Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Delights

This is my list of events in the greater Portland area and beyond for the month of December 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: I have not attempted to compile all the family-friendly Christmas light displays, sales and events happening this month. Yet more can be found at PDX Parent Kids Calendar: Some favorites of ours are the Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto:, the Christmas Ships (McMenamins Vancouver will have some free viewing opportunities indoors, and outdoors with a fire pit, weather permitting); and the Christmas Tree Train at Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: For many years the Benson Hotel has offered an amazing gingerbread castle extravaganza in their lobby each December. Check out this year's creation: This year OMSI is having their own Gingerbread Adventures exhibit, with buildings designed in a collaboration between pastry chefs and architects, with a space theme:

If you want a good excuse to get outside and have some fun, it's an ideal time to plant trees!  Friends of Trees have lots of tree planting events, most of which are family friendly. Your child can see the trees they help to plant as they get taller for many years to come! If you are interested in finding yet more kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, Hands On Greater Portland is a wonderful database used by many nonprofits to post their events, and you can use their advanced search to find volunteer opportunities that specifically include kids.

Christmas in the Garden”, now 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.”

Broadway Rose Theater Co. Presents, “A Very Merry PDX-mas”, now 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’.”

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.”

Feed the Elk at Jewell Meadows”, December through February, daily at 9AM, Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, Jewell, OR. Free with $10 per vehicle parking fee, which can be purchased online: Preregistration required; call (503) 755-2264 on December 1. “ODFW offers members of the public an opportunity to view the elk feeding on tours that run from December through February each year. These free popular wagon excursions trips begin at 9 a.m. and last for one hour.”

Anime Origami for Teens”, Thursday, December 1, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library. Presented by artist Yuki Martin. “Come and fold paper into your favorite anime or manga character. It’s fun and easy. No folding experience necessary.” 

Mathematics Seminar Series: Douglas Nychka”, Thursday, December 1, 4:30PM, Reed College, Psychology Building, Room 105, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Campus map here: Free and open to the public. “What will the weather be like tomorrow? What is the density of the Sun's atmosphere? How much carbon dioxide was in the atmosphere 500 years ago? Answers to these questions rely on using measurements that are not direct observations of the quantities of interest – a common problem in science and engineering. A powerful way to solve these problems is to formulate a statistical model that relates the unknown variables to what we observe and then find the solution that is most likely given the observations at hand. As a specific example this lecture will explain how to reconstruct the annual record of CO2 in the atmosphere from an Antarctic ice core. An important result of this analysis is not only being able to estimate these concentrations but also attach error estimates to them. This example also serves as a gentle introduction to Bayesian hierarchical models and their connection with regularization for solving mathematical inverse problems. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.”

“Teen Zine Studio”, Thursday, December 1, and Thursday, December 15, 1PM-3PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale. “Join us for Teen Zine Studio taught by artist and zine maker Erika Rier at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Learn to make your own zines! Collaborate on group projects! Great for ages 12-16! Learn skills and techniques for zine making! First and third Thursday of every month.”

Exhibit, “The Troll with No Heart”, Thursday, December 1 through January 17, Nordia House Exhibit Hall, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. Free. “Explore the mythology of trolls at Nordia House from early December 2016 to mid-January 2017 with our new exhibit, The Troll With No Heart: Woodcuts By Betsy Bowen and Stories by Lise Lunge Larsen. Beautiful woodcuts are paired with tales of trolls from up and down Norway, coming to us from the American Swedish Institute and Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.”

“Artistic Business: Oregon Cartoonists on their Work and the Industry”, Thursday, December 1, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Join us for a wide-ranging discussion among a diverse group of working Oregon comic artists, moderated by Dr. Susan Kirtley, director of the Comics Studies program at Portland State University.”

“Code Academy for Teens”, Thursday, December 1, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Preregistration required; register online: “We'll start with simple coding and see where we go! No prior experience required.”

Zika: The Origins and Transmission of a Virus”, Thursday, December 1, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Dan Streblow, PhD, Associate Scientist at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Oregon Health and Science University, and Christopher M. Wirth, Program Manager for the Multnomah County Health Department's Vector Control and Enforcement Program. “Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus closely related to yellow fever and dengue viruses, is currently causing a large outbreak in the Americas. Recently, local spread occurred in Miami, Florida highlighting the ability of the virus to take hold in the United States. Historically, ZIKV was considered sporadic and causing relatively mild disease. However, current observations with this recent outbreak indicate ZIKV causes neurological sequelae in adults, such as Guillian-Barré Syndrome and devastating neurological birth defects such as microcephaly in the developing fetus. The possible association of ZIKV with microcephaly in newborns and other neurological disorders precipitated the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak of microcephaly-associated ZIKV a Public Health Emergency of International concern. In this talk, virologist Dr. Streblow will discuss the origins of ZIKV, routes of transmission, the recent worsening of pathogenesis in adults and neonates as well as current efforts aimed at eradicating the virus. For a local perspective, Christopher Wirth will discuss mosquito control in Multnomah County and what species of mosquito are of concern related to Zika and other diseases in our region.”

“Reducing Anxiety with Mindfulness”, Thursday, December 1, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Join Samir Ranpara for an introduction to the techniques of Mindfulness and Meditation with a specific focus on reducing anxiety and preventing panic attacks.”

“Sweet Crepe Making for Families”, Friday, December 2, 11AM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online:“Come see a demonstration and learn how to make fresh French crepes with sweet filling.”

"German Holiday Market and Beaverton Christmas Tree Lighting", Friday, December 2, 10AM-9PM, Beaverton City Library and adjacent Fountain Park, 12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton. Tree lighting at 7PM. "German International School will host an authentic, tented German Holiday Market between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m in the parking lot of the Beaverton City Park, with additional vendors in the Beaverton Library. Guests may shop for all the German classics like nutcrackers, advent calendars, and both local and imported handmade holiday decorations. Visitors will experience German food, culture, entertainment, and visit the booths of over 30 craft and local artisan vendors. The City of Beaverton's Holiday Open House begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Beaverton City Library. This open house includes visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some favorite Disney characters. Children and adults will enjoy activities, games and holiday crafts. Santa and Mayor Denny Doyle will light the tree at 7 p.m. at the Beaverton City Park." Details and schedule here:

Vancouver Dance Theatre Presents, “The Nutcracker”, Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, Fort Vancouver High School Theater, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver. $13. “For many families, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that generates wonderful memories, and inspires the child in all of us. We hope you join us this December for our annual production of The Nutcracker!”

"Avenging the Owl Story Time", Friday, December 2, 4PM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Free. "Meet author Melissa Hart and learn all about her new middle reader, 'Avenging the Owl'. Participate in a free owl pellet dissection activity." "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo avenged the destruction of an innocent planet by helping Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star. Han walked away with a gold medal and the love of his life. But when Solo Hahn—named in honor of the beloved action hero—tries to avenge the death of his gray-and-white kitten, he gets eight months of community service. Eight months of working at the local raptor center helping owls—his now sworn enemies. For the first time in his life, Solo is labeled a troubled kid, an at-risk youth. He’d always gotten good grades, had good friends, and gotten along with his parents. He used to volunteer to read Reader’s Digest to old people at the retirement home next door, and his favorite thing in the whole wide world was to surf. He wrote screenplays for fun. But when his parents uproot him and move the family from California to backwoods Oregon, Solo starts to lose track of the person he was. Everything is upside down, and he finds himself dealing with things way beyond his understanding. He’s the new kid in town, and he’s got a bad reputation. The question is: What will he do next? This is a story about staying true to yourself when things get tough. Solo has every reason to lash out, but he ultimately needs to find a way to cope. Avenging the Owl deals with the difficult issues of suicide and depression, but more than anything it captures the powerlessness of being a kid. It won’t be easy, but the wild beauty of Oregon, its cold, empty beaches and captivating wildlife, may be just what Solo and his family need to help them start over."

