Wildflowers are where it's at this April! Some hot spots for wildflower peeping are Coyote Wall, Catherine Creek, Columbia Hills State Park, Tom McCall Preserve, Memaloose Hills, Dog Mountain and Lyle Cherry Orchard, all in the Columbia River Gorge, where fields of yellow balsamroot (in the sunflower family) and blue lupines will be the stars of the show at most spots.  Also camas lilies will be creating an ocean of blue at Camassia Natural Area, Lacamas Lake Park, and Bridal Veil Overlook. Directions, detailed hike info and parking regulations for most of these spots can be found on the Oregon Hiker's Guide  If you are heading out near Hood River, you can combine wildflower peeping with checking out the spectacular cherry blossoms on the Fruit Loop and at Columbia Hills State Park you can also reserve a spot on a guided tour of the amazing petroglyphs

Earth Day is April 22, and tons of local parks and nature preserves are hosting volunteer events this month to help beautify our public lands by planting native plants, picking up litter or pulling invasive weeds.  Most are family friendly.  (You may find it's a good idea to pick up a pair of gardening gloves in kids' sizes.) Check with one near you, or check the official Earth Day website:;  SOLVE:; or Hands On Greater Portland:

Registration open for 2016 Kids Fishing Festival at Columbia Springs on Saturday, May 7, 8AM-3PM. Details here:

The Tillamook Forest Center has a public release of baby steelhead tentatively planned for May 21 and 22, which means eggs should be arriving in their tanks this month. Check their Facebook page for updates and stop by to see the babies hatch and grow!

If you are serious about learning to forage for wild foods, Dr. John Kallas leads amazing walks which kick into full gear in April. You’ll be learning from a true expert on how to find fresh, free food! Check out his upcoming classes here:

Tufted puffins return to Haystack Rock each April to nest. Volunteers from the Haystack Rock Awareness Program are on the beach at many low tides to offer an interpretive program to visitors. Learn more here:

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest”, now 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.

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. “Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern immerses viewers in a day-glo universe densely packed with graffiti tags, detritus, and everyday objects reimagined as cartoon personalities. This surreal world comes to life under the fluorescent black lighting reminiscent of clubs and discos of the 1980s, a central inspiration for this party environment turned art installation. In 1981 Scharf created the first version in the closet of the small New York apartment he shared with artist Keith Haring. Since then, he has transformed basements, galleries, museums, RVs, and even suitcases into this psychedelic, multi-sensory experience.”

Exhibit, “Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist”, now through June 13, 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”, now 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.”

I’m No Fool! Hike”, Friday, April 1, 6PM, Silver Falls State Park, meeting at the South Falls Lodge, near Silverton. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Enjoy a guided hike with a ranger and learn more about the park!”

The Edge”, Friday, April 1, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. $5 in advance or $6 at the door. “Storytelling Event. This month’s theme is foolishness. It would be foolish to miss this!”

Bird Song Walks”, weekdays in April and May at 7AM at various locations. Details here: “Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2016 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. Bird Song Walks begin at 7am. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly.” Audubon always offers many free area bird walks at special places open to birders of all levels; see their website for details:

Exhibit, “Road to Equality”, now 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.” 

Wild About Nature Talks”, Fridays in April, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Come enjoy Wild About Nature V: A Natural History Series of talks coordinated by Joy Markgraf every Friday evening in April from 6:30-8:30 p.m.” April 1: Introduction by Jeremy Takala; Bill Weiler -- "Cougars"; Jim White -- "Dark Skies and Light Pollution" April 8: Rachel Suits -- "The Ecological Impact of Insects"; Lisa Wilson -- "Wetland Restoration" April 15: Dae Dahlquist -- "Climate Actions for Everyone"; Jake Jakabosky -- "The Gorge and Beyond: Advocating for the Earth" April 22: Ellen Morris Bishop -- "Waters and Rivers: A History of Sculpting the Columbia River Gorge" April 29: Steve Strauss and Burke Greer -- "For Love of Aspen"; Bob Pyle -- "Of Books, Birds, and Butterflies: All About Writing".

Get a Job! For Teens”, Friday, April 1, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “It’s not too early to line up your summer job! Rick Walker (the proprietor of Subzero Ice Cream and Yogurt) will teach you the skills to successfully apply for, interview for, and KEEP a job.”

IPRC Open House”, Friday, April 1, 5PM-9PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. “Join us for an open house showcasing our letterpress and screen printing print studios. Get a tour of our dynamic printing and publishing studio, and browse printed work created by our members. Enjoy treats from Gluten Free Gem Bakery and beer from Baerlic Brewing Co.! Print your own commemorative art poster during our on-going letterpress and screen printing demonstrations. Come get inky and meet our community of independent printers!”

Monsanto Presents, “GMO Petting Zoo!”, Friday, April 1, 10AM-4PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Come meet, pet and talk with our new Genetically Modified Pets, including a real life Unicorn®, Pegasus®, Fairy®, Mermaid®, Unicorn Rainbow Butterfly Kitten®, and Puppymonkeybaby®! Learn about purchasing and caring for these amazing animals! GMOs are fun for the whole family! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must have a signed waiver which can be downloaded from our website. Monsanto is not liable for injury in case of biting.”!

5th Annual Oregon Ghost Conference”, Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 1st Ave., Seaside. $5 admission to vendor/speaker areas. Saturday night features a bonfire on the beach at which participants can tell ghost stories. “The Oregon Ghost Conference is the Northwest's largest paranormal convention and attracts visitors from all across the west coast. We have a jam packed weekend filled with speakers, courses, tours, parties, and so much more. Join us for a weekend of ghosts at the coast to connect with and learn from some of the top paranormal experts in our area. Do not miss this great event!”

Open House at Pulp and Deckle”, Friday, April 1, 7326 N. Chicago Ave., Pdx. “Come on over and get your pulp on. We'll be making paper, snacking and drinking and we'd love to have you join us. Tour the studio, talk paper, and make paper too if you're game.”

BodyVox”, Friday, April 1, 7:30PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Advance tickets $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. “Dance. Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Their performances surge with a fascination for the endless possibilities of the human body in motion, each promising an evening of uncompromising modern dance—and opening minds to the possibilities of what dance can be.”

Oregon Stories: Hood River”, Friday, April 1, 7:30PM, Columbia Center for the Arts,. 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. $15, students $10. “The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble tells the stories of three Oregonians who achieved great things despite racial and gender discrimination through interview-based audio and original music by some of Oregon’s most prominent jazz composers. Live performances to take place in the communities where the stories came from—Hood River, Astoria, and Portland—with radio broadcast to follow in late 2016. At Columbia Arts, PJCE shares the story of George Akiyama, a Hood River resident who was threatened with violence when he came home from serving in World War II as told by historian Linda Tamura. Jessica Rand, KMHD Jazz Radio host and producer, will produce three interview-based audio stories by interviewing our subjects. Then, three prominent Oregon jazz composers will score the stories with original music—Mark Orton, a renowned film composer and guitarist; Darrell Grant, Professor of Music at PSU and celebrated pianist; and PJCE Executive Director Douglas Detrick, an award-winning composer and trumpeter—for broadcast on public radio and live performance.”

Gods and Giants and Trolls, Oh My!”, Friday, April 1, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. “Join storytellers Barbara Fankhauser and Ken Iverson for an evening of Nordic myths and tales of wit and wisdom from some of our favorite tricksters, Gods, Giants and other creatures from the nine worlds. From Thor disguised as a blushing bride to Loki pitting his skills against one of the most powerful elements on earth, this will be an evening to entertain, enlighten and connect you to the powerful myths that lie at the heart of our Norse culture.”

Hood River Valley Blossom Time”, throughout the month of April. “Starting in early April, the cherry, apple and pear trees in the Hood River valley welcome spring’s return by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers. They start in the lower elevations and, like a domino effect, move up the valley creating a patchwork of color. The area celebrates spring with the annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April. Visit Hood River in April and enjoy family-friendly farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, wine and cider tasting, and the Hood River County Hard- Pressed Cider Fest.” Details of special events here: Or just plan to drive the Fruit Loop and admire the blossoms!

Open Beading Night”, Friday, April 1, 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. Also, please bring your own light. 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!”

Open Garden Days”, Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, Cecil and Molly Smith Garden, 5055 Ray Bell Rd. NE, St. Paul. $3 admission. Rhododendrons for sale. This is a really breathtaking garden which will be in its prime. The stars of the show are rhododendrons, but there are also many other native wildlflowers. Not to be missed! Near Champoeg State Park.

Registration opens Saturday, April 2 for new attendees (and Saturday, April 9 for returning attendees) for Youth Outdoor Day, May 21 at EE Wilson Wildlife Area. Ages 5-14. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and kids. “{Youth Outdoor Day offers an array of hands-on activities where kids can experience and learn about wildlife conservation, hunting, fishing, wilderness survival and the great outdoors. Come join us for a day of fun-filled outdoor activities.”

Oregon Rocketry Public Launch”, Saturday, April 2, 10AM, Garden home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. “Oregon Rocketry is an organization of people dedicated to the promotion of model, sport and amateur rocketry.” “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Launch times are Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Garden Home launches are free and open to the public. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.”

American Rhododendron Society’s and Daffodil Society’s Annual Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, 5801 SE 28th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. Sale begins at 9am and show begins at 12PM.

Rockwood Library Makerspace Grand Opening”, Saturday, April 2, 11AM-2PM. Preregistration required; register online: “Please join us in celebration of Multnomah County Library’s newest hands-on creative learning space. 11am-11:30am- Ceremony and remarks; 11AM-2PM, free bike inspection or repair from Bike Farm; 11:30am-1 pm- Open house, refreshments, hands-on activities, equipment demonstrations and more; 2pm-4pm- Teen workshop (register online separately)”

Pacific NW Reptile and Exotic Animal Show”, Saturday, April 2, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, April 3, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. $9 one day admission, $15 two day admission, $5 for children 6-10 and free for children 5 and under. “PACNWRS is a public trade show exhibiting over 100 vendor tables. In addition to animals and their related products for sale, PACNWRS hosts some of the best educational reptile and mammal displays in the Pacific Northwest.”

Gut Bustin’ Games at IMOGAP”, Saturday, April 2, 4-8PM, International Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery, 8231 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton. Donations requested. I.M.O.G.A.P. is having a Gut Bustin’ Games Cheesy Games Night Party! Game designer Lisa Steenson will be here to talk about her company Gut Bustin’ Games and their terrific line-up of games. Join us for Redneck Life, Oh Gnome You Don’t, Trailer Park Wars, Cheap Shot and the latest from Gut Bustin’ Games.”

Zheng and Erhu: A Dialog Between the Strings”, April 2, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Recreation Ctr., Room 001 (Ground Floor), 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free “China has a rich heritage of music extending back over 7,000 years from Han Chinese and the many ethnic minorities. Confucius taught that a correct form of music is important for the cultivation and refinement of the individual and could bring harmony to nature. Taoists believe music calms the heart and purifies the mind. Virtuosos Emily Deng with a plucked and struck string on the Guzheng, and Dr. Jerry Lin with a bowed string on the Erhu, will perform solos and duets from popular classical Chinese music of various regions of China. Come experience the haunting and beautiful sounds of the Guzheng and Erhu.”

Oregon Stories: Astoria”, Saturday, April 2, 8PM, Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. $20 adults, $15 seniors, students $5. “The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble tells the stories of three Oregonians who achieved great things despite racial and gender discrimination through interview-based audio and original music by some of Oregon’s most prominent jazz composers. Live performances to take place in the communities where the stories came from—Hood River, Astoria, and Portland—with radio broadcast to follow in late 2016. We’ll share the stories about DeNorval Unthank, a Portland African-American physician and civil rights leader as told by his daughter Lesley Unthank; George Akiyama, a Hood River resident threatened with violence after serving in WWII – and a fellow citizen who stepped forward to support him as told by historian Linda Tamura; and Captain Deborah Dempsey, the first woman river pilot to guide ocean-going vessels over the Columbia River Bar, telling her own story.”

Tall Tree Tales- Guided Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, April 2, and Saturday, April 16, 12PM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join master storyteller Cleve Friedman for an entertaining and educational tour through the arboretum.”

LED Wearable Workshop”, Saturday, April 2, 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.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, April 2, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

Nature Store Optics Fair”, Saturday, April 2, 10AM-4PM, Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “The Nature Store is hosting a free spring Optics Fair and we’ve invited representatives from all our optics lines: Nikon, Swarovski, Zeiss, Leupold, Opticron, Zen-ray, Kowa, Novagrade, and Vortex. Shopping for binoculars or sighting scopes can often seem like a daunting task. To make it easy, we are gathering all the experts and quality lines carried by the Nature Store together for one day. You’ll be able to see and try a huge range of optics and quickly get the answers you need to make a wise decision. See the newest models and the latest features and accessories. We’ve even invited Celestron to stop by with their new Hummingbird scope (almost small enough to hold in the palm of your hand!). At 3pm we’ll set up scopes outside and try all the new cell phone and camera digiscoping adapters. Bring your own scope along and we’ll find a compatible adapter!”

