Thursday, June 30, 2016

July Jubulation

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

Summer Free for All”. Portland Parks and Recreation sponsors a series of free movies and concerts in parks all summer long. Summer Free for All also includes free days at public swimming pools, a rock climbing wall and the Washington Park Summer Festival. Check out the complete schedule here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61921



The Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, generally has free, all ages nature education programs nearly every day throughout the summer. Check their schedule here: http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/calendar/index.cfm?event=events.list

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers a number of fishing, hunting, crabbing and clamming events which are family friendly throughout July. See details here: http://www.odfwcalendar.com

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July? Try these event lists: http://www.pdxparent.com/events-calendar/ http://pdxpipeline.com/monthly-event-list/portland-july-4th-fireworks/ Also don’t forget the St. Paul Rodeo http://www.stpaulrodeo.com and the Molalla Buckeroo http://molallabuckeroo.com which happen every year the weekend of July 4.

Intersection Repairs 2016”. Community events repainting murals on the pavement in the center of Portland intersections. T Anyone can participate- just show up! Village Building Convergence is sponsoring several in July and details are listed here: http://villagebuildingconvergence.com/2016-intersection-repair-sites/

Public Archaeology Field School at Fort Vancouver”, Spruce Mill dig site: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9AM-4PM, through July 30 (excluding July 4). Waterfront Complex: Thursdays and Fridays, 9AM-3PM, through July 29. Directions available at the Ranger station inside Fort Vancouver’s gates, or a the Visitor Center at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. The digs are a joint project of National Park Service archaeologists, PSU and WSU. At the waterfront spot, they are especially hoping to find evidence of pre-contact life, and believe the Hudson’s Bay Company had a wharf, boat works, salmon salting building, hospital and homes in the area. At the Spruce Mill site, they are excavating at the site of a WWI era mill and machine shop. Visitors are welcome to drop by and ask the students questions about their work. More here: https://www.flashalert.net/id/FVNHS

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, now through August 20. Free Shakespeare in the park! Check out their complete schedule here: http://www.opsfest.org/tour-calendar.html “In Shakespeare's Era, the audience arrived knowing the actors had not rehearsed and that the only context they each had of the play was their own role. The play was as fresh to the actors onstage as the audience watching. In a company of 43, it is rare you will see the same actor play the same role twice and you'll never see the same cast. Discover and explore these timeless classics along with us and find out what makes Shakespeare a little dangerous!”

Broadway Rose Theatre Co. Presents “West Side Story”, now through July 24, Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Ages 6 and up. “Based on Shakespeare’s greatest love story, West Side Story places ill-fated lovers Tony and Maria amidst racial tensions and rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Their struggle to escape hate, violence, and prejudice to find a place together remains a heart wrenching and relevant story for our time. With its brilliant, passionate score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and pioneering choreography by Jerome Robbins, West Side Story has earned its place as one of the most powerful and revered musicals in history.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/west-side-story

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents Shakespeare's “Coriolanus”, now through July 23, with most performances in Pettygrove Park, SW 1st Ave at Harrison St., Pdx. Donations requested. Free Shakespeare in the park! Coriolanus is a tragedy based on the life of Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus, a legendary figure who may or may not have actually lived. http://www.portlandactors.com/shows/twilight-tragedie-coriolanus/

Exhibit, “Art of the Brick”, now 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.” https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/the-art-of-the-brick/

Clark County Historical Society Walking Tours”, Fridays and Saturdays now through August 20, various locations, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.cchmuseum.org/category/walking-tours/ “Experience history in person on a Clark County Historical Museum walking tour. What’s the history of the Academy? Who was Kiggins and why did he come to Vancouver? What’s the connection between St. James Church and the Hudson’s Bay Company? Join us on a CCHM walking tour to learn the answers to these questions and more. Walks range from 1 to 2 miles and go rain or shine. We recommend walkers dress accordingly.”

Know Your City Walking Tours of Portland”. There are many, and in July they are additionally running a special “$10 at 10” series that begin at 10AM in Fridays and Sundays from their kiosk by Voodoo Donut, 22 SW 3rd Ave. Topics include “A People’s History of Portland”, “PDX 101”, “Alberta Arts”, “DIY Portland”, “Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour”, and a couple of bike tours to see cool public art. Check them all out here: http://knowyourcity.org

Homeschool Meetup at Murray Scholls”, Friday, July 1, 1PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. All ages. “Are you a homeschool family looking to meet other homeschoolers? Come to the library to play chess and board games!”

The Physics of Sound and Flight: Air Action!”, Fridays July 1 through August 19, Rockwood Library. Suggested for grades 3 and up. “Air is invisible--but it's action-packed! From carrying sound waves to helping planes fly, air pulls off some crazy stunts! Join the fun, using tuning forks and Slinkies to ‘see’ sound. Create blade blowers and buzzing balloons, do air pressure magic tricks, and test which paper helicopter has the wildest ride...then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends! Tentative schedule-July 1: Noisemakers; July 8: Cool Vibrations; July 15: Turn it Up!; July 22: Slinkies and Squawkers; July 29: Rockstars: Your Own Band; August 5: Under Pressure; August 12: Liftoff!; August 19: Spin Doctor.”

My Fair Lady”, Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, 7:30PM, Stella Olsen Park Amphitheater, 22256 SW Washington St., Sherwood. Tickets $15, $10 for seniors and students. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion. https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/57040/chk/f359

Comic Book Creators Jeff Parker and Pete Woods”, Saturday, July 2, 11AM, I Like Comics, 1715 Broadway St., Vancouver. “Join us in welcoming shop favorites Jeff Parker and Pete Woods. Jeff will be in promoting his new series from DC Comics, Future Quest! Written by Jeff Parker. Art by Evan Shaner and Steve Rude. When the adventurous and inquisitive Jonny Quest and his adoptive brother Hadji make a startling discovery in the swamplands of Florida, they are pulled into an epic struggle between the Space Rangers and a dangerous villain who threatens the galaxy. Now it's up to the combined forces of Team Quest, Inter-Nation Security, Space Ghost, and a host of Hanna-Barbera's greatest action heroes to stop him and save their universe! Pete will be in promoting his new creator-owned book from Dark Horse, Cryptocracy. Written by Van Jensen. Art and Cover by Pete Woods. For time beyond memory, the Nine Families watched from the shadows, believing themselves shepherds and manipulating whole societies as they saw fit. Nothing happened that they didn't observe or control. Outsiders knew naught of the Families, much less threatened them. Until now. As a bonus, everyone who gets Cryptocracy #1 and signs up for the series will be entered to win a 9x12 Commission of Gary, the leader of the Grays!” https://www.facebook.com/events/469897699874417/

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

Marshmallows in Space”, Saturday, July 2, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab. Ages 6-13 with an adult, 14+ without, up to 3 people per ticket. $10. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/marshmallows-in-space “Explore extreme conditions in space using…marshmallows! Does a marshmallow really burst under vacuum pressure? What does a marshmallow taste like after being frozen in liquid nitrogen? We dig into these questions and more as we send our marshmallows ‘into space’ to test other–worldly environments.”

Oregon Rocketry Public Launch”, Saturday, July 2, 10AM, Garden Home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. “Oregon Rocketry is an organization of people dedicated to the promotion of model, sport and amateur rocketry.” “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Launch times are Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Garden Home launches are free and open to the public. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.” http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=54

Opera a la Carte”, July 2 through August 20, various locations. See the complete schedule here: http://www.portlandopera.org/alacart/ “Inspired by Portland’s food cart culture, Opera a la Cart is Portland Opera’s new mobile performance venue that will bring opera directly to the community in pop-up performances. Designed and built by architecture students at PSU, the cart will feature a fold-out stage and a “menu” of operatic specials du jour. Charismatic young singers will perform arias, duets, and ensemble pieces. Opera a la Cart will travel to food cart pods, farmers markets, college campuses, neighborhood festivals, and other locations where people gather.”

Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, 9AM-4PM, and Monday, July 4, 9AM-3PM, Antique Powerland, 3995 Brookdale Rd. NE, Brooks. $12 per person, free for kids 12 and under. “Watch the battles, wander the camps and interact with the reenactors, plus demonstrations, food and souvenir concessions and more! Your entry fee includes admission to all of the museums and exhibits at Antique Powerland!” http://nwcwc.org/2016_antique_powerland_poster_v1a.pdf

Leapin’ Louie”, Friday, July 1, 1PM, Goldendale Library; Tuesday, July 5, 3PM, Rockwood Library; Wednesday, July 6, 1PM, Woodland Library; and Wednesday, July 20, 1PM, Gresham Library. “Jumping makes you smarter, I can prove it! But watch out for low ceilings because now my head hurts! Leapin’ Louie leaps about with lassos, juggling, 6 foot unicycle, puppetry, and lots of audience participation and comedy to prove that jumping makes you smarter. Leapin’ Louie has performed his comedy, lasso, and juggling shows for 25 years in 31 countries around the world including a successful theater run last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the largest theater festival in the world.”

Exhibit, “Celebrate Beatrix Potter 150th Birthday
”, Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 31, Midland Library. “The Beatrix Potter Group of Portland presents a special exhibition highlighting the life and work of Beatrix Potter. The exhibition will include photos of the important people in her life, character images, quotes, and memorabilia. Come to Midland Library during lunch time on July 28, Beatrix Potter's actual birthday, for a special birthday treat. Then bring your kids to a special Peter Rabbit storytime on August 1.”

Sidewalk Chalk Art for Teens”, Saturday, July 2, 11AM, Beaverton Library. “Create masterpieces with colorful chalk and use the sidewalk as your canvas! We will provide supplies; just meet us in Meeting Room A.”

Kids Dig!”, Saturdays, July 2. 9 and 23, 10:30AM and 2PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Ages 8-12. Free with admission: $5 for a 7 day pass, free for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required; call (360) 816-6250. “Do you dig Fort Vancouver? This popular program introduces kids aged 8-12 to the fascinating world of archaeology! In this program, kids excavate a site with trowels, screen dirt, measure and map their finds, and discover the historical secrets that lie below our feet! Kids also learn about the importance of protecting archaeological sites for future generations. Kids work with park staff, volunteers, and students from our Public Archaeology Field School. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of the Northwest's most famous archaeological sites. Through archaeology at Fort Vancouver, we can learn about the prehistory and history of Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. Kids Digs offer a unique and fun way to learn about history!” https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/historyculture/archaeologyforkids.htm

Clark County Historical Society Pop-Up Museum: Ridgefield History”, Saturday, July 2, 9AM-3PM, Overlook Park at the end of Main St., Ridgefield. “On July 2, 2016 the Clark County Historical Museum will host a temporary pop-up museum at Overlook Park during Ridgefield’s First Saturday. Visitors are invited to bring their own historical objects to display. With help from CCHM staff, they will write labels telling the history of their object. With others they will build a unique and one-time only exhibition celebrating the history of Ridgefield. Visitors will tell their own story with their own objects and words. The exhibit will change throughout the day as people and their objects come and go.”

Early Morning Bird Walk”, Saturday, July 2, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Ages 8 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/event-2219877?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=7/27/2016 Walk out on the refuge with an experienced birder and discover the world of birds. Whether you are a first time birder or an expert, this walk is for you! Please bring binoculars and/or a scope if you have them! Extras will be provided. To participate you must be 8 years of age or older and parents must accompany all children on hikes. The hikes will cover over two miles and take approximately 2 hours.

Junior Ranger Roving”, Saturdays and Sundays in July, 11AM-3PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children. All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate.” July 2 and 3- Exploring our Creek; July 9 and 10- Roy Copperpot’s Extraordinary Nature Treasure Hunt; July 16 and 17- Create Your Own Comic or Fairytale; July 23 and 24- Animal Detective Agency: Case of the Problematic Predators; July 30 and 31- Birdlandia. http://www.tryonfriends.org

2nd US Sharpshooters”, Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Living history reenactors portray a unit of men famous for their marksmanship during the Civil War. Camp life, drills, and rifle demonstrations make up the day's activities for these battle tested soldiers. Celebrate the 4th of July with the rough and gritty men of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43405

Guided Tours of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturdays in July, 12PM, meeting at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. July 2- Tall Tree Tales with master storyteller Cleve Friedman; July 9- Ancient Trees of the Arboretum; July 16 and 30- Tour the Maple Collection; July 23- From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between. 

Guided Kayak Tours at Milo McIver”, Sundays in July, 9AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Ages 8 and up. $15 per person plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; more info here: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=102 “Have you ever wanted to hop in a Kayak and paddle around but didn't know where to start? We'll get you started by teaching you the basics of Kayaking and provide all your equipment. Please bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes, shoes that can get wet and protection from the sun.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays 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.” http://www.pnls.org

The 1863 Indian War Skirmish at Smith Rock”, Sunday, July 3, 11AM-3PM, Smith Rock State Park, behind the Welcome Center yurt. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join Smith Rock State Park Interpretive Ranger Eric Iseman as he describes the “Snake Indian War” of the 1860’s and how a skirmish here resulted in the naming of the park. A large array of replica cavalry and native items will be displayed and discussed.” http://smithrock.com/events/



Juno Speaking Events”, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 11AM and 2PM, Evergreen Space Museum, Educational Screen, McMinnville. Free with admission. “Jupiter is the largest planet of our solar system. It is very much like the sun in composition. Now Juno will tell us much about our own solar system origin and evolution as well as answer many questions about Jupiter itself.” http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/events?eventTitle=juno-speaking-events--1438013983--77

Juno Spacecraft Arrives at Jupiter”, Monday, July 4. “Back in 2011, NASA launched the spacecraft Juno to study Jupiter’s polar region. On Independence Day, Juno will complete its five-year journey and begin its important work. Take a look at Jupiter in your telescope and imagine what Juno’s first encounter with Jupiter must be like.” Check here for cool updates: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

All-You-Can-Make Art Bar”, Tuesdays in July, 2PM, at Midland Library; Tuesday, July 5, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Monday, July 18, 2PM, Hollywood 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.”

Line Dancing”, beginning class at 1PM every Monday in July (except July 4); beginning class at 12PM and intermediate at 1PM,  every Tuesday in July, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City. 50¢ per class. “Join our beginning or intermediate group and learn the latest line dance steps and some traditional ones too. No partner needed. Walk-ins welcome.” http://www.orcity.org/calendar?category=All&department=19

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, July 5, 10AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Wednesday, July 6, 10AM, Cedar Mill Library; Wednesday, July 6, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; Friday, July 8, 11AM and 2PM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave, Gladstone; Tuesday, July 12, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Tuesday, July 12, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, July 13, 10:30AM, La Center Library; Wednesday, July 13, 1PM, Woodland Library; Thursday, July 14, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton; Wednesday, July 20, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville; Tuesday, July 26, 2PM, Monmouth Library Amphitheater, Wednesday, July 27, 11AM, 1PM and 7PM, Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium; and Thursday, July 28, 11AM, Murase Plaza at Memorial Park, 8300 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville. “See real, live reptiles up-close-and-personal! Join Reptile Man Rich Ritchey for a fun and educational experience.” http://www.oregonreptileman.com

Henrik Bothe”, Tuesday, July 5, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Tuesday, July 5, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Thursday, July 7, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; and Wednesday, July 13, 11AM and 1PM, Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium. “Enjoy the physical comedy, gentle humor, juggling, and magic from this world-famous performer.” http://www.nwcorporatecomedy.com

A Scientific Approach to Raising an Ideal Dog”, Tuesday, July 5, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton ST., Pdx. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Most people raise dogs as if they are mini furry people, but they’re not. Canines are proud members of a different species with very different sensory systems and somewhat different social structure. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, will talk about understanding how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. He will show how to measure and graph both wanted and unwanted canine personality traits, and will give behavioral science-based suggestions on how to increase mutual trust, respect, and bonding with your dog.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/clinton_july_5_dogs/

Concert, “Ache Son”, Tuesday, July 5, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for an exciting evening of Cuban music with Ache Son, a family of Cuban musicians who have studied music in Havana, Cuba. Come listen to traditional Cuban music similar to Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban All Stars.” 