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “A Christmas Story”, Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 18, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $16 adults, $14 seniors and youth 17 and under. “Do you remember that one gift that you wanted for Christmas?

 Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (played by Sam Ruder) sure does: a genuine ‘Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.’ Continuing the 2016-17 season with a hilarious holiday classic, Theatre in the Grove presents A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian, Directed by Ron Hansen. The production features actors young and young at heart. The show will definitely make audience members of all ages nostalgic for that one special gift you always wanted. Bring the whole family down to enjoy the timeless story through the magic of live theatre.”

“Power Up: Identities from the Inside Out”, Friday, December 2, 4:30PM, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Ages 11 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “The Portland Art Museum is hosting the third annual event for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies! Students will: Meet new people. Create with artists. Explore exhibitions by Andy Warhol and radical nun Corita Kent. See films made by Northwest teens. Make art, make friends, and have fun! Admission is FREE! Refreshments provided. Middle school, high school, and college-age are all welcome. GSA/QSA advisors and teachers are welcome, too. Join us for: Printmaking with Emily Squires; direct and stop-motion animation with Ben Popp and the NW Film Center; Photography with Margaret Jacobsen; Open mic with Clay Muwin River; Teen-made short films compiled by NW Film Center; Bingo, sketching, collage, and more!”

ISing Choir Presents, “Mus(e)cology: A Benefit for ReClaim It”, Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm at St. Peter Catholic Church, 5905 SE 87th Ave., Pdx; and Saturday, December 3, 7:30PM, and Sunday, December 4, 3PM, Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 SW Watson, Beaverton. Donations requested. “Reuse. Recycle. But don’t reduce! (Music, that is). This eclectic program features music on the theme of ecology, favorites we’re revisiting, and a couple of pieces we’ve revived from the dust bins of music history. This is a free event. Donations will be collected and 100% (yes, every penny) will be forwarded to our beneficiary, ReClaim It! Tickets are not required to reserve your seat. We encourage you to arrive early, but not too early! The doors will open a half hour prior to the start of the performance.”

“Reindeer Magic”, Friday, December 2 (Lake Oswego); Saturday, December 3 (SE Portland); and Sunday, December 4 (SW Portland), Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers. “Bring the whole family to meet Santa and his Reindeer for a magical holiday memory. Back by popular demand - Baby reindeer petting station and photo opportunity! Don't forget your camera to capture fun photo ops of the reindeer, baby reindeer and Santa! Kids will also enjoy getting their face painted and watching balloon art while sipping on hot cocoa and munching on local treats while parents shop our large selection of holiday decor, gifts and greens. Bring new or used blankets to donate to Human Solutions winter shelter.”

Concert, “Bones for the Holidaze: Rose City Trombones”, Saturday, December 3, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Enjoy a brassy holiday celebration! From contrabass to alto trombone, musicians will perform holiday favorites, with a twist. Learn about the history of the trombone and its unique features.”

“Family Holiday Concert”, Saturday, December 3, 7PM, Willamette University, Smith Auditorium, 900 State St., Salem. Free. “Bring your family to have fun with Willamette's Wind Ensemble and University Chamber Orchestra as they play a collection of holiday tunes following the annual lighting event in Jackson Plaza on the Willamette Campus.”

Portland Opera to Go Presents, “Hansel and Gretel”, Saturday, December 3, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation. Ages 6 and up. “Family-Friendly Opera. Portland Opera To Go returns to the Walters for a special performance of the English-language adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic fairytale opera, Hansel and Gretel. One of the all-time favorite children’s stories, this lively, one-hour opera is the classic tale we all know: the curious brother and sister, the witch, and a house made of gingerbread . . . This colorful, accessible production is just right to introduce the kids in your life (or yourself) to the wonderful world of opera.”

“Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, December 3, and Saturday, December 17, 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.”

“Holiday Card Making”, Saturday, December 3, 10:30AM and 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Join Jan Buffington to create free holiday cards. Supplies provided.”

“Christmas in the Country”, Saturday, December 3, 11AM-4PM, Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek. Free. “This free event is our gift to you! Meet with Santa in the parlor, enjoy some pioneer hospitality, traditional music, and get your Christmas tree while you’re here! Visit our store for an interesting variety of books, toys, games, and crafts.”

“Scanfair”, Saturday, December 3, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, December 4, 10AM-4PM, Portland Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning Way, Pdx. $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $15 families (2 adults, 2 students). Free for kids 11 and under. “Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season! An event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm, there are vendors, food, entertainment, games, and more.” A really terrific and huge ethnic festival!

"Make Your Own Wreath Party", Sunday, December 4, Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse, 24309 NE 209th St., Battleground. Free. "Last year there were more than 100 wreaths made. You are invited to make a hash mark on the oval chalk board to help us count again this year. Limit 1 bow and 1 foundation per person please. Everything you need to make a wreath including how-to help is provided but we hope you will bring your extra ornaments, wire snips or branch clippers, greenery or goodies to share with others. This free event is sponsored by volunteers, friends and neighbors of the Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse. Greenery, donated ornaments, decorations or grapevine to twist into foundations can be dropped off the day before. Over flow will be outdoors so dress for the weather just in case! Thanks for making this a community friendly event ~ introduce yourself and chat with the person next to you. We want everyone to feel welcome and hope you will enjoy other events at the schoolhouse throughout the year."

“Mane Taine Your Natural Hair”, Saturday, December 3, 11AM, Midland Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Tuesday, December 27, 6PM, Kenton Library. “Your natural hair is beautiful: curly, straight, fine, coarse, short, long, or in between—what does that mean? Whether if you're a woman or a man, or stage you hair is in, you can make it beautiful and chemical free. Let’s look at tips and products for ‘Mane Taineing’ your hair naturally.” 

“Heritage Holidays at the McLoughlin House”, Saturday, December 3, 1PM-4PM, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. “Tour the historic McLoughlin House, where Fort Vancouver's Chief Factor Dr. John McLoughlin retired in 1846. The house will be decorated for the holidays, and docents will be on-hand to share the history of the house and the family that lived in it.”

The Music and Life of Prince”, Saturday, December 3, 2PM, Hillsdale Library; Sunday, December 4, 2PM, Midland Library; Tuesday, December 6, 6PM, Gresham Library; and Monday, December 12, 6PM, Central Library US Bank Room. 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.”

Christmas Tree Tour at Hoyt Arboretum”, Saturday, December 3, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $3 suggested donation. “Tour the popular Christmas trees growing in Hoyt Arboretum, including Oregon natives and other Christmas trees available in the Portland area. The tour includes Christmas tree history and tips on picking out the perfect Christmas tree.”

Intro to Book Arts: Coptic Stitch and Stab Stitch”, Saturday, December 3, 1PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $30. Preregistration required; register online: “Come spend the afternoon learning how to bind your very own Coptic stitch sketchbook. All tools, paper, and book board needed will be supplied and you will walk home with a 4.25×5.5in book and the skills to make more!”

Library Tour”, Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 11AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. All ages. “Join us for a tour of the library. Find out what goes on behind the scenes. Everyone is welcome. Tour will be geared to the group’s interest. Meet by the front door.”

Family and Holiday Photography Workshop”, Saturday, December 3, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x3. “Professional teaching artist Iris Taboh will be joining us for an afternoon workshop in December to get you ready for family and holiday photos. If you have struggled to get a photo of family members smiling happily under the tree, here’s your chance to come up with some new ways to do it. The workshop will cover how to use light to create some classic portraits and compositions, as well as learning how to paint with light or create a vintage look with an app. How about hauling out the old photo album and recreating a photo from 40 years ago? You will leave class with ideas, techniques and new ways to photograph the people in your life.”