Qingming Festival”, Saturday, April 2 through Monday, April 4, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $7 students 6-18, $28 family pass for 4, and free for kids 5 and under. Washington and Clackamas County Libraries have cultural passes for the garden. “The Chinese Qingming Festival is a time to commemorate and honor family heritage. Respecting parents and ancestors is very important in Chinese culture. Take part in the custom of honoring family by writing a fond memory or wish for your ancestors and tying it to the branch of the special memory tree at Lan Su as an expression of remembrance.”

36th Annual Trillium Festival”, Saturday, April 2, 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, April 3, 10AM- 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Get there early for parking. “This year’s redesigned event features professional expertise; resource materials; specialty native plants and art to support, encourage and inspire the creation of wildlife habitat in your very own yard.” Details here:

Seed Exchange and Plant Clinic”, Saturday, April 2, 11AM-2PM, Stevenson Library. “Do your plants look sick? Need help? Bring your plant problems, questions, and sick plants to a free, walk-in plant clinic presented by Stevenson Grange #121 and the Library. Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer guidance. This is the second program in The Grange's 2016 Community Resiliency series, and includes a plant and seed swap!” 

Celebrate 100 Years of Beverly Cleary: A Mouse with His Motorcycle Flipbook Animation”, Saturday, April 2, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. “Come and animate your own mouse on a motorcycle adventure, inspired by Beverly Cleary’s Mouse and the Motorcycle. Learn simple techniques and methods to make their own character move and show expressions for their flip book animation. Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome.”

Trash to Treasure”, Saturday, April 2, 2PM, Rockwood Library. “Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of sustainability through fun, engaging, hands-on activities such as building recycle bins out of trash, weaving out of plastic bottles, renewable energy activities, zero waste cooking, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to build relationships in their community and learn valuable vocational, team building, and leadership skills. All aspects of the program are bilingual in English and Spanish.”

Cut, Etch and Engrave Things! For Teens”, Sunday, April 3, 1PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. “Cut, etch, and engrave acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric and more! Using graphic softwares you can create intricate designs to make your own jewelry, bookmark and personalize a swag tag. If you can image it, we can create it. Each workshop teens will learn a new skill and will create/design a new item.”

Dyslexia 101”, Sunday, April 3, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill 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.”

Author Talk, “Lisa Schroeder”, Sunday, April 3, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Lisa Schroeder discusses her middle grade reader, “The Girl in the Tower”.

Earthquake Preparedness”, Sunday, April 3, 3PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, April 16, 1PM, Gregory Heights 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.”

Ballet Between the Books: Flower Festival Pas de Deux and More”, Sunday, April 3, 2PM, Midland Library. “Come see a special performance by Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 (OBT2) at your library. Beautifully trained ballet dancers will perform from Flower Festival Pas de Deux by August Bournonville and two pieces by world-renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, a duet from the ballet Duende and trio from the ballet Na Floresta. Stay after the show to learn more about ballet and upcoming OBT shows.”

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear”, Sunday, April 3, 3PM, Mt. Hood Community College Theater, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. Campus map here: canapé buffet, music and silent auction, 7PM program, Gresham Memorial Chapel and Event Center, 257 SE Roberts Ave., Gresham. $25 adults, $20 seniors and students. “A reception with light refreshments will be held after the performance with the actress. 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.”

Tom Swearingen, Cowboy Poet”, Monday, April 4, 6:30PM, Raleigh Park Elementary School, 3670 SW 78th Ave., Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “As part of the WCCLS Art of the Story storytelling festival, West Slope Library presents the cowboy poet Tom Swearingen telling It Happened Out West! Swearingen shares a cowboy poet’s reflections and observations (and maybe a fabrication or two) spurred by people, places and ponies of the American West. Some stories are humorous, others are serious, and all are entertaining.”

Portland Mavericks: Baseball’s Battered Bad Boys”, Monday, April 4, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Former Portland Mavericks manager Frank Peters shares stories of a team of has-beens and misfits that produced winning records—against highly touted players—in each of their five season existence. Founded in 1973 by “Bonanza” actor Bing Russell, the Mavericks were an independent team with no affiliation to a Major League franchise.”

Author Talk, “Bryan Burrough”, Monday, April 4, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Bryan Burrough discusses his book, “Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence” “The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these and other groups as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government. In ‘Days of Rage’, Bryan Burrough re-creates an atmosphere that seems almost unbelievable just forty years later, conjuring a time of native-born radicals, most of them “nice middle-class kids,” smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a Boston courthouse and a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners. The FBI’s fevered response included the formation of a secret task force called Squad 47, dedicated to hunting the groups down and rolling them up. But Squad 47 itself broke many laws in its attempts to bring the revolutionaries to justice, and its efforts ultimately ended in fiasco. Drawing on revelatory interviews with members of the underground and the FBI who speak about their experiences for the first time, ‘Days of Rage’ is a mesmerizing book that takes us into the hearts and minds of homegrown terrorists and federal agents alike and weaves their stories into a spellbinding secret history of the 1970s.”

Elizabeth Furse - Get Elected and Make a Difference”, Tuesday, April 5, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library., 2nd Floor Meeting Room. “The Washington County Public Affairs Forum is hosting former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse on Tuesday April 5 at 7:00 PM at the Cedar Mill Community Library. One of the best ways to make a difference in your community, your state, the nation and internationally is to get elected and make your voice heard. Come and hear how it’s done and learn that you don’t have to be a millionaire to get elected to office.”

Laser Cutter Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, April 5, 4PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. “Want to use the laser cutter in the Rockwood Library makerspace? Come get certified in this workshop. Repeated monthly.”

Game Theory, Cooperation and the Origins of Life”, Tuesday, April 5, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at the door. “Einstein famously said, “God does not play dice with the universe.” But could games have anything to do with the Origins of Life on the Earth? In this talk, Dr. Niles Lehman, professor of chemistry at Portland State University, will introduce the concept of game theory and make a connection between game theory’s principles and how life may have arisen on the Earth some four billion years ago. Surprisingly there may be a link between strategies that ‘players’ use when in competitions, and the strategies that molecules use to behave in a life-like fashion.”

26 years of Breathtaking Hubble Images”, Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 14, 6PM and 7:15PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” Campus map and more info here:

Friends of Family Farmers Listening Session”, Tuesday, April 5, 6PM, McMinnville Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Friends of Family Farmers is traveling the state, hosting listening sessions. Please join us to talk with other family-scale farmers and ranchers about the issues that are important to you.” 

Jedi Tricks with Static Electricity”, Tuesday, April 5, 6PM, North Portland 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.”

Mrs. Pittock Returns”, Tuesday, April 5, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “Friends of the Library Cultural Program presents Mrs. Pittock Returns, an evening with 170-year old Georgiana Pittock, founder of the Pittock Mansion, Portland Rose Society, and the Portland Rose Festival.”

Babar the Elephant”, Tuesday, April 5, 3:30PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Cary Lewis, pianist and Chamber Music Director of the Astoria Music Festival and narrator Susan Smallsreed, Youth Librarian at Northwest Library, perform Babar the Elephant by Jean de Brunoff, music by Francis Poulenc.”

Concert, “Ronnie Robins”, Tuesday, April 5, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Get warmed-up for the summer Olympics with Ronnie Robins and Brazilian sounds of bossa nova and samba as well as jazz. His warm and rhythmic vocal style soars above his percussive, danceable guitar accompaniment.”

Art of Animation”, Wednesday, April 6, 4PM, Troutdale Library. Grades 4-12. Presented by artist 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!”

Hispanic/Latino History in Oregon”, Wednesday, April 6, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. “Guest speaker Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry will be reading excerpts from her book ‘Mexicanos in Oregon’ and discussing why migrants come to Oregon, their experiences when they settle here, and how they adapt to life in the United States.”

"Bird Walk at Tualatin River NWR", Wednesday, April 6, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego.  Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. "Join naturalist Elaine Murphy on a tour of Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge.  Located on the outskirts of Portland, it is one of only a few urban national wildlife refuges in the country.  It is home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants."

Citizen Science Research at Hoyt Arboretum”, Wednesday, April 6, 10AM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Are you interested in becoming a citizen scientist at Hoyt Arboretum? Hoyt Arboretum's citizen scientists conduct meaningful research under the direction of either the taxonomist, Erin Riggs, or the curator, Martin Nicholson. Opportunities for research include conservation of the orchid Spiranthes romanzoffiana, Abies pollen studies, and horticultural observations of wild Cotoneaster and collection and our holly collection. Join Erin and Martin as they provide an overview of these opportunities.”

Concert, “Nick Jaina”, Wednesday, April 6, 7PM, Hood River Library. “Jaina‘s live performance is an amalgamation of all he has learned from composing for dance and film, all the songs he wrote while touring the country with his band, and all the stories he has compiled in his book. Jaina‘s book Get It While You Can is a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Awards in the category of creative non-fiction. Jaina‘s performance is not like a normal music show or a reading. Jaina loops electric guitar passages, mixing in sounds from distant rocket launches played from his phone into the pickups of his guitar. After creating a bed of sound, he reads short passages from his book, such as unsent love letters, or chronicles of Don Quixote-like figures who tried to sail across oceans. The performance is soulful and engaging. The stories alternate between funny and beautiful. The format is almost like a podcast such as Radiolab or This American Life, reaching the listener on many different emotional and intellectual levels. Jaina‘s performance is always different, woven together based on the feeling in the room and the things Jaina is excited about. Many people feel healed after, like they have visited church and gotten the gears of their heart set in order.”

Oregon State Parks History”, Wednesday, April 6, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Tim Wood, retired director of Oregon State Parks, reviews the history of how our state's beautiful and popular parks and historic sites evolved. Tim oversaw creation of Stub Stewart State Park and others along the Grand Ronde River and near Bandon.”

Author Talk, “Adam Hochschild”, Wednesday, April 6, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Adam Hochschild discusses his book, “Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939”. “For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa’s photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war: a fiery nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon, a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid, a pair of fiercely partisan, rivalrous New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides, and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil — at reduced prices, and on credit. It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II, and we still have much to learn from it. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best.”

Protecting Backyard and Local Wetlands and Creeks”, Wednesday, April 6, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Learn about how to improve and restore wetlands in your backyard and our local creeks. Some topic s include erosion, water quality, healthy wildlife habitats and creekside restoration.”

Urban Weeds Workshop”, Wednesday April 6, 6PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-222-7645 or visit “Learn to identify common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips which will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides. Presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in April, 12PM, Orchard Park, 20900 NW Amberwood Dr., Hillsboro. Free. “Riparian and forest birds along upper 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.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, April 7, 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!”

“Women in Paleoanthropology: One Cavewoman’s Encounter with Homo Naledi”, Thursday, April 7, 12PM, Washington State University, Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Campus map here: Presentation by Alia Gurtov, a PH.D candidate in the department of anthropology at University of Wisconsin, Madison. More about her here: More about Homo Naledi, “one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century”, here:

Papermaking”, Thursday, April 7, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for grades 5-12. “Papermaking is a fun, hand-on activity that helps kids understand how recycling saves trees, water and energy. Participants learn the benefit of recycling as they create a beautiful, hand-made recycled piece of paper.”

"Dynamic Geological History of Oregon”, Thursday, April 7, 6:30PM, Sandy Library. “Our state has an incredible geological history which has led to our very diverse natural beauty. Come hear Dr. Burns, who has taught for over 45 years, talk about volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, landslides and origin of lots of rocks and minerals in our state. It is a wonderful story, and at the end, he will focus on the geology of the Sandy area and Mt. Hood. Scott Burns is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University. He specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, and Quaternary geology. He is the author of ‘Cataclysms on the Columbia’, and ‘The Great Missoula Floods’.”

Author Talk, “Jesse Andrews”, Thursday, April 7, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Jesse Andrews discusses his YA novel, “The Haters”. “From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them. Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, ‘The Haters’ is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.”

Magnolia Tour with the Hoyt Arboretum Curator”, Thursday, April 7, 12PM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join Hoyt Arboretum curator Martin Nicholson for this annual tour through our spectacular magnolia collection. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water. Family-friendly event.”

Art of the Story: Kevin Kling”, Thursday, April 7, 7PM, Banks Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “As part of the WCCLS Art of the Story storytelling festival, Banks Library presents the storyteller Kevin Kling telling Holiday Inn. Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life – from hopping freight trains to getting hit by lightning. His stage shows deliver hilarious, often tender stories. This evening Kling will share humorous and heartfelt stories from holidays, including Halloween, Christmas, Mother's Day and Fourth of July. Stir in a few Uncles and Aunts, a pesky brother, nuns and a squirrel monkey and you've got the perfect recipe for disaster and redemption.”

