Saturday, April 30, 2016

May is Magic

This is my list of events for the greater Portland area and beyond for May 2016.  Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos or cancellations.  

May is the beginning of the spring minus tides on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling! To find the perfect spot, check here: To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: Pure magic! Plan to explore the tidepools as the tide is still going out, and to be able to leave the beach soon after the tide begins to come in (at the low tide time).  

Bird Song Walks”, weekdays in 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:

Classical Up Close”, now 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:

"Lilac Days", now 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!

Brooks Gardens Peonies”, now through June 15, 10AM-6PM daily, 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305. “Visit our Oregon peony farm and historic iris gardens this Bloom Season. Our farm is also home to a 3 acre conifer arboretum/display garden filled with over 1,000 varieties of historic bearded iris and a multitude of ornamentals/conifers. Potted peonies, bouquets and iris plants for sale at the farm.”

Broadway Rose Theater Presents, “Church Basement Ladies”, now 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.”

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. Every Friday at 2PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 1PM they will also screen “Ahead of Time: Ruth Gruber-The Movie” free with admission. “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:

Family Fishing Days”, throughout May, various locations. Details here: “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invite you to introduce youth to the fun of fishing through Family Fishing Days. Family Fishing Events offer a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site ODFW staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids “reel in” their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be! Licenses are required for anyone 12 years and older, and are not available at the events.”

Cut, Edge and Engrave Things for Teens”, Sunday, May 1, 1PM, Rockwood Library MakerSpace. “Cut, etch, and engrave acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric and more! Using graphic software 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.”

May Day Morris Dance”, Sunday, May 1, 10:30AM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Portland Morris dance teams celebrate May Day! Decked out in ribbons and bells the Portland Morris Dance teams perform ritual English Morris dances and songs from England, keeping the age-old tradition alive!”

May Day Celebration”, Sunday, May 1, 2PM-10PM, Maypole team at 3:30PM and 4:30PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Children skipping around the maypole has been a century-long tradition at Kennedy School on May Day. All ages are invited to come watch kids from local schools dance around our Maypole, and enjoy facepainting and balloon twisting. Stay for dinner, more live music and maybe a movie in the theater.” Details here:

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays, May through October, 12PM-5PM, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. “The train park was founded in 1954 by Harry Harvey, who had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains. When he died he left the park, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion.

Today the park features 4,200 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area, Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

No fee is collected at the entrance or to ride the trains.

All donations are graciously accepted your donations are vital in keeping the trains running we thank you for your support.”

Tide Pool Clinics”, Sunday, May 1 2PM, and Monday, May 9, 9AM, meeting at the 15th Street Beach Access, Lincoln City. Free. “Lincoln City is proud to offer it’s newest program…Tide Pool Clinics! Explore our beach and learn about the colorful creatures that inhabit rocky intertidal pools from a local expert. The clinics are free and open to the public. Each tide pool clinic begins with a lecture from local marine biologist Dr. Chuck at the 15th street beach access. To get there, from Highway 101 turn west onto 15th street (at the Jasmine Thai Restaurant) and continue west towards the ocean. There is ample street parking as well as a public parking lot nearby. Parking is also available at the Sea Gull Beachfront Motel near the beach access. Following the lecture, Dr. Chuck will take you on a tour of the tide pools and help identify local marine life. Creatures that you may encounter at the tide pools include starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins, and mussels. Clinics last for approximately 2 hours. Questions and feedback are encouraged by all participants.”

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cultural Performances”, every Saturday and Sunday in May, 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. “May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Lan Su celebrates Asian Heritage Month with exciting performances each weekend in May from local cultural organizations and dance troupes.” Compete schedule here:

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration”, Sunday, May 1, 11:45AM-5PM, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state.”

Latimer Textile Center Bed Turning”, Sunday, May 1, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “A classic craft most pioneer mothers practiced was quilting. Latimer Textile Center will be presenting a ‘Bed Turning’ at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 1, 2016 which entails ‘turning down’ a stack of quilts and describing the attributes of each quilt. These quilts will continue to be on display throughout May at the Tillamook Forest Center.”

Wayne Pacelle in Conversation with Congressman Earl Blumenauer”, Sunday, May 1, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, presents his book “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals”. Pacelle will be joined in conversation by United States Representative Earl Blumenauer. “From the leader of the nation’s most powerful animal-protection organization comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in American business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, philanthropists, and a new class of political leaders are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the ‘humane economy’.”

Portland Dutch Society Presents, “Koningsdag 2016- King’s Day Celebration”, Sunday, May 1, 2PM, Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $5 per family. “We will have a Live Band, fresh patat, kroket, haring, pannekoeken, boterkoek en gevulde koek. There will be Heineken on tap and Grolsch is available too and of course free coffee and tea. And of course children's Dutch much to do and so little time!”

Oregon Guitar and Musical Instrument Expo”, Sunday, May 1, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $5; cash only, free for kids 10 and under. “This guitar show will feature over 8,000 square feet of vendors selling new and sued, vintage and collectible acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, drums, and more! Come to buy, sell, or trade all instruments: Vintage, used, and new guitars, amps, pedals, drums, keyboards, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, harmonicas, P.A.'s, and accessories. You are welcome to bring your personal instruments with your paid admission to sell to dealers, and other show-goers!”

Natural History of Mt. Hood”, Sunday, May 1, 2PM, Hood River Library. “Featuring local naturalist Bill Weiler.”

Native Plant Workshop”, Sunday, May 1, 1PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well together, and get tips to help them thrive! A slideshow will highlight their unique features and desired growing conditions so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard.”

Author Talk, “Reverend Billy”, Sunday, May 1, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Reverend Billy Talen discusses his book, “The Earth Wants YOU”. “The Earth Wants YOU is a motivational handbook, filled with inspired visions of a wild, creative, Earth-led cultural revolution. Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping offer up a heady mix of humor, insightful critique, passionate commitment, emotional catharsis, and example after example of vibrant direct action. Stop shopping and feel the love as you sign up for the struggle of our lives! Earthalujah!”

Portland Opera Preview of Mozart's The Magic Flute”, Sunday, May 1, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “An adventure tale, a profound exploration of love, a coming of age saga, a celebration of music's power to sustain our spirits in turbulent times, The Magic Flute touches the heart of every audience member, young or old, in a unique and powerful way. Join us for a preview of The Magic Flute with performances by Portland Opera's Resident Artists and Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox.”

The Chinese in Oregon and the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files”, Sunday, May 1, 3PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Patricia Hackett Nicola. “The National Archives branch in Seattle hold thousands of Chinese Exclusion Act files on the Chinese living in Oregon. All contain biographical information, most have photos, and some contain affidavits from witnesses—Chinese and Caucasian. A file may cover a single trip back to China or several trips over thirty or forty years with photos taken every time the Chinese person left the United States, and may also have a map of the applicant’s village in China or a list of all the partners in their corporation. Most contain a written interrogations that offer a wealth of information on extended families in the United States and in China. Nicola can present files specific to local communities or a general discussion of information and documents found in the files, the history of the act, and how to access the files. Nicola has been working as a volunteer with the Chinese Exclusion Act files at the National Archives in Seattle since 2001. She has a blog,, and has written several articles about the act and the files.”

A World Without Secrets: Privacy and Expectations in the United States”, Sunday, May 1, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asserted that privacy is no longer a “social norm,” and yet Chief Justice John Roberts—writing for a unanimous Supreme Court—concluded last summer that the police must obtain a warrant to search individual cell phones because they “hold for many Americans the privacies of life.” In this conversation, Wendy Willis will lead participants in an exploration of the history of privacy in the United States, discuss how our principles hold up in the world of corporate information gathering and government surveillance, and ask what the costs and benefits are to living in a society where almost everything about us is discoverable and discussed.”

Create your own Beaded Bracelet for Teens”, Monday, May 2, 3:45PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This is a great class for both guys and girls to make an adjustable bracelet. Many beads to choose from. You will leave with a finished bracelet for yourself or to give away.”

Author Talk, “Andi Zeisler”, Monday, May 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Andi Zeisler discusses her book, “We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement”. “Feminism has sold out, or so argues Andi Zeisler, founding editor and creative director of Bitch magazine. Drawing on almost 20 years of experience covering popular culture from the frontlines of the feminist movement, Zeisler offers a cultural history through the stories of institutions and real women, feminists and otherwise.” “Feminism has hit the big time. Once a dirty word brushed away with a grimace, ‘feminist’ has been rebranded as a shiny label sported by movie and pop stars, fashion designers, and multi-hyphenate powerhouses like Beyoncé. It drives advertising and marketing campaigns for everything from wireless plans to underwear to perfume, presenting what’s long been a movement for social justice as just another consumer choice in a vast market. Individual self-actualization is the goal, shopping more often than not the means, and celebrities the mouthpieces.”

"Washington County Public Affairs Forum Meet the Candidates Events", Monday, May 2, and Monday, May 9, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Free and open to the public. May 2-Primary Election Races – Legislative Districts 27 and 28 – All Candidates Have Been Invited; Candidate Dan Cross (for Justice of the Peace ). May 9– Primary Election: Legislative District 26 – All Candidates Have Been Invited. Washington County Commissioner race – Roy Rogers and Glendora Claybrooks."

Laser Cutter Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, May 3, 4PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. “Want to use the laser cutter in the Rockwood Library makerspace? Come get certified in this workshop. Repeated monthly.”

Breaking the Silence – Stories of Courage from our Elders”, Tuesday, May 3, 7PM, Pacific NW College of Art, Mediatheque Theater, 511 NW Broadway St., Pdx. Free. “Four speakers will talk about their lives during and after the Second World War. Moderated by Linda Tamura of Willamette University, the conversation will focus on the role storytelling plays in the healing process after trauma. The panelists will connect their experiences with the war and their later decisions to begin public speaking. One of the speakers, George Nakata lived in a Japanese American concentration camp in Idaho during World War II. A second speaker, Taka Mizote, spent the war years in farm labor camps in eastern Oregon. The other two speakers, Les and Eva Aigner, survived the Second World War in Europe then lived through political unrest in Hungary before emigrating to America.”

Author Talk, “Geoff Manaugh”, Tuesday, May 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Geoff Manaugh discusses his book, “A Burglar’s Guide to the City”. “Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again. At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city. With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full of real-life heists-both spectacular and absurd-A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.”

A Rare Transit of Mercury Across the Sun (Mars at its closest too)”, Tuesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 12, 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:

Poetry Reading”, Tuesday, May 3, 6:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Two Sellwood poets, Paulann Petersen and Melanie Green, will join forces for an evening of poetry. Paulann Petersen is the former Poet Laureate of Oregon.”

Urban Weeds Workshop”, Tuesday, May 3, 6PM, Whittaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Weeds – we all have them. Come learn how to identify the most 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 in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.”

Demographics Workshop with Social, Economic and Environmental Data for the Region and Your Community”, Tuesday, May 3, 3PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Portland State University researchers Charles Rynerson (Population Research Center) and Liza Morehead (Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies) will show how to access publicly available data and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various data sets from agencies including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education. Data access platforms include American FactFinder, Census Business Builder, Census Reporter, Greater Portland Pulse and Neighborhood Pulse.”

Author Talk, “Paul Engler”, Tuesday, May 3, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Paul Engler discusses his book “This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century”. “There is a craft to uprising, and this craft can change the world. From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest. With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics. Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. This Is an Uprising shows how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, we pass up the chance to truly understand how social transformation happens.”

Young at Heart Reader’s Theatre”, Tuesday, May 3, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “This eclectic group of actors, writers and dramatists will prepare and present special performances of comedy, drama, poetry and a few surprises.”

"Folded Book Art", Tuesday, May 3, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. "Learn how to transform old used books into lovely works of art that make great gifts and decorations."

Code Club for Teens”, Tuesdays in May, 4:30PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 6-12. “Did you know you use tiny computers called microcontrollers every day? They are in many of the intelligent devices you rely on. We will use some popular Arduino microcontroller components to build simple circuits and control them with programs you write! You will build the circuits using switches, LEDs, integrated circuits, variable resistors, speakers and light and temperature sensors. We will use the online development environment to create, compile and download the programs to the microcontrollers! All supplies will be provided, no experience required!”

"Decoupage Workshop", Tuesday, May 3, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Adults and teens. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394."Learn the art of decoupage. Participants will create a beautiful picture, perfect for gift giving or to keep."

Concert, "Dan Balmer", Tuesday, May 3, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. "Jazz guitarist and composer Dan Balmer will perform at the library. He has won rave reviews for his playing and composing."

May the Fourth Be With You: Team Trivia”, Wednesday, May 4, 4:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Ages 10 and up. “Bring your knowledge of a galaxy long ago and far, far away to an evening of Star Wars and science-themed trivia. Prizes will go to the wisest players, the best costumes and the best team names. Get on a team and make new alliances, be they of the Rebellion or Empire.”

“Securely Shop, Surf and Socialize Online”, Wednesday, May 4, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “You're online now, but how do you know if you're safe? This class is an introduction to online safety. By the end of this class, you will be able to: Define antivirus and firewall software; recognize email scams, email safety and etiquette; create secure passwords; understand the difference between a secure website and an open website; describe some tips for email and social media safety. This class is for beginners, but you must be comfortable using a web browser and navigating websites.”

Re-Imagined Radio Presents, “Episodes from Gunsmoke and The Shadow”, Wednesday, May 4, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “Start with a 1936 theatre. Re-enact historic radio dramas complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Garnish with digital SFX, music, and visual backdrops. Overlay student digital interpretations of the base narrative. Invite a live audience to watch, eat popcorn, and participate via social media. The result: Re-Imagined Radio—storytelling as never before heard, or seen. Broadcast for 480 episodes, 1952-1961, Gunsmoke is one of the longest running radio series, and, perhaps, radio’s last great dramatic series. Marshal Matt Dillon deals with a different human dilemma in and around Dodge City, Kansas Territory each episode. Sometimes he can find a solution, sometimes he cannot. There’s nothing romantic about his job, and most all the Western fiction stereotypes are overturned with mature depictions of hard realities on America’s western frontier, 1872-1885, Criminals are not always caught. Episodes often end unhappily. Women and minorities are mistreated. But Gunsmoke explored such issues, and brought them to our attentions well ahead of other media. Lamont Cranston is a young man with a mysterious power to “cloud men’s minds.” As The Shadow, Cranston uses this power to thwart criminal activities. Beyond radio drama, pulp magazine series, and novels, The Shadow became one of the most famous action heroes of the 20th century, inspiring comic strips, comic books, television shows, video games, motion pictures, and other radio dramas like The Whistler. At the end of each episode, the narrator reminded listeners, ‘The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. . . . The Shadow knows!’”

