Sunday, July 31, 2016

Amazing August

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

Exhibit, “Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America”, now through February 1, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. The museum is always free to Multnomah County residents with proof of residency. Otherwise admission is $11 adults, $9 students and seniors, $5 youth 6-18 and free for kids 5 and under. They also have great admission rates for school groups of 6 or more kids. “The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America—a remarkable exhibition featuring rare items from the Mark Family Collection symbolizing America's long quest for a more perfect union. The exhibition unites priceless original engravings of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the United States Constitution, and the Monroe Doctrine, five iconic documents that made American freedom what it is today. One of the extraordinary standouts of this exhibition is the 1733 engraving of the Magna Carta. Written in 1215, the Magna Carta was the first document to limit the power of a monarch, and is regarded as the cornerstone of western democracy. When the only surviving original copy affixed with the Great Seal of King John was damaged by a fire in 1731, a new copy was commissioned. This illuminated hand-engraved copy includes the original Latin text surrounded by the Coats of Arms of the council of Twenty-Five Barons. Other notable artifacts on view include handwritten letters from George Washington and original engravings of the Inaugural Addresses of Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. Political challenges continue over the balance of power, Federalism vs. Anti-Federalism, and America's foreign policy; yet, while the words of these iconic documents remain unchanged, their application and interpretation throughout American history continue to impact countless issues and millions of people. Please join us as we discuss the relevance of these bedrock documents from our past and as we consider how they continue to impact our politics, our country, and our world today.”

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:

The Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, has free, all ages nature education programs nearly every day throughout the summer. Check their schedule here:

Exhibit, “Stamps: Pathways to Our World”, now 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.”

“Novel-Ties”, Online workshop for educators from Multnomah County Libraries, 4-8th Grade. Preregistration required by August 5: “Do you lead book discussion groups or literature circles for 4th-8th grade students? In this online workshop, you'll discover hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles. Register by August 5, and we’ll notify you when this online workshop is available.”

“Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art”, now through September 18, at 25 venues. Details here: “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.”

“Gotta Read This”, online workshop for educators from Multnomah County Libraries, 6-12th grade. Preregistration required by August 5: “Tired of using the same books with your classes every year? Come to this workshop for educators where you'll learn about new books you might use in your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum. Library staff briefly introduce the books and provide copies of the booktalks to take with you.”

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.”

“Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, now through August 20. Free Shakespeare in the park! Check out their complete schedule here: “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!”

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, now through September 5. Donations requested. See their website for all locations and times: Free Shakespeare in the park!

“Digital Media / Filmmaking Camp for Teens”, 5 days, Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, 2:30PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Led by Emmy-award winning writer/director/composer Philip Pelletier, this digital filmmaking workshop is designed to give teens a complete overview of production for digital media. Each of the 5 hands-on sessions will focus on a different aspect of digital filmmaking.”

“Clearly Valuable: What Glass at the Ancient Site of Karanis Reveals about Roman Egypt”, Monday, August 1, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Parking is free in PSU garages after 7PM. Lecture free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Angela Susak Pitzer. “Archaeologists study glass artifacts to understand technology, society, historic events, and notions of value in the ancient world. Today, the wide range of everyday glass objects we use still provides a window into who we are and how we live. The innovation of blown glass, a hallmark of the Roman Empire, is exemplified in the objects dating from the Late Roman period (4th-6th centuries C.E.) at the site of Karanis. During an age when blown glass became a commodity, the use of glass reveals much about the ancient community of Karanis as well as the value and social functions of glass objects.”

“Line Dancing”, beginning class at 1PM every Monday in August; beginning class at 12PM and intermediate at 1PM every Tuesday in August, 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.”

Mad Science”, 8 sessions over 4 days, Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 4, Wilsonville Library. Grades 1-5. Preregistration required; call 503-570-1599. Check website for times and topics:

Oregon's Ancient Ocean”, Monday, August 1, 2PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free. “Oregon's ancient ocean: the oldest vertebrate fossils from the Brisbois formation of eastern Oregon”. “There were no dinosaurs in Oregon, but there were thallatosaurs. Eric Metz (MS student, University of Alaska Museum) will present his research on the recently discovered 225 million year old fossils from the Brisbois formation of eastern Oregon. Nicknamed 'Bernie', these fossils are being excavated from their rock matrix in OMSI’s Paleontology Lab before they are sent to Alaska for study. These are the oldest vertebrate fossils known in the state and belong to an enigmatic group of marine reptiles called thalattosaurs. The talk will focus on the geography of Oregon during the late Triassic, the near-shore environment these animals inhabited, and the morphology of the animals including its distinctive down-turned snout and other aquatic adaptations.”

“Clatsop County Fair”, Tuesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 6, Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria. $12 adults, $1 children 12 and under, $1 parking.

“Night Hike, Kiwa Trail”, Tuesday, August 2, 9PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield. Preregistration required; email “A unique opportunity to see the Ridgefield Refuge at night! The following are led by our Education Specialist Aiden Forsi, start at 9 pm, and last about two hours.”

Exhibit Opening, “Original Works by LAIKA Employees”, Tuesday, August 2, 5PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Exhibit runs August 2- September 26. Special LAIKA presentation in the Walters theater at 6pm. “Celebrating 10 years of bold filmmaking, LAIKA is an Academy-Award® winning studio located in the heart of Hillsboro. LAIKA attracts immensely talented artists, animators and filmmakers from all over the world to work on its one-of-a-kind feature films. Behind the stunning artwork of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls,- and Kubo and the Two Strings (in theaters August 19), hundreds of skilled artists have brought their talents together to make incredible characters and sets. In this special exhibit, visitors will have a rare chance see personal artwork from LAIKA employees. Stop by the opening reception for a special presentation by LAIKA in the Walters Theatre.”

“All-You-Can-Make Art Bar”, Tuesdays August 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2PM, at Midland Library; and Wednesday, August 10, 1PM, Woodstock 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.”

“Graphic Novel Workshop with Phil Yeh”, Tuesday, August 2, 4PM, Tigard Library. Ages 10 and up. “What do the most successful cartoon and comics characters have in common? Learn from an expert about how to create and publish graphic novels using your own characters and scripts. Get hands-on experience drawing comic strips and FREE COMICS at this fun, informative workshop.”

“Balloon Animals Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, August 2, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Celebrate National Clowning Week! Learn how to make great balloon animals from a pro. Supplies will be provided.”

“Wire Circus”, Tuesday, August 2, 12:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, August 13, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “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.”

“Bees: Keeping Them and Supporting Them”, Tuesday, August 2, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Join us for this presentation on bees: how to live harmoniously with them and raise them by Bee Thinking co-owner Jill McKenna Reed. At this presentation you will learn the basics of what to consider before becoming a beekeeper as well as how to support these vital creatures with sustainable and bee friendly practices at your home. This presentation will also include a special reading from ‘Winged: New Writing on Bees’ by editors Melissa Reeser Poulin and Jill McKenna Reed and end with a Q and A.”

“Science in a Scoop: Liquid Nitrogen meets Ice Cream!”, Tuesday, August 2, 2PM and 4PM, West Linn Library. “Learn about nitrogen, a natural element that's all around us and how it affects our lives. Then taste ice cream made using liquid nitrogen with local Subzero owner Rick Walker!”

Mad Science Presents, “Olympics”, Tuesday, August 2, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Tuesday, August 2, 7PM, Tualatin Library; Wednesday, August 3, 11AM, Pioneer Community Center basement, 615 5th St, Oregon City; and Friday, August 5, 11AM, White Salmon Library. 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!”

“Drug Discovery and the Science of Medications”, Tuesday, August 2, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2533 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “We all take drugs —Tylenol, Lipitor, Nexium, Viagra — but have you ever wondered how they’re developed? Drug discovery is a long, arduous and yet innovative scientific process that involves a wide variety of physicians and scientists including biologists, chemists, crystallographers, statisticians, pharmacologists, and many more. In this multi-media presentation, Leah Frye, Vice President of Schrödinger’s Drug Discovery Group, will describe the different approaches pharmaceutical and biotech companies take to find new drugs and the steps required for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The talk will also highlight the important role computers and computational methods play in the overall drug discovery process with an emphasis on preclinical stages.”

Concert, “Rhythm Culture”, Tuesday, August 2, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Rhythm Culture has placed its focus on developing its own signature sound driven by a reggae beat. Combining their individual influences of the Caribbean and the Americas, and using a roots reggae foundation, the band infuses blues and jazz into their brand of Reggae music, guaranteed to get even the most reluctant of dancers out of their chairs.”

“Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays 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 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 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.).”

“Music on Main Street”, Wednesdays through September 7, 5PM, SW Main St. at Broadway, Pdx. Free. “On Wednesday evenings, 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.”

Tie Dye for Teens”, Wednesday, August 3, 2PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 6-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Try your hand at the art of tie-dye and make a one of a kind design. Bring a white t-shirt or tank top. Dress to get messy.”

Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo”, Wednesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 6, Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville. Oldest county fair in Oregon!

Cool Season Gardening and Seed-Saving”, Wednesday, August 3, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Nicole Forbes from Dennis’ 7 Dees nursery will teach how to cool season garden and save seeds. Nicole is a knowledgeable and entertaining teacher who will share her expertise on stretching one more growing season out of your garden and skills to save seeds for next season's garden. We'll conclude with a raffle!”

Staking Claims Then and Now”, Wednesday, August 3, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr. , Tualatin. Donations requested. “Public lands surveyor Tim Kent reviews the history of Donation Land Claims in Oregon and how settlers and later arrivals determined who owned what in our region and town. Presentation will include an outside activity to demonstrate the process. Find your own home on original maps.”

Big Band Dance”, Wednesdays in August, 12:45PM, 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.”

Jugglemania!”, Wednesday, August 3, 11AM, Kenton Library; and Wednesday, August 3, 5:30PM, Hood River 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!”

Leapin’ Louie”, Wednesday, August 3, 1PM, Woodstock 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.”

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve BioBlitz Events”, Wednesday, August 3 at Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, and Thursday, August 4, Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, 7:30AM-12PM. “Help us track marine biodiversity at Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve during two BioBlitz events Aug. 3 and 4. Both events are 7:30 a.m. --noon. The Aug. 3 event is at Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, just south of the bridge in Yachats. The Aug. 4 event is at Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, seven miles south of Yachats. Participants should meet in the parking lot and bring waterproof shoes, raincoat, binoculars, water and snacks. Participants will take a walk at low tide to help identify the plants, animals and other organisms in the rocky intertidal habitat along sections of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, a protected research area that covers 14.1 square miles of ocean habitat between Yachats and Florence. Data collected will be used to document the rich biodiversity of the area. The events are hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and US Forest Service.”

Notebooks from Old Books”, Wednesday, August 3, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “The whole family can learn to repurpose old or damaged books and upcycle them into new unique notebook using simple ring and prong style binding.”

Science in the Park”, Wednesday, August 3 and 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!”

Climate Change”, Wednesday, August 3, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Salts: A Presentations and Tasting by the Meadow”, Wednesday, August 3, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “James Beard award-winning author Mark Bitterman operates The Meadow, a specialty retail shop with two locations in Portland and a third in New York City. The shops focus on a wide variety of specialty salts, chocolate, and bitters. A representative will offer tastings, descriptions about the types and the uses of salt, and more information about the shops and Bitterman’s book entitled, ‘Salted: A Manifesto’.”

Luminarias”, Wednesday, August 3, 10:30AM, Troutdale Library. “Join artist Kathy Karbo as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy!”

Author Talk, “Zita Podany”, Wednesday, August 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Zita Podnay discusses her book, “Vanport”. “Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. Its very name, Vanport, is derived from Vancouver and Portland. When the United States entered the war, the demand for ships and for workers to build those ships became a huge priority. Workers were recruited from all corners of the United States. Portland had a serious lodging shortage, so much so that these workers lived in cars, tents, parks, and whatever shelter could be found. Vanport, built in a little over a year to house them, was a city that did not sleep. In its heyday, Vanport was the second-largest city in Oregon with a population of over 40,000 residents. It was a city with many firsts. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time. And on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.”