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Tuesday, July 5, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Wednesday, July 6, 2PM, Washougal Library; Thursday, July 7, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Thursday, July 7, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library; Tuesday, July 12, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library; Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, Vancouver Library; Thursday, July 14, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Friday, July 15, 11AM, Yacolt Library Express; Wednesday, July 20, 1:30PM, 3:30PM and 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library; Thursday, July 21, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library; Wednesday, July 27, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver; and Saturday, July 30, 4PM, Northwest Library. “Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well-traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world.” http://stevescreaturefeature.com

Canva for Cards, Posters and More”, Tuesday, July 5, 5:30PM, Central Library Computer Learning Center; Saturday, July 16, 2PM, Troutdale Library; and Monday, July 18, 5:30PM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/canva-cards-posters-and-more “Are you looking for a fun and easy way to design beautiful cards, invitations, or posters? Do you wish your social media posts looked snappier? Do you want to explore alternatives to PowerPoint for your presentations? Come to this class to learn about Canva , a free online design tool. By the end of class, you will: understand how to find layouts and backgrounds in Canva; know how to upload your own images into a Canva template; be able to add text to your Canva creation. You will also have the chance to work on your own project with help from the instructor. Please sign up for a Canva account before coming to class. If you do not have an account when you come to class, you may not be able to participate.”

Science Mania”, Tuesdays in July, 2PM, McMinnville Library. Ages 9-12. $3 per session. Preregistration required; call 503-435-5562. July 5- Hummingbird Feeders and migration; July 12- owls and owl pellets; July 19- bird houses and habitat; July 26- citizen scientist program. Attend all 4 Science Mania programs and enter the raffle to win a science kit.

Green Cleaning”, Tuesday, July 5, 6:30PM, Albina Library; Saturday, July 9, 2PM, Hollywood Library; and Wednesday, July 13, 7PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/green-cleaning “An interactive lesson on the environmental health effects of green cleaning and the use of homemade, toxin-free household products.”

Rise Up!”, Tuesday, July 5, 2PM, Monmouth Library; Wednesday, July 6, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville; Wednesday, July 6, 6:30PM, Newberg Library; and Thursday, July 28, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. Presented by Kacey McCallister. “My life has never been one of calm indifference. From a very early age I learned that life is to be lived, not just survived. Even before the accident I knew life was an adventure. After the accident I found the ability to conquer unimaginable things. ‘I can do hard things’ has been a way of life for me. I mean, who could imagine that a guy without legs could complete a 50 mile hike, make it to State Championship Wrestling, or become an Eagle Scout? My mom told me soon after the accident that if I wanted to do something all I had to do was figure out a way to make it happen. Throughout my life there have been few if any challenges that I have not been able to succeed in accomplishing. Trials make us stronger. They raise us up to a higher plain. If we are never pushed and challenged we can never obtain our full potential. For me it was losing my legs. For you, it may be school, work, parenting, or just dealing with the complexities of day-to-day life. Regardless of what your challenge is, you too can find a way to RISE UP!” http://www.kaceymccallister.com/

Big Band Dance”, Wednesdays in July, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. $5 admission. “Join us weekly for our Wednesday afternoon Ballroom Dance. The Swing Street Glenn Tadina Big Band (16–piece band) and the Black Magic Band (14–piece band) jump and jive on alternating weeks at the Pioneer Center. Their great music ranges from Swing, Cha-cha, Tango and Rumba to the Waltz and Fox Trot, plus a variety of other dance rhythms.” http://www.orcity.org/pioneercenter/event/big-band-dance

Recess Around the World”, Wednesdays in July, 11AM, Tualatin Library. Grades 1-4. “Learn to play recess games from around the world. Each week we’ll explore a different part of the world by playing the most lively recess games from South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.”

Yoga for Kids”, Wednesday, July 6, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center basement, 615 5th St, Oregon City. “Yoga for Kids is being taught by Thrive Yoga downstairs in the Pioneer Community Center basement.” http://www.orcity.org/library/yoga-kids

Tim Alexander, Master of Marvels”, Wednesday, July 6, 10:30AM, Mid-Valley Elementary School, 3686 Davis Dr., Hood River; Wednesday, July 6, 1PM, Parkdale Elementary School, 48890 Man Nuys Dr., Parkdale; Wednesday, July 6, 5:30PM, Hood River Library; and Saturday, July 30, 1PM, Scappoose Library (with an ice cream social 12-2). “Mind blowing magic with Tim Alexander.” http://www.parlorofwonders.com/Portland_Magic/Portland_Magix.html

Science in the Park”, Wednesdays July 6 through August 10, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. “From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment. Food vendors are also on-site providing a variety of tasty meal options. Parking is available at the Park ‘n Go Garage, conveniently located next to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The entrance to the garage is on 6th Street between Washington and Columbia Streets. It’s a fun way for families to spend a summertime lunch and learning, complete with great music. Remember, Noon Concerts and Science in the Park are free!” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/science-park

Giant Bubbles!”, Wednesday, July 6, 1PM, Cascade Locks School Pavilion, 3000 Wa-na-pa St., Cascade Locks. “Make bubbles as big as you with our special bubble soap and wands!”

Ready, Set...Science!”, Wednesday, July 6, 2PM, Midland Library; Thursday, July 7, 2PM, North Portland Library; and Saturday, July 23. 1PM, Woodstock Library. Presented by AKA Science. Suggested for grades 3 and up. “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!”

Wire Circus”, Wednesday, July 6, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “Like the artist Alexander Calder we will use our imaginations to twist, turn, and shape metal wire into playful circus figures. What will you make? Flying acrobats, elephants, clowns, or...?? Join artist Judith Hankin for this fanciful, hands-on adventure. All materials provided.”

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays, July 6 through September 7, 11AM-2PM, with free concerts at 12PM, SW Main St. at Broadway, Pdx. Free. Indoors at Antionette Hatfield Hall in case of rain or extreme heat. “During July and August, Noontime Showcase- a monthly free performance held inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall during most of the year- moves out to Main Street and changes to a weekly schedule. This Noontime Showcase is part of the 2016 Summer Arts on Main Street series, which runs 11am to 2pm every Wednesday from July 6 to September 7, with free performances, children’s activities, and outdoor booths featuring local artisans selling handmade crafts. Summer Arts on Main Street runs concurrently with the Portland Farmers Market in the adjacent park blocks (Shemanski Park at Park Ave. and Main St.).” http://www.portland5.com/

Music on Main Street”, Wednesdays, July 6 through September 7, 5PM, SW Main St. at Broadway, Pdx. Free. “On Wednesday evenings starting in July, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present the free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local and regional musicians playing a diverse collection of music. The 2016 series features country, jazz, blues and world music including North Indian bhangra and cumbia music. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar and Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm. Tables are reserved for food and beverage patrons and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.” http://www.portland5.com/

Author Talk, “Ebin Lee”, Wednesday, July 6, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Learn about Ebin Lee's book, ‘A Wretch Like Me: Sad/Black/Ugly/Queer’, which explores the intersections of being black and queer, and experiencing depression, fear and racism in Portland. In addition, he will talk about his current project, ‘Be What It May’. Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.” http://ebinlee.com

Mad Science Presents, “Olympics”, Wednesday, July 6, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest, North Plains; Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Holgate Library; Thursday, July 14, 2PM, Stevenson Library; Tuesday, July 19, 2PM, Hoodland Library, Welches; Thursday, July 21, 11AM, Cascade Park Library; and Tuesday, July 26, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets given out at 2PM). All ages. “Summer, Sports, and Science! Let Mad Science show you how athletes use physics to keep their balance and manipulate gravity. Help our Mad Scientist light the Mad Science Olympic Torch and learn how physics and nutrition can help you throw farther, jump higher, and run faster. Join in some fun activities that will show you how science and sports are cool together. Come see what it takes to win the race!”

Traveling Lantern Theatre Presents, “Vladimir Goes for Gold!”, Wednesday, July 6, 1PM, “A young athlete takes your audience on an Olympic adventure. Meet Vladimir Cashewninski: Champion Badminton player, and sole athlete from the tiny People's Republic of Insurgistan, as he prepares to compete in the most important game of his life. The night before his big day, he has an enthralling dream that takes him to Ancient Greece, where he meets the Olympic Herald and teams up with the audience to explore the first Olympic Games.” http://www.travelinglantern.com/index.php

Coders Academy”, Wednesday, July 6, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Grades K-5. “Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, and more. This is a chance for kids to learn basic coding skills through interactive and collaborative play.”

Author Talk, “Mark Russell”, Wednesday, July 6, 5PM, Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “Creator Mark Russell will be joining us on Wednesday July 6th from 5-7 PM to discuss his reboot of Flintstones! Come stop in to check Fintstones #1 right here at Cosmic Monkey Comics!” http://www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com/upcomingevents/

“Jugglemania!”, Wednesday, July 6, 11AM and 1PM, Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium; Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Monmouth Library; Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville; Wednesday, July 13, 11AM, Newberg Library; Friday, July 15, 10:30AM, Fairview-Columbia Library; Thursday, July 21, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton; Tuesday, July 26, 10:15AM, Forest Grove Library. “JuggleMania presents the hilarity and dexterity that has taken one Oregon boy to 30 countries around the world. Starting with a book about juggling, Rhys Thomas has created dozens of amazing juggling and magic routines that appeal to all ages. It's like a Pixar cartoon come to life. In 4-D!” http://www.jugglemania.com/Hi.html

“Guatemalan Quilt Exhibit”, Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 16, Stevenson Library. “Come view our exhibit of quilts inspired by trips to Guatemala and fabric purchased there.”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Thursday, July 7, 11AM, St. Johns 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!”

Public Archaeology School Lecture Series”, Thursdays, July 7, 14, and 21, 7PM, Tex Ranklin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. Free. These lectures happen during PSU and WSU’s archaeology summer school digs at Fort Vancouver, and are free and open to the public. July 7: Ongoing Archaeological Investigations at Pickawillany, Miami County, Ohio: Making Sense of the First Gunfight in the West, presented by Bill Pickard, Assistant Curator of Archaeology, Ohio History Connection; July 14: Archaeology and Historic Preservation on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, presented by Christopher J. Donnermeyer, Heritage Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot National Forest; July 21: Archaeological Studies of African American Life, presented by Theresa A. Singleton, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University. There will also be one special offsite lecture July 20 at Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, 1387 South Spruce St., Cannon Beach: Exploring the Chinook Middle Village and Station Camp, presented by Douglas C. Wilson, National Park Service, Pacific West Region. https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/summerarchaeology2016.htm

Twilight Thursday at Blue Lake”, Thursday, July 7, 8PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview. $6 per person or $11 per family. Parking fee waived. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/twilight-thursday-blue-lake/2016-07-07 “As the sun begins its descent in the sky, many animals go out to forage for one last meal. At the same time, nocturnal animals begin to awaken and move across the landscape. Join a naturalist on a hike at Blue Lake Regional Park to explore the magical space between day and night.”

Construct Quidditch Hoops and Games”, Thursday, July 7, 6PM, Newberg Library. For middle and high school students. 

Marion County Fair”, Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. Entertainment includes Brad’s World Reptiles, Wild Side Oregon exotic animal rescue, racing dogs, Mexican dancing horses, camel rides and of course a rodeo! http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/Fair/

Peruvian Handkerchief Dance”, Thursday, July 7, 11:15AM, Troutdale Library; and Friday, July 22, 11:15AM, Gregory Heights Library. “Children and parents join decorate a handkerchief to dance individually, in couples and in groups to the sound of Peru’s national dance, the Marinera, motivated by stories, recorded music and live percussion by Luciana Proaño of Inka Jam.”

Tween Bubble Lab”, Thursday, July 7, 2PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “Who can make the biggest bubble? How about the longest lasting? Tweens will attempt to break some records by using a variety of materials and methods to create the best bubble in West Linn! Join us on the back patio for some bubble fun!” 

Comic Book Workshop”, Thursday, July 7, 4PM, Happy Valley Library. Age 10 and up. “Find out how to draw and tell your story with the help of super comic guy Brad Clark.”

Honey Bee Science Discovery Program”, Thursday, July 7, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets given out at 11:30AM); Thursday, July 7, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Monday, July 11, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets given out at 1:30PM); and Thursday, July 14, 11AM, St. Johns Library. Presented by Kendall Swanson. “A presentation by a young beekeeper on honey bees and the science behind them. The short interactive presentation is followed by hands-on learning stations, including: Honey Bee Discovery Lab (featuring products of the hive, beekeeping equipment and tools, magnifying glasses, honey tasting, and question and answer time), flower seed planting, pollination station, honey bee board games, and coloring sheets. This discovery lab is for children ages 3 years and up, and adults enjoy the lab, as well.” 

Knights of Veritas”, Thursday, July 7, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie (check with them if you go to see if it’s taking place outside); Saturday, July 16, 1PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Saturday, July 16, 4PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room; Wednesday, July 20, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center lawn, 615 5th St, Oregon City; Wednesday, July 20, 3PM, Lake Oswego Library; Thursday, July 21, 4PM, Happy Valley Library; and Friday, July 22, 7PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Discover facts and myths about medieval sports and fitness practices, and just what life is really like inside a suit of armour! Watch Knights of Veritas demonstrate the skill and physical prowess of authentic combat techniques from the middle ages using real swords! The Knights of Veritas are the premier professional presenters on the subjects of arms, armour, combat, knighthood and chivalry of the middle ages in the Pacific Northwest. All aspects of Knights of Veritas presentations are based on current scholarship, archaeology and interpretation of period sources; the clothing, armour and weapons are accurate to the originals in form and design, using period materials and accurate in detail right down to the buttons and buckles.” http://www.knightsofveritas.org

Author Talk, “Zora O’Neill”, Thursday, July 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Zora O’Neill discusses her book, “All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World”. “If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, you know what happens when you first truly and clearly communicate with another person. As Zora O’Neill recalls, you feel like a magician. If that foreign language is Arabic, you just might feel like a wizard. They say that Arabic takes seven years to learn and a lifetime to master. O’Neill had put in her time. Steeped in grammar tomes and outdated textbooks, she faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master Arabic, but also driving herself crazy. She took a decade-long hiatus, but couldn’t shake her fascination with the language or the cultures it had opened up to her. So she decided to jump back in—this time with a new approach. Join O’Neill for a grand tour through the Middle East. You will laugh with her in Egypt, delight in the stories she passes on from the United Arab Emirates, and find yourself transformed by her experiences in Lebanon and Morocco. She’s packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers. From quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families’ homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world that is thousands of miles away right to your door. A natural storyteller with an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, O’Neill explores the indelible links between culture and communication. A powerful testament to the dynamism of language, All Strangers Are Kin reminds us that learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much more than words.” http://www.zoraoneill.com/all-strangers-are-kin/

Tide Pool Clinics”, Thursday, July 7, 9AM, and Sunday, July 24, 10AM, meeting at the 15th Street Beach Access, Lincoln City. Free. “Lincoln City is proud to offer its 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.” http://www.oregoncoast.org/tide-pool-clinics/

Concert, “Nu Shooz”, Thursday, July 7, 6PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. Local legends and 80s pop sensations Nu Shooz will be playing a free concert! The folks responsible for this: https://youtu.be/UJ1tBVtYOBc Totally tubular to the max!!! http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/page/nu-shooz-riverview-six-sunset-concert

Mapping the Brain in Living Color with ‘Brainbow’”, Thursday, July 7, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Presented by Tamily Weissman-Unni, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at Lewis and Clark College. “The brain is exquisitely organized and complex, with billions of cells forming trillions of precise connections that ultimately control behavior. Neuroscientists across the globe are racing to construct detailed maps of the brain, hoping to answer key questions about how the brain grows and forms during development, how it functions in adulthood, and how it deteriorates. One powerful approach to mapping connections in the brain is to use color – to identify individual cells with unique hues. In this talk, Biology and Neuroscience Professor Tamily Weissman explains how color can be used to study the brain. She has helped to develop a multicolor method called ‘Brainbow’, which color-codes cells by expressing combinations of specialized fluorescent proteins. She will present colorful images and illustrate how the brain forms in tiny, transparent zebrafish embryos.” http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-mapping-the-brain

Songwriters in the Round”, Friday, July 8, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library, main floor; and Wednesday, July 13, 7PM, Hood River Library. “Singer/songwriter Steve Hale, ‘the ambassador of song,’ leads a trio of accomplished song writers as they take turns playing original compositions and sharing the personal stories behind each piece.”

