Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Festivities

February 2017 Events

This is my list of events in the greater Portland area and beyond for February 2017. Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations.  If you are looking for regularly occurring events in the homeschooling community, I have them listed on this page: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/p/portland-area-classes-and-drop-in.html

Lake Oswego has chosen "Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars” by Nathalia Holt as their 2017 Lake Oswego Reads book. That means tons of events, almost all free, to learn in depth about NASA, astronomy, women in science, and the ‘50s. I’ve listed many individual events below, and the complete list is here: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/2017-rise-rocket-girls

Chinese New Year Celebration”, now through Sunday, February 12, Lan Su Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Most events are free with admission, but evening lantern viewings require special advance tickets. Washington County and Clackamas County libraries have cultural passes to the Lan Su Garden, which can be used during regular hours. http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/ongoing-programs/chinese-new-year

Exhibit, “Angels and Kings, Titans and Chieftains: The Art of Title Pages and Frontispieces in Atlases, 1493-1852”, now through Monday, February 27, Central Library Collins Gallery. “From almost the very beginning of Gutenberg’s movable type, more than 600 years ago, atlases — books filled with maps — were printed with highly decorative title pages and frontispieces characterized by great allegorical invention and the exotica and mystery associated with distant lands. These beautiful pictorial devices were an intersection of cartography, art and commerce designed to entice the viewer to acquire the atlas while also encouraging viewers to appreciate both the mythological and physical qualities of the areas portrayed. This exhibition celebrates this often overlooked art form over a more than 500 year period, and is drawn from the rich private collection of longtime map collector and dealer Page Stockwell, along with materials from the John Wilson Special Collections of Multnomah County Library.”

Portland Winter Light Festival”, Wednesday, February 1 through Saturday, February 4, outdoors at OMSI, with many affiliate events throughout the city as well. Free admission. Limited parking available at OMSI for $5 cash. See a huge variety of light based art, and learn about the science and technology of light! http://pdxwlf.com

Game Theory, Cooperation, and the Origins of Life”, Wednesday, February 1, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Einstein famously said, ‘God does not play dice with the universe.’ But could games have anything to do with the Origins of Life on the Earth? In this talk, Dr. Niles Lehman, professor of chemistry at Portland State University, will introduce the concept of game theory and make a connection between game theory’s principles and how life may have arisen on the Earth some four billion years ago. Surprisingly there may be a link between strategies that ‘players’ use when in competitions, and the strategies that molecules use to behave in a life-like fashion.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/kiggins_feb_1_game_theory/

Concert, “Classical Music of North India”, Wednesday, February 1, 7:30PM, Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, Building 3 Forum, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Classical Music of North India is presented by Sandeep Koraane, sitar, and Saikiran Madhusudan, table. Koranne is from New Delhi and comes from a distinguished family of musicians. A virtuoso on sitar, he has been performing in public since the age of 10. The classical music of North India has a tradition going back to at least the 12th century. The music features scales called ragas, (the term means color or mood) and complex rhythmic patterns called talas. The melodies are based on short pre-composed melodies that are then improvised.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1048983038562050/

“Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, February 1, and Wednesday, February 15, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/maincal “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.” 

“Treasures in the THS Attic”, Wednesday, February 1, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Members of Tualatin Historical Society will show and describe various artifacts from the Society's collection that help define our city's past. Some of these treasures are seldom displayed.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Registration opens Wednesday, February 1 for the Kineline Kids Fishing Festival, Friday, April 7 (special needs kids and adults), and Saturday, April 8, kids 5-14, Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver. http://www.klineline-kf.org

“Image Comics 25th Anniversary Celebration”, Wednesday, February 1, 5PM-7PM, Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Image Comics is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Bridge City Comics is proud to help celebrate! We’re bringing in Joseph Bergin III in to sign from 5pm - 7pm and we may have some additional guests if all goes as planned! Help us celebrate one of our favorite publishers, as well as welcoming Image to their new home of Portland, OR! On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1812007919011531/

“Image Comic’s 25th Anniversary Celebration”, Wednesday, February 1, 12PM-7PM, Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “We will have some giveaways and creator signings that we should announce soon. Steve Lieber (The Fix, Underground) will be signing noon-2pm. Tony Parker (Mayday) will be signing 1-3pm. http://www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com/upcomingevents/2017/2/1/imagecomicsday-wednesday-february-1st-steve-lieber-signing-noon-2pm

“Image Comic’s 25th Anniversary Celebration”, Wednesday, February 1, 6PM-8PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. “We are excited to host a signing with the following creators – Joe Keatinge, Sloane Leong, Leila del Duca, Emi Lenox, Eric Stephenson, Brandon Graham and Farel Dalrymple! There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, social media events, and more.” http://floatingworldcomics.com/archives/7042

“Image Comic’s 25th Anniversary Celebration”, Wednesday, February 1, 5PM-7PM, Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne St., Pdx. “Come celebrate Image Comics Day with Excalibur Comics. Why? Well, we'll have legendary AUTUMNLANDS creators Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey.” https://www.facebook.com/ExcaliburComics

“Image Comic’s 25th Anniversary Celebration”, Wednesday, February 1, 5PM-7PM, I Like Comics, 1715 Broadway St., Vancouver. “In honor of Image Comic’s 25th anniversary we’re celebrating on Wednesday February 1st, 2017 with Taki Soma
(Sinergy, Bitch Planet, Rapture) and Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Cave Carson, Thor, Mice Templar) Mike will also be doing $20 head sketches for The Hero Initiative!” https://www.facebook.com/events/1427552010619312/

“How to Tie a Scarf”, Wednesday, February 1, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Scarves are a cozy accessory for winter and a great way to add interest and polish to your outfits. Bring your own scarf and drop in for a workshop demonstrating several chic ways to tie it.”

“Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in February, 12PM, Noble Woods Park, 23480 W. Baseline, Hillsboro. Free. “Join Jackson Bottom Staff and Volunteers for Lunch with the Birds! Every Wednesday through April, from Noon to 1 pm. Location varies, featuring a different City of Hillsboro Park or natural area each month. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, loaner binoculars are available if you don’t. We meet rain or shine and spend our time outside! Some parks have shelter from the rain but be prepared for the weather. Free. No pre-registration required.” https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/home/showdocument?id=10915

“Mammals of Oregon 1: Rodents and Other Small Mammals”, Wednesday, February 1, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/Mammals1 “Oregon is home to numerous small mammals including bats, rodents, insectivores (shrews and moles), and rabbits. Some of these animals, such as squirrels and chipmunks, are readily observable. Others are more secretive and rarely seen by the casual observer. In this class, Dr. Ivan Phillipsen will teach you the differences between the major groups of small mammals in Oregon. Many individual species will be introduced with tips on their identification as well as information on their behaviors and habitats.”

“Hour of Code”, Wednesday, February 1, 3:30PM, Washougal Library. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/code#/?i=1 “Have you ever wanted to design your own video game? Are you curious about how computer programs work? Well, now is your chance to try your hand at coding. No prior experience is necessary and you can work at your own pace.”

“How NASA Came to Be”, Wednesday, February 1, 7PM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. “Mary Kaiser, a research scientist at NASA AMES Research Center for 30 years, will explain the history of space that few know. Dr. Mary K. Kaiser worked as a research psychologist in the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in applied experimental psychology before joining Ames. The author of over sixty articles and chapters on perceptual psychology and human factors and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Kaiser also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance for over a decade. Her position prior to retirement was Project Scientist for NASA’s Space Human Factors Engineering Project. Dr. Kaiser also holds two patents for innovative display technologies.” https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/how-nasa-came-be-21

“Creative Problem Solving”, Thursday, February 2, 12PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Creativity is never more important than when you’re searching for an answer. See how you can tap into your most creative self when tackling any problem.”

“Easter Island”, Thursday, February 2, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is widely known for its mysterious past: a remote and deforested island covered with nearly a thousand giant statues. What happened and when did it happen? Rapa Nui has also become the “poster child” for societal collapse resulting from reckless human actions. In this lecture Dr. Hunt critically re-evaluates the conventional narrative for this mysterious past. He also revisits one of the most intriguing questions for the island: how were the colossal statues transported to every corner of the island. Science, history, and native traditions converge in Dr. Hunt’s widely acclaimed research on Rapa Nui’s past.” https://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-easter-island

“RESIST! Distribution Party”, Thursday, February 2, 6-9PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. “RESIST! is a free 40-page tabloid newspaper of political comics and graphics by mostly female artists. It is edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman. During our open call for submissions at the end of 2016, we received over 1,000 images from artists across the country and the world. The printed paper is a distillation of that powerful collective female voice and an affirmation of all we stand for: unity, diversity, and creativity. It was distributed at Women's Marches across the country on Jan 21, 2017. Help us distribute Resist! On February First Thursday instead of the normal gallery exhibit, we invite you to come and pick up a bundle of free newspapers to drop off at different spots in your neighborhood: coffee shops, records stores, public transit locations, and public buildings. By crowdsourcing the distribution this way we can get more papers spread out far and wide.” More about ‘Resist!’ here: http://www.resistsubmission.com More event details here: http://floatingworldcomics.com/archives/6998

“Mason Bees”, Thursday, February 2, 7PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; Saturday, February 4, 1PM, Vancouver Library, Klictitat Room, Level 4; Saturday, February 18, 11AM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver; and Tuesday, February 28, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Learn about the care and feeding of mason bees from Master Gardener Billie Bevers. It’s not too early to prepare to have bees buzzing in your garden this summer!”

Cupfakes for Teens”, Thursday, February 2, 4PM, Troutdale Library. “Fake out your friends with Cupfakes - sculpted plaster cupcakes that look deliciously similar to the real thing. We'll use plaster to cast the cakes. Then we'll frost the Cupfakes with a pastry bag and real piping tips, just like a bakery - except our icing will be tinted spackling paste. Various icing techniques will be taught. Sprinkles will definitely be involved. Teens will learn professional cake decorating techniques that can apply to genuine cupcakes in the future.”