Hula Hoop Making for Teens”, Wednesday, August 3, 4:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Hooping (also known as hula hooping) is a great way to have fun and get exercise! Make and decorate your own hoop and learn cool tricks. (Outside, weather permitting.)”

Good Food, Bad Food”, Wednesday, August 3, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Kristy Athens, Oregon author of ‘Get Your Pitchfork On! The Real Dirt on Country Living’, will lead a conversation about local food sources. Smaller scale, community-based food growing efforts are on the rise as means to nurture community and create local and autonomous food systems. This conversation will ask participants to think about the impact of their food choices. Are these choices as consequential as consumers would like them to be? Does voting with your dollars significantly shape our agricultural systems?”

The Reptile Man”, Wednesday, August 3, 11AM, Newberg Library; Thursday, August 4, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Friday, August 5, 11AM, Canby Library; Tuesday, August 9, 6:30PM, Tigard Library; Tuesday, August 16, 11AM, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 17800 SW Kinnaman Rd., Beaverton; Tuesday, August 16, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library; Wednesday, August 17, 12:30PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; Wednesday, August 17, 3PM, City Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St., Cornelius; Thursday, August 18, 11AM, Garden Home Library; Thursday, August 18, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church Gym: 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx; Wednesday, August 24, 1PM, Marine Park Pavilion, 395 SW Portage Rd., Cascade Locks; and Wednesday, August 31, 5:30PM, Hood River Library. “See real, live reptiles up-close-and-personal! Join Reptile Man Rich Ritchey for a fun and educational experience.”

The Oregon Bird Man”, Thursday, August 4, 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library (free tickets given out at 11:30AM); Saturday, August 6, 11AM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver; Wednesday, August 17, 2PM, Midland Library; and Thursday, August 18, 3PM, Rockwood 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.”

Concert, “Indrajit Banerjee”, Thursday, August 4, 8PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Tickets $17 in advance or $20 at the door. All ages. Classical Indian sitar.

Galaxy Dance Festival”, Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6, 11AM-6:30PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave. Free. “Polaris Dance Theatre’s annual outdoor summer dance festival returns for its fourth year, and we can’t wait for you to participate in this year’s free events! In 2016, over 1,500 people attended this much-anticipated event. Join us as we host an array of Portland-area dance companies in this 3-day community gathering, including free classes and performances for the whole family! Dance brings people together, and our goal is to get our community involved through accessible, affordable (free!), and thoughtful avenues of exploration. This year we’ll be hosting 14 companies, featuring an eclectic mix of styles and techniques! The wide array of genres, including aerial, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, belly dancing, contemporary, modern, folk, and jazz, contributes to the festive atmosphere, while offering an engaging opportunity for all. Dance lovers of all genres will be entertained!”

Guided Kayak Tour of Trestle Bay”, August 4, 12, 13, 18, and 26, Fort Stevens State Park. Ages 6 and up. $10 per person. Preregistration required; call 503-861-3171 x41 or email “Explore the Columbia River South Jetty on a Kayak! History and wildlife abound in the secluded waters of Trestle Bay at Fort Stevens State Park. No equipment required - we provide the kayaks and life preservers. This 2 hour tour is suitable for paddlers of all levels!”

Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies”, Thursday, August 4, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Sarah Lewis, Professor of Biology at Tufts University. “For centuries, their ethereal beauty has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do these creatures make light? What are they saying with all their flashing? Are fireflies disappearing? In this talk, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the mysterious world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these charismatic insects. Join her journey from the meadows of New England and the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, to the rivers of Japan and mangrove forests of Malaysia, to hear remarkable stories of firefly courtship and romance, poison and deceit.”

Storyteller Will Hornyak”, Thursday, August 4, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. All ages. “Storyteller Will Hornyak presents One World, Many Stories.”

Zen Tangles and Meditative Coloring for Teens”, Thursday, August 4, 6PM, Newberg Library.

Danza Azteca (Huitzilopochtli)”, Thursday, August 4, 2PM, Stevenson Library; and Thursday, August 4, 7PM, Washougal Library. “Dancers of all ages are colorfully adorned in authentic Aztec regalia (native-wear). They dance to the live beats of the huehuetl (standing) drums, wooden flutes, ayoyote rattles, and chihuandas (armadillo guitars). Each dance tells an oral story. Get up and move when the audience is invited to learn an Aztec dance!”

American Philatelic Society Stamp Show 2016”, Thursday, August 4 11AM-6PM, Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, August 7, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Free. “StampShow 2016 in Portland, Oregon marks the 130th annual convention of the American Philatelic Society. Each year, stamp collectors, exhibitors, historians and members of the general public gather to socialize, increase philatelic knowledge, and exchange stamps. The 2016 show will feature 100 dealers, 35 societies, live auctions, literature and philatelic exhibits, more than 100 meetings and seminars, and first-day-of-issue ceremonies for new stamps. There will also be special emphasis on northwest postal history, the 100th anniversary of the Oregon Stamp Society, and a few other unique partnerships. The show is FREE and open to the public. Join us!”

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Thursday, August 4, 4PM, Rockwood Library; Saturday, August 13, 11AM, North Portland Library; Saturday, August 13, 1PM, Woodstock Library; Friday, August 19, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Friday, August 19, 2PM, Troutdale Library; Tuesday, August 23, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Tuesday, August 23, 4PM, Kenton 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.”

Henrik Bothe”, Thursday, August 4, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Thursday, August 11, 2PM, Scott Park next to the Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Enjoy the physical comedy, gentle humor, juggling, and magic from this world-famous performer.”

Archaeology Day”, Thursday, August 4, with tours at 10AM and 1PM, Fort Yamhill State Park, Grand Ronde. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come and see amazing artifacts from the fort. Site tours led by rangers and archaeologist at 10am and 1pm.”

Homemade Applesauce”, Thursday, August 4, 2PM, North Portland 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.”

Beginning Basketmaking for Families”, Thursday, August 4, 2PM, Belmont Library. Presented by Carol Ross and Roger Besselievre. “Students will complete a full sized round reed basket choosing from a rainbow of colors. Students will learn weaving, shaping and pattern development. Several sample baskets will be available for inspiration.”

Printmaking for Kids”, Friday, August 5, 3PM, Hollywood 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.”

Know Your City Walking Tours of Portland”. Throughout August. Many begin 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 “Historic Halprin Urban Spaces Tour”. Check them all out here:

Clark County Historical Society Walking Tours”, Fridays and Saturdays now through August 20, various locations, Vancouver. $7. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Oregon International Air Show”, Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, Hillsboro Airport, 3355 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro. Easily MAX accessible. The Friday evening show is especially nice because it’s never terribly hot, breaks between acts are mercifully short, and there is an amazing fireworks show.

Traveling Lantern Theatre Presents, “Vladimir Goes for Gold!”, Friday, August 5, 7PM, Bonneville Events Center, 102 CBD Mall Dr., North Bonneville. “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.”

Clark County Fair”, Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 14, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield.

A-WOL Dance Collective Presents, “Art in the Dark 2016: By the Light of a Different Moon”. Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 14, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 SE Willamette Falls Dr., West Linn. “Suspended in trees, surrounded by beauty and illuminated by the stars... This year's show, By the Light of a Different Moon is a show about the giving of light in a world separate from our own; where Moon Queens dictate, Wanderers emerge, the Veiled welcome strange beings, the Watch is on guard and the Peacekeepers bring everyone together. Set to a commissioned soundtrack played live by Dirty Elegance, experience an evening of aerial theater as life of another kind teaches us what it means to love, accept and find meaning from the light of a different moon. As always, this production is packed full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement and acrobatics. Live Music: Dirty Elegance playing a pre-show concert as well as a full live performance throughout the entire show.”

Hairspray Jr.”, Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, 7PM, and Sunday, August 7, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Hairspray Jr. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs — adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It’s 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular ‘Corny Collins Show.’ When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest D.J. Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.”

Exhibit Opening Reception, “Our City in Stereo”, Friday, August 5, 6PM, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 10th Ave., Pdx. The Cascade Stereoscopic Club will offer a short demo, Introduction to Stereoscopic (3D) Photography from 7:00 to 7:30pm. Exhibition runs now through October 1. “Our City in Stereo, a project led by local artist Sharita Towne, combines the old medium of stereo views with stereo interviews to explore the topic of gentrification in Portland. The project relies heavily on community collaboration and site-specific conversation, featuring extensive interviews with local residents—teachers, artists, organizers, and local business owners. In this way, viewers can see in depth, but also hear in depth how gentrification operates and the ways in which people contend with it. This combination brings us to a third depth—a conceptual depth—in a rapidly changing city. The exhibition at Newspace will invite viewers to engage with stereography in different forms, spanning from early twentieth-century stereoscopic viewers to modern-day stereo technology. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear stories and testimonials by Portland residents who have witnessed and experienced firsthand the changes to their immediate surroundings, and contribute their own experiences and points of view into an interactive timeline. Our City in Stereo will release a tri-weekly podcast throughout the exhibition that can be found at”

The Physics of Sound and Flight: Air Action!”, Fridays 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- August 5: Under Pressure; August 12: Liftoff!; August 19: Spin Doctor.”

Summer Coding Lab for Teens”, Fridays, August 5, 12 and 19, 1:30PM, Holgate Library. “Innovation Academy Summer Coding is a series of workshops and weekly open lab sessions that will teach teens how to design and develop mobile apps. Teens can also do self-directed learning and work on their own projects. Open to all high school and middle school students of any skill level.”

Magician Jeff McMahon”, 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!”

The Great Oregon Steam-Up”, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 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!

Community Science Day”. Saturday, August 6, 9AM, Otter Rock, near Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area. “We’ve held two Community Science Days at Otter Rock, as the first steps toward organizing a CoastWatch Community Science Team pulling together all our citizen science projects focused on the area surrounding the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. We’re pioneering the concept here, with the hope of making this work for the other marine reserve areas as well, and eventually for other areas of the coast. Join us on Aug. 6 for another such event. As with the previous Community Science Days, meet on the north side of Otter Rock (Devil’s Punchbowl) at 9 a.m. Guided tidepool exploration will take place throughout the morning. Between 9 and 10:30 a.m. there will also be opportunities to learn about marine debris and our marine debris monitoring project (from Fawn Custer, our volunteer coordinator), and about the sea star wasting episode we've been through and our sea star population survey (from volunteer CoastWatch Community Science Team coordinator Karen Driscoll). At 10:30 a.m., there will be a discussion of beached birds and a demonstration of the beached bird survey in which we collaborate with COASST. We will be offering hot dogs, s'mores and other goodies at a noon picnic on the beach, but at our usual exorbitant rates—they will cost you a piece of marine debris. The event wraps up with a guided driftline walk led by Fawn Custer. The event offers fun and education (plus a cleaner beach), but our underlying goal is to continue building the CoastWatch Community Science Team at Otter Rock. Everyone is welcome to this free event, but our hope is that those participating will consider getting involved in one of our citizen science projects (if they aren’t already), and volunteer to be part of the community science team.”

Obonfest”, Saturday, August 6, 3PM-6PM, Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Obonfest (Obon) is a summertime Japanese (and Japanese-American) festival commemorating one's ancestors. In their honor, lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dance) is performed, memorial visits are made, and food is offered at home butsudans and temples. Oregon Buddhist Temple celebrates Obonfest annually on the first Saturday of August with hundreds of participants enjoying the festivities each year. Central to Obonfest is Bon Odori (Obon dance). These joyful dances invite the community to celebrate and pay tribute to ancestors and those family members who have more recently passed. Each year experienced Bon Odori dancers lead the group, and all are encouraged to participate and follow along. Popular dances include the traditional Tankobushi, or coal miner’s dance, as well as more contemporary dances like Baseball Odori. All are welcome: families, non-Buddhist neighbors, and fun-loving food lovers. There is no entrance fee to come and enjoy.”

Historic Weapons Program: 19th Century Black Powder”, Saturday, August 6, and Saturday, August 20, 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.”

1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry”, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, Fort Stevens Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Visit the camp of one of the Civil War's most highly regarded troop of soldiers. Drills, demonstrations, and camp life are some of what you can expect to see from the dedicated men of the 1st Minnesota Vol. Infantry.”

