Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September Serendipity

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

Birds are always interesting to watch, any time of year, but fall migration is an especially good time. Portland Audubon has classes, free bird walks, and loads of information on local hotspots for bird watching:  On October 1, local National Wildlife Refuges will close many of their trails to keep humans from disturbing wintering birds, so September is a great time to visit. September is also when salmon begin their fall migration to spawn in rivers and streams.  An outstanding place to see spawning salmon is at the Eagle Creek Traihead.  Towards the end of September, the Tillamook Forest Center will get hundreds of salmon eggs from an Oregon hatchery. Check their Facebook posts for updates and drop by anytime to watch the salmon grow and change. They offer many free educational programs as well so check their schedule:  In November everyone will have a chance to help release the salmon! Pick your own farms are now offering pears, peaches, plums, grapes and apples, and corn mazes and pumpkin patches will be opening up for fun on the farm! Look for a farm near you at and Keep an eye out for glorious fall color! This blog will highlight some good spots for leaf peeping:

If you really want to learn how to forage for mushrooms, now is the time to get started. One of the best ways is to join the Oregon Mycological Society, and keep an eye out for announcements of field trips- they fill up fast! Guided field trips with foraging experts are safe and fun ways to learn how to forage for some of the most common fall mushrooms. An annual membership is only $35 per family, and gets you in to their fall mushroom show October 30 for free.

For kids who want to learn hunting skills, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has a series of classes throughout the state in September:

Swift Watch”, every evening in September, lawn of the Chapman Elementary School, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Pdx. Free. This is a not to be missed spectacle! So cool! “Vaux's Swifts are using the Chapman Elementary School chimney as an evening roost during their fall migration. Grab a seat on the school lawn and in neighboring Wallace Park to watch and listen as the birds gather overhead. On most evenings, Portland Audubon volunteers will be on hand to share information about Vaux's Swifts.” Lots of details and info on parking etiquette here:

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

HawkWatch International Raptor Migration Project”, now through October 31, Bonney Butte, Mt. Hood National Forest. Free. A high clearance vehicle is necessary to reach this site and the road is awful. 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Mad Science Presents “What Do You Know About H2O?”, Thursday, September 1, 4PM, Beaverton Library (suggested for grades 3-5), and Thursday, September 22, 4PM, West Linn Library (suggested for grades 4-8). “Come and shake it up with the Mad Scientist as you learn all about the amazing attributes of water while focusing on the importance of conserving this precious resource!”

“Twilight Thursday at Cooper Mountain”, Thursday, September 1, 6:30PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. All ages $10. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “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 to explore the magical space between day and night.”

Book Release Party and Art Show, “Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea”, Thursday, September 1, 6PM-10PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. “Join cartoonist Lucy Bellwood at Floating World Comics for a rollicking book release party celebrating the launch of ‘Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea’! After a smash-hit Kickstarter campaign in 2015, Baggywrinkles is finally out in print—in a full-color edition with spot gloss, a gatefold cover, and a gorgeous gallery of new guest art. ‘Baggywrinkles’ is a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood’s time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy’s comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure with ‘a sheer and unremitting sense of joy’ [Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier]. We’ll have snacks and drinks for all, a wall full of original art from the book, and lots of sparkly nautical temporary tattoos to adorn your salty bodies. Come celebrate First Thursday with us!”

“Girl Cops are Awesome II”, Thursday, September 1, 3PM, Vancouver Police Department East Precinct, 520 SE 155th Ave., Vancouver. Free. “Last year the Vancouver Police Department hosted an event called Girl Cops Are Awesome after hearing about a local girl, Kinley Goertler, who went with her mother to buy a SWAT costume for Halloween, only to be disappointed that the packaging seemed to indicate it was a boy’s costume. Based on the positive response and attendance at last year’s event, the Vancouver Police Department is hosting Girl Cops Are Awesome II. This event is open to girls of all ages who want to meet some awesome 'girl cops,' learn more about career opportunities in law enforcement, tour the East Precinct, check out the equipment police officers use, watch a K9 demonstration and have a lot of fun! This event is open to the public and boys are welcome to attend, too!”

“Backyard Chickens Workshop”, Thursday, September 1, 6PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SW Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Want access to farm fresh eggs right in your own home? Learn the basics of raising your own chickens at a Columbia Springs Backyard Chickens Workshop! Chickens are a great way to provide your own food, and can help you reduce waste by consuming some of your kitchen scraps. Whether you have a few feet, or a few acres, you can raise chickens effectively. Join us to receive resources and tips on coops, feed and feeders, rules and regulations, flock health and size, caring for eggs, and more.”

Oregon’s Unsung Pollinators”, Thursday, September 1, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Clint Burfitt, Program Manager for Insect Pest Prevention and Management, and Plant Protection and Conservation Programs at the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “Recent declines in honeybee and some native bee populations have created an increased public awareness about the role of pollinators in crop production and native plant reproduction. This presentation seeks to increase awareness of other lesser-recognized pollinator groups, such as beetles, flies, and moths. While these insects may not be functionally adapted to pollination in the same way as bees, their behaviors create mutualistic relationships that are important in maintaining native plant habitats. By exploring the functional ecology of several non-hymenoptera pollinator species, you will discover new facets of the exciting microcosm of insect-plant interactions.”

Voices of Progress”, Thursday, September 1, 7PM, Clark County Historical Society, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 18 and under. Doors open at 5PM for visitors to explore the exhibits. “Join CCHM for a panel discussion featuring several women involved in ‘Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress’. They will gather to discuss their experience with the project, the work they’ve done in the community, and what women have inspired their lives. This panel is part of our monthly First Thursday Lecture Series.”

Oregon Symphony Annual Waterfront Concert”, Thursday, September 1 (rain date Sept. 2), 12:30PM-dusk, Tom McCall Waterfront Park at SW Naito Pkwy., and Columbia St. Free. “Enjoy an entertaining line-up of ten musical performances all afternoon beginning at 12:30 pm (see list of groups and times below). Then the Oregon Symphony takes the stage at 7 pm for a concert that concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with military cannons from the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery, and an elaborate fireworks finale. Join 20,000 of your best friends for Portland’s favorite outdoor event, signaling the opening of the Fall Art Season.”

Hike in the Mist Zone”, Thursday, September 1, 2PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Plant ID Hike, 2 miles; 2 hours Walk behind two waterfalls and discover the unique plant life of our temperate rainforest.”

Exhibit, “History’s Mysteries”, Thursday, September 1 through Monday, October 31, Battle Ground Library. “The Friends of Battle Ground Community Library present the 7th annual History's Mysteries exhibit. The ‘Battle’ of Battle Ground is a story that's been remembered for 161 years, but do you know it? Did a young Yale graduate and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon Territory really captain a troop of citizen soldiers? Was there really a battle? Who killed Chief Umtuch? Come view the story and learn about familiar names you know around town.”

Exhibit, “A Garden of Quilts”, now through Tuesday, September 27, Stevenson Library. “The theme of this year's annual September show is ‘A Garden of Quilts’ and will feature quilts inspired by gardens.”

“Know Your City Walking Tours of Portland”. Throughout September. Many begin from their kiosk by Voodoo Donut, 22 SW 3rd Ave. Topics include “A People’s History of Portland”, “PDX 101”, “Hidden History of Albina”, “DIY Portland”, , and “Historic Halprin Urban Spaces Tour”. Check them all out here:

“Gem Faire”, Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. Admission $7 for the weekend, free for ages 11 and under. Free pass offer on their website: Beads and other jewelry making materials, and also minerals, crystals, and fossils.

Original Practice Shakespeare Presents, “Romeo and Juliet”, Friday, September 2, 6PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Allow lots of extra time to find parking in the Pearl and seating at the venue; seating is limited.

“Historical Women of Vancouver Walking Tour”, Friday, September 2, 6PM and Saturday, September 17, 12PM, Esther Short Park, 415 W 6th St, Vancouver. $9. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for a walk highlighting the central role founding mothers and current women leaders have played in Clark County’s history; past, present, and future. The streets of Vancouver ring with the powerful reverberations of these women’s effort and influence; from the original founding mother, Esther Short, to the subsequent groundbreaking endeavors of Clark County women in politics, business, and community.”

“Rock Walk”, Friday, September 2, 2PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Geology Tour, 1 mile, 1 hour Explore the volatile geologic history of Silver Falls in this geologist-led walk.”

“Pine Needle Baskets at IMOGAP”, Friday, September 2, 4PM, Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzelry, 8231 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton. Suggested donation $5 adults, $4 senior, $3 youth 6-18, free for ages 5 and under. “Carol will be teaching how to make a beautiful pine needle basket.”

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

“Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, September 3, 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.”

“Early Morning Bird Walk”, Saturday, September 3, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Walk out on the refuge with an experienced birder and discover the world of birds. Whether you are a first time birder or an expert, this walk is for you! Please bring binoculars and/or a scope if you have them! Extras will be provided. To participate you must be 8 years of age or older and parents must accompany all children on hikes. The hikes will cover over two miles and take approximately 2 hours.”

“Tall Tree Tales Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, September 3, and Saturday, September 17, 12PM, meeting at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Join master storyteller Cleve Friedman for an entertaining and educational tour through the arboretum.”

“Vulture Awareness Day”, Saturday, September 3, 10AM-2PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Around the world, vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As nature's recyclers, they play an important role in a variety of ecosystems, and it’s up to us to help save them. The Audubon Society of Portland's free celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day is filled with fun and educational activities: meet Ruby, Audubon's Turkey Vulture; compare your “wingspan” to that of an Andean Condor’s silhouette; make a crafted vulture and mask; learn fun vulture facts; figure out the differences between Old and New World vultures; discover why vultures are important; and make a pledge to help protect vultures.”

“Light Pollution”, Saturday, September 3, 8PM, Memaloose State Park, Mosier, OR. Free. “Join us for an informative and in-depth presentation on light pollution by Friends of the Goldendale Observatory President Bob Yoesle, 8:00 pm at the Memaloose State Park along Interstate 84 and the scenic Columbia River just east of Mosier, OR. This event is FREE to the public, and will be held outside, so dress warmly.”

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents Shakespeare's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, Saturday, September 3, Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5, 3PM, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Donations requested. Free Shakespeare in the park!

“Junior Ranger Roving: Stumpfest”, Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, 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.”

“September Storython”, Saturday, September 3, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St. #104, Pdx. Adults $12, students $10. Suggested for ages 10 and up. “An evening of short stories. Several storytellers each take the stage and have 5 minutes to capture your imagination, intrigue you, or perhaps beguile you, with a well told story. This night will feature 14 different storytellers. You will be amazed at how a well crafted story can fit into just 5 minutes! This event is the Portland Storyteller’s Guild (PSG) Monthly Storytelling Concert for September.”

“Annual Dahlia Festival”, 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!”

“Civil War Battle Reenactment”, Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. $20 admission per car load, plus $5 State Park day use fee per vehicle. “The Northwest Civil War Council and the Friends of Old Fort Stevens will host their annual Battle Reenactment event over the Labor Day Weekend. This reenactment takes place in the historic area of the fort. Fort Stevens is the NCWC’s largest event, drawing reenactors from all over the West Coast, including Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho and Canada.” Detailed schedule here:

“Oregon Arab Festival 2016”, Saturday, September 3, 11AM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. “Join the Oregon Arab American community for a day of fun at South Grove, Oaks Park on September 3rd. Everyone is welcome at this summer festival! The Mahrajan is a fun, family-friendly day filled with games, dancing, music, and food and crafts from around the Arab world. Come enjoy delicious food, live music, fashion, poetry, and games for all ages! Learn how to Dabke! Get a Henna Tattoo!”

“Artists in Action”, Saturday, September 3, 1PM-3PM, and Sunday, September 4, 11AM-1PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “You are invited to stop in and check out how an artist creates his or her original work. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet with the artists in person and see first-hand how their work is created. The artists for Saturday are Kasey Klaus and Maxi Starr, and for Sunday are Susan Borts and Karen Bettin, all from the Portland Bead Society.”

“Guided Kayak Tours at Milo McIver”, Sunday, September 4, 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.”

“Handkerchiefs: Artful Little Squares of History”, Tuesday, September 6, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; and Thursday, September 8, 6:30PM, North Plains Library. “The handkerchief, although small, is rich in history, needlework techniques and graphic design. It has been featured prominently in literature. Terese Blanding will share her collection of more than 1,000 vintage hankies and describe their history, literature, art and everyday life.”

Concert, “Liberty Bond Jug Band”, Tuesday, September 6, 7PM, Stevenson Library West Deck. “Listen to the blues and jug band music of the 30's, plus original music that fits the period style.”

“PIR Drag Races on Film: A Return to Analog Still Photography”, Tuesday, September 6, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Portland photographer William Anthony discusses his project photographing at the Portland International Raceway.

