Monday, October 31, 2016

Nifty November
This is my list of events in the greater Portland area and beyond for the month of November 2016. Please be sure to doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations. If you are looking for regularly occurring events for homeschoolers, I have all of them I know of (both drop-in activities and places that offer classes) listed here:

Veteran’s Day is Friday, November 11, and there will be observations throughout the month. A list of observations in Oregon is here: and in Washington State is here:

Milagro Theater Presents, “El Muerto Vagabundo”, now through November 6, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. Bilingual. Advance tickets $27 adults, $25 seniors, $20 students and veterans. “Once a year, the dead return to the land of the living to visit their loved ones. This devised production deals with ‘homeless’ muertos and was inspired by an obituary of a homeless veteran without friends and family. This new production explores what happens when a muertito has no family remaining and no home to return to.”

Dia de los Muertos Concert: Cuarteto Chroma”, Tuesday, November 1, 7:30PM, Willamette University, Rogers Music Center, 900 State St., Salem. Free. More info and link to campus map here: “This concert will feature the Cuarteto Chroma Cuerdas, a Mexican string quartet from Xalapa, Mexico. The quartet will perform Altar de Muertos by a female Mexican composer named Gabriela Ortiz. This work, originally commissioned by Kronos Quartet in 1997, features props such as an actual day of the dead altar on stage, masks, drums, candles, etc. Make sure to visit the link posted below for program notes of the concert and more information.

“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)”, Events throughout November at Multnomah County Libraries. Details here: “Every November, hundreds of thousands of budding authors promise to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Multnomah County Library supports these writers with a series of Come Write In events at various library locations.” NaNoWriMo is free, and kids can participate and set their own daily writing goal. 

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.”

Dia de los Muertos”, Tuesday, November 1, 5PM, Washington State University, Firstenburg Student Commons. 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free and open to all. The Washington State University Vancouver Spanish Club will honor lost loved ones and bring Latin American tradition to campus with its Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration. The Spanish Club's celebration will include food, traditional Spanish dancers, face-painting, hula-hoop contests, a photo booth, raffle and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of a deceased loved one, which will be placed on a traditional altar. Dia de los Muertos is a Central and South American holiday, particularly celebrated in Mexico, that honors and supports the spiritual journey of the dead.”

Alexander, Master of Marvels”, Tuesday, November 1, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Come one, come all, to a magic show filled with wonder, laughs, music and authentic prestidigitation! You won't believe your eyes as Alexander, Master of Marvels, makes objects appear, vanish, than reappear! Be amazed as he performs the unique and awe-inspiring library trick!”

“Wolverine Tracking Project”, training in Portland and field work at Mt. Hood beginning in November. Learn basics of animal tracking and go on group surveys to Mt. Hood. Citizen science and pure adventure combined! “The Wolverine Tracking Project was started by a group of local Portland trackers, who wanted to put their skills to use searching for evidence of rare carnivores on the Mt Hood National Forest. It has evolved into a valuable partnership between Cascadia Wild and the Mt. Hood National Forest, in which trained volunteers help monitor the forest for rare species in order to help ensure their conservation, while at the same time increasing their own knowledge, building community, and having fun.”

“Dia de los Muertos”, Tuesday, November 1, 5PM, White Salmon Library. “Decorate candy skulls, do face paint and make paper marigolds. Food provided.”

“Day of the Dead”, Tuesday, November 1, 6PM, Tualatin Library. Bilingual. “Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. It is a tradition that varies from region to region and has its roots in ancient Aztec religion. Día de los Muertos is a festive occasion set aside to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Join us with your family as we celebrate this holiday with special crafts, games, and food.”

“NaNoWriMo Kick-off”, Tuesday, November 1, 3:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) encourages writers to draft a 50,000-word manuscript during the month. If you’re looking for inspiration or motivation for your writing project, start here! We’ll have space to write, resources with suggestions and advice, and some refreshments (to stimulate creativity!)”

“Early Planning for the Oregon 2017 Total Solar Eclipse”, Tuesday, November 1, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, November 4, 1PM and 6PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.”

“Line Dancing”, beginning class at 1PM every Monday in November; beginning class at 12PM and intermediate at 1PM every Tuesday in November, 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, “Sally Harmon”, Tuesday, November 1, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Join us for a performance by local favorites Sally Harmon on piano and Frank Gruner on bass as they entertain with old and new favorites from musicals to classical and pop.”

“Introduction to Seed Saving”, Tuesday, November 1, 4:30PM, Woodstock Library; Sunday, November 6, 1PM, Kenton Library; Saturday, November 12, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Sunday, November 13, 1PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come learn to save your favorite fall crop seeds! Each participant will receive a printed seed saving guide.”

“Cut, Etch and Engrave Things! For Teens”, Tuesday, November 1, 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.” 

“Prepare! Cascadia Event and Other Common Disasters”, Tuesday, November 1, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Join the Regional Preparedness Manager for the American Red Cross as she presents on how to prepare for the Cascadia Event and other natural disasters which may occur in the Pacific Northwest.”

Dia De Los Muertos”, Wednesday, November 2, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “Celebrate the Day of the Dead with sugar skulls and other fun crafts.”

Screening, “Screenagers”, Wednesday, November 2, 7PM, Bethel Congregational Church, 5150 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton ($10 adults, $5 students. Advance tickets here: ); and Thursday, November 3, 7PM, Linfield College Ice Auditorium, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville, free and open to the public and followed by a panel discussion. (details here: “We are thrilled to present ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age’, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, 'Screenagers' reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. ‘Screenagers’ addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and Internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.” Trailer here:

Born Free – The Wild Columbia”, Wednesday, November 2, 7PM, Hood River Library. “On November 2nd, visit the Hood River library’s Reading Room at 7:00 p.m. to hear Peter Marbach discuss his work and show his photographs about the wild portion of the Columbia River. He will also give a brief update on his entire Columbia River project. Marbach’s work can be seen throughout the month of November in Library Lane.”

“Squid Dissection for Teens”, Wednesday, November 2, 4:15PM, North Portland Library; and Wednesday, November 30, Hollywood Library. “If you have guts, so do we—squid guts that is! Teens use proper dissection techniques to explore the insides of a squid and discover firsthand how the beak, ink sac and other adaptations help this odd, underwater organism survive.”

Native Music and Dance: Yesterday, Today and Forever”, Wednesday, November 2, 6PM, Gresham Library; and Saturday, November 19, 3PM, Midland Library. “Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Painted Sky's primary goals are to engage youth in the study and performance of Native American music, dance and song. Come join Painted Sky for a lively and educational experience.”

The Oregon Bird Man”, Wednesday, November 2, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Enter the world of exotic birds! Join us for an up-close and personal look at cockatoos, parrots, macaws and more.”

Full STEAM Ahead Crafts”, Wednesday, November 2, 4PM, Tualatin Library. Grades K-5. Preregistration required; register online: “We will be getting our hands on a chemistry experiment as we make glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls!”

Flash Gordon Meet and Greet with Jeff Parker and Jesse Hamm”, Wednesday, November 2, 4PM, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “Cosmic Monkey is excited to have Jeff Parker and Jesse Hamm joining us for the release of their new Flash Gordon Kings Cross #1 comics. 

Superstar Jeff Parker (Future Quest) returns to ‘Flash Gordon’, alongside the astounding team of Jesse Hamm and Grace Allison! Flash, Mandrake The Magician and The Phantoms struggle to bring peace to a broken Earth...but a FAR-too-familiar foe from beyond threatens to destroy everything they hold dear!”

Progressive Redneck Release Party”, Wednesday, November 2, 6PM, Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Bridge City Comics is excited to announce our release party for Progressive Redneck with Pacific Northwest local Chris Sheridan! Chris also created, wrote and illustrated the acclaimed Motorcycle Samurai from Top Shelf! This event is free to the public. Bridge City Comics will have copies of Progressive Redneck available for purchase at this event! Refreshments will be served free of charge. Progressive Redneck features the late Senator Byrd as an undead covert agent battling a vast conspiracy of robots, Lincoln's beard and the mastermind of it all, the Donald.”

Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Wednesday, November 2, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation that explores some of the causes of this continued isolation and the differences of experience between Oregonians of different races—such as institutional racism, white privilege, and unconscious bias. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.”

Coding Club”, Wednesdays through November 23, 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!” 

Teen Drawing Group”, Thursday, November 3 and Thursday, November 10, 6PM, McMinnville Library. “Teens are invited to participate in the Teen Drawing Group on the first and second Thursday of every month. Rather than an intense workshop, teens get together in the Carnegie Room to inspire and encourage each other to create.”

Rad Women Worldwide” and “Dead Feminists”, Thursday, November 3, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “From Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, authors of ‘Rad American Women A-Z’, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from around the world. In ‘Rad Women Worldwide’, Schatz and Stahl tell engaging and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success.” “Based on the beloved Dead Feminists letterpress poster series, Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring’s illuminating ‘Dead Feminists’ looks at 27 women who’ve changed the world. ‘Dead Feminists’ takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too).”

Maps, Metaphors, and Manifestations: A Lecture on Sami Culture”, Thursday, November 3, 7PM, Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Lecture from Dr. Susan Carter on ancient rock art, contemporary Sami poetry, traditional yoiking (singing), and more. This presentation explores some of the ways reindeer and the bond between reindeer and humans show up in Sámi culture, past and present, that demonstrate cultural continuity.”

Author Talk, “KC Cowan”, Thursday, November 3, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. KC Cowan discusses her YA novel, “Journey to Wizard’s Keep”. “Annie Bloom's is pleased to host a reading from Portland author KC Cowan. In 1978, three college friends began writing a young adult fantasy novel, each writing alternating chapters. In 2012, KC Cowan, along with original writing partners Sara Cole and Nancy Danner, finished writing the novel they'd begun decades before: ‘Journey to Wizards' Keep’. Best friends Nan and Irene want what all 16-year-old girls in their village want—to find true love and marry. Instead, they’re going to have to defeat an evil wizard. When Irene and Nan’s village is attacked by the army of the Secret Valley, the two girls are taken captive—destined to become ‘playthings’ to the King. Kay, a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, takes pity on them and vows to help the girls. But when a jealous handmaid betrays Kay and her fiancé, all four have to flee the Valley. When they learn an evil wizard, known as the Black Lord, is the real power behind the Secret Valley, their only hope is to go to Wizards’ Keep and persuade the last remaining good wizards to come out of retirement and help defeat the Black Lord. ‘Journey to Wizards’ Keep’ is a non-stop thrilling adventure with romance and humor as three girls with very different personalities join together to save the land.”

Day of the Dead Celebration”, Thursday, November 3, 6PM, North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver. “North Bank Artists Gallery is hosting a "Day of the Dead" Celebration at their downtown Vancouver gallery. It will be a colorful evening of culture, dance, music, art and marigolds. Come listen and learn about this delightful Latin holiday. The event will feature performances by Ballet Folklorico Olincalli and the Tepeyac Pre-Hispanic Dance Group (sponsored by Mercado Latino), an alter display and Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread. The ‘Embrace life! Day of the Dead’ exhibits will remain on display at North Bank Artists Gallery in Gallery One from Friday, Nov. 4 until Saturday, Nov. 26. Gallery Two will feature works by North Bank Studio Artists: Lynn Bowden, John Burkett, Aaron Friedman, Selena Jones, Jill Mayberg, Michael G Smith and Autumn Winston.”

Viking Mars Missions: The History, Stories and Influence on Mars Exploration”, Thursday, November 3, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 donation requested. Presented by Rachel Tillman, Founder and Executive Director of The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project (VMMEPP); Al Treder, Viking Guidance and Control, Digital Archivist and Technical Consultant at VMMEPP; and Peggy Newcomb, speaking on behalf of John Newcomb, Author and NASA Engineer. “NASA’s Mars Viking program made history and changed the future of space exploration and mankind, influencing engineering, science, arts, and culture. It also marked the opening of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and inspired an 11 year-old girl to save a piece of history - the last remaining flight-ready Viking Mars Lander (VL3) from becoming scrap metal to begin the Viking Preservation work. Rachel Tillman would later become the founder and executive director of the Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project (VMMEP) and the VL3 was the first of what has now become the largest and most diverse collection of Viking mission materials in existence. These materials including the original data tapes, microfilm and fische, and oral history interviews conducted by the organization are being preserved to develop exhibits and educational materials to be shared globally.”

Monster Plushies for Teens”, Thursday, November 3, 4PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Grrr! Argh! Channel Victor Frankenstein and make your own cuddly creature out of felt and fluff. And don’t worry if you’ve never threaded a needle in your life. We’ll bring all of the supplies and walk you through the project from beginning to end.”