No Longer Just Books”, Wednesday, May 4, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Join us when Manager Jerianne Thompson highlights the origins and future of the Tualatin Library.”

Author Talk, “Bart King”, Wednesday, May 4, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton (appearing with middle grade author Melissa Hart ); and Friday, May 14, 2PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Bart King discusses his new middle grade novel, “The Drake Equation”. “Noah Grow is a bird-watcher. If you're picturing some kid in a big floppy hat, peering up into trees through giant binoculars . . . well, good job. That's exactly what he does. Right now, Noah is on a quest to find a wood duck. According to his calculations, aka the Drake Equation, the odds are good-really good-for spotting one. That's why he gets off the bus at the wrong stop. And that's how he ends up running down a hill, crashing into a fence, and landing right next to a strange, glittery disk. Noah and his best friends, Jason and Jenny, soon discover that the mysterious disk is, well, mysterious. It gives Noah peculiar powers. As things go from odd to outrageous, Noah is swept up in a storm of intergalactic intrigue and middle-school mayhem. There's much more at stake than Noah realizes.”

Author Talk, “Melissa Hart”, Wednesday, May 4, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton (appearing with middle grade author Bart King Melissa Hart discuses her middle grade book, “Avenging the Owl”. “Thirteen-year old Solo Hahn boasts a big-screen TV, a room full of surfing trophies, and a beach house in Southern California. Then his father, worn down by a Hollywood career, attempts suicide, and his mother moves the family to a trailer in Oregon where a Great-horned owl attacks the only thing that matters to him. When Solo tries to shoot the bird and injures a neighbor boy with Down syndrome, he’s forced to do community service at a raptor rescue center with his newly-sworn enemies . . . owls.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in May, 12PM, Dairy Creek Park, 515 SW 17th Ave., Hillsboro. Free. “Mixed woodland along Dairy Creek attracts migrating and nesting songbirds.” “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.”

Author Talk, "Adam Sawyer", Thursday, May 5, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Tuesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. "Local author Adam Sawyer leads us through the waterfall hikes chosen for his book, 'Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon'."

2016 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway. Age 13 and up $10, seniors and kids 6-12 $5, kids 5 and under free. “Come celebrate with us as you enjoy top entertainment from Mariachi de Ciudad Guadalajara, direct from the city of Guadalajara, as well as Oregon's very own Ballet Folklórico Mexico en La Piel. Funtastic carnival rides are back again this year as well as our Artisan Village, featuring artisans flying in from Jalisco, Mexico to share their beautiful artwork with you. All entertainment is included in your entry fee, including Lucha Libre and Amateur Boxing this year!”

Author Talk, “Sean McGinty”, Thursday, May 5, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Sean McGinty presents his YA novel, “The End of Fun”. “Everyday Reality is a Drag. FUN -the latest in augmented reality-is fun but it's also frustrating, glitchy, and dangerously addictive . Just when everyone else is getting on, 17-year-old Aaron O'Faolain wants off. But first he has to complete his Application for Termination, and in order to do that he has to deal with his History-not to mention the present, including his grandfather's suicide and a series of clues that may (or may not) lead to buried treasure. As he attempts to unravel the mystery, Aaron is sidetracked again . . . and again. Shadowed by his virtual "best friend," Homie, Aaron struggles with love, loss, dog bites, community theater, wild horses, wildfires, and the fact (deep breath) that actual reality can sometimes surprise you. Sean McGinty's strikingly profound debut unearths a world that is eerily familiar, yet utterly original. Discover what it means to come to the end of fun.”

YA Author Event”, Thursday, May 5, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “We are pleased to welcome authors Morgan Matson, Siobhan Vivian and Suzanne Young. Morgan, the author of Since You've Been Gone, will discuss her newest book, The Unexpected Everything. Siobhan, the author of Burn for Burn, will be sharing her new book, The Last Boy and Girl in the World. Suzanne, author of The Program and The Treatment, talk about her new book The Epidemic. This free event is open to the public. The event will feature a panel discussion, Q/A session and book signing.”

Lantern Slide Show—A Land of Milk and Honey: An Illuminated Guide to Oregon’s Bounty”, Thursday, May 5, 6PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $20. A reception – featuring an Oregon-inspired menu from Art de Cuisine – will follow. “Join us for a pictorial history of food in Oregon from 1850 to 1940 with an emphasis on the agricultural bounty that makes the state one of the best places to eat in the world! Culinary historian Heather Arndt and Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan will present a collection of historic glass lantern slides-hand colored and projected using an original 1930's projector-depicting Oregon's cornucopia and the stories behind them. The presentation will be followed by a reception in Lincoln Hall. Ticket sales support the PSU Film Program which emphasizes how historical research animates the past through the study of the origins of early cinema, film archiving, and the studio system.”

"Yom HaShoah- Day of Remembrance", Thursday, May 5, 10AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Pdx. Free. "Every year the Portland Jewish community honors the memory of the victims of the Holocaust with a public recitation of Holocaust victims’ names, ages, and birth places. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Museum: Center for Holocaust Education."

Human Rights in History”, Thursday, May 5, 7PM, Clark County Historical Society and Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Free. “CCHM’s First Thursday event on May 5, 2016 at 7:00pm features Nancy Koppelman, professor of American studies and humanities at The Evergreen State College, presenting ‘Human Rights in History.’ What assumptions do we each hold about human rights? How are these assumptions influenced by history, ethics, politics, and citizenship? What are the challenges to human rights movements and how can the goals of those movements be achieved around the globe? This presentation offers a comprehensive historical context for understanding how the idea of human rights became not only a commitment widely shared by individuals, but also an organizing ethic within and among global nations.”

Theodore Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist”, Thursday, May 5, 1PM, Wilsonville Library Oak Room. “History comes to life with this multi-media presentation! Born to wealth and privilege, Theodore Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and populist reformer, taking on big oil, banks and railroads. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, May 5, 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!”

Kava Ceremonies in Oceania”, Thursday, May 5, 12:30PM, Burke Museum, 4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle Free. Join us on Free First Thursday this month to learn about Kava ceremonies in Oceania. See objects from the Burke's Ethnology collection up close and have a conversation with our diverse group of undergraduate researchers. These students are interested in teaching by doing and will be demonstrating the clapping and chanting that accompanies a Kava ceremony.”

The Road that Bound the World Together: Art of the Silk Road”, Thursday, May 5, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library, Community Room 1st Floor. “For millennia, the fabled Silk Road was the major avenue for the movement of people, ideas, and styles of art between Asia, Europe and Africa. It was responsible for the production of Celtic-style tartans in what is now northwestern China, for the use of curvilinear animal motifs throughout Europe and Asia, and for the depiction of figures wearing Roman and Indian clothing in frescoes found at oases in the Gobi desert. Join Professor Nancy Schonbrun for a presentation that will include her photography of sites in the Gobi that were only recently opened for restoration.”

"Owls of Oregon", Thursday, May 5, 7PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room. "What bird can: fly in complete silence, turn their heads almost ¾ of the way around, and hunt in total darkness? Owls! Find out how they do it, where they reside, and which kinds inhabit the Pacific Northwest. Come learn from John Mullen, Oregon State Parks Manager, as he explores these unique animals and their mysterious ways!"

Author Talk, "Bryan Denson", Thursday, May 5, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. "Author Bryan Denson presenting on his book 'The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia."

Morning Bird Song Walks”, Thursdays, 7AM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. “Develop and hone your ability to identify bird songs by making a commitment of one hour per week for the month of May when our resident birds begin singing a lot. Walk slowly, listen and discuss what we are hearing and finally, connect a bird's name to its song. Repetition is the key to developing this skill! Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. We begin at 7 am and end around 8 am. You can depart at any time you need to.”

"Getting your Garden Started Workshop", Thursday, May 5, 6PM, Rigler Community Garden, NE 52nd Ave. and Prescott St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required, email Kathy at or call 503-823-1612. "All registered gardeners are invited to a free workshop to learn about techniques that build soil health and support a successful season of community gardening. Topics include garden planning, bed preparation, compost, fertilizers, and planting. Free seeds!"

Festive Floral Arrangement”, Friday, May 6, 4PM, Fairview Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a festive fresh flower arrangement with the florist-designer Margarit Petrosyan. Learn the refinements of flower care and arranging.”

NW Quilter’s 42nd Annual Quilt Show”, Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 10AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $8 adults, free for kids 12 and under. $8 parking, $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

Warblers and Flycatchers”, Friday, May 6, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: “This class will focus on two groups notorious for giving the birdwatcher a stiff neck and bewildered stare: warblers and flycatchers. Local author and guide John Rakestraw will show you how to identify these birds by sight and sound as well as posture and performance. He’ll also offer tips on finding these birds and discuss ways to prevent painful ‘warbler neck’.”

Iris Bloom Season”, Friday, May 6 through Tuesday, May 31, Schriener’s Iris Gardens, 3625 Quinaby Rd NE, Salem. Free. “In early May each year, we open our 10-acre display gardens to the public free of charge. Make a tour of Schreiner's Iris Gardens one of your springtime traditions. During bloom season, our display gardens are open from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. n business since 1925, Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public. In our fields, thousands of Iris will be in bloom, from the deepest black to pure white, deep brick red to azure blue, glowing copper to velvety purple. The spectacle of row after row, field after field of brilliantly blooming flowers brightens the spirits and ignites the imagination. Ten acres of our lovely gardens contain 500 named Iris varieties that will be in bloom this season. Spend a spring morning strolling through the gardens, bring the family for a picnic lunch (tables are available) or steal a romantic moment at the end of the day surrounded by blooms and sunset.”

Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend”, Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N., Seattle. Free with admission, $28.75 adults; $26.75 seniors, $23.75 youth 6-15, $20.75 child 3-5. “Pacific Science Center welcomes the University of Washington for Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend with plenty of purple, gold and hands-on science experiments for the whole family. Huskies of all ages are invited to participate in three days of interactive activities that highlight the cutting-edge research from a globally ranked university located right in the heart of Seattle. Learn about the boundless research breakthroughs happening in our own backyard. Don’t miss out on special appearances made by Harry the Husky, the Husky Marching Band, UW Cheer and Dance, and live UW mascot, Dubs.” The lineup of exhibits is pretty impressive:

Incredible Inventors: Forces and Motion”, Fridays in 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:

Nail Art for Mom and Me: Polka Dots”, Saturday, May 7, 10:30AM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, May 7, 1PM, St. Johns Library. “It's a date! Grab your mom and head on down to the library for a fun outing. This will be a chance to spend some quality time together and leave with matching polka dot nails that are easy for even the smallest of fingers. All nail polish provided is vegan friendly and free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and parabens.”

From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between Tour”, Saturday, May 7, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Every plant has a story to share! Learn how the dandelion got its name, why the Douglas fir is not a fir, the tree that held the British Navy at bay, and more! This guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum will open your eyes to the histories and mysteries of the everyday plants and trees around us.”

Animation Workshop- Claymation”, Saturday, May 7, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Board Room. Ages 8-13. Preregistration required; register online.  “Claymation is a form of stop-motion animation that uses clay as a medium to create the illusion of movement. For those who are interested in cartooning, the claymation animation workshop will introduce participants to the world of character sculpting and basic stop-motion animation. Each participant will design their own characters and props out of modeling clay. Using tablet computers and stop-motion software, participants will take turns animating their characters and watch their creations move right before their eyes.”

“Portland Lindy Exchange Saturday Dance in the Park”, Saturday, May 7, 1PM-4PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “Free, open to the public dance and live music by the Portland Lindy Exchange! The Portland Lindy Society sponsors a dance event in the park with some of Portland's best local bands. This year we feature the Midnight Serenaders who will provide fabulous music to dance to! This event is free and open to public - everyone is welcome to join in!”

"Bird Walk at Nadaka", Saturday, May 7, 8AM, Nadaka Nature Park, 17615 NE Glisan St., Gresmam. Free. "Join the Audubon Society and Friends of Nadaka for a family-friendly, guided bird walk, open to both beginners and advanced bird watchers. This is a great opportunity to brush up on birding and identification basics. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, we will have some for you to borrow."

Beyond A Scenic Spot: The Making and Remaking of West Lake”, Saturday, May 7, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Recreation Center Auditorium, Room 001, 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Desmond Cheung, Professor of History, Portland State University. “West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic temples, pagodas, and tea plantations. It has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers; often described as having "influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" and reflecting “an idealized fusion between humans and nature." Moreover, it was an important local source of water with Hangzhou as the southern terminus of the Grand Canal. Yet, despite its fame and practical importance, its existence was not guaranteed. The city’s residents regularly encroached upon its shoreline, even threatening to make it disappear. This presentation examines how in 1508, during the Ming Dynasty, a local official restored West Lake at great expense and against much opposition, thereby revealing both the Lake’s continued importance and the ongoing challenges to its survival. Enjoy a lecture with Dr. Cheung to view a unique window of Ming history.”

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 7. Visit a participating comic book store or library near you for a free introduction to the joys of comic books! Many stores have writers and illustrators presenting their work. You can find participating comic book stores here:

Graham Oaks Nature Park Eco-Blitz”, Saturday, May 7, Graham Oaks Nature Park ,11825 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “The Graham Oaks Nature Park 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 and open to all ages. No experience is necessary and introduction to using the iNaturalist app will be provided.”