Cow Eye Dissection”, Saturday, December 3, 10AM, OMSI Life Science Lab. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants are led through the anatomy of the cow eye while finding out how this sensory organ allows us to see. This class is a follow–up to Squid Dissection. It is recommended that participants take the Squid Dissection Lab prior to Cow Eye Dissection. One cow eye per ticket, maximum two people per cow eye. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Corn Husk Traditional Winter Season Ornaments”, Saturday, December 3, 2PM, Rockwood Library; Saturday, December 10, 1PM, Troutdale Library; and Friday, December 16, 4PM, Tualatin Library (suggested for grades 2 and up). Presented by Gerardo Calderón and Nelda Reyes. Bilingual. “In this seasonal hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican winter season traditions, which include a combination of indigenous and occidental traditions such as the posadas (parties), nativity scenes, and Día de Reyes. Participants will make their own ornaments and can use them to decorate for the season.”

Circle of Life Salmon Celebration”, Saturday, December 3, 11AM, 3412 SE Riverwood Court, Vancouver, WA 98683. “Join Columbia Springs and the Woods family for a rare treat: viewing the spawning of chum salmon at their last remaining spawning site on the Lower Columbia River. The event includes interpretation provided by Columbia Springs’ staff at the viewing overlook and a buffet lunch at the home of Erskine and Sandy Wood. RSVP to Sandy and Erskine Wood at 360-892-1143 or is recommended but not required. The event is free and open to the public.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, December 3, 10AM, Lone Fir Cemetery, meeting at the Soldier’s Monument in the center, entrance at SE 26th St. between Stark and Morrison. $10 per person. “This two-hour journey through the cemetery will introduce you to the most iconic, haunting, unique, inspirational, poignant, and mysterious memorial art and etchings on Lone Fir Cemetery grave markers.”

Comic Artist”, Saturday, December 3, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Ages 5-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you love reading comics? Have you ever wanted to make one? Let's create our very own in the library!”

Waterfowl Watch”, Saturday, December 3, 10AM, Tualatin River 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!”

Concert, “Bells of the Cascades Holiday Ringers”, Sunday, December 4, 2PM, Tualatin Library hearth, and Friday, December 9, 6:30PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St, North Plains (performing with the Dickens Carolers). “Ring in the holiday season with us! The group will perform a wide range of handbell music, including secular, sacred and popular pieces. Bells of the Cascades is an auditioned, community performance ensemble mastering a diverse repertoire of hand bell music with artistry, skill, humor and excellence.”

“Holiday Cheer” Sunday, December 4, 12PM-4PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “49th Annual Celebration of Oregon Authors. For nearly 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale. Sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get into the spirit of the season as we kick off the holidays at the Oregon Historical Society!”

A Road Suited to the Times: The Columbia River Highway at 100”, Sunday, December 4, 2PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $9 adults, $7 students and seniors. “Join us for a glass lantern slide show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the building of the Columbia River Highway. Modeled after the great scenic highways in Europe, the Columbia River Highway was officially dedicated in 1916 at two ceremonies commemorating the completion of the highway between Hood River and Portland. Using original hand colored lantern slides from the John Yeon Slide collection at the Oregon Historical Society – projected using a 1940 Bausch and Lomb projector – OHS Archivist Matthew Cowan and narrator Doug Kenck-Crispin will take a closer look at one of the greatest roadway projects of modern times.”

Native American Stories and Friendship Dance”, Sunday, December 4, 2:30PM, Hillsdale Library. “Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education. Performers share Native stories and dances and ask participants to join together in the Friendship Dance.”

"The Grinch Story Time!", Sunday, December 4, 11AM, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta St., Pdx. Free. "Meet the Grinch and hear the original The Grinch Who Stole Christmas while you drink hot chocolate on our heated deck! Have your picture made with the Grinch afterwards!"

Sex in the Stone Age: Our Hybrid DNA”, Sunday, December 4, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill 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.”

Staver Locomotive Holiday Train Event”, Sunday, December 4, 11AM-3PM, Staver Locomotive, 2537 NW 29th Ave., Pdx. Donations requested for Friendly House. Live music, kid play area and viewing of live model steam locomotives. Come see our new outdoor track!”

Line Dancing”, beginning class at 1PM every Monday in December (except Dec. 26); beginning class at 12PM and intermediate at 1PM every Tuesday in December, 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.”

Squid Dissection for Teens”, Monday, December 5, 6:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; Saturday, December 17, 2:30PM, Holgate Library; Wednesday, December 21, 4PM, Capitol Hill Library (preregistration required; register online:; and Thursday, December 29, 1PM, Woodstock 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.”

3D Snowflakes”, Monday, December 5, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “Want to try your hand at a homemade holiday? Warm your home and wow your friends and family with unique winter decor. Join us to learn, step by step, how to cut paper into a 3-D snowflake. Supplies are included.”

It Happened on the Oregon Trail”, Tuesday, December 6, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Join Professional Storyteller Holly Robison on a journey in story and song along the Oregon Trail.”

The Science and Cultural Significance of Pacific Lamprey”, Tuesday, December 6, 6PM, Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Local non-profit Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the PSU Indigenous Nations Studies Program are partnering to provide an educational and family-friendly talk on Pacific Lamprey. Pacific Lamprey are an ancient fish native to the Pacific Northwest. These fish are an important first food for Native American tribes throughout the region. Recently, Pacific Lamprey populations have declined rapidly leaving Native American leaders and Western Scientists alike searching for a solution. Join us to learn more about the cultural significance, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and western science surrounding this legendary fish. Speakers will include: Gabe Sheoships, member of the Umatilla Tribe and a local expert on Pacific Lamprey. He received his Masters of Science from OSU in fisheries science. Janel Hull, Outreach Coordinator at Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Cassidy Hayes, PSU Environmental Science major and Indigenous Nations Studies minor student. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.” 

Star Wars Hour of Code with BB-8”, Tuesday, December 6, 4PM, Gresham Library. “Program droids and create your own Star Wars game in a galaxy that’s NOT far, far away. It’s here at Gresham Library! Learn how to write code by using drag-drop blocks or JavaScript. A lot of fun for all ages! Teen Council members will be on hand to fight off the Sarlacc and help build your galaxy if needed. Bring your own iPad or laptop if you'd like, but we will have plenty on hand.”

Notebooks from Postcards”, Tuesday, December 6, 5:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. 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.”

The 13 Zodiac Constellations and Their Hidden Treasures”, Tuesday, December 6, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, December 9, 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.”

Concert, “The Nutcracker”, Tuesday, December 6, 3:30PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Pdx. Free. “Pianists, Maria Antonia Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu will perform a four-hand arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday masterpiece. Returning to the Little Ears stage is Multnomah Youth Librarian Susan Smallsreed who will narrate the enchanting story ‘The Nutcracker and The King of the Mice’ written by E.T.A Hoffman.”

Cut, Etch and Engrave Things! For Teens”, Tuesday, December 6, 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.” 

Concert, “2JazzGuitars”, Tuesday, December 6, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Please join us for festive guitar: jazz, Latin, blues, classical; the whole nine yards with Ben Graves and Neil Mattson.”

“Holiday Card Making”, Tuesday, December 6, 5:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Join Jenna to carve stamps for gift wrap, tags, and more! Supplies provided.”

What Doesn’t Kill You… How Early Experiences Shape You, Your Health, and Your Kids”, Tuesday, December 6, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Your experiences in early childhood are not just the beginning of your life story, rather, they set the tone for how you will respond to life events for years to come. Childhood experiences that are consistently stressful or traumatic get ‘under the skin’ and shape the brain and the body in ways that put us at risk for mental and physical health problems as adults. These experiences can also affect the way we parent our children. At this Science on Tap, Sara Waters, PhD, professor of Human Development at WSU Vancouver, will talk about how and why traumatic childhood experiences stay inside our minds and bodies for a lifetime and what we can do about it. She will talk about her research on how parents transmit stress to their children and intervention programs that help heal the effects of early trauma.”

Making the Connection: Alaska’s Refuges, Native Tribes, and Tualatin River NWR”, Tuesday, December 6, 6PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join Alaska Refuge staff to learn about their refuges’ cultural and ecological diversity, complexity of Tribal collaborative efforts and connections with our urban refuge.”