Sustainable Futures: Food Security in Community Development”, Thursday, April 7, 6PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Free with admission, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children under 18. “CCHM’s First Thursday event on April 7, 2016 at 6:00pm features Dr. Candice Goucher, Washington State University, and Wolde Kristos, community activist and businessman from Bluefields, Jamaica. Dr. Goucher will introduce the audience to the historical and global connections between Bluefields, Jamaica, and Clark County. Wolde Kristos will discuss the Caribbean community of Bluefields, on the south coast of the island of Jamaica, which is an example of grassroots engagement, deepened by a rich historical perspective and global partnerships around the principles of sustainability. Situated in a small fishing village, the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society seeks to educate members in sustainable fishing practices and develop employment alternatives that will enhance the quality of life and preserve the natural environment. The group has successfully created a marine sanctuary in Bluefields Bay and coordinated projects that foster sustainable communities, food distribution, and community education. Increasingly they have drawn in government partners, education systems, and local organic farmers and fishers, artists and business owners. It is envisioned that the civic lessons of local engagement around principles of sustainability can enhance the Vancouver community’s similar struggles with local food, social, and environmental justice frontiers by placing them within their historical and global contexts.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, Thursday, April 7, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. Abridged production.

Patrick Ball, Celtic Storyteller”, Friday, April 8, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “As part of the WCCLS Art of the Story storytelling festival, Cedar Mill Library presents the Celtic storyteller Patrick Ball telling The Wit and Wonder of Irish Storytelling. Considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and spoken word artists in the world today, Ball fell in love with the eloquence and fire of the Irish oral tradition and the Celtic harp. This evening, with his legendary brass strung Celtic harp, Patrick tells the tales that made the Irish oral tradition celebrated throughout the ages.”

Earthquake Culture: Why We Need One…And How You Can Help Us Get There!”, Friday, April 8, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Sub-basement Room S17, 1721 SW Broadway. Parking is free in PSU garages after 5PM on Fridays. Pdx. $3 requested donation. Geological Society of the Oregon Country meeting. Free and open to the public. Presented by Allison M Pyrch, PE, GE Associate Geotechnical Engineer. “Ms. Pyrch will address seismic issues in the PacNW, where we are, where we need to be, and how we need to get there. I’ll touch on personal and family prep and the latest science as well. It will be a little interactive, a little brainstorming, and a call to action!”

Gem Faire”, Friday, April 8, 12PM-6PM; Saturday, April 9, 10AM-6PM; and Sunday, April 10, 10AM-5PM; Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass, free for kids 11 and under. 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: Mostly beads and jewelry making supplies, but some good stuff for rockhounds too including gems, crystals and fossils. 

Fairy House Workshop”, Friday, April 8, 1PM, St. Johns Library; Saturday, April 9, 2PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, April 16, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets will be given out at 10:30AM); and Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Albina 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.”

Oregon Stories: Portland”, Friday, April 8, 7:30PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. $15 adults, $10 students. The Oregon Stories Project is a program of three new radio documentary pieces with original music produced for broadcast on public radio and for live performance throughout Oregon featuring the stories of three exceptional Oregonians who achieved great things despite coming from minority communities. We’ll share the stories about DeNorval Unthank, a Portland African-American physician and civil rights leader as told by his daughter Lesley Unthank; George Akiyama, a Hood River resident threatened with violence after serving in WWII – and a fellow citizen who stepped forward to support him as told by historian Linda Tamura; and Captain Deborah Dempsey, the first woman river pilot to guide ocean-going vessels over the Columbia River Bar, telling her own story.”

Incredible Inventors: Forces and Motion”, Fridays in April and May, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Presented by AKA Science. “Catapults, coin tricks, and circuits--oh, my! Power up for fun as you experiment with energy and motion. Sink a diver in a bottle, send a balloon rocket zooming, and design a marble speed track...then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends! Each week will be a different theme. Go to one session or come back to all eight.” Weekly topics listed here:

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents, “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical”, Saturday, April 9, and Saturday, April 16, 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium, $5 per person. “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, ‘Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical’ is filled with adventure, song and dancing laundry! Six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems teams up with Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher to create this heart-warming and hilarious musical.”

“The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, April 9, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. In ‘Tricks of the Trade for Poetry or Prose’, Susan Blackaby, author of ‘Nest, Nook, and Cranny’, helps you roll up your sleeves and start digging a word well: a resource for getting deeper into nuance, meaning, and mastery. 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!”

“Kids Comics and Drawing Club”, Saturday, April 9, and Saturday, April 23, 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.”

“Soap Making”, Saturday, April 9, 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.” 

Amphibians and Reptiles Class”, Saturday, April 9, 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/

“8th Annual Camellia Festival”, Saturday, April 9, 10AM-4PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg. “Oregon Camellia Society Annual Bloom Competition, Lion and dragon dancers, taiko drummers, Minidoka Swing Band, koto performance, hula performances, ikebana demonstrations, trolley tours of Newberg’s history, tea ceremony, marital arts demonstration, NW goldfish and koi, food and artisan vendors, kids activities, exhibition garden, plant sales and workshops.”

“Victorian Craft Demonstration”, Saturday, April 9, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “May Day baskets and paper flowers. Class is free and all materials are supplied.”

Game Masters in Training”, Saturday, April 9, 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.”

Portland 101 Tour”, Saturday, April 9, 1PM, 208 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. $14.99. Preregistration required; register online: “Portland 101 is a downtown walking tour that illustrates the origins of Portland and its journey to the present. While exploring downtown art, parks, buildings, and bridges, we cover the collective history of Portland, from pop culture to marginalized histories, including the thousands of Multnomah people native to the region to the lessons we’ve learned while transforming into a growing urban city. While there are a lot of “Beginners Guides to Portland” tours, KYC stands out with our emphasis on native history, Portland’s unique style of urban planning, and influential social movements that have been active.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, April 9, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.”

Hortlandia Plant and Art Sale”, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, 10AM-3PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking is $8 or $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

8 Common Herbs”, Saturday, April 9, 10:30AM, Washougal Library. “Join us for a workshop about the growing and using of common herbs. Seeds will be available for potting and starting your own herb garden. Presented by a Master Gardeners of Clark County.”

Native Conifers Guided Tour”, Saturday, April 9, 12PM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Tour guide Ken Denniston will lead a guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum that focuses on the conifers of the Pacific Northwest. Learn to identify the native conifers of Oregon and Washington!”

Repair Fair”, Saturday, April 9, 11AM-2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “Repair Fairs are events where volunteers with fixing skills help others fix broken items. You may have also heard them called fix-it clinics or Repair Cafes. The volunteers may be able to repair small appliances like blenders or coffee makers, jewelry, bikes or clothing that needs a new button or a zipper fix. Meeting new people, learning useful skills and keeping usable items out of the landfill – good things can happen at a Repair Fair.”

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre Presents, “The Jungle Book”, Saturday, April 9, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood. $5. “What is a family? Explore the Indian jungle with Mowgli as he tries to discover to which family he belongs. Monkey? Wolf? Man? The audience participates as members of the wolf pack as this powerful play unfolds. You’ll come to love his teachers and protectors; Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, and Akela the wolf. Laugh at the hijinks of the monkeys and root for Mowgli as he faces his nemesis: the mighty tiger, Shere Khan.”

Critter Count”, Saturday, April 9- 12PM, followed by Creature Feature live reptile shows at 1PM and 2PM, meeting at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Discover the hidden world of amphibians and reptiles right here in Clark County and assist with field surveys at Critter Count, an annual springtime field exploration for people of all ages. Families are invited to a brief training session at 9 a.m. Participants will then head to designated sites, including Columbia Springs, to find and count frogs, snakes and lizards.”

Learn Bollywood Dance”, Saturday, April 9, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Bollywood dance is Indian movie dance which consists of a mix of various dance styles from around the world such as Indian classical dance, folk dance, hip hop, zumba and disco. Join our instructor Monika
 to learn some easy steps and start dancing.”

Mad Science Presents, “What Do You Know about H2O?”, Saturday, April 9, 11:30AM, Estacada Library. 

“Long Stitch Bookmaking”, Saturday, April 9, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Ages 14 and up. “Learn to make your own journal or sketchbook using the long stitch bookbinding method. Work with vintage book covers, book repair tape, waxed linen thread, and other bookmaking tools to learn the basics of book construction. Come make your own blank book to use for your next writing or sketching project! Pre-registration is required, limited to 14 participants aged 14+ (very sharp tools used).”

“2016 Tulip Festival”, Saturday, April 9; Sunday, April 10; Saturday, April 16; and Sunday, April 17; Holland America Flowers, 1066 S. Pekin Rd., Woodland, WA. U-Pick fields are also open daily 9AM-5:30PM.

“Fused Glass Creations”, Saturday, April 9, 12PM, 1:30PM and 3PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656. “Artist Rae Campbell will teach you how to make your own fused glass art. After you finish your masterpiece, Rae will fire it for you in her own kiln. Pick it up at the library 2-3 weeks later.”

Tualatin River Greenway Trail Grand Opening”, Saturday, April 9, 1PM, Barngrover Way near the Tualatin Library. The Tualatin River Greenway Trail is Open! Save the Date for the Grand Opening April 9, 1-1:30pm! The new segment of the Tualatin River Greenway is open as of February 23, 2016! The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting take place April 9, 2016 from 1:00 to 1:30PM. The Tualatin River Greenway Trail is a wide bicycle and walking path that meanders through trees, near the river and past wetlands. This new section of trail includes “a walk through time” - exploring the transition of the Ice Age and cataclysmic Ice Age Floods, extinction of Ice Age mammals and emergence of Paleo-Indians and early settlers in the Tualatin and Willamette valleys. Along the trail you will find interesting features about Tualatin’s natural and cultural history, including erratic boulders, cast fossils and information interpreting the Ice Age, volcanoes, and uses of the land over time. This project connects people with nature while enabling easy exercise, recreation, wildlife viewing, and a much safer and more relaxing way to commute across Interstate 5.”

Farm Fest and Plowing Competition”, Saturday, April 9, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. $5 admission, free for kids 12 and under. “A rare opportunity to watch 20+ teams of draft horses and mules in a plowing competition, see demonstrations and meet the teamsters. Sawmill, blacksmith, horseshoeing demonstrations, pioneer kids’ area with hands-on activities and animals, historical displays, tours of the museum and 1880’s Hutchcroft School, old-time music, food and more!”

Terra Tempo: Ice Age Safari The Missoula Floods and the Making of a Comic Book Series”, Saturday, April 9, 2:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Terra Tempo author David R Shapiro takes students on a safari of the Pleistocene animals. From giant ground sloths to wooly mammoths, David uses illustrations from Terra Tempo to showcase the wild creatures of the not-too-distant past. David also explores the Missoula Floods and explains what they were, how they affected the Pacific Northwest, and what they would look like if they happened today. Then David takes viewers into a behind the scenes making of a full color graphic novel series and shows the genesis of the Terra Tempo series.”

Reading with OR Poet Laureate Peter Sears”, Saturday, April 9, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Enjoy a reading from Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears, who will share from his poetry and have a time for questions and discussion.”

“Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, April 10, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.”

Salmon River Canyon Hike”, Sunday, April 10, 8:30AM-5PM. Suggested donation $10. Preregistration required; register online: “On this hike, we'll walk along the trail surrounded by giant Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Be ready to experience the big and the small, the beautiful and the fine on this close-in hike.”

Art and Social Justice”, Sunday, April 10, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Dr. Grant Farr of Portland State University and Barry Sanders of Pacific Northwest College of Art discuss the social and economical relationship of art in politics.”

"Sandy River Delta Bird Walk", Sunday, April 10, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx.  Free. Preregistration required; call 503-661-4944. "Discover the Sandy River Delta, part of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, on a free expert-guided bird walk hosted by our N.E. Fremont Backyard Bird Shop. Naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you through this multi-use natural area located at the confluence of the Columbia and Sandy Rivers. The delta features riparian, wetland, and meadow habitats where you’ll search for songbirds in the cottonwood galleries, espy waterfowl in the recently restored wetlands, and consider Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Bird Blind."

Wildfire Hike”, Sunday, April 10, 9AM-5PM, carpools meeting at Hollywood Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey St., Pdx. “Wildfire has been a very misunderstood, but essential and beneficial, aspect of our forests. Only recently has research begun to show wildfire’s true nature and it’s importance to healthy forest ecosystems. Join hike leaders Kyla Zaret and Brady Hall to visit the site of the 36 Pit Fire along the Clackamas River near Estacada to learn about the role that fire plays on our public lands and why we must learn to live with it if we want our forests to be healthy and resilient in the face of climate change.”

April Ecology Club: Wildfire”, Sunday, April 10, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. “Wildfire has been a very misunderstood, but essential and beneficial, aspect of our forests. Only recently has research begun to show wildfire’s true nature and it’s importance to healthy forest ecosystems. Join Bark volunteers and Portland State University researcher Andrés Holz to discuss the role that fire plays on our public lands and why we must learn to live with it if we want our forests to be healthy and resilient in the face of climate change. At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!”