"Mother's Day Show and Sale at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden", Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, 5801 SE 28th Ave., Pdx. "Come see the flowers in peak bloom! Show opens at 12:00pm on Saturday. Visit the Judges Flower Show in the Exhibit Hall and browse a big plant sale in the front parking lot. Flower show competition is open to everyone. To enter your own Rhododendron trusses in the show, bring them to the Exhibit Hall between 6:00pm-9:00pm on Friday night on May 6, or from 7:00am-9:30am on Saturday, May 7.Master Gardeners will be on site to answer your questions about rhododendron care and culture."

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Saturday, May 7, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “Expand your knowledge of native conifers with Instructor Ken Denniston (author of Ken will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The workshop will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.”

Tall Ships”. The ‘Lady Washington’ and ‘Hawaiian Chieftan’ tall ships will be in Coos Bay from May 7-15 and Newport May 19-30 sharing their marvelous living history program with tours, sails and battle reenactments. More info here:

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, May 7, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

Poetry Workshop: Inspired by Roads – The Historic Columbia River Gorge”, Saturday, May 7, 1PM-4PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale. All ages. Free. Preregistration required; call 509 773-3733 ext. 20. Presented by poet Tim Barnes. “The historic Columbia River Highway- once called a poem in stone – inspires this afternoon workshop with poet Tim Barnes. Participants will create poems based on this majestic byway using historic photographs by Albert Barnes as inspiration. Your finished poem will be bound into a handmade accordion-style book you create.”

Comic Book Workshop”, Saturday, May 7, 2PM, Tualatin Library. For grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Come join us as local comics artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner shows us how to create our own comic books, going through all the steps involved from creating an idea to the finished product. Bring your ideas, and we'll supply everything else! May 7 is also Free Comic Book Day! Free comics will be given out at 4pm, come pick one up ASAP before we run out!”

World in Motion: Celebrate the Middle East”, Saturday, May 7, 1PM, Capitol Hill Library. “A multi-part event will showcasing different cultural aspects of the Middle East -- a sampler of local resources and talent with roots in Middle Eastern countries. Middle Eastern literature, history, and art: 1:00 - Literature with Dr. Baher Butti of the Iraqi Society of Oregon. 2:00 - History with Wajdi Said of the Muslim Educational Trust. 3:00 - Art with artist Kanaan Kanaan, plus artist and book illustrator Linda Sawaya with author Cathy Camper. Middle Eastern music, activities and food samples for the whole family: 1:30-3:30 - Hand painting with henna artist. 4:00-5:45 Live music with Al-Andalus, crafts and refreshments.”

Mt. Tabor Bird Walk”, Saturday, May 7, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Backyard Bird Shop's free, expert-guided bird walks are a great way to learn how to recognize our local birds. The walk, led by naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy, will last somewhere between 2 and 3 hours.”

Animation Workshop - Character Puppet Stop-motion”, Saturday, May 7, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Ages 8-13. Preregistration required; register online. “Are you interested in making your drawings come to life? The character puppet stop-motion workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of character design and simple animation. Each student will design and construct a moving character puppet out of paper and metal fasteners. Using tablet computers and stop-motion software, participants will take turns animating their character puppets and see their drawings move right before their eyes.”

Trash to Treasure”, Saturday, May 7, 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.”

DIY Putty, Slime and Stress Balls”, Saturday, May 7, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “Relieve stress and tension with your own handmade putty, slime and stress balls. We'll use a variety of materials to create different sensory experiences to keep your hands occupied in class, unwind after a tough day, or just for fun.”

Tears of Joy Theatre Presents, “Horton Hatches the Egg”, Saturday, May 7, 11AM, Holgate Library. “Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faithfully through rain and snow, Horton and the egg are captured by three hunters and put in a circus. Maisie happens to fly by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that Horton give it back to her.”

“Ready, Set…Science!”, Saturday, May 7, 1PM, Gresham Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Presented by AKA Science. “When you exercise and play, your body springs into action! How does your body do it? Try cool experiments to see how your heart beats, your lungs breathe, and your muscles move! Test your reflexes, play balancing games, and use neurons to send a message to your brain! Explore Silly Putty stretches and have fun with Bio-Squares...then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends!”

“Khokhloma Box Painting”, Saturday, May 7, 2PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by Lyubov Romanava. “Khokhloma is a traditional style of layered painting in Russia. Join us to paint your very own wooden box using traditional Khokhloma painting techniques.”

“Seed Balls for Kids”, Saturday, May 7, 2PM, Albina Library; Monday, May 9, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library; Thursday, May 19, 4PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, May 28, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “It's spring! Come get your hands dirty at the library. We’ll mix a special blend of earth, clay and native wildflower seeds and form it into balls. Wherever the seed balls are placed, a patch of wildflowers will grow that benefits our native bees and butterflies. This hands-on activity teaches the importance of pollinators and empowers kids to transform their neighborhoods, one seed ball at a time.”

"Make Your Own Comic", Saturday, May 7, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. Suggested for ages 5-9. "Do you dream about battling evil villains? Do you have a super hero you wish you could be? Make it happen when you create your own comic book."

“Women Aviation and Military Heroes Day”, Saturday, May 7, Evergreen Museum, McMinnville. $15 admission (includes both museums and a movie). Preregistration required; email “Join us May 7 for our Women Heroes Day, where we celebrate women who have made their mark in Aviation, Space, Engineering and other outstanding fields. Come hear their stories and find inspiration.”

“Champoeg Founder’s Day 2016”, Saturday, May 7, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, Memorial Pavilion. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Champoeg State Heritage Area is hosting the 115 annual Founders Day Celebration honoring the 52 men who, in 1843, voted for the first territorial government west of the Rocky Mountains. As part of this celebration we ask that any descendants of these men gather with us for a reading of the names roll call. Founders Day has been held at Champoeg at the memorial pavilion since 1901. On hand will be a Boy Scout color guard, speakers, and a roll call of the names. Costumed reenactors will perform a rifle salute. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be available afterwards.”

Bird Walk at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, May 7, and Saturday, May 14, 8AM, North Bonneville, WA. Free. Preregistration required; email or call 360-887-4106 to sign up. Pierce NWR is normally closed to the public. “Join Columbia Gorge Refuge Steward's board member Randy Fortish at 8:00 am to explore Pierce National Wildlife Refuge. There are only a few opportunities throughout the year to visit Pierce and this is one of them!”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, May 7, and Saturday, May 21, 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.”

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival”, Saturday, May 7, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge and surrounding area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Learn about the native plants, wildflowers, and birds that fill Silver Falls’ temperate rainforest. Join guided walks, family hikes, and children's activities. Enjoy live raptors and wildflower displays. Purchase native plants. Visit local wildlife organizations.”

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, Saturday, May 7, 4PM-8:30PM, Astoria Event Center, 255 9th St., Astoria. Free. “The Lower Columbia Hispanic Council invites you to join them for their 3rd-annual Cinco de May celebration in Astoria on Saturday May 7, 2016 at 4:00pm. The fiesta will feature family activities, live music, a salsa recipe contest and artisanal crafts. A variety of Hispanic dishes, margaritas and beer will be available for purchase.”

Oregon Rocketry Public Launch”, Saturday, May 7, 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.”

USS Tahoma, Shore Party”, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “The living history group U.S.S. Tahoma brings to life the history of the Union's Navy. The weekend will include displays, camp life, demonstrations, and a full-scale model of a ship, on dry land.”

Sheep to Shawl Festival”, Saturday, May 7, 10AM-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Free. “First held in 1985, our Sheep to Shawl festival is a classic family event, offering the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of wool fiber processing, from the shearing of animals—sheep, of course, but also alpacas, llamas, and the occasional rabbit—to the production of beautiful lace at the hands of expert fiber artists. Weaving, spinning, knitting, and rug-hooking are on display, as are blacksmith demonstrations in our operating forge.”

***Happy Mother's Day! Sunday May 8***

Free Day, Sunday, May 8, all Washington State Parks!

Your Neighborhood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, May 8, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every second Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Come listen, learn, laugh and leave with a story to tell!”

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Mother’s Day Celebration”, Sunday, May 8, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA. Free with $3 per vehicle day use fee. Plankhouse Tours and Kids Activities ongoing throughout the event. 1PM Presentation: “Where the Women Are: Gender and Power in the Archaeological Record of the Pacific Northwest.” 2PM Ethnobotany hike.

Mother’s Day Hike”, Sunday, May 8, meeting at 9AM from Hollywood Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey St., Pdx. Free. “Join Bark’s volunteer Hike Leaders on the Clackamas River to see the very rare Iris tenuis in bloom! This hike will be geared towards kids of all ages. Since the beginning Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can all become stronger advocates for the protection of our public lands. Bark hike leaders are passionate, knowledgeable volunteers who educate the public about forest ecology, policy, and how to get take action to defend Mt. Hood forests, rivers and wildlife!”

Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms of Canemah Bluff”, Sunday, May 8, 1PM, Canemah Bluff Natural Area, 815 4th Ave., Oregon City. Ages 6 and up. $6 per person, $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Instead of taking flowers to mom this Mother’s Day, why not take her to the wildflowers? Join Metro naturalist Dan Daly for a leisurely stroll to see and learn about common wildflowers. Enjoy the serenade of nesting songbirds and views of the Willamette River and historic Canemah cemetery.”

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

"Homeschooling Huddle", Monday, May 9, 10:30AM, Molalla Library Conference Room. "Come and join this great adventure into "Animals" . All ages invited. We will have a discussion, craft, and animal Bingo! Bring a snack and get your animal on!"

"OBT2", Monday, May 9, 12PM, Portland'5 Center for the Performing Arts, Anionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. All Ages. "The pre-professional dancers of OBT2 (Oregon Ballet Theatre 2) present a thrilling performance of excerpts from August Bournonville’s “Napoli,” which was danced by the professional troupe earlier this season. “Napoli” is noted for it’s lightening quick footwork, breathtaking leaps and fiery Tarantella. The dancers also may perform a piece choreographed by retired OBT dancer Alison Roper or other works."

“Botany 101”, Monday, May 9, 6:30PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Come discover your botanical eye as we observe live native plants together! We will be using the gestalt approach to plant identification in this class; this is more of an art than a science, in which one sees the plant as a whole and not just certain characteristics. We will be recording observations through illustration and/or written description during the class, which can be added to a shared online document which you will be given access to, that can grow as we see these species in the field. Zak Weinstein, a proud Native Plant Society of Oregon member, botany graduate from OSU and past field botanist, will be leading the class, and there will be a few other botanically knowledgeable folks present for one-on-one help. Zak will briefly tell us about the Oregon Flora Project, and its online resources. Come over to the Bark library on May 9th, as you never know what plants will lie in your future...”

“Mercury Transit!”, Monday, May 9, 5AM-12:30PM, Goldendale Observatory, 1602 Observatory Dr., Goldendale, WA. “If you missed the rare transit of planet Venus in 2012, now's your chance to make up for it! From 4am to 12pm Pacific Time, tiny planet Mercury will be witnessed crossing the Solar disk as it passes between Earth and the Sun. Sunrise occurs at 5:45am on the West Coast, so 3/4 of the transit will be observable from Goldendale Observatory. Don't miss this well-placed transit of Mercury. These events are not so rare as Venus transits, but are certainly not common. The next three Mercury transits occur in 2019, 2032, and 2039. The next Venus transit occurs in 2117!”  More about the transit of Mercury:

Northwest Animation Festival”, Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 15, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “The largest animation show in the United States! The NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. We showcase the breadth of this art form, screening films that are in turn hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring.”

The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival”, Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 15, Eugene. Details here:

Star Party: Transit of Mercury Viewing at OMSI”, Monday, May 9, 6AM-11:30AM, outside at OMSI. “A rare celestial event called a transit of Mercury is set to transpire on Monday, May 9,2016. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Rose City Astronomers Club will host a transit of Mercury viewing party in OMSI’s east parking lot for this occurrence, not to be repeated until the year 2019! A transit of Mercury is the observed passage of the planet Mercury across the disk of the sun. It occurs when Mercury, orbiting the sun “on the inside track,” catches up to and passes the slower Earth. To viewers, Mercury will appear as a small dot in the foreground, making its passage (or “transit”) from left to right across the southern hemisphere of the sun. Transits of Mercury with respect to Earth are much more frequent than transits of Venus, with about 13 or 14 per century, in part because Mercury is closer to the Sun and orbits it more rapidly. For Portland, the transit will commence at 5:46 a.m. with the sunrise and Mercury appears near the Sun's equator. The greatest transit movement will occur at 7:13 a.m. when Mercury appears just below the equator of the sun. The transit will end at 11:13 a.m. as Mercury exits to the lower west of the sun. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safely viewing the sun during this transit. It is important not to view any of this transit activity without eye protection or without using indirect viewing techniques. Viewers should use only an approved solar filter which blocks dangerous ultraviolet and infrared radiation as well as visible light. Special solar viewing glasses are available at the OMSI Science Store. Learn how to view the Mercury transit with the experts by joining us for the event at OMSI!”  More about the transit of Mercury:

The Coral Microbiome Project”, Monday, May 9, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Rebecca Vega-Thurber, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University. “Underwater, bleached corals are hard to miss. The ornate structures — once lemon yellow, dark purple, or mossy green — turn a ghostly white when coral animals expel the phytoplankton that normally provide food. While they can recover, nearly a fifth of the world’s reefs have died. But a reef is more than coral and plankton. It is a community in which other microorganisms play a role. Viruses and bacteria, fungi and archaea also live in the neighborhood, what researchers call the coral microbiome. Scientists know little about what these organisms do and how they affect the health of the reef. At the May 9 Corvallis Science Pub, Rebecca Vega-Thurber, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, will discuss an initiative to analyze the coral microbiome. In addition to Vega-Thurber’s presentation, the Science Pub will offer a preview of scenes from Saving Atlantis, a new movie about the worldwide Coral Microbiome Project.”