Author Talk, “Senator Barbara Boxer”, Friday, July 8, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Barbara Boxer discusses her book, “The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life”. “Barbara Boxer has made her mark, combining compassionate advocacy with scrappiness in a political career spanning more than three decades. Now, retiring from the Senate, she continues the work to which she's dedicated 30 years in Congress. Her memoir, ‘The Art of Tough’, shares her provocative and touching recollections of service, and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, quality, environmental protection, all in a peaceful world. Sometimes lauded, sometimes vilified, but always standing tough, Boxer has fought for what is right even when her personal convictions conflicted with her party or the majority rule.”

Bead Faire”, Friday, July 8, 12PM-6PM, Saturday, July 9, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, July 10, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 weekend passes, free for kids 11 and under, free passes and 2 for 1 admission coupons available on their website: http://www.gemfaire.com Lots and lots of beads and supplies for jewelry making, but also gems, crystals, and fossils.

Hands-On Marine Science Programs for Adults and Children”, Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 1PM-3PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. $15 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/education/marine-education/family-programs July 8- Mollusk Madness; July 15- ROV Design Challenge; July 22- Assemble a Whale; July 29- Estuary Exploration. 

Magician Jeff McMahon”, Friday, July 8, 6PM, North Bonneville Library; Thursday, July 21, 2PM, Stevenson Library; and Friday, August 5, 1PM, Goldendale Library. “Magician Jeff McMahon’s Family Magic Show is amazing, fun and full of energy! You’ll see jaw-dropping magic and you’ll find yourself laughing a lot! Don’t miss it!” http://www.jeffmcmagic.com

Move Like a Mammoth”, Friday, July 8, 11AM, Canby Library; Thursday, July 14, 2PM, Scappoose Library; Friday, July 15, 2:30PM, Beaverton Library; and Tuesday, July 19, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “Join us for a special presentation by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Discover how saber tooth cats, mammoths, giant ground sloths and other amazing prehistoric animals ran, swam, leaped, climbed and ate their way through Oregon's history. Explore fossils, bones and teeth while comparing ancient animals to those living in Oregon today.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, July 9, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $18. One ticket per batch; maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.omsi.edu/showing/soap-making “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. General Admission is not included in the price of admission.”

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

Polish Festival Seattle”, Saturday, July 9, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Come explore and experience Polish culture and traditions through live music, dance performances, workshops, exhibits and children’s activities. This year the festival will showcase the unique culture of Polish Highlanders (‘Górale’ in Polish) and the splendor of the Polish Tatra Mountains, famous for its rugged peaks, climbing, hiking and winter sports paradise. One of the biggest attractions of the region is the authentic highlander folklore, costumes and architecture continued through each generation to this day. The merchandise marketplace will feature Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, traditional folk costumes, amber jewelry, crystal, and cut-out paper art, as well as information about the local Polish-American community and travel to Poland for business and pleasure. The beer garden will be well stocked with a variety of imported Polish beer, and food vendors will serve plenty of delicious Polish food.” http://polishfestivalseattle.org

Author Talk, “Sherman Alexie”, Saturday, July 9, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Wow, the famous author of ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ and ‘The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven’ wrote a picture book! "Thunder Boy Jr."http://fallsapart.com Illustrated by Yuyi Morales: http://www.yuyimorales.com.

Oregon Coast Fossils”, Saturday, July 9, 7PM, Beverly Beach State Park Amphitheater in F-Loop. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Calling all rock hunters! Join Park staff and fossil expert Guy Dittorice as we learn about some of the fossils commonly found on Beverly Beach. This all ages program is a great introduction to fossil hunting and a real treat!” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45506

Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, July 9, 10AM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; email Margaret Gunther at mgunther@ci.tualatin.or.us or call 503.691.3070 “Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, ideas, and opinions! Tween Take-Over is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks. Tween Take-Over is for youth who are in 4th-7th grades.”

Ten Tiny Dances”, Saturday, July 9, 10AM -1:30PM, City Park, SW 5th St. and Hall Blvd., Beaverton, during the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. “2016 marks the eighth year for this signature Beaverton event! Guests spend a summer day exploring downtown Beaverton where five 4’x4’ stages will showcase the talents of ten, unique dance performances from master-level ethnic and contemporary dancers. Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances is a free, public event centered around the popular Beaverton Farmers Market. Visit all five stages and you will experience a total of Ten Tiny Dances!” http://www.tentinydances.org

Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, July 9, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door. “Come join us for a firecracker of a show! We’ll celebrate our independence from a boring Saturday night. Join in on the fun with the whole family. Because as you know…..MIT is always family friendly. It’s safe to bring the kids. And Grandma! Our building is air conditioned and we’ll have chilled bottles of water, wine and beer for sale. You’ll be laughing so much, you’ll need those things!” http://www.magentatheater.com/page/mit-show-july-9th

Saturday in the Park Pride”, Saturday, July 9, 11AM-5PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free. “Enjoy a variety of music and entertainment, great vendors and camaraderie at Clark County's own LGBTQ Pride event.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/page/saturday-park-pride-1

"1st Louisiana Special Battalion, ‘Tiger’ Zouaves”, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The southern states had their fare share of brave men who fought during the Civil War. Although ideologies and politics may have been different between states, the soldier was still the same; no matter what side you fought on. This representative group from the Confederacy brings to life that day-to-day camp life, including drill and preparation, that any soldier could relate to.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43406

Historic Weapons Program: 18th Century Black Powder”, Saturday, July 9, 1PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free with admission: $5 for adults, free for ages 15 and under. “Join us at the reconstructed Fort Vancouver for a demonstration of Hudson's Bay Company fur trade black powder weaponry, including small arms and artillery. This hour long program introduces the history of the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver, and the weapons fur trappers would have used in the Pacific Northwest.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=EB4FAEE5-1DD8-B71B-0BBA52013793C429

Victorian Craft Demonstration”, Saturday, July 9, 12PM-3PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Bookmarks. Class is free and all materials are supplied.” http://www.mcloughlinhouse.org

Bastille Day Celebration”, Saturday, July 9, 12PM-6PM, Portland Art Museum Sculpture Mall, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “One of the largest Bastille celebrations on the West Coast. You’ll enjoy unique entertainment, tantalizing French cuisine, the compelling French marketplace, the convivial wine and beer garden, and, for the first time, Le Concours de Costumes – express the spirit of Bastille and win a prize. New this year also is our Wine Tasting –– come to one of two sessions and enjoy!” http://www.afportland.org/bastille-day-festival-july-9-2016-at-pam/

Exhibit, “Stamps: Pathways to Our World”, Saturday, July 9 through August 21, Central Library Collins Gallery. Opening Reception Wednesday, August 3 at 6PM. “We invite you to celebrate the centennial of Oregon Stamp Society by taking a tour around the world and back to Oregon through this unique exhibition. Each stamp is a work of art, giving the world insight into a country’s history, geography, people and culture. The exhibition will run from July 9 to August 21. Then go to Oregon Convention Center August 4-7 to enjoy The American Philatelic Society Stamp Show, the largest annual stamp show in the United States.”

Survival Fires”, Saturday, July 9, 11AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Park Rd., Gresham. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/stayin-alive-survival-fires-0/2016-07-09 “You are lost, and the storm clouds are gathering. Could you light a fire with just one match? Join naturalist Dan Daly in this family-oriented class to learn how to light a fire in the toughest conditions. Participants use knives during the class, and the safe conduct of children is the responsibility of their guardians. Fire safety will be emphasized.” This is a fantastic class for anyone old enough to be comfortable using a knife. I really don’t recommend bringing younger kids, even though it’s allowed, unless you are pretty sure they won’t get really bored after 3 ½+ hours in the same spot.

Beginning Weaving Workshop”, Saturday, July 9, 1PM, Parkdale Library. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 541-386-2535 or email info@hoodriverlibrary.org. “Teaching artist, Chloe Hight will offer a “Beginning Weaving Class” at the Parkdale Library on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 1:00-3:00pm. Hight will take participants on a journey through traditional natural dye processes of Oaxaco, Mexico where she lived and worked with the master weaver of Teotitlan del Valle. Participants will learn basic weaving techniques, begin a weaving and go home with a clipboard loom and yarn.”

Build a Catapult”, Saturday, July 9, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 11-18. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043. “Teams will make their own working mini catapult out of office supplies and see how far they can throw some candy. There will be multiple prizes in different categories.”

Russian Folk Art Plates”, Saturday, July 9, 2PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/русская-народная-роспись-тарелок-russian-folk-art-plates “Who says that Russian art can't be simple and easy for kids? Bring your children to this class to learn simple techniques and styles of Russian folk art. Each participant will paint their very own Russian art paper plate.”

Backyard Birding Workshop”, Saturday, July 9, 10AM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.columbiasprings.org/#!events/kuw8z “Looking for a great spot to bird watch? Wondering how to attract them to your backyard? Learn all about both at a Columbia Springs Backyard Birding Workshop! Join us for a presentation from local experts, and a guided walk around Columbia Springs to spot a wide variety of exciting local birds. You’ll also get your own chickadee birdhouse to take home (limit 1 per household).”

Historic Silver Falls Day”, Saturday, July 9, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge and surrounding area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “From Native Americans, to loggers, to homesteaders, to parks, the land we know today as Silver Falls State Park has a colorful history. Join us for demonstrations, displays, and games that bring history to life.” http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html

Hula for the Family”, Saturday, July 9, 11AM, North Portland Library; and Wednesday, July 20, 2PM, Midland Library. “We invite all family members to join us to learn Hawaiian language, songs and a simple hula dance in a warm, welcoming environment. You will learn some basic hula steps, easy-to-learn language and songs, hand motions, and then we will put our hands and feet together to perform a hula. Join us for a great time while spending time with family and friends.” http://www.hulaaloha.org

16th Annual Portland Zine Symposium”, Saturday, July 9, 11AM-5PM, tabling expo and workshops at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx; and Sunday, July 10, 11AM-5PM, workshops and skillshare at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “The Portland Zine Symposium is a free 2-day zine conference and social covering all facets of zine making and DIY culture. This event has been held in Portland, Oregon every summer since 2001 and hosts over 150 tablers from around the world each year, as well as many free workshops, panels, and discussions.” Details here: http://www.portlandzinesymposium.org/pzs-2016/

World Champion Taekwondo for Kids and Teens”, Saturday, July 9, 2PM, Scappoose Library. “World Champion Taekwondo will demonstrate this ancient martial art. Stick around for a chance to try breaking a board!”

Science in the Park at the Water Center”, Saturday, July 9, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Everyone loves the annual ‘Science in the Park’ series, so join us in celebrating it during Second Saturday at the Water Center! Kids and families will have fun with some of the most popular and favorite ‘Science in the Park’ hands-on activities.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Printmaking for Kids”, Saturday, July 9, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room (tickets will be given out at 1:30PM); and Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “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.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

Start Here-Game Programming for Teens”, Saturday, July 9, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Sunday, July 31, 11AM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/start-here-game-programming “Do you have no experience programming? Are you curious about what it’s like? This is the class for you. After this class, you will have a basic understanding of: What is a program? What programming languages exist? What’s the difference? What can you use computer applications for? What are the limits? What is the basic syntax of JavaScript? How can you learn more?” 

Superwholock Party”, Saturday, July 9, 3PM, Troutdale Library. “Fans of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock, unite! Celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day by showing your love for your favorite TV fandom. Crafts, contests (including cosplay and drawing), and a life-sized TARDIS will be available for your enjoyment.”

en Taiko”, Saturday, July 9, 1PM, North Bonneville Library; Tuesday, July 12, 6PM, Beaverton Library; Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin; Thursday, July 14, 3PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Thursday, July 14, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library; Friday, July 15, 11AM, Daubenspeck Park, Willow St. and W. Franklin St., Bingen; Saturday, July 16, 2PM, Forest Grove Library; Monday, July 18, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room; Tuesday, July 19, 2PM, Cornelius Library; Wednesday, July 20, 3PM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, July 21, 3PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church Gym, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx; Thursday, July 21, 6:30PM, West Linn Library; Friday, July 22, 4PM, Shute Park Amphitheatre next to the Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Monday, July 25, 2PM, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 17800 SW Kinnaman Rd., Beaverton; and Thursday, July 28, 2PM, Schlegel Hall in Sunset Park, 12765 NW Main St., Banks. “Feel the power of the Taiko rhythm! Create your own rhythms and learn aspects of Japanese Taiko drum playing such as stance, traditional rhythms and playing with partners. Be prepared to be LOUD!” http://www.entaiko.org/

Library Tour”, Saturdays in July, 11AM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join us for a tour of the library. Find out what goes on behind the scenes. Everyone is welcome. Tour will be geared to the groups interest. Meet by the front door.”

Bubble Festival”, Saturday, July 9, 2PM-4PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Join us in our outdoor courtyard for a bubble bonanza of giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, and artsy bubbles!”

Edgefield’s 105th Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, July 9, 9AM-9PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. All ages. “We’ll mark the property’s 105th with live music, food and drink specials, history tours and much more.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/151957-Edgefields-105th-Birthday-Celebration- Lots of neat history presentations. 

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing”, Saturday, July 9, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join us to make beautiful art on the sidewalks around the library! For children of all ages.”

Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art”, Saturday, July 9 through September 18, at 25 venues. Details here: http://portlandbiennial.org “Established in 2010, the Portland Biennial is a major survey of Oregon artists who are defining and advancing the state’s contemporary arts landscape. Building upon the success of its predecessors, the Portland2016 Biennial is a two-month celebration of the here and now that showcases 34 artists at 25 partner venues in 11 communities across the state – the largest and most comprehensive survey of Oregon art, ever.”

Sandy River Delta Bird Walk”, Saturday, July 9, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-496-0908. “Discover the Sandy River Delta, part of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, on a free expert-guided bird walk hosted by our N.E. Fremont location of Backyard Bird Shop. Naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you through this multi-use natural area located at the confluence of the Columbia and Sandy Rivers. The delta features riparian, wetland, and meadow habitats where you’ll search for songbirds in the cottonwood galleries, view waterfowl in the recently restored wetlands, and enjoy Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Bird Blind.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/sandy_river_delta_bird_walk_-_june_16/ (Keep in mind that Sandy River Delta is a super popular offleash dog park, so don’t go if you aren’t comfortable.)