Beaverton Modular Railroad”, Saturday, August 6, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 7, 1PM-4:30PM, Beaverton Library. “Club members will have model trains set up for viewing and be available to answer questions about this fascinating hobby.”

Medieval Market Day”, Saturday, August 6, 8AM-1:30PM, Beaverton Farmer’s Market, 12375 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton. “Join in the fun and learn through doing as the Society for Creative Anachronism provides demonstration from skilled re-enactments of Middle Ages and Renaissance archers, calligraphers, heralds, fencers, spinners, blacksmiths, costumers, dancers, cooks and armoured fighters.”  

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, August 6, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

International Praise Festival", Saturday, August 6, 11AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Pdx. Free. “International Praise Festival is a festival of praise unto God that features Christian ministries within the Portland Metro area that represent various cultures and ethnicities and offers live Christian music, ethnic dance, children activities, vendor booths and more.”

Summer Fest”, Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. $5 adults, free for ages 17 and under. “The outdoor festival features a wide variety of rock, mineral, gem, and fossil dealers. We will have food, music, and plenty of fun family activities. Of course, our favorites Fred and Wilma Flintstone will be rolling in on the famous Flintmobile to give “rides” to children and adults. Rock clubs from around the region will be offering wonderful educational displays, demonstrations, and activities. Come early and stay the whole day. The entire museum will be open during this event, so you can explore all our displays after browsing vendors’ tents and creating a ‘pet rock.’ Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the refreshments at the museum. It’s a perfect event to spend with friends and family. Bring them all!”

Junior Ranger Roving”, Saturdays and Sundays in August, 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.” August 6 and 7- Exploring our Creek; August 13 and 14- Roy Copperpot’s Extraordinary Nature Treasure Hunt; August 20 and 21- Animal Detective Agency: Case of the Problematic Predators; August 27 and 28- Birdlandia.

Mask Making”, Saturday, August 6, 10AM-4PM, Hood River Library. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 541-386-2535. “Making masks is a traditional craft in many cultures. Come along and learn the art of crafting masks to create a new persona in this 6 hour session with Kara Sisk, an environmental artist from Portland. This is a service learning project and all masks created will be donated to the United Way of the Columbia Gorge for their Fall Masquerade fundraiser. All materials are provided free and lunch will be served. The program is open to ages 8 and up, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.”

Oregon Rocketry Public Launch”, Saturday, August 6, 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.”

From Weeds to Trees and the Stories in Between Tour”, Saturday, August 6, 12PM, meeting at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Every plant has a story to share! Learn how the dandelion got its name, why the Douglas fir is not a fir, the tree that held the British Navy at bay, and more! This guided tour of Hoyt Arboretum will open your eyes to the histories and mysteries of the everyday plants and trees around us.”

Pastel and Poetry with Artist John Stipan”, Saturday, August 6, and Saturday, August 20, 1PM, Parkdale Library. Ages 10 to adult. Preregistration required; call 541-352-6502. “Using chalk pastels participants will paint a landscape or flower on charcoal sanded grit paper, use a line from a poem in the artwork, and finally seal it with spray fixative.”

Honey Bee Science Discovery Program”, Saturday, August 6, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia 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.” 

Food Hero Recipe Taste Testing”, Saturday, August 6, 12:30PM, Midland Library; Friday, August 12, 12PM and Friday, August 26, 12PM, Rockwood Library (bilingual). “OSU Extension Services Nutrition educators show families how easy it is to eat more fruits and vegetables, by demonstrating how to make a healthy recipe. Participants will receive program information, recipes, a small gift, and a little taste of something super yummy. Fun for the whole family!”

Play Ball with the Portland Pickles”, Saturday, August 6, 12:30PM, Midland Library. “Portland's own baseball team will be visiting our libraries for fun activities and stories about baseball, sports and team spirit.”

International Games Day”, Saturday, August 6, 12:30PM, Midland Library. “Kids and teens will participate in sport competitions while learning about Brazil, the host of the Summer Olympics 2016. Local author Patricia Aguilar Morrissey will present her book 'Magdalena's Picnic' highlighting the Amazon Rain Forest. Then library staff will have special storytimes in different languages reading books about sports and staying active. There will be interactive physical activities, face painting, raffles and prizes.”

Tide Pool Clinics”, Saturday, August 6, 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.”

17th Annual Portland Iranian Festival”, Saturday, August 6, 11AM-6PM, South Park Blocks, 1914 SW Park Ave., at Portland State University. “Live music; food, dessert, and beverages; activities for children and adults; live dance performances; traditional arts and crafts; showcasing of traditional outfits; Iran-related book fair; vendor and business booths; visual art showcase including calligraphy and traditional Persian carpets.”

Nail Art for Mom and Me: Polka Dots”, Saturday, August 6, 2PM, Northwest Library; and Thursday, August 11, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. “It's a date! Grab your mom and head on down to the library for a fun outing. This will be a chance to spend some quality time together and leave with matching polka dot nails that are easy for even the smallest of fingers. All nail polish provided is vegan friendly and free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and parabens.”

Marshmallows in Space”, Saturday, August 6, 10AM, OMSI Watershed Lab. Ages 6-13 with an adult, 14+ without, up to 3 people per ticket. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

3D Printing 101”, Saturday, August 6, 3PM, Holgate Library. “From prosthetics to pizza and organs – 3D printing is all over the news! How does it work? What is being done today with 3D printers? Come see a variety of prints, as well as a printer in action. Bring your questions and thoughts to this open-ended session, and leave with a 3D printed reminder of what you learned!”

Twirly Whirlys”, Saturday, August 6, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist Kathy Karbo. “Create this simple toy with wire, beads and found objects. Watch the beads shimmer and dance as you move it in your hands. Gain experience with needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, hammers and anvils to create your one-of-a-kind toy.”

Exercise Your Mind...Read! Gentle Yoga and Aromatherapy to Retain What You Read”, Saturday, August 6, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Reading for long periods can fatigue the body and strain the eyes. Certified yoga instructor Anastasia Gilliam will demonstrate simple yogic eye exercises to help improve eyesight, memory, concentration and attention span, as well as gentle stretches to counteract the impacts of being sedentary. She will also explain how aromatherapy can help you remember what you read.”

Hip Hop Teen Yoga”, Sunday, August 7, 12:30PM, North Portland Library. “An upbeat community hip hop flow yoga class! This hour long class, which features a soundtrack of hip hop, soul, rhythm and blues and old school jams, is appropriate for all levels of fitness and wellness goals in a challenging, yet relaxing format. Mats not included. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat or towel.”

Guided Kayak Tours at Milo McIver”, Sundays in August, 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: “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.”

Start Here-Game Programming for Teens”, Sunday, August 7, 12PM, Belmont Library; and Tuesday, August 9, 5:30PM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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?” 

Dyslexia 101”, Sunday, August 7, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Dyslexia is invisible and frequently misunderstood, yet it affects up to 20% of the population. Dyslexia 101 informs attendees about this neurobiological learning difference by exploring: early warning signs, causes, treatment and consequences of not providing teacher training or evidence-based instruction for dyslexia in America's public schools and discussion of recent Oregon legislation regarding dyslexia.”

Art of Animation Camp for Teens”, 5 days, Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12, 4PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This animation workshop series is designed to introduce teens to the idea of time-based cartooning. Teens will learn simple techniques and methods to make their own cartoon characters move and show expressions. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic or technique such as character design, paper stop-motion, claymation, and hand-drawn animation. At the end of the series, participants will have a digital animation to show to their friends and family. Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome! For grades 6-12 only.”

Conifers of Mt. Hood”, Monday, August 8, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. All ages. Free. “Our August Ecology Club will be all about the trees! Join us as we discuss the 13 most common conifers in Mt Hood. How many can you name off the top of your head? Gradey Proctor, long time Bark volunteer and co-founder of the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies, will lead us through the basics of conifer identification (ie. bark, needles, and cones), and lead an exploration on the ecology, or lessons of place these native trees have to teach us. For example we can gather clues into what type of disturbance may have occurred in times past, what wildflowers or mushrooms may occur at their feet, and even clues about what kind of forest may move in next! Bring stories of your favorite NW conifers so we can continue to grow our understanding and relationship with these majestic beings!”

Epistolary Writing Workshop”, Monday, August 8, 6:30PM, Parkdale Library. Preregistration required; call 541-387-7060. “Did you know that you can craft almost any literary format from any epistolary source such as letters, diaries or even emails. Such works include “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by S. Chbosky, “Eleven” an epistolary novel in the form of emails by D. Llewellyn and “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by B. Cleary. In this Workshop author Yi Shun Lai will teach you how to source these materials and piece them together to form great, compelling narratives.”

Scratch Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, August 9, 2PM, Sandy Library. “Scratch is a project of the 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 Little League Softball World Series”, Tuesday, August 9 through Wednesday, August 17, Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. “Starting August 9th, the best young athletes from around the world will gather at Alpenrose Dairy in the pursuit of becoming the Little League Softball World Champions. We’re thrilled to be able to host this event for the 23rd consecutive year and hope you can join us for this week long free event!”

Author Talk, “Kelley Roy”, Tuesday, August 9, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Kelley Roy discusses her book, “Portland Made: The Makers of Portland’s Manufacturing Renaissance”. “In 2015, after 5 years of running ADX, Portland's Makerspace, I decided to write a book about Portland's Maker Movement. Why? Because these people, their businesses, their products and the movement itself inspires me. What is the Maker Movement, you ask? It is the legions of artisans and craftspeople and entrepreneurs and doers who are reinventing and reshaping artisanal manufacturing one handmade product at a time. It is the people who are starting businesses, developing products, honing their skills and offering support and sharing tools and knowledge with each other.”

The Relevance and Controversy of Actor Jesse Williams' BET Humanitarian Award Acceptance Speech”, Tuesday, August 9, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “A multi-cultural panel of women will discuss the significance of the actor’s speech, given at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. From ‘Jesse Williams struck a chord with several viewers tuning into the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday when he delivered a powerful and politically charged speech about racism and police brutality while accepting the show’s Humanitarian Award. The Grey’s Anatomy actor and prominent Black Lives Matter activist evoked the name of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer in Cleveland in 2014, and several other black people killed by police or while in police custody. ‘Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday. So, I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich,' Williams said.”

Oregon Shadow Theater Presents, “Doc Chapeau Meets the Gill Man”, Tuesday, August 9, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets given out at 2PM); and Wednesday, August 10, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “Oregon Shadow Theatre tells the story of the marine scientist Doctor Jack Chapeau employing submarines, diving suits, robotics and sonar to make his most amazing discovery: a fantastical creature he calls the Gill Man! Oregon Shadow Theatre's colorful puppets, live music and good humor create an informative and hilarious family entertainment.”

West Linn Historical Society Presents “History is Child's Play!”, Tuesday, August 9, 2PM, West Linn Library. “Explore Native American life with storyteller Jordan Molnar, and discover how plants grown right here in West Linn were used by the Native Americans with Elizabeth Rocchia. Stay for an old Time Photo Booth where children can dress up in early 1900 fashion for photo fun!”

Henna and Bollywood for Teens”, Tuesday, August 9, and Wednesday, August 10, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Watch a Bollywood movie and get a professional Henna design from the artists at Roving Horse Henna.”

Mane Taine Your Natural Hair”, Tuesday, August 9, 6PM, Albina Library. “Your natural hair is beautiful: curly, straight, fine, coarse, short, long, or in between—what does that mean? Whether if you're a woman or a man, or stage you hair is in, you can make it beautiful and chemical free. Let’s look at tips and products for ‘Mane Taineing’ your hair naturally.”

An Introduction to Stargazing”, Wednesday, August 10, 8PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join Jim Higgs from Rose City Astronomers as he talks about how to get started with stargazing and goes over the astronomy basics you need to make the most of looking through your telescope. The introductory talk goes from 8-8:45pm, followed by some stargazing out back of the library with the help of RCA volunteers and telescopes.”

Broadway Rose Theater Teen Workshop Presents, “Pirates of Penzance”, Wednesday, August 10 through Saturday, August 13, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. $10. Free for kids under 2 years on a parent’s lap. “Set sail with one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas. This hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley’s songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an ‘ingenious paradox’ may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of ‘The very model of a modern Major-General’.”