Author Talk, “Peter Willcox”, Monday, May 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Peter Willcox presents his book, “Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet”. “Peter Willcox has been a Captain for Greenpeace for over 30 years. He would never call himself a hero, but he is recognized on every ocean and continent for devoting his entire life to saving the planet. He has led the most compelling and dangerous Greenpeace actions to bring international attention to the destruction of our environment. From the globally televised imprisonment of his crew, the ‘Arctic 30,’ by Russian Commandos to international conspiracies involving diamond smuggling, gun-trading and Al-Qaeda, Willcox has braved the unimaginable and triumphed. This is his story--which begins when he was a young man sailing with Pete Seeger and continues right up to his becoming the iconic environmentalist he is today. His daring adventures and courageous determination will inspire readers everywhere.”

“Portland Ballet”, Tuesday, May 10, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Experience the magic of dance with the Portland Ballet's most advanced students. See a choreographed demonstration of a dancer's daily class exercises, then watch selections from both classical and contemporary ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake or The Firebird.”

Screening, “Street Interviews: Video Portraits on Vulnerability”, Tuesday, May 10, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. Presented by filmmaker/writer Kalimah Abioto.

"Food for Thought, a Cookbook Discussion Group", Tuesday, May 10, 6PM, Ridgefield Library. "Travel the world through ethnic cookbooks. Prepare a recipe to share with others and join the discussion on the selected country's cuisine and cookbooks used. In May we are cooking food from Mexico."

“Reel Science: National Parks Adventure”, Tuesday, May 10, 6:30PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $7. "Join us for a special Reel Science honoring the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Enjoy a panel discussion of local experts on why national parks are important, how they are a part of our cultural landscape, and more, plus a viewing of the new giant screen documentary, National Parks Adventure narrated by Robert Redford. Panel on Our National Parks will feature: Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at PSU; Steve Mark, Historian at Crater Lake National Park; and Doug Wilson, Adjunct Associate Professor at PSU and Regional Archaeologist at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.”

“The Music and Life of David Bowie”, Tuesday, May 10, 6PM, Woodstock Library; Sunday, May 15, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; Tuesday, May 17, 6PM, Central Library US Bank Room; Thursday, May 19, 6PM, Belmont Library; and Sunday, May 22, 4PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This program explores the impact of David Bowie's music on the world through the examination of his life and musical upbringing. Music, writings and interviews will be included in the lecture.”

"Painted Crepe Flowers", Tuesday, May 10, 6PM, Canby Library. Adults and teens. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. "Participants will create realistic looking paper flowers by painting, stretching and manipulating crepe paper."

The Mystery of Bird Song”, Tuesday, May 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “It’s May! Bird song is everywhere. From complex trills to simple melodies, chirps and chips, the range of their vocalization charms and astounds us. How do birds produce such beautiful songs and complex harmonics? And why do they produce so many different types of vocalization? At May’s Nature Night, naturalist and author David Lukas will help answer these questions and share some insights into the magical world of bird song. Using audio recordings, photos and video, he’ll provide fascinating information about the anatomy of how birds produce song; the ways we study bird song; and some of the social behaviors that explain common bird vocalization.”

Art of Animation”, Wednesday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 25, 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!”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday May 11, 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!”

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

Hour of Code for Kids”, Wednesday, May 11, 3PM, and Monday, May 16, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library. Preregistration required; registration opens May 4, call 360-906-4740. “Have you ever wanted to design your own video game? Or been curious about how computer programs work? Well, now is your chance to try your hand at coding. No prior experience is necessary and work at your own pace. The ‘Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.” Appropriate for ages 6+.”

Poetry Reading, "Cindy Williams Gutierrez", Wednesday, May 11, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie.

"Reader's Theatre", Wednesday, May 11, 6PM, Sandy Library. "Actor’s Dojo presents 'Blithe Spirit' by Noel Coward."

Woodburning for Teens”. Wednesday, May 11, 4PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Try your hand a wood burning! No experience necessary. Leave with a small wood box or picture frame that shows off your new skills.”

Programming in Scratch”, Thursdays in May, 5:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Teens and tweens ages 11-18 can call 503-644-0043 x114 to register for our teen programming in Scratch class every Thursday night in May (5, 12, 19, 26) from 5:30-7:30 PM. Learn how to code using the Scratch module. Students should be very comfortable using computers, particularly in a PC/Windows environment. Copy and paste skills are essential.”

Author Talk; “Dee Williams”, Thursday, May 12, 7PM, Tualatin Library, and Friday, May 13, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Dee Williams discusses her book, “The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir”. “More than ten years ago, a near-death experience abruptly reminded sustainability advocate and pioneer Dee Williams that life is short. So, she sold her sprawling home and built an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up. Today, Williams can list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her about ten minutes to clean the entire house. Listen to her experiences firsthand at this free event!”

“Beaver in the Tualatin Basin”, Thursday, May 12, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Beavers are the ultimate ‘ecosystem engineers’. No other wildlife species’ behavior is as critical to the viability of so many other species in this environment. Greg Lewellan will share the history of beaver in the Tualatin Basin from abundance to near extinction. Beavers are the only animal with the potential to restore wetlands for the benefit of fish, wildlife and people. Join us to learn more about Tualatin Basin efforts encouraging and allowing beaver to perform their ecological roles while mitigating negative effects.”

Growing Tomatoes”, Thursday, May 12, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. “Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest presented by Master Gardener Bob Falconer.”

Community Discussion: The Ethics of Photography”, Thursday, May 12, 6:30PM, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., Pdx. Free. “The question of photographers’ responsibility to their subjects has long been debated throughout the history of the medium. On May 12, we will discuss the relationship, motives and nuances between the image-producer and subject through presentations by photographers who have documented communities other than their own. The conversation will address some of the following questions: is collaboration between photographer and subject possible? Is there a ‘right/wrong’ way to document other communities? Is there such a thing as an objective image? How can exploitation be avoided? How can subjects be empowered through images?”

Amigurumi Crochet Creations for Teens”, 2 part class, Thursday, May 12, and Thursday, May 19, 4:15, Vancouver Library, meeting room level 4. “Learn how to crochet an adorable amigurumi octopus in a two-part beginner’s class, including basic stitches and how to read patterns. Newcomers with lots of patience are welcome to give it a try, but previous crochet experience is recommended. Octopus will be made in 2 sessions. All materials provided (or bring your own, size G or F hook and favorite color yarn). A ‘crochet cam’ will be set up for projection of instructions on the big screen. First week- Make the body and get crochet tips! Second week- Make the legs and assemble your octopus!”

Solutions to Climate Change—A Message of Hope for This Generation and the Next”, Thursday, May 12, 7PM, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave., Pdx. $20, student discounted tickets $10. “Paul Hawken is a world-renown environmentalist, entrepreneur, and best-selling author on sustainability. He will speak about his work with Project Drawdown, a nonprofit that is mapping and modeling 100 existing, substantive solutions to reverse climate change. These solutions are widely practiced, commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. When implemented globally and at scale over the next thirty years, they'll not only forge a pathway to reverse climate change, but will also result in more security, more prosperity, more jobs, and better health. Hawken will show how a wide variety of actors can advance these solutions— engaged citizens, students, teachers, farmers, business leaders, policymakers, and more.”

16th Annual UFO Festival”, Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville. Free. All ages. “Set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, the UFO Festival explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend!” They genuinely have both humorous events and speakers who are sincere and recognized experts for those who take this field seriously.

Energy Storage for the 21st Century”, Thursday, May 12, 6:30PM, Whirled Pies at Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene. $5 suggested donation. Presented by David Xiulei Ji, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. “Global economy is proportional to its energy consumption. During the last four decades, the global energy demand has been nearly tripled. Unfortunately, the pattern of our energy sources has remained the same, where fossil fuels still provide more than 80% of what we need. This is simply unsustainable. We have seen a strong momentum to switch to solar and wind energies that are renewable and essentially unlimited. However, their current contributions are merely less than 2% of our usage. Why not just increase the installation of solar and wind? What is holding us back? In this talk, materials chemist Xiulei (David) Ji will provide you the answers for the above questions. He will describe the challenges and opportunities in the field of energy storage. He will explain why it is the golden time for inventors and entrepreneurs in the arena of solving energy storage problems. He will walk through major energy storage strategies, and in particular, talk about the solutions materials chemistry can bring to the table.”

Tyranny of the Weak: How North Korea Shakes the World”, Thursday, May 12, 6PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Charles K. Armstrong, 
Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History and the Director of The Center for Korean Research at Columbia University. “The collapse of the North Korean regime has been predicted many times over the past quarter-century. But in 2016 North Korea not only continues to exist, it has recently defied UN sanctions and global condemnation by conducting nuclear and long-range missile tests. What explains North Korea's survival into the twenty-first century and its ability to defy international norms, despite the country's isolation and economic weakness? This talk explores North Korea's long history of maneuvering between much more powerful countries to its own advantage, going back to the period of Soviet-Chinese rivalry during the Cold War and continuing through Pyongyang's current confrontation with the US and South Korea. The government of Kim Jong Un faces new domestic challenges and international pressures, and this talk concludes with some reflections on North Korea's current challenges and thoughts on how North Korea's responses to theses challenges may shape the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asian region in the months and years ahead.”

"100 Years of Oregon State Parks 1913-2013", Friday, May 13, 7PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room. "Ken and Janet Jackson return to Estacada Library for this history of Oregon State Parks. The Oregon State Parks system has a rich history since Governor Oswald West saved the beaches in 1913. The Jackson’s will lead you through this amazing story and conclude with a description of the additions and improvements to our State Parks since 2000."

Screening and Director Q/A, “The Way We Talk”, Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 7PM, Portland State University, 5th Ave. Cinema, 510 Hall St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: A documentary about stuttering. “The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) present a film screening of the documentary ‘The Way We Talk’. The event will be followed by a brief Q/A with the film's director, Michael Turner.”

Author Talk, “William L. Sullivan”, Friday, May 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. William L. Sullivan presents his book, “100 Hikes / Travel Guide: Oregon Coast and Coast Range”. “Welcome to Oregon's Coast -- 363 miles of cliff-edged capes, public beaches, wild rivers, sand dunes, rainforest, and coastal mountains. Many of the top attractions are within easy reach of Highway 101, but others are accessible only by trail. To help you explore both the civilized and the wild parts of Oregon's spectacular shore, this book blends two kinds of guides -- a detailed Travel Guide for touring by car and a complete Trail Guide for planning adventures on foot. The updated 4th edition of this popular guide starts with a full-color 32-page overview of the Oregon Coast's highlights, including lighthouses, parks, towns, and museums, with color guides to wildflowers, birds, campgrounds, cabins, and bed and breakfast inns.”

Sandy River Spey Clave at Oxbow”, Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Park Rd., Gresham. Free with $5 per car day use fee. All ages. “Get your feet wet at the largest two-hand fly rod event in the Western Hemisphere. Learn the basics of spey casting from Northwest fly fishing legends, guides and national experts. Rods, lines, reels and some sizes of waders are available for use during the classes, or bring your own equipment. Free lunch.”

Screening, "The Secret Life of Your Clothes", Friday, May 13, 6:30PM, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. "Every day we give thousands of bags of our old clothes to charity shops. In this film, BBC’s presenter Ade Adepitan is on a journey to find out what happens to it all. Most of us think the clothes sent to charity shops are sold there but in reality most of it ends up thousands of miles away in Africa."

“Shrinky Dinks Party”, Friday, May 13, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Ages 5-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Let's get creative and make some Shrinky Dinks jewelry and crafts!

“Lagerstätten!”, Friday, May 13, 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 Oregon fossil expert Dr. Bill Orr. “Lagerstätte (from German for Lager 'storage, lair', and Stätte 'place) is the term for a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation—sometimes including preserved soft tissues. These formations may have resulted from carcass burial in an anoxic environment with minimal bacteria, thus delaying decomposition.”

“Chinese Lion Dance”, Saturday, May 14, 1:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Chinese lions will dance throughout the library and perform “Choi Cheng” or ‘Plucking the Greens’, a special blessing by the lions. All ages are welcome to drop by and dance with the lions! This special performance is sponsored by Stan and Diana Stanley and is being held in memory of Theresa Kaishin Stanley.”

Author Talk, “Laura O. Foster”, Saturday, May 14, 12PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Laura O. Foster presents her book, “Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary's Portland.” “Walking with Ramona explores the streets, schools, characters, and neighborhoods of author Beverly Cleary's Portland. With this newest and most unusual Portland guidebook, readers can walk the very sidewalks Beverly walked and climb the very school steps that Beverly climbed. You'll see the grocery parking lot where Ramona got stuck in the mud, the park lawn where Henry Huggins hunted nightcrawlers, and the real Portland street that became Klickitat Street, their fictional home. Beverly Cleary's Portland was much different than the Portlandia of today. Walking with Ramona brings to life what that 1920s and 1930s Portland was like for the girl from Yamhill who went on to become an internationally beloved author. Characters like Ramona and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, and Ellen and Austine come to life on this hour-long walking route through the Northeast Portland neighborhood where Beverly grew up.”

Kids Comics and Drawing Club”, Saturday, May 14, and Saturday, May 28, 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.”

Native Art Market”, Saturday, May 14, 10AM-3PM, Burke Museum, 4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle. “Join the Burke Museum for a celebration of Native art. Purchase original art directly from artists. Watch art demonstrations and talk to more than a dozen emerging and established Native American artists about their work and process. The artists are experts in mediums such as woodcarving, basketry, jewelry, graphic design, metalwork and forging. Also dine on delicious Indian tacos, sweet frybread, chili and more from Off the Rez food truck. 100% of art sales proceeds go directly to the artists!”

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, May 14, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “n “Writing from Real Life,” Katherine Schlick Noe, author of ‘Something to Hold’, explains how to use your own life as a rich source of stories to write. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, The League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. Join us!”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, May 14, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.”

US Engineers, 116th PA, Co. B”, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “No war could be fought without the critical support of the Engineers Corps. Roads, bridges, airstrips, buildings, etc. are all integral to how well an army can effectively carry out operations in the theater of war. This was just as important during the Civil War as it is today. See first hand how this corps of professionals carry out their work. Learn of technologies that enabled great feats of engineering to be constructed.”