Concert, “Two Spirit Jazz”, Sunday, July 10, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Two Spirit Jazz current repertoire comes from the American songbook and from the vast supply of American jazz and blues.” http://www.twospiritjazz.com

Family Bat Outing”, Sunday, July 10, 7:30PM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. $5. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Join us Sunday evening from 7:30- 9:30 pm, to explore the fascinating world of bats! First we'll meet at our Beaverton shop for a 45 minute class and slide show, then we'll carpool to a local site to seek live bats in action. We'll also listen to their echolocation calls using a bat detector. Children must be registered with, and accompanied by, an adult.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/index.php/site/event/family_bat_outing_-_july_29/

Wooden Boat Festival”, Sunday, July 10, 11AM-5PM, Willamette Sailing Club, 6336 SW Beaver Ave., Pdx. Free. Now in its sixth year, the Portland Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the final day of a Family Boat Build weekend, sponsored by RiversWest Small Craft Center and the Willamette Sailing Club. The event, which takes place on the banks of the Willamette River, will celebrate fourteen families and teams, each building a Salt Water Bay skiff, with mentoring from expert wooden boat builders. Saturday morning the teams receive their kits of supplies and commence building. Sunday afternoon they will launch their finished boats. On Sunday the festival includes a display of wooden boats from local boat builders and owners. In addition to the boat displays, the Wooden Boat Festival offers free sailboat rides and the use of paddleboards and other small craft, plus live music, food, toy boat building for youngsters, and a beer garden.” http://willamettesailingclub.com/wooden-boat-festival/

The Big Float 6”, Sunday, July 10, 11AM-6PM, Willamette River west side at Tom McCall Bowl to Waterfront Park. $5 early registration. All ages. “Let’s give our river a hug! 2,500+ people will float down the Willamette. You must provide your own innertube and life jacket. Lifejackets available through online registration or on location for $9. This year featuring two 100’ long slip and slides! The Big Float, our annual Willamette River fundraising event, benefits the Human Access Project. It's a celebration of our river – including the recreation it offers as well as the restoration it has undergone in recent years. The idea is to enjoy the river and also inspire positive aspirations for the river’s healthy development (beaches and access), protection and improvement.” http://www.thebigfloat.com

Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences,”, Sunday, July 10, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Donnell Alexander. “The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion, commercially exceptional. What are the conditions of our region that make Northwest hip hop unique? How has hip hop influenced language, fashion, art, and political life in the region?” http://www.ohs.org/events/northwest-mixtape-hip-hop.cfm

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

Contemporary Native Art Inspired by Cultures of the Columbia River”, July 10, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. Free with $3 parking. Mask Exhibit , Artist Talks at 1PM, Guided Ethnobotany Hike at 2:30PM, with ongoing kids’ activities and plankhouse tours 12-4PM. http://ridgefieldfriends.org

Spy School”, Monday, July 11, 2PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 3-5. “ Do you have what it takes to become a spy? Agents needed to receive training and complete a mission.”

Author Talk, “Wenonah Hauter”, Monday, July 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Wenonah Hauter discusses her book, “Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment.”  http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/bio/wenonah-hauter

Muslim Family Getaway Presents, “Eid Al-Fitr 2016 Celebration”, Monday, July 11, 4PM-10PM, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free admission, Unlimited rides $16 including midway rides and roller skating (Go Karts, games and food sold separately) “You are invited to be part of Eid Al-Fitr celebration at Oaks Amusement Park on Monday July 11th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Come and share the joy with all Muslims and friends from all faiths in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Corvallis, Eugene and Vancouver. Please feel free to invite your friends from other faiths to attend our celebration at Oaks Amusement Park. Please dress modestly and be respectful to all cultures and their differences.” Vendors will offer halal food, and they will play Islamic songs. They expect a crowd of 4,000+. http://www.muslimfamilygetaway.com/images/EidAlfitr2016W.jpg Eid Al-Fitr is a festive holiday that marks the end of the fast of Ramadan. More here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/what-eid-al-fitr-your-guide-3925161

Sherlock Holmes Forensic Science”, Monday, July 11, 10AM, Deepwood Museum, 1116 Mission St. SE, Salem. $5. Preregistration required; register online: http://deepwoodmuseum.org/event-calendar/event/154/2016-07-11/ “It’s elementary, dear Watson! A crime has occurred at Deepwood and it’s up to you to solve the mystery through observation, collecting evidence at the crime scene and using scientific methods to analyze the clues.”.

Computer Sports Games - Coding Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15, 3:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/computer-sports-games-coding-camp-teens “Bringing games to life can be easy and fun! Join Pixel Arts for five days of fun, hands-on workshops to create tabletop and video games with your friends. We'll draw, sketch, and design sport games like soccer, bowling, tennis, baseball, car racing and more. “

Being Your Own Publisher”, Monday, July 11, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/becoming-your-own-publisher/61211 “Becoming Your Own Publisher is a one-hour community workshop that provides authors with all the tools and guidance necessary to become their own successful publishers. Including aspects of professional editing and design, logistics and distribution, and publicity and marketing, the goal for this presentation is to offer enough details to make writers ‘publishing professionals’, with an insider’s knowledge of the business and unique manners of approaching the marketplace. The workshop is purely informational, including a half-hour presentation on the ins and outs of contemporary publishing, followed by an audience Q/A.” Presented by Inkwater Press.

Doctor Who Needle Felting for Teens”, Monday, July 11, 6PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Teens! Learn to needle felt a miniature TARDIS, Dalek and other essential Doctor Who artifacts. Needle felting is the approachable and addictive craft of sculpting raw wool with a barbed felting needle. Non-Whovians are welcome needle felt with us too... the subject matter is not limited to Doctor-related objects. Let's craft together!” Presented by artist LeBrie Rich.

Police Bike Rodeo”, Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Beaverton Library. Ages 7-12. “Beaverton Police Bike officers will give a safety presentation and have a bike rodeo! Bring your bike and try it out!”

Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower”, July 12 through August 23, peaking July 28 and 29, with best viewing after 12AM. Details here: http://earthsky.org/?p=159138

Painting on Fabric for Teens”, Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Get creative and make something amazing! Extraordinary designer and art teacher, Kandy Giles, teaches varied methods for painting on fabric.”

South Downtown 1912 Walking Tour”, Tuesday, July 12, 6:30PM, meeting at the US Bank on 2nd Ave. and Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “See another side of our town with the Hillsboro Historical Society and the South Downtown 1912 Walking Tour. Costumed guides will lead the tour to one of the oldest neighborhoods of Hillsboro. We'll compare the houses and churches standing today with their locations on historic maps. Along the way we'll tell stories and maybe solve a mystery or two.” http://www.hillsborohistorical.org The Tuesday Farmer’s Market will also be taking place from 5-8:30PM downtown with live music and lots of food vendors. 

Author Readings, “What Does It Mean to Be White in America?”, Tuesday, July 12, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Authors will read condensed compilations of their essays from the book 'What Does It Mean to Be White in America?: Breaking the White Code of Silence -- A Collection of Personal Narratives', edited by Gabrielle David and Sean Patrick Forbes.”  http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/147695-What-Does-It-Mean-to-Be-White-in-America-Breaking-the-White-Code-of-Silence-A-Collection-of-Personal-Narratives

Author Talk, “Sarah Kuhn”, Tuesday, July 12, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Sarah Kuhn discusses her YA novel, “Heroine Complex”, book 1 of a planned trilogy. “Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea. But everything changes when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest secret comes out: she has powers, too. Now it’s up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda’s increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right...or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.” “Kuhn will be joined for a panel discussion by Amber Benson, author of The Last Dream Keeper, and Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway.” http://www.heroinecomplex.com

Author Talk, “Douglas Brinkley”, Tuesday, July 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Douglas Brinkley discusses his book, “Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America”. “The acclaimed, award-winning historian examines the environmental legacy of FDR and the New Deal.” https://www.harpercollins.com/cr-101135/douglas-brinkley

Recycled Puppet Making”, Tuesday, July 12, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets given out at 2PM); and Saturday, July 16, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. “KCPuppetree engages participants in a dynamic puppet making workshop, using re-used and up-cycled items. Participants of all ages will explore the creative potential of egg crates, boxes, plastic jugs and more while creating original puppets that can move, dance, and sing. All participants will leave the workshop with their own unique creations. KC will provide a bountiful supply of scrap materials, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own items from home. Explore the possibility of your trash!”

Earth Wisdom Walk to Wahclella Falls”, Tuesday, July 12, 10AM, meeting at the Wahclella Falls Trailhead, Columbia River Gorge, OR. Easy. 1.8 miles, 300’ elevation gain. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/519 “Observe the hidden world among the rocks, water and in the trees with leader Judy Todd, following Tanner Creek to reach Wahclella Falls. This is an opportunity to slow down, look closely at your surroundings, and meet the Earth step by step.”

Hands-On Henna Workshop”, Tuesday, July 12, 4PM, Cascade Park Library; Saturday, July 16, 3PM, Rockwood Library; Tuesday, July 19, 2PM, Stevenson Library (teens); Friday, July 22, 3PM, Scappoose Library (teens); Friday, July 22, 7PM, Three Creeks Library; and Tuesday, July 26, 3:30PM, Battle Ground Library (for teens, with smoothies served). “Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic, intricate henna design on your hand.”

The Lego Guy!”, Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Hoodland Library, Welches; Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, Sandy Library, and Thursday, July 14, 2PM, Sandy Vista Apartments, 40747 SE Hwy 26, Sandy. 

Just Uke It! Camp for Teens”, Tuesdays, July 12 through August 9, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/just-uke-it-camp-teens/59971 “Get ready to have some fun while learning the ukulele! This class for newbie ukulele players will introduce you to the popular well-known songs as well as songs performed by Micah And Me! Through this class, you’ll always collect a variety of tunes to share with family and friends. Ukuleles provided; however you are welcome to bring your own!”

Food for Thought, a Cookbook Discussion Group”, Tuesday, July 12, 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. This month: America.”

Scratch Coding Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, July 12, 2PM, Sandy Library. “Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab and provided free of charge. You can program your own interactive stories, games, and — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”

The Oregon Bird Man”, Tuesday, July 12, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library; Thursday, July 14, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; and Friday, July 29, 11AM, White Salmon Library. “A great family-oriented show featuring a wide variety of tropical parrots, including several endangered species! Meet parrots of all colors and sizes. Learn what is happening to parrots in the wild and what is involved with having one as a pet.” http://oregonbirdman.com/

Postcard to an Athlete”, Wednesday, July 13, 12PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Ages 6-12. “Is there a professional athlete that you admire? Stop by the library and create a postcard that we will send along to them!”

11th Annual Marbled Murrelet Citizen Science Survey”, two sessions, July 13 and 14, or July 19 and 20. Day 1 is survey training at Yachats Commons, Day 2 surveys happen along the coast. “Please RSVP by contacting Paul Engelmeyer at 541-547-4227 or pengelmeyer@peak.org. Paul can also provide additional information about the survey. Join the 11th annual Marbled Murrelet citizen science survey on a spectacular stretch of Oregon's coast near Yachats, Oregon. Training will be provided, so no prior experience is needed. This year, we are offering two separate training sessions – join us for one or both, if you’d like. U.S. Forest Service local naturalist Abigail DeYoung (for session 1) and Oregon State University ornithologist and Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson (for session 2) will lead the surveys with Paul Engelmeyer of Portland Audubon and manager of the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary. We'll survey for endangered Marbled Murrelets in the Yachats vicinity. This area is Oregon’s stronghold for the murrelet and includes the 100,000 acre ‘Globally Significant’ Murrelet Important Bird Area. We will be viewing and discussing old-growth forest habitat as well as the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protection Area. During the morning surveys, murrelets will be seen and/or heard on breeding territories and in their near-shore feeding areas.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/11th-annual-marbled-murrelet-citizen-science-survey

Zephyr Brown”, Wednesday, July 13, 10AM, Molalla Library Gym. “Zephyr will be here with her traveling juggling workshop. All ages will enjoy this hands on event.”

Trees of Oregon: The Coast to the Cascades”, Wednesday, July 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Class $14; or $115 with an optional field trip on July 16. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/TreesofOR “The northwest is famous for its trees-- big ones and lots of them! Our region is home to a rich variety of tree species. You might be familiar with Oregon’s state tree, the Douglas-fir, but there are many other spectacular trees in our forests that are worth knowing. In this class and in the accompanying field trip, Dr. Ivan Phillipsen will show you how to ID conifers and deciduous trees by their needles/leaves, cones, bark, and flowers. You’ll also learn which trees are associated with specific habitats. The class will focus on trees growing in the Oregon Coast Range, Willamette Valley, and Cascades Range.”

Forensic Science for Teens with the West Linn Police Department”, Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, West Linn Library. “Team up with the West Linn Police Department to find out how to conduct investigations, process crime scenes—and get hands-on experience locating latent fingerprints.”

Food Adventures”, Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Learn how food travels through your digestive system, taste a food sample and discover new recipes! Enjoy OSU's Food Hero program as you explore healthy choices at fun, interactive stations.”

Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You”, Wednesday, July 13, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Come learn about physics with clarity, humor, and real world examples you can use in your daily life as a secret agent or lead singer. Christine McKinley, mechanical engineer, musician, and author of Physics for Rock Stars will explain why a solid understanding of the periodic table will help you decide who (and if) you should date and how the laws of motion and energy are your guides to an adventurous and drama-free life. There will be no equations, numbers, or tricky concepts—just an inspiring tour through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_july_13_physics/

Nick Jaina”, Wednesday, July 13, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. Nick Jaina will perform a soulful and engaging combination of live music and readings from his book ‘Get it While You Can’. This is his first book, an impressionistic memoir about a love of music and the world. It has been nominated for a 2016 Oregon Book Award.” http://nickjaina.com

Grow Your Own Microgreens”, Wednesday, July 13, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x114. “Chance Corbeil will discuss nutritional microgreens, the trendy young vegetables in the specialty section of the grocery store and on select restaurant menus. He will provide seeds and containers so you can take home your own micro-green planter.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, July 13, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!” http://www.iprc.org/event/iprc-open-collage-night-5/all/

Mad Science Presents “Fire and Ice”, Wednesday, July 13, 1:30PM, Estacada Library; Wednesday, July 13, 2PM, Washougal Library. “The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109°F below zero. This science show will stimulate a child’s mind and spark their imaginations as they experience exciting, educational, high energy science magic! Come and see just how hot and cool science can be!”

“Marshmallow Madness and Food Experiments for Teens”, Wednesday, July 13, 12:30PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “Teen Time is for teens and almost-teens age 11-18 years. Get ready to build awesome structures with marshmallows and participate in taste tests and other food experiments!”

“Alex Zerbe- Professional Zaniac”, Wednesday, July 13, 10:30AM, Mid-Valley Elementary School, 3686 Davis Dr., Hood River; Wednesday, July 13, 1PM, Parkdale Elementary School, 48890 Man Nuys Dr., Parkdale; Wednesday, July 13, 5:30PM, Hood River Library; Thursday, July 21, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “With the energy of 1,000 suns, The Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Jaws will drop, and drool will fly as Alex juggles bowling balls, flaming torches and slices vegetables in half with a flying playing card. On your mark, get set, Zaniac!”