Author Talk, “Andra Watkins”, Tuesday, September 6, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Wednesday, September 7, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library (preregistration required; register online: “Nominated for the 2015 National Book Award, author Andra Watkins discusses her humorous and heartbreaking New York Times Best Selling Memoir, ‘Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace’. Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day for thirty-four days. After striking-out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim. As Watkins trudged America's forgotten highway, nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late.”

Line Dancing”, beginning class at 1PM every Monday in September; (except Sept. 5), beginning class at 12PM and intermediate at 1PM every Tuesday in September, 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.”

Concert, “David Helfand and Justin Lader”, Tuesday, September 6, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Please join us for a vibrant evening of original instrumental music on Celtic Harp, octave mandolin, guitar, viola, and violin. David Helfand and Justin Lader's music is inspired by many cultures which encompasses Celtic, Middle Eastern, Asian meditation, flamenco styles and transcendent space music. Music of passion, dreams and landscapes of power and myth.”

Vancouver Audubon Presents, “Butterflies: Winged Jewels of the West”, Tuesday, September 6, 7PM, Clark County Genealogical Society, 717 Grand Blvd., Vancouver. Speaker: Dr. Martin Schwartz. “Few creatures are more evocative of summer, filling us with delight in their colors and delicate flight patterns. But they are surprisingly hardy, able to live all over the world in a wide range of environments and altitudes. Their complex life cycle includes a series of transformations that make butterflies one of the most fascinating insects to study. Join butterfly enthusiast Dr. Martin Schwartz as he explores the natural history of these winged beauties.”

“Dash and Dot: Robotics Adventure for Teens”, Tuesday, September 6, 4:30PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Put entertaining robots through their paces while learning how to code. The class uses IPads and Google's Blockly language to meet challenges and achieve goals. Students will work in teams to get the best solution.”

“Cut, Etch and Engrave Things! For Teens”, Tuesday, September 6, and Tuesday, September 20, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Cut, etch, and engrave acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric and more! Using graphic software you can create intricate designs to make your own jewelry, bookmark and personalize a swag tag. If you can image it, we can create it. Each workshop teens will learn a new skill and will create/design a new item.”

Author Talk, “Elizabeth Rynecki”, Tuesday, September 6, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Elizabeth Rynecki discusses her book “Chasing Portraits, A Great Granddaughter’s Quest for her Lost Art Legacy” in conversation with Judith Margles, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Director. “Rynecki's book is a memoir of one woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II. The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish community depicted in Moshe Rynecki's paintings simply blended into the background of Elizabeth Rynecki's life when she was growing up. But the art transformed from familiar to extraordinary in her eyes after her grandfather, Moshe's son George, left behind journals detailing the loss her ancestors had endured during WWII, including Moshe's art. Knowing that her family had only found a portion of Moshe's art, and that more pieces remained to be found, Elizabeth set out to find them. Spanning three decades of Elizabeth's life and three generations of her family, this touching memoir is a compelling history of the richness of one man's art, the devastation of war, and one woman's unexpected path to healing.”

STEAM-Powered Minds: Electricity Unleashed”, Wednesday, September 7, 4PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Can a banana control a computer? Can clay light up the night? Try these and other electrifying experiments!”

Home School Day”, Wednesday, September 7, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. $9 adults, $4 students ages 5-17, free for kids 4 and under. “Learn about your natural world and get inspired with fun science and art activities. We offer numerous hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout the Garden.”

Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon”, Wednesday, September 7, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. Presented by local historian Richard Engeman. “Chinese restaurants were common in Oregon towns and cities beginning in the late nineteenth century. Usually advertising both Chinese and American dishes, they catered to the basic needs of single working men as well as to diners who were attracted by the exotic and the foreign. The restaurants’ familial operations helped anchor immigrants who often were otherwise isolates from other Chinese Americans. Chinese cooks also worked in private homes, and recipes for Chinese food appear in local cookbooks.”

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.”

Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, September 8, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “We'll start with simple coding and see where we go! No prior experience required.”

Chehalem Ridge Community Event”, Thursday, September 8, 6PM, Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., Forest Grove. “Park planners will give a brief presentation, share draft site plans, and welcome conversation with participants on the options. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Chehalem Ridge Nature Park. Light refreshments will be provided.”

The Standard Volunteer Expo”, Thursday, September 8, 11AM-2PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Oregon's largest and longest running volunteer expo returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square for its eighth consecutive year. The Standard's Volunteer Expo is a free event that brings more than 125 nonprofits together in one place, helping Portlanders discover volunteer and donation opportunities that fit their skills and interests. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Volunteer Expo attendees can meet with and learn about a wide variety of nonprofits that make a difference in the community. Participating organizations represent the arts, culture, the environment, animal welfare, human services and more.”

Screening, “On the Ground”, Thursday, September 8, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Sisters of the Road invites you to celebrate the premiere of our new original documentary short ‘On the Ground.’ With content direction by Sisters community members and film production by Portland local Trip Jennings of Balance Media, ‘On the Ground’ unpacks the realities and root causes of houselessness in Portland. Be there for the very first screening of the original documentary short produced by Sisters Of The Road and Balance Media. Refreshments and facilitated discussion will follow the film - share your ideas, ask questions of the film-making team, and be a part of a community creating solutions for Portland together.”

Time Based Art Festival”, Thursday, September 8 through Sunday, September 18, various venues. Details here: “From September 08–18, 2016, PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival activates the city of Portland, Oregon, with contemporary art projects that bring artists and audiences together, creating a vibrant community through live performances, music, screenings, workshops, talks, and visual art installations. TBA is resolutely interdisciplinary, and champions those artists who are challenging forms and working across mediums, from dance to performance to visual art. TBA's spectacular 14th year features artists from near and far that urgently reflect our current cultural moment. TBA is a global festival, exposing audiences to artists from regions not normally presented in the US, with projects this year hailing from Lebanon, Bulgaria, South Korea, France, and beyond.”

B-Sat: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow”, Thursday, September 8, 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.

From Grandmothers to Gardens: Senegal's Women Blossoming From the Ground Up”, Thursday, September 8, 7PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Join us to hear Patricia Andersson of HeartFire Journeys relate her experiences from her recent trip to Senegal. The furthest western point in Africa, Senegal is a study in contrasts. From the bustling modern capital city of Dakar to the small inland villages where traditional customs and languages hold sway. Local resident Patricia Andersson traveled to Senegal to explore the work two nonprofit organizations: The Grandmother Project and CREATE! (Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment) have done to help the Senegalese improve their lives.”

Disassembly Party”, Friday, September 9, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 3-8. “Learn all about the inner workings and tech of household devices by taking them apart! We'll provide the items to disassemble.”

Tour of Cascadia Cave”, Friday, September 9, 9AM-3:30PM, meeting at the Sweet Home Ranger District. $10. “Follow the historic footsteps of the Kalapuya Indians along the lower floodplains of the South Santiam River. Includes traditional uses of plants. The trail may be muddy.” Cascadia Cave has incredible and fragile petroglyphs and visitors are not allowed unless on an official tour.

Oaks Park Not Back to School Day”, Friday, September 9, 11AM-4PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. “Special day of rides just for home-schoolers and their families! $12.50 per person for ride bracelets. Miniature golf, games, go carts, concessions, and Open Skate Session admission sold separately. Not valid with other offers, bracelet valid day of event only.” Please note kids of all ages are welcome and no “proof of homeschooling” is required. 

Huckleberry Festival”, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, Daubenspeck Park, Bingen, WA. Pretty neat for a small town festival! Check it out:

Family Maker Nights: Arcade Games”, 3 sessions, Fridays September 9, 16 and 30, 6PM, White Salmon Library. Preregistration required; call 509-493-1132. “Create your own arcade game! Sign up starting NOW! The Library teams up with Gorge MakerSpace to bring families a workshop series that will engage children and parents to learn together as designers and inventors. Join in computer design-based activities along with hands-on building to design your own, unique arcade game. Free dinner provided. No experience necessary. Parents/caregivers must participate with children, and you must attend all three sessions (September 9, 16 and 30).”

Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, September 10, 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.”

Maple Collection Tour of Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, September 10, and Saturday, September 24, 12PM, meeting at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Do you love maple trees? Are you considering adding a maple tree to your yard? Did you know there are 128 species of maples and that Hoyt Arboretum's collection includes around 50 species? Come enjoy our amazing variety of maples!”

Catio Tour”, Saturday, September 10, 10AM-2PM. Suggested donation $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “What do cat-lovers and bird-lovers have in common? We all want what’s best for the animals we love. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Audubon Society of Portland and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon are teaming up to bring you Portland's fourth annual Catio Tour. From fabulous to frugal, these "catios," or cat patios, offer pet cats an enriching outdoor experience that is safe from hazards and safe for local birds and other wildlife.”

Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow”, Saturday, September 10, 11AM, Native American Youth and Family Center, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd., Pdx. “The Neerchokikoo Honoring powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. We use this opportunity each year to honor members of our community for their contributions to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders. Since 2010, the powwow welcomes friends and families from the Native community, and the public to gather in festivities celebrating Native culture and tradition. This time is special for many as they share and practice Native dance, music, art, food and community. NAYA celebrates the tradition of powwow with drumming and dance for men and women of all ages. Our tiny tots exhibition dancing showcases the youth of our community, and throughout the day dancers of all generations step out to display their talent and pride in Native traditions and identity. The site on which NAYA now stands was once a thriving village for the Multnomah Chinook people called Neerchokikoo. It had more than 126 dwellings and a year-round encampment. In June of 2006, NAYA Family Center moved to this site and received permission from the Chinook community to make their new home on traditional homeland.”

Writing Workshop”, Saturday, September 10, 10:30AM, Forest Grove Library. “Free writing workshop with Writers in the Grove the second Saturday of every month for young people and adults. For writers with all levels of experience.”

BodyVox”, Saturday, September 10, 2PM and 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. $25 adults, $15 seniors and students. “An afternoon and evening of exuberant dance with Portland’s Body Vox will delight dance lovers of all ages. We’ll start the night with a short interview with the choreographers, followed by a spectacular performance. Join us for one or both of these dance performances.”

Drop In Recycled Papermaking”, Saturday, September 10, 2PP-4:30PM, Pulp and Deckle, 7326 N. Chicago Ave., Pdx. $10. “Are you a DIY'er who wants to learn how to make your own paper at home for cards, art, invitations, or books? In this DROP-IN 2.5 hour workshop 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 use a wet/dry vacuum and irons to dry papers to take away with you. Workshop fee is $10 and includes cost of materials. You are welcome to stay for the entire 2.5 hours or leave after pulling a few sheets of paper and drying them.”

Mona Bell Hill and Tales of Toothrock Hike”, Saturday, September 10, 9:45AM, Historic Columbia River Highway, Tootrock Trailhead. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Walk with John Harrison, author of A Woman Alone, along a section of Sam Hill’s Columbia River Highway and learn about Hill’s consort, Mona Bell. Oregon State Park Ranger Jamen Lee will share native and pioneer history and describe Samuel Lancaster’s connection to the region.”

Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, September 10, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door. “School’s back in session! Come out for some MIT Improv Fall-ies!! Join in on the fun with the whole family. Because as you know…..MIT is always family friendly. It’s safe to bring the kids. And Grandma!”

Concert, “Songs of the Sea”, Saturday, September 10, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. $16 adults, $14 seniors, $10 students, available at the door. “Renaissance and early baroque music about sea, including music for and about pirates, performed by Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, and Hideki Yamaya, who are members of Musica Maestrale, Ensemble De Organographia, and the Oregon Renaissance Band. Composers will include John Gamble, Thomas Campion, Luys de Narvaez, John Playford, John Dowland, Thomas Ravenscroft and more, performed on lute, viheula, baroque guitar, viol, viola da braccio, bagpipe, percussion, and voice. The program will also include a fantasia performed on two bassanelli, which are very rarely heard, ornate double reed instruments that were described in 1619 as sounding ‘like a soft dulcian.’ These bassanelli, a tenor and a bass, were recently constructed by the Neumans.”

Campfires and Candlelight”, Saturday, September 10, 4PM-10PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. “This free event is the national park's largest living history event of the year. Beginning at 4 pm, the ‘Timeline of History’ leading from East Fifth Street to the gates of Fort Vancouver will be the site of several camps filled with costumed reenactors sharing the history of the site. As visitors walk closer to the fort, they will be transported further and further back in time. Along this stretch, Living History Group NorthWest will host a World War II camp, the Buffalo Soldiers NW Chapter 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry will host a camp representing Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver Barracks, and the First Oregon Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry will host a Civil War-era camp. Other camps populated by National Park Service volunteers will represent the site's World War I, Oregon Trail, and Hudson's Bay Company history. At 5 pm, the gates of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver will open. Inside the fort, reenactors will recreate the night of September 26, 1844. On this night 172 years ago, a massive wildfire that had sparked to the northeast of the fort was moving towards the fort, and would eventually come within 300 feet of the fort's walls. Visitors will be able to interact with volunteers portraying specific characters who were present on that night, and will learn not just about the story of the fire, but also about other important issues from the time period. Fort Vancouver and the Timeline of History camps will be open to the public until 10 pm, offering a rare chance to see the fort after dark, and see buildings lit by candlelight, as they would have been in the 19th century.