Fernhill Wetlands Restoration: How are the birds responding?”, Thursday, November 3, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Fernhill Wetlands is a beautiful example of habitat restoration that benefits wildlife, can also provide a vital service to the community by treating wastewater naturally. This 600 acre wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River contains essential marsh, lake, and riparian habitat and is host to thousands of migrant and resident bird species. Join Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager, Joe Liebezeit, and Carol Murdock, Water Resources Program Manager at Clean Water Services, on Thursday November 3rd at 7 p.m. to learn more about the innovative Natural Treatment Systems (NTS)/Habitat Enhancement Project at the Fernhill Wetlands site in Forest Grove, and learn how Portland Audubon and its team of citizen scientists are learning how the bird community is responding to the habitat enhancement efforts. Clean Water Services has transformed the site in an ambitious effort to enhance wastewater treatment by creating 90 acres of open water and emergent wetland habitat that will cool wastewater and provide diverse habitat for a variety of bird species while saving ratepayers money. This project builds on the success of other high-profile NTS wetland projects at wastewater treatment plants, such as Arcata Marsh in California and Talking Water Gardens in Albany Oregon and could be a model for other facilities across the nation.”

Haunted History”, Thursday, November 3, 7PM, Lake Theater and Café, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego. Free tickets available here: “Join us for an entertaining and spooky local history presentation in partnership with the Clackamas County Historical Society and Lake Theater and Café. Rocky Smith Jr. will give a lively talk on local ghost lore.”

NaNoWriMo Launch for Teens”, Friday, November 4, 5PM, Tualatin Library, Burgess Community Room. “November is National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when aspiring authors attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Will you take the challenge? Do you simply love to write? We'll support you with this series Featuring our NaNoWriMo mentor, local author Kate Ristau. Launch yourself into a month of writing with tips, prompts and exercises from a pro teacher and writer. Author Kate Ristau will read from her books. We'll give away free copies while supplies last.”

Winter Gull ID”, Friday, November 4, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for class only; $115 for class plus optional field trip on Nov. 5. Preregistration required; register online: “We will come right out and say it: Most gulls are actually pretty easy to identify. You just need to know what to look for. In the morning class, local guide and author John Rakestraw will show you how to recognize our wintering species by size, shape, and plumage. Then take part in a full-day field trip to the coast to visit gull hotspots to practice your new skills. Let go of your fear and embrace your inner gull lover!”

Educating for the 7th Generation: Celebrating Indigenous Cultures Pow Wow”, Friday, November 4, 5PM, Clark College, Gaiser Hall Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Free. “The event will begin at 5 p.m. with free food and refreshments. The Native American Culture Club will provide an Opening Prayer and a presentation to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, who are protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. A performance by the Kaleinani o Ke Kukui dance troupe will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a welcome address and presentation of the Dreamcatcher Scholarship, benefiting a Clark student of indigenous ancestry. Vendors and informational booths will be present. Grand Entry for a powwow will begin at 6 p.m, with the colors retiring at 10 p.m.”

Native American Jewelry Making”, Friday, November 4, 11:15AM, St. Johns Library; Saturday, November 19, 2PM, Northwest Library; and Tuesday, November 29, 4:30PM, Troutdale Library. “In this class we will be using traditional items such as bone beads and leather to create various jewelry. Students will have the opportunity to make a beaded necklace, a choker necklace or, for the older students, beaded earrings. Please join this class. Projects are suitable for students age 4 and older. Young students must be accompanied by an adult.”

Wheat Weaving”, Friday, November 4, 3:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Ages 8-adult. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Join Daniela to create a beautiful woven wheat hanging or figurine. All supplies provided. Ages 8 through adult (8-12 require adult supervision).”

Speak for the Climate Youth Testimony Workshop”, Friday, November 4, 4PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Practice for youth testimony at Portland City Hall on the morning of Thursday, November 10. Free. RSVPs required; register here: “Did you know about Portland’s Fossil Fuel Policy, passed last year, stating that Portland will oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure and expansion of existing facilities, such as storage tanks and transloading facilities? On November 10th, City Council will hold a hearing to put the resolution into city law -- but we need an impressive showing of support to make it as strong as possible. The City Council listened to the many youth that testified last year, and we think they were an important part of the argument for stopping fossil fuel expansion. Will your family be a part of making this nationally-leading climate policy permanent? We are excited to involve youth and families that understand the importance of protecting our natural systems. So what does it entail? Bring your kids or teens to a workshop on November 4th, 4-6 pm at the Bark Office so we can all write testimony together and practice saying it. We’ll watch short video clips about climate and about youth testifying at their city council, and have light after-school snacks. Practice their testimony once or twice more at home with them. Bring them to City Hall on November 10th (it’s a school day), or have a grandparent or neighbor bring them. Note: you don't have to attend both events!”

The Art of Book Folding”, Saturday, November 5, 2PM, Tigard Library. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2517. “Repurpose a book past its prime into artwork by intricately folding its pages. Turn a book into an adorable hedgehog to enjoy as a desk or bookshelf ornament. We will provide the books for folding and all supplies. Makes a delightful gift!” 

Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, November 5, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. “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!”

The Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files”, Saturday, November 5, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join us for a lecture titled, “The Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files” by Patricia Hackett Nicola on Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m. The Chinese Exclusion Act restricted Chinese from immigrating to the United States from 1882-1943. The National Archives branch in Seattle holds thousands of Chinese Exclusion Act files on the Chinese living in Oregon. Patricia Hackett Nicola, who has been working as a volunteer with the Chinese Exclusion Act files in Seattle since 2001, will present documents found in select files, the history of the Act, and how to access the files.”

Newt Day”, Saturday, November 5, 12PM-4PM, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton. $2 ages 3 and up. “Welcome to Newt Day -- a celebration of fall in the outdoors -- where we witness the return of the rain and our beloved local amphibian, the newt! Who eats newts? What do newts eat? Where do newts fall into the food web? We'll help you get to the bottom of these (and other) tough questions. From worms and mushrooms to snakes and hawks, come learn about who eats who when you visit our indoor exhibits. Then venture out into the Tualatin Hills Nature Park to follow the food chain on a self-guided adventure.”

Mini Maker Faire”, Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, Barnes and Noble Bookstores. Contact your closest store for registration details. “Experience the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robotics, coding and programming with demonstrations from Bloxels, sphero SPRK, Air Hogs Connect, VEX Robotics, XYZprinting and more.”

Indigenous Experiences: Panel Discussion on Sami and Native American Rights and Issues”, Saturday, November 5, 7PM, Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Learn about contemporary Sami and Native American rights and issues in a panel discussion moderated by former U.S. Attorney and Spirit Mountain Community Fund chairwoman, Kris Olson. The panelists are Professor Troy Storfjell, Associate Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies at Pacific Lutheran University and board member of the Pacific Sami Searvi; Direlle Calica, a Warm Springs tribal member and past Hatfield Fellow in Congress who manages a tribally owned firm, Kanim Associates, that consults on energy and cultural issues; and Renée McAdams, a founding member of the Pacific Sami Searvi who will discuss her experiences as an adopted child learning only later in life that she was both Sami and Native American.”

Author Talk, “Cheryl Hill”, Saturday, November 5, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Local author Cheryl Hill will discuss her research for the stories and photographs in her most recent book, ‘Fire Lookouts of Oregon’. Hill examines the lookouts from their heyday to their decline, and shares the ongoing efforts to save the ones that are left. All ages.”

“Meet the Mammals”, Saturday, November 5, 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. “From tigers to bats, pangolins to wolverines, discover the remarkable diversity of mammals at Meet the Mammals! Meet the Mammals is the only day of the year to see hundreds of specimens from the Burke’s mammal collection on display. There will be hands-on activities for all ages; many of the specimens can be held or touched, with mammal experts on-hand to answer questions.”

“Hmong New Year Celebration”, Saturday, November 5, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions. The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture that originates in the mountains of China.”

“Dia de los Muertos Celebration”, Saturday, November 5, 2PM, Beaverton Library. “Grupo Ritual Azteca Huitzilopochtli will bring a traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration to Beaverton City Library! This tradition, practiced for over 1,000 years by indigenous peoples in Mexico, is now being revived here in the US. We would love for you to come learn and celebrate with us! Aztec Dance captain, Jose Carlos, will set up an authentic altar with cempaxochitl (the "20-petaled flower"), sugar skulls, candles and other goodies to honor our muertitos. Join the Aztec dancers in making a flower petal path to invite our ancestors to the celebration! Feel free to also bring a photo of a past loved one to add to the altar! We will then commence our Dia de los Muertos dance ceremony, with large standing drums, ayoyote seed rattles, and armadillo guitars. We will teach our Mictlantecutli ("The Rest Keeper") dance to anyone ready to learn! Come ready to dive into an ancient cultural tradition and to move your feet!”

“Ballet Between the Books: Flower Festival Pas de Deux and More”, Saturday, November 5, 1PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 (OBT2) is a group of 12 talented students from School of Oregon Ballet Theatre who are on the fast track toward becoming professional dancers. Join beautifully trained ballet dancers during this special performance of Crush, Duende, The Sleeping Beauty Wedding Pas de Duex, and Flower Festival Pas de Deux.”

Waterfowl Watch”, Saturday, November 5, 10AM, Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join us for the "how tos" of waterfowl watching with USFWS Biologist, Michelle McDowell. Build your skills with bird watching tools and tips, practice identifying waterfowl and then venture out on the Refuge to see them in the wild! Please bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. Loaners will be available. This event is open to all skill levels. Come and celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial!”

Native American Art of Oregon”, Saturday, November 5, 3PM, Midland Library. Presented by Dr. Tracy J. Prince. “Many people use the collective term ‘Native Art of the Pacific Northwest.’ However, there were many differences between tribes in Oregon and tribes in Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. For example, historically, totem poles weren't part of Oregon's tribal cultures. Portland State University scholar-in-residence Dr. Tracy J. Prince uses historical photos to demonstrate how Oregon's tribes showed artistic expression via basketry; canoes; longhouses; beadwork (on clothing, necklaces, headdresses, and cradleboards); burial platforms; and rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs). Oregon’s tribal traditions faced an extreme impact in the 1950s when 62 Oregon tribes were terminated by the government. Yet, today many Native Americans in Oregon are active in reclaiming and teaching cultural traditions.”

Unleash Your Story: Teen Writing Workshop”, Saturday, November 5, 10:30AM-2PM, Salem Library. Lunch included. Preregistration required; register online: “In the Plaza Room—Led by author, writing coach, and editor Jen Violi (, this session is free and open to middle and high school-aged writers. A session for adult writers is offered from 1-4 p.m. Friday, November 4. Teen and adult writers who participate in the workshop are all invited to share their work in a public reading immediately following this session, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 5 in Loucks Auditorium.”

GirlFest 2016”, Saturday, November 5, 10AM-4PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $10 in advance; $15 at the door, plus $8 parking. $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “Grab your friends and family and join us for non-stop fun at GirlFest 2016! Explore hands-on booths, learn something new at a free workshop, and dance and sing along at the live entertainment stage. Work toward—or even earn!—badges selected by girls at GirlFest 2015. Discover everything cool about being a girl and all of the amazing things you can do as a Girl Scout!”

Veterans Parade”, Saturday, November 5, 10AM Ceremony and 11AM Parade, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Free. “10AM Ceremony, Marshall House Lawn. Features a keynote speaker, local veterans, and honors the 2016 Grand Marshal of the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the community celebration honoring Veterans of all service branches. This is a free, community event that is open to the public! The parade route is around the Fort Vancouver National Site. The parade begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street. The route continues west along Evergreen Blvd, down Fort Vancouver Way, east on 5th street, ending past the Pearson Air Museum. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks and grass areas all along the parade route. The parade attracts more than 120 entries with approximately 2,500 individuals marching or riding in the parade. The public is encouraged to attend and support veterans and troops at one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned veteran's parades on the West Coast.”

Bunny-Palooza 2016”, Saturday, November 5, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. “Bunny-Palooza 2016 is in the Cloverleaf Building on Saturday, November 5, presented by Rabbit Advocates. You'll find Bunny information and supplies including bags of Bunny's Best Bites Hay, adoptable Bunnies, Bunny-themed vendors, Ask-A-Vet, Bunny-themed raffle and silent auction items, food, beverages, and fun!”

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the McLoughlin House”, Saturday, November 5, 6PM and 7:30PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Ages 10 and up. $10 adults, $7 children. Preregistration required; call Ft. Vancouver at 360-816-6244.  "These tours are held in Oregon City at the McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Visitors are invited to explore the life of Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon, at these ranger-led tours. These tours take place in McLoughlin's home in Oregon City, where he retired after serving as Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver.”

Exotic Bird and Reptile Expo”, Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. $10 adults, $5 for kids 5-10, cash only. “You'll find lots of supplies, toys, cages, and much more! Purchase directly from reputable breeders and manufacturers in the industry.”

Family Fun and the Columbia River Highway”, Saturday, November 5, 1PM-4PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale. $9 adults; free for ages 18 and under. “Celebrate the historic dedication of Maryhill Museum of Art 90 years ago and the centennial of the opening of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Youth 18 and under receive free admission all day. Learn About the Columbia River Highway with Sam Hill and Queen Marie, 1:30 p.m. 
Join Maryhill executive director Colleen Schafroth and special guests ‘Sam Hill’ and ‘Queen Marie’ for a 20-minute slide show about the Columbia River Highway. After Marie dedicated Maryhill in 1926, she and her royal entourage traveled the Columbia River Highway, receiving warm welcomes at The Dalles and Hood River, where excited children strained to see her. After the program, Sam Hill and Queen Marie will be available for photographs. Make a Travel Journal, 2 to 4 p.m.
Create a personal travel journal with bookmaker and artist Maureen Lauran, and make your own crown with museum staff and volunteers. Let’s Eat Cake; 4 p.m.
Enjoy a slice of cake with Queen Marie and Sam Hill, and view the display A Road Trip of Historic Proportions, developed by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Bring your camera and take a selfie behind a full-size cutout of John B. Yeon’s 1915 Franklin automobile.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, November 5, 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.”

Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, November 5, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Sunday, November 6, 2PM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by the Office of Emergency Management. “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store them.” 

Wordstock”, Saturday, November 5, in 6 venues in the Portland South Park blocks. “Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, presented by Literary Arts, will return to the Portland Art Museum and the SW Park Blocks on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Wordstock advance tickets are $15 (day-of tickets $18) and include a wristband for all-day admission to the Portland Art Museum for the day and a $5 voucher to spend at the extensive book fair, where you can discover a new poetry press, pick up information about MFA programs and writing classes, get book recommendations from Multnomah County Library, pick up festival authors’ books from Powell’s or Green Bean Books, and more. Plus, attendees 17 and younger and anyone with a valid high school student ID attend the festival for FREE. Wordstock will feature more than 100 authors (see the complete list here), including Sherman Alexie, Carrie Brownstein, Alexander Chee, Yaa Gyasi, Alice Hoffman, Jonathan Lethem, Jason Reynolds, Richard Russo, Maria Semple, Emma Straub, Colson Whitehead, Nicola Yoon, Kevin Young, and many more. Portland Art Museum will also feature pop-up events, freeform readings, and performances in the museum galleries throughout the festival day. Additionally, Wordstock offers a series of writing workshops, including two free classes for youth (advance registration required). Sign up early: classes are expected to sell out! Workshops at Wordstock include a ticket to the festival and a book voucher with tuition. Good books need good food and good drink. Wordstock will also feature food trucks, including local favorites Bunk Sandwiches, Tamale Boy, Ruby Jewel, Tastebud, Pip’s Original Donuts, and the Whole Bowl.”

Estacada Festival of Fungus”, Saturday, November 5, 11AM-4PM, Estacada High School, 355 NE 6th Ave., Estacada. $5 adults, free for kids 11 and under. “Calling all fungi guys, gals, and families. Please join us for the 2016 Estacada Festival Of The Fungus. This year’s festival will feature all things fungi for all ages. In addition to our wonderful vendors we will also have art on display, children's activities, a couple of demonstrations on cultivation and fermentation, and of course an amazing display of mushrooms. We have 5 local restaurants participating this year on the day of the festival. They will be featuring exquisite mushroom meals on their menus. Bring your family, friends, and any mushrooms you would like identified. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

Discover Rock Creek”, Saturday, November 5, 9AM-12PM, Happy Valley. Preregistration required: register online: “The public is invited to Discover Rock Creek, an educational event and work party presented by Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Clackamas River Basin Council, and SOLVE. Discover Rock Creek was created to celebrate and reveal to the public the 2013 Rock Creek Confluence Project, which included the removal of over 12 acres of invasive weeds, the placement of over 25 large wood structures, 200 Christmas trees, and numerous boulders into the creek to increase stream complexity. These structures provide protection for juvenile salmon before they migrate to the ocean.”

Stone Soup”, Saturday, November 5, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Ste 101, Pdx. Enter from parking lot side of building. Advance tickets $10 adults, $8 students. "A beggar once made soup using only a stone." "Ridiculous! You need more than a stone to make soup!" "You doubt me?" "YES!" "Do you believe storytellers can make stories from a stone?" "Ah, I'd have to see that for myself." "You will!" “Come listen as storytellers Gretchen Peterson, Julie Strozyk, Pam Maben, and Maura Doherty stir up an evening of nourishment for the soul...without a doubt, you will leave well fed.”

Annual Chestnut Roast”, Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 12PM-4PM, Nella Chestnut Farm, 3435 Neal Creek Rd., Hood River. Free. “Here at Nella Chestnut Farm, we combine our efforts with a local winery, Hood River Vineyards, and celebrate a chestnut roast with red wine, Italian Style. Come join us for a fun filled day of enjoying chestnuts hot off an open fire and vino. According to Italian custom, the chestnuts are roasted, peeled and dropped into a glass of red wine. As the wine is sipped, the flavors and aromas of the chestnut mingle with the fruitiness of the wine, creating a unique sensation.”

Columbia Gorge 2016 Model Railroad Show”, Saturdays and Sundays in November, 10AM-5PM, Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, 2505 N. Vancouver Ave., Pdx. $7 adults, $3 kids 3-11. VIP behind the scenes tours $15 by reservation. “Each year, the CGMRRC hosts an open house for the public to come enjoy the layout. We fully staff the layout operations with more than 30 operators at once. Our dispatchers and operators get quite a workout while the public enjoys the layout and the many trains operating all day long. We will feature Thomas and many other famous trains kids of all ages will recognize. The layout is 4200 square feet - approximately the size of a basketball court! There are dozens of highly detailed scenes and thousands of feet of track. This year we also have a quilt raffle and a Lego train display. We can't wait to see you there!”

Polk Station Model Railroad Holiday Craft Bazaar and Open House”, Saturday, November 5, Sunday, November 6, and Saturday, November 26, 8AM-2PM, Rickreall Grange, upstairs, 280 Main St., Rickreall.

Wild Foods in Survival and Self Reliance”, Saturday, November 5, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by local treasure and wild foods expert Dr. John Kallas. “Any individual survival situation presents a mix of situation-dependent choices. For many, wild foods seem a reasonable resource and lifeline when one is stranded in the wild. In this presentation, learn how to determine if and when wild foods are desirable to use, which plants to seek, what are your priorities in both recreational and unplanned survival situations. Books and resources on the subject will be displayed and discussed at the end of the talk.”

Bug Out with Don Ehlen”, Saturday, November 5, 12PM-7PM, Paxton Gate, 4204 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “We're always excited when Seattle based entomologist, Don Ehlen stops by. Join us as he takes us through a tour of his collection. This is truly a rewarding experience to see his world class insect collection. Don will be taking us through an astonishing array of species and knowledge about these amazing creatures. Complimentary beverages (beer or wine and something non-alcoholic) will be served.”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, November 5, 10AM, OMSI. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants will look for clues in the squid anatomy to figure out how these fascinating animals live. One squid per ticket, maximum two people per squid.” 

Demon Among Us: The Salem Witch Trials”, Sunday, November 6, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “When we think of witches and demons, we usually think of horror movies or Halloween. But for America’s 17th-century Puritan settlers, such beings were believed to be a reality, not superstition, and their new home in Massachusetts a place filled with fear and uncertainty. The early colonies were an experiment that—coupled with a backdrop of religious extremism—bred an anxiety so intense it ultimately turned deadly. As a result of religious/civic trials held between February 1692 and May 1693, 19 men and women were put to death following the unsustainable testimony of several young girls. Truly one of the darkest moments in America’s history, the Salem Trials are a constant, potent reminder of what can happen when extremism trumps rational thinking.” 

Diwali: Lights of India”, Sunday, November 6, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Festival of Lights showcases the arts and culture of India, adapted from, and closely following Diwali, the most popular annual festival celebrated around this time in India. The indoor festival, free for the public and suitable for all ages, attracts audiences from far and wide to converge in Seattle Center for a memorable afternoon of joy, conviviality and cultural experiences that are exuberantly Indian. In addition to entertainment featuring nationally- and internationally known artists with participatory and educational content, you will also enjoy Indian dance lessons, classical dances in the traditions of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak, and other entertainment produced and presented by youth. Festival of Lights will also feature a flower mandala (rangoli) decorative arrangement on the floor, henna booth, saree booth, puppetry show and workshop for children, face painting, Indian chai corner, and other attractions. With delicious food from many regions of India and tempting shopping opportunities presented by vendors, Festival of Lights promises to engage, entertain and inform attendees of all ages and cultural backgrounds.”

History Hub Exhibit Opening Celebration”, Sunday, November 6, 12PM-6PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. 1PM- Natya Dance Academy; 2:15PM- The Corvallis School of Irish Dance; 3PM- Bravo Youth Orchestra. “Join us as we celebrate the opening of History Hub, a new permanent exhibit designed for grades K–12 with a focus on 4th–8th grade. In History Hub, Oregon's youth, students, and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives, objects, and pictures. Our all ages celebration will feature family activities and special performances by talented young Oregonians.”

Afternoon Mushroom Discovery Hike at Mt. Talbert”, Sunday, November 6, 1PM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10945 SE Mather Rd, Clackamas. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms. Join mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin on this woodland hike at Mount Talbert Nature Park to learn about the ecological roles of fungi and how they eat and reproduce. We'll have hands-on exercises and learn how to identify mushrooms. Field guides will be provided.”

Wild Foods of Native Americans”, Sunday, November 6, 1:30PM, Hillsdale Library; and Sunday, November 13, 1PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore traditional foodways of Native North Americans. How did Native peoples live off of the abundance of food they found in nature. How was it possible to identify, harvest, and manage foods to support a complete diet for whole tribes through all seasons? Discover foods that were used and how they were prepared and stored. Books and resources on the subject will be displayed and discussed at the end of the talk. This slide-based presentation is offered by wild food author and educator, John Kallas of Wild Food Adventures.”

YA Author Talk, “Brie Spangler, Kristin Elizabeth Clark and M. G. Hennessey”, Sunday, November 6, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Brie Spangler’s ‘Beast’ is a witty, wise, and heart-wrenching reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average 15-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. Kristin Elizabeth Clark’s ‘Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity’ is a timely, fresh, and funny YA novel about a life-changing road trip for two best friends, one of whom is transgender. A male-to-female trans teen, Jess, and her male best friend, Chunk, take a cross-country road trip to attend Jess's father's wedding to her mother's former best friend. Hilarity, self-discovery, and some romance ensue. Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his friends and teammates, even Josh. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane's whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he's still the same boy he was before. ‘The Other Boy’ is M. G. Hennessey’s beautifully heartfelt story about one boy’s journey toward acceptance.”

Writing Workshop”, Sunday, November 6 2PM, Sherwood Library. Theme: “Windows”. “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.” 

Light up Fashion for Teens”, Monday, November 7, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “LRNG's E-Textile workshop will teach the basics of design, hand-sewing, and soft-circuits. Use and take home provided kits of with free e-textiles and craft materials, including conductive thread, sewable batteries and LEDs, simple switches, felt, and embellishments to support the workshops. Learn how to sew electric circuits using these unique components.”

YA Author Talk, “Tina Connolly”, Monday, November 7, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “Tina Connolly’s ‘Seriously Shifted’ is a sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in 'Seriously Wicked'. Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.”

Author Talk, “Sady Doyle”, Monday, November 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Sady Doyle discusses her book, “Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why”. She’s everywhere once you start looking for her: the trainwreck. She’s Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack,” and Amy Winehouse, dying in front of millions. But the trainwreck is also as old (and as meaningful) as feminism itself. From Mary Wollstonecraft—who, for decades after her death, was more famous for her illegitimate child and suicide attempts than for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman—to Charlotte Brontë, Billie Holiday, Sylvia Plath, and even Hillary Clinton, Sady Doyle’s Trainwreck dissects a centuries-old phenomenon and asks what it means now, in a time when we have unprecedented access to celebrities and civilians alike, and when women are pushing harder than ever against the boundaries of what it means to ‘behave.’ Where did these women come from? What are their crimes? And what does it mean for the rest of us? For an age when any form of self-expression can be the one that ends you, Sady Doyle’s book is as fierce and intelligent as it is funny and compassionate—an essential, timely, feminist anatomy of the female trainwreck.”

Author Talk, “Scott Farris”, Monday, November 7, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Scott Farris discusses his book, “Inga: Kennedy's Great Love, Hitler's Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover's Prime Suspect”. “Inga Arvad was the great love of President John F. Kennedy's life, and also Adolf Hitler's special guest at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. She was an actress, a foreign correspondent, a popular Washington columnist, an explorer who lived among a tribe of headhunters, one of Hollywood's most influential gossip columnists, and a suspected Nazi spy. The latter nearly got Kennedy cashiered out of the Navy, but instead set in motion the chain of events that led to him becoming a war hero. Inga lived where gossip intersects with history, and her story, as told by author Scott Farris in Inga, is a rollicking story that demonstrates how private lives influence public events. It is also a Hitchcockian tale of how difficult it can be to prove innocence when unjustly accused, and how, as Inga phrased it, what was once a halo can slip down and become a hangman's noose. In addition to her romance with Kennedy and the attention of Hitler, Arvad married three times to an Egyptian diplomat who insisted they never had divorced, the brilliant filmmaker Paul Fejos whom Charlie Chaplin considered a genius, and the famed cowboy movie star Tim McCoy. She also had affairs with noted surgeon Dr. William Cahan, the prolific writer John Gunther, and Winston's Churchill's right hand man, Baron Robert Boothby. She was pursued by Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch, and Swedish industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren, reputedly the richest man in the world at the time, offered her $1 million to have his child. Inga was Miss Denmark of 1931, but by all accounts her admirers among the European and American elite loved Inga not for her physical beauty alone, but for her joie de vivre. She was a genius with people, she was daring and adventurous, and she was their equal in intellect. Like Isak Dinesen and Clare Boothe Luce, Inga Arvad led a life that both sheds light on and defies the stereotypes of women of her time.”