“Tillamook County Fair”, Wednesday, August 10 through Saturday, August 13, 4603 3rd St., Tillamook. For 90 years this fair has featured the Pig-N-Ford Races, involving driving Model T Fords while holding live piglets. Really!

Storyteller Christopher Leebrick”, Wednesday, August 10, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Children and adults throughout the United States enjoy his extensive repertoire of world folk tales, legends, whoppers, and original stories.”

Every Brain Needs Music: Neuroscience, Performance, and Song”, Wednesday, August 10, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. A repeat of a sold out show, so advance tickets are probably a good idea. “Music not only soothes the soul, but it can enhance the brain as well. At this Science on Tap, explore the origins of music, why humans enjoy making and listening to music, and how the brain behaves when we create music. Also, learn how music practice might improve brain development and prevent or limit the effects of aging and brain injury. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman, an OHSU neuroscientist and accomplished pianist who studies normal brain development and neurodegenerative diseases, will combine musical performance, thought-provoking data, and lively discussion. Dr. Sherman is a Professor and Senior Scientist of Neuroscience at OHSU and President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.”

“Doctor Who Needle Felting for Teens”, Wednesday, August 10, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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.

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, August 10, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!”

Author Talk, “Floyd McKay”, Wednesday, August 10, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. Floyd McKay discusses his book, “Reporting the Oregon Story.” As a political reporter, McKay had a front row seat to the transformative two decades for Oregon that began when Tom McCall was elected secretary of state and Bob Straub as state treasurer. McKay covered the policies and politics of 1964-1986 that led our state to become a national leader in environmental and land-use policy, protecting our beaches, rivers, and the Columbia River Gorge. Touted by everyone from Barbara Roberts to Jeff Mapes, Reporting the Oregon Story remembers the action, the players, and the consequences, in a compelling and personal account. Floyd McKay was a prominent political reporter for the Oregon Statesman in Salem and news analyst for KGW-TV in Portland. Known for asking tough questions and pulling no punches, McKay won the DuPont-Columbia Broadcast Award, the ‘Pulitzer Prize of Broadcasting’.”

“Latin American Music and Myths”, Thursday, August 11, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Saturday, August 20, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia 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.”

Exhibition, “Glean”, Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 27, with an opening reception August 11, 6PM-9PM, PNCA/OCAC Bison Building, 421 NE 10th Ave., Pdx. Five artists were given grant money, access to Portland’s dumps, and a challenge to make some unique art with stuff rescued from the landfill. The purpose is to bring attention to the problem of excessive waste generation. The results are often astonishing and always very engaging. Kids will enjoy seeing treasure made from trash! Recommended!

“BUCKAW!”, Thursday, August 11, 2PM, Vancouver Library; and Friday, August 12, 1PM, Goldendale Library. “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.”!buckaw/c1a2m

"Turtles of the Tualatin Basin", Thursday, August 11, 7PM, Fanno Creek Brew Pub, 12562 SW Main St., Tigard.  Free. "Join biologist Jim Holley and learn about the Turtles of the Tualatin Basin. Jim and volunteers have just completed another year of surveying for turtles on the Tualatin River, Fanno Creek, and various ponds and creeks around Washington County. Learn to identify the two native species of turtles and some common non-natives."

Tween Messy Science”, Thursday, August 11, 2PM and 4PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for easy, fun, often messy science experiments!”

Polk County Fair”, Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, 520 S. Pacific Hwy. West, Rickreall.

Nanotechnology: Breakthroughs Enabled by Making Things Small”, Thursday, August 11, 6:30PM, Whirld Pies at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. $5 suggested donation. Presented by David Johnson, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Rosaria P. Haugland Foundation Chair in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Oregon. “Imagine taking gold metal and clear glass and performing alchemy to make them turn into a brilliant red colored stained glass. This and similar transformations were the basis of trade secrets in the middle ages making stained glass. We now know that the only transformation involved is dividing the gold (or other metal) into nano-sized particles dispersed throughout the glass. In this talk, materials scientist David Johnson will describe why the properties of materials change as size is decreased to the nanoscale and why nanoscience and nanotechnology has created such intense interest around the world. New technologies in the market place will be discussed.”

Zipper Jewelry”, Thursday, August 11, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Teens will learn to make zipper jewelry out of upcycled vintage zippers. I’ll bring a collection of colorful zippers and rhinestones to work with. The resulting zipper accessories (hair clips, pins and headbands) are fun to wear and right on trend with this season’s grunge looks. Participants will have time to make several pieces, to keep or give away. I’ll also bring some jewelry making supplies for ambitious crafters to make earrings out of the zipper parts. This program is not just for girls! Guys can make edgy zipper cuffs too”

Teen Cake Decorating Class”, Thursday, August 11, 1PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Ages 13-18. “Learn some beginner level decorating techniques and walk away with tips you can use to begin your cake decorating journey. Practice cake piece will be provided.”

B-Sat: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow”, Thursday, August 11, 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.

Thursday Eve Rambles at Jackson Bottom”, Thursday, August 11, 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.”

Andrew Wyeth: Art for Kids”, Friday, August 12, 1PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online. “Find out fascinating facts about water color artist Andrew Wyeth, then paint your own water color art project based on the style of Andrew Wyeth.”

Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party”, Friday, August 12, 7PM, 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: “The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Friday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch! Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9 p.m. to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The event, sponsored by OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers, the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations, and the summer sky. 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.” All kinds of info about attending a star party here:

Sand Art”, Friday, August 12, 2PM, Cedar Mill Bethany Library. Ages 11-18. “We are bringing the beach to you, well at least the sand. Join us as we make amazing sand art creations!”

Humans vs. Zombies for Teens”, Friday, August 12, 8:30PM (after hours), Newberg Library. “In a Library version of the various games from, come enjoy this fully interactive game held upstairs at the Library in the DARK!”

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch”, Friday, August 12, sunset until 3AM, Saturday, August 13,1602 Observatory Dr., Goldendale, WA. “Every Summer, the famous Perseid Meteor Shower returns, this year peaking on the 12th and 13th of August. Goldendale Observatory will remain open for special hours from Friday evening, August 12th until 3 am, Saturday morning. Moonset occurs at 1:30 am, so over an hour of good viewing darkness is expected. Bring a jacket.”

Zoo Animal Presenters”, Friday, August 12, 10:30AM, Rockwood Library. “The Oregon Zoo is coming to the library! Join Zoo Animal Presenters as they show and tell live zoo animals to library families. Learn fascinating facts about animal adaptation and pet your favorite one! Please join us for this exciting zoo fun!”

Historic Weapons Program: 18th Century Black Powder”, Saturday, August 13, and Saturday, August 27, 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.”

SMART Author Fair”, Saturday, August 13, 12PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. “Join us for the second SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Author Fair, where you can mingle with over a dozen of your favorite children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult authors. Get your books signed, enter to win some fun prizes, and learn more about SMART. Participating authors include April Henry, Lisa Schroeder, Jaime Temairik, Matthew Holm, Graham Salisbury, Cathy Camper, Paula Stokes, Jennifer Bosworth, and Mary Elizabeth Summer.”

Comics and Graphic Novels”, Saturday, August 13, 7PM, , Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. $20 adults, free for an accompanying child under 18. Preregistration required; register online: “Winners of the coveted Eisner Award, Author Paul Tobin and wife, Colleen Coover, will share their experiences working on comics and graphic novels. The two are famous for their many works published through Dark Horse, Marvel, DC Comics, Top Shelf, and Fantagraphics, including their ongoing series Bandette. His most recent debut, How to Capture an Invisible Cat, shows how two very different friends can put their heads together to solve any problem, no matter how unbelievable. This story will have readers in stitches as they race through a tale of international criminal organizations, mind-blowing gadgets, survival, invisible cats, and friendship. Meet the authors at an afternoon book signing at Waucoma Bookstore, and then spend the evening with CCA as we talk creativity, process, life, comics, and wacky gadgets with the duo.”

Battle of Snoqualmie”, Saturday, August 13, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 14, 9AM-3PM, North Bend, WA. Admission for both days $10 adult, $7 active military, $5 youth 11-18 and free for ages 10 and under. “Experience for yourself the most turbulent times our country has ever endured - the American Civil War. Hear the crash and boom of the artillery. Feel the weight of the rifles and packs that the soldiers carried. Meet the fine ladies in their gorgeous dresses. Watch as battles are reenacted, and honor the 700,000 Americans who died as a result of the war. All this at the Battle of Snoqualmie in the beautiful Cascade mountains, just a short drive from Seattle and Tacoma.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “Want to get to know the cemetery better? Take one of our monthly tours. Tours highlight Portland’s founders and regionally-known pioneers.”

Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest”, Saturday, August 13, SW 51st St., Lincoln City. Registration at 11AM, judging at 3:30PM. Free to watch, participating costs 1 can of food per participant for the Lincoln City Food Pantry. “Join in the fun at the Annual Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City. Compete or just take it all in as original creations rise out of the sand right before your eyes.” Details here:

Northwest Fossil Fest”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Free. The focus this year is on fossil teeth. “NARG is sponsoring a free event for families to learn about fossils, fossil collecting, preparation, identification, and display. There will be informative displays, demonstrations, and educational activities for children. Lectures are scheduled on fossil teeth, fossil assemblages of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the latest in recent fossil discoveries in the Pacific Northwest.”

Salem Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM-5PM, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, 116 Marion St NE, Salem. $10. “The Salem Mini Maker Faire is a chance for Salem to celebrate its local makers. It is an all-ages gathering for anyone interested in seeing science, technology, and engineering utilized for creative projects and performances. Salem Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of what people are passionate about. At the Gilbert House our mission is inspiring children to learn through creative play. Maker Faire extends that mission perfectly; inspiring creativity in everyone who sees what Makers have created through their own ingenuity. It builds understanding through education as Makers share their creative process. It creates confidence as visitors discover their own capabilities through hands-on experience. It encourages exploration of diverse interests. Most of all, it brings together our community.”

Vortex Concert and Celebration”, Saturday, August 13, 3PM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada. Vortex Meadow with parking at Riverbend Day Use Area. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. All ages. “Remember "Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life" held at Milo McIver State Park in 1970? Join us for a 46th anniversary event in the Park. Lloyd Jones, who played at the original Vortex I, as a member of Brown Sugar, returns to the stage with an opening act from Jon Koonce. The celebration also includes family friendly activities such as hula hooping, giant bubble making, and face painting. There will be a historical photography exhibit, interpretive displays, a historical walking tour with Matt Love, Vortex historian and author of The Far Out Story of Vortex I, and a ‘Best of Vortex’ story contest. Have a photograph from the original event you’d like included in the archives? Bring it, and we’ll scan it on the spot and return it to you. This year will have a special commemoration of Dr. Cameron Bangs, lead doctor to participants at the original festival. Joe Daddy’s BBQ will be on site with a variety of food options. Attendees can also bring their own food and beverages, including alcoholic beverages. Event takes place in the Vortex Meadow, a shuttle will run every 15 minutes from Riverdale Day Use Area starting at 2:30PM.”

8th Infantry, California Volunteers”, Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, Fort Stevens Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The first soldiers to make Fort Stevens their home were the newly trained men of the 8th Infantry, California Volunteers. They made the best of their isolated outpost on the Columbia River. See first hand what a Civil War camp looked like at the new fort. These dedicated reenactors bring the past to life with drills, demonstrations, and camp life.”

Knit-Out and Crochet 2016”, Saturday, August 13, 11AM, Tigard Library. All ages. “Learn something new or brush up on rusty skills in a supportive group of experienced knitters and crocheters. Members of the Tigard Knitting Guild and the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America will provide instruction, yarn and needles. View displays of crocheted and knitted items for inspiration and enter to win door prizes.”

10th Annual Iranian Festival”, Saturday, August 13, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “The Iranian Festival is a great way for members of the Iranian and Iranian-American community to showcase and demonstrate their best, latest products, services, art, and other activities to the public. This one-day event features live music, cultural dances, authentic food, and a talent competition, attracting thousands of Iranians, Iranian-Americans and non-Iranians each year. We are excited to invite you to join the biggest Iranian gathering of the year with super special guests, Mr. Hossein Amanat (Architect of the iconic Azadi Tower)! and THE guru of Iranian cooking, Ms. Najmieh Batmanglij! Headlining performances by Vancouver Pars National Ballet and Rahim Shahryari. You don't want to miss this amazing, free cultural event.”