From Africa to America”, Sunday, April 10, 2:30PM, Midland Library. “By means of beautifully written songs and stories, Benin born artist and educator Parfait Bassalé shares about his journey from West Africa to Portland, Oregon. Parfait's music has been described by many as inspirational and transformational. The depth of the lyrics and the emotional rawness with which Parfait sings his experience, won't leave you the same. You are in for a treat!”

Soup Night”, Sunday, April 10, 12PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Tuesday, April 19, 6PM, McMinnville 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.”

Comix Class for Kids”, Sundays, April 10, 17, and 24, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $20 per session. Suggested for ages 8-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Comix Class is a space designed to help young people develop their creativity, imagination, and artistic skills through comics and cartooning. Students will learn the basics in drawing, character design, composition, storytelling, page layout, and publishing. Repeat students are welcomed and encouraged. Beginners are welcome!”

“Wrestling ‘Lucha Libre’ Masks”, Sunday, April 10, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Lucha Libre (Wrestler) is one of the most prominent Mexican postmodern cultural icons. From movies to products, the Lucha Libre characters have been portrayed and used as symbols for strength resilience and “Mexicanidad” among different groups, especially, those of Hispanic heritage in the USA and abroad. Lucha Libre wrestlers ‘luchadores’ traditionally create their characters and design their masks based on animals, fiction characters, and public personalities that have attributes that they admire and want to be recognized with. In this workshop, participants will create their own Lucha Libre mask with craft materials modeling the traditions of inspiration of the luchadores.”

“Seeking Silence”, Sunday, April 10, 10:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “Seeking silence is a reflection of the peace and quietness of breath one finds beyond the grandeur of grace of expansive vistas. Join Russell J Young while he shares how his landscape photographs come from a revelatory, wanderer’s process. By connecting visually and emotionally with images of a restful natural environment and attuning our senses, Russell shares how we can allow for the silence, the secrets, and the bare beauty to be present with us.”

Film Screening, “Latino Americans: War and Peace”, Monday, April 11, 6PM, Kenton Library. “Learn how Latino Americans served their country in WWII, yet still faced discrimination at home. A post-film discussion will be led by Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, OSU Extension Faculty and Associate Director of Outreach.”

“Internet Cat Video Festival”, Monday, April 11, The Grand Cinema, Tacoma, WA.

“Unlocking the Locks”, Monday, April 11, 6:30PM, Midway Historic Public House, 1003 7th St., Oregon City. “"Unlocking the Locks" will walk attendees through the Willamette Falls Locks’ 1873 opening to its eventual closure by the Corps of Engineers in 2011 and detail what is being done to breathe life back into this stunning piece of national history. The lecture is being led by two members of the Willamette Falls Locks Task Force, a state-created group charged in part with developing a plan for future operations of the Locks.”

Discover the Owyhee Canyonlands”, Monday, April 11, seating at 6PM and program at 6:30PM, Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Oregon Natural Desert Association and REI at Lucky Lab and check out photos and video of red rock day hikes, tantalizing hot springs and undiscovered backpacking opportunities in this remote and beautiful section of southeast Oregon. Wildlife like bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope abound, raptors can be spotted overhead, and record trout swim in the waters below. ONDA's Outreach Coordinator will let you know how to get there, what to bring, and the best times to go.” 

“Jefferson Dancers”, Monday, April 11, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free.

“Gut Microbiome”, Monday, April 11, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Presented by Thomas Sharpton, PhD, Assistant Professor, in the Department of Microbiology and Statistics at Oregon State University. “Recent research has revealed that the human body is covered in a diverse array of microorganisms. Most of these bacteria, viruses and fungi are located in the gastrointestinal tract. This community is collectively referred to as the gut microbiome and plays an important role in human health: disease resistance, some cancers, cardiovascular disease and our mental state. Changes in the microbiome have been linked to acute and chronic diseases and can even affect behavior. These observations raise the issue of what it means to be human. In this presentation, Dr. Sharpton will clarify what the microbiome is, how it is studied and why it is important to our everyday lives. He will also discuss how our understanding of the microbiome will ultimately facilitate important social and medical transformations.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Much Adoe About Nothing”, Monday, April 11, 6:30PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. All ages. “The Prince visits Leonato with his evil brother John. Beatrice and Benedick feud. Claudio plans to marry Hero. Folks gull Beatrice and Benedick into thinking the other loves him/her. John makes Hero appear unfaithful. Claudio spurns her at the altar. Hero fakes her death. John's plot is revealed. Everybody marries.”

“Natural Disease and Pest Solutions for the Edible Garden”, Tuesday, April 12, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “A garden with no pests, no diseases and no problems! Although it’s a sweet dream, it is seldom a reality. An OSU Master Gardener will share information that will help reduce or decrease the chances of developing problems and provide non-synthetic methods for dealing with them if they do occur. Topics will include Integrated Pest Management strategies for pest control and gardening practices that help prevent diseases in your garden.”

Tuesday, April 12 is Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday! And unlike Shakespeare, whose 400th birthday will be celebrated on April 23, Beverly Cleary herself is planning on celebrating! She now lives in Carmel, CA, but of course has many die-hard fans in Portland. Many local libraries will have special commemorations this week, most especially the Hollywood Library.

Grow the Best Tomatoes”, Tuesday, April 12, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Tomatoes! We want to help you grow the best tomatoes. Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Bob Woods will present on how to grow the best tomatoes including different varieties, starting plants from seed, garden site selection, planting instructions, cultural practices, and other tips. Join this free class.”

New Hikes on the Oregon Coast”, Tuesday, April 12, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Oregon's hiking guru, William Sullivan, will give a talk and slide show about new hikes he's discovered on the Oregon Coast while researching the latest edition of his book, 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast and Coast Range. Discover a loop hike around Depoe Bay, an abandoned railroad along a river near Tillamook, and a trek to the world's tallest redwoods just over the border in California.”

Freeway and Phantom, Birding I-5 and the Great Gray Owl with Harry Fuller”, Tuesday, April 12, 7PM, Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “The Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a huge owl of the boreal forest and western mountains. It’s the tallest owl in North America yet is rarely seen. Getting a glimpse or a photo can be a daunting quest for any birder or biologist. Journalist and expert birder Harry Fuller spent countless hours in the field searching for this elusive owl. And while living in northern California and southern Oregon for many years, Harry also became deeply familiar with great birding areas located just minutes from the Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) corridor. Join us for a Nature Night talk and book signing on December 8th as Harry shares his knowledge of both subjects: the Great Gray Owl and birding along I-5. Using photos and colorful stories, Harry will discuss several birding hotspots along I-5 in southern Oregon – all within 20 minutes of a freeway exit. He’ll explore the biology and breeding range of the elusive Great Gray Owl in that same area. Harry will share maps of the owl’s true breeding range on the Pacific Slope and explore what effects climate change may have on this species.”

Implicit Bias”, Tuesday, April 12, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. Presented by Barbara Diamond. “Diamond founded Diamond Law Training in 2012. Diamond Law Training is devoted to producing documentary films and accompanying curriculum about implicit bias. She has presented to audiences ranging from carpenters, city workers, and nurses to judges, teachers, lawyers, and fire fighters. She is respected for reaching audiences of every age and background. Diamond Law Training has produced a four-part documentary training series on implicit bias and microaggression theory.”

Gravitational Waves”, Tuesday, April 12, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. “Black Holes and Gravitational Waves: LIGO’s new view of the Cosmos” presented by Shane Larson, Oregon State University alumnus, astrophysicist at Northwestern University and member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that made the announcement in February.”

Music of the Renaissance”, Tuesday, April 12, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Renaissance Music with Gayle and Phil Neuman. Experience music from the time of Shakespeare with instruments of 16th and 17th century England.”

The History of Multnomah (It's NOT a Village!)”, Tuesday, April 12, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Donations requested. “History of Multnomah, from the Native Americans to the present, with an emphasis on early development.”

Invasive and Native Plant ID”, Tuesday, April 12, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Learn all about the benefits of local native plants and the negative impacts invasive plants have on our watershed.”

Poetry Reading, “Michael McDowell”, Wednesday, April 13, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, Milwaukie. “Michael McDowell is the author of the book of poetry The Hundred-Year House. His poetry appears regularly in Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, which he has co-edited with Bill Siverly since 2002. His prose about nature and landscape writing has appeared in the anthologies The Ecocriticism Reader, Reading the Earth, and Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment. Of The Hundred-Year House, Robert Michael Pyle has written, ‘Awake to the land, its life, and their working parts as only the lucky young discover them, McDowell tells his wonderfully varied tales with wit, whimsy, and devastating aim.’ A graduate of Stanford University with a PhD from the University of Oregon, he taught literature and writing at Portland Community College for thirty-five years.”

“It’s Not Easy Being Green: Fungus, Disease, and Frogs in Danger”, Wednesday, April 13, 7PM, Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at the door. “Amphibians are at the forefront of the global extinction crisis, and emerging fungal diseases have accounted for a surprising number of amphibian declines and extinctions. At this Science on Tap, Jonah Piovia-Scott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Washington State University Vancouver, will talk about what these fungal pathogens are, how they kill amphibians, and efforts to prevent further amphibian losses to disease.”

Factual History of Letitia Carson”, Wednesday, April 13, 7PM, Stevenson Library. “Dr. Bob Zyback will be speaking on the factual history of Letitia Carson, counterpointed against the fictional representation of Letitia in Jane Kirkpatrick's A Light in the Wilderness. Dr. Zyback has written ‘The Search For Letitia Carson in Douglas County, Part II: Letitia Carson and the Homestead Act, 1862-1869’ for The Umpqua Trapper, Douglas County Historical Society.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday April 13, 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!”

Author Talk, “MK Reed”, Wednesday, April 13, 5PM, Barnes and Noble, 1200 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley, OR. “Author MK Reed will be our special guest at our Educator Reception this April 13. MK will talk about dinosaurs, comics in the classroom and more. There will be a Q/A session, and she will sign books too! We hope you will join us for this free event.”

Oregon’s Biggest Trees: A Walk Through the Past and Works for Our Future”, Wednesday, April 13, 1PM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Have you ever wondered what trees looked like 200 or 1,000 years ago in Oregon? Have you considered that very few, but some may remain? Join Brian French of Ascending the Giants for a presentation about Oregon’s biggest/oldest trees and the team dedicated to climbing, documenting, measuring and finding protection for trees such as these. After Brian shares his experience with these giants, we will take a walking tour within the Hoyt Arboretum to measure some of Portland’s biggest trees.”

Organic Gardening”, Thursday, April 14, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Join Oak Grove resident and expert gardener Arthur Moore as he shares his year-round gardening wisdom. Learn what to plant and harvest in your organic garden for bountiful success all year long. Topics include soil prep, fertilizer, mulch, slugs, and early spring crops.”

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents, “The Green Bird, A Mexican Story”, Thursday, April 14, 10:30AM, Rockwood Library. “Behind the illuminated shadow screen, colorful shadow puppets come to life and tell the story of The Green Bird. A drum roll and a cymbal crash, the calliope sound of a button accordion, and the play begins: A boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by a magician. A brave girl journeys through Mexico to save him. In her travels, she encounters fantastic characters and scenes from Mexico's rich folkloric tradition. She sees skeletons dancing to the song La Bamba at a Day of The Dead fiesta. The climax of the play is set in the Bull Ring, where the audience joins in shouting ‘Ole!’ Colorful and intricate shadow puppets combine with live music, voices and sound effects to create a delightful family entertainment.”

Broadway Rose Theater Presents, “Church Basement Ladies”, Thursday, April 14 through May 15, Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. “In rural Minnesota, 1965, the ladies of the local church fortify their flock with love, wisdom and, of course, the food they prepare in the church’s basement kitchen. Inspired by the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran, Church Basement Ladies mixes together delightful original music, endearing characters, and side[dish]-splitting scenes to yield a deliciously funny musical comedy.”

"Volunteering 101", Thursday, April 14, 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, “Dr. Erika Lee”, Thursday, April 14, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Dr. Lee discusses her book, “The Making of Asian America: A History”. “During the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, ‘The Making of Asian America’ shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States: sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500s; indentured ‘coolies’ who worked alongside African slaves in the Caribbean; and Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian immigrants who were recruited to work in the United States only to face massive racial discrimination, Asian exclusion laws, and for Japanese Americans, incarceration during World War II. Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees. No longer a ‘despised minority,’ Asian Americans are now held up as America's ‘model minorities’ in ways that reveal the complicated role that race still plays in the United States.”

“A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek”, Thursday, April 14, 7PM, Washington State University, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Campus map here: “Ari Kelman, the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University and author of ‘A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek,’ will speak about the 1864 massacre and its impact. Kelman’s talk is part of the 2016 symposium on Native American history and culture in collaboration with the Clark County Historical Museum exhibition "One November Morning."