Treasure-Re Returns Fair”, Saturday, September 10., 1PM-4PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Come to the fair! Discover Vancouver’s treasure trove of happenings, events, local shops, organizations, and people, all sharing a passion for Re-Purposing.”

2016 Monroe Swift Night Out”, Saturday, September 10,. 4PM to dusk, Wagner Center, 639 W. Main St., Monroe, WA. “Come witness an amazing natural event occurring in our community! Celebrate the arrival of the 2nd largest roost of Vaux’s Swifts in America! Watch thousands of these birds swirl into a 4-ft.-square chimney in just minutes! Spaghetti Feed ($6), Hot Dogs ($2) and Apple Crisp ($1) starting at 4:00 p.m. Fun-filled lecture: 6:30 p.m. – Frank Wagner Auditorium. Swift Experts available: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to answer your questions. Information booths with birds, mementos, and more! Fun activities for kids! Yummy food and drinks!”

Paper Flower Class”, Saturday, September 10,. 11:30AM, Oregon City Library. “Join us for this free class on how to make beautiful crepe paper flowers. Supplies are limited, so it’s first come first served. See you there!”

Native American Beadwork”, Saturday, September 10, 10AM-2PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Ages 10 and up. $25. Preregistration required; register online: “This class we’ll explore the stories of the Willamette Valley’s first inhabitants, the Kalapuya, and examine the exquisite workmanship of beaded moccasins and headbands given to their friends in the Methodist Mission. Children will have the option to create a bracelet, pendant, or bookmark, and will leave class with plenty of knowledge to continue creating beautiful beadwork at home.”

Guided Historical Tours”, Saturday, September 10, 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.”

Rose City Comic Con”, Saturday, September 10, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, September 11, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. “Portland's premier Pop-Culture event. Rose City Comic Con is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly event for everyone! While our primary focus is that of Comics, comic creators, and the creative process, Rose City Comic Con also provides its attendees with access to Gaming, Sci-Fi, Cosplay, Anime, Fantasy, and everything in between. Our goal is to provide you with a rewarding, fun, and family friendly experience at our event.”

Pioneer School”, Saturday, September 10, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Pioneer School! Learn how early pioneer children experienced school. Guests can test their skills by grinding coffee, stacking wood, kneading dough, and playing games. Participants are also invited to complete a lesson on a slate and write with a quill and ink. Make a craft to take home.”

Rose City Live Model Horse Show”, Saturday, September 10, 8AM-6PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “Rose City Live Model Horse Show, held in Portland Oregon every fall, is for competitive showing of model horses of all types. Model horse showing is a hobby built around the collection of scale model horses, with equal focus on honoring the live horse show rules as well as the artistic merit of the miniatures. Exhibitors present their model horses in person, alongside the models of other hobbyists, in appropriate breed, color, or other classes to be judged by a trained judge. Often ribbons and other prizes are awarded.”

My Piñata”, Saturday, September 10, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. Bilingual. “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song. One for each family.”

Seattle Chinatown-International District Night Market”, Saturday, September 10, 4PM-midnight, under the Chinatown Gate in historic Chinatown-International District, 5th Ave S. and S. King St., Seattle. David Gordon Jones, “The Bug Chef”, will be doing cooking demos 8PM-midnight. “As the sun sets over Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, the historic neighborhood awakens to a vibrant Night Market. Upwards of 25,000 people take to the streets to mingle and soak in the dynamic culture Chinatown-International District’s Night Markets have to offer. Over the course of the evening, festival goers will be able to feast on a variety of international delights; from food vendors dishing out a variety of street food, to local restaurants serving up the district’s popular staples. This wealth of food is complemented by an outdoor international market featuring handmade local goods, fresh cut flowers, and Asian inspired items. Live bands and break dancing groups will perform throughout the evening as crowds dance the night away at the all-ages dance party. With a diverse variety of food choices, shopping and entertainment; the Chinatown-International District has the largest Night Markets in Seattle!”

Animate Anything! For Teens”, Saturday, September 10, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Drop in and learn different techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flipbook animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and much more. There are no limits to what your imagination can create! No experience necessary - open to all levels of experience.”

Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair”, Saturday, September 10, 415 W 6th St, Vancouver. Free. “The Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place.”

CRESA Community Expo”, Saturday, September 10, 11AM-2PM, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, 710 W. 13th St., Vancouver. Free. “Interactive kid activities, 9-1-1 dispatch center tours, get a look inside the Emergency Operations Center, test your personal preparedness, search and rescue animals, K9 police dog demo, first responder vehicles.” This is a really cool fair! Check it out!

OMSI Presents, “Going Batty”, Saturday, September 10, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Saturday, September 24, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Explore the intriguing world of bats and learn the truth about one of the most misunderstood and beneficial creatures on Earth. Students learn about bat diversity, echolocation and diet. They'll also practice using a mist net, the tool field biologists use to capture and study live bats before releasing them back into the night sky. Topics include adaptations, bat biology and physics of sound.”

“Conflict Resolution 101”, Saturday, September 10, 10AM, Sherwood Library. “Learn skills for better managing conflict from certified mediator, Nancy Pionk, J.D., Executive Director of Community Mediation Services. This program is presented in partnership with Sherwood Rotary in celebration of International Peace Month.”

“2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C”, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “One of the first units to take command of the new Fort Stevens, in the 1860's, was the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery C. There will be camp life demonstrations, drills, and actual cannon fire throughout each day. Displays of various cannon munitions are on hand with dedicated history buffs sharing how these were used in battle.”

History of Forest Park Walk with Tanya Lyn March”, Saturday, September 10, Lower Macleay Park entrance, NW Upshur St. at 29th Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: “Join local historian and tour guide Tanya Lyn March on a walk up Balch Creek. You'll learn the about outrageous characters, villains, and benefactors who put their stamp on the history of Forest Park. And, Tanya will even add in a little extra info about the history and architecture of the neighborhood. We are very excited for this hike. Tayna is known locally for her popular historical tours of Slabtown and NW Portland, including a ghost tour she leads every Friday the 13th.”

Exhibit, “Hot Asian Everything: A Seismic Exhibition”, Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, October 23, Central Library Collins Gallery. “A special exhibition featuring photographs, props and manuscripts of Asian American theatre and artists all over the United States including works from Teada Productions from Los Angeles, Kyoung's Pacific Beat from New York, Theatre Diaspora from Portland, Kristina Wong with BoomArts, Anita Menon from Anjali Dance and NW Children's Theater, Andrea Assaf from Art2Action in New York, and more. This will be an opportunity to see some of the amazing work being presented by theater artists across the country including some here in Portland.”

Autumn Equinox Mandala Craft”, Saturday, September 10, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Autumn Equinox is right around the corner where both day and night are in equal portions. Join us in creating your own mandala design to celebrate the equinox and welcome the fall!”

Portland Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 10AM-5PM, OMSI. $15 adults, $10 seniors and youth; 2-day $25 adults, $15 seniors and youth. There will be workshops and presentations, which are, free with admission; schedule TBA: “Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.”

Author Talk, “Daniel J. Levitin”, Sunday, September 11, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Daniel J. Levitin discusses his book, “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age”. “A primer to the critical thinking that is more necessary now than ever. We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.”

Produce, Flowers and Herbs from Ft. Vancouver”, Saturday, September 10, 10AM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. “Victorian Craft Demonstration series. Materials are provided and demonstrations are free.”

Salamanders to Stars”, Saturday, September 10, 6PM-10PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro. Free. “Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is pleased to invite you and your family to join us for an evening of nature, science and fun. Take a look at animal tracks, study skulls, investigate insects and go on a twilight hike with one of our trained naturalists. Meet live education birds from Portland Audubon Society. Learn about owls and what they cough up, visit the art table and make a cool craft, check out the Exhibit Hall, eat some FREE popcorn and have a great time! Then we’ll do some stargazing with Rose City Astronomers, weather permitting. Volunteers will provide telescopes and share views of celestial objects with the public. All age family friendly event.”

Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire”, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, Kings Valley, OR. Admission $11 adults ($1 off coupon on their website), $5 seniors and youth 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. Free parking. “Come be thee blythe and merry at the Renaissance Faire! Just 15 miles and 500 years away from downtown Corvallis. Here enchantment awaits young and old alike as jousting knights and noble steeds clash on the tourney fyld while minstrels, troubadours, jongleurs, dancers and bards fill the lanes with delight. With over 125 artisan stalls and 1,000 costumed players, visitors can browse the village for unique hand made goods and one of a kind treasures while surrounded by Renaissance revelry and entertainment. Eat, drink, and be merry, for food purveyors are on hand within Friar Tuck's Forest, and children delight in games and adventures. The only Fair of its kind in Oregon, this exciting event offers an educational interactive adventure in history, welcoming families and children. Modeled on the merriest of elements from the times of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, and set in the historic renaissance of 1558 to 1603, here all the Faire is a stage, and everyone a player!”

Chinese Folk Dance: Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration”, Saturday, September 10, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival dates back thousands of years and is also known as Moon Cake Day. The Chinese Friendship Association of Portland Fitness Team will celebrate by performing Chinese folk dances accompanied by traditional musical instruments. Enjoy Chinese tea and moon cakes!”

Open House at Sarracenia Northwest”, Sunday, September 11, 10AM-4PM, Eagle Creek. $10 per vehicle. Preregistration required; register online: One free 3 inch pot per registration. Sarracenia Northwest is a nursery devoted to carnivorous plants, only open to the public twice a year. They are amazing!

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony”, Sunday, September 11, 9AM, City Hall, 415 S. 6th St., Vancouver. “The City of Vancouver and the Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) invites the public to attend a special Patriot Day ceremony at City Hall in remembrance of all those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival”, Sunday, September 11, 11AM-7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Hawaii through live performances of hula and mele, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, a lei workshop, and a lively marketplace. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii. The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to ‘live aloha.’ With Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, hula, music and flower making workshops honor this special culture.”

Second Sunday at the Plankhouse”, Sunday, September 11, 12PM-4PM, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. Free with $3 parking. 1PM- “Indigenizing Curatorial Practice in Art Museums”, talk by Dr. Deana Dartt of the Portland Art Museum. 2PM- Ethnobotany Hike.

Citizen Science Project: Hayden Island Cat Fall Surveys”, Sunday, September 11, 10AM-2PM. This looks like a wonderful citizen science project for cat lovers to do something meaningful to help feral cats and wildlife at the same time. Details here:

Author Talk, “Dr. Melody Rose and Dr. Regina Lawrence”, Sunday, September 11, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. They discuss their book, “Hillary Clinton's Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, September 11, 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.”

Introduction to 3D Printing”, Sunday, September 11, 11AM-12:30PM, Vancouver Library, Computer Classroom Level 1. “Join us for an introductory course on how to use a 3D printer and an exploration of free, downloadable projects.”

Vintage Base Ball”, Sunday, September 11, 2PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Ln., McMinnville. Donations requested. Hot dogs and root beer floats for sale. “Be a crank and politely hassle the arbitrator!”

Author Talk, “Zita Podany”, Sunday, September 11, 2PM, Kenton Library. 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.”

Sellwood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, September 11, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every second Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Come listen, learn, laugh and leave with a story to tell!”

Screening, “Holla”, Monday, September 12, 6:30PM, North Portland Library. “Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and economic development, minority families increasingly settle in outer Portland and Gresham. ‘HOLLA’ chronicles the organization of the same name, founded by Pastor Eric Knox to mentor kids of color in predominantly white and white-taught schools. The film explores the lives of three young women on the HOLLA basketball team, as mentorship subtly transforms their experience. Through tough love and tenderness the kids learn to hurdle obstacles and adversity in a system biased against them. Screening will be followed with a short Q and A lead by the director of HOLLA.”

“Oregon Flora Project”, Monday, September 12, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. Presented by Linda Hardison, Assistant Professor and Director of the Oregon Flora Project at Oregon State University. “From coastal rainforests to the high desert, Oregon’s diverse landscape produces a lush variety of plant life. This richness impacts all Oregonians — ranchers, wildflower enthusiasts, gardeners or connoisseurs of local brews. The Oregon Flora Project provides information about the plants of the state in ways that are relevant to all citizens. The project coordinates hundreds of volunteers and scientists who are carefully recording details of the state’s botanical resources. At the Corvallis Science Pub on September 12, Linda Hardison, director of the Oregon Flora Project, will show what they have discovered and how citizens can use the results to launch their own investigations into biodiversity, gardening with natives, weeds, rare plants and more.”