Harvest Fest”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM-4PM, And Sunday, August 14, 12PM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under. “Threshing, binding and bailing oats using vintage farm equipment, horses and mules. “Parade of Power” tractor parade at 1PM each day. Museum tours, working sawmill and blacksmith shops, stagecoach rides, pioneer kids’ activities, pedal tractors and petting animals, agricultural and historical displays, photos, quilts and local authors. United Veterans Homor Guard flag raising ceremony 10AM Saturday. Music, food and family fun!”

Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM, Tualatin Library. Preregistration required; email Margaret Gunther at 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.”

Port of Portland’s Seaport Celebration”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM-4PM, Marine Terminal 2, 3556 NW Front Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join the fun on the waterfront at the family-friendly event of the summer! The Port of Portland’s Terminal 2 will open up for a unique opportunity to go inside the fences of a working marine terminal, normally closed to the public. Best of all, parking and admission are free! Experience Portland’s thriving working harbor by jumping on a jet boat ride, or throw on a helmet and try your hand at welding. Enjoy interactive booths from harbor businesses. From great musicians and delicious food, to thrilling activities for all ages, Seaport Celebration is the event not to be missed!”

Kelley Point Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, August 13, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Two major rivers, the Columbia and Willamette, meet at Kelley Point Park and that makes it an ideal place for you to meet the some of Portland’s wildlife. Expert naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you as you explore this historic area once explored by Lewis and Clark. Within this 104-acre riparian area, tall cottonwood groves invite neo-tropical migrants, the open water of the rivers host cormorants and waterfowl, grassy meadows and snowberry briars provide foraging spots for sparrows and goldfinches.”

Delicious Homemade Soda”, Saturday, August 13, 2PM, Rockwood Library. Registration required; register online: “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.”

Soap Making”, Saturday, August 13, 10AM, OMSI Chemistry Lab. Suggested for ages 10 and up. $18. One ticket per batch; maximum 3 people per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. General Admission is not included in the price of admission.”

Northwest Comic Fest”, Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem. “Northwest Comic Festival is kicking off the 2nd annual Northwest Comic Fest in Salem, Oregon August 13th and 14th, 2016. This year our focus is on the Comics and Writers, the life blood of comics and our pop culture. Just as last year, Northwest Comic Fest is more than simply Comic Con, with an emphasis on the physical aspects of pop-culture with performances, tutorials, panels, and more. Of course, we know the importance of gaming, crafts, and cosplay. Wait ‘til you see what’s in store. We want to provide families, fans and soon-to-be-fans a place to come together and celebrate what they love. This isn’t a Comic Con; This is a celebration that defines Comic/Pop/Geek-culture Fest.”

Oregon Miniature Aircraft Squadron Airshow”, Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 10AM-3PM, OMAS Flying Field, 46100 NW Strohmayer Rd., Forest Grove. $6 parking per vehicle; $1 off with nonperishable food donation. “OMAS is a friendly, radio controlled model airplane club, situated a few miles west of Hillsboro and north of Forest Grove Oregon. The aim of the club is to promote the sport of Model Flying. This is achieved by encouraging people of all ages to experience the thrills and excitement of Radio Controlled Model Flying. With a paved runway and a 5 acre pond for float flying or rc boating this club has more to offer than any surrounding radio control clubs, add to this a park like setting the whole family can enjoy a day at the flying field.”

India Festival”, Sunday, August 14, 11AM-9PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Pdx. Free. “The festival brings over 10,000 visitors to Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, and never fails to delight with live music, dance, food and entertainment throughout the day! We truly believe that the festival encompasses the tastes, sights, and sounds of India.”

Tigard's Historic Main Street Walking Tour”, Sunday, August 14, 11AM, leaving from Tigard Farmer’s Market, 8777 SW Burnham St., Tigard. “Explore the history of Main Street! Learn about the people, businesses and events that shaped downtown Tigard. Tour is roughly one mile long and will last about one hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and sun protection. Seating provided at some points on tour.”

Concert, “Al-Andalus Ensemble”, Sunday, August 14, 7PM, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., Pdx. Free. “The Al-Andalus Ensemble pursues a singular artistic vision that reminds us that the intricate interplay of diverse voices are the geography of cultural harmony. Al Andalus was a time when Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence (Spain 711-1492). Recent awards include the VOX Pop Award for ‘Best Contemporary Classical Album’ and the Peoples Grammy Award for ‘Best World Music Song’ (selected from 560,000 entries from 163 countries).”

Wapato Island Wild Food Expedition”, Sunday, August 14, 8:30AM, Sauvie Island. Preregistration required; cost and registration details here: Lead by local treasure Dr. John Kallas. “We’ll investigate wild foods from marshes, fields, and woods — including wapato or Indian potato, elderberry, wild cherry, and many other plants. This island was originally called Wapato Island by the Lewis and Clark expedition for its abundance of the plant. Wild blackberries should be ripe for picking while we are there, so bring some gathering containers if you wish to pick them after the workshop.”

Traditional Technologies Day”, Sunday, August 14, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. Free with $3 parking. 12PM- Bird Language for Beginners 2PM- A Walk through the Oaks. “Carving, weaving, and Native art design demonstrations with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Lifeways students. Natural paints and pigments; Chinuk Wawa language; atlatl throwing and archery; friction fire and flintknapping, cordage making and ethnobotany.

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

Ice Age Floods”, Sunday, August 14, 1:15PM, Tualatin Library. “Join us for a free lecture by Rick Thompson, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute in partnership with the Tualatin Heritage Center. Hear of recent inclusions for Tualatin, concerning the National Ice Age Trail as well as an explanation of the Tualatin landscape, due to the Floods.”

Opening Celebration, “Comic City USA”, Sunday, August 14, 12PM-4PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Celebrate our state's comic artists and writers at the opening of our latest original exhibition, Comic City, USA. Discover thirteen of Oregon’s most influential comic artists, and learn more about this compelling art form through this interactive display. OHS is thrilled to host members of the Portland Superheroes Coalition who will be available from 12pm – 3pm so you can get a photo op with your favorite superhero. Stick around for a very special Second Sunday event at 2pm, where two of Comic City, USA’s featured artists, Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, will give a presentation on how comics have evolved from ‘geek to chic.’ Admission is free all day – don’t miss this super-powered Sunday!”

8th Annual Helvetia Culture Fest”, Sunday, August 14, 1PM-5PM, Pacific Crest Alpacas barn, 12995 NW Bishop Road, Hillsboro. $18 per person 18 and older, free for ages 17 and under. “Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in beautiful Helvetia as the local community celebrates its diverse cultural heritage. The working barn, with its custom-crafted, stained-glass windows, offers stunning views of the Tualatin Valley. The Helvetia Culture Fest showcases the performing arts of ancestral inhabitants of the Helvetia area: the Tualatins (the original Native inhabitants) and the Swiss-German settlers who came to the area in the 1870s. The latter named this area “Helvetia” (‘Switzerland’ in Latin) because the rolling hills and productive farmland reminded them of their native country.”

LEGO Building Challenge for Homeschoolers”, Monday, August 15, 1PM, Beaverton Library. All ages. “Homeschool families, join us for LEGO building challenges!”

Minute to Win It”, Monday, August 15, 2PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 3-7. “Ten challenges using household items. 60 seconds on the clock. Fabulous prizes on the line.”

Lego Robotics: Robo Pets Camp for Teens”, 5 days, Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Like Legos? Like robots and pets? Combine those together and you get a Robo Pet. Come to the camp and build a robotic pet using the LEGO Mindstorms® system. Construct your pet and program it to move and walk. Make full use of light and touch sensors to make the interaction with the pets as realistic as possible.”

Earthquake Preparedness”, Monday, August 15, 6PM, Northwest Library; and Tuesday, August 23, 6PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store it.”

Author Talk, “James Campbell”, Monday, August 15, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. James Campbell discusses his book, “Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild”. Campbell will be joined at the event by his daughter, Aidan. “The powerful and affirming story of a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their traplines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite windchills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Under the supervision of Edna, Heimo’s Yupik Eskimo wife, Aidan grew more confident in the woods. Campbell knew that in traditional Eskimo cultures, some daughters earned a rite of passage usually reserved for young men. So he decided to take Aidan back to Alaska one final time before she left home. It would be their third and most ambitious trip, backpacking over Alaska’s Brooks Range to the headwaters of the mighty Hulahula River, where they would assemble a folding canoe and paddle to the Arctic Ocean. The journey would test them, and their relationship, in one of the planet’s most remote places: a land of wolves, musk oxen, Dall sheep, golden eagles, and polar bears. At turns poignant and humorous, Braving It is an ode to America’s disappearing wilderness and a profound meditation on what it means for a child to grow up—and a parent to finally, fully let go.”

180 Photography Camp for Teens”, 5 sessions, Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Take pictures and edit it like what you see in magazines and on the web. Learn the basics of camera operation using cameras provided in this program. Participants will learn the technique for shooting and stitching horizontal and vertical panoramas. Then edit and perfect your images for print using Gimp 2.8 or Photoshop. No equipment or experience necessary.”

Mexican Dancing Horse”, Monday, August 15, 11AM, Battle Ground Library. “Come meet Miguel and his beautiful Azteca dancing horse, Diamante! Learn about the famous ‘Dancing Horses of Mexico’ from trainer Miguel Gomez of Farm Hill Equestrian Center. He will talk about horsemanship, training, and give a demonstration of this beautiful dressage art form.”

en Taiko”, Tuesday, August 16, 2PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood; Wednesday, August 17, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library, Clark and Lewis rooms upstairs; Thursday, August 18, 6:30PM, Beaverton Murray Schools Library; “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!”

Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo”, Tuesday, August 16 through Sunday, August 21, 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby.

South Downtown 1912 Walking Tour”, Tuesday, August 16, 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.” The Tuesday Farmer’s Market will also be taking place from 5-8:30PM downtown with live music and lots of food vendors. 

Seed Saving”, Tuesday, August 16, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “If left to themselves plants will drop some of their fruit and plant themselves for the coming year. Seed saving replicates this natural process and it's not too hard. Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Cindy Manselle will show you how easy it is to save the seeds of your favorite plants with a hands on class to get you started this year!”

Concert, “Picante Latin Jazz”, Tuesday, August 16, 6PM, Bethany Fountain, NW Bethany Blvd. and NW Central Dr. “Enjoy hot Latin rhythms from one of Portland's premier Afro-Cuban jazz bands.”

Hemsley Winfield: First African-American Modern Dancer”, Tuesday, August 16, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Dr. Nelson Neal will enlighten the audience with a presentation on Hemsley Winfield. Hemsley Winfield was a contemporary of the pioneering, first generation of American modern dancers, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman and Helen Tamiris. He and his modern dance company, The New Negro Art Theatre Dance Group, performed throughout New York City from 1931 to 1934. Winfield was also the first Negro to be contracted by the Metropolitan Opera when he danced the role of the Congo Witch Doctor in The Emperor Jones opera in 1933. Unfortunately, Hemsley Winfield did not have as lengthy a career as the other modern dancers because he died of pneumonia on January 15, 1934 at the age of 26 years and 9 months.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Presents: Knuffle Bunny on the Lawn”, Tuesday, August 16, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a free performance of ‘Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical’ on the library lawn. Summer Reading Program finishers are invited to a pre-show party at 6 p.m.”

Tales of the Great Outdoors Storytelling Picnic with The Oregon Tellers”, Tuesday, August 16, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center lawn, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Bring your own picnic and enjoy a beautiful summer day with The Oregon Tellers—Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke—as they spin al fresco tales of adventures in story and song. This comedic duo will entertain you with tall tales and true stories of the Pacific Northwest, including some award-winning lies and a ghost story or two! A refreshing beverage will be provided, but bring your own snacks and lawn chair or blanket.”

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Tuesday, August 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library; and Thursday, August 25, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside. Adam Sawyer discusses his book, “Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon”. “Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike, paddle, or bike ride? ‘Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon’ details nearly forty of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour’s drive from the Portland, Oregon, area. This book is perfect for the urban and suburbanite who may be hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home.”