Bainbridge Island BioBlitz 2016”, Saturday, May 14, Bainbridge Island, WA. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “We've done it again, and this time, we've gone national. National Geographic has partnered up with us to host THE most intensive field study survey our island has ever seen. A BioBlitz is an intensive race against the clock to identify as many species as possible on three very unique properties: IslandWood, The Grand Forest/Hilltop Meadow and Blakely Harbor Park. Volunteer participants can sign up to join a Taxa Team to search for and identify species of plants, animals, insects, fungi, and everything in between! This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about what’s living in your own backyard here on Bainbridge Island. There will be over 200 BioBlitzes happening across the country in the month of May - and we're so proud to be one of them.”

Astronomy Day Star Party”, Saturday, May 14, 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: “Astronomy Day wouldn't be complete without a free Star Party on Saturday, May 14 at Rooster Rock State Park and 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 include Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and waxing gibbous Moon, and more!” All kinds of info about attending a star party here:

All-You-Can-Make Art Bar”, Saturday, May 14, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Art ala Carte turned restaurant salad bars into art bars for an ‘all you can make’ art experience. Kids of all ages and skill levels fill up trays of seemingly endless supplies: everything from pom-poms, feathers and glitter, to bottle caps, CDs and army men. Kids create at their own pace as imaginative ideas are transformed into masterpieces.”

Public Works Week, Build it!”, Saturday, May 14, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Kids and families are invited to celebrate Public Works Week. Learn about and explore some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does for you! Public Works services supports our community’s everyday quality of life. Activities include: City Pipe Inspection, Garbage and Recycling Tips; Survey Demonstrations; Water Quality Testing, and Wetland Walks.”

Faire in the Grove”, Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Free. All ages. “Step back in time as the Society for Creative Anachronism/The Barony of Dragon's Mist, and Pacific University's History Department invite you to experience the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right on the front lawn of the Grand Lodge! You'll be transported back to the medieval village of Fairegrove, featuring armored combat, rapier, dance, music, storytelling, merchants, juggling, food and textile demos, book binding, leather working, blacksmithing and beyond. Roving musicians, singers and dancers will add to the ambience. Grab a pint and stroll around this living history museum.” (This event is popular and fun, but don’t expect historical accuracy.)

Paint Your Own O'Keeffe”, Saturday, May 14, 1PM, Troutdale Library; Saturday, May 21, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Monday, May 23, 3PM, Gregory Heights 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. Georgia O’Keeffe upends the traditional still life with her vibrant flower paintings. In this guided workshop, learn how to paint with complementary colors, rich shadows, and dramatic perspective to create your own version of O’Keeffe’s famous flowers. Leave with a completed 11x14” canvas and introductory skills in acrylic painting.”

Victorian Craft Demonstration”, Saturday, May 14, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Monogram Handkerchiefs. Class is free and all materials are supplied.”

Leach Botanical Garden’s Children’s Nature Fair”, Saturday, May 14, 10AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. “This year’s theme — ‘Pollinator Power’— will include learning about PNW pollinators such as bees, Audubon’s education birds, interactive booths, arts/crafts, a scavenger hunt, nature walks, music, and 25 cent ice cream . . . AND there will be more! Visit our partners' booths: Audubon Society of Portland, Zenger Farm, Portland Parks Environmental Education Program, Friends of Outdoor School, Brookside Farms and Gardens, and Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Great for kids of all ages— including adults!”

Everything in the Kitchen Sink! How to Create Natural Dyes from Scraps”, Wednesday, May 11, 11AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “In partnership with Rewild Portland, students will learn the basics of natural dye techniques, a few ways to get color out of what they already have in the kitchen, and an easy technique to get started experimenting with natural dyes. The class will also include a walk around the arboretum to discuss other common plants that are great for dyes, inks, and other natural crafts. To tie everything together, students will be using a technique called eco printing or bundle dying to make beautiful prints on silk scarves to take home! Supplies: Students should bring a pen and a notebook.”

Young Authors”, Saturday, May 14, 12PM, Sellwood Moreland Library. “Rena Marthaler wrote the 128-page middle grade fantasy novel ‘Magic the Crest’ in fourth grade while participating in National Novel Writing Month, a free annual competition that takes place each November and is open to both young and adult writers. Rena, now in sixth grade, visits libraries and schools to read from her book to kids ages 8-14, and answer their questions about how children can write and publish their own stories.”

Lacamas Lake Bird Walk”, Saturday, May 14, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Join expert naturalist, Elaine Murphy, for a free guided walk in Clark County’s Lacamas Lake Regional Park. This 312-acre natural area is home to over 85 species of birds including songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. The six-mile trail network inside the park passes through dense forests, near waterfalls, and open water so bird watching hot spots abound.”

Fernhill Wetlands EcoBlitz”, Saturday, May 14, Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fernhill Rd., Forest Grove. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us on May 14th, 2016 at the first Fernhill Wetlands EcoBlitz. Local biologists need your help as they identify the diverse array of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and plants that call Fernhill Wetlands home. Tours begin at 7:00am with the Early Birder and end at 1:00pm.”

Meditation 101 for Youth”, Saturday, May 14, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie, Children’s Library. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “Learn tips and tricks to calm down in this introduction to meditation by Claudette Pelletier.”

Igbo Masquerade”, Saturday, May 14, 12PM, Mildland Library. “Nzuko Ndi Igbo is the premier cultural organization of the Igbo people of Nigeria living in Oregon and SW Washington. This masquerade showcases their drumming, flute playing and dancing abilities and features the famous Nyikiriputu and Apunanwu Spirits, representing the Father and Mother of the Igbos.”

The Untold Story: Chinese American History in Oregon”, Saturday, May 14, 2PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Helen L. Ying. “Ying’s talk will take audiences down the historical lane of the Pendleton Chinese community, including the history of the underground city, where people retreated to escape discrimination. Rediscovered after being unnoticed for many years, the story includes legal and illegal businesses that operated for over 100 years.”

Felted Beads”, Saturday, May 14, 2PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Lebrie Rich. “Learn the ancient craft of feltmaking by making beads using only raw wool and hot soapy water. You will felt a ‘cane’ of layered wool that will be cut into slices of millefiori-style beads . In this workshop you'll get to make a nice collection of beads that can be strung into bracelets, necklaces, and garlands or used as buttons. Because the wool beads must dry overnight before being strung into jewelry, this class covers just bead-making, not jewelry creation.”

"Magenta Improv Theater", Saturday, May 14, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. $10 advance tickets or $12 at the door. "If April Showers bring May flowers what do May flowers bring?? Another MIT show! Bring your mom for extra credit, we are always family friendly. Come enjoy our new theater and stop at our concessions for a glass of wine."

Exhibit, “Aliens, Monsters and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics”, Saturday, May 14 to July 10, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene. Adults $4, Seniors $3, free for ages 18 and under. “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen celebrates the achievements of the most artistically and politically adventurous American comic-book company of the twentieth century: Bill Gaines’s Entertaining Comics, better known to fans all over the world as EC. Specializing in comic-book versions of popular fiction genres—particularly Crime, Horror, War, and Science Fiction—the company did far more than merely adapt the conventions of those genres to the comics medium. In the case of the now legendary Science Fiction and Horror titles, Weird Science and Tales from the Crypt, the creators at EC actively extended those genre conventions, while simultaneously shaping the imaginations of a subsequent generation of writers and filmmakers, such as Stephen King, George Lucas, John Landis, George Romero, and Steven Spielberg.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, May 14, 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.”

Trail Rover Training”, Saturday, May 14, 10AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Preregistration required; email Lorraine at or 503-823-4477. “Do you enjoy hiking in the arboretum? There is a way you can hike and be an ambassador for Hoyt Arboretum! Our Trail Rovers provide information to visitors on the trails and provide information to staff about Center on things of interest, in bloom, and of concern. Training will include information on contacts and procedures as well as a hike in the arboretum.”

Duality: An Immigrant Experience from India”, Saturday, May 14, 3PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us to celebrate and share the personal stories and triumphs of eminent Indian emigrants to Oregon. After an introduction by Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, a panel of speakers will share personal stories of how they came to Oregon, excelled in their professions here, and made a difference in the community. Panelists include Intel VPs, engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs, and academics who not only excelled in their professions but also took the time to make a difference in the community. They have mentored youth and women, founded local community and cultural groups to foster the regional cultures and languages of India, and brought professionals of Indian origin together supporting local causes. They will share their experiences and personal stories. Questions from the audience will be encouraged and welcomed.”

Fly Gals: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II”, Sunday, May 15, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Presented by Sig Unander, Jr. “The first American women military pilots in history, the WASPs flew vital ferry, training and flight test missions, freeing up men for combat. Disbanded for political reasons, their unit’s dedicated service was forgotten for decades until Congress recognized and honored them.”

Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff”, Sunday, May 15, 12PM, Pdx. $25-50 sliding scale, children pay their age. Preregistration required; see website: Presented by wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas. “Explore edible and poisonous plants in one of Portland’s most diverse and unique landscapes. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday and others you’ll find regularly. Most of these plants can be found in your own neighborhoods, fields, and local woodlands. Learn identification, use, and processing of fennel, chicory, black mustard, knotweed, wild sweet pea, bull thistle and many others. Learn poison oak and poison hemlock.”

Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences”, Sunday, May 15, 3PM, North Portland Library (preregistration required; register online:; Tuesday, May 24, 6PM, Kenton Library (preregistration required; register online: and Wednesday, May 25, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “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.”

Crag Rat Mountain Rescue Stories”, Sunday, May 15, 2PM, Hood River Library. “With Crag Rats Bill and Don Pattison.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, "As You Like It", Sunday, May 15, 1PM, Glenwood Park, SE 87th Ave and Claybourne St., Pdx. Free. "exiled the rightful Duke to the Forest of Arden. Orlando's brother won't raise him right. Orlando and Rosalind fall in love. Frederick banishes Rosalind. The girls escape to Arden (Rosalind cross-dresses). Rosalind gets Orlando to pretend she/he is Rosalind, and woo her. A god appears and performs many marriages."

“An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt”. Monday, May 16, 7PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Donations requested. Preregistration required; register online: “Theodore Roosevelt was a soldier and statesman, explorer and scientist, historian and author. Our youngest president, he personified a vigorous nation on the cusp of the American Century. TR's stories entertain and inspire today. Joe Wiegand's Teddy Roosevelt brings history to life for audiences young and old. He is always a big hit!”

Birds Nature Program”, Monday, May 16, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Storytime Room. Grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online. Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. “This time of year our fantastic feathered friends are putting on a show in nearly every tree, bush, or meadow. Learn about some of the amazing adaptations that help them be successful as they travel, build their nests, and raise their families. Look at some scientific specimens and go outside to see what birds are making their home near the library. Dress for the weather.”

The Neuroscience of Reality: Can You Trust Your Brain?”, Monday, May 16, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets (likely to sell out!): “What is real and how do we know? The blue/gold dress illusion demonstrates that you can’t always trust your brain. Michael Morgan, PhD, Professor of Psychology at WSU Vancouver, will use sensory illusions to reveal how the nervous system creates perceptions of the world. In this case, what you see is not what you get. Come learn about the brain’s limitations, exaggerations, and omissions.”

CNC Mill and Craft Cutter workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, May 17, 4PM, Rockwood Library Makerspace. “Want to use the CNC Mill or Cameo Craft Cutter in the Rockwood Library makerspace? Come get certified in this workshop. Repeated monthly."

Author Talk, "Jane Kirkpatrick", Tuesday, May 17, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. "Jane Kirkpatrick's work is unique in a world of storytellers. She has 24 novels and five non-fiction titles to her credit. Her focus is on telling stories that inspire.'

DIY Cleaning Workshop”, Tuesday, May 17, 6PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $25 per household. Preregistration required; register online:!events/kuw8z “Looking to save money and create a healthier home for your family? You can do both at Columbia Springs DIY Cleaning workshop! You’ll learn a number of ways to reduce toxic chemicals around your house and take home your very own DIY cleaning kit, just in time for spring cleaning.”

Getting to Know the Bees in Your Backyard”, Tuesday, May 17, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Joe Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at Utah State University. “Bees are arguably one of the most important insect groups on the planet. Despite their importance, bees are remarkably misunderstood by most people. For example, it is commonly thought that the U.S. and Canada are home to just a handful of bumble bees, sweat bees, and honey bees. In fact there are over 4,000 species. Many people list ‘hives’ ‘stings’ and ‘colony collapse disorder’ among ‘facts’ about bees. The truth is infinitely more fascinating than this simple list suggests, filled with the same twists and turns, complexities, horrors, and delights that an hour long television show provides each evening. This talk aims to dispel the common myths of bees, and will provide engaging accounts of the bees encountered in this region of the world, with clues for telling these stunning creatures apart.”

Magic Mayhem”, Wednesday, May 18, 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.”

Sustainable Building and Landscaping”, Wednesday, May 18, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. “Want to learn how to conserve resources AND make nature work for you? Come tour Columbia Springs and see sustainable design features in action, including hydro-electric power, rain water capture for your garden, recycled building materials, and composting. You’ll even learn how you can incorporate some of these ideas in your home!”

Jewish Literature Throughout History”, Wednesday, May 18, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Jewish educator Daphna Stadig will lead a discussion exploring how Jewish history and the Jewish experience are integral to the existence of Jewish literature. How are contemporary, medieval, and ancient texts informed by their authors' pasts and lived experiences?”

Wildlife Tracking for Beginners”, lecture Wednesday, May 18, 6:30PM, Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Pdx.; 2 field trips May 21 and 28, 9AM-2PM. Ages 15 and up. Lecture alone $10; lecture plus two field trips $50. Preregistration required; register online:

The Tualatin Kalapuya”, Tuesday, May 18, 7PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 adults, $4 seniors, youth, and active military. “The Tualatin Kalapuya Indians will be the highlight as Dr. Lewis will discuss their culture, territory and lifeways. Some of the Tualatin Chiefs will be presented and examples of their basketry shown. During the presentation the importance of Wapato Lake will be discussed, including some of the present plans to restore the resource for waterfowl, animals and native plants of Oregon. More broadly Dr. Lewis will discuss the Kalapuya Peoples and their role in creating the Willamette Valley.”