Concert, “PSU Flute Studio Players”, Wednesday, December 7, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “Kick off the holiday season with a festive concert by the Portland State University Flute Studio Players! These fine musicians will feature solo and chamber music for flutes of all sizes. All ages welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.”

“Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, December 7, 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.” 

Tualatin Historical Society Program: Did You Know?”, Wednesday, December 7, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Oregon author Ken Bilderback provides little-known information on how our local Atfaliti Indians were pushed to today's Wapato Lake near Gaston as settlers invaded their homelands. He will also reveal some uncovered facts about an infamous murder in Tualatin.”

Mad Science Presents, “Science from the North Pole”, Wednesday, December 7, 4PM, Kenton Library; Saturday, December 17, 11AM, St. Johns Library; Wednesday, December 21, 2PM, Holgate Library; and Thursday, December 22, 1PM, Woodstock Library. Suggested for ages 5-12. “Science fun straight from the North Pole! Watch how science helps Eggbert get down the “chimney.” Defrost a chemical snowman and see simple powders burst into color. Analyze a mysterious substance that is said to have come straight from an iceberg! Be amazed at the science behind many of the traditions we see during the winter season.”

“Pearl Harbor Remembrance: Conflict Transformation across 75 Years”, Wednesday, December 7, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “President Roosevelt’s ‘day which will live in infamy’ has been recognized every December 7th as a pivotal moment in American history. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack, the Obon Society and Oregon Historical Society will focus on the transformation that has occurred since December 7, 1941. The program will include an eye-witness account from one of the last surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor, and will examine the powerful trust and friendship that emerged between the people of the United States and the people of Japan and today’s shared desire for peace and reconciliation.”

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Teens”, Wednesday, December 7, 3PM, West Linn Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Special class just for teens! Learn how to get the most out of PowerPoint. You'll learn tricks for making your presentations look their best as well as shortcuts to make your use of PowerPoint more efficient.”

“Poetry Reading: John Sibley Williams and Scot Siegel”, Wednesday, December 7, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “The library is pleased to host award-winning Portland poet John Sibley Williams, whose latest collection ‘Disinheritance’ came out in September from Apprentice House Press. Joining him will be Lake Oswego poet Scot Siegel, reading from his new book ‘The Constellation of Extinct Stars’, released in July from Salmon Poetry.”

Woodburned Box for Teens”, Wednesday, December 7, 3:30PM, Hollywood 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.”

Celebrate Dark Horse Comics’ 30th Birthday”, Wednesday, December 7, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Gather to hear from the Dark Horse team on the history, present and future of the local publisher as we celebrate their 30 years creating great comics!”

Scandinavian Loggers in the Pacific Northwest”, Wednesday, December 7, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Scandinavian loggers have a rich history along the lower Columbia River dating back more than a century. Authors Lars Nordstrom will share the story of Nordic immigration into the Pacific Northwest from the 1880s to 1930, the evolution of modern logging techniques and the life of families in the logging camps.”

Winterville”, Thursday, December 8 through Sunday, December 18, Zimmerman Heritage Farm, 17111 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $12 adults, $8 children. “Bring your little ones to see Santa on the Farm! The park will be a glow in lights, plus there will be heated tents filled with vendors, food, and a beer/cider garden. Don’t forget to check out the museum, as the halls with deck in holiday fashions with each room featuring its own theme.”

Author Talk, “John R. Bruning”, Thursday, December 8, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. John Bruning discusses his book, “Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII”. “In this remarkable WWII story by New York Times bestselling author John R. Bruning, a renegade American pilot fights against all odds to rescue his family--imprisoned by the Japanese--and revolutionizes modern warfare along the way. From the knife fights and smuggling runs of his youth to his fiery days as a pioneering naval aviator, Paul Irving ‘Pappy’ Gunn played by his own set of rules and always survived on his wits and fists. But when he fell for a conservative Southern belle, her love transformed him from a wild and reckless airman to a cunning entrepreneur whose homespun engineering brilliance helped launch one of the first airlines in Asia. Pappy was drafted into MacArthur's air force when war came to the Philippines; and while he carried out a top-secret mission to Australia, the Japanese seized his family. Separated from his beloved wife, Polly, and their four children, Pappy reverted to his lawless ways. He carried out rescue missions with an almost suicidal desperation. Even after he was shot down twice and forced to withdraw to Australia, he waged a one-man war against his many enemies--including the American high command and the Japanese--and fought to return to the Philippines to find his family. Without adequate planes, supplies, or tactics, the U.S. Army Air Force suffered crushing defeats by the Japanese in the Pacific. Over the course of his three-year quest to find his family, Pappy became the renegade who changed all that. With a brace of pistols and small band of loyal followers, he robbed supply dumps, stole aircraft, invented new weapons, and modified bombers to hit harder, fly farther, and deliver more destruction than anything yet seen in the air. When Pappy's modified planes were finally unleashed during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, the United States scored one of the most decisive victories of World War II. Taking readers from the blistering skies of the Pacific to the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines to one of the war's most notorious prison camps, Indestructible traces one man's bare-knuckle journey to free the people he loved and the aerial revolution he sparked that continues to resonate across America's modern battlefields.”

Anything Zines: A Middle Grade Zine Studio”, Thursday, December 8, and Thursday, December 22, 2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale. “You can make a Zine about Anything! Join the IPRC for a middle grade (ages 7-11) zine studio. Youth zinesters will collage, write, type, paste draw, fold staple, share and make buttons. Materials provided.”

Concert, “Indalo Wind”, Friday, December 9, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Celebrate the change of seasons and the end of the year with a musical- and spoken- word performance by the local father-son duo Indalo Wind and their accordionist. They specialize in eclectic instrumentals, serving up a fresh acoustic blend of folk, blues and jazz, seasoned with international flavors.”

Imago Theatre Presents, “La Belle Lost in the World of the Automaton”, Friday, December 9 through January 8, Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., Pdx. Ages 4 and up. “A giant art work of a play with 100 moving parts that will engage you like no other show… Animated effects every 30 seconds... Steampunk finesse… Whimsical, dramatic and heartfelt… This is the new Imago and they are at their best! A grimy engine room of a steamship becomes an enchanted theatrical playground where Beauty and the Beast comes to life with puppetry, shadow theatre, a multitude of effects, song, drama and comedy. Imago’s long-awaited spectacle will dazzle your eyes, enchant your heart and intrigue your imagination. Sam Stoker (Jim Vadala) and Lady Rose (Justine Davis) take you on a sea voyage while also traveling back to 1740 to retell the classic La Belle et la Bête. A spectacle like no other. A story-within-a-story-within-a-ship.”

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

Children’s Christmas Party”, Saturday, December 10, 1PM-4PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join us the second Saturday of December (in the afternoon) for a traditional Christmas celebration–singing and dancing around the enormous tree in the center of our Ballroom, cookies galore, and a special appearance by Santa. For kids of all ages.”

26th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert”, Saturday, December 10, 1:30PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as nearly 300 tubas play in unison for the 26th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This seasonal performance is FREE for the public.”