“Washington County Public Affairs Forum Talks”, Mondays, September 12. 19, and 26, doors open at 11:30 and talks begin at 12, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Free. Lunch available to order from the menu. September 12- Candidates for House Districts 29 and 33; September 19- Candidates for House District 24 and Candidates for Mayor of Hillsboro, plus Mark Callahan, Republican Candidate for US Senate; September 26- Race for Governor – Republican Candidate Bud Pierce confirmed. Democratic Incumbent, Governor Brown has been invited but is unable to attend. Also: Candidates for House District 30.

Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, September 13, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to make amazing jewelry with the makerspace's awesome tools and equipment and take it home. We will make 3D Word Art Jewelry, metal rings, laser cut earrings and more.”

How Woodpeckers Can Save the World (or at least your local forest!)”, Tuesday, September 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Naturalist Steve Shunk will start off our Speakers Series for 2016/2017 at Heron Hall with an engaging and informative talk about woodpeckers of North America. Woodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and North America’s woodpeckers play a critical role in our continent’s forests and woodlands. Nowhere else on Earth are woodpeckers such important contributors to forest ecology. Steve will take you inside the woodpecker anatomy, and translate anatomical adaptation into the fascinating behaviors we love to watch among our favorite woodland carpenters. He will explain how these amazing birds can slam their heads against trees without injury; why there is such broad variability among our local woodpecker species and describe how several species can co-exist in the same stand of forest without competition. Fly-catching woodpeckers, ant-eating woodpeckers, and the heavy-duty excavators will all be explored in his stories, including the keystone ecological roles played by them on our continent.”

The A-Z of Paying for College”, Tuesday, September 13, 6PM, Washington State University, Dengerink Administration Building Room 110, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free. Free parking available in Orange Lot 2. “The workshop is free and open to all, no matter which college you choose. Want to attend college but are worried about financing? Come find out how attending college can be affordable. In this workshop you will learn: the different ways to pay for college—grants, loans, savings, scholarships, work; which money is free and which needs to be paid back; important forms, dates and deadlines; scholarship strategies; and more!”

I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression”, Tuesday, September 13, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Presented by Anne Mavor, multi-disciplinarian artist and writer. Anne explores her own European-American heritage and helps us all understand how our family history still affects us today.”

Dahlias: From Garden to Vase”, Tuesday, September 13, 6:30PM, Canby Library. Master Gardener talk. “Learn how to cultivate dahlias and how to make beautiful flower arrangements with them.”

Preparing Your Garden for Winter”, Tuesday, September 13, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Kris LaMar will present things gardeners can do to improve and protect soil, get a leg up on destructive insects and plants that can be grown over the winter.”

Technology Workshop: Introduction to 3D Design”, Tuesday, September 13, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Computer Classroom Level 1. “Learn to design simple 3D objects and prepare them for printing. Explore Tinkercad, a free online 3D modeling platform.”

Author Talk, “Adam Sawyer”, Wednesday, September 14, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library; and Tuesday, September 20, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. 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.”

“Amphibians in Johnson Creek”, Wednesday, September 14, 6PM, Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd., Pdx. $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Come learn about amphibian species in the Johnson Creek watershed, including an exciting discovery from our first EcoBlitz at Powell Butte last May! Hub lets us use their space if we order food for the group, so tickets are $5 just to cover pizza. Some GF and vegan options available.”

“How Geckos Stick and Why we Care”, Wednesday, September 14, 7PM, Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Geckos can run up smooth vertical surfaces but, until recently, no one knew how they did it. Studying the physics of gecko feet at the nanoscale and measuring the tiny forces involved showed that gecko feet stick mechanically, not chemically. This discovery lead to the development of the world’s first adhesive that is dry, self-cleaning, reversible, and can even work in the vacuum of outer space. Designs based on gecko feet are being used to create robots that can run up walls and NASA grippers to clean up space junk. This adhesive could bring changes to the manufacture of everything from home electronics to car brakes. At this Science on Tap, Kellar Autumn, PhD, Professor of Biology and Entrepreneurship at Lewis and Clark College, will talk about gecko adhesion and how the study of strange animals has lead to biologically inspired materials and machines.”

Author Talk, “Kristin Ohlson”, Wednesday, September 14, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In 'The Soil Will Save Us’, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming.”

How To Make a Better Photograph”, Wednesday, September 14, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you Love to take pictures but know you would love it even more with a little professional help? This class is for beginning or amateur photographers. It will cover basic photography concepts including: composition, lighting, types of cameras, phone apps to use, and simple creative techniques for photography. It will be instructive, yet fun. All the principles of photography apply no matter what kind of camera you are shooting with. She will demonstrate with a smartphone, so bring yours with you and we will explore together. Rhonda will be using 2 apps which you can download before the class to keep it moving forward. One is Camera+, the other is Snapseed. To bring with you: A fully charged cell phone (with camera apps mentioned above). Bring your enthusiasm to learn new skills and have a lot of fun.”

Five Petal Origami Flowers”, Wednesday, September 14, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Bilingual. “Learn how to make paper flowers with mother and daughter instructors, Daisy and Natalia. This program is for children 8 years and older, or younger if accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided. We hope to see you there!”

Concert, “Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band”, Wednesday, September 14, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for a fun afternoon with The Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band! The Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band plays Americana, folk, country/bluegrass as they used to be played in the old-time kitchens with instruments found around the house. The band‘s six members play the guitar, washboard, washtub base, spoons, harmonica, banjulele, banjo, kazoos, train whistles and other rhythm instruments. This all-women band has performed together since 2011.”

“Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, September 14, 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!”

“Beatrix Potter: Life and Works”, Wednesday, September 14, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room; and Saturday, September 17, 1PM, North Plains Library. “Join us as we welcome Terese Blanding of Billings, Montana for a program in which she shares the story of one of the world’s most beloved writers and illustrators of children’s literature. Helen Beatrix Potter, the creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other well-known books, was born in London during the mid-Victorian era. After enduring an oppressive childhood, she became one of England’s most successful writers, naturalists, businesswomen, and sheep breeders, owning large areas of land in northern England. Included in the program is a display of the many books authored and illustrated by Potter as well as drawings, photos, wallpapers, fabrics, garments, games, porcelain figures, and other memorabilia relating to Potter and her endearing characters.”

Science Matters”, Thursday, September 15, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online. “Explore the life of a scientist and do hands on experiments to learn some of the science they discovered.” September topic: wind. Kids will be making pinwheels, and blowing bubbles outside (dress for the weather).

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, September 15, 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, “Adam Bray”, Thursday, September 15, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Discover fantastic facts, bizarre-but-true tales, and uncanny trivia about the superheroes and villains of the Marvel Comics Universe with ‘Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know’. Join contributor Adam Bray for behind-the-scenes revelations to strange and interesting facts about everyone’s favorite Marvel comic characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.”

History in the News”, Thursday, September 15, 5:30PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Free. “The WHC is excited to launch a new program that puts current events in historical context — History in the News! On the third Thursday of the month, come to the Dye House for an informative conversation that provides historical context and commentary on whatever is hot in the news. The conversation begins with a moderated roundtable of public intellectuals, followed by a question-and-answer-and-discussion session with attendees. The evening’s topic will be decided ten days in advance — check the WHC website and Facebook page for more information. The event is open to the public and free.”

Screenings, “Pay 2 Play” and “Shadows of Democracy”, Thursday, September 15, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Discussion will be held the following Wednesday, September 21, 6PM. “We're showing two documentaries, which all are invited to watch this week, and return next week for a discussion. ‘Pay 2 Play’ - How can we get out from under the system of pay-to-play politics, where politicians reward their donors with public money and special favors? ‘Shadows of Democracy’ - A film ‘mash-up’ that includes segments from the documentaries The Corporation, Shadows of Liberty, and Move to Amend's Legalize Democracy.”

“LAIKA: A Giant Skeleton and Animated Shorts”, Thursday, September 15, 6:30PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $7. Tickets available here: “Join OMSI and LAIKA for the kick off to the Animation Film Festival Weekend. Includes an in-depth lecture about the largest stop-motion puppet ever built or animated: an 18-foot tall giant skeleton. Following the lecture, we will enjoy 7 animated shorts produced by LAIKA employees.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, September 15, 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.”

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Schedule here: “Most cultures have a harvest festival and China is no exception. Zhong Qiu Jie (中秋节), the Mid-Autumn Festival, has roots back to ancient times and is an important traditional Chinese holiday. Taking place on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is usually on or close to the time of the “Harvest Moon” when the moon appears at its fullest during the autumnal equinox. Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, at Lan Su Chinese Garden this September 15 - 18!”

Mount Angel Oktoberfest”, Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18, Mt. Angel, OR “Most events at Oktoberfest are free. Only 3 of the venues have a cover charge, purchase of a wristband allows for admission to all 3. There is never a charge for persons under 21 years old, but there are slightly restricted hours in the Biergarten and Weingarten, check the venues for details.”

Author Talk, “Amber Smith”, Thursday, September 15, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library, and Friday, September 16, 7PM, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. “Meet White Salmon native Amber Smith, author of ‘Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan’. Book signing to follow presentation. Books available for purchase.”

The Willamette Meteorite: Pearl of the Ice Age Floods”, Thursday, September 15, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Join us for a fascinating history of the Willamette Meteorite. Starting with its 450 mile journey atop an iceberg from the ruptured ice dam that contained glacial lake Missoula to the Willamette Valley; then on to its theft and transport from land owned by Oregon Iron and Steel to the property of a local lumberman wanting to cash in on his celestial find; to the Lewis and Clark exposition and finally to its current resting spot at the Museum of Natural History in New York. It is a tale of cataclysmic geologic forces and the foibles of the human being. Presented by Mark Buser. President of the Ice Age Floods Institute, Mark worked closely with the Pacific Northwest Congressional Delegation to pass the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail Act.”

Beaverton Welcoming Week”, Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 25, various venues. There are lots of neat cultural events happening! Too many to list all individually so check them out here: “Welcoming Week is an annual series of events that bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. The events raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming and engage immigrant and receiving community members in activities to strengthen relationships and cross-cultural understanding.”

Bridal Veil Falls and Loop Hike”, Friday, September 16, 10AM, Bridal Veil Falls State Park. Easy, 1.2 miles, 70’ elevation gain. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “From a lumber company to a ghost town, weddings to waterfalls, NASCAR to Kraft cheese, Bridal Veil Falls State Park is gushing with history. Discover the secret past of Bridal Veil with Oregon State Park Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser.”

“Library Citizens Unite! For Teens”, Friday, September 16, 5PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Attention teens! We want you to snack, vote on things like the best pizza in town and the best events for teens, and meet members of Teen Library Council. Enjoy voting games and learn how you can help the library while gaining community service experience.”

“El Grito 2016 Celebration”, Friday, September 16, 11:30AM-10:30PM, Rose Quarter Commons, 1 Center Ct., Pdx. Free admission for all ages. El Grito Fiestas Patrias celebrates the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries from Spain. As the Mexican President presents the nation’s traditional El Grito in Mexico City, so too will Portland commemorate Mexico’s independence at the Rose Quarter Commons. Join us for the most important holiday celebrated by the Oregon Hispanic community! Entry is free for all and the celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m. In addition to folkloric and Aztec dancers, live mariachi, salsa, cumbia, and pop music, there will also be traditional food and beverages, community booths with interactive and educational materials, and the Mexican tradition known as El Grito de Independencia.”

Sunset Kayak Tour at Rooster Rock”, Friday, September 16, 7PM, 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.”

Aztec Dance Workshop”, Saturday, September 17, 1PM, Beaverton Library South Lawn. All ages. “The non-profit group Huitzilopochtli will present a workshop on Aztec dancing in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Attendees will hear live music, watch dancing and then learn some steps.”

Fillible’s Folly Rocket Launch”, Saturday, September 17, 8AM-10PM, and Sunday, September 18, 8AM-2PM, on private land in Sheridan, OR. “Waiver is 5,400 feet AGL. Launch times Saturday is from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Public night launches available on Saturday. Launch fees for non-members and their families are $20 for the weekend for high power (H impulse and above), and $10 for the weekend for low power (A-G impulse). All launches at Sheridan are sanctioned under NAR.”

Hood River Fruit Loop Pear Celebration”, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. “Bring family and friends and have fun at our celebration at the peak of pear harvest. Check out many varieties of locally grown fresh pears, pear desserts, pear wine, live music, BBQs, lavender farms, alpaca babies and more. Many farms have picnic areas.”

Hike at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, September 17, 8AM. Free. Easy, 3 miles, little elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: “Join birder Randy Fortish for a leisurely-paced hike through this beautiful wetland area with oak woodlands and open fields. Bring your binoculars and be ready to identify birds together on this hike.”  Pierce NWR is not normally open to the public.