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

Author Talk, “Neal Bascomb”, Thursday, May 19, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Neal Bascomb presents his book, “The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb”. “From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Hunting Eichmann and The Perfect Mile, an epic adventure and spy story about the greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II. It’s 1942 and the Nazis are racing to be the first to build a weapon unlike any known before. They have the physicists, they have the uranium, and now all their plans depend on amassing a single ingredient: heavy water, which is produced in Norway’s Vemork, the lone plant in all the world that makes this rare substance. Under threat of death, Vemork’s engineers push production into overdrive. For the Allies, the plant must be destroyed. But how would they reach the castle fortress set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on Earth? Based on a trove of top secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skies, perilous survival in the wild, sacrifice for one’s country, Gestapo manhunts, soul-crushing setbacks, and a last-minute operation that would end any chance Hitler could obtain the atomic bomb—and alter the course of the war.”

Author Talk, “Nick Licata”, Thursday, May 19, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Nick Licata presents his book, “Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World.” “Recent waves of social activism like the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter show that you can fight city hall--or any other powerful entity for that matter. Now comes the playbook for citizen activists wanting to improve the world around them from Nick Licata, admired Seattle city councilmember and one of the city’s most effective leaders of political and social change since the 1960s. In this smart and powerful book, Licata explains how to get organized, congregate power, and master the tactics for change. He is insightful in comparing effective communication with methods that just don’t work. Licata’s observations on the intricacies of power will empower any activist who wants to make a difference in today’s world.”

“Rice Museum: A Real Gem”, Thursday, May 19, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. $3 suggested donation. “Many Oregonians have yet to visit the Rice Museum in Hillsboro. Julian Gray will review some of the outstanding collections this museum has acquired over the years. Come and learn more about their amazing collection.”

“Instrument Petting Zoo”, Thursday, May 19, 4:30PM, West Linn Library. “The Youth Music Project will bring a variety of musical instruments for kids to try, including electric guitar, keyboards, drums, and more!”

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, May 19, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.”

Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud”, Friday, May 20, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “
Learn important tips and ideas to prevent fraud and identity theft from Katrina Roy, Financial Outreach Specialist with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.”

Dragonflies and Butterflies”, Friday, May 20, 1PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “While birding on the refuge slows down during the summer months, that is a peak time for dragonflies and butterflies. These insects are quite different in their life cycle and behavior, each fascinating in its own way. Celebrate Endangered Species Day with volunteer Dennis Deck and go for an afternoon walk to see what is currently flying on the refuge. Bring binoculars, a hat, and water.”

"Tour of Cascadia Cave", Friday, May 20, 9AM-3:30PM, meeting at Sweet Home Ranger District Offices, Sweet Home.  $10 per person.  Preregistration required; register online: Cascadia Cave is on private land and is only legally accessible on guided tours.  The rocks have some of the most amazing petroglyphs to be found in Oregon.  "Follow the historic footsteps of the Kalapuya Indians along the lower floodplains of the South Santiam River. Includes traditional uses of plants. The trail may be muddy."

Concert, “Coleen Raney”, Friday, May 20, 7:30PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Tickets $14 in advance, $18 at the door. “Celtic Singer/Traditional Irish. Celebrated for bringing a contemporary freshness to traditional music, Colleen Raney’s following is loyal and growing—both among longtime adherents of Celtic music and younger fans who are new to the genre. Her open-minded and openhearted approach to her repertoire was inherited from her upbringing as part of Seattle’s celebrated Raney Family, steeped in step-dancing and song. After touring extensively the last few years in the US and abroad, her recently released fourth album, titled ‘Here is Home’, is garnering extensive rave international reviews for her powerful, expressive voice and nuanced musicality. Don’t miss this rising Celtic music star on the Walter stage, and see why Irish Music Magazine calls the album ‘a rich treasure,’ and Folk Worlds declares, ‘The album belongs amongst the very best that this year has to offer.’”

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, May 20, and Friday, May 27, 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.”

Kid’s Night at Bark”, Friday, May 20, 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.”

Music of the Renaissance: “Du Fay and His Contemporaries” Friday, May 20, 7:30PM, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1112 SE 41st. Ave. Pdx, and Sunday, May 22, 7:00PM, Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, 218 W. 12th St., Vancouver. "In Mulieribus and Ensemble De Organographia join forces with voices and early instruments. "The performance will highlight 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay, a cosmopolitan figure whose fusion of French, Italian, and English elements cultivated a new international style that would have a lasting influence on the music of both the Renaissance and of the centuries that followed. This program will present an array of works from his estimable output alongside those of his Burgundian contemporaries such as Binchois, Dunstable, Busnois, and Ciconia."

“I Do Not Go Alone: Natural History Forays from Fort Vancouver”, Friday, May 20, 7PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. Free. “As part of the park's BioBlitz celebration, author and historian Jack Nesbitt will discuss the history of naturalists in the 19th century, including David Douglas.”

Bicycle Maintenance”, Friday, May 20, 6PM, Hillsboro Main Library Community Room, first floor. “It's time to get the bike out of the garage and back on the road. Mechanics from Orenco Station Cyclery will share bicycle maintenance tips, tricks, and stories of repairs that went wrong. Whether you've never fixed a flat or you've done your own carbon fiber frame repair, come and ask them questions--all levels of knowledge are welcome!”

Stories of the Buddha from Kizil caves and Khotan in Taklamakan Desert”, Friday, May 20, 6:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Junghee Lee, Professor of Asian Art History, Portland State University. “The Kizil cave site is located near the flourishing town of Kucha on the northern route of the Silk Road in Xinjiang province of China. The caves are one of the earliest Buddhist cave temples in China and date from the fourth century. The charming murals in the caves depict the stories of the life and the previous lives of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. The images are clearly outlined and depicted with distinct colors and shapes such as brilliant emerald blue, decorative floral patterns and sensuous images in distinct Central Asian style. The stories of the pious devotion and the sacrifice are shown in unique compositions. The ceilings are decorated with heavenly beings with wings, the sun and the moon and the Garuda bird. Kizil murals are one of the direct sources for the early Dunhuang cave paintings in Gansu province, and the ultimate source of a Japanese painting. Crossing the Taklamakan desert from Kucha, one can arrive at Khotan (Hotian) in the middle of the Southern Silk Road. Numerous stupas and monasteries were built along the oasis towns of the southern route, but unfortunately most of them are now in ruins, buried under the sand. The stupas and monasteries in Miran, Rawak, Niya and Dandan Uiliq are just a few examples. Diverse images of the Hindu gods were transformed into Buddhist and local god. The diverse Central Asian images in Xinjiang served as prototypes for the exotic religious images in the Yungang caves of China.”

Photography Show: Antarctica with Joe Whittington”, Saturday, May 21, 10AM, West Slope Library. “Local photographer Joe Whittington had the opportunity to travel to Antarctica with a group of photographers that included Art Wolfe. He captured scenes of natural beauty on the sparsely populated continent, including icebergs, whales, and penguins (lots of penguins!). Whittington will share photos from the experience and talk about what he learned on the journey.”

"General Outdoor Preparedness", Saturday, May 21, 9AM-5PM, Sweet Home Ranger District Office, Sweet Home. $10.  Preregistration required; register online: "This eight hour, half in classroom, half hands-on class is a great way to lean how to stay alive in the woods outdoors in Western Oregon. This class is well known for teaching people a very good way to start a fire in Western Oregon with very little. It is our goal in sharing our knowledge of this and many other skills to save lives. Knowledge is light and fits right in your pocket! We Will be taking a short hike and working on skills along the way. If the weather is bad we will construct an alternative exercise. Please bring your daypack if you have one and bring dress for the weather. Please bring a lunch."

Author Talk, “Peter Rock”, Saturday, May 21, 3PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Beloved local author Peter Rock will join us to share his first Young Adult novel, 'Klickitat'. We especially encourage young aspiring writers to attend this one, since Mr. Rock is a well-known writing instructor with a wealth of knowledge to impart.”

“Dozer Days”, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 11AM-4PM, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield WA. Advance tickets $8 kids 2-12 and seniors, $10 adults, free for kids under 2, $6 parking. “Dozer Day is like going to a fair only our rides are real heavy construction equipment. Kids hop in the driver's seat and actually drive dozers, excavators and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side. Not only is it a dream-come-true for kids (and fun for the whole family), the event also benefits many children's charities.”

“Romanian Art and Culture Festival”, Saturday, May 21, 11AM-4PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale. Free with admission, $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 youth 7-19, $25 family (2 adults, 2 kids 7-18). “In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Queen Marie of Romania’s dedication join us to experience the art and culture of Romania, both contemporary and traditional. The festival opens with a kickoff that will include anthems and the introductions of guests. This will be followed by Romanian performances throughout the day that include Romanian pop singer and songwriter Abigail Budak from Sacramento and the traditional dance and music by Datina Folk Ensemble from Seattle and the St. Mary’s Romanian Church Choir and Children’s Dance Group from Portland. Special activities for children and a luncheon featuring Romanian food are also part of the fun. All programs are free with admission. Sponsored and presented by the Romanian American Society. As a theme for this year’s members’ appreciation day, we look back 90 years to 1926, when Queen Marie of Romania visited Maryhill and dedicated the yet-unfinished museum founded by her dear friend Sam Hill. During her visit, Marie delivered paintings and sculptures, along with carved furniture, manuscripts, and the gown she wore to the 1896 coronation of her cousins Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia. All of these objects can be seen at Maryhill today.”

“The World of Silk”, Saturday, May 21, and Saturday, May 28, 2PM, 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. “Listen to the stories of the discovery of silk, its domestication and how to raise silk right here in the city! See live caterpillars and learn how they produce silk. There will be satins in shiny Damask patterns, gauze so transparent it is called ‘illusion,’ wild silk that is extra sturdy, and ‘raw’ silk on display. There will also be the opportunity to try on an authentic silk Imperial Dragon Robe.”

Summer Splash 2016”, Saturday, May 21, 9AM-5PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free. “Join us Saturday May 21st for our 6th annual Summer Splash Demo Day at Oaks Park on the beautiful Willamette River! This unique event is free to the public and family friendly. Bring the whole gang down for a full day of on-water demos, fun clinics, and industry professionals from some of the best kayak and stand-up paddleboard companies in the world. Our entire demo fleet of stand-up paddleboards, canoe, and kayaks will be available to take out on the river. There’s no better way to know what boat is right for you than to try it! Expert paddling staff and certified paddling instructors will be on hand to help you find the boat, paddles, and PFD that’s just right for you and your paddling adventures! Our friends Rack Attack will also be present and offering a 15% discount off their selection of vehicle racks with the purchase of a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Along with our special discount of 15% off that is only available for this event, you can’t afford to miss out! Let’s get paddling!”

"Robotics Demonstration", Saturday, May 21, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. "The Lake Monsters Robotics team will showcase their latest creation. Join us for an interactive, hands on demonstration for the whole family."

Evening Performance”, Saturday, May 21, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 8 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-225-9522. “Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length. $12 Adults, $8 Children 12 and under. Grounds open at 5:30pm including the Lelooska Museum.”

Tualatin River Bird Festival”, Saturday, May 21, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood. Free. Complete schedule here: “Join us for diverse family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places. All events at the Refuge are FREE!”

Northwest Local: Beaverton City Library's Author Fair”, Saturday, May 21, 11AM-2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Selected writers from Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties share and promote their latest work.”

Concert, "Hops and Honey String Band", Saturday, May 21, 2:30PM, Canby Library. "Enjoy an intoxicating blend of ragtime, early jazz, and country blues from the 1920s and 1930s."

Animation Workshop – Flipbooks”, Saturday, May 21, 4:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Multipurpose Room. Ages 8-13. Preregistration required; register online. “Flipbook making is a fun and easy way to learn about and create simple animations. For those who are interested in drawing and cartooning, the flipbook animation workshop will introduce students to the concept of frame to frame drawn animation. This is a great workshop that will give participants the opportunity to create their own flipbooks using nothing more than pencils and memo pads. Each student will also have the opportunity to shoot each frame of their flipbook and create a short video using animation software.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, May 21, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.”

The Family Ramble with Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets, Mo Phillips and the Spaghetti Pants Dance Band, and MC Red Yarn”, Saturday, May 21, 4PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 day of show, free for babes in arms. All ages. “The Family Ramble is a new Portland concert series offering Music and More for Adventurous Families. The May 21st show at Mission Theater features performances by Grammy-winner and Sprout TV host Tim Kubart (NY), as well as Portland favorite Mo Phillips.”

Winter Steelhead Release”, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. Check their Facebook page or give them a call to confirm dates. “Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild, tiny fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.”

Linework NW Illustration and Comics Festival”, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 1PM-8PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., Pdx. Free.

Concert, "Fadin' by 9" and "Misty Mamas", Saturday, May 21 7PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. $12 advance tickets or $14 at the door. "Fadin’ by 9 brings together hot pickin’, tight harmonies, and a mix of 'bluegrassified' rock, folk, and bluegrass covers and originals. They create a unique, uplifting, high-energy sound that will keep your feet tapping all night long. Misty Mamas bring a lively show mixed with new and straight up bluegrass, folk, country and gospel favorites. Their original songs express real-life experiences that will warm your heart. Misty Mamas’ music and personalities delightfully combine in a savory recipe for Home-Style Bluegrass and Americana."

A Glimpse of China - Chinese Culture and Arts Festival”, Saturday, May 21, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of China through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Learn Chinese folk dances, create delicate artworks, and share in cultural traditions covering 5,000 years of Chinese history.”

113th Cavalry”, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “This Regiment of U.S. Army Cavalry has had a long and eventful history. First seeing action in the 19th century Indian Wars, then WW I, becoming Mechanized Cavalry during WW II, and going on to serve gallantly in both the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The reenactors here will be representing those who served during WW II in the European Theater of Operations. Authentic uniforms, gear, and weapons will bring the past to life.”