“Christmas at Fort Vancouver”, Saturday, December 10, 10AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $4 ages 16 and up, free for ages 15 and under. “Schedule of Events at the Reconstructed Fort: 10:30 AM- Blast of Black Powder! Historic Weapons Demonstration 11 AM- 1 PM: Christmas caroling by the Madrigal Singers 10 AM - 3 PM: Ongoing hands-on activities (while supplies last): -Build your own toy top -Taste apple wassail -Craft your own holiday wreath -Make your own Victorian handcrafts -Winter themed story telling -Play games of the 1840s -Pose for a holiday photo with costumed reenactors -Visit the Historic Kitchen and watch a cooking demonstration -Visit the Blacksmith Shop and talk with volunteers demonstrating the lost art of blacksmithing 1 PM - 3 PM: Learn a holiday jig and sing along to carols! Participatory music and dancing in the Counting House 2:00 PM: Blast of Black Powder! Historic Weapons Demonstration. ‘For the diverse fur trade community that lived here in the 1840s, the holidays were a time to come together and celebrate,’ said Acting Chief Ranger Bob Cromwell. ‘For many years, this event has been bringing together our diverse modern community. We hope that everyone who comes to Christmas at Fort Vancouver will not just learn about history, but will also find new ways to celebrate this season of togetherness.’ In conjunction with holiday activities at the reconstructed fort, visitors are invited to join in ‘A Celebration of Birds,’ hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Current featured artist Joy Pomaika'i Hou'oli O'Hearn, will be demonstrate the traditions and techniques of Hawaiian feather art for the public from 10 am to 3 pm. Free children's activities will also be available: through a generous donation from Home Depot, children will be able to build and take home birdhouses (supplies limited), and volunteers will help children make pine cone bird feeders. The Friends of Fort Vancouver Bookstore at the Visitor Center will also be open, and is a perfect spot to find a unique gift. Also at the Visitor Center, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will have a beautiful noble fir on display in the lobby. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits at all forest offices, including the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Permits are $5.00 and there is a limit of five permits per household. Christmas tree permits include a map of cutting areas and special instruction for cutting Christmas trees on the national forest. Additionally, as part of the national Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth grader are eligible for a free national forest Christmas tree permit.”

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

Concert, “Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir”, Saturday, December 10, 10:30AM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Listen to the beautiful voices of youth ages 10 to 18. The Heart of the Valley Children's Choir was founded 32 years ago and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing artistic musical experiences for the youth of Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. Join the choir of 60 singers in a choral performance as part of their annual holiday tour.”

Concert, “Carolee and Romeo”, Saturday, December 10, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Carolee and Romeo Acoustic duo performs Irish folk music on dulcimer and guitar.” 

“Christmas Festival”, Saturday, December 10, 11AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge and surrounding day use area. Free admission with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Some crafts may have a materials fee. “Join in various country Christmas time crafts - make a wreath, a gingerbread house, cards, and ornaments. Learn how the park changes during the winter. Enjoy storytelling and live music.”

African Storytelling”, Saturday, December 10, 10:30AM, North Portland 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.”

2D to 3D: Kerf Bent Wooden Jewelry Making for Teens”, Saturday, December 10, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come make some awesome wood jewelry in the makerspace! In this workshop you will make wood flexible and turn it into a wearable item by cutting an intricate kerfing pattern on the laser cutter.”

Concert, “The Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band”, Saturday, December 10, 2:30PM, Canby Library. “The Pickled Peppers Kitchen Band will play Americana, folk and country on a variety of eclectic instruments, the way they used to be played in old time kitchens, with instruments found around the house.”

“Cookie Lab”, Saturday, December 10, 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.”

“Marshmallows in Space”, Saturday, December 10, 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.” 

Portland Community College Rock Creek Choirs Present, “Light and Hope”, Saturday, December 10, 7PM, PCC Rock Creek Campus Forum, Building 3, Room 114, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Hillsboro. Free parking. Tickets $10 adults, $5 seniors and children 15 and under, cash or check only at the door. Additional donations for the choral program are requested. “The Rock Creek Choirs, under the direction of Pollyanna Hancock-Moody and comprised of PCC students and members of the community, invite you to an evening of inspirational songs. The program will include Stille Nacht, Spanish carols such as Riu Riu Chiu and A la Nanita Nana, Celtic arrangements of I Saw Three Ships, and The Holly and The Ivy, and much more. Please join us for an evening of lovely, calming and hopeful music. This concert is intended to raise awareness about the PCC Rock Creek music program. PCC Rock Creek offers vocal classes as well as a community choir on Thursday evenings. All singers are welcome.”

“Beginning Quilling”, Saturday, December 10, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Create a beautiful, three-dimensional piece of art with mere paper strips. Quilling is the age-old art of paper curling, invented in the 16th century by French and Italian monks as a way to embellish book covers. We will learn the basics of quilling in this workshop, where we will embellish a letter via quilling.”

“The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, December 10, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In ‘It’s Alive!,’ Susan Hill Long, author of ‘Whistle in the Dark’ and ‘The Magic Mirror’, teaches how to create convincing characters – whether they are fairies or frenemies or a Frankenstein’s freak. 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!”

“Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour”, Saturday, December 10, 1PM, meeting outside Voodoo Doughnuts, 22 SW 3rd Ave., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Pride Forever examines the compelling stories of LGBTQ history in Portland, from pivotal spaces in which LGBTQ folks built community, to precious moments that galvanized the entire movement. This tour includes powerful in-person testimonials from local LGBTQ leaders and allies, as well as anecdotes from those who came before on topics such as 19th century cross dressing, the fight against AIDS, and violence against the trans community.”

Milo McIver State Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, December 10, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. “Our free expert-guided bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds! Be introduced to Milo McIver State Park as you walk its paths and look and listen for native birds!”

My Year in India”, Saturday, December 10, 6PM, Hood River Library. “Please join Rotary Scholar Deylan Gudiel and the Hood River Library for a presentation and discussion on his experiences living and studying in India for a year. What is it like to be a teen in another county? Refreshments will be served.”

A-Wol Aeros Youth Company Presents, “Toy Box”, Saturday, December 10 through Sunday, December 18, A-Wol Dance Collective, 513 NE Schuyler St., Pdx. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $12 ages 11 and under. “A-WOL Dance Collective's Youth Company holiday performance. Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun and exciting holiday aerial production!”

Concert, “Mandolin Music by Brian Oberlin”, Sunday, December 11, 2PM, Tualatin Library hearth. “Swinging seasonal music on one mandolin with vocals, Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his 12-year professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist.”

“Intro to Linoleum Relief Printing: Make a Holiday Card”, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $40. Preregistration required; register online: “In this workshop you will learn how to carve and print a small linoleum relief block on the poster press, creating your own set of postcards! We will go over different approaches and techniques for carving your block and how versatile relief printing can be, with tips for combination with other mediums. We will learn about how to properly lockup a block on the poster press, print and make a small edition of postcard prints. Attendants of this workshop will leave with an edition of one color printed, ready to mail cards!”

Magenta Theater’s Black Chair Theater Presents, “A Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol”, Sunday, December 11, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets $10 in advance.

“Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, December 11, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Drop in and practice origami with members of the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers. Please bring origami paper if you have it. Adults and teens welcome, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.” 

“Oregon’s Country Boy Cartoonist”, Sunday, December 11, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Homer Calvin Davenport (1867–1912) was Oregon's first media super-star; yet, few outside his hometown are even aware of the impact this self-described ‘country boy’ had on society. His rural Oregon upbringing, along with a supportive and nurturing home life, equipped Davenport with intellectual tools and artistic skills, and he arrived on the scene during a perfect storm of technology and public sentiment. During the 1890s, American society was going through a transition from the Gilded Age of robber barons and monopolistic trusts, into the progressive era, a time known for great social reforms. Through it all, political cartoonist Homer Davenport of Silverton, Oregon was there, wielding his pen to spray a steady stream of caustic caricatures onto the notables and notorious of the global political scene.”

“Hike: Climate Change in the Forest”, Sunday, December 11, 9AM-5PM, Mt. Hood National Forest. “For our December Bark About, we'll be hiking through a recently logged forest in the Grove Timber Sale, or the 'Grove Thinning' project as called by the Forest Service. During this hike we'll be witnessing and discussing the contribution of deforestation in Mt. Hood towards climate change. We'll be exploring the myths and realities of forest restoration and observing destructive logging practices in action. It is important that for this hike all attendees come physically and emotionally prepared to walk through a forest that has recently been logged using heavy machinery resulting in skid trails deep into the forest, and degradation of wildlife habitat.” Details here:

Lip Balms, Glosses and Scrubs”, Monday, December 12, 6PM, Hillsboro Shute Library. Preregistration required; register online. “Making lip balm at home is a great money saver and a whole lot of fun. In class we'll be making moisturizing lip balms, glosses, and lip scrubs to take home. We'll also talk about using different natural scents, flavors, and colors. Each participant will go home with their delicious concoctions and recipes.”

