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: http://audubonportland.org 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: http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/calendar/index.cfm?event=events.list 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 http://www.tricountyfarm.org/ and http://www.pickyourown.org/OR.htm Keep an eye out for glorious fall color! This blog will highlight some good spots for leaf peeping: http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/
“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.” http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=54
“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.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/149782-Theres-Always-a-Miracle-True-Stories-of-Life-Before-and-After-Death
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.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myjar5KoqZA
“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.”
"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."