“Inside Revels: Backstage Tour”, Monday, November 7, 6:30PM, St. Mary’s Academy Theater, 1615 SW 5th Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join our adult and children’s chorus as they rehearse for the Christmas Revels. Meet our artistic team, take part in opening circle, sing warm-ups with the cast, and enjoy wine and nibbles with our Executive Director.” 

“Food Hero Recipe Tasting and Presentations”, Tuesday, November 8, 5:30PM, North Portland Library. “OSU Extension Service’s Nutrition educators teach about healthy eating and active living. Come and see how easy it is to eat more fruits and vegetables and get inspiration to make healthy recipes at home! Participants will receive program information, recipes, a small gift, and a little taste of something super delicious.”

"Redeeming the Soul of America: Race, Justice and Reconciliation: The 2016 Collins Lecture by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III”, Tuesday, November 8, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. “A short film re-cap of the lecture, followed by a panel discussion by local faith community leaders. Rev. Dr. Moss is the pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ and speaks about Black liberation theology which contextualizes Christianity in an attempt to help those of African descent overcome oppression, as well as reaching inner-city black youth.”

Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, November 8, 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.” 

Paper Stars”, Tuesday, November 8, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Learn to make festive Finnish and Slovak stars woven from colorful paper strips.”

Food for Thought, a Cookbook Discussion Group”, Tuesday, November 8, 6PM, Ridgefield Library. “Travel the world through ethnic cookbooks. Prepare a recipe to share with others and join the discussion on the selected country's cuisine. This month's country: France!”

Holocaust Remembrance: 78th Anniversary of Kristallnacht”, Wednesday, November 9, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Kids are welcome at the discretion of parents. “Local Holocaust survivors will speak about their experiences under Nazi persecution during WWII. Kristallnacht was a coordinated attack on the Jews of Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. It is considered to be the first sign of the Holocaust. This event is recommended for teens and adults due to strong language involving violence and death. Presented in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, and sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library.” 

Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, November 9, and Wednesday, November 23, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Whooooo goes there? Join the refuge's owl enthusiast Seth Winkelhake and get to know this outstanding hunter. Owls remind us that nature is still very active after the sun goes down. During this night hike you'll learn about the different owls who call the Refuge home and their mysterious nocturnal lives. You'll explore their habitat and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night. Flashlights provided.” 

Forest Fungi – Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek”, Wednesday, November 9, 1PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Park Ranger and Mushroom Enthusiast Dane Osis from Fort Stevens State Park will visit Tryon Creek to share his knowledge of mushroom identification and ecology. This program will provide an introduction to the important ecological role that fungi fill as well as helpful tricks and tips for identifying Pacific Northwest mushrooms. We'll then hit the trail to discover what species live in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.”

Authors Among Us”, Wednesday, November 9, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Join us for an evening with regional authors reading from their latest works. Participating authors include Dale Brandenburger, D.C. Jesse Burkhardt, Rachael Horn and Yvonne Wakefield.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, November 9, 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!”

IQ Kids Financial Literacy Workshop and Pizza Party”, Wednesday, November 9, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4741. “Join the library and IQ bank representative Tim Walley for a Kids Financial Literacy night! Kids (K-2) at 4 pm, Pizza Party at 5 pm, Older kids from 3-6 pm.”

Broadleaf Evergreen Identification”, Wednesday, November 9, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “It's very common for people to use the term ‘evergreen’ to refer to only conifers, but this distinction isn't exactly accurate. Many genera of broadleaves, too, have a species that have opted to retain their leaves year-round. Oaks, madrones, magnolias, hollies, and others all have examples of evergreen species. In this course, we're going to focus on identification of some of these broadleaf evergreen species, and discuss how this evolutionary strategy works and why these trees are becoming more and more important in the face of climate change and urbanization.”

A Scientific Approach to Raising an Ideal Dog”, Wednesday, November 9, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at the door. “Most people raise dogs as if they are mini furry people, but they’re not. Canines are proud members of a different species with very different sensory systems and somewhat different social structure. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, will talk about understanding how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. He will show how to measure and graph both wanted and unwanted canine personality traits, and will give behavioral science-based suggestions on how to increase mutual trust, respect, and bonding with your dog.”

Drawing Talent Showcase for Teens”, Wednesday, November 9, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Teens are welcome to participate in Holgate Library's Drawing Talent Showcase. Show off your artistic side and have your work displayed in the library. No experience necessary. We'll have iPads, tools, supplies and library mentors to help you with your techniques.” Do you like to read comics and manga? Why don’t you learn to make your own comics? Learn to tell and story using pictures, words, and panels. This workshop will explore different ideas that cartoonists use to write and create their own comics. Participants will explore concepts such as character design, dialog, backgrounds, actions, movement, panels, page layout, and publishing. As a series, each workshop will cover a different aspect of comic making.”

Concert, “Whisky Deaf”, Wednesday, November 9, 12PM, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, Building 3 Atrium, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Hillsboro. Free. Free parking in the event center parking area behind Building 9. PCC Rock Creek’s Department of Music welcomes Whiskey Deaf, one of Portland’s most popular bluegrass and old-time music groups as part of ArtRock, a celebration of the arts at the PCC Rock Creek campus, 17705 NW Springville Road, Hillsboro. The concert begins at noon in the Building 3 atrium. The concert is free and open to the public. The group features fiddle virtuoso Annie Staninec (also a member of the Kathy Kallick band and rock star Rod Stewart’s band) who received the International Bluegrass Music Associations Momentum award in 2015, John Kael on guitar and vocals and Dee Johnson on bass.”

“Jugglemania”, Thursday, November 10, 2PM, Tualatin Library. “Experience improbable juggling, unique comedy and amazing acrobatics! By reading and practicing, this Oregon boy gained enough skills to become an internationally touring juggler, magician and comedian. Chinese yo-yos, cowboy lassos, Indian clubs, Egyptian juggling balls and other toys come alive in the hands of an artist that has toured four continents.”

Author Talk, “Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker”, Thursday, November 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. The authors discuss their book, "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans”. “In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as: Columbus Discovered America; Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims; Indians Were Savage and Warlike; Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians; The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide; Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans; Most Indians Are on Government Welfare; Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich; Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol. Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, ‘All the Real Indians Died Off’ challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.”

“Raising the Dead”, Thursday, November 10, 7:30PM, Willamette University, Hatfield Library, 900 State St., Salem. Details and campus map link here: “"Paleoartist, Gary Staab recreates past life through sculpture. Staab produces life-like models of archaeological and paleontological subjects for museum exhibits, films and books.. These sculptures are a true blend of art and science. He collaborates with scientists, to create snapshots of the past. This process is a hybrid technique that uses 3D printing and traditional sculpting. He will walk thru a number of projects that include creating a replica of the mummy of King Tutankhamen, Inca mummies from Peru and his work on a replica of the Iceman, recently featured in a NOVA film documentary. Staab’s has created work for The National Geographic Society, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science among many others. You can see images of his models at"

“B-Sat: Bestselling Authors of Tomorrow”, Thursday, November 10, 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. 

“Veterans Tell Their Stories”, Thursday, November 10, 3:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Veterans of all generations and from all branches of military service are invited to bring photos, memorabilia, and stories to share with others who are interested in learning from first-hand accounts of those who have served.”

Screening, “Switch: Discover the Future of Energy”, Thursday, November 10, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Discussion of the film is the following week, November 17. “Join us to view the film, then come back next week for an in-depth conversation about the issues brought up in the movie.” “What will it really take to transition from oil and coal to the energies of tomorrow? SWITCH goes where no film has before, deep into the world's most restricted energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, to make the technical accessible and discover the truth of our energy future. The first energy film embraced across political lines, audiences and critics have raved: 'smart, agenda-free, must-see entertainment for every person in America!’ “Trailer here:

Free College and Career Planning for Teens”, Thursday, November 10, 4PM, St. Johns Library. Grades 9-12. Presented by Step it Up PDX. “Drop-in anytime to speak with one of our career coaches. No appointment necessary, come and go as you please and get the help you need. Filling Community Service Hours: Do you need volunteer hours? We can help you find volunteer opportunities. Planning for College: Get help with the college search/application process. Career Exploration and Planning: Explore, plan for, and pursue your career path. Employability Skills and Job Placement: Practice interviewing and finish your resume or write a cover letter. Filling Community Service Hours: Do you need volunteer hours? We can help you find volunteer opportunities.”

“Discover the Oregon Desert Trail”, Thursday, November 10, 6PM, Salem Library. Anderson B Room; and Saturday, November 12, 7PM, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis. “Do you need inspiration for that next backpacking trip? Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association for an introduction to one of the newest long distance trails in the country: the Oregon Desert Trail. This 750 mile route traverses some stunning natural features in the high desert like the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick will cover the basics of hitting the trail and share some stories from her section hike this year. Drawing on her 10,000 backpacking miles and recent triple crown accomplishment (completing the AT, PCT and CDT), Renee is applying all her knowledge and passion for trails to this new route; and don't miss a chance to win some raffle goodies provided by Oregon Desert Trail Sponsors.”

Hands-on Henna for Teens”, Thursday, November 10, 4PM, Troutdale Library. “Henna is used by many cultures as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin for about two weeks. In this hands-on cultural art program, artist Raina Imig will share information on the art of henna in India, and will create a brief, authentic, intricate henna design on your hand.”

“Dyslexia Demystified”, Thursday, November 10, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton. “Please join Dawn Tacker of Traverse Dyslexia for a discussion of the signs, symptoms, solutions and superpowers of dyslexia.”

“Christmas Tree Arrival”, Thursday, November 10, 12PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. “Come downtown to welcome the arrival of Portland’s 75-foot tall Douglas Fir to Portland’s Living Room!” They will be bringing it there and securing it in place, and unlike the rest of us, won’t bother about watering their tree. If it looks a little thin, that’s because they will still have to attach a bunch of extra branches to it before adding lights. The official lighting is Friday, November 25, 5:30PM.

“Woodstock Teen Comics Book Group”, Thursday, November 10, 4:30PM, Woodstock Library. “Engage in conversation about comics, exchange perspectives about characters, design and plot, and get to know other teens.” 

“Comics and Manga Camp for Teens”, 3 sessions, Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12, 10AM-1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Do you like to read comics and manga? Why don’t you learn to make your own comics? Learn to tell and story using pictures, words, and panels. This workshop will explore different ideas that cartoonists use to write and create their own comics. Participants will explore concepts such as character design, dialog, backgrounds, actions, movement, panels, page layout, and publishing. As a series, each workshop will cover a different aspect of comic making.”

“St John's Ballet Folklorico”, Thursday, November 10, 3:30PM, Belmont Library. Bilingual. “Ballet Folklorico tells the stories of Mexico through song and dance. Each state in Mexico has its own unique style and traditional colorful costumes.”

Author Talk, “Tim Palmer”, Thursday, November 10, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx; Monday, November 14, 7PM, Sandy Library; Wednesday, November 16, 6:30PM, Hood River Library; Thursday, November 17, 7PM, McMinnville Library; and Friday, November 18, 6PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Join award winning author and photographer Tim Palmer while he presents a slide show based on his stunning new book, ‘Rivers of Oregon.’ With spectacular photos from all across the state, Tim will take you on a river tour that will change the way you think about water flowing across our land.”

Mad Science Presents, “What Do You Know About H2O?”, Thursday, November 10, 2PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “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!”

“Radicle Training: Intro to Forest Policy”, Thursday, November 10, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave. Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: How has history treated public lands and how has ‘ownership’ changed over the last century? Which laws protect the land and which accommodate destructive commercial activity? Who makes land management decisions and what are their goals? How can we influence the management if we, the public, don’t like it? This training, facilitated by Bark's staff attorney, Brenna Bell, will answer all these questions, and more, as we learn about how and why the Forest Service and BLM (mis)manage our public lands. Attend this training if you are interested in engaging in the public process on lands management, or simply want to be more informed about the law and politics that influences current forest management! What to bring: a notebook. We have stuff for the kiddos! Be prepared for some wonky legal jargon to be de-coded!”

Screening, “Aztec Eagles”, Thursday, November 10, 4PM, Sherwood Library. “Join Sig Unander as he shows Victor Mancilla's film ‘Forgotten Eagles’, the story of the ‘Aztec Eagles’, pilots of Fighter Squadron 201, the only Mexican military unit ever to serve in combat outside that country and to fight alongside the United States to liberate the Philippines during World War II. Research and logistics for the film were done by Unander, a former journalist who spent six years locating and interviewing the Eagles in Mexico and is writing a book about their famous unit. The film runs 56 minutes and will be followed by a Q and A session as well as a display of flags and other artifacts. Light refreshment provided.”

“Tales of Thanks”, Thursday, November 10, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Local storyteller Alton Chung will make you laugh and touch your heart with stories of hope and gratitude.”