Seattle Fiestas Patrias”, Saturday, September 17, 12PM-10:30PM, and Sunday, September 18, 12PM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the nations of Latin America through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Dance to live mariachi music, join in a children’s soccer clinic and learn how Latin American countries celebrate independence from Spanish rule. Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebrates diversity and the Latino community in Western Washington.”

Greenway Trail Bird Walk”, Saturday, September 17, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Join naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy on a guided bird walk on the Greenway Trail in Vancouver. This expert-guided bird walk is a great way to learn how to recognize our local birds and learn a bit about their habits.”

Introduction to the Language of Birds”, Saturday, September 17, 9AM, Clear Creak Natural Area, 16491 S. Springwater Rd., Oregon City. Ages 8 and up. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “As they feed, nest and raise their young, birds relay messages about when it’s safe and where predators are prowling. Explore Clear Creek Natural Area with naturalist Dan Daly to learn how to interpret what the birds are saying. This site is great for wildlife tracking, and we will look for signs of predators that hunt there.”

Intro to Urban Foraging Workshop”, Saturday, September 17, 10AM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SW Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Whether you want to survive a zombie apocalypse, or cook healthier, cheaper meals for your family, foraging is a practical skill for all ages. Join plant enthusiast Eve Hanlin for a presentation and guided walk around Columbia Springs to help you identify the many safe, easy and free foods that grow in abundance right within our city limits.”

Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, Oakland, OR.

Blue Lake Nature and Culture Festival”, Saturday, September 17, 11AM-4PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Celebrate the end of summer at Blue Lake Regional Park with face-painting, music and dance, a nature scavenger hunt, cultural activities and delicious international foods for sale. 11am Native American Youth Powwow and Spoken Word; 12pm Cilantro Island Latin Music; 1pm Unit SOUZOU Taiko Drumming; 2pm Chervona Slavic Music; 3pm INKA Jam Andean Rhythms.”

Portland Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival”, Saturday, September 17, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, September 18, 11AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. Advance tickets $6 for two days, admission at the door Saturday is $8.00 and that includes a free pass to return on Sunday. Sunday's admission charge is $6.00. Free for ages 11 and under. This is a retail consumer show featuring art rubber stamps, card-making, scrap-booking, and paper crafts.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, September 17, 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.”

249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B”, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, Fort Stevens State Park, Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The 249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B, reenactors will be representing those soldiers who served at Fort Stevens during WW II. Drills and camp life will be demonstrated throughout each day. They sleep in actual field tents and drive around in period jeeps; just the way it happened over 70 years ago at the fort. Feel free to ask questions and spend some time listening to the big band music playing on the radio.”

Autumnal Equinox Celebration Star Party”, Saturday. September 17, 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: “OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the pre-autumn night sky at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 7:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Moon and more! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes.” All kinds of info about attending a star party here:

Oregon Trail Live!”, Saturday, September 17, 12PM-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. $30 per team advance registration; spectators $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 kids 6-17. “The first (and only) live action version of the well loved Oregon Trail Computer game, Oregon Trail Live won the Outstanding Museum Educator Award from the Oregon and California Trails Association (We told you it was educational!) Full size covered wagon, 1860s Doctor's wagon, live music with LuAnn Ritts, Miss Milly's Saloon, Dance Hall, Gambling Parlor and Arm Wrestling Emporium with Taproot, Mill Creek Station Cafe, blacksmith demonstrations, farm animals. Sam Barlow will be advertising his new Barlow Trail Cutoff (Watch out for snake oil salesmen and wild buffalo!)” This is a hoot and a definite winner!

Historic Downtown Gresham Tour”, Saturday, September 17, 11AM, Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. Preregistration suggested; register online: “Follow an experienced tour guide on a walk through Historic Downtown Gresham. Learn about the famous (and obscure) people, events, and buildings that make up the fabric of our extraordinary town. This tour lasts for an hour and is wheelchair-friendly.”

Batman Day”, Saturday, September 17. Being celebrated in style at Things from Another World: and Comic Cave Pdx: or check a comic book store near you!

Explore Pre-Columbian Music”, Saturday, September 17, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library; and Saturday, September 17, 4:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Explore ancient Mexican culture through musical instruments and artifacts with artist Samuel Becerra as he shares his skills and knowledge about traditional music and artistic expression. As an accomplished guitar player, Samuel teaches group songs in Spanish and shares ancient instruments, many of which are only found in museums. Bilingual presentation.”

Wafa Ghnaim Presenting Tatreez and Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora”, Saturday, September 17, 1PM (The Wheat Harvest Design); Sunday, September 18, 1PM (Children’s Designs); and Monday, September 19, 7PM (The Gardens Design), Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Wafa Ghnaim will be presenting her book Tatreez and Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora September 17-19, 2016 at the Ledding Library Pond House. Come to one or all three sessions! Wafa and her sisters grew up learning the time honored folk art and tradition of embroidery from their mother, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim. Researching over thirty years worth of oral history interviews, recorded demonstrations, lectures, journal entries and photographs from her and her mother, Wafa documents, decodes and preserves the patterns, meanings and oral history of over a dozen traditional Palestinian embroidery designs passed on for generations between women in her family.”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, September 17, 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.”

Concert, “Guitarist Dorian Michael”, Saturday, September 17, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Enjoy an afternoon of fingerstyle acoustic guitar music. Michael's unique music weaves blues, folk, jazz and rock to create his own sound.”

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival”, Saturday, September 17, 8AM-4PM, Forest Grove. Free to watch, $12 to participate, which includes a tray of chalk and a designated sidewalk square. Preregistration event Wednesday, September 14, 5-7PM. “It’s hard to believe that the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival has been taking place for over 25 years. Since 1991 the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival has grown to be one of the most anticipated and fun events in Washington County. Anyone can take part in the fun, no matter what their artistic skills might be. It is great to see the creative drawings taking shape throughout the day and to stroll the downtown blocks after the event to see the wonderful artwork. The festival is held rain or shine so come prepared for the weather. There will be ongoing entertainment all day long, suitable for all ages. Bring your imagination along with your knee pads, rulers, blending brushes, etc. and enjoy the day alongside your fellow artists. The event is open to all. There is no judging, only admiration.”

Hip Hop Soulsation”, Saturday September 17, 11AM, North Portland Library. “Cykhyia was born and raised in New York and has been dancing since the age of 6 years old. Her dream is to always own a dance studio and bring the joy of dance to all walks of life. Now Cykhyia is in Oregon bringing her edgy and unique style to Portland. Join Cykhyia and Hip Hop Soulsation Academy as the bring an upbeat edgy interactive performance the whole family can enjoy.”

Food Hero Recipe Taste Testing”, Saturday, September 17, 12PM, North Portland Library. “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!”

Concert, “Edna Vasquez”, Saturday, September 17, 3PM, Tualatin Library. “Edna Vazquez performs a solo musical act with her guitar. With her soulful voice, Edna sings Spanish-language ballads with folk, rock, pop, and Mariachi musical influences.”

“Basic Canning”, Saturday, September 17, 11AM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants will learn the basics of hot water bath canning for use in preserving jams, jellies, tomatoes, pickles and other fruits and vegetables. Instructions with include equipment and safety options as well as common recipes.”

“Let’s Tinker Around for Teens”, Saturday, September 17, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Try. Learn. Try Again. Come and join Tinker Camp design, build and create. We'll use tools from the makerspace to design games, make costume, build spaceships and more. Each month will be a different theme.”

“Microscopy for Beginners”, Saturday, September 17, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Ages 8 and up. One microscope, per ticket. | Maximum two people, per microscope. $10 per ticket. Preregistration required; register online: “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands–on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.”

Tortilla, Sope and Gordita Making with Fresh Corn Masa”, Saturday, September 17, 3PM, Hillsboro Main Library (ages 14-21; preregistration required; register online) and Sunday, September 18, 3PM, Holgate Library (preregistration required; register online: "Three Sisters Nixtamal will be bringing their fresh, stone-ground organic corn masa to show you how easy it is to make your own delicious masa creations. This hands-on class includes shaping and cooking tortillas, sopes and gorditas and finishing them with our favorite locally available Mexican ingredients. We share our favorite recipes and talk about the history of corn in Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas as well as the health benefits of this thousands-years old, traditional corn processing method called nixtimalization."

Wrestling ‘Lucha Libre’ Masks”, Saturday, September 17, 2PM at Capitol Hill Library (free tickets given out at 1:30PM); and Saturday, September 24, 2PM, Albina Library. Bilingual. “Lucha Libre (Wrestler) is one of the most prominent Mexican postmodern cultural icons. From movies to products, the Lucha Libre characters have been portrayed and used as symbols for strength resilience and ‘Mexicanidad’ amongst different groups, especially, those of Hispanic heritage in the USA and abroad. Lucha Libre wrestlers ‘luchadores’ traditionally create their characters and design their masks based on animals, fiction characters, and public personalities that have attributes that they admire and want to be recognized with. In this workshop, participants will create their own Lucha Libre mask with craft materials modeling the traditions of inspiration of the luchadores.”

Aquafer Adventure”, Saturday, September 17, 12PM-4PM, Portland Water Bureau Launch, 16650 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free. “Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids! Food will be available for purchase. All activities (including 15-minute canoe rides) are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Portland Polonia”, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, between the Polish Library and St. Stanislaus Church, 3900 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. Free. “The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone. During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.”

Identifying Hawks, Eagles and Falcons”, Saturday, September 17, 10AM-3PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Hillsboro. Ages 12 and up. $25 adults, $18 Hillsboro residents, $15 seniors. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to identify birds of prey based on size, shape, behavior and field marks. A classroom session where we study specimens, photos and field guides gets us prepared to venture out on a local field trip by carpool. Designed for beginner to intermediate birders.”

Printmaking for Kids”, Saturday, September 17, 2PM, Albina Library; Saturday, September 24, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Saturday, September 24, 3:30PM, Gresham 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.”

Introduction to Watercolor Florals”, Saturday, September 17, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Kaitlyn Van Cleef of Seek Paper Co. for a watercolor florals workshop! In this introductory class you will learn the art of watercolor through detailed and abstract florals. We will cover painting techniques, color palette curation, and floral composition to create a beautiful piece for your home.”

Sturgeon Festival”. Saturday, September 17, 10AM-3:30PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “10:30 a.m. – Raptor House Birds of Prey Show; 11:20 a.m. – Eartha the Ecological Clown; 12:30 p.m. – Fish Dissection; 2:00 p.m. – Creature Feature Live Reptile Show. Join us for our annual celebration of Columbia River Ecosystems. Every year, the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems with a community festival on the third Saturday in September. This free, fun family event offers a variety of opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. Enjoy the breath-taking birds of prey show and amazing live reptile show. Budding young scientists will especially interested in the fish dissections. Kids of all ages will be entertained and informed by the colorful Eartha the Ecological Clown.”

Hillsboro Reads Launch Event”, Sunday, September 18, 3PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Join us for the first event in the month-long Hillsboro Reads 2016 celebration! There will be churros and a mariachi band out on the plaza as we celebrate this year's Hillsboro Reads book, Spare Parts, and also celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.” More about the book here:

Autumn Equinox Pub Sing”, September 18, 6PM, Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St., Pdx. Family friendly. “Portland Revels will be partnering again with Lift Urban Portland for our Autumn Equinox Pub Sing on September 18th! While the change of the seasons can bring warmth and welcome, it can also be a hardship for the homeless and hungry in the Portland Community. Because of this, last year we dedicated our autumn pub sing to serving those in need. We’re grateful to the Lucky Lab Beer Hall on NW Quimby for allowing us to use the space this year for no cost! Join us for a family-friendly evening of singing and merriment, and help the hungry while you lift a pint. The event usually costs $10 a head (and we’ll split our proceeds with Lift Urban Portland). But if you bring 3 cans of food you get in for $5, and if you bring 4 or more you get in for free! You can learn more about both of our organizations at the event, and help us sing in the fall while giving back to the community. For suggestions about what the food bank most needs right now, check out Lift Urban Portland’s webpage:–other-items.html.”

Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop”, Sunday, September 18, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Meeting Room. Preregistration required; register online: “This workshop empowers people to reduce lead exposure and lead poisoning in their lives. It provides participants with the tools and resources needed to locate lead sources within their home and occupation, stabilize or eliminate hazardous lead conditions, and find additional agencies and organizations in the Portland metro area that can help to further limit lead hazards in the home. Participants receive a booklet and kit of lead-safe cleaning and testing materials.”

Pool of the Winds and Little Beacon Rock Hike”, Sunday, September 18, 10AM. Free. Easy, 2.5 miles, 500’ elevation gain. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “This hike to Pool of the Winds and Little Beacon Rock features an educational scavenger hunt with environmental educator Roland Begin. Learn botany, geology, and history as we hike. Great for the whole family.” 