“Juggler Charlie Brown”, Thursday, July 14, 2PM, Schlegel Hall in Sunset Park, 12765 NW Main St., Banks. “A perennial favorite, Charlie Brown has delighted audiences young, old and in between with his special brand of comedy juggling.” http://www.amazama.com/charliebrown/

Author Talk, “Dan White”, Thursday, July 14, 3:23PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Dan White discusses his book, “Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping”. http://danwhitebooks.com

“The Molalla Log House”, Thursday, July 14, 7PM, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Free. “Learn about the intensive restoration and preservation actions utilized to save this historic landmark.” http://www.clackamashistory.org/programs-and-events.html

Doctor Who Party and Trivia for Teens”, Thursday, July 14, 6:30PM, Salem Library. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/Library/EventsAndPrograms/teens/Pages/forteens.aspx “This night includes Whovian activities and a massively difficult trivia challenge as well as a costume contest with prizes.”

Magic Workshop for Tweens with Presto the Magician”, Thursday, July 14, 2PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “Tweens will find out some of the secrets behind principles of magic. In this class, we will learn about how performing magic often depends on a combination of magic principles, sleight of hand, and acting! The magic tricks Presto will reveal and teach are appropriate for beginners and perfect for inspiring kids to explore more!”

Squishy Circuits”, Thursday, July 14, 6PM, Newberg Library. For middle and high school students. “Electrical circuitry with conductive manipulative dough.”

AKA Science Presents, “Forensic Fun”, Thursday, July 14, 4PM, Happy Valley Library. Ages 10 and up. “AKA Science shows you how to collect important evidence--everything from fingerprints and fibers to spatters and handwriting samples.”

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Thursday, July 14, 7PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Join author Adam Sawyer for a preview of his forthcoming book, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for release later this summer, this new guide details nearly forty of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour's drive from Portland.”

“Tween Messy Science”, Thursday, July 14, and Thursday, July 28, 2PM and 4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register for either session online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ Join us for easy, fun, often messy science experiments!

“Tricks and Tales of the Circus”, Thursday, July 14, 10AM, Rockwood Library; Thursday, July 14, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie; Tuesday, July 26, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Thursday, July 28, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Enjoy stories about magicians, jugglers and even clowns told by international circus performer, Thomas Schroyer (aka Tommy Twimble). Incorporating amusing props, magic tricks, hat manipulations, and physical comedy, Thomas has developed a very engaging and original style of storytelling.” http://www.tommytwimble.com

“Meet Your Candidates”, Thursday, July 14, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Meet your candidates running for the 17th District, positions 1 and 2, and Clark Council District #3.”

B-Sat: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow”, Thursday, July 14, 4:30PM, Vancouver Library, Klictitat Room Level 4. Ages 12-18. “Teens, share your writing with other teens and get feedback! Produce new stories/poems.” Monthly.

Battle Ground Harvest Days”, Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, July 16, Battle Ground. http://www.battlegroundchamber.org/pages/HARVESTDAYS

Oregon Berry Festival”, Friday, July 15, 12PM-6PM through Saturday, July 16, 11AM-5PM, EcoTrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. “The Oregon Berry Festival is made for berry lovers, who know it’s summer in Oregon when the ripest, juiciest berries start appearing perfect for making pies, jams and other decadent treats. Come on down to the Oregon Berry Festival to find all the freshest Oregon berries including everything from Marionberries to Ollalieberries and the best blueberries and strawberries you will find anywhere. The festival showcases everything berry! In addition to fresh berry vendors there will be berry products galore, berry themed food booths, cooking demonstrations featuring berries, a children’s booth with berry themed crafts and for the gourmet touch a Gala Berry Dinner prepared by one of Portland’s finest chefs.” http://www.oregonberryfestival.com

Summer Writing Camp”, Friday, July 15, 2PM-3PM for grades 3-6, 3:30PM-5PM for grades 7-12; White Salmon Library. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/summer%2Bwriting%2Bcamp “Why is writing important? How do I start strong and grab the reader's interest? How do I ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’? How do I organize a story? Young Writers, find out the answers to these questions and much more! Preregister to join us for an afternoon workshop to develop your writing skills, presented by Susan Hess, publisher and founder of EnviroGorge. Susan will also be sharing information about EnviroGorge's annual summer writing contest for youth, and will offer specific tips for developing successful entries with an Environmental theme.” 

60th West Linn Old Time Fair”, Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, Willamette Park, 1100 12th St, West Linn. Portland Water Spectacular Ski Shows will take place on Saturday and Sunday at noon! http://westlinnoregon.gov/oldtimefair

Ranger-Guided Kayak Tours at Rooster Rock”, Friday, July 15, 7:30PM, and Sunday, July 31, 9AM, Rooster Rock State Park Boat Basin. Ages 8 and up. $15 per person plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; call 1-800-452-5687, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. “Want to learn how to kayak? Don’t have the equipment? Join a ranger for a 2 to 2.5 hour guided paddle on a protected part of the gorgeous Columbia River. Park provides kayaks, paddles, and PFDs. Learn paddling basics such as strokes, gear selection, and paddle safety. Suitable for beginners. Participants must be 8 years and older—youth must be accompanied by an adult; youth 8 to 12 must paddle tandem with an adult.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=126

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival”, Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, downtown Sherwood. “The historic and picturesque town of Sherwood, Oregon welcomes you to the realm of the Robin Hood Festival. One of the oldest and most unique community events in Oregon (est. 1954), our wondrous Festival and international archery tournament attract nearly 20,000 revelers of all ages each year in the summer.” http://www.robinhoodfestival.org

Oregon Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale”, Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 9AM-7PM, and Sunday, July 17, 9AM-4PM, Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Pdx. http://www.karacactus.com/ocss.htm A special presentation will be given on “Succulents 101” on Saturday at 1PM. In the past, Portland Nursery has required registration for the class so check their website: http://portlandnursery.com/events/july_events.shtml

The Magic Box and Other Tales from Around the World with Will Hornyak”, Friday, July 15, 1PM, Goldendale Library. “From Native American legends and Mexican folktales to Washington tall tales and lively participation stories, master storyteller Will Hornyak (Young Audiences Artist of the Year) weaves a wide web of memorable plots and unforgettable characters into an upbeat and engaging performance for all ages.”

Birding at Clackamas County Mountain Lakes”, Friday, July 15, 7AM-4:30PM, meeting at Clackamas Fred Meyer, 16301 SE 82nd Dr. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/fieldtrips/CCMountainLakes “Join Audubon Society leaders Mary Ratcliff and Dena Turner as we explore some of the beautiful mountain lakes in Clackamas County. We’ll stop at Summit Lake, Clackamas Lake, Little Crater Lake, and Frying Pan Lake, then loop around to Estacada on our way down the mountain. Bring lunch, water, and insect repellant.”

Beginning Quilling”, Saturday, July 16, 11AM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/beginning-quilling “Create a beautiful, three-dimensional piece of art with mere paper strips: quilling is the age-old art of paper curling, invented in the 16th century by French and Italian monks as a way to embellish book covers. We will learn the basics of quilling in this workshop, where we will embellish a letter via quilling.”

19th Annual Mt. Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show: Past and Present”, Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, 12PM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73341 E. Highway 26, Rhododendron, behind the Still Creek Inn. Free admission and parking. “This special event brings together heritage quilts of the past --such as those dating back to the days of the Oregon Trail, hand-sewn by those who made the 2,000-plus mile journey westward -- with the artistic quilts of contemporary times. Besides quilts there will be arts and crafts on sale, Huckleberry jam and other wildberry goodies, historical and Nature books, and unique Oregon Trail walking sticks, plus storytelling. On Saturday and Sunday, entertainers performing Native American flute music as well as old-time music will be on hand for daytime jams and concerts along with those performing Traditional Folk and Blues. It is said that there are more historic quilts in this one area than you’ll see anywhere else.” http://www.cascadegeographicsociety.com/2016-events.html

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

Historic Weapons Program: 19th Century Black Powder”, Saturday, July 16, 1PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. “Join us on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground - near the traffic circle at E Evergreen Blvd and Fort Vancouver Way - for a demonstration of 19th century black powder weaponry, including small arms and artillery. This hour long program introduces the history of the US Army at Vancouver Barracks, and the weapons technologies they would have used in the later 19th century.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=EB6B78D0-1DD8-B71B-0BEDEB46C5C3D7FB

Author Talk, “Janet Fisher”, Saturday, July 16, 2PM, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. “Join us for a presentation and book signing by local author Janet Fisher. Fisher's new novel, ‘The Shifting Winds’, takes place in part at Fort Vancouver during the Hudson's Bay Company occupation.” http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2016/03/janet_fisher_the_shifting_wind.html

Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party”, Saturday, July 16, 1PM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family of any size. “Mary Charlotte was Philip Foster’s long-suffering wife, and mother of nine (four when she made the trip around the horn in 1842). To celebrate her, and the many pioneer women who joined her in Oregon, come to our garden party on the third Saturday of July for a fashion show. Enjoy live music, tour the historic farm on the Oregon Trail, and learn about 19th century fashions. Tour our historic Rose Ramble, with starts of pioneer roses available for your garden. View the needlework of pioneer women, and learn about their crafts from modern practitioners. Kids and grandkids will enjoy the hands-on activities, like corn-grinding, croquet, crosscut sawing, and building a log cabin.” http://www.philipfosterfarm.com/pffwp/mary-charlottes-garden-party/

Portland Highland Games”, Saturday, July 16, 8AM-8:30PM, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham. Admission charged: http://www.phga.org/tickets/ “The Portland Highland Games brings the sights and sounds of the Scottish highlands to Portland, Oregon. The third Saturday in July brings out the highland dancers, bagpipe bands, and athletes to Mt Hood Community College to compete. With traditional Scottish foods and activities for the whole family, you're sure to have a great time.”

Gresham Arts Festival”, Saturday, July 16, 9AM-5PM, downtown Gresham. Free. “Gresham becomes a giant outdoor gallery and stage for the Gresham Arts Festival, a regional event celebrating art, culture and music. More than 130 talented artisans will fill the streets of historic downtown Gresham. This family-friendly event is free and includes art for sale, live music all day, cultural performances, free children’s arts and crafts, and unique shops and restaurants in the downtown core. At the heart of the Gresham Arts Festival is the showcase of fine artisans. Art for sale includes pottery, photography, beadwork, watercolors, textiles, glass, wood, oil paintings, garden art, recycled art, and much more. People meet the artists behind the work.” https://greshamoregon.gov/artsfestival/

“Block of Fame: A Guinness World Record Event at the Gresham Arts Festival”, Saturday, July 16, 4PM, 3rd St. between Hood Ave. and Kelly Ave., Gresham. “Inspired by the Youth Advisory Committee, the Block of Fame event is a one-time addition to the Gresham Arts Festival. The Gresham community will come together to paint 14,000 wood blocks to form a record-breaking mosaic.” https://greshamoregon.gov/Calendar/Block-of-Fame--A-Guinness-World-Record-Event/

Tree Hug PDX: The World’s Greatest Tree Hug”, Saturday, July 16, 6PM-10PM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. All ages. Preregistration and lots of details here: http://www.treehugpdx.com “This year's event will feature children's activities, music, bucket truck rides, a climbing wall and more - including the world's greatest tree hug at 7pm! The evening will also feature a screening of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax courtesy of Summer Free For All's Movies in the Park!”

Wild Foods of Northwest Forests”, Saturday, July 16, 9AM, meeting at Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. Preregistration and pricing details here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/wild-fruits-of-northwest-forests/ “Join us to learn about wild fruits and other edible plant parts found in northwest forests. Summer is when many wild fruits are ripe for picking. See and learn about plants like huckleberry, salmonberry, Oregon grape, bunchberry, elderberry, gooseberry, wild current, hawthorne, salal, thimbleberry, fairybells, saskatoons, Indian plum, among others, as well as some poisonous berry producing plants. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland’s own back yard.”

Champoeg Living History- Blacksmith and Woodworking Day”, Saturday, July 16, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Discover through hands-on living history and demonstrations by costumed interpreters how items were made for survival on a 19th century homestead. See working blacksmiths create tools and hardware using hammer and anvils. Watch and learn as traditional woodworkers demonstrate the tools and skills needed to turn a piece of wood into necessary household items such as chairs, tables or spoons.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45083

Lunar Viewing Star Party”, Saturday, July 16, 9PM, 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: https://www.omsi.edu/calendar/star-party-lunar-viewing-0 “Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 16, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties 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 moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Viewing highlights include Jupiter, Mars, Saturn waxing gibbous Moon, several star clusters, and more! The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon's surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible. 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 beautiful gathering of the moon with Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and much more.” All kinds of info about attending a star party here: http://www.rosecityastronomers.org/sp/tips.htm

Annual World War II Living History Event”, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Various units of U.S., British, German, and Russian troops set up camp at Fort Stevens to bring to life the history of those who fought in the war that changed the world. A field hospital, period military vehicles, weapons displays, and field camps enables you to immerse yourself in the past. Buy your ticket for the opportunity to fire a period weapon at the rifle range. Food and drinks available for purchase from Annie's Kettle Corn.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43408

Chalk Paint Vases”, Saturday, July 16, 1PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/chalk-paint-vases/60238 “Come and create a beautiful vase using Amy Howard at Home chalked based paint. Each participant will select a vase and their paint colors to use during class. Plus, you will learn about this exciting product and its various applications. Please wear painting clothes.”

Fabric Stenciling for Teens”, Saturday, July 16, 2PM, Albina Library. “Cut designs out of freezer paper to make stencils that iron onto fabric, customizing your clothes by painting them with your own custom images. We'll make the stencils and use them to print onto fabric, so bring along your ideas and a plain clothing item that you want to make awesome!”

Salves for Summer”, Saturday, July 16, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/salves-summer “Summer brings new challenges in the form of bumps, bruises, and itchy bug bites from our adventures out-of-doors. In class we will make a few salves to help you heal naturally that are safe for children of all ages ! After talking about a few key healing herbs and their traditional uses, we will make an herbal infused oil, an herbal first aid salve and a natural salve for itchy skin from bug bites and poison ivy.”

Sarracenia Northwest Nursery Open House”, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10AM-4PM, Eagle Creek, OR. $10 per vehicle. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/category-s/1847.htm One free 3” potted plant per registration will be given out. Snacks, coffee and Italian soda available. A chance to tour an amazing carnivorous plant nursery not otherwise open to the public, and learn all about the care of these unusual plants from experts! Highly recommended. 

Paper Marbling”, Saturday, July 16, 3PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/paper-marbling “Ever wonder how to make a unique zig-zag or swirly pattern on a piece of paper? Then this workshop is for you! Join us for this class and end up with a portfolio of marbled paper that you can use to make books, write letters, wrap gifts, make art, or to frame and enjoy. We will provide a variety of handmade papers to be used during the course. We'll use the traditional Japanese technique of Suminagashi and have some fun with shaving cream and food coloring, too.”

da Vinci Days”, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, Benton County Fairgrounds, Corvallis. Featuring the Graand Kinetic Challenge kinetic sculpture race! http://www.davincidays.org

Paint Your Own Matisse”, Saturday, July 16, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/paint-your-own-matisse/61210 “You needn’t have painting experience to emulate techniques of the masters, especially the clean lines and bold colors of modern art. Henri Matisse’s paper cut designs are notable for their dynamic compositions, bright colors, and sense of rhythm. In this guided workshop, learn acrylic paint skills and a little art history while creating your own version of Matisse’s iconic cut-outs. Leave with a completed 11x14” canvas and introductory skills in color mixing, composition, and layering.”