“The Secret Life of Birds”, Friday, November 11, 10AM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview. $6 per person or $11 per family, plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “The birds are talking. Are you listening? Learn to unravel the mysterious communications of birds and how their various calls and alarms move across the landscape. Join a naturalist on a slow, quiet walk through the reclaimed wetlands of Blue Lake Regional Park, where coyotes, weasels and raptors share space with waterfowl and songbirds.”

“Yachats Celtic Music Festival”, Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, Yachats.

Wild Mushroom Hike”, Friday, November 11, Thursday, November 23, and Thursday, November 30, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Meet at Battery Russell for a Ranger guided hike to look for and identify wild mushrooms.”

Free Metro Parks Days”, Friday, November 11, and Friday, November 25. “Enjoy free parking at Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Broughton Beach, M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp and Chinook Landing Marine Park. Parking at all other Metro parks and boat ramps is free year-round.”

Washington State Parks Free Day”, Friday, November 11. No Discover Pass required.

NaNoWriMo Write-Ins for Teens”, Saturday, November 12, and Saturday, November 19, 1PM, Tigard Library. “Commune with your fellow writers, nibble nutritious brain food and get your creative juices flowing with writing exercises. Get Feedback on your novel.”

NW Chocolate Expo”, Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, 10AM-5PM, Pier 91, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Seattle. Details here: “Produced annually, the Northwest Chocolate Festival is the among the top shows for artisan chocolate in the world today. We present an extraordinary Education Program, the largest of any industry convention or public show in the world today. All workshops are included with your ticket price for admission to the festival. If you have been to our show – you know it is an organic living production - one of the most spirited and authentic shows for chocolate today!”

Author Reading, “Oregon Reads Aloud”, Saturday, November 12, 12PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “A celebration of the 25th anniversary of SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), ‘Oregon Reads Aloud’ contains 25 read-aloud stories for kids (a celebration of all things Oregon), written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators. Join SMART and Oregon Reads Aloud contributors for an event including readings from the book, a Q and A with contributors, and a signing.”

“The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, November 12, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘Exploding Myth,’ Kate Ristau, author of Clockbreakers, teaches how to twist and remix myths to launch your own story. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, the League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. Join us!”

Wild Mushroom Cook-off”, Saturday, November 12, 11AM-2PM, Culinary Center, 801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City. Free admission; samples $1 and portion sizes $3. “Join us at the Cook-off to see what our local Oregon chefs have prepared with these gems of the autumn harvest. Enjoy a live cooking demonstration, live music, a wild mushroom identification booth, wine and beer, food vendors, and wild mushrooms for sale. Professional judging will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place dishes. Who will take home the coveted People’s Choice Award this year? You get to determine the best mushroom dishes by casting a vote for your favorite!”

Author Talk, “Danielle Krysa”, Saturday, November 12, 4PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Danielle Krysa discusses her book, “Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative”. “This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock. Packed with helpful anecdotes, thoughts from successful creatives, and practical exercises gleaned from Danielle Krysa's years of working with professional and aspiring artists—plus riotously apt illustrations from art world darling Martha Rich—this book arms readers with the most essential tool for their toolbox: the confidence they need to get down to business and make good work.”

Free Family Morning”, Saturday, November 12, 10AM- 1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. All ages. “Celebrate India with Bollywood Movez dance school! Mini dance workshops will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Crafts and henna tattoos will occur throughout event.”

“Diwali 2016”, Saturday, November 12, 4PM-10:30PM, Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. $16 adults, $8 children 5-12. “Please join us for the grand Diwali celebrations with dance, music, food and fun! Snacks and Social hour, Cultural and Entertainment Program, Dinner, Music, Dance and other fun activities.”

Mysterious Mushrooms of Fort Stevens”, Saturday, November 12, and Saturday, November 26, 1PM, Fort Stevens State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Meet at Picnic Shelter A at Coffenbury Lake for a program on wild mushrooms followed by a hike to hunt for fungi.”

Clark County Open Studios Tour”, Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10AM-5PM. Free. “Clark County Open Studios is a free self-guided tour where local artists open their studios to the public and share how, why and where their art is created. This is a unique opportunity to visit artists and artisans, view diverse works and buy pieces specifically created or made available for this event. Mark your calendar!” Details here:

Ratstock”, Saturday, November 12, 11AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. $5 adults, $3 for children 3 and under. “Doors open at 11 AM and it runs until 5 PM. At 11:30 AM there will be a Vet Talk with Dr. Melinda Surrency, ‘7 Common Misconceptions About Owning Rats.’ The Standard Show will start at Noon and the Pet Show is at 1 PM. There will be categories for the Most Kissiest Rat, The Most Beautiful Adult, The Most Adorable Kitten, The Squishiest Rat, The Longest Tail, The Best Rescue Story, The Most Unusual Markings, The Owner and Rat Lookalike Contest, and the Costume Contest, plus much more!”

Author Talk, "John P. Langellier", Saturday, November 12, 2PM, Ft. Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. "Noted author John P. Langellier will discuss his new book, 'Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army'. This event, hosted by the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver and the Friends of Fort Vancouver, is free to the public. Copies of Langellier's book will be available for sale in the Visitor Center Bookstore, and Langellier will sign copies. From the American Revolution to the present day, African Americans have stepped forward in their nation's defense. Fighting For Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army breathes new life into a stirring subject, emphasizing the role men who have come to be known as "Buffalo Soldiers" played in opening the Trans-Mississippi West. Langellier's work features over 150 images painstakingly gathered from public and private collections, as well as a concise overview of this fascinating, American story. 'The story of the Buffalo Soldiers is one that is closely connected to our national park,' said Acting Chief Ranger Bob Cromwell. 'African American soldiers from Company B of the 24th U.S. Infantry Regiment were stationed at Vancouver Barracks in 1899, and were an important part of the community here.' "

Author Talk, “Matthew Holm”, Saturday, November 12, 11AM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Program Room, Level 3. “Meet Matthew Holm and see how he draws Babymouse.”

The Quaker Family Tree, and America as the Holy Experiment”, Saturday, November 12, 10AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “In this presentation on the Quaker founders of American ideals and culture, Paul Anderson will trace the influence of William Penn and early Quaker governors of the Colonies upon the ethos of American democracy and society. Given that the Keystone State played a pivotal role among the Colonies, Pennsylvania egalitarian values and social concerns have permeated the New World, from the framing of the Constitution to the westward migrations toward 'the Garden of the Lord'. In Anderson’s presentation, central values of Friends will also be explored as to their relevance in today’s society, bridging faith and culture in ways that continue to make a difference.”

Tween Takeover at the Library!”, Saturday, November 12, 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.” 

“IPRC Presents: Self-Publishing”, Saturday, November 12, 1PM, Beaverton Library. Grades 6 to adult. “Join us for a workshop led by Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center. Learn about the offerings of the center and the different kinds of bookmaking and bookbinding offered there, as well as an overview of print-on-demand services and the desktop publishing resources available at the IPRC. Get some tips on design and other elements to self-publish your book.”

“Nature Walk- Mushrooms”, Saturday, November 12, 9AM-12PM, meeting at Washington County Extension Service Education Center, 1815 NW 169th Pl., Beaverton. Preregistration required; register online: “H3 (Hiking, Health and Habit) is a new collaborative program between the OSU Extension 4-H Program, the Oregon Master Naturalist Program, and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. On the second Saturday of each month, a Master Naturalist will lead a nature walk in a metro region natural area. These events are open to all ages and levels of naturalist experience. All nature walks will start at the new Washington County Extension Service Education Center (ESEC) at 9am and will carpool to the natural area. This walk will focus on mushrooms at a TBD location.”

Guided Historical Tour”, Saturday, November 12, 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.”

Free Nikon Binocular Workshop”, Saturday, November 12, 10:30AM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “Learn the techniques for selecting the best binocular for your outdoor activities. Thinking of purchasing a new pair of binoculars or giving one as a gift? If you don’t understand all those specification numbers, how “High Density Glass” improves your viewing or what size binocular is best for your needs: we have a workshop for that! Mike Freiberg of Nikon Sport Optics will return to Portland Audubon to offer a free workshop in Heron Hall that answers all your questions. Mike is also a hotshot international birder who will share his personal techniques to sharpen your skills in using binoculars. He’s bringing along some free goodies from Nikon for participants. Please join us for this fun, free event!”

Bobbin Lake Making”, Saturday, November 12, 10AM-2PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Age 10 and up. $25. Preregistration required; register online: “This intricate craft is actually simpler than it looks! From the pillow to the bobbins we’ll take a careful look at the tools used by lace-makers throughout history, and try our hand at lace-making on a slightly larger scale. Projects will be personalizing a set of lace bobbins and the creation of a fine cotton-thread bookmark.”

Animals In Disaster: How and Why To Prepare Now For Your Animal (Great or Small)”, Saturday, November 12, 3PM, Oregon City Library. Preregistration required; To register email instructor Jo Becker at “Disasters can be personal or regional; they happen to someone everyday. Join us for a down to earth yet upbeat session on how and why to prepare for the unexpected. We’ll play the interactive Animals-In-Jeopardy game and cover ideas and resources for pets as well as livestock.”

Latinos Today and Tomorrow”, Saturday, November 12, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Portland State University professor Dr. Roberto De Anda will discuss the experiences of Latinos in the U.S. He will also describe future prospects for population growth and its implications, as well as the demographic changes in Oregon.”

Marshmallows in Space”, Saturday, November 12, 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.” 

Fall Bird Walk”, Saturday, November 12, 8AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Join wildlife biologist and Audubon trip leader Jason Wolf to explore Smith and Bybee Wetlands, the largest wildlife area within a city limits in the entire country. Fall is a perfect time for a wide variety of birds as many species arrive to spend the winter in our area. We’ll walk the riparian areas and scope the lakes for water birds. Walking will be on flat easy terrain for approximately one mile round trip. Field instruction will include the key elements for identifying birds both by sight and by sound. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if you have them.”

Dream Catcher Weaving”, Saturday, November 12, 11AM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Wednesday, November 30, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “The dream catcher, in Native American tradition, is believed to protect the sleeping individual from nightmares while letting in positive energy and dreams. Participate in this workshop to learn the history and mystery behind the dream catcher while weaving your own to take home.”

African Storytelling”, Saturday, November 12, 12PM, Midland Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

Felted Acorns and Oak Leaves”, Saturday, November 12, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Fall is here! Celebrate by making a festive garland of felted acorns. The acorns will be wet felted wool balls attached to real acorn tops. Come by yourself or bring your friends and family and work together on a bigger garland. All ages welcome.”

Native Runway: A Celebration of Regalia, Culture and Song”, Saturday, November 12, 1PM-4PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “November’s Second Saturday adds an extra hour to celebrate the Water Resources Education Center’s 20th anniversary and showcase native communities. Once again, dancers will walk down the red runway in native regalia - clothing and adornment unique to each dancer. They will share their personal stories and invite the audience to join in a friendship dance. This year, families can also: hear about First Peoples of Oregon and Washington; view a 30-foot Chinook cedar canoe, called Itsxut; listen to stories of recent canoe journeys; play native games of chance; and paint feathers and try other activities.”

West African Kora Concert”, Monday, November 12, 2PM, Wilsonville Library; Sunday, November 13, 3PM, Cedar Mill Library main floor; Sunday, November 20, 2PM, Tualatin Library; and Monday, November 21, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.”

Pomanders”, Saturday, November 12, 10AM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. “Victorian Craft Demonstration series. Materials are provided and demonstrations are free.”

Afternoon Mushroom Discovery Hike at Oxbow”, Sunday, November 13, 9:30AM and 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family, plus $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms. Join mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin on this woodland hike at Oxbow Regional Park to learn about the ecological roles of fungi and how they eat and reproduce. We'll have hands-on exercises and learn how to identify mushrooms. Field guides will be provided.”

Dreamcatcher Craft for Teens”, Sunday, November 13, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Community Room. Preregistration required; register online. “Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about dreamcatchers and making your own.”

Light-Up Greeting Cards”, Sunday, November 13, 2PM, and Wednesday, November 30, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Meeting Room Level 4. “Put some power in your paper project! Join us for a hands-on project to create simple circuits and design your own light-up greeting card. All ages and experience levels welcome.”

Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, November 13, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, free for children 11 and under. Program details here:

Mysterious Mushrooms of the Tillamook State Forest”, Sunday, November 13, 11AM, Tillamook Forest Center, , Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Ages 12 and up. $15. Preregistration required; email with the names of all people attending. “An amazing variety of fungi thrive in the Tillamook State Forest. Join State Park Ranger, Dane Osis for a program on these wild forest mushrooms. You will view freshly picked fungi, learn to identify edible and poisonous varieties, and discover the important roles that fungi play in forest health. Following the talk, you can take an optional short hike with Dane to search for and identify mushrooms. Feel free to bring in samples of mushrooms for identification.”