Concert, “Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner”, Monday, December 12, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Sally and Frank have been making music together for over 30 years and sharing it with the world, with numerous national tours, 25 CD projects, a DVD, TV and radio appearances as well as local events. You can find Sally Harmon's music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube, XM radio, and even in some movie credits. Sally, with her classical background, teams up with Frank, with his jazz and pop background to create a whimsical and passionate variety of styles, including her own compositions. CDs will be for sale on the table and Sally and Frank are happy to personalize them for you.”

The Role of Public Broadcasting in Today’s Media Climate”, Monday, December 12, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. Presented by Morgan Holm, Oregon Public Broadcasting for the Washington County Public Affairs Forum. Free and open to the public. Lunch available for ordering from the menu.

Behind the Scenes at LAIKA Animation Studio”, Tuesday, December 13, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Bookwood Library. “Join LAIKA's Mark Shapiro as he pulls back the curtain to show how stop-motion features like Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline are created. Mark will present time-lapse imagery and short vignettes that detail the major undertaking involved in making Oscar-nominated feature films.”

Fly Gals: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II”, Tuesday, December 13, 6PM, Fairview-Columbia 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.”

Tiny Gift Boxes”, Tuesday, December 13, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Just in time for the holidays! We will make three tiny gift boxes that you can use to wrap a small handmade gift or fill with candy.”

Saving Amphibians and Reptiles in the Midst of Earth’s Sixth Extinction”, Tuesday, December 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Reptiles and amphibians have thrived on planet Earth for 300 million to 400 million years, but now nearly one-third of them are at risk of extinction. Populations of frogs, salamanders, and turtles of Oregon, including Red-legged Frog, Pacific Giant Salamander, and Western Pond Turtle, are rapidly declining. From local wetlands to tropical rainforests, researchers are scrambling to save these fascinating animals from disappearing due to ever increasing threats such as habitat loss and pollution. Tierra Curry from the Center for Biological Diversity will discuss local species and the national effort to gain policy protections for our country’s most imperiled amphibians and reptile species. Under current trends, it is estimated that 10% to 30% of all species on Earth will be in danger of going extinct by 2050. With escalating loss of plant and animal species and increasing temperatures around the world, scientists believe that humans have ushered in a new geologic epoch—the Anthropocene. Tierra will highlight recent extinctions and the national efforts using science, policy, and advocacy to protect endangered species and the habitat and conditions they need to survive.”

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

Activist Training: Migratory Bird Treaty Act”, Wednesday, December 14, 6PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Join us for a teach-in about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918, the most comprehensive law protecting wild birds ever enacted. It is a criminal statute that makes it illegal to possess, import, export, transport, sell, barter any migratory bird, or the parts, nest, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit. The MBTA provides protection for more than 800 species of birds in the United States. It has been used to protect wild birds from everything from illegal poaching to the impacts from wind farms. For activists interested in protecting birds, understanding of the MBTA is a critical piece of the puzzle.”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, December 14, 6PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come and join us for a low-key, high-fun collage night. We supply magazine, collage materials, some scissors, glue and ambiance. Come and make new paper cutting friends!”

Holiday Concert with Phoebe Gildea, Soprano and Noah Brenner, Harp”, Wednesday, December 14, 12PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “In an exciting new collaboration, soprano Phoebe Gildea and harper Noah Brenner tour the Pacific Northwest to introduce their first joint album! This collection of classic Christmas music includes traditional carols like The Holly and the Ivy and Carol of the Bells, sweet childhood memories like Walking in the Air from The Snowman, and thrilling virtuosity as in Cantique de Noel. Old favorites come to life with new, original arrangements. Come join us for an afternoon of holiday fun! If you can’t get enough in just one afternoon, this is a chance to buy a CD directly from the artist and keep the celebration going for the rest of the holiday season, also a perfect Holiday gift!”

Crag Rats: Rescue from Mt. Hood to the Columbia River”, Wednesday, December 14, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Donations requested. “When the Crag Rats Mountain Rescue beeper goes off, the call may take the elite team of Gorge residents racing up a mountain peak to rescue an injured hiker, scaling a rocky ledge to revive a hiker who has fallen over a cliff, into a blizzard to search for missing skiers, or to a mountain airplane crash scene for body recovery. Established in 1926, the Hood River Crag Rats are the oldest mountain rescue group in the nation, and were a charter member of the Mountain Rescue Association, established in 1955. Join Gorge Owned as they welcome Christopher Van Tilburg to recount the colorful history and thrilling rescues of the Hood River Crag Rats mountain rescue team. Along with 9 decades of tradition and lore, Van Tilburg will show images and tells stories of rescues that span Oregon’s iconoclastic, dangerous Mount Hood and the deep, dark canyons of the Columbia Gorge. Along with rescues, Van Tilburg highlights the underlying theme of risk and responsibility in mountain rescue, why risk is important, and how we can mitigate risk when recreating in the Columbia Gorge.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, December 15, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.” 

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, December 15, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.” If you’re a fan, this event is a must!

Science Matters”, Thursday, December 15, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Grades 4-6. Preregistration required; register online. “Explore the life of a scientist and do hands on experiments to learn some of the science they discovered.” 

Kid’s Company NW Presents, “A Peanuts Holiday”, Thursday, December 15, 7PM, Tualatin Library. “Let the children walk you through their favorite season highlighted by dance, costumes and live music. Kid’s Company NW, or ‘Kid’s Co.’ as it’s often called, is NWCT’s ambassador group to the community. This year’s performance features Peanuts characters with songs from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Snoopy! The Musical, and Christmas classics.”

You Go Girls! The Women’s Guide to Great Travel”, Thursday, December 15, 7PM, Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room. “Local author and certified Travel Counselor Marcia Lynn Miller presents her entertaining approach to travel planning for women, including packing, health, beauty, safety and more! Ms. Miller has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years and owns a tour company that creates, sells and escorts small group tours for women. Her new book," You Go Girls! The Woman's Guide to Great Travel," was recently published by Portland's Inkwater Press. Ms. Miller will be available for book signing following her talk.”

Owl Book Group with Author Molly Gloss”, Friday, December 16, 10:30AM, Cedar Mill Library. “In December, Author Molly Gloss joins the Owls to discuss her novel, Jump-off Creek, with its intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and the courageous woman determined to survive. Here is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. The Seattle Times wrote 'Every gritty line of the story rings true' as the author delivers an authentic and moving portrait of the American West. NOTE: The Owls have adjusted their schedule in December to meet before the Christmas holiday. You don't have to be a member to attend this special gathering of The Owls as they welcome Molly Gloss.”

ID Theft, Social Media and Scams”, Friday, December 16, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “The Better Business Bureau will provide an overview of ID theft awareness and reporting as well as the new BBB Scam Tracker, a real-time reporting site introduced this year.”

The Christmas Revels Commedia Italiana”, Friday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 21, St. Mary’s Academy Theater, 1615 SW 5th Ave., Pdx. “The music, dance and comedy of the Italian Renaissance come alive in this year’s Christmas Revels. The Doge of Venice, bored with his reign, runs away with a Commedia Dell’ Arte troupe – and zaniness ensues. This show features the beautiful music and costumes of the Italian Renaissance, and features some of the best comedic actors in Portland. It’s a feast for the senses and will be sure to leave you laughing. And of course we’ll have the many Revels traditions you know and love – Sword Dances! Clowns! Abbot’s Bromley! And, this year, the 12 days of Christmas. Join us for the theatrical and choral magic that is Portland’s Christmas Revels!”