Concert, “Boy and Bean”, Sunday, July 17, 2PM, Tualatin Library hearth area. “Boy and Bean are a swing/jazz trio that focuses on music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.” http://www.boyandbean.com

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate”, Sunday, July 17, 1PM, meeting at Sam’s Cracker Barrel Grocery, 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx. Preregistration and pricing details here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/wild-foods-from-dirt-to-plate/ Presented by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “This workshop covers many of the plants seen in the book: Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate, by John Kallas. Visit an organic farm and make a delectable wild gourmet salad on the spot with other participants. We’ll harvest traditional European edibles (growing as weeds) that the farmers would be pulling. Learn how to identify common, plentiful, nutritious, and flavorful wild vegetables in this adventure. Get real hands-on experience with plants you’ll see on a farm and in your own garden. Take advantage of these readily available sources of nutrients, and dietary variety. Traditional wild European edibles (gourmet greens and vegetables) plant themselves, enjoy the rich moist growing environment of the garden, and provide many seasons of foods that can add meal options you never dreamed of before. Once your learn these wild foods you can change from a ‘weeding’ to a ‘harvesting’ mentality in your own garden, yard, and neighborhood.”

Taste of Programming”, Sunday, July 17, 10:30AM, Central Library Computer Learning Center. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/taste-programming “Come to this class to learn what programming is: What will I be able to do if I learn to program? What is the difference between programming and coding? Where can I learn more? This class teaches programming in a casual and slow-paced setting. You will take an existing program and change it. Not sure if you're interested in computer programming? This is the perfect class for you!” 

Historic Downtown Gresham Tour”, Sunday, July 17, 1:30PM, and Saturday, July 23, 11AM, meeting at Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.greshamhistoricalsociety.org/calendar/tours/ “Follow an experienced tour guide on a walk through Historic Downtown Gresham. Learn about the famous (and obscure) people, events, and buildings that make up the fabric of our extraordinary town. This tour lasts for an hour and is wheelchair-friendly. We will meet inside the Gresham History Museum.”

Mary S. Young Park Bird Walk”, Sunday, July 17, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. “Join naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy for a guided walk around Mary S. Young Park on the bank of the Willamette River in West Linn. Backyard Bird Shop's free expert-guided bird walks are a great way to learn to recognize our local birds!”

Music of West Africa”, Sunday, July 17, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Will Dudley plays the kora, a 21-stringed African harp. He studied under ethnomusicologist Ryan Skinner at Ohio State University, and under kora master Moriba Kuyateh in Gambia, West Africa. Ben Finley, a classically trained guitarist, has, in recent years, delved into African and South American musical styles. Together, Will and Ben weave intricate rhythms and exciting melodies into authentic, uplifting music! They are thrilled to share the sounds, stories, and culture of West Africa with the city of Portland!” http://willdudleykora.com/music

Harmony in Nature featuring Blessing of the Animals and Concert in the Plaza”, Sunday, July 17, 2PM-8PM, beginning with the Blessing of the Animals at 2PM, The Grotto, entrance at NE 85th Ave. and Sandy Blvd., Pdx. Free. “People and pets of all faiths are welcome. (Pets must be properly restrained.) We give thanks for the joy, the beauty, the love, the fidelity, the encouragement and the comfort that our animal companions have given to us.” https://thegrotto.org/event/harmony-in-nature/ 

Delicious Homemade Soda”, Sunday, July 17, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Registration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/delicious-homemade-soda “Homemade sodas are refreshing, delicious, and easy to make. Learn how to make your own sodas with the fresh ingredients that you choose. This class allows you to take back control of what you are drinking. No more high fructose corn syrup for you and your family! Join herbalist and home fermenter, Saundra Kamman of HerbN Tea, to learn two different methods for creating your own personal sodas. We will taste a few sodas made with fresh fruit, herbs and a variety of sweeteners (including honey, agave, and turbinado or brown sugar ). We will discuss the benefits of each and then make a soda to take home.”

180 Photography Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/180-photography-camp-teens “Take pictures and edit it like what you see in magazines and on the web. Learn the basics of camera operation using cameras provided in this program. Participants will learn the technique for shooting and stitching horizontal and vertical panoramas. Then edit and perfect your images for print using Gimp 2.8 or Photoshop. No equipment or experience necessary.”

Block by Block with Minecraft Camp for Teens”, Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, 12PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/block-block-minecraft “It's not just a game! It's a world with infinite possibilities built by you one block at a time. Come and design, create, problem solve and explore the digital world you create yourself using Minecraft.”

Author Talk, “Victor Hazan”, Monday, July 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Victor Hazan discusses a book he created with his late wife, “Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market”. “From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan’s simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook. When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the world mourned the passing of the ‘Godmother of Italian cooking.’ But her legacy lives on, through her cookbooks and recipes, and in the handwritten notebooks filled with her thoughts on how to select the best ingredients—Ingredienti. Her husband and longtime collaborator Victor has translated and transcribed these vignettes on how to buy and what to do with the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, the elements of an essential pantry, and salumi.”

Light-up Alien Monster and more (Camp for Teens)”, 5 sessions, Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/light-alien-monster-and-more-camp-teens “Come learn about the amazing world of E-Textiles by fabricating a stuffed Alien Monster complete with an illuminated eyeball! In this camp, we’ll start by choosing from an assortment of thread and fabric colors to customize a simple monster design. Using a variety of hand-stitching techniques, we’ll fabricate a ten inch tall Alien Monster. We’ll learn how to construct basic circuitry using Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs) and coin cell batteries to sew into our Monster for a glowing eyeball. Upon completion, each participant will leave with a cuddly Monster companion that lights up.”

Author Talk, “Anu Partanen”, Monday, July 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Anu Partanen discusses her book, “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life”. “A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.” http://www.anupartanen.com

“Curtis Carlyle Seriously Funny Juggling”, Tuesday, July 19, 10AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; and Wednesday, July 20, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library. “The Curt show is a juggling, yo yo, unicycle and comedy extravaganza!” http://curtshow.com/

Paradise of Samoa Polynesian Dance Troupe”, Tuesday, July 19, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Paradise of Samoa is a school of Polynesian (Pacific Islands) dance. Colorful and original dances highlight Hawaii (Hula), Samoa (Siva), Tahiti, New Zealand, and other Pacific islands. All costumes are authentic and represent their islands’ culture. Plus, enjoy the opportunity to participate in an interactive dance.” http://www.paradiseofsamoa.com/

Crackedpots 17th Annual Art Show”, Tuesday, July 19, 10AM-8PM and Wednesday, July 20, 10AM-4PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. “This popular summer event showcases more than 100 artists' creations made of recycled, found or discarded materials. Wander the grounds next to our Little Red shed, and ponder booths containing everything from bird feeders to furniture to sculpture, wearable art and beyond, which will be on display and for sale. Edgefield Gardeners will also offer estate-grown trees, flowers, perennials and more for sale.” http://www.crackedpots.org

Seeing Light, Hearing Gravity: Searching for Gravitational Waves with LIGO”, Tuesday, July 19, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Joel Franklin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics at Reed College. “If you take an electric charge and move it around, electromagnetic radiation (“light”) is generated. Similarly, if you take a massive object and move it around, gravitational radiation is generated. While electromagnetic radiation is ubiquitous, occurring both naturally and from human sources, gravitational radiation has only recently been detected directly by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). I will discuss the LIGO experiment and its target sources, in addition to the difficulties that plague direct gravitational wave detection. More generally, Joel will talk about the nature of electromagnetic vs. gravitational radiation, focusing on their similarities and differences, and the broader predictions about gravity that can be made by exploiting its structural similarity with electromagnetic interactions.” http://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-ligo

Night Hike, Oaks to Wetlands Trail”, Tuesday, July 19, 9PM-11PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Carty Unit. Free with $3 parking fee per vehicle. Preregistration required; email Aiden_Forsi@fws.gov. “A unique opportunity to see the Ridgefield Refuge at night! The hike is led by our Education Specialist Aiden Forsi, starts at 9 pm, and lasts about two hours.” http://ridgefieldfriends.org/

Climate Change”, Tuesday, July 19, 6:30PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, July 30, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/climate-change “Curious or concerned about the climate? Organizing for Action/Climate Reality Project volunteers are trained to educate our neighbors about climate change so that we all can make more informed choices at home, at work, in the community, and in how we influence our political leaders.”

Premier Martial Arts Presents “All About Karate for Kids”, Tuesday, July 19, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “Learn about karate and other forms of martial arts with local business owner Scott Stein. The physical and mental benefits of this practice will be emphasized, along with demonstrations.”

Jump Again!”, Tuesday, July 19, 2 sessions at 2PM and 3:30PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. Grades K-5. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656. “Local jump roping enthusiast Shaylene Haswarey will teach jump rope tricks, games and a fun dance. Everyone will receive a jump rope. Play with it here, then take home.”

Introduction to Origami”, Tuesday, July 19, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Adults, teens, children. Join us to explore the art of Origami.”

Kickstart Your Jump Program”, Tuesday, July 19, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Want to dunk a basketball or block a volleyball spike with ease? Joy Krueger will walk you through the jump program that is used in many college varsity teams. Most students will add 1-2 feet to their vertical jump. Do the first workout together and leave with a schedule that will keep you jumping. Please wear clothes and shoes that you are comfortable jumping in. Admission is free.”

Superfund Happy Hour Boat Tour”, Tuesday, July 19, 6:15PM, meeting at Cathedral Park Boat Ramp, St. Johns. $10. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/about/events/superfund-happy-hour-tour “Join Willamette Riverkeeper, the Audubon Society of Portland, and our friends at Occidental Brewing, as we host a Superfund Happy Hour Tour aboard the Portland Spirit's ‘Explorer’ vessel. Narrated by Travis Williams, Riverkeeper and Executive Director, and Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director of the Audubon Society of Portland, this one hour cruise will introduce you to your river's greatest challenge- rectifying 150 years of industrial activity and the legacy pollutants contaminating your river today. Explore the heart of this polluted reach, learn why the EPA's Draft Cleanup Plan falls short, and what action you can take to help. Buy your ticket today, limited seats are available.”

AKA Science Presents, “Masters of Illusion”, Wednesday, July 20, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. Ages 5 and up. “Become a Master of Illusion and create your own optical tricks. Use binoculars, 3D glasses and wacky mirrors to take a fun look at the science of color and light. Break light into rainbows and make a fish jump into its bowl, then take stuff home to fool your family and friends!”

Mad Science Presents, “Spin, Pop, Boom!”, Wednesday, July 20, 1PM, Woodland Library. “How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging 'magic' trick. Move on to an assortment of experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science! Everything is guaranteed to be amazing!”

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 24, Columbia County Fairgrounds, St. Helens. A roving T-Rex, Mindsurfin’ mentalism show, and Cook’s Racing Pigs are sure to make this small down fair a unique experience! http://www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com

The Magic of Jay Frasier”, Wednesday, July 20, 10:30AM, La Center Library; and Thursday, July 21, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “The I Love to Read Magic Show Featuring the magic, comedy, storytelling, balloon sculpting, and puppetry of Jay Frasier as he reveals the magic of reading.” http://www.jayfrasiermagic.com/

The Noise Guy”, Wednesday, July 20, 10:30AM, Mid-Valley Elementary School, 3686 Davis Dr., Hood River; Wednesday, July 20, 2PM, Parkdale Elementary School, 48890 Man Nuys Dr., Parkdale; and Wednesday, July 20, 5:30PM, Hood River Library. “Sound effectionist and onomatapoet, Charlie Williams puts on a show like nothing you've ever seen. Or heard!” https://soundsafari.wordpress.com/author/noiseguycw/

Dance Fusion”, Wednesday, July 20, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, in the JC Penney Court, Vancouver. “Enjoy the athletic ability of our dancers as they perform hip hop, jazz, tap and other dance styles. Then join us for a group dance-along!”

Three-Minute Thespians”, Wednesday, July 20, 6PM, Beaverton Library. “Is your inner actor aching to perform? Come read scenes with us! No experience required, just enthusiasm and willingness to participate. We'll take turns reading two-to three-minute long scenes from a variety of plays with other actors. Don't sweat the spotlight--it'll be fast and fun!”

Guided Hike”, Wednesday, July 20, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. Topic TBA. “All-ages are welcome to attend these hands-on, minds-on strolls through our trails and facilities as our staff shares their expertise on a variety of topics. We use the term 'hike' loosely; these 'strolls' are perfect for everyone in the family, and fairly short!” http://www.columbiasprings.org/#!guided-hikes/pez92

Gardening for Bees”, Wednesday, July 20, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Bees, including honeybees, mason bees and bumblebees, are one of our most important pollinators. Loss of habitat, pesticide use and more have caused stress of their population. An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will share how you, as a gardener, can make a difference. Topics include types of common bees and their needs, good plant choices and more.”

Lego Stop-Motion Videos”, Thursday, July 21, 3PM, Beaverton Library (grades 3-8); and Friday, July 22, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library (grades 4-8). Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Create your own short stop-motion videos using the easy LEGO Movie Maker app on an iPad!”

Another Look at the Big One”, Thursday, July 21, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Pdx. $3 requested donation for adults. “Are we overdue for Cascadia subduction earthquake? Will everything west of I-5 really be toast? There is a great body of evidence that gives us these answers, and the first clues we have come from our coastline. Geology instructor Sheila Alfsen will describe how to sort out the truth from the hype.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Twilight Thursday at Cooper Mountain”, Thursday, July 21, 7:30PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/twilight-thursday-cooper-mountain/2016-07-21 “As the sun begins its descent in the sky, many animals go out to forage for one last meal. At the same time, nocturnal animals begin to awaken and move across the landscape. Join a naturalist on a hike at Cooper Mountain Nature Park to explore the magical space between day and night.”

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, July 21, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.” If you’re a fan, this event is a must! 

Tie Dyeing”, Thursday, July 21, 6PM, Newberg Library. For middle and high school students. “Bring your own light or white colored item to dye.”

BUCKAW!”, Thursday, July 21, 2PM, Green Mountain Elementary and Middle School, 13105 Grinnell Rd., Woodland. “Buckaw! delves into the poignant comedy, science, and mythology of chickens through slapstick, mime, mask play, and music! Six characters, 3 human and 3 fowl, all played by Sarah Liane Foster, present an amazing and wacky series of chicken-themed acts. Audiences of all ages are drawn in as a chicken plays a ukulele, audience members themselves become bird scientists, a baby chick hatches out of a gigantic egg, and all culminates in a dramatic chase between a chicken and our zany ornithologist MC.” http://www.sarahlianefoster.com/#!buckaw/c1a2m

Thursday Eve Rambles at Jackson Bottom”, Thursday, July 21, 7PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. All ages. “As the sun settles into the western sky and temperatures begin to cool off just a bit, this is a great time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Preserve. Be prepared to walk up to two miles on level trails and be steered by nature's whims as we view wildlife, explore habitats and listen to the heartbeat of the Tualatin River.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1370

10 Minute Plays by the Pulp Stage”, Thursday, July 21, 7:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie, “The Pulp Stage will perform a series of 10 minute plays Thursday, July 21st starting at 7:30pm in the New Adult Book Area of the Library. The Pulp Stage is a theatre company operating out of Portland Oregon.”