Comix Class for Kids”, Sundays, May 22 and 29, 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!”

Art of Microscopy”, Saturday, May 21, 10AM, OMSI Life Sciences Lab. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “We will explore ways to capture creative images by using the camera on your phone with a microscope. Visitors will be able to print one imagine to take home. It is highly recommended to have taken OMSI's Beginner Microscopy lab experience prior to this one. Make sure to bring your phone to capture many pictures.”

Rare Plant Research Annual Open Nursery and Garden”, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 11900 S Criteser Rd, Oregon City. “Join us for our annual open nursery. We are only open one weekend a year and one Saturday in June. This is the event not to miss. We have thousands of plants and specialize in rare and unusual plants for your garden and patio. We have 1000's of the Oregon native Lewisia to choose from. We have been making some unusual concrete pots that will be available for purchase. Last year so many of you attended we have expanded lunch and wine tasting options. Both will be available at the nursery and in the garden and conservatory. Chef Dave Clark will be working his food magic for a reasonably priced lunch. This year Mariusz Rynkiewicz from Seattle will again feature his beautiful garden glass art. Jerad Goodman of Morgan St. Theater will offer his cutting edge ice cream delights. The garden will be open for strolling and you can see our winter project- an iron dragon which guards the grotto. Also new is our front courtyard on based on a South of France theme. We have plenty of parking in our field and ask that you not park on Criteser road as it impedes other drivers. Join us and get inspired!”

Knitting Jennies and Stick Weaving”, Saturday, May 21, 10AM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. $25. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “How did the Native American craft of stick weaving inspire the popular knitting-jenny toy of the 1980’s? You’ll have to come to class to find out. Students will be given the choice of constructing a knitting jenny, spool knitter or set of weaving sticks to take home along with pattern ideas and a sample project.”

Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, gates open at 9AM, House on the Metolius, Camp Sherman, OR, 15 miles from Sisters. Adults $8, seniors and active military $5, free for kids 5 and under, $25 maximum,. immediate family, same vehicle. “Watch the battles, wander the camps and interact with the reenactors! Demonstrations, Abraham Lincoln, food and souvenir concessions, and more!”

Sunset Sit and Moonrise Smile”, Saturday, May 21, 8PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. Free. “Make time in your day once a month to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro park sites. A Hillsboro Parks and Recreation naturalist helps you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like.”

Cycle the Well Field”, Saturday, May 21, 8:45AM, meeting at Aloft Portland Airport Hotel, 9920 NE Cascades Pkwy., Pdx. Free. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring your bike and your friends for a tour of Portland’s Columbia South Shore Well Field! Experts from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 16-mile trip on easy terrain. Learn about the safety, functionality and history of Portland’s underground drinking water system, which supplements the main supply from Bull Run. Helmets required; light refreshments provided.”

Exhibit, “Sentiment Saved: Letters, Postcards and Other Correspondence from the John Wilson Special Collections”, Saturday, May 21 through July 3, Central Library Collins Gallery. “For thousands of years the primary form of personal communication has been the letter. But thanks to technological developments of telephones, email, and now various forms of social media, letter writing is practically extinct. Fortunately libraries continue to collect written correspondence which will forever remain invaluable for historians and other researchers. This exhibition features letters, postcards, telegrams and other correspondence that are part of Multnomah County Library’s diverse John Wilson Special Collections. While some items have been exhibited before, this is the first exhibition that focuses solely on the original correspondence — the actual letters — from the special collections. Correspondents include major authors such as Charles Dickens, Allen Ginsburg, D. H. Lawrence, Beverly Cleary, and E. B. White; important Oregonians including C. E. S. Wood, Abigail Scott Duniway, William Stafford, Ursula K. LeGuin, Henry Dosch, and John Wilson; other significant individuals such as abolitionist John Brown and 19th-century composer, pianist Franz Liszt; and much more.”

Ballet Between the Books: Napoli Pas de Six and More”, Saturday, May 21, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Come see a special performance by Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 (OBT2) at your library. Beautifully trained dancers will perform ballet from Napoli Pas de Six and Alison Roper’s new pieces. Stay after the show to learn more about ballet and upcoming OBT shows.”

Powell Butte Eco-Blitz”, Saturday, May 21, Powell Butte Nature Park, 16160 SE Powell Blvd., Pdx. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “The Powell Butte 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. Portland Parks and Rec, in partnership with Johnson Creek Watershed Council and National Park Service, is hosting a Portland based Eco-Blitz on Powell Butte. Scientists and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work together to compile a ‘snapshot’ of ecodiversity in a one day event. In this Eco-Blitz event, we will be conducting 4 different species surveys: Amphibians, Butterflies, Mammals and Birds. Volunteers choose a time slot where they will go out in a group with an expert to conduct a survey to monitor their designated species. No experience is necessary and instruction will be facilitated day of event. This event is free and open to all ages. Volunteers should arrive at least 15 minutes before their chosen time slot.”

Hidden History of Albina Tour”, Saturday, May 21, 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.”

Fort Vancouver Eco-Blitz”, Saturday, May 21, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “At the first annual BioBlitz at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, work with scientific experts to document pollinators, birds, and vascular plants of this national park. In the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar, enjoy family-friendly activities and exhibits presented by the National Park Service and partner organizations.”

Hawaiian Hula Dance”, Saturday, May 21, 1:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Join Lisa Chang of the Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a hula school as she shares some history of Hawaiian hula and leads a performance of the hula dance. Kiddos of all ages will be invited to join in a fun, interactive hula lesson and even learn a few words in Hawaiian! Make a special Hawaiian craft in the library to wear to the hula performance.”

Spring Birding Trip on Sauvie Island!”, Saturday, May 21, 7AM, Wapato Greenway Park, Sauvie Island. 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.”

Holocaust Survivor Alter Wiener”, Saturday, May 21, 10:30AM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Alter Wiener, author of "64735 - From a Name to a Number", is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in Oregon. A resident of Hillsboro, he has shared his life story with almost 800 audiences at universities, colleges, schools, churches, synagogues, prisons, companies and libraries around the Northwest. He was interviewed by radio, TV stations and newspapers.”

Classical Revolution PDX Celebrates Latin America”, Saturday, May 21, 1PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Join the musicians of the Classical Revolution PDX community in celebrating the rich cultural heritage and dramatic soundscapes of Latin America! Hear how these composers weave the pulsing rhythms and ecstatic melodies of their native folk-music into masterpieces of classical composition. All ages welcome!”

"Volunteering 101", Saturday, May 21, 9AM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; call 503- 813-7573. "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."

Build It! Bridge Building Activity for Kids”, Saturday, May 21, 2PM, Troutdale Library. “Sharon Wood Wortman, with the help of staff-recruited volunteers at branch libraries visited, leads a two-hour bridge building activity for children using the patterns and step-by-step directions found in her latest book, ‘The Big and Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers and Their Teachers’. Using low-temp glue guns, hot glue, and wooden craft sticks, participants take home a model truss fashioned after a Portland-Vancouver span. Especially suitable for primary grade engineers. Parents are welcome.”

Geocaching 101: Learning the Basics”, Saturday, May 21, 1:30PM, Tualatin Library. “Have you ever heard of geocaching? Do you wonder what it is? Did you know that there are nearly 4000 geocaches within 15 miles of Tualatin? How would you like to discover a cool, new hobby that gets you and your whole family outside and active? Come check this out! There will be a few local expert geocachers that will come and teach you the basics of geocaching. We will cover- what geocaching is, how do you do it, what do you need to go geocaching, why we do it and more! Just bring a laptop and/or your cell phone, a great attitude and a smile!”

Cooking Around the World: Vietnamese Ginger Jam”, Sunday, May 22, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. “Learn to make Vietnamese ginger jam. Free samples and instructions included.”

Making a Lei Demonstration”, Sunday, May 22, 11AM, 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. Presented by Ka Lei Hali'a O Ka Lokelani hula school. “Discover the beauty of making a Hawaiian lei. Great for all ages! The lei custom was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti, navigating by the stars in canoes. With these early settlers, the lei tradition in Hawaii was born. A lei is constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds and nuts and were worn by ancient Hawaiians to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others.”

Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee”, Sunday, May 22, 10AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $6 per person or $11 per family. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: “Oregon’s turtles are rare, shy and hard to find, but Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in Oregon. Learn about their natural history and examine shells of specimens found there in the past.”

Oregon’s Main Street: US Highway 99”, Sunday, May 22, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “The combined talents of historian Pat Edwards and storyteller Jo-Brew will guide us through the history of US Highway 99 and some of the more interesting and obscure happenings, remembrances and legends of the communities along the historic route.”

Discover the Ukulele”, Sunday, May 22, 2PM, 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. “Discover the sounds and beauty of the Ukulele. Join us for this fun hands-on activity. Great for all ages! Ukulele is the traditional Hawaiian name that was given to a small instrument called the machete (machete de braga), which was originally developed in the Madeira Islands of Portugal and was brought into Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, who moved to the islands to work in the sugar cane fields in the late 1800's.”

Animate Anything! For Teens”, Sunday, May 22, 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.”

Cooper Mountain Bird Walk”, Sunday, May 22, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “This free guided bird walk is sponsored by the Beaverton location of Backyard Bird Shop. Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton offers visitors 3½ miles of trails (with varying levels of difficulty) that traverse the park and pass through each of its distinct habitats - from conifer forest to prairie to oak woodlands. Views of the Chehalem Mountains, a close-up look at Oregon white oaks and a small prairie that has sat relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years.”

"Music Inspired by Shakespeare", Sunday, May 22, 3PM, Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd, Lake Oswego. "Going Boldly in Lake Oswego: 400 Years of Shakespeare is a chamber music concert featuring instrumental music related to the works of William Shakespeare, 2016 being the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard. The program includes music by Leonard Bernstein, Anthony Holborne, Robert Johnson, Ned Rorem, Stephen Warbeck and the premiere of a work by West Linn composer, Linda Woody. Performers include Phil and Gayle Neuman, Renaissance instruments and tuba, Nancy Ives, cello; Sally Harmon, piano; Greg Garret and Scott Winks, trumpet; Dan Partridge, horn; Andrew Harris, trombone; Mike Snyder, percussion; Brian Allard, narration."

Green Cleaning”, Monday, May 23, 6:30PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: “An interactive lesson on the environmental health effects of green cleaning and the use of homemade, toxin-free household products.”

"Washington County Public Affairs Forum: Saving Endangered Animals in Oregon”, Monday, May 23, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Free and open to the public. Speaker: Scott Beckstead.

Wildcrafting Workshop: Charcoal Ink”, Monday, May 23, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; email See website for list of supplies participants must bring: “Learn how to make and use charcoal pigment in your work. Last September the 36 Pit fire erupted along the banks of the Clackamas River and quickly seared 5,520 acres at the edge of Oregon's Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF). The steep and timbered hillsides—familiar to so many Portland residents, who use the area as a weekend escape for boating and camping—turned the color of scorched toast. During his time as the inaugural Signal Fire Tinderbox Artist in Residence, Gary Wiseman used the charred remains of the 36 Pit fire as both subject and medium. He developed a unique technique of collecting, refining, preparing, and using a wildcrafted charcoal ink/paint hybrid. Wiseman initially used his ink to paint maps of the specific burned areas from which he collected raw charcoal from. Come learn Wiseman's techniques. Make a batch of ink. Make a drawing. Take home some of what you make. Discover new applications and find your own techniques.”

Between the Ears: How Normal and Diseased Brains Process Communication Sounds “, Monday, May 23, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by With Elena Mahrt, Graduate Student and PhD Zoology Candidate at WSU-Vancouver and Christine Portfors, PhD, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education and Professor at WSU-Vancouver. “With over 6,000 different spoken languages around the world, speech is one of our defining features as humans. But for 6 - 8 million Americans with a language impairment, daily life is more challenging. The first steps towards helping individuals with language impairments is to understand how the brain processes complex sounds. Auditory neuroscientists Dr. Christine Portfors and Elena Mahrt use mice and bats as model organisms to study how normal and diseased brains interpret communication sounds. Their work can inform future research on what is different in the brains of humans with language impairments and how to improve their quality of life.”

Film Premiere, "Darcelle XV: An Oregon Experience", Monday, May 23, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. Presented by OPB producer Kami Horton and Darcelle. “Join us for the premiere screening of Darcelle XV: An Oregon Experience, including a conversation with the documentary's producer, Kami Horton and commentary by Darcelle. Darcelle XV is likely the country's oldest performing female impersonator, and operates what is thought to be the nation's longest-running drag revue. At 85-years old, Darcelle is a Portland icon who has helped usher in dramatic change within the LGBT community.”

“Living and Recording the Creative Life in Memoirs, Travelogues and Illustrated Journals”, Monday, May 23, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library Community Room, first floor. “Marilyn Stablein is an award-winning poet, essayist, artist and author of 13 books. Splitting Hard Ground won the New Mexico Book Award. Her memoirs include Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination, eco-essays set in the northwest and Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir about a six year residency in the Himalayas. She will share insights on how to record personal experience in written narratives and visual ones (books as art objects) using techniques taught in her workshop “The Joy of Memoir: Your Legacy, Your Way”. In addition, she will share her personal explorations through travels, her dreams, her life, and her writing. Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his / her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.”

Classical Music Appreciation”, Tuesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Belmont Library. “Former classical music radio host and music critic Terry Ross presents acclaimed recordings illustrating the forms, periods, composers, and interpreters of the best classical music.”

Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon”, Tuesday, May 24, 7PM, McMinnville Library. Presented by historian Richard Engleman. “Chinese restaurants were common in Oregon towns and cities beginning in the late nineteenth century. Usually advertising both Chinese and American dishes, they catered to the basic needs of single working men as well as to diners who were attracted by the exotic and the foreign. The restaurants’ familial operations helped anchor immigrants who often were otherwise isolated from other Chinese Americans. Chinese cooks also worked in private homes, and recipes for Chinese foods appear in local cookbooks.”