Designing Robots to Walk and Run”, Thursday, April 14, 6:30PM, Whirled Pies at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jonathan Hurst, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. “Legged locomotion is a challenging physical interaction task: underactuation, unexpected impacts, and large and rapidly changing forces and velocities are commonplace. Designing passive dynamics, which are generated by the mechanical hardware, and software control algorithms together in tight integration can drastically improve the performance of a machine as measured by efficiency, agility, and robustness to disturbances. This design philosophy was recently demonstrated on ATRIAS, a bipedal spring-mass robot. The passive dynamics of the hardware match a simple biomechanically-derived spring-mass model, while the software control relies on these passive dynamics as an integrated aspect of the system behavior. ATRIAS walks using approximately 400W of power, accelerates to a run, handles large unexpected obstacles with no prior knowledge of the terrain, and is the first machine to reproduce the dynamics of a human walking gait. In this presentation, we explain our design philosophy, results with ATRIAS, current work on a successor robot Cassie, and plans for commercialization of this technology by Agility Robotics.”

Rewild Portland Spring Benefit”, Friday, April 15, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $10-$25 donation requested. Silent auction, live music, ancestral skills demonstrations including basket weaving, stone tools, and felt-making. Presentation: “Hannes Wingate, a local artist known for creating the "Burnside Nest," will be doing a presentation on his nest projects and how art can connect us with nature.”

Author Talk, “Stuart Gibbs”, Friday, April 15, 4PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx; and Saturday, April 16, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Bestselling author Stuart Gibbs will share his latest middle grade book, ‘Spaced Out,’ in his Moon Alpha Base series! If you loved his ‘Spy School’ and ‘Belly Up’ series, you'll love this one too!”

Author Talk, “Hope Jahren”, Friday, April 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Hope Jahren discusses her book, “Lab Girl”. “An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.”

“Poetry Night with Amber Keyser for Teens”, Friday, April 15, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Celebrate National Poetry Month with acclaimed author Amber Keyser (The Way Back from Broken). Amber will read from her work, talk about the writing life, and lead a guided-writing session. Plus: WLHS graduate Francesca Varela (The Call of the Sun Child) will read from her new book, Listen.”

Magenta Theater Presents “Hay Fever”, Friday, April 15 through Saturday, April 30, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Advance tickets $18. Written by Noel Coward. “Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country, David Bliss, a novelist, finds that plan to be an impossible dream when his wife Judith, a retired actress, and their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear, each with guests and plans of their own. Flared tempers and misunderstandings ignite a houseful of entertaining drama. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary 'inspiration' keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale.”

“Tween Takeover at the Library”, Saturday, April 16, 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.”

"Lilac Days", Saturday, April 16 through Mother's Day, May 8, daily 10AM-4PM, Hula Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 South Pekin Rd., Woodland, WA. $3. While the gardens are generally open all year, Lilac Days are when the lilacs are at their peek. The lilacs are really fragrant and the gardens are spectacular. Lilac Sales, Hulda’s Farmhouse, and the Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days. This is one of the area's hidden gems and is not to be missed!

“69th Annual Oregon Orchid Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 10AM-5PM, Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 advance admission.

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, April 16, , 11AM-3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. Free. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

Junior Ranger Day at Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, April 16, 12PM-3PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. Free.

Yuri's Night World Space Party”, Saturday, April 16, 5PM -8PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. Free. “The Pearson Air Museum will celebrate the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, with a special FREE event that will be fun for the whole family. The celebration is one of hundreds of events that are happening around the globe. Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, was the first person to orbit the Earth 54 years ago on April 12, 1961. Gagarin attended the ‘First Chkalov Air Force Pilot’s School’, named after Valeri Chkalov, who landed the world’s first transpolar flight at Pearson Field in 1937. Enjoy family-friendly activities at the event, including construction and launch of pressure bottle rockets. You can learn about space exploration from the Oregon L5 Society (a division of the National Space Exploration Society) and Dr. Cameron Smith will be present with his home-built high altitude pressure suit and his high altitude helium balloon--from which he intends to test his pressure suit later this year. Weather permitting, the evening will finish with an outdoor star gazing tour led by a national park ranger.”

Bees in Your Garden”, Saturday, April 16, 10:30AM, Washougal Library. “Bees are an important part of growing gardens. Join us for a presentation by Sherian Wright as she discusses bees, how to keep them, and their role with growing food and flowers.”

36th Annual Antique Paper Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 16, 10AM -5PM,and Sunday, April 17, 10AM-4PM, Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division St., Gresham. Free admission and parking. Sponsored by the Webfooters Post Card Club.

Taiko Workshop”, Saturday, April 16, 2PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Each workshop will begin with a performance by Portland Taiko. Members of the ensemble will provide a brief explanation of the roots of taiko drumming in Japan and North America, followed by an introduction to kuchi shoga, rhythmic syllables that are sung for different drum strokes. Workshop participants will learn the basic hitting techniques by applying these patterns on the drums. The workshop will conclude with a Q/A session. All workshop participants are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothing (suitable for a light work-out) and to bring water.”

Magical Journey to the Andes”, Saturday, April 16, 2:30PM, Gresham Library. “During the presentation Chayag musicians and dancers perform songs with a variety of folk instruments of the Andes. The presentation also includes a broad overview of the history, geography and Latin and South American culture. The narration of legends , anecdotes and stories are interwoven with traditional songs , dances and melodies of flutes, charango, drums and guitars. The program is bilingual (Spanish-English) suitable for all ages and the public is welcome to participate.”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin, Pop, Boom!”, Saturday, April 16, 10:30AM, Lake Oswego Library. “How do you know when a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a chemically challenging ‘magic’ trick. Move on to other experiments and watch our Mad Scientist creates versions of erupting science. Amazing!”

“Spring Birding Trip on Sauvie Island”, Saturday, April 16, 7AM, Wapato Greenway. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Explore beautiful Virginia Lakes at the Oregon State Parks Wapato Greenway on Sauvie Island during spring bird migration. All levels of bird and outdoor aficionados welcome. Varied habitats from oak savanna to ash swales provide a fine diversity of birds and plant life. Be prepared for a two and half mile hike. Bring binoculars if you have them or we can provide. Meet at the Wapato Greenway Parking Area.”

Planet Parade Star Party”, Saturday, April 16, 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, April 16, join OMSI, Rose City Astronomers, and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘Stub’ Stewart State Park starting at sunset. 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 planet Jupiter, waxing gibbous Moon, Orion Nebula, and more! 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:

Bonsai Tree Demonstration”, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “Bonsai is the gentle art of growing tiny trees in pots. This takes care and planning similar to that of the foresters who manage the Tillamook State Forest. The Midori Migoto Bonsai club of Tillamook will be demonstrating pruning, potting and other techniques on April 16 and17 at Tillamook Forest Center. Trees will be on display for viewing April 16 - 22.”

International Family Dance”, Saturday, April 16, 6PM-9PM, Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave., Pdx. $10 adults in advance, $5 kids 4-12, ($12 and $6 at the door), free for kids 3 and under. “Do you love to dance, and to learn about international culture? Join folk dance teacher Heidi Vorst and fiddler Betsy Branch, with Mark Douglass on piano and Bill Tomczak on clarinet, for a night of music and dance on April 16th at the Kells in downtown Portland. Heidi will be teaching dances from all over the world, including France, Italy, Romania, Russia, Bolivia, Columbia, Japan, Israel, USA, and more! Our family-friendly dances are a great way to enjoy an evening with friends of all ages. The Kells has food and drink for sale, and a dedicated parking lot across the street.”

Fleece to Fiber Class: Inkle Loom Weaving”, Saturday, April 16, 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.”

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, April 16, 12PM-3PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. First presentation, “Trade Mats to General Stores” presented by Richard Cassidy, President of the Friends of Historic Champoeg. “General stores were the successors of the trading posts of the fur trade era. The historic lands of the Champoeg reflect how early commerce evolved from Native American trading practices, to Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade, to the development of pioneer general stores in the towns of Champoeg and Butteville. The connections of these rural general stores to the early mercantile centers of Oregon City and Portland will also be discussed.” Second presentation, Oregon Maritime Museum Curator, Ed Wilson will talk about "Osborne Russell, Mountain Man, Man of Letters, Man of Champoeg". “What do we know about this man whose name is reversed on the Champoeg Monument?” Third presentation: “Dr. Doug Wilson, historical archaeologist for the National Park Service and archaeologist at Fort Vancouver will give a presentation on ‘The Fort and the Village: Exploring Fur Trade Fort Vancouver’. The Village was a multicultural community on the margins of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trade Fort Vancouver where most of the population of the fort lived. This talk will explore what we can tell about the diverse people of the fort and village based on their artifacts.”

Echo Theater Presents, “Liminal Space”, Saturday, April 16, 7PM, and Sunday, April 17, 1PM and 4:30PM, Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th Ave., Pdx. Advance tickets $18 adults, $12 youth 12 and under and seniors. “Liminal Space features aerial dance, acrobatics, and original contemporary circus theater created and performed by the Zig Zags! Suitable for all ages.”

Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop”, Saturday, April 16, 2:30PM, Belmont Library; Sunday, April 17, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, April 30, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Adults and teens. Preregistration required; register online:’s-domain-writing-workshop Presented by poet Paulann Petersen. “Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you. Join me in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, we’ll make an exhilarating plunge into language.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, April 16, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.”

Lily Loop: Native Plant Walk”, Saturday, April 16, 10AM, Forest Park Springville Trailhead off NW Skyline Blvd. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us on a botany stroll through Forest Park as we learn from Forest Park Ecologist Kendra Peterson-Morgan about native wildflowers of the Pacific NW and their pollinators! April is a great time to see many native lilies in bloom, as well as many other delightful forest plants. This hike is not to be missed!”

Portland Opera Preview”, Saturday, April 16, 1:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “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.”

Beyond Human? Science, Technology, and the Future of Human Nature”, Sunday, April 17, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. “Throughout history, religious scholars and philosophers have debated what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom. More recently, evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have contributed new thinking to our ideas about human nature. Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology—such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields— challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human? Prakash Chenjeri, an associate professor of philosophy at Southern Oregon University, will lead participants in a thoughtful conversation about these questions and more.”

“Cooking Around the World: Mexican Pozolé”, Sunday, April 17, 3PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online:é/57080 “Learn to make Mexican pozolé. Free samples and instructions included.”

"Water Bugs at Whitaker Ponds Kids' Walk",  Sunday, April 17, 10AM, Whitaker Ponds, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx.  Free. Preregistration required; call Backyard Bird Shop at 503-445-2699 to register. "Using bug boxes, magnifiers, a field microscope, and a bird spotting scope, child educator and naturalist Elaine Murphy introduces kids to the plants and animals that live around Whitaker Ponds Nature Trail. We’ll also look at natural artifacts such as skulls, and animal evidence such as pellets and chews."

“Hidden History of Albina Tour”, Sunday, April 17, 3PM, meeting at 3747 N Mississippi Ave., Pdx. $15.60. Preregistration required; register online: “The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. This tour provides a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina to Vanport and beyond.”

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Spring Opening Celebration”, Sunday, April 17, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 per vehicle day use fee. “Join us as we celebrate spring and the annual re-opening of the Plankhouse! Come out and enjoy a naturalist lead walk, family activities, and a special presentation at 1PM. Ken Ames, Professor Emeritus at PSU and one of the leading scholars in Lower Columbia River Archaeology will share the latest fidings from Cathlapotle, and connect these stories to the lands we all call home.”

Raptor Trail Walk”, Sunday, April 17, 2PM, meeting at the Tualatin Library Community Room. “Enjoy a walk on the Tualatin River Greenway Trail, and meet two raptors on the way. Volunteers with the Audubon Society of Portland will be handling raptors and tell you more about these birds and their habitats.”

Youth Photo Tour”, Sunday, April 17, 9AM-11AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal. Free. Suggested for ages 12-18. Preregistration required; Contact or 360-835-8767. “Join us for a free youth photography walk at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photographer Adam Stunkel will introduce kids ages 12-18 to the basics of taking a great photo. Participants will leave with tips on how to use their cameras to the fullest potential, and when and where to spot wildlife on the Refuge. Some of Adam's work can be viewed here. Please bring a camera, questions, and excitement to see wildlife! Advanced reservation is required. Space is limited to 10 youth (kids under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 9-11 am (please note: date of the walk is subject to change depending on weather - details to be provided when you register).”

“Reel vs. Real: Muslim Media Stereotypes and Islamophobia”, Thursday, April 17, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “American media has a long history of using stereotypes to support foreign policy, military presence abroad, and domestic divides. From caricatures of the Japanese "Yellow Threat" during the Second World War, to misrepresentations of Native Americans in America's Wild West, to the typecasting of Middle Eastern cultures as incubators of religious extremism, popular media often follows whichever current of fear grips with the largest fascination of the moment. Join us in conversation with community leaders as they respond to film clips from a documentary called Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, a companion film to Jack Shaheen's book of the same title. Speakers will discuss about how they deal with Islamophobia in their own communities, and audience members will have the chance to ask questions about how to best confront Islamophobia.”

Rhyme ‘em Cowboy!”, Monday, April 18, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; and Tuesday, April 19, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for an entertaining introduction to the oral tradition of cowboy poetry. Inspired by his own saddle time, award-winning poet Tom Swearingen will share his reflective and humorous poems in a mini-concert.”