Archaelology Lecture Series, “A Changing Valley, a Changing People: The Prehistoric Occupation of Northern Warner Valley, Oregon”, Thursday, February 2, 4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Rooms 238/9, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Don Pattee. Details here: http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/local-archaeology-events-2/

“Running Space, Interior Design: It Is Rocket Science”, Thursday, February 2, 7PM, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave., Lake Oswego. “Rosanne Sachson, an architectural interior designer, will share her experience while working at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A transplant from Los Angeles, Rosanne has lived in Portland for ten years this April. In 1993, Ms. Sachson received a prestigious commission from the NASA space program to create the architectural and interior design for the innovative Flight System Testbed and Project Design Center at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Designed to facilitate development for a spacecraft, the Flight System Testbed uses a virtual-spacecraft approach, which significantly reduces cost and spacecraft development time. Design and space planning for the project involved integration and test consideration, system administration, conference space, and simulation support equipment plus microspacecraft Testbed. Ms. Sachson was responsible for architectural and interior design, customized furnishings, millwork, and overseeing all phases of construction. This high profile project was featured in Audio Video Interiors, Southland and Dwell magazines.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/running-space-interior-design-it-rocket-science-22

“Teen Zine Studio”, Thursday, February 2, and Thursday, February 16, 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.” http://www.iprc.org/event/teen-zine-studio/all/

Felted Acorns”, Friday, February 3, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Presented by artist LeBrie Rich. “Make a festive garland of felted acorns. The acorns will be wet felted wool balls attached to real acorn tops. Come by yourself or bring your friends and family and work together on a bigger garland. All ages welcome.”

Author Talk, Fonda Lee”, Friday, February 3, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Fonda Lee will discuss her YA novel, “Exo”. “It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control. When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they’ve found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another galactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one. .”  http://fondalee.com

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour”, Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver; and Thursday, February 9 through Saturday, February 11, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Pdx. “The prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, held every fall in Alberta, Canada, is traveling the globe with stops in about 450 communities in 40 countries. The 2016/2017 World Tour features a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and expose audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. Different films will be shown on each night.” More about the festival here: https://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-and-book-festival

Drop-In Makerspace”, Friday, February 3, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Mobile Makerspace at the Tualatin Library. “We will have a variety of equipment and activities available for self-directed learning with staff assistance available. Some of the equipment we currently have available includes 3D pens, a 3D printer demo, Little Bits circuitry kits, Squishy Circuits, Cubelets (modular robots), and other Maker activities. We will be adding new equipment as time goes on.”

The Kalevala”, Friday, February 3, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “n his presentation about The Kalevala, Greg Jacob will talk about the origins of this epic and its poetic and mythic expression of traditional Finnish culture. We will look at an emerging ethnic identity, its homespun teachings, its archetypal motifs, its bigger than life characters, and a word or two about its poetic structure and meter.” http://www.scanheritage.org/friday-night-lecture-series

27th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films”, Friday, February 3 through Saturday, March 4, PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Pdx. and Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Complete schedule here: https://www.africanfilmfestival.org “The Cascade Festival of African Films shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future. Although the films cannot represent an entire continent, we hope to encourage American viewers to become interested in and study African cultures.”

Hidden History of Albina Tour”, Fridays at 4PM and Saturdays at 12PM in February, meeting at Little Big Burger, 3747 North Mississippi Ave., Pdx. $15. “For Black History Month, Know Your City will be presenting the Hidden History of Albina tour. Tour destinations include public art, historic buildings, and green spaces. The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland are rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. This tour provides a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to reconnect with the roots of this community, from the history of the City of Albina to Vanport and beyond.” http://knowyourcity.org/events/

Doctor Who Trivia Challenge”, Friday, February 3, 5PM, Hood River Library. “Think you know all of time and space? come test your knowledge at the Doctor Who trivia challenge. Prizes. Come in costume for extra points. Fish fingers and custard. Bow ties encouraged!!”

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon”, Saturday, February 4, 11AM, Garden Home Community Store, 7306 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. “Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities.”

“Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort”, Saturday, February 4, and Saturday, February 18, 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.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/lantern-tour.htm

Origami Hearts”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Join Kristine to craft folded paper hearts just in time for Valentine's Day - small messages may be tucked inside the hearts. All supplies provided.”

MakerSpace Idea Lab”, Saturday, February 4, 11AM and 2PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/makerspace “Create items with a 3D printer, learn how to make stop-motion animated movies, color and laminate bookmarks and create a hologram projector. Bring your own smart phone or tablet to use with the hologram and stop-motion animation stations.”

Visit Lewis and Clark College Observatory”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, meeting in front of Olin Hall at the helical sculpture, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx.  Campus map here: https://www.lclark.edu/live/files/7676-campus-map “The James H. Karle Observatory sits atop the roof of the Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry. The observatory houses several telescopes, including a research-grade instrument with a design similar to the Hubble Space Telescope. Join Professor of Physics, Stephen Tufte, for a visit to the Observatory. He will introduce you to this facility and give a brief history of Astronomy at Lewis and Clark, much of which involved research on binary star systems. Dr. Tufte will also explain the differences between ground-based telescopes such as the one at Lewis and Clark and space-based telescopes.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/visit-lewis-clark-college-observatory-24

Comics for Kids Extravaganza”, Saturday, February 4, 10AM-1PM, Comic Cave Pdx, 7315 N. Alta Ave., Pdx. “Parents, drop your kids in grades 1-5 off for three hours of fun comics exploration! $30, preregistration encouraged because space is limited to 6 students. Call 503-286-6072 or email doug@comiccavepdx.com to register.” https://www.facebook.com/events/233823547062421/

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Kids: Let our Mad Scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter, gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: Air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science float your boat!”