Author Talk, “Dan Flores”, Thursday, July 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Dan Flores discusses his book, “Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History”. With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don’t come close to capturing the incredible survival story of the coyote. As soon as Americans—especially white Americans—began ranching and herding in the West, they began working to destroy the coyote. Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York’s Central Park. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down. An illuminating biography of this extraordinary animal, Coyote America isn’t just the story of an animal’s survival—it is one of the great epics of our time.” http://hs.umt.edu/history/people/emeriti-faculty.php?s=Flores

Oregon Shadow Theatre Presents, “Jack and the Dragon”, Thursday, July 21, 2PM, North Portland Library; and Friday, July 22, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM). “There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King's daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.” http://www.oregonshadowtheatre.com/jack.html

Author Talk, “Fernanda Santos”, Thursday, July 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Fernanda Santos discusses her book, “The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting”. http://fernandasantosbooks.com/books/fire-line/

Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network Conference”, Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. http://www.oceanetwork.org/calendar/conference/

2016 ArtSplash Art Show and Sale”, Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. Annual “Chalk it Up” chalk art event Sunday at 11AM-“Families can create their own chalk masterpiece right on the plaza!” “Northwest artists will be showcasing their talents in watercolor, acrylics, photography, oil, jewelry, ceramics, and more.” http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/2016-artsplash-art-show-and-sale

Kids' Night at Bark”, Friday, July 22, 6PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. All ages. “This month we will be celebrating a collection of illustrations created by Esther Forbyn, a long time Bark volunteer, artist, and educator - featuring the endangered species of Mt. Hood National Forest. These beautiful coloring pages were created out of love for the amazing Cascade ecosystem which we are so lucky to have in our backyard! Bring the kids out to learn about the iconic species that demand our attention and our protection. Big, fun, inspired art play-time to follow! 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.” http://bark-out.org/event/kids-night-art-action

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, July 22, 1PM, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $7 students, $28 family of 4, free for ages 5 and under. Cultural Pass available from Washington County and Clackamas County Libraries. “Join the staff from Effective Chinese for a hands-on paper cutting activity and a chance to explore new ways to learn Mandarin. This activity is suitable for kids of all ages. You can learn Mandarin, practice speaking or focus on your paper cutting skills.” http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/paper-cutting-activity/

Finding the Missing Middle: Equitable Housing Lunch and Learn”, Friday, July 22, 12PM, Metro Regional Center, Council Chambers, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/finding-missing-middle-equitable-housing-lunch-and-learn/2016-07-22-0 “Many housing affordability advocates call for expanding the supply of ‘missing middle’ housing, including in-law apartments, cottage clusters, corner duplexes and internal divisions of larger homes. But in many communities, these projects are difficult to complete because of zoning requirements and other regulations. What can be done? Join local experts Eli Spevak and Madeline Kovacs of Orange Splot LLC, along with Laura Buhl of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), as they present findings of a new report on space-efficient housing options. The report, co-sponsored by DLCD and DEQ, includes a zoning code review and case studies of actual projects. This is a great opportunity for jurisdiction staff and other interested people from around the Portland metropolitan region to learn about and discuss these ‘missing middle’ alternative housing types.”

Fight Like a Knight: Medieval and Renaissance Combat”, Saturday, July 23, 11AM, Beaverton Library. All ages. “While many people associate martial arts with eastern traditions, such as judo, karate and kung fu, Europe also had its own rich culture of fighting arts. This demonstration by Indes Western Martial Arts will highlight some of the more exciting elements of historical fencing, including the longsword and dussack. This is an opportunity to see how hand-to-hand combat looked in Europe hundreds of years ago. The Fight Like a Knight program will last about 60 minutes and includes demonstrations of medieval and Renaissance fighting techniques, interspersed with relevant bits of history and information.”

World War II Encampment”, Saturday, July 23, 9AM-6PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Parade Ground. Free. “Discover the history of Vancouver Barracks during World War II. Local re-enactors from Living History Group NorthWest will set up a living history camp with authentic World War II vehicles and an airplane! Come witness, see and smell the sights and sounds of a WWII encampment, complete with military vehicles and the gear used by allied US forces. Also happening at the Fort, at 6pm you are welcome to enjoy an 1860's period Vintage Baseball Game! So make sure to add this to your plans for your day at the Fort!” https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-listing.htm?eventID=32741

1860s Vintage Base Ball”, Saturday, July 23, 6PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Parade Ground. Free. “Cheer for your favorite team at this free, live base ball game, played by vintage 19th century rules!” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=71463259-1DD8-B71B-0BBBA969CDD92E90  

Poetry in the Park”, Saturday, July 23, 3PM, Scott Park, 10660 SE 21st Ave. behind the Ledding Library, Milwaukie. “The Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee and the artMob of Milwaukie are delighted to sponsor the 8th Annual Poetry in the Park. We will be celebrating with poetry, music and dance. The event will be hosted by Greg Chaimov and Tom Hogan. There will be featured readers who will read for approximately 40 minutes, after which there will be an open mic opportunity. You can sign-up for the open mic or get information about the event by contacting Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or tomhogan2@comcast.net.”

8th Annual Canterbury Renaissance Faire”, July 23, 24, 30 and 31, 10AM-4PM, 6569 Valley View Rd., Silverton. Lots of details here: http://canterburyfaire.com

Champoeg Barn Dance”, Saturday, July 23, 5PM, Champoeg State Park, Manson Barn behind the visitor center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Friends of Historic Champoeg in cooperation with Oregon State Parks present an old fashioned Barn Dance. Enjoy foot stomping music and dance traditional folk dances as a caller teaches you how. All this takes place out in the restored 19th century wheat threshing barn.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=79

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, July 23, 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.” http://www.rosecityastronomers.net/calendar/2016/7/23/haggart-observatory-public-night

Bite Size Science: Bug Buffet”, Saturday, July 23, 11AM, OMSI Theory Restaurant. Free with OMSI admission. “Learn about the science of entomophagy, and all of the positive impacts it can have on our nutrition and the environment! Visitors will have the chance to make their own cricket flour and taste of an assortment of different insects from around the world.” http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/bite-size-science-bug-buffet

How to Plant Extraordinary Terrariums”, Saturday, July 23, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/how-plant-extraordinary-terrariums “The whole point of a terrarium is to keep extraordinary plants healthy and happy in a modern home by planting them in a closed glass container. Whether it be a large Wardian Case full of tropical blooming plants and poison dart frogs, or a tiny little bottle with just a sprig of spike moss, terrariums make a fun and educational hobby. Come learn both the history, the science and the art of high humidity, totally enclosed terrariums and leave with a beautiful terrarium of your own.”

Kids Comics and Drawing Club”, Saturday, July 23, 1PM-2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. Created by delightful homeschooling mom Kristen Klever and her rad daughter. “An informal drop-in hour of drawing, sharing, and friendship for kids aged 6-11ish. We’ll provide tools, supplies and paper and a selection of comics and books to share and discuss. Kids are invited to bring their favorite drawing pens, new comics they’re into, or things they’re working on at home. Adults are invited to stay and participate.” http://www.iprc.org/event/kids-comics-drawing-club/all/

Arab Fest”, Saturday, July 23, 11AM-6PM, and Sunday, July 24, 11AM-5PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Arab countries through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. From mouth-watering food to traditional and contemporary music, the Arab Festival provides a place of celebration for Arabs in our neighborhood. A traditional bazaar, deliciously strong coffee, dancing and workshops, along with children’s activities including an Arabic spelling bee, crafts and more, illuminate Arab culture in our midst. Cultural information booths representing several of the 22 Arab countries will be present to provide information and insight into the Arab World.” https://www.facebook.com/arabcenterwa/

Recycling and Repair Fair”, Saturday, July 23, 2PM-4PM, Beaverton Library. “Repair Fair Oregon will organize skilled volunteers to fix broken items. The volunteers may be able to repair small appliances like blenders or coffee makers, jewelry, bikes or clothing that needs a new button or a zipper fix. Master Recyclers will also be on hand to answer recycling questions. Meeting new people, learning useful skills and keeping usable items out of the landfill-good things can happen at a Repair and Recycling Fair!”

Geocaching Program”, Saturday, July 23, 1PM, Stevenson Library. “Join Geocaching experts Mike Tribe and Debbie Patton to learn more about this great family activity!”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, July 23, 10AM, OMSI. Ages 8 and up. $10. One squid per ticket and up to 2 people per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/squid-dissection “While dissecting squid, participants will practice observation skills and making hypotheses about the animal's unique adaptations. NOTE: Squid can cause allergic reactions in those with seafood and shellfish allergies. We will provide gloves and goggles, if needed.” 

Intro to Recycled Papermaking”, Saturday, July 23, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $35. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.iprc.org/event/intro-to-recycled-papermaking/ “Want to learn how to make your own paper for cards, art, invitations, books, or other fun projects? In this two 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 also use cookie cutters and stencils to make shaped papers and try out some embedding/inclusions. Students are encouraged to bring dried plants, seeds, yarn and thread if they would like to add it to their paper. This is a fun and eco-friendly process good for all experience levels and backgrounds.”

2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C and US Engineers, 116th PA, Co. B”, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Enjoy learning just how soldiers of the Civil War period managed to repair and maintain the cannons of the day. Both the engineers and artillerymen will be collaborating to demonstrate the tools and techniques to carry out this heavy work. Live cannon firing demonstrations will also be provided.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=43402

History of Forest Park Hike”, Saturday, July 23, 9AM, meeting at Lower Macleay Park, NW 29th Ave. at Upshur St. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=253134 “Join local historian and tour guide Tanya Lyn March on a walk up Balch Creek. You'll learn the about outrageous characters, villains, and benefactors who put their stamp on the history of Forest Park. We are very excited for this hike. Tayna is known locally for her popular historical tours of Slabtown and NW Portland, including a ghost tour she leads every Friday the 13th.”

Concert, “The Doubleclicks”, Sunday, July 24, 2PM, Tualatin Library hearth. “The Doubleclicks are a nerd-folk musical duo consisting of sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber. They are known for performing nerd-friendly comedy music.” http://www.thedoubleclicks.com

Hands-on Sumi Ink Workshop with Nancy Smith Klos”, Sunday, July 24, 2PM-4PM, 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 artist Nancy Smith Klos for a hands-on sumi ink workshop and demonstration for all levels. In this series, Nancy will demonstrate how paint water lilies, lotus flowers and koi fish using sumi ink. Great for all ages - no experience necessary!” http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/artist-demonstration/

The Music and Life of David Bowie”, Sunday, July 24, 3PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/music-and-life-david-bowie “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.”

Natural Disease and Pest Solution for Edible Gardens”, Monday, July 25, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Free gardening classes are back at the Forest Grove Community Library for the 2016 Grow It! series. Classes will happen on the last Monday of the month and begin at 6:30pm in the Rogers Room. Grow It! is presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners in partnership with the Dairy Creek Community Food Web.”

Dynamic Geology of the National Parks of the Pacific Northwest”, Monday, July 25, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Scott Burns, PhD, Professor of Geology at Portland State University. “Join Geology Professor Scott Burns to celebrate our incredible national parks in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the dynamic geological and ecological history of Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades, Redwoods and Mt. Lassen National Parks. This year is the 100th anniversary of our national park service. Dr. Burns has been teaching a class on the geology of the national parks for over 25 years. Come and enjoy learning about our national parks!” http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-hillsboro-geology-of-the-national-parks

JapanFest For Teens”, Tuesday, July 26, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Konnichiwa! Enjoy different aspects of Japanese culture--food, origami, video games, manga and more! Come dressed as your favorite COSplay and enter a raffle to win prizes.”

Man of Words: Selections From Works of Poetry, Prose and Plays”, Tuesday, July 26, 2:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “A dramatic recitation of selections from classic works of poetry, prose and plays.” "The spoken word, read or recited, should be treated like music and should be delivered in such a way that it touches the soul. That's what I strive to do. As an oral interpreter my job is to interpret and communicate the meaning of literature. I choose to present classic literature: words that have stood the test of time, words that are old but are rich and enriching for being so." http://www.manofwordstheatre.com/programs-selections.asp

William O. Douglas: Liberty and Wilderness”, Tuesday, July 26, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All Ages. Presented by John Concillo. “William O. Douglas was a beacon for the preservation of wild places and individual freedom, by word and by example. These were parallel rights to be defended without reservation. Douglas described the wilderness not merely as an escape, but as a nurturing environment and source of strength, an affirmation of independence that empowers individuals and offers spiritual and physical salvation. He was a guardian against any boundary that restrained liberty and any new control that threatened individual freedom. The answer to society’s problems is more freedom, not less. This was the message he gave in countless speeches to citizens, not just the legal and academic world. As a sitting Supreme Court Justice, no one in the nation brought such a high profile to these issues. His life stands as a record of courage to hold fast against the forces that would exploit or erode these cherished American ideals. The only citizen from the Pacific Northwest to reach the U.S. High Court, William O. Douglas is also among the most prominent and effective advocates for the restorative powers of wilderness in our culture. This program explores his amazingly rich career as a voice for liberty and the value of stewardship in shaping our planetary future.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/149758-William-O-Douglas-Liberty-Wilderness

Raku Pottery for Teens”, Tuesday, July 26, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Raku means enjoyment, comfort or ease. The beauty of Raku pottery gives you all three. Honna Sheffield guides you as you experience the dynamic process of glazing a piece of pottery and participating in the firing.”

Kids Theater Workshop”, 4 sessions, Tuesday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29, 2PM-5PM, Hood River Library. Ages 8-12. Preregistration required; sign up at the service desk. 541-386-2535. “Actress/director Sullivan Mackintosh offers several fantastic theater workshops for kids and tweens. ‘Comedia Dell’arte’. Learn the ancient art of Italian Comedy with plenty of goofy characters in masks.”

The ABCs of Pressure Canning”, Tuesday, July 26, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Learn the safe and simple process for pressure canning meats, veggies, and fish, and also how to care for your pressure cooker. It’s not scary! Bring your pressure canner gauge and we’ll test it to see if it’s up to pressure. This class will be led by Family Food Educator volunteer Don Wiley.”

The Columbia River: How It Works”, Tuesday, July 26, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. All ages. “Robin Cody is the Portland author of ‘Voyage of a Summer Sun’, winner of the 1996 Oregon Book Award. The book is based on his 82-day, solo, 1,200-mile canoe trip from the Canadian headwaters of the Columbia River to Astoria. Cody will talk about his coming to appreciate the major obstacles -- 13 massive mainstream dams -- and how the river remains so astonishingly alive to wildlife while serving human needs. Come for the talk, followed by Q and A.” http://www.robincody.net/index.html 

Music Lab: Community Band”, Wednesday, July 27, 11AM, Newberg Library. “Hear and try out instruments with our Newberg community players!”

Graphic Novel Workshop with Phil Yeh”, Wednesday, July 27, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Ages 10 and up. “Learn about the creative process in making a great graphic novel with author Phil Yeh.” http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/yeh.html

Oregon Coast Aquarium- Whales!”, Wednesday, July 27, 10:30AM, La Center Library; Wednesday, July 27, 1PM, Woodland Library; Thursday, July 28, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; and Friday, July 29, 1PM, Goldendale Library. “Whales! Just off our coastline, the Pacific Ocean is home to several kinds of whales. Toothed and baleen whales are well adapted for survival in the ocean. Using songs, life-sized inflatable whales, and real teeth, baleen and bones. Discover the adaptations of these amazing marine mammals.”

Preserving Your Harvest”, Wednesday, July 27, 10:30AM, Hillsboro Main Library Multipurpose Room. Ages 7-14. Preregistration required; register online.  “Join Blooming Junction for a children's program on the importance of preserving what you grow or buy, to decrease food wastefulness. Includes a demo on how to make a jar of pickles and/or jam. Recipes and instructions for children will be included.”

“Mushrooming Workshop”, Wednesday, July 27, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Join us as Dr. Michael Beug of Husum will be presenting a program on mushrooms and mushrooming.”