Writing Workshop”, Sunday, September 18, 2PM, Sherwood Library. “Author Marie Buckley leads each group with a warm-up exercise and thematic writing session. No experience is necessary in order to participate, other than an enjoyment of writing and interacting with fellow writers. Bring writing tools and expect a lively, fun atmosphere with plenty of positive feedback. All workshops are from 2:00-4:00 PM in the Community Meeting Room.” September theme: “Walls”.

A Road Suited to the Times: The Columbia River Highway at 100”, Sunday, September 18, 3PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, 25 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale. Free and open to the public. “Join us for a glass lantern slide show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the building of the Columbia River Highway. Modeled after the great scenic highways in Europe, the Columbia River Highway was officially dedicated in 1916 at two ceremonies commemorating the completion of the highway between Hood River and Portland. Using original hand colored lantern slides from the John Yeon Slide collection at the Oregon Historical Society – projected using a 1940 Bausch and Lomb projector – we take a closer look at one of the greatest roadway projects of modern times.”

Mid-Autumn Festival”, Sunday, September 18, 3PM, Woodstock Library. “Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival), one of the oldest and best-loved holidays in many parts of Asia. Join with friends and family to hear stories of the festival, participate in fun craft activities, and watch traditional live performances.”

Bug Blast”, Sunday, September 18, 10AM-4PM, Burke Museum, 4331 Memorial Way NE, Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth 5-18. Free for ages 4 and under. “Bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, fly, buzz, or crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual all-ages event. Get eye-to-eye with live bugs and spiders plus a honeycomb with live bees and a transparent ant nest. Also examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections and try some buggy snacks. Special this year: live bug shows with the Bug Chicks! Shows at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm These two scientists take time off from their research to inspire all of us to find our inner ‘bugdork.’ Their presentation showcases the diversity of arthropods, and invites us to touch, hold, and pet the amazing creatures in their Bug Zoo. Touch live bugs like tarantulas and cockroaches—if you dare! See beetles, butterflies and more from the Burke's insect collection that are only viewable at Bug Blast. Get a bug's eye view with insect eye glasses. And more!”

The Untold Story: Chinese American History in Oregon”, Monday, September 19, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Brought to you by the Oregon Historical Society. Educator Helen Ying will take audiences down the historical lane of the Pendleton Chinese community, including the history of the underground city, where people retreated to escape discrimination. Rediscovered after being unnoticed for many years, the story includes legal and illegal businesses that operated for over 100 years.”

A Walk in the Woods”, Monday, September 19, 1PM, Vancouver Library, Klictitat Room Level 4. “Fall is a beautiful time in the PNW to get out and walk. Speakers from Washington Trails Association and Clark County Public Health will talk about local hiking, hiking safety, and how you can borrow a Nature Explorer Club Backpack from your library.” 

The Best of the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers' Festival”, Tuesday, September 20, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library. “The Best of the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers' Festival touring program presents a carefully selected cross-section of filmmaking from the Northwest. The Northwest Film Center presents this showcase to bring the filmmakers wider exposure while offering regional independent films to venues and audiences large and small.” 

How to Think About Climate Change without Scaring Yourself Silly”, Tuesday, September 20, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Presented by Meadow Anderson, Former AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the US EPA. “The global scale of climate change and the dire predictions of its impacts can be daunting. Meadow will share her favorite resources for understanding the current situation and ways she's found to be curious about the questions that climate change is asking of us. She'll also share some of the most hopeful responses she's discovered and what she's learned about effective ways we can act to shape our shared future.”

“Secrets of the Greatest Generation: Stories our Mothers Never Told Us”, Tuesday, September 20, doors open at 6:15 to see the related exhibit, and talk begins at 7:15PM, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 NW Kearney St., Pdx. $5. Preregistration required; register online: “Talk by Suzanne Hertzberg, author of Katherine Joseph: Photographing an Era of Social Significance. When Katherine Joseph died in 1990, her daughter discovered a trove of memorabilia from her mother’s career as a Roosevelt-era photographer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). Joseph photographed union leaders and progressive political luminaries as well as men and women at work in union shops and at play in union-sponsored cultural events. She traveled to Mexico in 1941 on an extended photojournalistic grand tour, returned to New York on the cusp of Pearl Harbor, and went on to document labor’s wartime Home Front efforts. Then, as did millions of American women after the war, she married and left her job to become a full-time homemaker. Closing the door firmly on her remarkable career and accomplishments, she rarely spoke of her past, sharing with her daughter only anecdotal snippets and the occasional photograph. Her path from traditional immigrant upbringing to independence, adventure, and professional success remained essentially a secret for the rest of her life. Hertzberg embarked on archiving her mother’s work and researching her career, a project that bore fruit as ‘Katherine Joseph: Photographing an Era of Social Significance’, for her children to appreciate their grandmother’s accomplishments and for the preservation of an important historical legacy. ‘We have much to learn from the ‘Greatest Generation’ women,” Hertzberg notes, 'who were raised not to draw attention to themselves or their accomplishments and who succeeded so well in doing so that we risk losing their legacy.' "

Origami and Towel Folding for Teens”, Tuesday, September 20, 4:30PM, Troutdale Library. “Whether it's paper or towels, learn how to make decorations by folding them into shapes. You can make elegant cranes, cute elephants and more. We will provide origami paper but we encourage you to bring your own towel if you can.”

Felted Soap”, Tuesday, September 20, 6:30PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Soap with a felted cover is an easy project that makes a great gift. We will teach you how to use a bit of wool fiber, water, and gentle manipulation to create a soap bar with a built-in washcloth that lathers and exfoliates. Supplies included.”

England and Scotland”, Tuesday, September 20, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Sherwood Forest, Stonehenge, Culloden Battle Field, and Loch Ness. Those are just some of the stops that our very own Gen Brown, along with her family, made when they visited England and Scotland last fall. They will share stories and photographs of their two-week adventure in the United Kingdom.”

Author Talk, “Laura O. Foster”, Tuesday, September 20, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Laura O. Foster presents her book, “Columbia Gorge Getaways: 12 Weekend Adventures, from Towns to Trails”. “The book is a complete guide to the Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile-long chasm that's one of the nation’s few National Scenic Areas. With 12 ready-to-go vacation itineraries, the book is like having a personal tour guide always ready in your glove-box. The itineraries—plus a one to five-day highlights tour—tell you everything you need to have a blast in the gorge, from beaches to back roads, historic downtowns, hiking and biking routes, shopping, brewpubs and wineries, rural inns, historic sites and museums. Appendices cover festivals, along with gorge outfitters, guides, lessons, rentals and excursions.”

Coding Club”, Wednesdays, September 21 and 28, 3:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 10-18. “We will have laptops and other coding tools set out for kids ages 10-18 for 90 minutes every Wednesday this fall starting September 21. This club will be an opportunity for you to learn through collaboration, experience and play and NOT through lecture. There will be weekly concepts and assignments for you to work on, but the curriculum is really set by the participants. Do you want to program a Finch robot? Do you want to work on a program in Scratch? Do you want to work with Snap circuits or the Makey Makey board? It is up to YOU. No registration required at this time. Adults will be there to facilitate, but we will be learning with you as well. Let’s learn together!”

Our Community Can End Homelessness: Here's How!”, Wednesday, September 21, 6PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “The number of people experiencing homelessness in Portland and across the nation is increasing. What are the root causes of homelessness and what does someone experience when they become homeless? What services are available to people exiting homelessness and finding stable housing again? What is our community already doing to end homelessness and what do we still have to do? Local advocates will talk about the history of homelessness, the present day work underway to address this community issue and what we can do to change the future of our city by ending modern day homelessness.”

Homeschooling in Oregon”, Wednesday, September 21, 6:30PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Want to learn more about homeschooling? A panel of experienced homeschoolers shares information on home based education, including local resources. Presented by Oregon Home Education Network.”

Concert, “Sam Bam Boo”, Wednesday, September 21, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Sam Bam Boo plays the lilting and lively sounds of the tropics, including calypso, soca, zouk, high life, reggae, and even jazz and blues... all with an island twist. Having opened for Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys, and Trini Lopez, Sam Bam Boo is sure to bring a great time to the library!”

T-Shirt Totes for Teens”, Wednesday, September 21, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library. “Bring a t-shirt of any size and we'll show you how to transform it into an awesome bag--no sewing required! (Some shirts provided if you don't have one you can part with.)”

MicCheck!: Poetry Performance by Neil Aiken and Local API Poets”, Wednesday, September 21, 6:30PM, Midland Library. “Come join us for an evening of poetry featuring Pacific Northwest Asian and Pacific Islander (API) poets with special guest Neil Aitken.”

LEGO Robotics Workshop for Teens”, Thursday, September 22, 6PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Interested in LEGOs, programming and robotics? Beaverton City Library will be hosting Batteries in Black, Oregon's #1 robotics team, for a crash course in LEGO Mindstorms programming. No prior knowledge of LEGO robotics required.”

Beginning Birding 1”, Thursday, September 22, and Thursday, October 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Laura Whittemore, long-time birder and teacher, for an introduction to bird watching that takes the mystery out of the country’s most popular hobby. You will learn to recognize birds by shape, behavior, plumage, and more; and how to use binoculars and field guides to zero in on the identity of that mysterious little bird. Sign up now to learn about birds with the patient guidance of an experienced birder.” 

Author Talk, “Marianne Monson”, Thursday, September 22, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Join us for Multnomah Village author Marianne Monson, reading from her book ‘Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women’. Discover the stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. As a slave, Clara watched helpless as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later. As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived. As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of America's native people. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.”

Broadway Rose Theatre Co. Presents, “Fly By Night: A Rock Fable”, Thursday, September 22 through October 23, Broadway Rose New Stage 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Ages 6 and up. “A gypsy prophecy pulls melancholy sandwich-maker Harold and two bewitching sisters through a star-crossed journey of love and connection. Featuring a catchy score and inventive story-telling, this darkly comic rock fable culminates during the northeast blackout of 1965. ‘The most paradoxical of musicals – hilarious and bittersweet, deeply immersed in tradition but utterly original’ (Dallas News), Fly By Night is a tale of finding light in a world filled with darkness.”

Oregon Alpenfest”, Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25, in Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake, OR. “Join us for a fun-filled four-day celebration of Swiss and Bavarian culture, cuisine and liquid refreshment in Wallowa County, Oregon's Little Switzerland. Visit Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa Lake to enjoy polka music, folk dancing, alphorn blowing and Swiss yodeling plus Joseph Trading Post Bratwurst, the official sausage of Oregon's Alpenfest; Alpenfest Sauerkraut, and Terminal Gravity Alpenfest Ale.”

Northwest Quilting Expo”, Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23, 9AM-5:30PM, and Saturday, September 24, 9AM-5PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $10, free for kids 12 and under. Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more.

How to Plant Extraordinary Terrariums”, Thursday, September 22, 3PM, North Portland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The whole point of a terrarium is to keep extraordinary plants healthy and happy in a modern home by planting them in a closed glass container. Whether it be a large Wardian Case full of tropical blooming plants and poison dart frogs, or a tiny little bottle with just a sprig of spike moss, terrariums make a fun and educational hobby. Come learn both the history, the science and the art of high humidity, totally enclosed terrariums and leave with a beautiful terrarium of your own.”

Re-imagining Historic Chinese Mining Landscapes”, Thursday, September 22, 7PM, St. Helens Public Library. Free. “Chinese miners adapted a range of techniques to recover gold from various settings, and those techniques left distinctive footprints on the landscape. With remote sensing, we are beginning to see how the Chinese prospered decades after other miners left the gold fields.”

Just Uke It! Group Ukulele for Newbies”, Thursday, September 22, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Thursday, September 29, 4PM, Hillsdale Library (for teens). “Get ready to have some fun while learning the ukulele! Taught by Aaron, this class for newbie ukulele players will introduce you to the popular kids songs performed by Micah And Me! This class teaches anyone from 8 to 88 to play ukulele. Through this class, you’ll always collect a variety of tunes to share before bed, around the campfire, at your child’s preschool, and beyond! You will leave the first class playing a song and throughout the class you will grow the list of joyful songs you can share with your family and friends. Ukuleles provided; however you are welcome to bring your own!”

Oaks Park Oktoberfest”, Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Admission $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 youth 15 and under. Lots of details here:

Chinese Paper Cutting and Mandarin Lesson”, Friday, September 23, 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.”

Petroglyphs and Dancing Rock Hike”, Friday, September 23, 10AM, Columbia Hills State Park, WA. Easy, 2-3 miles, little elevation gain. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Friends of the Columbia River Gorge board member Jim Chase will lead us to ancient petroglyphs and rock images, including ‘She Who Watches,’ and to traces of the Ice Age Floods at Dancing Rock Land Trust property. Optional wine tasting later at Jacob Williams Winery.”