Raptor Road Trip”, Saturday, February 4, 9AM-2PM, Sauvie Island. $10 cash including parking permit. “Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons. Naturalists and hawk experts host activities at four sites around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors and see hawk identification displays. Free hot drinks and donuts in the morning. Event check-in is at Kruger’s Farm Market. You’ll receive a parking permit, event guide, birding map and picture handouts. Dress for the weather and allow about three hours. Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland, Metro, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Hawk Watch International.” http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/raptor-trip

Orenco Woods Nature Park Grand Opening”, Saturday, February 4, 12PM-2PM, 7100 NE Birch St., Hillsboro. Free. “Join the City of Hillsboro and Metro to enjoy refreshments, guided tours, kids' activities and more at the grand opening of this 42-acre nature park. Stroll the gently rolling hills and bridges, or explore the nature play area with your family and friends. Watch great blue heron at the wetlands, or search for deer and raptors in the oak savanna and upland forest. More than a century ago, the park was part of the Oregon Nursery Company, the largest nursery on the west coast and best known for Orenco apples. Metro and the City of Hillsboro later purchased the site, restored habitat along Rock Creek, and built new bridges and other improvements to welcome visitors.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/orenco-woods-nature-park-grand-opening/2017-02-04

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2017- Year of the Rooster”, Saturday, February 4, 10AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $8 admission, free for ages 3 and under, $4 with purchase of ticket to Têt Vietnamese New Year Celebration. https://www.oregoncc.org/events/2017/02/chinese-new-year-cultural-fair-2017-year-rooster

Têt 2017- Vietnamese New Year”, Saturday, February 4, 9:30AM-5PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $5 admission, free for ages 9 and under. Free admission for all 9:30-10AM (no reentry). http://www.vnews247.com/oregon/?page_id=2285

Robots and Robotics”, Saturday, February 4, 9AM, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 1500 Greentree Rd., Lake Oswego. “FIRST Competition for Students: For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology. Join FTC Team Axis 7187 for fun, learning and ROBOTS! They are a Lake Oswego FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team that became the World Champion in “Robot Intelligence” in 2015. They will discuss FIRST Robotics, STEM, and how to get involved. A FIRST History Showcase of robots will be on display and there will be other FIRST and STEM-related activities and games, AND PRIZES for students of all ages (Elementary: 9-10 am, Middle School: 10-11 am and High School: 11 am-noon). Come join the fun.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/robots-robotics-teams-24

Leather Cuffs for Tens”, Saturday, February 4, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, February 25, 2PM, Albina Library. “In this 2 hour workshop, teens will design their own leather cuff using supplies from the Oregon Leather Co. Puppetkabob will demonstrate how to pattern and cut various shapes, add snaps to fit, and embellish with an industrial hole puncher, colorful cords and specialty paints to make a one of a kind cuff.”

Library Tour”, Saturdays in February, 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.”

Nail Art: Flowers”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/nail-art-flowers “Have you ever seen a professional manicure or pedicure with a cute little flower and wondered how they make them? Artist Joi will share an easy technique that will leave you able to create your own beautiful flowers on the nails of yourself and your friends and family. Come to class ready to add a flower to an existing manicure or start the class by painting your fingernails with one of the available polishes. Whether it's raining outside or the sun is starting to shine, your nails will be sure to brighten the day.”

Introduction to Mason Bees”, Saturday, February 4, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44594/796?curm=2&cury=2017 “Learn the basics of mason bees. These solitary bees are very docile and are excellent early spring pollinators. Mason bees are far more efficient at pollination than honey bees. This class is designed to provide an understanding of the mason bee, its needs, and its usefulness. It provides the information necessary to advance into learning how to raise mason bees.”

Draw and Print Your Own Greeting Card”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, Albina Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Kids learn to draw simple designs on paper then transfer that image to make a greeting card they can print multiple times to give to family and friends.”

The Underground Railroad: From Tragedy to Triumph”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, Troutdale Library; Saturday, February 11, 2PM, Hollywood Library; Monday, February 13, 6PM, Kenton Library; and Saturday, February 18, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/underground-railroad-tragedy-triumph “To celebrate Black History Month, we look at one of the most remarkable pieces of African-American History, one filled with both triumph and tragedy: The Underground Railroad. This program specifically uses the story of William Still and his many friends, including Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett, to create an overview of the Railroad.”

Catch Me Telling Stories”, Saturday, February 4, 12PM, St. Johns Library; and Monday, February 6, Gregory Heights Library. “Renee, a spoken word poet, performer and storyteller will entertain your whole family with an interactive performance that engages your senses, celebrates creativity, courage, and connectivity to our authentic selves and to each other. Renee performs from her heart and will provide tips for adults to keep the magical storytelling moments going at home. A performance treat for the whole family!” http://www.reneemitchellspeaks.com

You Do Speak English, Don't You?: Cabaret Variety Show”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Through variety show vignettes, Mark and Helena Greathouse portray their life together. Mark, a music composer from Oregon, and Helena, a singer/dancer from Czechoslovakia, bring their story to life with comedy sketches, music, dance and several costume changes. Their music CDs will be available for purchase.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, February 4, 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.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/get-involved/

Introduction to Beekeeping”, Saturday, February 4, 2PM, North Plains Library. “Join us at the Library to learn about the benefits of keeping honeybees. Jeff Clark and his family keep bees in rural northern Washington County. He is the President of the Tualatin Valley beekeepers and a journeyman in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program.”

Laugh Last! It Could Have Been Worse”, Saturday, February 4, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 students. “We all want the last laugh! Whether it’s payback, perseverance, or self-discovery, every life brings us stories full of fun, farce, poignancy, facetiousness, flippancy, anger, whimsy, wit and disturbance. But foremost, laugh loud, laugh long and laugh last, because it could have been worse. Join Gideon For-mukwai, Steven Henegar, Kriya Kaping and Rob Luck for all the humorous complications.” http://www.portlandstorytellers.org

Exhibit, “Thinking Money: A Financial Expedition”, Sunday, February 5 through Wednesday, March 15, Gresham Library. “Money management is a lifetime voyage. Join our band of voyagers in this special interactive exhibition as they learn how money works, face challenges, acquire important skills and navigate the ever-changing world of personal finance.”