Two Wheelin' in Cuba”, Tuesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Two local Skamania County residents, Aiko Low and Nick Zeller, took a trip to Cuba. They took their bicycles and ‘two-wheeled’ it through the country. Hear their experiences, thoughts and impressions from their trip - they have plenty of tales to share!”

Composting 101 Workshop”, Tuesday, May 24, 6PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; register online:!events/kuw8z “Want to begin composting your yard and some of your kitchen waste? Turn your garbage into black gold at a Columbia Springs Composting workshop! This two hour class will get you started building soil health in your own backyard, and save you money on your garbage bill. Join us for an introduction to the science of composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to see composting bins and systems in action.”

Engineering Adventures”, Wednesday, May 25, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 3-5. Preregistration required; register online: “Make robots, experiment with circuits, build vehicles … get ready to tinker with engineering at the library!”

Worth a Dam”, Wednesday, May 25, 7PM, The Oregon Public House Village Ballroom, 700 NE Dekum St., Pdx. “Beaver, our beloved state animal is woefully misunderstood and blamed for many of our urban water issues. Dr. Heidi Perryman formed Worth A Dam to defend the beavers in her hometown of Martinez CA in 2008. The beaver dams soon brought otter, steelhead, wood duck and mink to an urban stream, and she saw firsthand why urban beavers matter. She became interested in helping other cities learn how and why to co-exist with beavers in urban areas. Since 2008 she has organized an annual beaver festival that has inspired similar efforts in 5 states and Canada. As the West faces more drought years, she believes it is more important than ever to coexist with these important ‘water savers’. Beaver can play a central role in shaping our future, particularly in resuscitating our wetland and riparian stream habitats as we prepare for the changes that a warming climate may bring.”

"Dyslexia Workshop", Wednesday, May 25, 6:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. "Learn more about the challenges and frustrations faced by students with this language-based learning difference. Parents and teachers will learn about resources to help students struggling with dyslexia. Workshop takes place in the children's library."

"Bikes for Humanity PDX Open House", Wednesday, May 25, 3PM-7PM, Main City Park, 219 S Main Ave., Gresham. Free. "Stop by and visit our new neighbor, Bikes for Humanity, PDX, on Wednesday, May 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. They are opening a Bike Donation Center in Main City Park (near Springwater Trail) to teach Gresham residents how to repair and overhaul bicycles. This non-profit group takes in donated bicycles and parts and volunteers refurbish the bikes to make them affordable to riders of all economic backgrounds. Come by and learn about the programs and projects. Clean out your garage and bring your old bikes; bike donations will be accepted at this event. A raffle drawing for a free child’s bicycle will be held at 6:30 p.m."

Yellow Peril and the American Republic: Spinning Loss and Fear in Campaign Election Cycles”, Wednesday, May 25, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Calls to ‘take back America’ frequent campaign cycles targeting various "others" as the reason for America's problems. Too often, Asian Americans (and now Muslim Americans) have become the victims of such electioneering rhetoric. This talk will examine the historical roots of this All-American phenomenon and what we can do about it.”

"Claire Phillips: Oregon's Legendary Actress and Spy", Thursday, May 26, 7PM, Oregon City Library. "Free-spirited Portland stage actress and singer Claire Phillips never achieved stardom on the silver screen. But the real-life role she played as a glamorous nightclub owner, spy and savior of American prisoners of war in the occupied Philippines brought her greater glory. Author and historian Sig Unander will discuss her extraordinary life and provide a Q/A session afterward."

“Outdoor Survival Skills”, Thursday, May 26, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. “Peter Michael Bauer, director of Rewild Portland, will give a free presentation on survival skills, ancestral technology, and their importance in modern wilderness excursions. Join us to learn the basic ’10 essentials’ of survival.”

"Portland Atheist Festival", Thursday, May 26, 11AM-2PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. "The Portland Atheist Festival is a gathering of Portland atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists with speakers, music, information, and more."

Evening Canoe the Slough”, Thursday, May 26, four trips, 5, 6, 6:30 (bring your own boat) and 7PM. Whittaker Ponds, 7040 NE 47th Ave. Pdx. Suggested donation $5-8/person $15-20/family. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! We’ll have some canoes set up in a “bimaran” configuration - this setup is safe for new paddlers, infants and grandparents alike. Families may also borrow regular canoes and kayaks (limited) during the 7:00 PM shift. If you are interested in kayaks (7-8 PM), let us know in the comments section of your registration and we’ll check on availability and get back to you. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, - you provide the paddling muscle. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible!”

Author Talk, “Mark Kurlansky”, Thursday, May 26, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Mark Kurlansky discusses his book, “Paper: Paging Through History”. “From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world. Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. Now, amid discussion of ‘going paperless’―and as speculation about the effects of a digitally dependent society grows rampant―we’ve come to a world-historic juncture. By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.

Ice Cream Social with Portland Opera”, Thursday, May 26, 11:30AM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “2nd Annual Ice Cream Karaoke and Concert! Check out Portland Opera music and ice cream.”

DIY Henna for Teens”, Thursday, May 26, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Make your mark with trendy, temporary henna. Do It Yourself with your own designs or get help from expert artists. Have a blast creating authentic henna hand designs, watch Bollywood movies and show off your creations! And hey, if you’re still not convinced, a popcorn bar will be included.”

The World in Your Backyard: What’s Up This Summer in the Pacific NW?”, Friday, May 27., 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Join us for a look at the many and varied possibilities that await the curious in the metro area and Pacific Northwest this summer, on your day off or on vacation. Learn about events and places you didn’t even know you wanted to see. Suitable for all ages.”

Beacon Rock Geology Hike”, Friday, May 27, 10AM-3PM. Moderate, 4.5 miles, 850’ elevation gain. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn from Friends of the Columbia River Gorge Board Member Jim Chase about the human and natural history of Beacon Rock and its surrounding area. Jim will give a short presentation about how the epic floods shaped the Gorge, and then we will make our way to the top of the famous Rock itself, learning its history and geology, and enjoying the iconic view from the top. We'll continue on an optional, short hike on the new River-to-Rock trail hiking through a century-old filbert orchard and past Riddell Lake to our lunch spot on the river (or drive and meet us there!).”

Adventure with OAR Northwest”, Friday, May 27, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Donations requested. “In the fall of 2015, two women rowed 750 miles over 42 days down the Columbia River collecting scientific data, visiting schools, and weaving STEM and humanities curriculum into their story. OAR Northwest’s Rachael Mallon, a Hood River native, and Jordan Hanssen will speak on their mission to bring adventure to the classroom.”

Vanport Mosaic Festival 2016”, Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30. “Vanport was a unique sociological experiment that forever altered Oregon’s racial history. The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a 4-day multi-disciplinary celebration commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Vanport Flood, uniting Portland area residents through historical and artistic tributes.” Lots of neat events to learn about this historic place. Details here:

45th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival”, Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, the 44th annual Northwest Folklife Festival celebrates the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest. Festival goers have the opportunity to participate in the many traditions of our diverse region featuring over 7,000 performers, participatory dances, workshops, crafts, food, and more.”

Recycled Papermaking for Beginners”,  Friday, May 27, 6PM, Pulp and Deckle, 7326 N. Chicago Ave., Pdx. $25. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Are you a DIY'er who wants to learn how to make your own paper at home for cards, art, invitations, or books? In this 2 hour course we will focus on simple papermaking that you can do at home using an ordinary kitchen blender, picture frames, knitting hoops, and junkmail. We'll make multiple pieces of paper including shaped, embedded and stenciled pieces. Students are encouraged to bring dried plants, seeds, and glitter if they would like to add it to their paper. We'll make multiple colors of pulp, and we will provide some inclusions for use in the paper.”

Museum Home School Day - Vietnam War”, Friday, May 27, 10AM-2PM, Evergreen Museum Theater, McMinnville. $20 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; email or call 503-434-4185. “From the early U.S. involvement through the fall of Saigon, participants will explore the history of Vietnam. Our Museum docents will tell firsthand how the U.S. fought and survived this world-changing conflict.”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Saturday, May 28, 12PM, Midland Library. “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as ‘Loop de Loo,’ ‘Miss Mary Mac,’ ‘Ham Bone’ and ‘Shortnin’ Bread.’ Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Exhibit, “Art of the Brick”, Friday, May 28 through September 11, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N., Seattle. Free with admission, $28.75 adults; $26.75 seniors, $23.75 youth 6-15, $20.75 child 3-5. “Named one of CNN’s Top Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions, The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. From child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond, the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world’s most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. Guests will have the opportunity to get an up-close and in-person view of the iconic, pop culture fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of sunshine yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will be able to walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with a giant LEGO skull.”

Papermaking for Kids” Friday, May 28, 1PM, Pulp and Deckle, 7326 N. Chicago Ave., Pdx. $25. Ages 6-10. Preregistration required; register online: “Ready to get your hands pulpy? In this 1.5 hour introduction to papermaking, kids ages 6-10 will learn the basics of making recycled handmade paper made from 100% post-consumer waste paper. We will start with mostly already prepared dry pulp and use a blender to create papers of various colors (using non-toxic water based paints) and sizes. Kids will have the opportunity to add in flowers, plants, glitter, ribbon, and seeds as they form their paper, making it their own. We'll use cookie cutters and squeeze bottles to make shaped papers, and play with layering different colors of pulp. All papers will be labeled with student names as they are left to air dry, and can be picked up from the studio a week after the class. We can also mail your papers to you for an additional fee.”

Classroom Discovery Days: Pollination - Insects, Birds, and Bees”, Saturday, May 28, 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.”

Printmaking for Kids”, Saturday, May 28, 2PM, Holgate Library. “Printmaking is a process of art making in which an image is imprinted on a piece of paper or other surface. The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages. In this workshop, participants can explore several different hands on methods of printmaking including rubbings, stamps, stencils, and inkblots. Several printmaking stations will be set up where participants can freely explore one station at a time.”

A Photographer Shoots Wildfire”, Saturday, May 28, 7PM, , Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Donations requested. “Photographer Jürgen Hess discusses his experiences with shooting wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge. He describes the show of the fire as being ‘dramatic, up close and personal, powerful, beautiful, and with huge sound.’ The firefighters are defined by ‘coolness under fire, adrenaline junkies full of excitement when faced with danger, comrades, and having great feelings of worth’ And Jürgen seeks to explain the pathos of the wildfire through his images of ‘burned homes, origin, and dead trees.’ He will bring images and videos to exemplify this wondrous photographic experience. Suggested donation to fund future CCA Gallery Exhibitions, and wine and beer available for purchase.”

Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale”, Saturday, May 28, 10AM-3PM, McMinnville Library. “Enjoy the beautiful bloom display inside the Carnegie Room. Learn to identify trees, shrubs, even weeds from fresh specimens. Tour the Native Plant Garden at McMinnville Library with Native Plant Society of Oregon members.”

Polynesian Weaving Paper Craft”, Saturday, May 28, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library Story Time Room. Suggested for pre-k through 6th grade. “Help us celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by joining us in a traditional weaving craft.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, May 28, 9:30PM, 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.”

Great Blue Heron Walks”, Saturday, May 28, 10AM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro. Ages 10 and up. $2 requested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate the 30th annual Great Blue Heron Week with bird expert Rick Balazs to view the Owl Woods heron colony. Thirty to fifty pairs of herons nest in this stand of Douglas fir trees on the east edge of Jackson Bottom. Rick has spent hundreds of hours monitoring the birds over the years and knows the behaviors and antics of nesting herons very well. Be prepared for a two mile (round-trip) leisurely walk over mostly flat terrain. Dress for the weather, the trails may be muddy. Bring binoculars. A variety of other birds including bald eagles, osprey and songbirds may be seen.”

Basic Wood Carving”, Saturday, May 28, 3PM, Mt. Tabor City Park, 6500 SE Salmon St., Pdx. $10-$20 donations requested. “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 Basic Wood Carving. Want to improve your knife and carving skills? Do you have some sweet knife and carving skills? Come on down! Learn more, share more. Let's level up! Bring a knife and some wood to carve. Safety first!”

Annual Celebrating Freedom, Celebrating Veterans Event”, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Memorial Day is celebrated at Fort Stevens in honor of those who've given their lives for our freedoms. A family friendly event that offers a self-guided trail leading you through the history of Fort Stevens. Visit as many stations as you can and receive a prize. Enter a raffle for the opportunity to fire a Civil War period cannon! Food and drinks for purchase at Annie's Kettle Corn.”

Screening, “Girl Rising”, Sunday, May 29, 12PM, North Portland Library. “From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.”

Portland Opera Preview of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd”, Sunday, May 29, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Take one unjustly imprisoned barber, now free and hell-bent on revenge. Blend in a diabolically entrepreneurial meat-pie vendor. Add one each of lecherous old judge, handsome young sailor, and beautiful daughter of the barber. Marinate with musical sophistication, then bake at a high emotional temperature for 2 hours and stand back! Join us for a preview of Sweeney Todd with performances by Portland Opera's Resident Artists and Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, May 29, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, May 29, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.”

Welcome Home to Vanport”, Monday, May 30, 9AM-3PM, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Pdx. Donations requested. “On May 30, 1948 at 4:17pm a railroad embankment gave way and the Columbia River flooded the city of Vanport. This is a day to remember Vanport, once the second-largest city in Oregon and home to nearly 100,000 World War II workers, veterans and families. Activities will include walking and biking tours to the levees and part of the historic city site, including resident and historian speakers, an exhibit, a ‘Show and Tell’ area and music.”

Memorial Day Ceremony and Soldier’s Bivoac”, Monday, May 30, 11AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. “Remember our troops at this special community ceremony, then explore the past at living history camps telling the story of the military from the Civil War to World War II.”

Screening, “Sista in the Brotherhood”, Tuesday, May 31, 6:30PM, Whole Foods, 3535 NE 15th Ave., Pdx. “Sista in the Brotherhood is a short film about black, tradeswoman apprentice who struggles to prove herself on the jobsite. A post-film discussion will be led by director Dawn Jones Redstone and co-executive producer Dr. Roberta Hunte. Note: This film contains strong language.”