Semana de la Raza”, Monday, April 18 through Saturday, April 23, Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. “On April 18 – 23, PCC will host a week in honor of Latino Culture, advocacy and celebration at the college's Rock Creek Campus. Semana de la Raza features free events that are open to the public, including lectures, music, awards and films.” Schedule here:

Author Talk, “Alison Stewart”, Monday, April 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Alison Stewart discusses her book, “Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff.”

“Poetry reading with Susan Patterson”, Tuesday, April 19, 7PM, Garden Home Community Store, 7306 SW Oleson Rd., across the street from the library. “April is National Poetry Month and we’re celebrating it with Portland Poet Susan Patterson (AKA Earlene Grey). Her writing includes: poetry, memoir and tea poetry. Enjoy her reading a mix of her works, including some from her book ‘Musings with a Cuppa’. And of course, we’ll have tea to go along with the reading.”

Raising Backyard Chickens”, Tuesday, April 19, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Find out what is involved in keeping chickens in your backyard. From chick to laying hen, learn what is needed for your coop, brooder, and run.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Preview of Around the World in 80 Days”, Tuesday, April 19, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “The Beaverton Civic Theatre will give a preview of their upcoming production, Around the World in 80 Days. In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. If you have 80 days to spare, though, you have enough time for a life-changing trip, and the opportunity to visit places that will stay with you forever. Careful planning and insider tips can help you make the most of your precious time. This 60 minute program includes scenes from the production and a guest speaker. There is no charge and no registration required for this event, but seating is limited. Come early!”

Oregon Zoo Presents, “Jungle Journey”, Tuesday, April 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Jungle Journey takes you on an exciting adventure where you meet some of the rainforest animals living at the zoo. Children will explore how different adaptations help rainforest animals survive in the wild.”

“Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest”, Tuesday, April 19, 7PM, Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. (Class plus optional field trip 4/24 are $115.) Preregistration required; register online: “Frogs and salamanders are small, secretive animals that often turn out to be colorful and charming upon close inspection. As a group, they display an amazing array of adaptations for survival. Over 30 species of amphibian inhabit the Pacific Northwest and Dr. Ivan Phillipsen will introduce you to the basics of their fascinating world. Discover the species you can find in your backyard and beyond with tips for identification. On the field trip, we'll have a fun day of searching for frogs and salamanders in several natural habitats.” 

Fire Investigation”, Tuesday, April 19, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Nicole Fuge, Portland Fire and Arson Investigator. “In this lecture, Certified Fire Investigator Nicole Fuge will discuss how fire investigators use science, pattern-interpretation and evidence to find the cause of fires. She will explain some of the basic science behind fire behavior and she will walk you through a fire investigation where you will be able to determine, accident or arson?”

Author Talk, “Avel Gordly”, Tuesday, April 19, 6:30PM, Kenton Library. “Meet the author! Read 'Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader' by Avel Louise Gordly. Remembering the Power of Words recounts the personal and professional journey of Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate.”

“Let's Go to the Galapagos!”, Tuesday, April 19, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, these 19 islands off the coast of South America have been called a unique living museum. Crystal Steinmuller visited this remote location famous for its animal species and up-close encounters. Travel vicariously through her photos and stories of this once in a life time experience.”

“What Is Punk? Story Time with Author Eric Morse!”, Tuesday, April 19, 11AM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx; and Thursday, April 21, 10:30AM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Join us for a reading of ‘What Is Punk?’, a new pop-culture primer for children on the punk revolution! Author Eric Morse will be sharing this delightful book at a special story time at Green Bean Books! Signed copies of Eric's book will be available for purchase.”

“Clean Water Households”, Wednesday, April 20, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Klickitat Room, Level 4. “Learn household management practices to have a clean water home. This will include resources for conservation in home, green cleaning, and more.”

“Ethnobotany Hike”, Wednesday, April 20, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Suggested for ages 7 and up. “Join us for free urban nature adventures every third Wednesday, February through November! Each guided “hike” will consist of an easy walk or tour with a theme, appropriate for all ages. Themes may include the fish hatchery, fungi, birds, and forest edibles. April theme: Ethnobotany! Travel back in time as you embark on a short guided hike at Columbia Springs to learn some of the ways different native plants have been used as food, medicine and tools for thousands of years!”

“Sandy River Delta Dog Hike”, Wednesday, April 20, 10AM. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Walk with leader Jean Akers and other dog owners through the fields, forest, and waterways where restoration activities are occurring at the Sandy River Delta. The Confluence project by Maya Lin is on the walk along with good birding opportunities. Bring binoculars if you can handle both your dog and bird watching. A custom map will be provided to help you get oriented with this special mixed-use site.”

Author Talk, “Brad and Drew Harper”, Wednesday, April 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. They present their book, “Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son”. “Can an evangelical theologian and his gay son overcome the differences in belief that threaten to destroy their relationship? For Brad and Drew Harper, that question wasn’t theoretical—and neither was the resounding yes they found after years of struggle. Part personal travelogue, part road map full of practical how-tos, Space at the Table is a guide, showing us a way through the roadblocks that threaten to devastate both families and the broader evangelical and LBGTQ communities. Speaking from their own experience, Brad and Drew offer an invitation to join them in a place where love is stronger than the beliefs that divide us.”

“Magic Mayhem”, Wednesday, April 20, 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.”

Poetry of Shakespeare”, Wednesday, April 20, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Meet with the Poetry Readers and Writers group and share a poem by William Shakespeare. April marks the 400th year of his death. Bring a poem to read, information about his life, or just come and listen.”

Aphra Behn and Guerrilla Girls on Tour!”, Wednesday, April 20, 8:15PM, Reed College, Diver Studio Theater, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. $3. Advance tickets here: Campus map here: “Reed College departments of Theatre, Art, Political Science, English, the Dean’s office, and the Cooley Gallery, are pleased to announce that Aphra Behn of Guerrilla Girls on Tour!, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective, will be on campus with a performance lecture: Act Like a Feminist Artist: what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement. Aphra shares her experiences as a feminist activist for almost 20 years as a member of Guerrilla Girls (1997-2001) and Guerrilla Girl On Tour (2001-present).”

Author Talk, “Thor Hanson”, Wednesday, April 20, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Thor Hanson discusses his book, “The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernals, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History”. “We live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds - why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them.”

“Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, April 21, 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.”

“Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, April 21, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.”

“Where Giant Mammals Roamed”, Thursday, April 21, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 suggested donation for adults. “David Ellingson shares the amazing paleontology findings he and students have discovered in a swale next to Woodburn High School.”

“Mindfulness Earth Walk on the Kickitat Trail”, Thursday, April 21, 10AM, Klickitat Trail, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Renew your mind and spirit by walking this trail with Steven Woolpert, Klickitat Trail Conservancy Board Member, licensed professional counselor, and avid walker/hiker. Earth Walks are an opportunity to discover and enhance your abilities through walking and mindfulness, to connect more fully with nature, health and yourself. This is a hike without a destination; we may not walk very far physically. All you need to bring for this morning walk is openness to learn and curiosity to discover. Steven has learned from personal experience the wisdom of Hippocrates' words: 'Walking is man's best medicine.' Walking is a way to release the effects of stress and help bring balance into everyday life.”

Wild in the Willamette”, Thursday, April 21, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5 adults, $3 students and seniors. Preregistration required; register online:!wild-in-the-willamette-april-21/ov24s “Wild in the Willamette is a guidebook to the natural treasures of the mid-Willamette Valley, extending far beyond the familiar 1-5 corridor. This reading and presentation by contributors to the book will describe a range of outings at different levels of challenge. Families with young children, day hikers, long-distance backpackers, kayakers, canoeists, bird watchers, and cyclists alike will find ideas for spending a satisfying afternoon or venturing outside for a multiday trip.”

Celebrating The Living Bird with Gerrit Vyn”, Thursday, April 21, 7PM, Montgomery Park Lower Ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Join Northwest-based wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn for a multimedia presentation on The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature, a New York Times bestselling book celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Ranging through the Yukon Delta, a woods in Arkansas, a remote village in Russia's Arctic, and even urban Seattle--Vyn's remarkable photographs illustrate nearly 100 North American bird species. The exhilaration of migratory Whooping Cranes, the fragility of the endangered Spoon-Billed Sandpiper, and the wide-eyed beauty of Great Horned Owls all come alive through Vyn's inspiring work.”

Sunset Sit and Moonrise Smile”, Thursday, April 21, 7:15PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Make time in your day once a month to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro park sites. A Hillsboro Parks and Recreation naturalist helps you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like.”

America’s Jihad: Joining Humanity’s Struggle with the Far Left, the Far Right, and other Extremists since 9/11”, Thursday, April 21, 6:30PM, The Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. Presented by Vancouver Barracks Military Association. “Guest Speaker Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Dan Sockle, author of the new book, ‘America’s Jihad’. The existence of the Islamic State (aka: ISIS/ISIL/DAESH) demonstrates particularly America’s limited understanding of the cultures, religions and history of the billions of people in the world surrounding us. Dan Sockle will discuss current events and, more importantly, how we (and the world) got to this state of affairs. Be prepared for a discussion not just about Islam vs. Islamism, but of the geopolitics spanning from North Africa to the Far East, with particular focus on who is fighting whom and why. Tribalism is as much a part of American culture as those we regard as ‘Third World.’ In the words of Mark Twain, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure – that just ain’t so.” Come join in the discussion.”

Comics and Animation for Teens”, Thursday, April 21, 3:30PM, Kenton 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!”

Drones: An Overview of Technology and Regulation”, Thursday, April 21, 12PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “How are drones currently being used in the private and public sectors? What are the federal, state and local regulations regarding safety, privacy and property rights? What will be the future of this transforming technology?”

Traveling the Inside Passage for 1,400 Years”, Friday, April 22, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. “Join us for a free travel lecture by North Plain's resident John Driscoll entitled Traveling the Inside Passage for 1,400 Years. Driscoll, a photographer and naturalist, is exhibiting some of his favorite photos at the Library through April. His works feature local images as well as those captured while traveling to western British Columbia and Alaska, and this will be the focus of his talk.”

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival”, Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations. The Festival was founded 40 Years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.”

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, April 22, 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.”

Mt. Hood Rock Club Rock and Gem Show”, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 24, 10AM-4PM, W.P. Jackson Armory, 6255 NE Cornfoot Rd., Pdx. Free admission. One free rock per child. “24+ vendors selling rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, equipment and more. Kids corner with games. Exhibits, door prizes and auctions.”

Petrifying Protein for Teens”, Friday, April 22, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Challenge yourself (or a friend) to taste a flavored insect such as a chocolate-flavored black ant or a bacon and cheddar cricket.”

A Gathering of the Guilds”, Friday, April 22, 10AM-9PM, Saturday, April 23, 10AM to 7PM, and Sunday, April 24, 10AM -5PM, Oregon Convention Center Hall A. Free admission. “A Gathering of the Guilds - The Gathering of the Guilds includes work from the Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Northwest Fine Woodworkers Guild, Portland Bead Society and the Portland Handweavers Guild.”

Gorge Artists Open Studios”, Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 23, 10AM-6PM. Free. Featuring 44 artists!

Oregon Mandolin Orchestra”, Friday, April 22, 7:30PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Advance tickets $15. “Classical/Bluegrass. Founded in an effort to revive the beauty and popular impact of this turn-of-the-century art form, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra gives eclectic and unique performances that highlight the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family. The spring concert, directed by mandolinist Brian Oberlin, will feature special guests Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker, a brother/sister guitar and mandolin duo. They come to Hillsboro from Amsterdam, where they are well known for their classical music performances.”

2016 Clark Public Utilities Home and Garden Idea Fair”, Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 9AM-6PM, and Sunday, April 24, 10AM-5PM, Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. Free admission. $6 parking. “Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for local food banks or cash donations to Operation Warm Heart, helping low-income families in crisis pay electricity bills. Kick-off the spring gardening and home improvement season at the Home and Garden Idea Fair presented by Clark Public Utilities. This annual tradition features a weekend of free, family-friendly activities and demonstrations featuring ideas for enhancing your home, yard and garden.”

Kid’s Night at Bark”, Friday, April 22, 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.”

Craft of Grafting”, Saturday, April 23, 10AM, OMSI, The Parker Room. Suggested for ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Ever wonder what the difference is between a hybrid, heirloom and GMO plant? Why are some carrots purple? What’s a Meyer lemon or a kalette? In this lab, we’ll explore questions around science and technology in the modern food world. We'll look at some of the technologies being developed right here in OREGON! Participants will experiment with some of these amazing technologies and bring home their own plant. One ticket per plant, maximum 3 participants per ticket. Recommended for ages 8–14 with an adult and 14 and up without an adult.”

Birthday Bash for the Bard!”, Saturday, April 23, 6:30PM, Garden Home Community Store, 7306 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx, across from the library. “GHCL is throwing a birthday bash to celebrate the Bard's birthday with sword demos, a Shakespearean insult game, readings and more. This is an all ages event.”