Fort Yamhill Living History Days”, Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, Fort Yamhill State Park. “Come to Fort Yamhill, where history is returning to this lonely army outpost! For a full weekend, dedicated volunteers will be gathering at Fort Yamhill to tell you the story of Company A, 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry, when they were stationed at Fort Yamhill, guarding the Coastal Indian Reservation and the Willamette Valley.”

Raptor Identification and Migration”, Friday, September 23, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: “Hawks, eagles, and falcons can be challenging to identify, particularly in flight. Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan will cover the basics of raptor identification in the evening class.”

Author Talk, “Jack Gantos”, Friday, September 23, 7PM, Battle Ground Library. “Join us for an evening with award-winning author Jack Gantos. Vintage Books will be on hand with copies of his books for purchase and signing. Doors open at 6:30pm.” Jack Gantos has published books for all ages, but is perhaps best known for his middle grade “Joey Pigza” series and his “Rotten Ralph” picture books.

Homeschool Days: Early Aviation Pioneers”, Friday, September 23, 10AM-2PM, Evergreen Museum, McMinnville. $20 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; register online: “This class will explore the early pioneers in flight such as Otto Lilienthal , Octave Chanute, Leonardo da Vinci and many more. Did Gustave Whitehead beat the Wright Brothers into the air? Join us and find out more.”

Alter Wiener, Holocaust Survivor”, Saturday, September 24, 1:30PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood. “Hear first-hand accounts of life as a Jewish person in Nazi Germany, surviving the concentration camps, and life afterward. Alter Wiener is one of the last Oregon Holocaust survivors and author of ‘From a Name to a Number’. Doors open at 12:45, presentation at 1:30 p.m. at Sherwood Center for the Arts. Books will be available for purchase after the event.”

Acorn Pudding and Extracting Volatile Oils”, Saturday, September 24, 8AM, Wild Food Adventures, 422 SE 49th Ave., Pdx. Cost and registration details here: Presented by wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas. “Get hands-on experience on how some wild plants are processed for grain, flour, and essential oils. We’ll see how to shell, grind, process and leach acorns so that they transform into wonderful additions to breads, muffins, pancakes, and pudding. By the end of the workshop we’ll have gone from bitter acorns in the shell to a sweet acorn pudding that any normal human would enjoy. Also learn how to make a distillation setup from simple kitchen ware. We’ll make a distillate from mint that you could use to flavor teas, use in cooking or aroma therapy.”

Islamic Center of Portland Open House”, Saturday, September 24, 3PM, Imam Al-Mahdi Center, 6940 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. “The Vose NAC and the Islamic Center of Portland invite you to learn about Muslim culture, Islam and the center's important role in the community at this open house.”

Botanical Illustration with Water Color”, Saturday, September 24, 11AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register and see supply list online: “Whether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your botanical illustration skills, this class is for you! Instructor Ruth Williams will teach students the basics of botanical illustration so that they can complete one or two watercolors.” 

Acorn Processing and Oak Savanna Restoration”, Saturday, September 24, 3PM, Irving Park, 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 Acorn Processing and Oak Savanna Restoration. This is a skill we teach year after year: how to turn acorns from bitter nuts, into delicious flour, and how to keep restore those ecosystems that produce acorns. Come learn more, share what you know, crack and grind some acorns, taste a few treats made from acorn flour, and take home a baby Oregon White Oak to plant!”

Vancouver Lake Eco-Blitz”, Saturday, September 24, 7AM-2PM, Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; register online: Surveys: birds, plants, macroinvertebrates, insects, reptiles and amphibians. “Be a part of a citizen science movement and contribute to the Portland-Vancouver species inventory! At the Eco-Blitz, scientists, families, and community members will work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live at Vancouver Lake. The event is free and open to all ages. No experience is necessary! Volunteers will receive brief training on using the iNaturalist app and experts will be on hand to help identify species.” 

Chehalem Ridge Sneak Peek Nature Walks and Tours”, Saturday, September 24, 9AM (Spanish only) and 11:30AM (Spanish and English), and Saturday, October 8, 9AM and 11:30AM (Spanish and English), Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, Gaston. Free. Preregistration required; details online: “Join Metro and community partner Centro Cultural as they lead a sneak peek nature walk tour of Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, east of Gaston, south and Forest Grove and Cornelius. Learn about the natural habitat and wildlife as well as the current planning process to make Metro’s next nature park.”

Sauvie Island Bird Walk on Oak Island Trail”, Saturday, September 24, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Stroll the Oak Island trail on a free expert-guided walk with naturalist Elaine Murphy. Situated between Sturgeon and Steelman Lakes on Sauvie Island, this grassy peninsula and its towering oaks offer stellar birding opportunities. This time we'll watch for Sandhill Cranes, and can also expect to see grassland, upland, and riparian species.”

Marshmallows in Space”, Saturday, September 24, 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.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, September 24, 8PM, 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.”

Fur Trappers Encampment”, Saturday, September 24, 10AM-4PM, Champoeg State Park. Riverside Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Visitors can take a walk back through time as they visit an authentic fur trappers' encampment. In the early 1800's the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families. From here they embarked on great travels to trap beaver. In their camp, walk among the tents and works stations, ask questions of the interpreters and watch demonstrations of trapping, shooting, cooking and packing for the fur trade. In September, learn what life was like for these intrepid men and their Metis wives as they gather, renew old friendships and prepare for their winter’s journey following waterways and trapping beaver.”

Introduction to Geocaching”, Saturday, September 24, 2PM, Three Creeks Library, Vancouver. “Learn about geocaching in this introductory workshop with instructors Mike Tribe and Debbi Patton, members of the Washington State Geocaching Association.”

Bats of Tryon Creek”, Saturday, September 24, 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.”

Seattle Cat Club Cat Show” (in Portland…), Saturday, September 24, 9AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors and students 6-17, free for kids 5 and under, or $10 per family (2 adults/2 students). Parking $8, $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “Seattle Cat Club is the oldest cat club in the Pacific Northwest, and her sister club from Canada, Grandview Cat fanciers, is a youngster by comparison. We hope to have around 200 cats representing as many of CFA's 41 recognized breeds as possible plus our Mixed Breed competition - the Household Pet class.”

Fashion, Costumes and Wig Designs for Teens”, Saturday, September 24, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Monthly on the 4th Saturday. Preregistration required; see monthly topics and register online: “Come play with costumes, wigs, makeup and costume accessories with Theater Professional Jessica Carr! Learn, explore and create different characters from History to Cosplay and everything in between. These workshops will explore the many areas of theatrical costume design including costume and fashion rendering, wig styling, makeup application and small prosthetic making. Classes can be taken in sequence or separately, all skill levels are welcome!”

30 Years of TV Animation with Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain”, Saturday, September 24, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Family friendly. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. “Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere are the creators, writers, and producers of some of the most successful television animation of the last 30 years. Paul started his career in animation by helping to launch one TV’s all-time biggest hits The Simpsons, and then co-created the massive hit Rugrats with Joe as his head writer and story editor. Joe co-developed the cult classic Hey Arnold, and then together Joe and Paul created the hit show Recess for Disney.”

Treat Day”, Saturday, September 24, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. “Whole Wheat never tasted so good! Cookies, Cakes, Muffins, Scones, even dog biscuits can show up today. Always new, always great.” “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.

20th Annual Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival”, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby. “The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival has grown significantly since its inception in 1997. The Festival includes three days of workshops and a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities. Our Mission is to exhibit and demonstrate the full spectrum of natural fibers (plant and animal) from beginning to end, from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product.”

"Cider Squeeze", Saturday, September 24, 10AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. $5 per person or $20 per family. “Bring your apples, press ours, or buy cider. Vendors, food, craftsmen and musicians all day. Fun for the whole family. We will have both the old and new parking lots available for this event. Cider pressing: If you’re bringing apples, please bring them to the new parking lot on Eagle Creek Road. Press cider from your own apples: $3.00/gallon. Press cider from our apples: $6.00/gallon. Use our jugs: $1.00 each (jugs hold 1 gallon of cider). Pre-pressed, pasteurized cider: $7.00/gallon. Please note: on Saturday, there is a limit of 2 gallons per family, so everyone can have a turn. Please bring your apples to the bulk squeeze on Sunday afternoon from 2:00-6:00 for unlimited squeezing. There is no admission charged for the bulk squeeze, and all parking is in the Eagle Creek lot. Live music on Saturday, featuring Heartstrings and Extra Measure. Tours of the house, store open for historic books, toys, games and souvenirs, 1860’s barn with corn-grinding and cross-cut saw, Build a log cabin, use the laundry scrub board and wringer, check out our wagon shed, and visit a living history log cabin. Blacksmithing and wood stove cooking demonstrations. Meals served up by the Summit Booster club, and pie social hosted by the Estacada First Baptist Church. Come for a real community feast!”

The Italian Festival”, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 10AM-7PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Italy through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The Italian Festival is a ‘Celebration of All Things Italian.’ Food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the old country.”

Free Day for Washington State Parks”, Saturday, September 24. In honor of “National Public Lands Day”. A Discover Pass will not be required at most Washington State Parks. Details here:

Collage Boxes”, Saturday, September 24, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Join local favorite Olga Ceballos to build beautiful boxes decorated using collage techniques. All supplies provided.”

Bike Bucket Building Workshop”, Saturday, September 24, 3PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you ever take the car because you have too much to carry on a bike? Come find out how to conveniently transport groceries, packages, and kids with your bicycle. The session concludes with you building your very own “bike bucket” that fits on a bike (rear) rack - it’s a waterproof, durable, re-used plastic bucket – and is perfect for carrying just about anything! Presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.”

Sea Creature Origami”, Saturday, September 24, 1PM, Oregon City Library. “Join us for some paper folding fun! Yuki Martin will lead a class on making sea creature themed origami. All materials are provided and it is first come first served.”

Concert, “West My Friend”, Saturday, September 24, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Enjoy the distinctive music described as indie-roots, chamber-folk, folk-roots and indie-pop performed by West My Friend from British Columbia. The four-member group will entertain with their well-crafted clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines and richly textured accordion.”

“Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, September 25, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.

Neighborhood Foraging – Fall Harvest of Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables”. Sunday, September 25, 8AM, Wild Food Adventures, 422 SE 49th Ave., Pdx. Cost and registration details here: Presented by wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas. “We’ll bushwhack through typical urban neighborhoods to find some of Fall’s best and diverse delectables – nuts, fruits, and greens. Wild as well as landscaped edibles will be covered. Some eating may occur. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.”

Author Talk, “Holi Osterlund”, Sunday, September 25, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx (Sunday, Osterlund will be joined in conversation by David James Duncan, author of The River Why, and Mink River author Brian Doyle); and Tuesday, September 27, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.” Hawaiian author and albatross activist, Hob Osterlund, will discuss her book ‘Holy Moli: Albatross and Other Ancestors’, a meditation on the Laysan Albatross, Hawaiian mythology, and a journey of personal self-discovery.”

“Day of Celebration with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde”, Sunday, September 25, 11AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. “On Sunday September 25th the special Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon exhibit will be culminated with a day of celebration. Weaving demonstrations, tribal crafts vendors, film showings of a spiritual canoe journey, and a generous performance of traditional blessings and traditional song and dance will open and close the day. We will also be exhibiting the Stankiya forty-foot canoe that is utilized during the traditional journey, as well as some new carvings, baskets, and other items provided by the tribe. The Tillamook Forest Center welcomes the members of the tribes and bands, their esteemed elders, and the members of the general public to share in this celebration of our blossoming connection with the tribes of the Grande Ronde and the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center.”

There’s Always a Miracle: True Stories of Life Before and After Death”, Sunday, September 25, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “Death has been part of Joanne Clarkson’s life since she was a child. Miracles have been the balance, turning terror into Mystery. She traveled a long way to find her calling as a hospice nurse. Her years caring for the dying changed her way of thinking about body and spirit. Although she was raised in a family steeped in strict religious tradition, her maternal grandmother was a psychic medium as her great-grandfather had been. Joanne was taught to read cards as a young child. In her teens she taught herself to read palms in order to have a skill no one else in the family possessed. Joanne has read for friends and family throughout her life. Over the past few years, she has taken her mediumship to a deeper level by studying many aspects of psychic connection and now reads regularly privately and at several venues. In 2016, her book, There’s Always a Miracle: True Stories of Life Before and After Death was published. Five chapters from her personal life frame 19 stories about hospice patients. Some stories feature ghosts and manifestations from the Other Side. Others spell out psychic communication, messages from those who have crossed over involving everything from weather to technology. All the stories feature some aspect of courage and love. In her program, Joanne describes her experiences, tells stories literally of life beyond death. Yet this event is more than storytelling. It is interactive. When she was a Hospice RN, she instructed families to be on the look-out for the miracles that were occurring. She encourages her audience in the same way, suggesting tools for understanding sorrow and wonder and ways to stay in touch with those who have already made the journey beyond earth into pure spirit.”