Home School Days: Christmas at the Front”, Friday, December 16, 10AM-2PM, Evergreen Theater, McMinnville. $20 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; please email or call 503-434-4185. “For the 3rd year our annual Christmas at the Front living history day brings the students onto the battlefields and home front during Christmas. Learn how the soldiers and their families found ways to celebrate in a time of war.”

Concert, “Holiday Jazz with Basso à Deux”, Saturday, December 17, 2PM, Tigard Library. “Enjoy vocals and upright bass with Andrea and Paul Vorvick, who incorporate traditional jazz and pop/rock styles into a wide range of classic tunes. Enjoy up-tempo jazz holiday tunes.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, December 17, 11AM-3PM, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, Pdx. Suggested $5 donation. “We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.”

1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry”, Saturday, December 17, 11AM-3PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Ground. “American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.”

Winter Solstice”, Saturday, December 17, 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the shortest day and longest night of the year. Learn the science behind the solstice, explore the forest during an evening guided walk with a trained naturalist, make a winter craft, and enjoy treats from a Dutch oven.”

Author Talk, “Donald Sevetson”, Saturday, December 17, 4PM, Oregon City Library. “Local author Donald J. Sevetson will discuss Oregon City’s own George H. Atkinson, a pioneering figure in forming Oregon’s public schools and penitentiary system. Sevetson is the author of ‘Atkinson: Pioneer Oregon Educator’ and “A Public Spirit: George Atkinson’s Written Legacy’.”

Troll Storytelling”, Saturday, December 17, 4PM, Nordia House Exhibit Hall, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “A storytelling hour all about trolls! Join Barbara Fankhauser of the Portland Storytellers' Guild and learn all about those earthy Norwegian creatures: trolls. Great for kids and all ages.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, December 17, 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.”

Winter Solstice Sunset Walk”, Saturday, December 17, 2PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Winter solstice is near, marking the shortest day of the year. Take an afternoon walk through the majestic oak woodlands atop Cooper Mountain Nature Park and learn how the winter solstice ushers in the return of the light and longer days.”

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Bird Walk”, Saturday, December 17, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Amidst the thousands of rhododendrons on the seven-acre Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, a jewel of a lake hosts wintering waterfowl. Take a free expert-guided bird walk with naturalist, Elaine Murphy, to seek ducks, mergansers, herons, and kingfishers. Stroll the pathways, and enjoy the tranquility of this scenic setting while you spy the waterfowl that winter on the spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake.”

Intro to Home Coffee Roasting”, Saturday, December 17, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “In this fun and interactive class, Mr. Green Beans will show you just how easy it is to roast your own coffee at home. You don't need fancy roasting devices or hours of time, you can roast your own coffee using a simple frying pan or old hot air popcorn popper and it takes less than 15 minutes. Mr. Green Beans will walk you through the basic principles of roasting coffee and will include several demonstrations of the roasting process. Each class participant will leave with a pound of green beans, a copy of the DIY Guide to Roasting Coffee, and the knowledge and confidence to roast their own coffee at home.”

Concert, “Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer”, Saturday, December 17, 2PM, Tualatin Library Hearth. “Join Aaron for a festive and rockin' seasonal concert around the hearth. ‘Aaron brings a unique and gorgeous voice to the violin. He combines lyricism and amazing technique to become one of the best violinists around.’ – Phil Baker, Pink Martini.”

Winter Solstice and Christmas Ships Viewing Event”, Saturday, December 17, 5PM, Milwaukie Bay Riverfront Park, 11211 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie. “Milwaukie's Winter Solstice event, an annual celebration at Milwaukie Bay Riverfront Park to view the Christmas Ships, warm by a bonfire, and enjoy tasty treats, will be held on Sat., Dec. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. New this year - an intimate beer garden featuring craft beverages hosted by Beer Store Milwaukie! We have you covered! - While we are crossing our fingers for good weather we also know that it rains in Oregon sometimes. We will have a large tent this year to keep us all dry as we enjoy the view, purchase some food for a good cause, or have an adult beverage. See below for what will be available at the event this year!” Details here:

Beginner Microscopy”, Saturday, December 17, 10AM, OMSI. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands–on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own. One microscope per ticket, maximum two people per microscope. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Northwest Conservatory of Dance Presents, “The Nutcracker”, Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, 6PM, Hillsboro High School, 3285 SE Rood Bridge Rd, Hillsboro. $12 adults, $9 children, students and seniors. “Our annual Nutcracker Ballet performance. This wonderful Christmas production will feature beautiful costumes and sets, and some wonderful dancers! Come and see the show!”

Meet the Author! Legendary Portland Wrestler – ‘The Grappler’ Lynn Denton”, Saturday, December 17, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Lynn Denton, a fixture in the world of professional wrestling, will visit and share stories from his legendary career and talk about his book, ‘Grappler: Memoirs of a Masked Madman.’ Books will be available to purchase. Snacks and drinks provided.”

Last Minute 3D Gifts”, Sunday, December 18, 11AM, Vancouver Library, Computer Classroom Level 1. “Harness 3D printing power to make a quick gift. This class will include a simple 3D design tutorial of a project you can customize for gift-giving. Objects will be printed over the course of a week.”

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, December 18, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.”

Pasada Milagro”, Sunday, December 18, 1PM, Milagro Theater, 537 S.E. Stark St., Pdx. “Admission to Posada is free, however the Pastorela is limited to ticket holders only. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis at the theatre beginning at 1pm on the day of the event. We will be accepting canned good donations to benefit Oregon Food Bank. “Milagro invites the whole family to Posada Milagro. This community celebration reflects upon the journey of Mary and Joseph in their search for refuge and is a day of fun for the whole family. The day’s festivities include arts and crafts activities, storytelling for children 5 and under, a piñata for all ages, and of course traditional foods for purchase by Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon’s. We will also feature the annual Pastorela at 2pm and 4pm, featuring folkloric dance by Papalotl Ballet, music and more from Cosecha Mestiza, and a performance by Latinx Improv.”

DIY Holiday Gift: Fabric Stenciling for Teens”, Monday, December 19, 1PM, Rockwood Makerspace. Registration required; register online: “Cut designs out of freezer paper to make stencils that iron onto fabric, customizing clothes, caps, and bags by painting them with your own custom images. We'll make the stencils and use them to print onto fabric, so bring along your ideas. Bring your plain clothing item or take one of ours for you to make awesome!”

Magic at the Mill”, Monday, December 19 through Friday, December 23, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. $6 ages 13 and up, $4 ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under. “Celebrate the holiday season at Magic at the Mill! Stroll our 5-acre site and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights, live music, shopping, food, entertainment, kids' activities, historical demonstrations, Santa and so much more.”

The Zaniac”, Tuesday, December 20, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “When was the last time you laughed as hard as your kids? With captivating amounts of energy, Alex Zerbe moves like a rubber band from one end of the stage to the other. Beatboxing, juggling, dancing, singing, music and magic are just a few of the things that led Piers Morgan of America’s Got Talent to call Alex, ‘the total package’.”

Las Posadas”, Tuesday, December 20, 5PM, White Salmon Library. “Help us crack open our piñata while drinking champurrado and eating tamales.”

Create and Design in 3D for Teens”, Tuesday, December 20, 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!”

Viking Mars Missions”, Tuesday, December 20, 4PM, Hillsdale Library. “Learn about the Viking mission including behind the scenes challenges and experiences and view original artifacts, documents, with a possible sneak peek at unedited interviews with Viking Team Members.”

DIY Holiday Gift: 3D Print Your Own (For Teens)”, Wednesday, December 21, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Come design your own 3D printed ornament, charm or keychain! In this modern take on holiday crafts you'll design your gift on the computer in TinkerCAD and then have it 3D printed in holiday colors. Come learn about 3D printing, see a printer in action, and learn how you can use 3D printing to make stuff!”