19th Annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Ceremony”, Saturday, April 23, 10AM-1PM, Ft. Vancouver Great Meadow. “Join us to remember the incarceration of Chief Redheart at Vancouver Barracks in 1877 with this special commemorative ceremony. The ceremony includes singing in honor of the ancestors, the Riderless Horse (Empty Saddle) Ceremony, Sacred Pipe Ceremony, and recognition of veterans.” More about the history being commemorated here:

Teen Taste of Programming”, Saturday, April 23, 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.”

Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz”, Saturday, April 23, Sandy River Delta, Crown Point Hwy, Troutdale. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “The Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz is part of a region wide, on-going Eco-Blitz Series to find and collect data on the Portland-Vancouver metro area’s wildlife. This event is free, open to all ages, and no experience is necessary. Community members will be paired with identification specialists who will lead them on an outing to observe species of interest.” Currently they are looking for volunteers for both AM and PM times to help survey pollinators, birds, amphibians, insects, plants and large mammals.

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “Twelfe Night”, Saturday, April 23, 7PM, Hood River Library. Free. “Orsino loves Olivia (unrequitedly). Twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked. Viola cross-dresses, works for Orsino, and Olivia falls in love with her/him. Olivia's household tricks Malvolio into thinking Olivia loves him. Olivia (confused) marries Sebastian. The twins reunite, Malvolio's gulling and Viola's gender are revealed. Orsino proposes to Viola.”

Classical Up Close”, Saturday, April 23 through May 6. “Classical Up Close is a cooperative effort by musicians of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and community partners to offer free chamber music concerts — performed by musicians from the OSO and select musician friends — in venues around the Portland metro area.” See the complete schedule of 15 performances here:

The Family Ramble”, Saturday, April 23, 4PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $10 advance, $12 day of show. “The Family Ramble is a new Portland concert series offering Music and More for Adventurous Families. The April 23rd show at Mission Theater features performances by Grammy nominated Gustafer Yellowgold (NY), Portland's own Red Yarn with his full band, along with other surprises!” Parking is always difficult in the Pearl so get there early.

NW Pet Fair”, Saturday, April 23, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 24, 10AM-4:30PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking is $8 or $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

Oregon Ag Fest”, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem. Free parking, $9 adults, free admission for kids 12 and under, $2 off coupon on their website: “Our two-day event, aimed to help families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from, is a unique learning experience, where hands-on exhibits make learning about Oregon’s vast agricultural industry educational and entertaining. Thanks to our sponsors, kids ride ponies, plant seedlings, watch sheep get sheared, pet farm animals and much, much more!”

400 Years in Shakespeare’s Kitchen”, Saturday, April 23, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Keri Sanburn Behre, Assistant Professor of English at Marylhurst University, will discuss foods enjoyed, feared and coveted by early modern English people. We'll provide 17th century recipes and snacks.”

3D Print: Swag Tags for Teens”, Saturday, April 23, 1PM, St. Johns 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.”

Earth Day Celebration at the Oregon Garden”, Saturday, April 23, 10AM-4PM, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Suggested $5 donation, and $5 parking fee on site, or use their free parking shuttle. “This year’s theme is Clean Water, Clear Skies.” Details on presentations, activities, entertainment and exhibitors here:

Building the Columbia River Highway”, Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Peg Willis shares her love affair with the nation’s first scenic highway. Meet mover-and-shaker Sam Hill and Samuel Lancaster, polio survivor turned modern engineer as Willis shares the research that culminated in her book, ‘Building the Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done’.”

Paint Your Own Matisse”, Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Addie Boswell. “You needn’t have painting experience to emulate techniques of the masters, especially the clean lines and bold colors of modern art. Henri Matisse’s paper cut designs are notable for their dynamic compositions, bright colors, and sense of rhythm. In this guided workshop, learn acrylic paint skills and a little art history while creating your own version of Matisse’s iconic cut-outs. Leave with a completed 11x14” canvas and introductory skills in color mixing, composition, and layering.”

Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences”, Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Presented by Donnell Alexander. “The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion, commercially exceptional. Its influences have quietly and broadly affected language, fashion, art, and local life in ways that are not always recognized by mainstream audiences. In this conversation, journalist and author Donnell Alexander takes a look at the secrets behind hip hop in the Pacific Northwest. He will look at what makes Pacific Northwest hip hop unique, provide context for the history that brought mainstays such as Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cool Nutz, and Macklemore into being, and explore how hip hop has influenced social, artistic, and political life in the region.”

Beginning Botanical Contour Illustration”, Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Suki Allen Olson. “In this class, you will learn the basics of *seeing* botanical specimens and capturing their likeness with simple contour lines. This is a great class for folks who want to learn to draw, but have been afraid to start. Together we will uncover the mysteries of sketching! Students will work from both 2-D drawings and 3-D specimens and will leave class with a few completed drawings ready to frame.”

Casting Fossils Talk”, Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Mike Full is a retired McMinnville police sergeant and scuba diver for ancient animal bones in Yamhill River. A member of the Willamette Valley Pleistocene Project, Mike assisted with the castings found on the new Tualatin Greenway Trail. Mike has collection of specimens of mastodon, mammoth, sloth, bear, horse. With the help of high school volunteers, he will demonstrate how to make castings of such finds. The presentation will also highlight work done to repair, restore, mold, cast and finish a number of fossils for public display.”

Concert, “East + West”, Saturday, April 23, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. $16 adults, $11 seniors and students, free for kids 12 and under. “The Koto and the Flute come together with Mitsuki Desai and Tessa Brinkman. Imagine soothing, energetic, poetic and thought provoking music. We’re calling this creative collaboration ‘East + West’.”

“Make a Fossil Cast!”, Saturday, April 23, 3PM, Tualatin Library. “It’s your chance to make your own fossil casting in this free craft activity. In this hands-on craft, you'll make a simple fossil cast of natural specimens to take home.”

Concert, “Mariachi Viva Mexico”, Saturday, April 23, 2:30PM, North Portland Library; and Saturday, April 30, 2:30PM, Midland Library. “This six-piece Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music.”

“Nesting Birds of Jackson Bottom”, Saturday, April 23, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. $15 or $10 for Hillsboro residents. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Bald Eagle, Osprey and Great Blue Heron all nest and raise their young at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. This class introduces you to the life-styles of each of these species and includes a walk of about two miles to view the birds at their nest sites.”

Up, Up and Out of the Way! Growing a Vertical Garden”, Saturday, April 23, 11AM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Grow climbing vegetable and fruit varieties that taste great and grow well in our climate. Climbers take very little soil space while providing unexpected beauty and interest in your garden. Join Lisa Taylor, author of the ‘Maritime Northwest Garden Guide’ and ‘Your Farm in the City; An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals’ and garden educator extraordinaire in a lively examination of vertical gardening techniques for Pacific Northwest gardens and urban farms. Discover time-tested, delicious varieties that love to climb and produce enormous amounts of food! Learn techniques to make the most of your vertical spaces and how to construct attractive and functional trellises, teepees and arbors.”

Coastal Woodcarver Demonstration”, Saturday April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 10AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “Stop by and see Coastal Carvers’, President Rod Van Loh, demonstrate woodcarving this weekend! Rod grew up on the prairies of South Dakota. He currently resides in the Coast Range mountains of Oregon. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Theatre from the University of Iowa. Most of his carvings are sculpted in found wood. Rod is a seer who roams the beaches of Oregon in search of visions; his carvings are the result of those vision quests!”

Concert, “Cascade Harmony Chorus”, Sunday, April 24, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Members of the award-winning Cascade Harmony Chorus love to sing. They come from all walks of life, from ages 19 to 83 and are teachers, nurses, business professionals, engineers, students, and retirees. They all have one thing in common - the joy of singing.”

"Nature Detectives", Sunday, April 24, 10AM, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Suggested for families of children ages 5-11 with younger siblings welcome. Preregistration required; call Backyard Bird Shop at 503-303-4653. "Child educator and naturalist Elaine Murphy introduces kids to the clues that animals leave behind: tracks, scat and more, at Mary S. Young Park. Recommended for ages 5 - 11, younger siblings are welcome. Children must be registered with and accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather!"

“Poetry Reading”, Sunday, April 24, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Featuring poets Kim Dower, A. M. O'Malley and Joe Wilkins. In celebration of National Poetry Month, three poets present their newest collections. Kim Dower’s third poetry collection, Last Train to the Missing Planet (Red Hen), rockets forward, taking us on a journey to places we’ve often visited but never seen. Based on a true story and told in a unique voice, A. M. O’Malley gives us Expecting Something Else (University of Hell), a poignant and beautiful book of prose poems. Joe Wilkins’s When We Were Birds (University of Arkansas) turns toward the bean-rusted fields and gutted factories of the Midwest, toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness.”

Animate Anything! For Teens”, Sunday, April 24, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Drop in and learn different techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flipbook animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and much more. There are no limits to what your imagination can create! No experience necessary - open to all levels of experience.”

Ecosystems of the Gorge Hike”, Sunday, April 24, 9:30AM-4PM. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join biologist Ivan Phillipsen for two short hikes, one at Wahclella Falls and one at Catherine Creek, to learn about the varying ecosystems in the Gorge. Observe the plants and other features that distinguish the rain-soaked coniferous forests of the western Gorge from the dry oak woodlands in the east.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, April 24, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. “

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

Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, April 24, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, free for kids 11 and under.

Tracking Club”, Sunday, April 24, 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.

Latino Cultural Festival”, Sunday, April 24, 12PM-5PM, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Started in 2004, the annual Latino Cultural Festival was originally designed to help connect the Latino business community with other local businesses. It has now developed in to a very proud tradition, in which we celebrate the diversity in Hillsboro. Featuring Latino art, food, entertainment and so much more, the Latino Cultural festival offers a chance for our community to welcome and embrace the traditions of the area’s largest minority. The festival, currently held annually in April is a free community event open to anyone interested in attending.”

Make Your Own Terrarium”, Monday, April 25, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 1-5. “Beautify your room with a terrarium to take home and keep!”

Volcanoes in the Lab: Saving the World with Lasers, Olive Oil, and a Fog Machine”, Monday, April 25, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by: Larry G. Mastin, PhD, Research Hydrologist, USGS Cascade Volcanoes Observatory; Stephen Solovitz, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, WSU Vancouver; and Raul Cal, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Portland State University. “Volcanic eruptions have significant global impacts, with effects on climate, air travel, and agricultural development. Notably, the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland curtailed airline traffic across Europe for several days, resulting in more than a billion dollars of economic losses. Much of this delay occurred due to uncertainty in the amount of ash in the air, leading to confusion for both airlines and forecasters. Thus, we have undertaken a laboratory-scale research project to improve the quality of forecasting models for future eruptions. In this talk, we will describe the construction of an experimental model of a volcano in a laboratory. We particularly look at eruptions in a cross wind by using jets directed into a wind tunnel. We discuss challenges in scaling down from mountain sizes to centimeters, and we examine laser-based methods for measuring eruptive speeds and corresponding ash distribution. We also consider how these techniques can be applied to other fields, such as aerodynamics and energy production.”

Oregon on Two Wheels: The Story of Cycling in the Beaver State”, Monday, April 25, 7PM, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “According to Travel Oregon, ‘Whether you're into road biking, mountain biking or in-town cruising, Oregon has the trails and bike paths to suit your cycling. We have the only Scenic Bikeways program in the nation as well as world class single-track mountain bike trails winding through deep forests and along wild rivers.’ Please join local cycle enthusiasts and experts for a discussion on what makes Oregon such a great state for those who prefer transportation of the two wheel variety. The panel includes Alison Graves, Executive Director of Cycle Oregon, Mychal Tetteh, CEO of Community Cycling Center, and Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.”

180 Photography Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29, 3:30PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Take pictures and edit it like what you see in magazines and on the web. Learn the basics of camera operation using cameras provided in this program. Participants will learn the technique for shooting and stitching horizontal and vertical panoramas. Then edit and perfect your images for print using Gimp 2.8 or Photoshop. No equipment or experience necessary.”

Hidden Wonders of John Day Country”, Monday, April 25, 7PM, First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Oregon Natural Desert Association Stewardship Director Ben Gordon will reveal some of the most spectacular (and shockingly overlooked) areas of Oregon’s signature wild and scenic river: the John Day. From Sutton Mountain to Spring Basin and the lower John Day, Ben will share what makes these lands an unparalleled place worth protecting for generations to come.”

Hanford: Examples Of Fiction, Memoir, And Poetry To Influence The Public”, Monday, April 25, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library Community Room, 1st Floor. “Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his/her art. Ceiridwen has authored two memoirs/scientific studies: Part Wild, finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Unnatural Landscapes: Tracking Invasive Species. Her essays have appeared in several publications, and her work appeared in the anthology What Wildness is This: Women Write about the Southwest. Terrill is professor of English at Portland’s Concordia U., where she teaches environmental journalism, science writing, and memoir. She is currently working on a book about growing up during the Cold War and her family’s connection to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Rosemary has been a university teacher, biomedical librarian, naturalist, and – her favorite title – turtle tutor. Her book-in-progress, Diode's Experiment: A Box Turtle Investigates The Human World, will cover her 30 years exploring turtles cognition. Sharon Appleman, who passed away last year, wrote Coyote Willows, a novel about the Hanford nuclear reactor, based on actual conditions of its operation and its impact on the area. Coyote Willows will be available at this event.”