“Tracking Club”, Sunday, September 25, 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.

“Soap Making”, Saturday, September 25, 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.”

Screening, “Spare Parts”
, Sunday, September 25, 2PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Four Hispanic high school students join a robotics club. With no experience, $800, used car parts and big dreams, this rag tag team competes against MIT, a top-level robotics champion, in an underwater competition. Rated PG-13. This showing is part of Hillsboro Reads 2016.”

OMSI Presents, “Build and Play at Imagineering Camp for Teens”, daily for 5 days, Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; see the daily projects and register online: “Build, play and compete all week-long with OMSI. Students build paper rockets and launch them, build a scribing robot and doddle with it, and a build marble roller coaster and compete!”

Live Screening, “First Presidential Debate”, Monday, September 26, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “The Library will stream the first presidential debate live on the big screen starting at 6p.m. in the Community Meeting Room.”

“Banned Books: Diversity, Inclusion and Respect”, Monday, September 26, 6PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Why are so many diverse books banned? Every year the library celebrates Banned Books Week and the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an opportunity to call attention to the books most frequently targeted for censorship. Increasingly, books by diverse authors or about diverse communities wind up on the list of most challenged titles. Comic book authors M.K. Reed (Americus), Jonathan Hill (Americus), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate), Tristan Tarwater (Hen and Chick) and editor Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics) will discuss this trend and express a vision for how greater inclusion means a stronger future for intellectual freedom. This panel discussion is presented and moderated by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.”

Growing Herbs”, Monday, September 26, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Presented by OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners in partnership with the Dairy Creek Community Food Web.”

Author Talk, “Michael McCloskey”, Monday, September 26, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Michael McCloskey, a native Oregonian and former executive director of the Sierra Club, discusses his new book ‘Oregon: A State That Stands Out’ about what distinguishes the Beaver State from the rest of the nation.”

“The Science and Sometimes Surprising History of Leavening Agents”, Monday, September 26, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Sue Queisser, Owner, Food Scientist and Chief Baker at Melarova Baking. “Did you know that some of the earliest leavening agents were derived from antlers, ashes or even urine? Ever wonder what exactly is the difference between baking soda and powder and how much to use? Have you been disappointed to follow a recipe exactly only to have your cake collapse? What is yeast exactly and how does it work together with flour and water to make that glorious thing riddled with holes called bread? Why does your soufflé collapse before coming out of the oven? Come find out not only how all the various products we use to bring our culinary wonders to lofty heights function but also the interesting stories behind their origins. You’ll learn lots of useful troubleshooting tips along the way, too, that will help you achieve optimal results in the kitchen.”

“National Parks Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape”, Monday, September 26, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free.  Presented by Dr. Tim Davis, historian with the U.S. National Park Service. “U.S. National Parks Service roads have made national wonders and historic sites available for generations of visitors. National parks roads determine what most people see and how they see it, but parks road development epitomizes the central challenge of national park management: balancing preservation and access in America’s most treasured landscapes. While the roads have been celebrated for providing access to many of America’s breathtaking landscapes, they have also been criticized for bringing pollution into the wilderness.”

“Banned Books Week: Diversity”
, Tuesday, September 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read and will run from September 25 to October 1, 2016. According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, it is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities. Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, will be joined by authors Cory Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free), Cathy Camper (Lowriders to the Center of the Earth), M. K. Reed (Americus), and illustrator/cartoonist Jonathan Hill (Americus) for a panel discussion on this year's Banned Books Week theme of diversity.”

Author Talk, “Ellen Eisenberg”, Tuesday, September 27, 6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Ellen Eisenberg’s ‘The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950-2010’ traces the history of diverse Jewish Oregonians and their communities during a period of dramatic change. Drawing on archival sources, including a collection of over five hundred oral histories, the book explores how Jewish Oregonians both contributed to and were shaped by the ‘Oregon Story,’ a political shift that fueled Oregon's—and particularly Portland’s—emerging reputation for progressivism and sustainability. ‘The Jewish Oregon Story’ will be of great interest to the Jewish community in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and will appeal broadly to all readers of American, Western, and Oregon history, particularly those interested in questions of ethnicity and identity.”

Will Write for Food: The Federal Writers’ Project During the Great Depression”, Tuesday, September 27, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. Presented by Nate Pedersen, Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library and Board President with the Deschutes County Historical Society. “Created in 1935 as part of the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Writers' Project provided employment for historians, teachers, writers, librarians and other white-collar workers. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow and John Cheever all participated in the program.”

"Guns and America: Exploring the 2nd Amendment", Tuesday, September 27, 6PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The topics of gun violence, gun control, and the right to bear arms are constantly in the news. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom to own guns. Why wasn’t this freedom incorporated into the First Amendment, along with freedom of the press, speech, religion, and right of assembly? Reed College professor Pancho Savery will lead participants in a discussion about why the Second Amendment exists. The conversation will consider the special circumstances that made the freedom to own guns important enough to merit its own amendment.”

The Making of ‘The General’—Buster Keaton’s Masterpiece”, Tuesday, September 27, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “In the summer of 1926, one of the greatest silent films of all time, Buster Keaton's The General, was made on location in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Oregon Encyclopedia author and the former State Librarian of Oregon Jim Scheppke will introduce the film and describe the how it was filmed, including the famous train wreck scene-the most expensive scene in the history of silent film. After Jim's introduction there will be a screening of the movie in its entirety, followed by Q and A.”

Makerspace Upcycled Fashion Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, September 27, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Make clothes even better by refashioning them into something else! Create either wearable garments from upcycled fabric and deconstructed clothing, or creative costumes from everyday discards. Bring your own clothes or use some of ours.”

Author Talk, “Robert Steelquist”, Tuesday, September 27, 6:30PM, Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 NW 9th Ave., Pdx. $5 adults, $3 students. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for a presentation sponsored by Oregon Wildlife Foundation and Timber Press with Robert Steelquist, author of ‘The NW Coastal Explorer: Your Guide to the Places, Plants, and Animals of the Pacific Coast’. The Pacific Northwest Coast is one of the most spectacular corners on the planet. Its magnificent terrain, unique plants, and abundant wildlife make it an explorer's paradise. Author and local expert Robert Steelquist knows every nook and cranny, and is right by your side, pointing out the natural wonders casual visitors often miss. Organized by habitat, the book profiles easy-to-find plants and animals in each environment, and reveals insider location tips - such as where to find bald eagle habitats and wild strands of carnivorous plants. Weekend trip suggestions target the best of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The Northwest Coastal Explorer is a treasury of experiences to delight every seaside adventurer.”

Mad Science Presents, “Where’s the Water, Watson?”, Tuesday, September 27, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “This show is guaranteed to entertain, engage and educate young audiences on the unique and magical attributes of the water cycle. Children will learn why we need water, why conservation is important and how they can do their share!”

Screening, “Underwater Dreams”, Wednesday, September 28, 6PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Underwater Dreams is a documentary on how Mexican immigrant high school students learned to build an underwater robot from spare parts and win a robotics competition which included powerhouse MIT. 86 minutes, all ages. A group discussion will follow the film, led by Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, Policy and Civic Engagement Manager for the Latino Network. This program is part of Hillsboro Reads 2016, featuring 'Spare Parts' by Joshua Davis.” 

“Storytime with the Oregon Ballet Theatre”, Wednesday, September 28, 3:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Get a behind the scenes look at how stories are transformed by dancers, costumes and music. Hold a pair of pointe shoes, and see glamorous costumes up close. Performers will be from the OBT School of Ballet in West Linn.”

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Wednesday, September 28, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Expand your knowledge of native conifers with Instructor Ken Denniston (author of Ken will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The workshop will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.”

Author Talk, “Stacy Schiff”, Wednesday, September 28, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton. Stacy Schiff discusses her book, “The Witches: Salem, 1692”. “The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.”

Author Talk, “Ken Bilderback”, Wednesday, September 28, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Outlaws, vigilantes, heroism and hatred all played major roles in the evolution of jurisprudence in the Oregon Territory. Join us to hear award-winning researcher and author Ken Bilderback discuss his latest book, Law and Order at the End of the Oregon Trail.”

Beaverton Civic Theatre presents a sneak preview of "The Addams Family", Thursday, September 29, 7PM, Beaverton Library. "How long has it been since we waltzed?" "Oh, Gomez, hours..." "Come for a spooky sneak preview of scenes from Beaverton Civic Theatre's fall production, ‘The Addams Family.’ You are encouraged to come in costume as one of the Addamses themselves—if you do, your name will be entered in a prize drawing.”

Papermaking Program”, Thursday, September 29, 3:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. Suggested for grades 5-12. “Papermaking is a fun, hands-on activity that helps kids understand how recycling paper saves trees, water and energy. Participants in this program will learn about the benefits of paper recycling as they create a beautiful, hand-made recycled piece of paper.”

Teatro Milagro Presents, “Mijita Fidita”, Thursday, September 29, 4PM, Kenton Library. A short play inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. “Against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, young Fridita, growing up in her family’s blue house in Coyoacan is diagnosed with polio. Fridita escapes into the world of her imagination, meets another girl that looks just like her, and together they journey to the center of the world for a fiesta with all the characters of her imaginings. Back in the real world, her peers taunt her for being different, but her father Guillermo encourages her, and awakens her interest in art with his love of photography. Strong and resilient, Fridita learns to overcome hardships and stay true to herself in order to become the legendary artist that continues to inspire.”

“Evening Canoe the Slough”, Thursday, September 29, 5PM-8PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Suggested donation $5-8 per person or $15-20 family. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! We’ll have some canoes set up in a “bimaran” configuration - this setup is safe for new paddlers, infants and grandparents alike. Families may also borrow regular canoes and kayaks (limited) during the 7:00 PM shift. If you are interested in kayaks (7-8 PM), let us know in the comments section of your registration and we’ll check on availability and get back to you. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, - you provide the paddling muscle. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible!”

“Experimental Printmaking”, Thursday, September 29, 4PM, Troutdale 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 unique forms of printmaking including leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, Rorschasch inkblot monoprints, and more.”

Leave No Trace in a Digital World”, Thursday, September 29, 3PM, West Linn Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Sometimes you don't want anyone to know what you're doing online. An instructor from FreeGeek will teach you how to surf the web and communicate with your friends anonymously. To be used for legal activities/purposes only.”

Night of Speed: Race Like a Professional!”, Thursday, September 29, 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, “Lisa McMann”, Thursday, September 29, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 8200 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. Lisa McMann discusses her new middle grade trilogy opener, “Going Wild”. “Charlie Wilde knew her life would change forever when her family moved from the city of Chicago to the suburbs of Arizona…and that was before she found the bracelet. After putting it on, she notices odd things start to happen. Suddenly Charlie seems to have the speed of a cheetah and the strength of an elephant—and that’s just the beginning. She would be thrilled about her transformation if she had any idea how to use the device or control her amazing powers. So Charlie is forced to put her trust in new friends to help her uncover the surprising truth behind the mysterious bracelet.”

"Black-Out Poetry for Teens", Thursday, September 29th, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. "In celebration of Banned Books Week, come try your hand at a little creative censoring of unused book pages to make your own poetry! All teens welcome, snacks provided by the library."

“Robotics Champion Lorenzo Santillan”, Friday, September 30, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Join Lorenzo Santillan, one of the robotics team champions featured in our Hillsboro Reads book, ‘Spare Parts’, for a presentation about his experiences and his personal story.”

“Origami 101”, Friday, September 30, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Want to make a Yoda, or a simple box? This workshop will get you started with the basics of origami.”

“Makerspace Grand Opening”, Tuesday, September 30, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Celebrate the library's new Makerspace, the place where you can explore emerging technologies like 3D printing, digital artistry, and film-making! Gain hands-on skills with tools you might not have at home, like fiber arts and illustration. The grand opening will feature technological and artistic demo stations, with the opportunity for hands-on experimentation. There will be door prizes! This is an after-hours event so please use the downstairs door. The rest of the library will be closed.”

“Portland Juggling Festival”, Tuesday, September 30 through Saturday, October 2, Reed College. Most events are workshops and programs for registered attendees. Friday, October 1, 7PM is the “Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza” which is open to the public.

65th Annual Portland Greek Festival”, Tuesday, September 30 through Thursday, October 2, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St., Pdx. Food, music, dance, cultural presentations, kids’ activities.

24th Annual Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County”, September 30, October 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9. Tour buttons are $8, for sale on tour dates at all 39 artist studios or in advance at several locations. Details here: “An organization of visual artists opened their studios to the public for the first annual Art Harvest Studio Tour in 1993. Since then, thousands of visitors have come to beautiful Yamhill County to meet some of the area’s most talented artists. They watch demonstrations, admire creative studios and purchase their work.”