“Lunar New Year”, Sunday, February 5, 1PM, Midland Library; and Tuesday, February 7, 6PM, Holgate Library. “The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances, educational activities, and light refreshments. Happy New Year!”

“Women’s March Talk”, Sunday, February 5, 2PM, Sandy Library. “Christine Chin Ryan will speak in the library Community Room about her experience at the Women's March on Washington DC.”

“Oak Island Bird Walk”, Sunday, February 5, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Stroll the Oak Island trail on a free expert-guided walk with naturalist Elaine Murphy. Situated between Sturgeon and Steelman Lakes on Sauvie Island, this grassy peninsula and its towering oaks offer stellar birding opportunities. This time we’ll watch for Sandhill Cranes, and can also expect to see grassland, upland, and riparian species.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/sauvie-island-oak-island-trail-bird-walk/

“You're In or You're Out: Exploring Belonging”, Sunday, February 5, 2PM, McMinnville Library. “"What does it feel like to belong? What are the limits of belonging? Join executive consultant and former social worker Lori Eberly to explore our fundamental need to connect with others. Participants will reflect on the elements of belonging and threats to ties that bond. Are there times when it is better not to belong? Can one person’s sense of belonging come at the expense of another’s? When belonging makes sense, how can we find ways to be intentional and welcoming as we build relationships where we live, work, and play?"

“Homeschoolers Build: Bridges and Catapults”, Monday, February 6, 1PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Rooms A and B. Suggested for grades 3-8. “Homeschoolers, test your bridge-making and catapult-launching mettle!”

Voices from the Oregon Trail”, Monday, February 6, 6PM, Blackstop Bar and Grill, 211 N. Grant St., Canby. Presented by Jim Tompkins. A program telling the story of the Oregon Trail migration entirely in the words of the pioneers. This program is presented in partnership with Clackamas County Historical Society.” https://www.facebook.com/events/427135087676499/

Screening, “Tapped”, Monday, February 6, 5:30PM, Goldendale Library. “Please join us as we watch Tapped, a documentary that explores the economic, environmental and health effects of the water bottling industry on communities. Discussion to follow. Refreshments will be served.”

“Washington County Public Affairs Forum”, Mondays in February, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. February 6: Maureen Fisher, CEO, Project SOLVE, “An In Depth Look at Project SOLVE”; February 13: Serena Cruz, Executive Director, Virginia Garcia Foundation, “Virginia Garvia’s Mission and Role in the Community”; February 20: Neal McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet, “Mass Transit in Washington County”; and February 27: Stan Houseman, “Emergency Preparedness – Disaster Essentials”. Lunch available for ordering from the menu. http://www.washingtoncountyforum.org/meetings/

Artist Reception, “Lake Oswego Reads”, Monday, February 6, 6PM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. “Well recognized artists will explain the art they created after reading Rise of the Rocket Girls which will be displayed during February at Lakewood Center for the Arts. Reception at 6:00, program at 6:30 with dessert following sponsored by New Seasons Market.” https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/news-item?r=RSAK8AFHUC&send_to=%2Fpages%2Fhome

“Banking”, Monday, February 6, 6PM, Battle Ground Library. “Banking is a big part of how many people manage money. Do you know the difference between a bank and a credit union? Do you know what types of services benefit you? Perhaps you've been banking for a while, but just aren't sure how interest is calculated? IQ Credit Union's Tim Walley will be here to provide the basics of banking and answer all banking questions. Refreshments will be provided.”

“Kid Engineers: Catapults”, Tuesday, February 7, 4PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Suggested for grades K-5. “Use popsicle sticks, spoons, rubber bands and binder clips to create your own catapult and test it out!”

“Sleeping Beauties and the White Dwarfs”, Tuesday, February 7, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, February 10, 1PM and 6PM, Mt. Hood Community College, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “Beautiful Hubble images of stars like our sun at the end of their lives. All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

Author Talk, “Nathalia Holt”, Tuesday, February 7, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W Burnside St., Pdx. Nathalia Holt discusses her book, “Rise of the Rocket Girls”. “In the 1940s and ’50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. Nathalia Holt’s ‘Rise of the Rocket Girls’ tells the stories of these women – known as ‘human computers’ – who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.” http://www.nathaliaholt.com

“Every Elephant Has a Story”, Tuesday, February 7, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. Teens and adults. “Executive Director of the KOTA Foundation and Conservation Research Scientist, Debbie Ethell explores the relationship between elephant and human emotions. Based on her own research in which she studied more than 400 wild elephants in Kenya she tells the stories of a few individuals she has come to know and relates different examples that show just how much scientists have yet to discover about them. The ivory demand will also be discussed, so this talk is not recommended for anyone under the age of 14.”