Hamel Dance Academy Presents, “Danger, the Dog Yard Cat”, Wednesday, July 27, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville. “A children’s contemporary ballet, ‘Danger, the Dog Yard Cat’ is based on a real cat who was the mascot of Libby Riddles’ dog yard. Libby was the first woman to win the Iditarod in Alaska.” http://dialogue3dance.wpengine.com/2016/04/13/one-cool-cat/

Portland’s Culinary Workshop”, Wednesday, July 27, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library Event Room. “Join us for a presentation featuring two talented Portland chefs discussing their Portland Culinary Workshop cooking classes and annual international culinary tours (next year to Greece). There will be door prizes for cooking classes at their Workshop for two lucky audience members.”

Presto the Magician”, Wednesday, July 27, 1:30PM and 3PM, Estacada Library. http://www.prestothemagician.com/

Graphic Novel Workshop for Teens”, Thursday, July 28, 3PM, North Plains Library. “Join Darren Davis of Bluewater Productions for a Graphic Novel Workshop in which he will be demonstrating and teaching how to draw comics.”

Night of Speed: Race Like a Professional!”, Thursday, July 28, 5:30PM-10PM, World of Speed, 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville. $20 for participants and $5 for spectators. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.worldofspeed.org/activities/ “Join our Simulator Races the last Thursday of every month! Participate in what’s never been done before— each simulator will have Damage Mode turned on! This means race cars simulators will register scrapes, tire rubs and hits - as if racers were driving the actual cars! Each racer receives one practice session and one qualifying session. Racers with the top qualifying times will advance to the finals on October 27th.” There are Indy, NASCAR, and Formula car simulators, and each has specific size and weight requirements for participants.

Beaver Surveyor Orientation”, Thursday, July 28, 5:45PM, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, 1900 SE Milport Rd., Suite B, Milwaukie. Preregistration required; register online: http://jcwc.org/events/beaver-surveyor-orientation/ “Volunteers are needed for a pilot beaver survey project as a part of our growing Community Science program. No prior experience is required. Help JCWC document the distribution of beaver activity through Johnson Creek! Metro Ecologist Kate Holleran will teach volunteers about the role of beavers in watershed restoration; volunteers will also receive training in a cutting-edge beaver survey protocol. Volunteers will work in pairs to survey 1-mile reaches of Johnson Creek and its tributaries, recording beaver activity along the way. Each volunteer pair will conduct one survey; the surveys will take approximately 3 hours, not counting travel time, and will be held August 20, September 3, and September 10. Volunteers must be able to walk for one mile in uneven, brushy terrain in warm weather, on streambanks and/or in the water. Waders and other safety equipment will be provided.” 

Habiba’s Village”, Thursday, July 28, 2PM, Stevenson Library. “Join Habiba Addo for an interactive storytelling performance with authentic West African costumes, singing, and movement. Explore your world, near and far.” http://www.habibasvillage.com/

3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest”, Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30, Vancouver, WA. The event ends with a big festival in Esther Short Park on Saturday. “Hula, island food, arts and crafts vendors, Hawaiian music, kids activities, cultural demonstrations and more!” http://kekukuifoundation.org/events/

Ugly Stuffed Animal Workshop”, Thursday, July 28, 3PM, Gladstone Library. 

Modern Pop Art Experience”, Thursday, July 28, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Come join artist Michael Albert from New York for a Pop Art exhibition with a short hands-on collage workshop the same way the artist creates his works of art. Every guest will receive a free signed poster.” http://www.michaelalbert.com

Paper Airplanes”, Thursday, July 28, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. Grades 5 and up; parents invited too. “Paper airplanes are fun! Learn what makes an airplane fly and how to improve design. Use what you learn to complete a paper airplane obstacle course around the library. Prizes for all who attend.”

Melted Art”, Thursday, July 28, 4PM, Happy Valley Library. Ages 10 and up. “Use a little heat to turn crayons and beads into unique art. All materials provided; just bring your ideas!”

Washington County Fair”, Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Parking $7, free admission. Right on the Max line. They have a stage hypnotist who is really a neat person to watch, especially if you read up on what stage hypnotism is and how it works ahead of time. http://www.bigfairfun.com

Latin American Music and Myths”,  Thursday, July 28, 2PM, Belmont Library. “Join Inka Jam Band perform Huaynos, Cumbia, Salsa, Boleros, Trova and Afro-Peruvian with an Andean flare the whole family can enjoy. Rather than a distant concert this is a trans-formative musical experience with dance and costume change. Enjoy an interactive performance while learning the cultures represented, history of how the instruments are made and the contents of the songs.” http://www.inkajam.com

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, Friday, July 29 through September 5. Donations requested. See their website for all locations and times: http://www.portlandactors.com/shows/shakespeare-parks-loves-labours-lost/ Free Shakespeare in the park!

Author Talk, “Yvonne Wakefield”, Friday, July 29, 6:30PM, Hood River Library. “Wakefield will discuss her nonfiction book, Babe in the Woods: Building a Life One Log at a Time. It’s a true story of one woman’s journey to building her own log home and how she survived in the wilderness.” http://www.babeandthewoods.com/about/

“Ronnie Robins' Brazilian Rhythms”, Friday, July 29, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library main floor. “Ronnie Robins plays his gentle Brazilian Rhythms of bossa nova and samba on the acoustic guitar.”

“Basic Bike Repair for Teens”, Friday, July 29, 4PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/basic-bike-repair-teens Presented by Bike Farm. “This DIY bike repair workshop offers simple hands-on instructions on basic bike repair. Each person will receive a fix-a-flat kit which includes one patch kit and two tire levers just for participating. Never get stranded during your adventures again!”

Quidditch Tigard Cup”, Saturday, July 30, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room, Courtyard and Lawn. Ages 10 and up. “Celebrate the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, a new story from the wizarding world, with this Quidditch tournament. Play by the rules adapted for us Muggles of all skill levels and abilities. Cool down with refreshing butterbeer.”

Homemade Applesauce”, Saturday, July 30, 4PM, Kenton Library. “Applesauce is a delicious snack (or dessert!) that's super easy to make. Learn to make it yourself and about different things you can add to it to make it even tastier. End class with an applesauce tasting with a variety of flavors.”

Blueberry Pancake Day”, Saturday, July 30, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. “Blueberry Pancakes smothered in fresh blueberries and drowned in blueberry syrup.” “Our volunteers work the mill, answer questions about the old style milling process and welcome visitors from around the globe.” Freshly milled flour is available for a donation. http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/special-events

Harry Potter Party”, Saturday, July 30, 10PM-midnight, Newberg Library. “Join the library and Chapters Books for an all-ages party (10 p.m. to midnight) celebrating the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ Books available for purchase at the event. Costumes welcome!”

Summer Festival”, Saturday, July 30, 10:30AM-5PM, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Natsu Matsuri, our annual summer festival, is bigger than ever! This traditional Japanese summer festival is centered on Japanese culture and raising money for the many non profit organizations hosting and running programs to better their communities both here in Oregon and also in Japan. The festival includes traditional Japanese games, foods, music, and dance – just like the countless neighborhood and community festivals held throughout Japan each summer. The festival will be hosted by a staff of volunteers, with the additional help of over 15 non profit organizations from the Japanese community here in Oregon.” http://www.uwajimaya.com/events/beaverton

Oregon’s Main Street- Highway 99”, Saturday, July 30, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Join authors Pat Edwards and Jo-Brew as they discuss the subject of two of their books, Oregon's Main Street, Highway 99.”

Willamette River Paddle With North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council”, Saturday, July 30, 8AM-12PM, Willamette Falls to Milwaukie Riverfront Park. Contact Andrew (Council Coordinator) at coordinator@ncuwc.org to reserve your canoe spot and learn more about the day. “NCUWC is once again partnering with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership for our Annual Willamette River Tour! Join us on Saturday, July 30th from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm as we explore the Willamette from the falls to Milwaukie's Riverfront Park. Learn about the great work NCUWC is doing to restore fish habitat and improve water quality of the creeks that flow into this vitally important stretch of the Willamette River.” http://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/citymanager/willamette-river-tour-north-clackamas-urban-watersheds-council

Out to Pasture Open House”, Saturday, July 30, 5PM-8PM, Out to Pasture Sanctuary, 33190 SE Regan Hill Rd., Estacada. A sanctuary for ‘orphaned’ farm animals. “Free Vegan BBQ, Sack Races, Vegan Cupcake Walk, and a chance to meet all the animals. Children are welcome at this family friendly event.” http://www.outtopasturesanctuary.org/index.html

Hummingbirds”, Saturday, July 30, 11:30AM-1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. All ages. “For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days. We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/mc-events/classroom-discovery-days-hummingbirds/?mc_id=20126

Native Plants and Their Uses”, Saturday, July 30, 11AM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. Free. “Native plants enhance the character of our landscape, provide low maintenance gardens and maintain local biodiversity by providing food, nesting sites and shelter for wildlife. In the 19th century the indigenous peoples taught the Hudson’s Bay Company how to make use of them. In this program we will tour the grounds identifying and describing how some important plants were used by the indigenous peoples.” The museum is also open 11-3. http://lelooska.org/th_event/native-plants-and-their-uses/

Sneak Peek of Killin Wetlands”, Saturday, July 30, 9:30AM, Banks. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/sneak-peek-killin-wetlands/2016-07-30-0 “Killin Wetlands is one of the best examples of a peat wetland in the Willamette Valley. This tour will focus on the natural history of the site, bird watching and plans for opening the site to the public. Note there are no restrooms available.”

Star Party at Glendoveer”, Saturday, July 30, 9PM, Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, 14015 NE Glisan St., Pdx. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/star-party-glendoveer/2016-07-30 “The Rose City Astronomers bring their telescopes and expert knowledge to share on the greens of Glendoveer Golf and Tennis Center. Look deep into the sky for distant stellar objects and learn common summer constellations. Come prepared to let your eyes adjust to the darkness, and leave your flashlights at home.”

Lewisville Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, July 30, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Encounter old-growth Douglas firs and search for kingfishers and American Dippers along the banks of the Lewis River at Clark County’s oldest park. Expert birder and naturalist, Elaine Murphy, leads you through 154-acre Lewisville Park sharing her knowledge of the area’s wildlife and their habits.”

Explore North Forest Park”, Saturday, July 30, 9AM, meeting at the Wildwood Trailhead on NW Newberry Rd., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=252772 “Enjoy the solitude and wild character at the north end of Forest Park and learn about the natural history and ecology of the area with Guy Maguire from the Forest Park Conservancy. On this hike we'll walk around 4 miles, with moderately steep uphill and downhill sections.”

Natural Movement”, Saturday, July 30, 3PM, Columbia Children’s Arboretum, 10040 NE 6th Dr., Pdx. $10-$20 suggested donation. “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. This month's theme is Natural Movement. Most people these days in first world countries like the United States grow up with their feet firmly planted in shoes, walking on hard, flat ground. We sit in chairs, hunched over a keyboard (as I am right now), for hours on end. This isn't what our genes have in mind for the way in which our bodies are meant to interact with the world, and in nature. So how do we move naturally? We'll be looking at animal movements, MovNat techniques, and other aspects of how humans have moved, and still move today, without the aid of shoes, in rough and wild terrain. Come learn what our bodies can really do, and share what you may already know!” https://www.facebook.com/events/1538946909755745/

Portland Quarter Midget Ride Days”, Saturday, July 30, 9AM-3PM, Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. $20 per child, including safety gear, training, race car and insurance. “Kids 5-16 can drive a real quarter midget race car under the supervision of a trainer during our upcoming ride day!” http://www.portlandqma.com/ride-day.html

Rox in Sox Children’s Music and Book Festival”, Saturday, July 30, 10AM-3PM, King School Park, 4906 NE 6th Ave., Pdx. “Admission to Rox in Sox is free with a donation of new shoes, socks or books for kids in need. Rox in Sox is an exciting festival that celebrates children’s music and literature. During this free charity event we collected socks, shoes, and books for kids who need them in the USA, Kenya and Jamaica. Since 2013 we have donated 3205 pairs of socks, 1519 books and 204 pairs of shoes to kids around the world. This unique interactive family festival features performances by some of the country’s leading children’s musicians and authors. There are plenty of fun activities for kids and families to enjoy together, great food and a chance to exciting prizes!” http://www.roxinsox.com

Beaverton International Celebration”, Saturday, July 30, 11AM-5PM, Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton. Transit accessible with free shuttles from Merlo Rd. Max Station. Free. “The Beaverton International Celebration is a free, fun, family-friendly event showcasing our many cultures through music, dance, interactive activities, food, art and more! This year we are welcoming friends from Beaverton's sister city of Trossingen, Germany.” Complete schedule and details here: http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/986/Beaverton-International-Celebration

8th Annual Northwest Book Festival”, Saturday, July 30, 10AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “Over 100 critically acclaimed local and national authors will be featured at the 8th Annual NW Book Festival, sponsored by 9 Bridges.” http://www.nwbookfestival.com

The Great Oregon Steam-Up”, July 30 and 31, and August 6 and 7, 9AM-4PM, parade daily at 1:30PM, Antique Powerland, 3995 Brookdale Rd. NE, Brooks. $12 per person, free for kids 12 and under. $20 weekend pass and $30 family pass. Trolley rides $5. Free parking. “Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon develop and grow. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of times past. Machines on display include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad.” It would be worth it just for the homemade ice cream made while you watch by steam power! It does get really hot there, so make sure to bring sunscreen, water and cash for ice cream and shave ice! This event is definitely not to be missed! http://www.antiquepowerland.com/html/steam-up.html

Concert, “Sunset Traffic Jam”, Sunday, July 31, 2PM, Midland Library. “Sunset Traffic Jam plays many of the greatest Dixieland songs of all time, songs of Louis Armstrong, Firehouse Jazz Band, and many others.” http://www.elderaudience.com/sunset-traffic-jam-jazz-band/

Northwest Panman”, Sunday, July 31, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Get your groove on at a live steel drums concert with Northwest Panman, Terry Baber.” http://www.northwestpanman.com/home

Tracking Club”, Sunday, July 31, 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

2nd Annual Chicken Beauty Contest”, Sunday, July 31, 12PM-5PM, winners announced at 4:30PM, on SE 91st Ave. between Foster and Reedway, at the Lents Street Fair. “So you want to see if your chicken has the stuff for chicken top model-dom! Hurray! We want to see all chickens represented here at the street fair. Sleek ones, fluffy ones, ones with no feathers on their necks, ones with feathers on their feet... the list is endless!” Lots of details here: http://lentschickencontest.blogspot.com/p/registration.html

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, July 31, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Ages 8 and up. $10. One ticket per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/physics-phenomena “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments.”

The Case for Reincarnation: Tales From a Past Life Regression Therapist”, Sunday, July 31, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Gilsan St., Pdx. Free. Presented by Susan Pease Banitt. “One out of four Americans now believe in reincarnation. Thanks to the rise of yoga in the West and books such as ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’ by the past life pioneer Dr. Brian Weiss, more people are considering the possibility that they may have lived before. This talk makes the case for the reality of reincarnation, how unresolved issues from previous lifetimes affect us, and how we can heal ourselves by acknowledging previous traumas, mistakes as well as triumphs from those lifetimes. Evidence will be presented in the form of research, case examples and ancient wisdom traditions. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to be involved in a past life exercise in real time. Come join us in the adventure of several lifetimes!” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/149779-The-Case-for-Reincarnation-Tales-From-a-Past-Life-Regression-Therapist

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paperseed said...

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