Ask Anything! About Gadgets”, Wednesday, August 17, 6:30PM, Tigard Library. “ Attend an open session to get answers to technology questions about using your gadget. Want to know about settings? Apps? Downloads and file management? Bring in your tablet, phone, laptop, or other digital gadgets along with your questions! The library will also have some devices available for practice.”

Bat Chat on Sauvie Island”, Wednesday, August 17, 7:15PM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Sign up for a free night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Wapato State Greenway. We will talk about our local bat species and the amazing adaptations that allow them to survive while we walk through the park, ending at the viewing platform. Once at the platform, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector.”

A History of Gardening in Portland”, Wednesday, August 17, 7PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6702 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $5. Advance tickets required: “The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present an original glass lantern slide show on the history of twentieth century gardens told through the lens of the Portland Garden Club (PGC). These slides were created locally by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the PGC—many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time including the Kerr gardens and the Frank and Meier Estates. All slides have been delicately colored by hand and will be screened using an original lantern slide projector ca. 1940. Original narration courtesy Suzanne Bishop (PGC).”

Paper Marbling”, Wednesday, August 17, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $30. Preregistration required; register online: “Looking to make journals with marbled covers, or cards that look like they fell out of an 19th century novel? Learn to marble your own paper! Transform a simple piece of paper into a flourishing design using water and ink in this paper marbling workshop.”

Knights of Veritas”, Wednesday, August 17, 1PM, Gresham Library; Saturday,. August 20, 2PM, Albina Library; and Sunday, August 28, 3PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM). “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.”

19th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni Potluck Picnic”, Wednesday, August 17, 11AM, Longbow Organization Camp near Sweet Home. Free. All ages. “Join us in honoring the camaraderie and workmanship of the CCC Longbow Organization. This event is open to the public, including families of CCC members and anyone interested in learning about CCC history. Feel free to bring photos, news clippings and other CCC memorabilia to share. Historic Longbow Organization Camp is located 23 miles east of Sweet Home off Hwy 20 (near milepost 46); turn right onto Gordon Road and continue for 3 miles (follow the signs). Table service and beverages will be provided. It’s suggested that participants bring a dish to share. Those with a last name beginning with: A-H bring a hot dish I-P bring a salad Q-Z bring a dessert. For more information and to make transportation reservations call the Sweet Home Ranger District at 541-367-5168.”

Folktale Puppetry Workshop”, 3 days, Wednesday, August 17 through Friday, August 19, 2PM, Hood River Library. Ages 7-11. Preregistration required; call 541-387-7061. Presented by actress/director Sullivan Mackintosh. “Create your own puppets and perform a show of famous folktales. Please be prepared to commit to all three days.”

Reading the Landscape”, Wednesday, August 17, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. Free. “Learn how to be a nature detective! We'll show you how to see clues in the natural world around you that tell you about the weather, animals, and geology of the site. We'll even play a game of ‘Wildlife CSI’! 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!”!guided-hikes/pez92

Broadway Rose Theatre Presents, “The Jungle Book”, Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20, Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. $10. Free for kids under 2 on a parent’s lap. “A Children’s Musical Production. Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves, wants to stay in the jungle, but his wolf parents fear for his safety and want him to rejoin the man-village. Come share in the adventures with Mowgli and his friend Baloo the bear as they outsmart monkeys, vultures, and Shere Kahn, the man-hating, boy-eating, tiger!”

Concert, “Bluegrass Banjo with Tommi Poelstra”, Thursday, August 18, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. “Join us for an entertaining evening of bluegrass banjo and guitar accompaniment.”

Twilight Thursday at Smith and Bybee”, Thursday, August 18, 7PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $6 per person or $11 per family. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “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 Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area to explore the magical space between day and night.”

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, August 18, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.” If you’re a fan, this event is a must! 

Author Talk, “Sarah Jaffe”, Thursday, August 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Sarah Jaffe discusses her book, “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt”. Jaffe will be joined in conversation by Matt Bors, editorial cartoonist and editor of online comics for The Nib. “We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political engagement and social activism. Pundits once fretted about Americans’ apathy, but in the last few years we’ve seen uprisings and protests across the country: the growth of the Tea Party, the successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders. In ‘Necessary Trouble’, journalist Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans from Seattle to St. Louis to Atlanta become activists. As Jaffe shows, Americans, regardless of political alignment, are boldly challenging who wields power in this country. They are poised to permanently remake politics as we know it—and in many cases, they already have.”

“Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, August 18, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

Mad Science Presents, “Where’s the Water, Watson?”, Friday, August 19, 3PM, Rockwood Library. “Join our Mad Scientist and his detective assistant, Watson the flea, to explore the unique and magical attributes using the water cycle. Telling the water cycle story using music, interactive engagement, visual imagery and repetition will both entertain and educate our youngest audience members. From evaporation to condensation, to precipitation, to collection and back to evaporation … experience the cycle right there on stage!”

“Military Vehicle Collectors' Displays”, Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21, Fort Stevens Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “This is the weekend that military vehicle enthusiasts wait for each year. Several regional vehicle clubs come together to show off their lovingly restored jeeps, trucks, weapons, etc. Talk with experts on military wheeled and track vehicles, or sit behind the wheel of a period jeep for a photo. Clubs represented are the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, Central Coast Military Vehicle Group, and Friends of Willie and Joe.”

Theatre in the Grove Presents “Spamalot”, Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 28, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $5. Youth production. “A wonderful summer of family fun with some amazingly talented kids.”

Light Opera of Portland Presents “Iolanthe”, Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 28, Alpenrose Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 youth 17 and under. “The Queen of the Fairies has banished Iolanthe from fairyland because she married a mortal; this is forbidden by fairy law. Her son, Strephon, is an Arcadian shepherd who wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. All the members of the House of Peers also want to marry Phyllis. When Phyllis sees Strephon hugging a young woman (not knowing that it is his mother – immortal fairies all appear young), she assumes the worst and sets off a climactic confrontation between the peers and the fairies.”

Streamside Rock Hounding”, Friday, August 19, departing at 9AM from Sweet Home Ranger District, Sweet Home, OR. $10. Moderate. 2 miles. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the origin and identification of river rocks. Includes hiking on unmaintained trails and bending while collecting rocks. This hike leaves from the Sweet Home Ranger District office at scheduled time (9:00AM). Please come prepared for a day on the river, including good footwear for wading, lunch, water. If you have it, then bring along a rock identification book, rock hammer, and hand lens.”

Pacific Crest Trail Days”, Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21, Marine Park, Cascade Locks. “Don’t miss the 10th annual Pacific Crest Trail Days, where you can check out the latest outdoor recreation gear from exhibiting sponsors, participate in free classes and activities, win awesome products at the raffles, enjoy local food and beverages, participate in a trail work party, spend the weekend camping under the stars, and enjoy the beautiful setting in the Marine Park of Cascade Locks, Oregon. PCT Days is family-friendly and free to attend, with a small fee for overnight camping on Thunder Island. All raffle proceeds are donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West. Don’t miss out on being a part of a great time for a great cause!”

Subs on the Slough”, Friday, August 19, 11:30AM, Columbia Slough Trailhead, 16650 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour. Learn about protecting Portland’s underground drinking water source in the Columbia Slough Watershed, and view the solar array that helps off-set the Portland Water Bureau’s energy needs. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail.”

Kayak Tours at Rooster Rock”, Friday, August 19, 7PM, and Sunday, August 28, 9AM, Rooster Rock State Park. Ages 8 and up. $15 per person plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; call 800-452-5687 M-F 8-5. “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.”

Recycled Papermaking”, Friday, August 19, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $35. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Autumn Shorebirds”, Friday, August 19, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 (optional field trips are extra). Preregistration required; register online: “The southbound shorebird migration begins early and goes late, from July to October, with changes every week. Fall begins with adult birds that sport worn plumage arriving in the Northwest as early as July. Juveniles follow weeks later and increase numbers and diversity. Join local author and guide John Rakestraw for an evening class to learn how to identify these long-distance migrants, and then choose from two field trips to practice your skills in the field.”

European Paper Crafts”, Saturday, August 20, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Presented by artist Daniela Mahoney. “Participants will learn how to use paper to create traditional paper crafts representative of Poland and Denmark. You will learn how to make Polish ‘Wycinanki’ (folding and cutting stars and people) and Danish hearts through cutting and weaving.”

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

32nd Annual Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days”, Saturday, August 20, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, August 21, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73341 E. Highway 26, Rhododendron, behind the Still Creek Inn. Free admission and parking. “1840’s Oregon Trail emigrant Samuel Welch founded the Village of Welches in the western foothills of Mount Hood in 1880. By 1890 he had modified his two-story farmhouse at the Welch Ranch into a hotel to go along with the campground he had built two years earlier. To celebrate, he decided to hold an annual festival to celebrate the birth of tourism on this Mountain that the Native Americans called Wy’East. This pioneer celebration survived up until the realities of the Great Depression in the 1930’s forced it to come to an abrupt halt. Then, 32 years ago, the Cascade Geographic Society revived it and started out with a table in a parking lot trying to get people to remember this Mountain’s great heritage. Today, we are celebrating our Thirty-Second Anniversary. One of the highlights is the World’s Record-Breaking Watermelon Launch (Saturday afternoon), where catapults and other uniquely-designed contraptions launch watermelons and other produce into outer space. There are lots of delicious Huckleberry, Huckleberry jams and sauces and a selection of other Wild Berry jams, even fresh Huckleberries, not to mention Huckleberry Coffee. There's a Native American Salmon bake, Native American storytelling, flute music and drumming, a Huckleberry Ceremony, and much, much more, including Great Northwest Music featuring incredible singer-songwriters all day long.”

Family History Day”, Saturday, August 20, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Gather with local historians for an ice cream social and informative discussion. Find out where the local homesteads were and how your family fits into the rich history of our region. Farm opens up at 11:00, and the gathering (and ice cream) starts at 1:00. Farm closes at 4:00.”

Forest Park Hike”, Saturday, August 20, meeting at 8AM at KEEN Garage, 505 NW 13th Ave. Preregistration required; register online: “Join The Forest Park Conservancy and KEEN as we take you on a guided walk to explore Forest Park! We will learn about the history and ecology that makes Forest Park so special as we go on a moderate, 4 mile hike. We'll be meeting at the KEEN Garage in the Pearl and KEEN will take us to the park via their sprinter van! The hike will be a ‘lasso’ style loop hike on Firelane 15, including sections of BPA road and the Wildwood trail.”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, August 20, 10AM, OMSI. $10. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants are led through the anatomy of the cow eye while finding out how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow–up to Squid Dissection. It is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to Cow Eye Dissection. One cow eye per ticket, maximum two people per cow eye. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Oaks Bottom Bird Walk”, Saturday, August 20, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454. “Portland is known as a livable city but fish and wildlife find it livable too thanks to places like Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge! Join expert naturalist Elaine Murphy as she takes you on a free bird walk through Portland’s own urban wildlife refuge. Its location at the base of Oaks Bluff and next to the Willamette River’s Holgate Slough and Ross Island result in rich and varied habitat: uplands, wetland, riparian, and open water. And that means great bird watching!”

Intro to Kayaking”, Saturday, August 20, 2PM, Molalla Library Conference Room. “Basic introduction to white water kayaking.”

Champoeg Barn Dance”, Saturday, August 20, 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.”

Jade District Night Market”, Saturday, August 20, and Saturday, August 27, 5PM-8PM, Portland Community College SE Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. “2016 marks the third year for the annual Jade International Night Market! Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland's biggest events. Last year the night market drew nearly 20,000 people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups. Join us for the Jade International Night Market for international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland.”

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

Pompeii and Herculaneum”, Saturday, August 20, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Dr. Roy Torley takes you on a tour of two cities that vanished in a volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius almost 2000 years ago. Learn how these cities’ citizens lived and how those lives were suddenly frozen in time. New archeological discoveries provide a mirror into a civilization buried and forgotten over the centuries, but still being uncovered today. Great for ages 10-110!”

Polynesian Festival”, Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Join us at the Polynesian Festival at our Beaverton store for live performances, local island foods, hula and eating contests.”

Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features Field Trip”, Saturday, August 20, Richland, WA. Details here:

Fantastic Fishes”, Saturday, August 20, 9AM-1PM, University of Washington Marine Sciences Building, 1501 NE Boat St., Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth 5-18, and free for children 4 and under. Fantastic Fishes admission also includes admission to the Burke Museum. Dive into the Burke’s ichthyology collections at this brand new fish event! Enjoy the summer weather on Portage Bay at the University of Washington’s Marine Sciences Building during a fun-filled day celebrating all things with gills and fins! Climb aboard the research vessel Clifford A. Barnes. Tour the Burke’s ichthyology collection and UW Oceanography’s tide models. Uncover the mysteries of the deep with deep-sea fish specimens. See Seagliders and discover how these underwater vehicles measure the ocean. Check out sharks, rays and skates. Discover the kinds of fish that live in the Puget Sound. Find out how to take care of fish with home aquarium enthusiasts. Come see the finished Angyaaq—a traditional open-boat from Alaska—previously being made during the Burke’s 2015 Maker:Market exhibit. Make fishy-inspired crafts, And more! Ichthyology collection and tide model tours are on a first-come, first-served basis through a sign-up sheet at the entrance to Fantastic Fishes. Tour times: 9:30 am, 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm and 12:30 pm.”

No-Sew Pillows”, Saturday, August 20, 3PM, Rockwood Library. “Chill out and read your favorite book on your very own no-sew pillow! Making soft pillows is quick and easy. What's the secret? Knots! In this 2-hour workshop, teens will transform two flat pieces of fleece into 3-D super-soft pillows. Puppetkabob will show participants how to tie a variety of shapes making the pillows super unique, functional and gift worthy!”

In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild”, Saturday, August 20 through Thursday, September 1, 7PM, various locations. Free. Advance tickets required; get free tickets online: “In a Landscape is a WPA-inspired piano and chamber music project that brings classical music into the wild. Venues are chosen for theatrical impact over acoustic perfection: Forests, fields and riverbanks replace staid concert halls. Modeled after the trending ‘silent disco,’ In a Landscape uses the latest wireless headphone technology to offer personal surround sound in acoustically challenged spaces. Nine performances of In a Landscape will take place summer 2016 at select parks and WPA sites in all Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County. Hunter Noack and special guests will perform music of Chopin, Schubert, Ravel, Bloch, and Copland interspersed with text by Opal Whitely, Hilda Conkling, Walt Whitman, and William Stafford at venues including Vista House, Hoyt Arboretum, and Timberline Lodge.” 

PDX Adult Soap Box Derby”, Saturday, August 20, 9:30AM-4ish, Mt. Tabor, Pdx. Free to watch. “Once a year a brave group of racers convene on the daunting slopes of Mt. Tabor to test their metal to their mettle. These pages are dedicated to all those who have spilled their blood, or even worse, spilled their beer. We thank the community and our beloved volcano for allowing us to tickle her spine.”

Simon Benson: Lumber King, Civic Leader, Visionary”, Sunday, August 21, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Simon Benson was a poor Norwegian immigrant whose life was a cross-section of Oregon's development. He revolutionized the state's logging industry, pioneered steam power and invented huge seagoing log rafts. He led the movement to build good roads and was first Chair of the Oregon State Highway Commission. Multnomah Falls, Portland's iconic "Benson Bubbler" fountains, Benson High School and Benson Hotel are some of the priceless gifts he bestowed on his adopted city and state. Author, filmmaker and historian Sig Unander tells how this humble woodsman overcame daunting challenges to become Oregon's Lumber King, then worked just as diligently as a public servant and philanthropist.”

BrasilFest”, Sunday, August 21, 12PM-7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about this varied culture.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, August 21, 10AM, OMSI. $10. “Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Concert, “Sunset Traffic Jam”, Sunday, August 21, 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.”

Author Talk, “William Ritter”, Tuesday, August 23, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Oregon writer William Ritter discusses his YA book, “Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel", 3rd in the bestselling series. “Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder--her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced. Ghostly Echoes, the third installment in the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series, features its much-loved quirky, courageous characters and sly humor in the scariest and most exciting volume yet.”

Study Skills Workshop: Bring Your Own Binder”, Wednesday, August 24, 5PM, Tigard Library. Grades 6-9. “If you’re starting middle or high school, you can improve your study skills. Bring your own binder and school supplies, and we’ll help you get organized. Teachers from the Huntington Learning Center will share their expertise to help you be a successful student.”

Coptic Stitch and Stab Binding”, Wednesday, August 24, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $30. Preregistration required; register online: “Coptic Stitch Book Arts Workshop. Come spend the evening learning how to bind your very own coptic stitch sketchbook. All tools, paper, and book board needed will be supplied and you will walk home with a 4.25x5.5in book and the skills to make more!”

Author Talk, “D.L. Mayfield”, Wednesday, August 24, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. D. L. Mayfield discusses her book, “Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith”. “From childhood, D.L. Mayfield longed to be a missionary, so she was thrilled when the opportunity arose to work with a group of Somali Bantu refugees in her hometown of Portland, OR. As the days, months, and years went by, her hopeful enthusiasm began to wear off, her faith became challenged, and the real work of learning to love and serve her neighbors grew harder, deeper, and more complex. She writes: ‘The more I failed to communicate the love of God to my refugee friends, the more I experienced it for myself. The more overwhelmed I felt as I became involved in the myriads of problems facing my friends who experience poverty in America, the less pressure I felt to attain success or wealth or prestige. And the more my world started to expand at the edges of my periphery, the more it became clear that life was more beautiful and more terrible than I had been told.’ In this collection of stunning and surprising essays, Mayfield invites readers to reconsider their concepts of justice, love, and reimagine being a citizen of this world and the upside-down kingdom of God.”

Drawing Mandalas: An Art of Meditation”, Wednesday, August 24, 1PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Ages 8-15. $30. Some supplies included and some should be brought. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to draw a mandala for fun or for meditation purposes! Drawing and coloring is relaxing and stimulates both hemispheres of the brain. Experience this mindful process of creating a wonderful masterpiece.”

Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event”, Wednesday, August 24, 8PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., Pdx. “Twice a year in February and August The Crystal Ballroom plays host to a dynamic fashion show where each designer is encouraged to think outside the box regarding their runway presentation. Fade to Light aims to not just be a fashion show, but to be an experience that leaves the viewer with a solid understanding of each designer and the collections being shown. Fade to Light routinely showcases the work of both established and emerging designers within the Portland fashion community, including Project Runway winners and alums and graduates from The Art Institute of Portland and Portland Fashion Institute.”!current-show/cb3i

The Chinese in Oregon and the Chinese Exclusion Act”, Wednesday, August 24, 7PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 adults, $4 seniors, youth, and active military. “The Chinese Exclusion Act restricted Chinese from immigrating to the United States from 1882-1943. The National Archives branch in Seattle holds thousands of Chinese Exclusion Act files on the Chinese living in Oregon. Patricia Hackett Nicola, who has been working as a volunteer with the Chinese Exclusion Act files in Seattle since 2001, will present documents found in select files, the history of the Act, and how to access the files. This program is made possible by the Oregon Historical Society, who invites you to visit their 2016 exhibits on Chinese history in the United States and Oregon.”

Night of Speed: Race Like a Professional!”, Thursday, August 25, 5:30PM-10PM, World of Speed, 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville. $20 for participants and $5 for spectators. Preregistration required; register online:  “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.

Author Talk, “John Brant”, Thursday, August 25, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. John Brant discusses his book, “The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon.” “This is the inspirational true story of the Ugandan boy soldier who became a world-renowned runner, then found his calling as director of a world-renowned African children’s charity. It’s a journey that takes a barefoot twelve-year-old boy from a village in northern Uganda to the rebel camp of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army, where he was made a boy soldier, and then, miraculously, to a career as one of the world’s foremost middle-distance runners. But when a devastating tragedy prevents Julius from pursuing the gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he is once again set adrift and forced to forge a new path for himself, finally finding his true calling as an internationally recognized humanitarian. Today, Julius is the director of the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural Uganda through access to healthcare, education, and athletics. Written by award-winning sportswriter John Brant, The Boy Who Runs is an empowering tale of obstacles overcome, challenges met, and light wrested from darkness. It’s a story about forging your true path and finding your higher purpose—even when the road ahead bends in unexpected directions.”

Festa Italiana Portland”, Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27, 11AM-11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Pdx. Free. “Nonstop Entertainment, Food, Wine/Beer Gardens, Raffle and more.... Don't miss Opera on Thursday night.......Great time for all ages!”

Washington State Parks Free Day”, Thursday, August 25. A $10 daily Discover Pass will not be required, in honor of the National Park Service Birthday.

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, August 26, 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.”

Oregon State Fair”, Friday, August 26 through September 5, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem.

Tango in Director Park”, Friday, August 26, 6PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave. Free. “Tango in Director Park is back this summer! Portland Tango is excited to bring you live music and dancing! Free Tango class from 6-7pm and dance from 7-10pm.”

Berry Picking Bonanza”, Friday, August 26, departing at 9AM from Sweet Home Ranger District, Sweet Home, OR. $10. Easy. One mile. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn about the berries that have sustained people and wildlife in the Cascades for thousands of years. Includes traditional uses of berries and how to distinguish between edible and non-edible berries. This is a great hike for families.”

Introduction to Mushrooming”, Saturday, August 27, 12PM, Sherwood Library. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “Join members of the Oregon Mycological Society for a talk on the basics of hunting for mushrooms.”

Annual Dahlia Festival”, August 27, 28, and 29, and September 3, 4 and 5, 10AM-6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby. Free parking and admission. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias, over 15,000 cut dahlia blooms on display, in our three indoor display rooms. This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States!”

Bug Appetit!”, Saturday, August 27, 10AM, OMSI. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Crickets, mealworms, and beetles, oh MY! Did you know that almost a third of the world’s population eats insects as part of their daily diet. The World Health Organization recently promoted the eating of insects, also known as entomophagy in the science world, as a more sustainable source of protein. Come learn all about the environmental and nutritional advantages of eating insects. We’ll try a variety of different bugs and even cook with them to create a bug buffet! General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.” 

Archery and Atlatls”, Saturday, August 27, 3PM, Washington Park Archery Field, 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. We ask for a $10 – $20 suggested donation with no one turned away. This month's theme is Archery and Atlatls. Most people know what bows and arrows are, but how many people have launched a dart with an atlatl? Before the bow and arrow became popular, for thousands of years humans used the Atlatl, basically a spear-throwing stick. Come to the archery range, shoots some bows and arrows and launch a couple darts with an atlatl. We'll talk about the range of human projectile technology, and give people a chance to try them out. Please bring your own bows and arrows if you have them. We will be able to provide a few for those who do not have them.”

Sneak Peek of Newell Creek Canyon”, Saturday, August 27, 9AM, Oregon City. Ages 8 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Newell Creek Canyon in Oregon City has layers of stories written into the landscape. Dive deep into the shaded canyon for a sneak peek tour of this future nature park.”

Solar Saturday”, August 27, 12PM-4PM, Columbia Gorge Discover Center, 5000 Discovery Dr., The Dalles. Free. “Join us from noon to 4 pm at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR for Solar Saturday, and enjoy a safe view of the sun -- like no other object you can observe in the heavens. This event is FREE to the public and will be held outside the Museum. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits.”

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter”, Saturday, August 27. “Tonight – August 27, 2016 – Venus and Jupiter will stage the year’s closest conjunction of two planets, with these worlds appearing only about 1/15th degree apart on the sky’s dome. For some perspective, 1/15th of a degree is the equivalent of 1/30th of the moon’s apparent diameter. That’s a very small span, and these two worlds will easily fit within the same binocular or telescopic field of view. From anywhere worldwide, though, you’ll want to find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset. Given a clear sky, you might see Venus and then Jupiter popping out near the sunset point on the horizon around 30 to 40 minutes after sunset. Binoculars can help you to see Venus and Jupiter all the sooner in the haze of evening twilight. At mid-northern latitudes Venus and Jupiter follow the sun beneath the horizon a scant hour after sundown.”