Homeschooling in Oregon Panel”, Tuesday, April 26, 6:30PM, Tigard Library. “Do you want to know more about homeschooling? The Oregon Home Education Network will host a panel of current homeschooling parents. Panelists will provide an overview of homeschooling Oregon and answer questions.”

Hemsley Winfield: First African American Modern Dancer”, Tuesday, April 26, 6PM, North Portland Library. “This program examines the life of Hemsley Winfield, the first African-American modern dancer in America. Hemsley broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera in 1933, when he was contracted to dance the role of the Congo Witch Doctor in The Emperor Jones, and he created the first professional Negro modern dance company in America, the Bronze Ballet Plastique, in 1931. Prior to his dance career, he was an actor in numerous plays including Salome, Him, and Lulu Belle, during the 1920s and 30s. He was so successful during his short career that in one of his obituaries, he was called a pioneer in African American dancing and he was compared to Paul Robeson in the musical field. It is extraordinary that he accomplished so much before the age of 27, when he died of pneumonia in January 1934.”

From Saving to Serving: On Intervening in the Lives of Others”, Tuesday, April 26, 6PM, Hillsdale Library. “Many of us try to make a positive difference in the world through our work and volunteering, and we often find that this can be difficult. The language of helping reflects this difficulty. Charity sounds admirable to some and offensive to others. Service can be bland, saving can be paternalistic, and social entrepreneurship can feel corporate. Join Oregon Humanities Executive Director Adam Davis for a conversation that will explore why it’s so hard to find the right words for the good work we try to do in the world. How should we think and talk about our efforts to make positive change?”

Garden Photography”, Tuesday, April 26, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Do you want to show off your beautiful garden? Learn how to look at the outdoors through the lens of a camera. Participants will learn about composition and how to develop a photographic eye. Questions about camera settings will be covered.”

Soils, Nutrients and Composting”, Tuesday, April 26, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Kris LaMar will present things gardeners can do to improve the condition of your soil including its' nutrient make up. It is important to know what types of nutrients make your plants thrive and how to improve the amount nutrients they are getting. Techniques explored include home composting and its applications.”

Monsters and Maniacs of Shakespeare”, Tuesday, April 26, 7PM, Lake Oswego. “Presented by Man of Words Theater. Rickie Birran will perform readings from selected works of Shakespeare along with his series of short stories in verse called ‘Monsters and Maniacs of Shakespeare’.” Man of Words Theater

Drop Spindle Basics”, Wednesday, April 27, 6PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to spin your own yarn! In this class you will learn some spinning vocabulary and how to spin wool fiber into yarn using a drop spindle. This method of spinning is inexpensive and portable. Wool fiber will be provided. Bring a drop spindle if you have one but if you do not own one, a spindle will be provided.”

Folk Dancing for Kids”, Wednesday, April 27, 2:30PM, McMinnville Library. For kids of all ages. “A dance teacher from Portland will be teaching folk dancing in the library to children of all ages. She will use dance, interesting props, and stories to teach about different cultures and their dances.”

Author Talk, “Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor”, Wednesday, April 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discusses her book, “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation”. “The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists. In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.”

Diagnosing Plant Problems”, Saturday, April 27, 9PM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “You know when your plants are not doing well, but do you know how to determine what is causing the problem? This hands-on class will take you through the steps in diagnosing plant problems so you can decide how to manage them. Feel free to bring in samples of your plant problems and we’ll try to determine what’s wrong. We will also head outside to learn how to apply these same steps to plants in the landscape.” 

Concert, “Stafford Chamber Orchestra”, Wednesday, April 27, 4:30PM, West Linn Library. “Join us for a high quality chamber orchestra experience! The Stafford Chamber Orchestra brings together children and teens to create a thriving musical community that values teamwork, passion and growth. Enjoy the beauty of live music shared with the greater community.”

“Maid Marian Coronation and Renaissance Singers Concert”, Thursday, April 28, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “Join us in the fireplace area for the annual coronation of the Robin Hood Festival Maid Marians, a live concert from the Renaissance Singers and a dessert reception.”

Oregon City Floods”, Thursday, April 28, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Oregon City history expert Karin Morey discusses the newly released book Oregon City Floods. Step back into the 1800s and discover how Oregon City, the first incorporated city in the Oregon Territory, survives, thrives, and grows despite the great floods of this era.”

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang”, Thursday, April 28, 7PM, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Free. A book sale and signing will follow Yang's talk. “Gene Luen Yang, recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, began making comics and graphic novels over 15 years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. Boxers and Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was published in 2013. It was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Yang has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman. And his newest book, Secret Coders, has been described in Wired Magazine as ‘like Harry Potter, but with computers instead of wands.’ ”

NWCT Kid's Company Present "Diva Evolution", Thursday, April 28, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Come join the fun! NWCT Kid's Company presents ‘Diva Evolution’ around the Hearth Area.”

“Birding 101: An Intro to Birding and Bird Identification”, Two sessions; Thursday, April 28, 7PM, and Saturday, April 30, 7AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Ages 14 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register here: “Ever wonder what birds you’re hearing or seeing but were afraid to ask? Well, here’s your opportunity and right at the peak of migration! This two part program has class and field components. On Wednesday we’ll explore the amazing features of birds, investigate bird behavior, the world of songs versus calls, and explore the elements to look for as a primer for our field day on Saturday. Resources such as binoculars and identification apps will be reviewed. On Saturday be prepared for a walk as we cross the property in search of a variety of birds from Pacific wrens to cedar waxwings. Total walk will be up to two and a half miles.”

Lego Adventures in Space”, Friday, April 29, 7PM, Tigard Library. Burgess Community Room. “Join us for an adult and teen Lego crafting session with local Lego guru Blair Archer and tons of bricks (not literally). The theme is space, but anything goes - that’s the point! Get reacquainted with an old childhood friend and maybe make some new ones.”

GameCon”, Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, OMSI Auditorium and Classroom 1. Ticket prices vary. “Join Game Lab Oregon for a weekend of table top game play at GameCon hosted by OMSI. Meet local game designers, publishers and artists and come playtest the newest, unpublished games. Games range from adventure board games to dice games to card games. If you’re thinking about designing your first game, or just want to learn more about how games get from idea to the store shelf, this event is for you! Game testers will have a chance to win fun prizes.”

“Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival”, Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Register for individual events or a whole weekend of talks, field trips and excursions. Preregistration required; register online: “We’re a non profit community festival who’s mission is to provide a community driven event that is both informative and entertaining that celebrates the spring migration of birds and the natural resources of South Tillamook County. The events of the festival will provide educational, cultural, recreational and economic opportunities to the residents and businesses of Pacific City and attract visitors of all ages and skill levels.”

“Portland’s Streetcars”, Saturday, April 30, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Join author and historian Richard Thompson for a jaunt back in time as he explores the history of the street railways that made lasting social and economic contributions to Portland’s neighborhoods.”

“Tualatin’s First People”, Saturday, April 30, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Anthropologist, Ethno-Historian, Archivist and Educator Dr. Lewis will present information about the local Atfalati and Kalapuyan Tribes. Lewis is a descendant of the Santiam, Chinook, and Takelma tribes and member of the Grand Ronde Tribe. He is recognized scholar of Tribal histories and cultures, specializing in Northwest Coast and California. Washington County’s first residents, the Atfalati Band of the Kalapuya people called this area home. Their descendants today are part of the Grand Ronde Confederated Tribe. “

English and Arabic Bilingual Poetry Reading”, Saturday, April 30, 2PM, Ledding Library Pond House - 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “In partnership with the Iraqi Society of Oregon and Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here the Milwaukie Poetry Committee and the Ledding Library will host a bilingual poetry reading in Arabic and English. Three Arabic and three English presenters will read among them six poems with each poem presented in both languages. Questions and discussion will follow.”

Portland Poets: Carl Adamshick, Emily Kendal Frey, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Jessica Johnson and Dao Strom”, Saturday, April 30, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Come celebrate National Poetry Month with five remarkable local poets! Carl Adamshick, author of 'Saint Friend', Emily Kendal Frey, author of 'Sorrow Arrow', Endi Bogue Hartigan, author of 'Pool: 5 Choruses', Jessica Johnson, author of 'In Absolutes We Seek Each Other' and Dao Strom, author of 'We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People', will read their recent work. Poetry is alive and well!”

Mi Piñata”, Saturday, April 30, 2:30PM, Rockwood Library. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song. One for each family.”

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

Elowah and Upper McCord Family Hike”, Saturday, April 30, 10:30AM, Elowah Falls, OR. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy an educational “scavenger hunt” while hiking to two beautiful waterfalls with Environmental Educator Roland Begin. Learn about the area's plants, animals, geology and history along the way. This is a great outing for the whole family!”

Naturalist in the Park”, Saturday, April 30, 10AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. Free. All ages. “Join a Metro naturalist for a leisurely stroll through the white oak woodlands of Cooper Mountain and gain a deeper knowledge of this neighborhood park. Walk begins promptly at 10 am from the Nature House.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, April 30, 9PM, 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.”

Children's Storytime and Tour through the Redwoods”, Saturday, April 30, 10AM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join Hoyt Arboretum educators in our library for a reading of Jason Chin's ‘Redwoods’ followed by a tour through the redwoods, dawn redwoods, and sequoias in the arboretum.”

Ivy Baskets”, Saturday, April 30, 1PM, Washington Park, Children’s Playground shelter, 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 Ivy Baskets. Come pull some ivy and learn how to weave a quick little basket. No experience necessary! This is a great one to work on with children. We'll be meeting at the Children's Playground Shelter on Sherwood St. (formerly called the Elephant House). Bring some garden shears and thick leather gloves.”  (Gloves aren't necessarily needed for working with ivy, but some people can find when exposed to the fresh vines that their skin is sensitive.)

Spring Color Tour”, Saturday, April 30, 12PM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Take a guided tour through Hoyt Arboretum to see and smell the season’s colorful blooms. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water.”

May Day People’s History of Portland”, Saturday, April 30, 1PM, meeting at Dan and Louis Oyster Bar, 208 SW Ankeny St., Pdx. $13.50. Preregistration required; register online: “You’re invited to Know Your City’s May Day inspired People’s History of Portland walking tour. A People’s History of Portland highlights the roots of Portland’s downtown immigrant and working class communities, and celebrates the ongoing decades of social justice leaders and grassroots movements. Before Portland was known for Portlandia, the foundation of the city was built by immigrant labor. This tour tells Portland’s story from the viewpoint of Chinese people, Japanese people, African American people, Jewish people, and LGBTQ communities, whose histories are often left out of the mainstream. A People’s History of Portland tour challenges you to take a closer look at Portland and how we got to where we are today.”

2016 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit”, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst. $3 adults, free for kids 11 and under. “The exhibition features musical instrument makers and performers of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition will be held in the Marylhurst Commons, with Concerts-Demonstrations held in the newly remodeled Wiegand Hall.”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, April 30, 10AM OMSI Life Science Lab. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants are led through the anatomy of the cow eye while finding out how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow–up to Squid Dissection. It is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to Cow Eye Dissection. One cow eye per ticket, maximum two people per cow eye.”

Author Talk, ‘Sarah Mlynowski”, Saturday, April 30, 4PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Author of the Whatever After series and co-author of Upside Down Magic, Sarah Mlynowski, will be joining us to celebrate the publication of her ninth Whatever After title, 'Genie in a Bottle'.”

"Scouter's Mountain Nature Walk", Saturday, April 30, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. "This 100-acre nature park opened to the public in 2014. We'll hike through one of the few remaining forested buttetops in the area to search for migratory birds, pileated woodpeckers, deer, big-leaf maples and Douglas firs! Beginning to intermediate birders will enjoy this excursion. Join naturalist Elaine Murphy on a tour of Scouter’s Mountain Nature Park. Rising above Happy Valley, this park offers a lovely vantage point to admire Mount Hood – and slip into a shady forest. The park sits on an extinct lava dome that was a part of the Boring Lava Field, and was formerly a Boy Scouts campsite. Walk through a forest with trees more than a century old, including some that have grown here for 220 years. The trail through the forest is about a mile long."

Cherry City Comic Con”, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem.

Viking Mars 40th Anniversary Celebration Event”, Saturday, April 30, 9AM, Barnes and Noble, 18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Beaverton. If you plan to go, I suggest calling the store to confirm if attendees need to preregister: 503-645-3046. “Come join the Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project as they host a series of events in our store to commemorate this historic event.”


Kadra K. said...

YAY!! The April list! Thank you so much.

Kadra K. said...

Haha! Nice April Fool's joke.😉