“Holocaust Presentation”, Sunday, November 13, 3PM, Sandy Library. “A lecture by Peter Wigmore, the son of a survivor of Auschwitz, who was a subject of Mengele's brutal, medical experiments. Mr. Wigmore's presentation focuses upon his mother's and her family's experiences during the Holocaust and her subsequent years dealing with the trauma of those years. With time permitting, he will also talk about the effect that her experiences had on him. This talk correlates with the anniversary of Kristallnacht, which this year occurs on Wednesday, November 9th. This observance is significant because it marks the beginning of direct, governmental sanctioned violence against the Jewish communities existing throughout Nazi Germany. The year was 1938, within a year of the outbreak of WWII. Prior to this date, there were incidents of violence against Jews in Germany, but this was different because it was organized, wide spread, and publicly done. There will be an opportunity for Q and A following the lecture.”

Notebooks from Old Books”, Sunday, November 13, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2517. “Local artist Sally Galore will lead a workshop for adults on upcycled notebooks. Learn to repurpose vintage or damaged books and upcycle them into new unique notebooks using simple ring and prong style binding. Supplied will be provided.”

A Shared City: Native Americans in Early Portland History”, Sunday, November 13, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Tuesday, November 15, 6:30PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The first written histories of our city never mentioned that Portland’s recently arrived white residents were outnumbered three to one by the Native Americans who lived along the Willamette River at the foot of Jefferson Street and other sites around Portland. Portland historian Tracy J. Prince, Ph.D., recently uncovered this completely neglected part of Portland's history, and in this presentation, she will share rare photos and early stories about Native Americans in Portland.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, November 13, 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.” 

Fly Gals: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II”, Sunday, November 13, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Sig Unander Jr. “The first American women military pilots in history, the WASPs flew vital ferry, training and flight test missions, freeing up men for combat. Disbanded for political reasons, their unit’s dedicated service was forgotten for decades until Congress recognized and honored them.”

Sweet Crepe Making for Families”, Sunday, November 13, 2:30PM, Gregory Heights Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Monday, November 14, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 3:15PM). “Come see a demonstration and learn how to make fresh French crepes with sweet filling.”

The Music and Life of Prince”, Sunday, November 13, 3PM, Northwest Library; Saturday, November 19, 1PM, St. Johns Library; and Wednesday, November 30, 6PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This program explores the impact of Prince’s music on the world through the examination of his life and musical upbringing. Music, writings and interviews will be included in the lecture. Participants will also explore Hoopla, library media streaming service, and how to access Prince's music through this online platform.”

Building a Republic: An In-Depth Look at How ‘Democracy’s Blueprints’ Forged a New Nation”, Sunday, November 13, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Guided Exhibit Tour with Dr. Laura Gifford. The United States we know today wasn't a foregone conclusion. Much of what we take for granted had to be built—and not everyone agreed on proper construction materials! Enjoy the deep historical perspective and quirky stories Dr. Laura Gifford brings to the documentary foundations of our nation. You will come away from this guided tour of Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America informed, challenged, and sometimes amused by this window into American political development.”

Cooking Around the World: Sushi-Making”, Sunday, November 13, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Just what is ‘sushi,’ anyway? Does it always have to have raw fish? Come join Andrea Obana of Daizu Kitchen to find out exactly what it is, and learn to make a few simple types of sushi that you can enjoy with friends and family!”

Battle for the Elliot State Forest”, Monday, November 14, 6:30PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “The Elliott State Forest is a 91,000-acre state forest in the Oregon Coast Range. This incredible public land contains rare mature and old-growth forest, is home to imperiled salmon and wildlife, and is renowned for its recreation opportunities. The forest also has a historic mandate to generate revenue for the Common School Fund in Oregon. The state is attempting to sell off the Elliott State Forest. For years, state land managers have failed to comply with the federal Endangered Species Act-relating to the rare and protected marbled murrelet – in managing state forests, allowing thousands of acres of old-growth and other forest habitat to be logged. Come this month's Ecology Club to hear this presentation about the past and pending lawsuits to save the Elliott habitat, public lands access, and the state of the Marbled Murrelet. Portland Audubon has filed three lawsuits, and has signed onto the Uplisting Petition of ESA protections of the Marbled Murrelet from Threatened to Endangered.”

The Future of Dream Technology”, Monday, November 14, 7PM, Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kelly Bulkeley, PhD, Dream Researcher and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. “Dreams have fascinated and mystified people for millennia, but only recently have scientists begun using specialized tools to analyze their nature and function. This talk will describe the most intriguing new technologies aimed at increasing our knowledge about, and experience of, dreaming. These technologies include devices for tracking brain activities during the sleep cycle, for replicating dreams in third-person visual form, for altering or amplifying dreams while they are happening, and for analyzing their patterns of meaningful content. Many of these tools are available for general use, opening the way for a host of new discoveries to emerge as innovative people experiment with their dreams in various settings.”

Portland Opera to Go Presents, “Hansel and Gretel”, Monday, November 14, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Portland Opera To Go, the touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Program revives the family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s 50-minute English language adaptation of Hansel and Gretel. Following the familiar fairytale, Hansel and Gretel find themselves lost in the woods after being banished from the home for being naughty. After an afternoon of berry picking, they are hungry and tired, and fall asleep, only to wake to the greatest adventure of their lives. After gorging on a smorgasbord of sugary treats (courtesy of the resident Gobbling Witch) they find that they are next on the menu!”

YA Author Talk, “Silvia Noreno-Garcia”, Monday, November 14, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses her YA novel, “Certain Dark Things”. “Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires… Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten. Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm. And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries. Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?”

City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales”, Monday, November 14, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Reading this evening will be contributing authors: Suzy Vitello, Art Edwards, Doug Chase, and Justin Hocking. reading from the new anthology ‘City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales’. Edited by Gigi Little and published by Portland’s own Forest Avenue Press, City of Weird conjures up what we fear: death, darkness, and ghosts; hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds; blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. This collection is quirky, often chilling, at times surprisingly profound -- and always perfectly weird.”

Sex in the Stone Age: Our Hybrid DNA”, Tuesday, November 15, 6PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: (Despite the name, this sounds pretty tame.) “In 2012, geneticists made yet another remarkable discovery. Not only do many modern humans contain anywhere from 2 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA, whole groups also possess the DNA of at least one other species, the Denisovans. A fragment of a pinky bone and a tooth twice the size of today’s average molar are the only remnants of a species of humans that we know lived thousands of centuries ago at the same time and place as homo sapiens—and interbred with them. They are a part of us that we never knew existed. What did these fellow humans look like? And how do they fit into what we thought we knew about our biological development as a species. This program explores the long and winding road that leads to our being the only species of human out of at least twenty that is still standing—and helps explain why every one of us has a remnant of DNA from some of those other species still flowing in our blood.”

Capturing Time – The Art of Historical Photography”, Tuesday, November 15, 6PM, Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Historical Photography is the recreation of the past through the lens of a camera. Using only historically accurate photographic techniques, processes and equipment and utilizing historical venues, living historians and models, a photographer may recreate the past in stunning detail and realism. D.E. Geraths does just that and in this talk he will describe the beginnings of this passion, the process in which he creates these images and the reasons for his obsession. He will be displaying some of the 19th and early 20th Century photographic equipment that he uses, giving a slide presentation of his work and answering your questions.”

The Neuroscience of Displacement: Helping Refugee Youth Reclaim Their Future”, Tuesday, November 15, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kristen Mackiewicz Seghete, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at OHSU and Matt Streng, Senior Youth Development Advisor at Mercy Corps. “Remember your teenage years? Imagine living those years away from home under extreme stress as a refugee and the impact it would have on your future. Join us at OMSI when Mercy Corps Youth Director, Matt Streng, and OHSU Neuroscientist, Dr. Kristen Mackiewicz Seghete, will describe the effects of prolonged stress on the adolescent brain and how Mercy Corps is using this science to build our programming for youth refugees in Syria and beyond.”

Owl, A Year in the Lives of North American Owls”, Tuesday, November 15, 7PM, Mongomery Park, Lower Ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Owls are fascinating birds – beautiful, silent on the wing and elusive. They can be hard for even the best birders to spot, much less capture in photographs. Naturalist and photographer Paul Bannick has an uncanny ability to not only find them, but to spend hours observing them in their habitat without disturbing them. His photos reveal their daily behavior and life cycle in ways few humans have seen. Please join your Audubon Society of Portland on a special post-election night with Paul as he takes us on a journey exploring the lives of North American owls throughout the course of a year. The award winning photographer will share his special insight into these enigmatic creatures at our larger event space, Montgomery Park.”

Discovering Down Under”, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Where can you view an architectural marvel of the twentieth century, dip your toes in the sand on golden beaches, and enjoy majestic waterfalls and hobbit villages? Down Under, of course! Sail the Tasman Sea and enjoy famous landmarks of Australia and New Zealand with Mike Nettleton. Mike and his wife set sail last fall and will share stories and adventures with a backdrop of stunning photographs.”

Create and Design in 3D for Teens”, Tuesday, November 15, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever wanted to create something in 3D? Learn how in this monthly workshop that will teach you the basics of how to 3D model in Fusion360. Come back to 3D print or mill your creation in the makerspace!”

Fabric Yoyo Flowers”, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Fabric yoyo flowers are easy to make and are a good way to use small amounts of fabric scraps. Plus, you can use these flowers to decorate a hat, a child's dress, or a bag.”

Origami Folding for Teens”, Tuesday, November 15, 3:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Learn to make several different origami designs, or share your own knowledge of this Japanese art of paper folding. Teen Advisory Board experts will be on hand to share their expertise.”

Author Talk, “Dana Simpson”, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. “Come join us for a "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" special event! Author Dana Simpson will be here to sign and speak about her fabulous graphic novel series!”

“Dyslexia 101”, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Dyslexia is invisible and frequently misunderstood, yet it affects up to 20% of the population. Dyslexia 101 informs attendees about this neurobiological learning difference by exploring: early warning signs, causes, treatment and consequences of not providing teacher training or evidence-based instruction for dyslexia in America's public schools and discussion of recent Oregon legislation regarding dyslexia.”

“DIY Craftshop: Peg Dolls”, Wednesday, November 16, 3:30PM, Sherwood Library. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-625-6688. “At this DIY Craftshop we'll be painting wooden peg dolls. You'll learn how to capture facial expressions, hair styles and more. Whether you want to paint a few of your family members, pilgrims for your Thanksgiving table, or superheroes, painting peg dolls is a great way to relax and have fun. They also make great gifts!”

Northwest Senior Theatre Presents “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle”, Wednesday, November 16, through Saturday, November 19, 2PM, Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. $5. “Musical Variety Show for the Holidays, featuring The Christmas Song, Drummer Boy, A Song Of Peace, Let’s Have An Old Fashioned Christmas, Thank You Very Much and many more. Also dancing, skits and merriment!”

Author Talk, “Tim Wu”, Wednesday, November 16, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Tim Wu discusses his book, “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads”. “Feeling attention challenged? Even assaulted? American business depends on it. In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of messaging, advertising enticements, branding, sponsored social media, and other efforts to harvest our attention. Few moments or spaces of our day remain uncultivated by the ‘attention merchants,’ contributing to the distracted, unfocused tenor of our times. Tim Wu argues that this condition is not simply the byproduct of recent technological innovations but the result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention. From the pre-Madison Avenue birth of advertising to the explosion of the mobile web; from AOL and the invention of email to the attention monopolies of Google and Facebook; from Ed Sullivan to celebrity power brands like Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump, the basic business model of ‘attention merchants’ has never changed: free diversion in exchange for a moment of your consideration, sold in turn to the highest-bidding advertiser. Wu describes the revolts that have risen against the relentless siege of our awareness, from the remote control to the creation of public broadcasting to Apple's ad-blocking OS. But he makes clear that attention merchants are always growing new heads, even as their means of getting inside our heads are changing our very nature--cognitive, social, political and otherwise--in ways unimaginable even a generation ago.”

Author Talk, “Kim Stafford”, Wednesday, November 16, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Portland author Kim Stafford joins us for the 30th Anniversary Edition of his essay collection, 'Having Everything Right'. He'll be joined by Robert Michael Pyle, who wrote the introduction. Having Everything Right revolves around the history, folklore, and physical beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Stafford writes poetic and evocative prose as he reflects on such subjects as Indian place names, bears, and local eccentrics. In terms of genre, the book comes closest to books like Wallace Stegner's Wolf Willow or the essay collections of Edward Abbey and Wendell Berry, books that blend personal vision and regional evocation.”

“Endangered Species Act 101”, Wednesday, November 16, 6PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Presented by Dan Rohlf, Professor of Law and Of Counsel at Lewis and Clark, Attorney at Earthrise Law Center and Portland Audubon. “Join us for a teach-in examining the federal Endangered Species Act. Dan Rohlf, a law professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, will discuss the basics of how the law works. He’ll also explain how the ESA plays a key role in advancing Audubon priorities such as protecting Elliot State Forest, and identify ways that the public can participate in applying the ESA. For over four decades the ESA has provided the foundation for federal efforts to protect not only threatened and endangered species, but also the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The statute has helped recover iconic birds such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, and it may soon underpin efforts to restore California condors in Oregon. The law also drives ongoing efforts to protect the habitat of imperiled birds in Oregon, including Marbled Murrelets, Northern Spotted Owls, Streaked Horned Larks, and Sage Grouse. Using these examples, Dan will discuss how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes decisions about adding species to – and removing them from – the law’s protected lists. He’ll also discuss specific legal protections for both listed species and their habitat, and describe how public participation and litigation plays a prominent role in making the ESA work properly.”