Re-Imagined Radio Presents, “A Radio Christmas Carol”, Thursday, December 21, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Admission is free with a donation to the Clark County Food Bank, and a $5 donation is also requested towards future productions. “Join the Willamette Radio Players as they present the holiday favorite based on the Charles Dickens classic! The novel, first published December 19, 1843, met with instant success and has been popular ever since. The plot is well-known: Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, cold of heart and spirit, is transformed by three visits from Ghosts of Christmas into a kind, generous, and compassionate man. The story is often credited with bringing joy and festivities back to the seasonal holidays after years of sober Puritan suppression of merriment and pageantry. We hope our performance brings you happy holidays as well.”

“Graphic Fantastic”, Thursday, December 21, 4PM, McMinnville Library. “A book club for teen girls (13-18) who love graphic novels, comics or manga- or just want to hang out with cool ladies talking about cool books. Ask for a copy of the book at the circulation desk.”

“Traditional Yule Celebration”, Wednesday, December 21, 4PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Ring in the Solstice with a traditional Norse celebration! Learn about and make a yule goat. Make a lantern to light the longest night of the year. Reconnect with nature and make an evergreen swag. Learn lots and lots about Norse mythology.”

“Mission: Infrostable”, Wednesday, December 21, 4:30PM, and Wednesday, December 28, 5PM, OMSI Theory restaurant. $25 for 1 house; up to three people can work together. Ages 6 and up (with parent) or 14 and up (without parent). Preregistration required; register online: Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs. “If you joined a Mars colony, what would your house look like? Come learn about different types of structures scientists have designed for future Mars missions, then design and build your own gingerbread Mars house to take home!”

DIY Holiday Gift: Teen Dream Jewelry”, Friday, December 23, 1PM, Rockwood Library. “Looking for some out of the ordinary DIY jewelry? Take your ideas to the next level by transforming comic book art or selfies into designer pendants, bangles, charms and more. Join this 2 hour workshop with Puppetkabob and create Teen Dream Jewelry, the perfect accessories to make a cool and creative fashion statement!”

Chabad of Oregon Menorah Lighting”, Saturday, December 24 through Saturday, December 31, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. Times vary. On Sunday, December 25 they will have a special Hanukkah Celebration at 4:30PM: “Join the Chabad of Oregon for music, children's activities, the Dreidel man and a grand Menorah lighting!”

"Chanukah Celebration", Monday, December 26, 5:30PM, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Free admission, food available for purchase. "Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Fire performance by Flamebuyant Productions followed by holiday festivities in the Hilton Vancouver {opposite Esther Short Park at 301 W. 6th St}."

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture”, Tuesday, December 27, 6PM, North Portland Library. “Kwanzaa, meaning ‘first fruits,’ is a celebration of African American culture, heritage and values. Each day of this week-long celebration observes a different principle. Come help us celebrate ‘Kujichagulia’ (self-determination), the second principle.”

Winter Whale Watching Week”, Tuesday, December 27 through Saturday, December 31, Oregon coast. “The Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during the two official watch weeks. Our official Whale Watch Weeks typically take place between the Christmas Holiday and New Year's day and during the last week in March. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. In the Winter we watch nearly 20,000 gray whales from mid-December through mid-January as they travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico.”

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

Flight and Space: Game Design Camp for Teens”, 4 sessions, Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “It's not just a video game! It's a world with infinite possibilities built by you! Come and design flying games and be a pilot in a digital world you create yourself. This program is for grades 6-12 only.”

Film Club - My Love, Don't Cross That River (South Korea)”, Wednesday, December 28, 6:15PM, Cedar Mill Library. “At 100 years of age, Jo Byeong-man and Kang Kye-yeol, have been inseparable companions for 76 years. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Moyoung Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing the tender moments of their twilight days as the two face the inevitable reality that their time together will soon be approaching an end. This film was a blockbuster in its native South Korea. Come early to view a Bonus Short Film (begins at 6:15 pm).” Trailer here:

Science Circus”, Thursday, December 29, 2PM, Battle Ground Library. “Enjoy and learn with Rhys Thomas as he entertains and explains some of the science behind juggling and other circus fun!”

Gem Faire”, Friday, December 30 through Sunday, January 1, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass, free for ages 11 and under. Discounts and coupons on their website: beads and jewelry making supplies, but also crystals, gems, and fossils. 

Oregon Renaissance Band Presents, “An Early Celtic New Year”, Friday, December 30, 7:30PM, and Saturday, December 31, 3PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. tickets $15 and $12. “The Oregon Renaissance Band, directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman, presents a performance of festive Celtic music from the 16th through the 18th centuries, by 13 of the Northwest’s finest renaissance music specialists. Music for violin, viols, recorders, bassanelli, racketts, sackbutts, lute, bagpipes and much more. Come celebrate ORB’s 25th Anniversary!”

"Erev New Year's At Noon", Friday, December 30, 11AM-12:30PM, followed  by an Open Swim 12:30-2PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free and open to the community. "Join us for this fun family event as we ring in the New Year! Arts and crafts, games, bouncy house, dancing, snacks, pool float, and our annual countdown to 2017 at noon with the balloon drop!"

Christmas Bird Count”, Saturday, December 31, 7AM-5PM. “The Portland Christmas Bird Count wants YOU……to count birds on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016! Whether spending an entire day in the field or even just an hour watching your bird feeder, you can contribute significantly to our knowledge of bird life in the Portland area — even if you’re a beginning birder. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in North America. The results have provided critical information on the status and changes in bird populations over the 116 years it has been conducted. Please help out this year!” Details here:

Rink in the New Year Family New Year’s Eve Party”, Saturday, December 31, 7PM- 1AM, Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. $20 per person. “It's a New Year's Eve party for all ages filled with fun, games, raffles, and roller skates!”

"New Year's Eve Bash!", Saturday, December 31, 9PM-12:30AM, Out of This World Pizza, 6255 NW Century Blvd., Hillsboro.  Reservations required; call 503-629-8700. 

"29th Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza", Saturday, December 31, 9PM-2AM, Mt. Hood Skibowl, 87000 U.S. 26, Government Camp. "Ring in the New Year in style with the biggest event on Mt. Hood. Mt. Hood Skibowl will celebrate 29 years of its legendary fireworks extravaganza December 31st, 2016.The fun will be going on all day and continue until 2:00am. A live DJ kicks off the party spinning your favorite tunes from 8:00pm to 1:00am at Skibowl west. A torch light parade down the Lower Bowl will precede the evenings two firework displays which happen at the stroke of midnight. Another live DJ will be spinning the hotest tunes during Cosmic Tubing at Skibowl East from 8:00pm to 12:00am. Watch the spectacular firework displays at either Skibowl West or East. Ski and ride until 2:00am, and Cosmic Tube at Skibowl East until 12:00am. There will also be fun winter games, multiple beer gardens and a dance party that lasts into the night. The Beerstube Bar and Starlight Café will be open until 2:00am serving food and your favorite beverages. Equipment rentals, tuning and repair and The Olympic Skibowl Ski School will be open as well. The Snow Tube and Adventure Park will be open with normal tubing from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and the world’s only Cosmic Tubing will operate from 6:00pm to 12:00am. Enjoy Frosty’s Playland, the huge indoor Super Play Zone and a live DJ rockin' the sound all over the tube hill. Food and beverages will be available inside the Multorpor Lodge with the Multorpor Lodge Cafe and the 70 Meter Bar & Grill featuring gourmet burgers and the best hot drinks on the mountain. Across the highway in Government Camp, the Ratskeller Bar & Pizzeria will be open late with its own party! The Ratskeller will be open until 2:00am. The video arcade upstairs featuring redemption and video games will be open until midnight. Come join us for a party you won't forget and the best time on the mountain!"

Sunset Lanes New Year’s Eve Rent-A-Lane”, Saturday, December 31, Sunset Lanes, 12770 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton.  Prepaid reservations required; call 503-646-1116. Cosmic bowling with 3 two-hour sessions available, 6PM, 8:30PM and 11PM, $100 per lane for up to 6 guests including shoe rental.