Stewardship, Archaeology, and Public Outreach: The Background and Sundry Implications Concerning the First Recorded Biface Cache in the Willamette Valley”, Tuesday, February 7, 7PM, OMSI auditorium. Free and open to the public. Oregon Archaeological Society general meeting. Presentation by John Pouley. “A weekend decision by a private landowner to clear out a patch of out-of-control blackberry bushes on his land led to the discovery of a biface cache near Salem, Oregon in 2015. He reported his find to John Pouley, Oregon Assistant State Archaeologist, and in less than a year the discovery made regional, national and even international news.” http://www.oregonarchaeological.org/events/

Civil War Dentistry”, Tuesday, February 7, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Donations requested. Civil War reenactor Peter Vrooman portrays Dr. James Baxter Bean. “Peter has been an American Civil War reenactor for over 20 years. He started 3 different groups of Union or Confederate units, and re-tarted the Confederate Hospital. Currently Peter is portraying a Confederate dentist Dr. James Baxter Bean. All of this has required a great deal of personal study into the different units, along with medical and dentistry of the American Civil War period. He has also studied the customs and lives of the people of the time. His dental impression includes the use of period tools and techniques of the first military dental department in the U.S. military history. As well as doing 10-12 school presentations per year in area middle schools and other groups, Peter serves as the Educational Chairman of the Northwest Civil War Counsel.” http://www.historicbeaverton.org/february-presentation-civil-war-dentristy/

Scandinavian Paper Hearts”, Tuesday, February 7, 6:30PM, Canby Library. For teens and adults. Preregistration required; call 503-266-3394. “Create Scandinavian style paper hearts and other crafts.”

Beginning Cybersecurity”, Tuesday, February 7, 2PM, Midland Library; Saturday, February 18, 11AM, Gresham Library; and Wednesday, February 22, 1PM, Gregory Heights Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/beginning-cybersecurity “Curious about the basics of staying safe online? Come to this class to learn what you can do to protect yourself. This class is for beginners - you don't have to have any prior knowledge to attend. Bring your own laptop or mobile device, or use a library computer.”

Worst Journeys”, Tuesday, February 7, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “ Enjoy a spirited talk with Librarian Jim Jatkevicius about what constitutes a 'Worst Journey in the World' through the focused lens of epic tales of Heroic Age explorers and single-handed sailors. Experience the valor, lunacy, disaster, and tragedy from Antarctica to the ‘Voyage for Madmen’.”

Lunch and Tour of Lewis and Clark Observatory”, Tuesday, February 7, 11:15AM, meeting at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. Preregistration required: call 503-635-5326. Free with purchase of lunch. “Lunch at a local restaurant and then join Professor of Physics, Stephen Tufte, for a visit to the Lewis and Clark College Observatory. Professor Tufte will introduce you to this facility and give a brief history of Astronomy at Lewis and Clark, much of which involved research on binary star systems. The Ritchey Chretien–style telescope at Lewis and Clark has a 16-inch-diameter mirror, which enables it to gather 3,500 times more light than the naked eye.”  http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/lunch-tour-lewis-clark-college-observatory-27

Tiny Gift Boxes”, Tuesday, February 7, 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/tiny-gift-boxes “We will make three tiny gift boxes that you can use to wrap a small handmade gift or fill with candy.”

Author Talk, “Brett Webb-Mitchell”, Tuesday, February 7, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Local author Brett Webb-Mitchell's ‘Practicing Pilgrimage: On Being and Becoming God's Pilgrim People’ explores both the theological, cultural, and spiritual roots of Christian pilgrimage, and is a how-to book on doing pilgrimage in our suburban backyards, city streets, rural roads, churches, retreat centers, and our everyday life. Brett Webb-Mitchell takes the ancient practice of Christian pilgrimage and applies it to our contemporary lives.” http://wipfandstock.com/practicing-pilgrimage.html

“Science in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life”, Tuesday, February 7, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets or $10 suggested donation at the door. “Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick. At this Science on Tap, Helen Czerski, PhD, author, Research Fellow at University College London, and science presenter for the BBC, will provide the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. Along the way, she offers answers to vexing questions: How does water travel from the roots of a redwood tree to its crown? How do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds? You may never look at your toaster the same way.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/clinton_feb_7_teacup/

“Columbia Gorge 2.0: Beyond the Hiking Trails”, Wednesday, February 8, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Join Portland author Laura O. Foster as she shows offbeat places to explore and things to do for a weekend's worth of eclectic adventures in the Gorge. Foster's book, Columbia Gorge Getaways, is a complete guide to the Gorge, from hidden beaches and mellow bike paths to historic downtowns, local shops and galleries, classic hikes and more.”

“Anime Fanatics for Teens”, Wednesday, February 8, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Come, sit back and relax, while watching and drawing your favorite anime!”

“PCC Mini Comic Con”, Wednesday, February 8 and Thursday, February 9, 10AM-6PM, Portland Community College SE Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “A student led Mini Comic Com with all raffle revenue going towards charity.” https://www.facebook.com/ComicConPCC

Author Talk, “Frances Backhouse”, Wednesday, February 8, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. “Please join us to hear Canadian author Frances Backhouse read from her book ‘Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver’. Beavers have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wherever there was wood and water, there were beavers -- 60 million (or more) -- and wherever there were beavers, there were intricate natural communities that depended on their activities. Then the European fur traders arrived. In ‘Once They Were Hats’, Backhouse examines humanity's 15,000-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver's even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems, going on a journey of discovery to find out what happened after we nearly wiped this essential animal off the map and how we can learn to live with beavers now that they are returning.” http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/

Author Talk, “The Papermakers: More Than Run of the Mill”, Wednesday, February 8, 3PM, Canby Library. “Author Robert Bresky will talk about his book 'The Papermakers: More Than Run of the Mill'. He will reveal the untold stories of the heroes, villains and jesters who managed and operated the Oregon City and West Linn mills over nearly 150 years.”