Centennial Day”, Saturday, August 27, 9AM-5PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, and McLoughlin House, Oregon City. Free. “Let's celebrate! The National Park Service turns 100 years old this August. In August of 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act creating the National Park Service, a federal bureau responsible for managing the 35 lands managed by the Department of the Interior and future National Parks to come. The National Park Service has grown to over 400 sites nation-wide since this historic moment. We are offering a wide variety of demonstrations and programs for the Centennial Day on August 27th! ‘Four Sites, Countless Stories’ summarizes our site well. From the Hudsons Bay Company Fort Vancouver, to the US Army Vancouver Barracks, to Pearson Air Museum, and The McLoughlin House. Join us for a celebration of what makes our local National Park special with activities at all four of our sites. Inside of the Fort Vancouver Stockade, enjoy interactive historic demonstrations in the Indian Trade Shop, Chief Factor's House, Blacksmith Shop, Carpenters Shop, Kitchen, Fur Store, and Barclay Quarters. These demonstrations will be ongoing from 9 am to 5 pm. At Pearson Air Museum, view the new installation of a DH-4 Liberty Plane inside of the main hangar. Hear about how DH-4 Liberty Planes are closely linked to the history of Pearson Field. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with music from the Vancouver Community Concert Band, will occur just after 10 am. Visit with Museum Manager Bob Cromwell and National Park Service staff about the DH-4 at Pearson Air Museum from 10 am to 3 pm. Be a part of history! At the Visitors Center, witness the placement of a new time capsule. The capsule is to be opened in 2116. Enjoy light refreshments in the Visitors Center all day and visit with costumed reenactors. At The McLoughlin House, enjoy hour from 10:15 am to 3:15 pm. A short historical vignette will follow each tour. The vignette portrays the family of Dr. John McLoughlin, Father of Oregon, in August of 1850. On the Parade Ground and Great Meadow, view Black Powder firings by costumed reenactors at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Watch costumed reenactors portray the 1st Oregon Cavalry at the Great Meadow. All events and activities are free for the National Park Service Birthday. Admission fees are waived from August 25 to August 27. Unable to make it on Saturday, August 27th? We will have ranger-led tours of Fort Vancouver on the hour on Friday, August 26th.”

Fernhill Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, August 27, meeting at 8AM, Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy for a free educational bird walk around Fernhill Wetlands! This local treasure has undergone a large-scale wetland restoration project to enhance wildlife habitat. Waterfowl populations are daily in the thousands from November through March. Spring through fall, see many birds including up to 17 species of shorebirds. Viewing stands and trails at this birding hotspot are ideal for watching the thousands of migratory and wintering birds that use this wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Our expert-guided free bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds!”

12th Annual Star Party”, Saturday, August 27, 9PM-12AM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join park staff and members of Night Sky 45 for an evening of exploring the heavens, including a presentation on the night sky and telescopes for stargazing.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, August 27, 8:30PM, 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.”

Teen Summer Reading Adventure”, Saturday, August 27, 2PM, Forest Grove Library. Preregistration required; call 503-992-3337. “Exciting obstacle course complete with water element and BBQ. Co-sponsored with the Forest Grove Fire Department.”

HawkWatch International Raptor Migration Project”, Saturday, August 27 through October 31, Bonney Butte, Mt. Hood National Forest. Free. A high clearance vehicle is necessary to reach this site. Complete info and directions here: “Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Hood in northcentral Oregon. HWI has been conducting ongoing counts here since 1994 in an effort to monitors long-term trends in populations of raptors using this part of the Pacific Coast Flyway through the Cascade Mountains. Annual counts typically range from 2,500-4,500 migrant raptors of up to 18 species. The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, but this site is noted for relatively high numbers of Merlins (up to 100 or more per year). HWI has also been banding migratory raptors at Bonney Butte since 1995. The Bonney Butte study site is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 6 miles southeast of Government Camp, Oregon. The public is always welcome to visit Bonney Butte during the season to take advantage of the environmental education programs and the great hawkwatching at the site.”

Ravenstail Weaving”, Saturday, August 27, 11AM-3PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Road Ariel, WA. Free. “Ravenstail robes are hand twined ceremonial blankets woven by some Northwest Coast Peoples, developed around the 17th century. They pre-date Chilkat and Button Blankets. Interpretive materials will trace the history of Ravenstail weaving. Watch a demonstration of the twining techniques used in this style of weaving and try your hand at twining. Small project kits will be available for purchase.”

Cornbread Day”, Saturday, August 27, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. “You think you know cornbread? Today you'll see cornbread made with fruit jam, hot peppers, bacon, cheese, herbs, and you choose the best.” “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.

21st Annual Tibet Fest”, Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Join us for one of the biggest Tibetan event in the Northwest! We are excited to announce special guest sand mandala artist Losang Samten who make live sand mandala in order to bring peace and compassion to our city, traditional dance performance by local Tibetan Language and Cultural Class students and performers from NW Tibetan Cultural Association; Himalayan Handicrafts; children's activities; dance workshop; delicious food, raffle tickets, and much more.”

Butterflies and Dragonflies”, Saturday, August 27, 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.”

One Hour Cheese - Easy Cheeses for Complete Beginners”, Sunday, August 28, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Claudia from Portland's own Urban Cheesecraft as she demonstrates the fun, easy and economical way to make cheese based on her popular book, One Hour Cheese! No prior cheese making experience is required. Attendees will see the process from beginning to end; from an average gallon of milk, to magical curd, to delicious cheese! In addition, you will learn how to flavor fresh cheese with herbs and other add-ins as well as how to shape cheese into wheels, small bites and more. This demonstration includes a tasting of the classic and flavored cheese variations made in class.”

Parapsychology – The Science of Spookiness”, Sunday, August 28, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “Television programs, books, and films have spent many decades and millions of dollars creating sensational versions of the paranormal -- to most people, a brush with the supernatural is always frightening, dangerous, or downright evil. But how accurate are those ‘reality-based’ portrayals? What do we really know about the unknown? Paranormal phenomena have been the subject of rigorous scientific research for 130 years. Telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists are demonstrably real, and are far more scientific fact than fiction. From its humble beginnings investigating Victorian séance parlors, the search for answers has evolved into the interdisciplinary science of parapsychology. Using cutting-edge 21st-century laboratory research design and compelling new models of consciousness, parapsychology shows us that paranormal phenomena aren't just real -- they are part of everyday reality. Let renowned Northwest paranormal researcher and educator Neil McNeill be your guide to exploring the fascinating world of parapsychology -- the science behind the spookiness!”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, August 28, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking.

Improving Your Soil”, Monday, August 29, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “P resented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners in partnership with the Dairy Creek Community Food Web.”

From Plate Tectonics to Deep Earth Dynamics: A Seismological Journey Inside the Earth”, Monday, August 29, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Caroline Beghein, PhD, Assistant Professor of Seismology, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The motion of the tectonic plates that divide the Earth's surface explains many geological features and events - from mountain building, to deep oceanic trenches, to earthquakes, tsunami generation, and the presence of volcanoes. These motions at the surface are driven by processes deeper inside the Earth, in particular by the overturn of the mantle through convection: hot, lighter rocks rise to the surface and cold, denser material sinks. This process causes solid rocks in the mantle to flow and deform over geological time scales. To understand what happens at the surface, we need to study the deep Earth interior. We cannot, however, directly sample rocks from the mantle. Instead, scientists use recordings of the waves generated by earthquakes to map the physical properties of mantle rocks. In this presentation, I will explain how seismologists are able to take the temperature of the Earth’s interior using these seismic recordings and how we can detect the direction of mantle flow with seismic waves. I will also talk about recent advances that help us better understand the relation between the motions of the rigid plates at the surface and the deformation of the underlying convecting mantle."

Author Talk, “Giselle Bawnik”, Tuesday, August 30, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Author Giselle Bawnik (My Little French Village) will be here to do a reading and discuss her time living in France.”

“Ramona Was Here: Finding Beverly Cleary’s 1920s Oregon”, Tuesday, August 30, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. “Born in 1916 as a proud descendent of Oregon Trail pioneers, Beverly Bunn Cleary grew up in Yamhill and Portland. As a third grader at Portland's Gregory Heights School, she earned her first writing credit, with a book review of The Story of Doctor Doolittle for the Oregon Journal. At age 34, with her first book, Henry Huggins, she became a best-selling author. Later, her two autobiographies offered a rare, girl's-eye view of Depression-era Portland. Today at age 100, Beverly lives in Carmel, California and has sold over 90 million books, many based on vividly told stories about her Oregon childhood. Join guidebook author Laura O. Foster for a tour of Beverly's Oregon, from an era long before Portland was anyone's idea of a vacation destination. With images and stories from her new guidebook, Walking with Ramona, Laura will lead you on a virtual tour of our state as Beverly saw it and as it is today.”

The Fire Maiden and the Warriors: Eruptive Histories and Hazards of Mounts St. Helens, Hood and Adams”, Tuesday, August 30, 6:30PM, Edgefield, Blackberry hall, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “In several Native American oral traditions, Mount St. Helens is known as the "lady of fire" or "smoking mountain," whereas Mounts Hood and Adams are often portrayed as Indian braves battling each other for her hand. Like the Native Americans, scientists recognize the frequent eruptions of Mount St. Helens and note that it has been the most active volcano in the Cascades during the past 4000 years. During that time, Mount St. Helens has had a history of large explosive eruptions in sharp contrast with more moderate eruptions of Adams and Hood. This talk discusses the eruptive history, behavior and hazards of these three guardians of the Columbia and what their past activity may mean for the future of communities living near them. We'll start with the basics of why we have such a rich volcanic history in the Portland-Vancouver area and then focus on the three largest and long-lived volcanoes that have most influenced our immediate area. Come with your observations, stories and questions as we explore living with volcanoes in our backyards.”

Claire Phillips: Oregon’s Legendary Actress and Spy”, Tuesday, August 30, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Author/historian, Sig Unander will highlight the life of Claire Phillips Snyder, the only Oregon woman to ever receive the Medal of Freedom. Claire, a native of Portland, Oregon, was a stage actress whose espionage and humanitarian work as a guerilla leader during World War II brought her fame and international recognition. She had largely been forgotten until recent years. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.”

DNA and Peopling the New World”, Tuesday, August 30, 6:25PM, Stevenson Library. “In the last ten years remarkable advances in the fields of archaeology and genetics have been applied to ancient human migration patterns around the globe. This presentation will explore what has been discovered. Speaker is Betty Pope, Special Faculty 1967-1993 at Portland Community College, Anthropology Department.”

An Evening with Malala Yousafzai”, Tuesday, August 30, 7:30PM, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center. Tickets $29 and up: “On Tuesday, August 30 2016, Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and an advocate for education world-wide, will make a rare appearance at Theater of the Clouds at the Moda Center. She will be addressing the audience about her life experiences and will take part in a question and answer session. Her appearance is being presented by Unique Lives and Experiences. In October 2012, the then 15-year-old Malala was shot by the Taliban while travelling home from school on the bus with her friends in her home town of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan. Following the attack, Malala was flown to Birmingham, England to receive treatment at the specialist Queen Elizabeth hospital, and by March 2013 she had made a remarkable recovery and was well enough to return to school. Malala’s bravery and unwavering dedication to her cause has seen her honored throughout the world, including one of the world’s highest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. She became the youngest recipient of this award in 2014, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Malala was also named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by Time magazine. She is also the author of the international bestseller ‘I am Malala’, which has been published in over 27 countries.”

Underwater Creatures in Origami”, Wednesday, August 31, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Learn to fold different kinds of fish, whales, sharks and more; then catch them with your own fishing pole.”

Living in the Flow: An Introduction to Stream Ecology”, Wednesday, August 31, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 (optional field trip is extra). Preregistration required; register online: “Oregon’s rivers and streams are rich ecosystems, full of life. They are home to our most iconic animals: the six species of Pacific salmon. But flowing waters also provide habitat for other kinds of fish, amphibians, insects, mollusks, and more. Join Dr. Ivan Phillipsen for an introduction to the freshwater ecology of our region. Learn about the influence of the terrestrial environment and stream hydrology on the life cycles of fish and macroinvertebrates. You’ll get familiar with some common species and learn their basic identification.”

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