Concert, “Basso à Deux”, Wednesday, November 16, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Basso à Deux brings fun, up­tempo jazz standards, blues, originals, and a few surprises to the library. Join us as Andrea Vorvick (vocals) and Paul Vorvick (upright bass) fill the room with vintage cool.”

“Lake Missoula Flood in Your Backyard”, Wednesday, November 16, 7PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $6 adults, $4 seniors. “Rick Thompson, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, will present a talk titled, “Lake Missoula Flood in Your Backyard.” Rick will give an overview of what caused Glacial Lake Missoula, trace its path across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Gorge, and then focus on the effects of the Flood in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington that are still visible today. This Crossroads Lecture complements our traveling exhibit, ‘150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making’ that illustrates how geology crafted Oregon’s landscape and natural resources and continues to shape the land and lives of its citizens. Guests are invited to view the exhibit before and/or after the talk.”

“Graphic Fantastic”, Thursday, November 16, 4PM, McMinnville Library. “A graphic novel book club for teenage girls ages 13-18. Ask for a copy of the book at the circulation desk.” November’s book: “Lumberjanes Volume I: Beware the Kitten Holy”.

“Science Matters”, Thursday, November 17, 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.” 

“Papermaking for Tweens”, Thursday, November 17, 4PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “Papermaking is a fun, hands-on activity that helps tweens 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.”

“Columbia River Gorge – 50 Million Years of Geologic Tumult”, Thursday, November 17, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. Presented by Lloyd DeKay. “The place we now see as a peaceful, idyllic Columbia River Gorge retreat is the exceptional product of over 50 million years of violent volcanic activity, immense floods of lava and raging iceberg-laden waters. Join a journey back in time with the eye of a geologist to explore the bleak background of this boneyard of devastation that we now consider a playground. We’ll consider back-arc basins where ~20 million years of exotic plants and animals are entombed in volcanic debris. We’ll explore enormous outpourings of searing hot lava that now stack up to 3 miles thick from the Idaho border all the way to the Oregon coast and beyond. Then there is the later gargantuan uplift and outpouring of lava that built our deceptively beautiful Cascades, even as the Columbia River tore its way across the spine of the rising mountain chain. And of course, we’ll dig into the devastatingly massive floods of water, ice, and debris that repeatedly scoured the Gorge, exposing to our sharp eyes and inquiring minds the tumult beneath the beautiful surface of this scenic gem. We may even look into the heart of geology to realize that geologists can be as much sleuth and storyteller as they are scientist.”

“Sweater Mittens for Teens”, Thursday, November 17, 4PM, Oregon City Library. “Winter is coming! Warm up your frozen fingers with these cozy upcycled mittens made from old sweaters. And don’t worry if you’ve never threaded a needle in your life. We’ll bring all of the supplies and walk you through the project from beginning to end.”

“Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, November 17, 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!

“LEGO Stop Motion Videos”, Thursday, November 17, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library Teen Room. Grades 4-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a short LEGO stop motion video using an iPad and the LEGO Movie Maker app!” 

Getting Started with Tinkercad”, Thursday, November 17, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. Ages 13 and up. Preregistration required; register online. “This introductory class will get you started using computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 3D objects. Students will learn to use Tinkercad, a free, web-based design program, and will have an opportunity to submit their creation for printing by one of the library's 3D printers.”

Holiday Stories- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, Thursday, November 17, 7PM, Beaverton Library. Recommended for ages 13 and up. “The Beaverton City Library Story Slam is a friendly, open-mic storytelling competition. This time, the theme is holidays! Potential storytellers will put their names in a hat; names will be picked from the hat and those chosen will take to the stage to tell their true, personal, 5- to 8-minute story. Come put your name in the hat to tell a story or just to enjoy the show! Stories must be told from memory. The winner receives a $10 Book Corner gift certificate. This program is free and open to the public, recommended for ages 13 and up. Potential storytellers should arrive 15 minutes early to speak with the event host about their planned story.”

“Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, November 17 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.” 

“Hawaiian Night for Teens”, Friday, November 18, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Library. “Get ready for the film release of ‘Moana’ at this event. Experience the aloha spirit as we try our hand at Hawaiian activities and sample ‘ono’ (tasty) foods. You're gonna lava it!”

“S.A.D. Park by Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob”, Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 9AM-9PM, and Sunday, November 20, 9AM-5PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Pdx. Free. “Houseguest will activate Pioneer Courthouse Square with its third Artist in Residence of the 2016-2017 season. Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob will install S.A.D. Park, the world’s first park created for people with seasonal affective disorder. In the heart of the notoriously grey and rainy Pacific Northwest, S.A.D. Park is designed to ease one of the most prevalent mood disorders in our society. Throughout the 21st century, in the United States mental health disorders are being diagnosed at increasing rates and are known to be a public health crisis, and yet we primarily expect people to bear and treat these illnesses privately. This park reestablishes the social and civic function of public spaces by transforming a center city park into a site that mitigates this epidemic public health issue in a supportive, fun, de-stigmatizing collective atmosphere. S.A.D. Park features healing levels of bright lighting, botanical landscape design, architectural features, sound-scapes and aromatherapy to address and alleviate S.A.D. symptoms through multiple modalities simultaneously. The park will also offer group classes and personalized consultation to support people learning how to live with and overcome their mood disorders.”

Olio Nuovo Festival”, Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Olive Mill, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd., Dayton. Free. “Come celebrate the completion of 2016’s olive milling at Oregon Olive Mills’ 8th annual Olio Nuovo Festival. This is your first chance to taste and purchase this season’s fresh, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil! Fresh Olio Nuovo is paired with seasonal appetizers and Durant Vineyards estate wines. Join us for hourly tours of our Olioteca (olive mill), live Italian music and shop for holiday décor. Sample fresh pasta and Parmigiano Reggiano from our vendor partners at Providore Fine Foods, locally roasted coffee from Flag and Wire and try olive oil chocolate truffles from Smitten Artisan Truffles.”

“Gem Faire”, Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $7 weekend pass, free for kids 11 and under. Beads and jewelry making supplies, and also good stuff for rockhounds like minerals, fossils and crystals.

Public Meeting with the Architects: Stevenson Library Refresh”, Friday, November 18, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “The Stevenson Library will be undergoing a refresh in 2017. Come hear the architects talk about their ideas, and come to share your own ideas with them as well!”

Let’s Tinker Around for Teens”, Saturday, November 19, 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.” 

NaNoWriMo Write in Motion", Saturday, November 19. “Are you writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Join us for a 'Write-in-Motion' all-day multi-venue write-in."

Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, November 19, 7PM, Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. 5th St. $15 adults, $10 for kids 15 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “The Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters, including graduates of the park’s Youth Volunteer Programs. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour.”

Teen Day: Silkscreening”, Saturday, November 19, 1PM, Stevenson Library. “This month we're silkscreening with Erin Knittle.”

Geology in Action: Newell Creek Canyon”, Saturday, November 19, 10AM, Oregon City. $6 per person or $11 per family. Ages 10 and older. Preregistration required; register online: “Geologic activity is taking place within the forested slopes and canyon walls of Newell Creek Canyon. Descend below the hustle and bustle along the canyon’s rim with a naturalist, searching for signs of recent geologic activity and the plants and animals that inhabit the steep, shifting landscape.”

Author Talk, "Diane Green-Hartley", Saturday, November 19, 2PM, Ft. Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. "Friends of Fort Vancouver will host a presentation and book signing by author Diane Green-Hartley of her book Lillie's Jasper: The 1930 Pilgrimage of a Gold Star Mother. The book brings the reader into the personal narratives of two individuals, Lillie Jasper, the mother of a World War I doughboy who died in France during the war, and her son. In 1930 Lillie traveled as a guest of the US government to visit the grave of her son just outside Paris. The narratives give the reader a detailed insight into the history, through the eyes of a mother and son caught up in the conflict of the wider world. Her son's letters bring an insight into life as a doughboy and Lillie's letters and diaries chronicle the pilgrimage she made to France. Green-Hartley weaves their stories together for a fascinating window into the experience of their times."
Theodore Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist”, Saturday, November 19, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Author Sig Unander explores the many facets of President Roosevelt. Born to wealth and privilege, Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and a populist reformer who took on big oil, banks and railroads. A proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East.”

Cookie Lab”, Saturday, November 19, 10AM, OMSI Parker Room. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Put your aprons on and join us for an hour of science in the kitchen! In this class we will learn the similarities between the recipe and the scientific method. Attendees are able to enter the cookie lab to bake, dissect, and taste how one little recipe adjustment can make a big difference to the quality of a cookie. In this lab, participants will form a hypothesis, follow a procedure and then analyze the results using some of the best scientific instruments humans have – our taste buds and noses! General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Salmon Release”, Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Free. All ages. Check their Facebook page to make sure the salmon are ready for release: “Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release wild, tiny fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.” 

Groundwater 101”, Saturday, November 19, 9AM, NECA-IBEW Training Center, 16021 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free. Ages 14 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Groundwater 101 – a free educational workshop that teaches groundwater basics including local geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can do to protect this important resource. This interactive workshop is presented with a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching and is appropriate for adults and high school students aged 14 and up. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. After the workshop, interested participants are invited to take a guided tour of the Portland Water Bureau Groundwater Facility (approximate tour time - 30 minutes).”

Teen Iron Chef”, Saturday, November 19, Bethany Community Room. Ages 11-18. Preregistration required; call 503-617-7323. “Put your cooking creativity to the test! Each group will be given a basket of ingredients to make a unique food dish. Don’t worry stoves or ovens will not be used during this event!”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, November 19, 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, “Adam Miller”, Saturday, November 19, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “Woody Guthrie - American Balladeer presented by Adam Miller. Miller is a masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs.”

“Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, November 19, 6PM, 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.”

“Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop”, Saturday, November 19, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online:’s-domain-writing-workshop “Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you. Join Paulann Petersen in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, we’ll make an exhilarating plunge into language.”

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, November 19, 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.”

Concert, “Jason Okamoto”, Sunday, November 20, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Jason Okamoto presents a performance of nylon string solo guitar. Consisting of South American, Gypsy, and Latin repertoire, the program offers a wide variety of guitar styles. The unique performance offers a diverse collection of solo and live-looped compositions by the great Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, to the Brazilian Bossa Nova pioneer, Luiz Bonfa.”

“Sci-Fi Authorfest 10”, Sunday, November 20, 4PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “A starfleet of science fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Meet Brent Weeks, Timothy Zahn, Daniel H. Wilson, Annie Bellet, Tina Connolly, David Levine, Curtis Chen, Lili Saintcrow, Dave Barra, Wendy Wagner, Jennifer Brozek, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, J. A. Pitts, Devon Monk, Steve Perry, Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Kevin James Breaux, and Deborah Ross.”

“Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow”, Sunday, November 20, 10:30AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Preregistration required; register online: “Enjoy and celebrate the gifts of nature at Oxbow Regional Park with Metro naturalist Dan Daly, Deerdance School’s Terry Kem and others. Walk along the Sandy River as you focus on opening your senses and noticing how wildlife respond to the changing season. Afterwards, gather around the campfire to hear the ‘Thanksgiving Address’ passed down by the Iroquois Nation. Hot drinks provided.”

“Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, November 20, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaf generator, or unusual musical instruments. One ticket per person. General Admission is not included in the price of admission.”

“Notebooks from Postcards”, Sunday, November 20, 2PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “In this class, we will make a pocket sized notebook. These will be made from postcards, with a 2 prong binding and elastic closure. There will be lots of fun postcards to choose from, or bring your own.”

“Weaving”, Sunday, November 20, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a small decorative wall hanging in this weaving workshop. Participants will learn basic weaving techniques on pre-made looms.”

Author Talk, “Jack Nisbet and Leigh Calvez”, Monday, November 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “In ‘Ancient Places’, Jack Nisbet uncovers touchstones across the Pacific Northwest that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and place in this corner of the world. ‘Ancient Places’ is a compelling collection of stories about the natural and human history of our region.” “Join naturalist Leigh Calvez on adventures into the world of owls: owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest. ‘The Hidden Lives of Owls’ explores questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behavior, and mythology.”

“Mitten Factory - Camp for Teens”, 3 sessions, Tuesday, November 22 through Thursday, November 24, 10AM-12PM, Rockwood Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Teens! Come craft with your friends while helping your community and learning practical skills. We’ll work collaboratively, production line-style, making as many mittens, hats and scarves as we can. Each day we'll do something different. Keep one warmly item for yourself and the rest we'll donate to Rose Haven, a day shelter that serves women and children experiencing abuse and/or loss of home.”

“Makerspace Upcycled Fashion Workshop for Teens”, Tuesday, November 22, 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.” 

Broadway Rose Theater Co. Presents, “A Very Merry PDX-mas”, Wednesday, November 23 through December 22, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Suitable for ages 6 and up. “Take a sleigh ride through everything that makes Portland, well, Portland. An audience favorite created exclusively for Broadway Rose, A Very Merry PDX-mas celebrates (and pokes loving fun at) all the quirks of our “ever green” city with beloved holiday pop songs, classic carols, and original offbeat material. Featured songs include ‘Carol of the Fans,’ ‘Green Christmas,’ and ‘The Re-Gifter’s Lament’.”