“Beachcombing Clinics”, Wednesday, February 8, 2PM, Thursday, February 16, 10AM, and Friday, February 24, 3PM, 33rd Street Beach, Lincoln City. Free. “Each clinic begins with a brief orientation by local expert Laura Joki at the 33rd Street beach access just north of the Sandcastle Beachfront Motel. To get there, from Highway 101 turn west onto 35th Street (at the Christmas Cottage), continue down the street and take a right at SW Anchor Avenue. The beach access will be on the left hand side. Public parking lots are located at 35th and 32nd Street. Parking is also available along SW Anchor and at the beach access. Following the orientation, Laura will guide participants along the beach and help them identify coastal treasures. Some of the treasures you may encounter include agates, fossils, gemstones, shells, petrified wood, jasper, amber, rocks and minerals. Each clinic lasts 2 hours. Questions and feedback are encouraged from all participants.” More info here: http://www.oregoncoast.org/beachcombing-clinics-2/

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, February 8, 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!” http://www.iprc.org/event/iprc-open-collage-night-5/all/

50 Books: An Evening with Caldecott Medal Winner Kevin Henkes”, Wednesday, February 8, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets given out at 6:15PM. “Find out how Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator, followed by a reading of Egg, his 50th book, and Caldecott Honor Medalist Waiting. The presentation will also include a Q/A. Kevin will sign books purchased at the event, and one book from home with the purchase of Egg.” http://www.kevinhenkes.com

Gamemakers' Academy for Teens”, Thursday, February 9, 4PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room A. Grades 6-8. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Ever wanted to code a video game yourself? This is your chance to give it a try! No experience necessary.”

Author Talk, “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World”, Thursday, February 9, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “A 320-page Middle Grade Novel telling an original ‘tail’ of Marvel's cute, quirky, and downright furry Super Heroine--Squirrel Girl! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her fluffy tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, like a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and prevents vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?” http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549567/the-unbeatable-squirrel-girl-squirrel-meets-world-by-shannon-hale-dean-hale/9781524734053/

Screening, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?”, Thursday, February 9, 5PM, University of Washington, Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. ““I’m Not Racist…Am I?” is a feature documentary film following a diverse group of teens through a yearlong exploration to get at the heart of racism. Witness how difficult conversations affect their relationships with loved ones and challenge them to look deeper within themselves. The program includes a Q/A with director Catherine Wigginton Greene.” Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmZ9bP5Lmks

“Anything Zines: A Middle Grade Zine Studio”, Thursday, February 9, and Thursday, February 23, 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.” http://www.iprc.org/event/anything-zines-a-middle-grade-zine-studio/all/

Author Talk, “Dawn MacKeen”, Thursday, February 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Dawn MacKeen discusses her book, “The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey”. “Growing up, Dawn MacKeen heard from her mother how her grandfather Stepan miraculously escaped from the Turks during the Armenian genocide of 1915, when more than one million people—half the Armenian population—were killed. In The Hundred-Year Walk MacKeen alternates between Stepan’s courageous account, drawn from his long-lost journals, and her own story as she attempts to retrace his steps, setting out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension. Dawn uses his journals to guide her to the places he was imperiled and imprisoned and the desert he crossed with only half a bottle of water. Their shared story is a testament to family, to home, and to the power of the human spirit to transcend the barriers of religion, ethnicity, and even time itself.” http://www.dawnmackeen.com

“Women in Space”, Thursday, February 9, 7PM, The Springs Living at Carman Oaks, 3800 Carman Dr., Lake Oswego. Free. “NASA enthusiast Dave Suing will discuss the contributions women made to the space shuttle program, including flight assignments, the first woman to command a space shuttle flight, and interesting details of their missions.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/dave-suing-women-space-29

“Using Humor During Conflict”, Thursday, February 9, 12PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Sam Imperati, JD, explores our ‘little voices’ when we are in conflict. Sam believes humor relaxes us and allows us to let go of our ‘stuff.’ Learn stories, one-liners and timely observations designed to help people manage conflict.”

Woodstock Teen Comics Book Group”, Thursday, February 9, and Thursday, February 23, 4:30PM, Woodstock Library. “Engage in conversation about comics; exchange perspectives about characters, design and plot; and get to know other teens.”

Milagro Theatre Presents, “Swimming While Drowning”, Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, February 25, Milago Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. “When teenager Angelo Mendez decides to leave his home out of fear of further disappointing his homophobic father, he encounters a world he was not prepared for at an LGBT homeless shelter in Los Angeles. Spoken word poetry and teen romance collide in this coming of age story as two homeless teens find inspiration to live life on their own terms. Art + Identity Showcase on February 11, 2017 at 9:00 PM -10:15 PM: Join us after the performance of Swimming While Drowning for an evening of discussion and showcasing art. Content will be focused on the intersection of art and identity within the LGBTQ community and people of color but all are welcome. Admission is free! Bilingual Poetry After Party/Open Mic on February 16, 2017 at 9:00 PM To sign up to be a featured poet email marketing@milagro.org or bring your poem and participate in the open mic session. Poems in Spanish or English accepted!” http://milagro.org/event/swimming-while-drowning/

Candy Science Experiments”, Thursday, February 9, 4:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Grades 5-8. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Get your sweet on! Observe and test different experiments using a variety of sweet treats.”