“Christmas in the Garden”, Friday, November 25 through January 1, Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. “Christmas in the Garden is an award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.”

“Holiday Wreath Making”, Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook. Preregistration required; call 866-930-4646. $15 wreaths and $5 cone craft. “Bring the beauty of the forest home this winter by creating a winter wreath. Participants will be introduced to a variety of natural materials that can be used for home decoration during the holiday season. Younger children will also be able to make a cone craft and other small items. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of the class.”

“Decorative Decoupage Boxes”, Saturday, November 26, 12PM, Gresham Library. “Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family! If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift giving.”

“Evening Performance at Lelooska”, Saturday, November 26, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Preregistration required; register online: “Experience magnificent Northwest Coast masks as they come to life in the glimmering firelight of a Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial house. The Lelooska Family shares the songs, dances, stories and masks, which display the rights, crests and privileges bestowed on them by the late Chief James Aul Sewide. Chief Tsungani carries on the traditions of his brother, the late Chief Lelooska, performing with other family members in Ariel, Washington, 31 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length. Evening programs begin at 7:00pm. Grounds open at 5:30pm, including the Lelooska Museum.” 

Cattails for Food and Craft”, Saturday, November 26, 2PM, Whitaker Ponds Gazebo, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Suggested $5-$10 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 $5 - $10 suggested donation with no one turned away. Wherever cattails grow in the world, all the way across the Northern Hemisphere, humans have had a relationship with them. We'll be trying a few dishes and making a few crafts with the various parts of cattails. Come share what you know and learn some more! No experience or knowledge necessary!”

Make a Gingerbread House”, Saturday, November 26, 2PM and 3PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. Ages 4-11. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500. “Children can each build and decorate a small house to take home.”

Mushrooms”, Saturday, November 26, 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.” This event follows their 10AM guided nature walk which features the same theme. 

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, November 26, 7PM, Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. 5th St. $10 adults, $7 for kids 15 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “Titled ‘Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks,’ these new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud.”

Tracking Club”, Sunday, November 27, 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.

UFOs and Nukes: A History and Update”, Sunday, November 27, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “A screening of the MUFON Symposium 2016 Keynote speech presented by Robert Hastings. The evidence presented in this lecture makes clear that humans' deadliest weapons have been, since their development and use during World War II, under intense scrutiny by still-unidentified observers. And the situation is still unfolding: Civilians currently living within various U.S. Air Force nuclear missile fields report UFO incursions near ICBM sites in the very recent past. The basic purpose of MUFON Symposium 2016 Keynote Speaker Robert Hastings' work is public education. Someone possessing tremendously advanced technology has monitored and even tampered with American-and Russian-nuclear weapons for decades. His view is that UFOs are piloted by beings from another world. These stunning, nearly unbelievable developments must not be kept secret by a handful of government and military officials. We all have a right to know the facts. The reality of UFO incursions at American nuclear weapons facilities has been convincingly established. Hundreds of U.S. military veterans now openly discuss these ominous incidents and thousands of declassified government documents affirm their assertions. Over the past four decades, Hastings has interviewed more than 150 of those veterans regarding their involvement in one case or another. On September 27, 2010, CNN live-streamed his ‘UFOs and Nukes’ press conference in Washington D.C., during which former U.S. Air Force missileers described occasions during the Cold War era when several ICBMs mysteriously malfunctioned moments after a disc-shaped craft was observed hovering near their underground launch silos. Those documents which have been successfully declassified-mostly via the Freedom of Information Act-provide us with an opportunity to examine the officially-still-hidden history of UFO activity at nuclear weapons laboratories, test areas, storage depots and deployment sites.”

Native American Indian Storytelling and Drumming”, Monday, November 28, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets given out at 3:15PM. Presented by Esther Stutzman. “These are traditional stories and songs of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley. The stories portray the animal people and their adventures. Each story teaches lessons. Often, the stories involve audience participation. The stories are opened by traditional drumming that enhances the presentation. Drumming will also be a part of the closing of the program.”

TakeFlight for Teens”, series of 5 classes, Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2, 4PM-5:45PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Airways Science for Kids. “TakeFlight is an exploration of the varied fields of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, through the science of flight and aviation. Join us after school for balsa and paper planes, bottle rockets, kites, engineering challenges and more!”

Author Talk, “Matt Hern”, Monday, November 28, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Matt Hern discusses his book, “What a City Is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement”. “Hern will be joined in conversation by Lisa Bates, Portland State University Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning.” “Portland, Oregon, is one of the most beautiful, livable cities in the United States. But liberal Portland is also the whitest city in the country. This is not circumstance; the city has a long history of officially sanctioned racialized displacement that continues today. Over the last two and half decades, Albina -- the one major Black neighborhood in Portland -- has been systematically uprooted by market-driven gentrification and city-renewal policies. African Americans in Portland were first pushed into Albina and then contained there through exclusionary zoning, predatory lending, and racist real estate practices. Since the 1990s, they've been aggressively displaced -- by rising housing costs, developers eager to get rid of low-income residents, and overt city policies of gentrification. Displacement and dispossessions are convulsing cities across the globe, becoming the dominant urban narratives of our time. In What a City Is For, Matt Hern uses the case of Albina, as well as similar instances in New Orleans and Vancouver, to investigate gentrification in the twenty-first century. In an engaging narrative, effortlessly mixing anecdote and theory, Hern questions the notions of development, private property, and ownership. Arguing that home ownership drives inequality, he wants us to disown ownership. How can we reimagine the city as a post-ownership, post-sovereign space? Drawing on solidarity economics, cooperative movements, community land trusts, indigenous conceptions of alternative sovereignty, the global commons movement, and much else, Hern suggests repudiating development in favor of an incrementalist, non-market-driven unfolding of the city.”

“Jumping into Fire in 1945: Black Paratroopers in the Pacific Northwest”, Monday, November 28, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. Presented by Robert Bartlett, Vietnam War veteran and the son of Walter Bartlett, Sr., WWII Army Air Corps veteran. n 1945, an elite unit of the Army's best trained paratroopers arrived at Pendleton Field as part of a highly classified mission, Operation Firefly. The all-black unit spent the next several months jumping and fighting forest fires throughout the Pacific Northwest. One of the ‘Triple Nickles’ died on a fire jump near Roseburg, the first smokejumper to die in the line of duty. These men gained military fame as the first all-black Airborne Infantry Firefighters. Theirs is a unique story of patriotism, race, and service.”

Author Talk, “Charles R. Ault Jr.”, Monday, November 28, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Charles R. Ault Jr. discusses his book, “Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins”. “Thinking whimsically makes serious science accessible. That's a message that should be taken to heart by all readers who want to learn about evolution. ‘Do Elephants Have Knees?’ invites readers into serious appreciation of Darwinian histories by deploying the playful thinking found in children’s books. Charles R. Ault Jr. weds children’s literature to recent research in paleontology and evolutionary biology. Inquiring into the origin of origins stories, Ault presents three portraits of Charles Darwin—curious child, twentysomething adventurer, and elderly worm scientist. Essays focusing on the origins of tetrapods, elephants, whales, and birds explain fundamental Darwinian concepts (natural selection, for example) with examples of fossil history and comparative anatomy.”

“You and your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice”, Monday, November 28, 7PM, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets. “Racism exists when one group dominates, excludes, or seeks to eliminate another group on the basis of differences that it believes are inherent, hereditary, and unalterable. In large part, racism stems from the human brain’s tendency to engage in prejudice, a process that allows our brains to make judgments based on visual information in milliseconds. These preconceived opinions about other people are not based on reason or experience but on instinct—and they have a basis in neuroscience. But why does the brain do this? More importantly, can we use what we known about the neuroscience of prejudice to overcome this reaction, potentially developing methods to combat prejudice and end racism? Dr. Larry Sherman, a Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health and Science University, will explain how our brains react to people who are ‘different’ and explore possible ways to overcome the automatic prejudice that contributes to racism in our society.”

A Close Look at Some Interesting Mushrooms”, Monday, November 28, 7:30PM, World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall, 4033 Southwest Canyon Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Dr. Fred Rhoades’ presentation will feature a selection of his macrophotographs and other views of northwestern fungi and their friends in mushroom habitats. Images will be shown with a two -projector system (to project left and right stereo pairs) and viewed with 3D stereo glasses. We will be able to zoom into the world of mushrooms and look at some of their common features up-close and also look at the features of some unusual fungi (and other cryptogams).”

Beaverton Civic Theatre Preview: Sorry! Wrong Chimney!”, Tuesday, November 29, 7PM, Beaverton Library. “Come get a sneak preview of Beaverton Civic Theatre's holiday-themed production ‘Sorry! Wrong Chimney!’ See selected scenes from the play, interact with the performers, and more!”

Learn Coding with Robots! For Teens”, Tuesday, November 29, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Robots are seriously cool no matter how old you are! Learn how to program cute and colorful robots in these awesome workshops featuring the Makerspaces's Sphero robots. Workshops will feature activities like robot dance parties, obstacle courses, light painting, bridge building, chariot challenges and more! For teens, grades 6-12 only.”

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods”, Tuesday, November 29, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. All ages. Presented by Scott Burns, Professor of Geology, Portland State University. “Have you ever wondered how the Columbia River Basin has such a unique, varied and dynamic landscape? From scablands and dry channels in eastern Washington, to dramatic waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, the region is a geologic wonderland. At the next Oregon Encyclopedia History night journey with Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University to the Pacific Northwest's past by learning about the last ice age floods that dramatically carved out and changed the Columbia River Gorge landscape over 10,000 years ago. These dramatic floods caused by the repeated breaking of an ice dam on glacial Lake Missoula in western Montana created the landscapes we know today including the scabland buttes, dry falls and dried river channels.”

The Bridge of the Gods: Folklore, Forests, and Floods”, Tuesday, November 29, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. All ages. Presented by Jim O’Connor, Research Geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. “I n the heart of the Columbia River Gorge 30 miles east of Edgefield, the 1800-feet-long steel truss bridge spanning the Columbia River at Cascade Locks is known as the Bridge of the Gods. But this modern name derives from a much larger Bridge of the Gods that covered the Columbia River in about 1450 AD. This earlier ‘bridge’ was not really a bridge, but a blockage, the result of a huge landslide, known as the Bonneville Landslide, which headed on Table Mountain on the Washington side of the river and cascaded downward, filling the Columbia River valley with 5 square miles of debris up to 400 feet thick. The Bonneville Landslide almost certainly gave rise to the Native American legend of the Bridge of the Gods. Oral histories of the region indicate that the Native Americans ‘could cross the river without getting their feet wet.’ Also recounted was ‘that the river was dammed up at this place, which caused the waters to rise to a great height far above and that after cutting a passage through the impeding mass down to its present bed, these rapids first made their appearance.’ ‘These rapids’ became known as Cascade Rapids, sometimes called the Cascades of the Columbia. The rapids were the remnant debris of the landslide dam. After blockage by the Bonneville landslide, the Columbia River formed a great lake behind the debris dam. Sometime after overtopping, the Columbia River cut - cataclysmically -- through and around the southern edge of the landslide mass. But the downcutting was not complete, and large rocky debris too big to be carried away by the river remained, creating the set of foaming rapids, first mapped by Lewis and Clark as ‘The Great Shoot.’ Cascade Rapid was drowned by the 1938 completion of Bonneville Dam.”

NaNoWriMo Countdown for Teens”, Wednesday, November 30, 4:30PM, Tigard Library. “You're almost there! Celebrate and share the great work you've done, then plan your next steps toward publishing with the help of local authors Kate Ristau and Steve Davala. Get free copies of our guest authors' books while supplies last.”

Waterfowl I.D. for Beginners: Mallards to Wood Ducks”, Wednesday, November 30, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 class only; $75 for class plus optional field trip on December 4 or 11. Preregistration required; register online: “The Willamette Valley is home to more than 25 species of waterfowl. Join Laura Whittemore, long-time birder and teacher, and learn how to identify some of the more widespread and abundant waterfowl species using shape, plumage, habits, and habitat as guides. Then practice your skills at some of the best spots for finding these species in the Portland metro area. Experience the satisfaction of mastering identification of a notoriously difficult family of birds!”

Woodburned Box for Teens”, Wednesday, November 30, 4PM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Try your hand at wood burning! No experience necessary. Leave with a small wood box or picture frame that shows off your new skills.”

Music of West Africa on the Kora”, Wednesday, November 30, 7:30PM, Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, Forum, Building 3, Room 114, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Hillsboro. Donations requested. Free parking in the event center parking area behind Building 9. Portland musician Will Dudley will present the music of West Africa on the kora. The kora is a 21-stringed harp, played by the Mande people of West Africa. The kora accompanies storytelling and songs. The instrument is built from a large gourd, covered with cow hide. Traditionally the strings are made of fishing line. Will Dudley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and began music training on blues and jazz guitar. He discovered the kora during his music studies at Ohio State University and has traveled to West Africa to study kora.”

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