Anime Movie Night”, Thursday, February 9, 6PM, Tualatin Library. Ages 12- adult. “Love anime and manga? Join us for great Japanese animation and delicious Asian snacks, and learn a little about Japanese culture and history along the way.”

Weird Oregon with Jeff Davis and Al Eufrasio”, Thursday, February 9, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “The Pacific Northwest teems with colorful history and unique legends—and this tour of the Beaver State is no exception! Come join Weird Oregon authors Jeff Davis and Al Eufrasio to hear about the gas station restroom that looks like cowboy boots, or the man flying across the state in a lawn chair tethered to helium balloons, or about how about the ‘city’ in eastern Oregon with a year-round population of zero to two, depending on whether anyone gets trapped in the snow. It doesn't get any weirder than this!”

Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Friday, February 10, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/makerspace-jewelry-making-workshop “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.” 

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, February 10, 6PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We'll read anything, from Alexie to Zusak, from historical fiction to space opera. This month we meet to discuss Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Join us!” http://susandennard.com/books/the-witchlands/

YA Author Talk, “Len Vlahos and Leah Thomas”, Friday, February 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Len Vlahos discusses “Life in a Fishbowl” http://www.lenvlahos.com and Leah Thomas discusses “Nowhere Near You”http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/leah-thomas

Screening, “Lifting as We Climb”, Friday, February 10, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Lifting as We Climb is a hip hop documentary that examines the history and social impact of Portland Hip Hop through archival footage and commentary from the industry’s leading emcees, dee jays, producers, and executives. Nationally renowned DJ ‘Chillest Illest’ provides narration; the film was written, directed, and produced by Michael T. Agnew. Join the filmmaker and special guests Cool Nutz, Smurf Luchiano, Myg, Brotha Luv, and Lady Love for the world premiere of this important record of Portland history!” http://www.ohs.org/events/lifting-as-we-climb.cfm Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elCGCZVX72o&feature=youtu.be

“Dying for Love: A Library Murder Mystery”, Friday, February 10, 6PM, McMinnville Library. RSVP to Courtney at 503-435-5554. “You become the detective during our live-action mystery event. Can you solve the crime? Search the library for clues to catch the killer. Groups, individuals, or couples welcome - what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a little mystery?”

“Time Travel Tales from the Yellowstone Hotspot and Great Basin”, Friday, February 10, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Mike Collins, mountaineering and geology enthusiast. “This story originally focused on explaining the emergence of the Yellowstone hotspot in S.E. Oregon and how it sculpted the Northwestern states. But in investigating how the hotspot might have influenced the Northwest, he investigated other interesting geological zones such as the Colorado Plateau, the Rio Grande Rift, the Nevada Rift, the Walker Lane in Eastern California, and the subduction of the Pacific plate below the North /American continent.” Check their website for an update on the room assignment: http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/2017/2/10/friday-night-lecture

Sunset Sit, Moonrise Smile”, Friday, February 10, 5PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Once a month make time in your day to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the mood rises. This evening vivid colors paint the sky, the earth’s shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset at select City of Hillsboro park sites. A Parks and Recreation naturalist will be on hand to help you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend day passing into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a portable chair and something warm to drink if you like. Free. No pre-registration required.” https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/home/showdocument?id=11057

“Oregon Black Pioneers”, Saturday, February 11, 1PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Come and celebrate Black History month and learn about Oregon's rich African American cultural history and heritage.” http://www.oregonblackpioneers.org

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, February 11, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. In ‘Knock ‘Em Out,’ Fonda Lee, author of Zeroboxer and Exo, shows how to write action and fight scenes. 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!” http://fondalee.com

“Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion”, Saturday, February 11, 2PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Davies Ct., Milwaukie. Free. Preregistration required; contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or tomhogan2@comcast.net. “The Ledding Library and the Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee are delighted to sponsor a discussion about the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson led by Ellen Louise Hart. Join us for an afternoon spent immersed in the life and work of the 19th century American poet, Emily Dickinson. This is the latest offering in a series of presentations about poets offered by the Milwaukie Poetry Series and Milwaukie’s Ledding Library. This gathering is designed for anyone interested in the work of this great poet. Hart will talk about Emily Dickinson’s life in mid-19th century Amherst, Massachusetts and focus on strategies for reading Dickinson. With a brief overview of the editing history, to explain the options for reading her writing in print collections and through manuscript images of her poems, and her letters, which, she will argue, are poetry.” Details here: http://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/library/emily-dickinson-poetry-discussion-led-ellen-louise-hart

Reader’s Theatre: Breaking the Sound Barrier- Celebrating Unsung Heroes in Science”, Saturday, February 11, 10:30AM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Free. “Enjoy a lively Reader’s Theatre presentation with a focus on women of achievement in science of whom you’ve never heard. The actors will represent Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, inventors, and other inspirational women scientists in a refreshing and fun style. You’ll learn about heroes whose achievements affect our everyday lives in a positive way. Directed by experienced local theatre producer Barbara McDonald and featuring local AAUW actors.” https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/news-item?r=RSAK8AFHUC&send_to=%2Fpages%2Fhome

Chinese New Year Celebration Gala”, Saturday, February 11, 5PM, Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th Ave., Vancouver. $10 adults, $6 ages 4-8, free for ages 3 and under. “You are sincerely welcome to the Chinese New Year Celebration presented by Vancouver Chinese Association. Exciting performers, delicious dinner and beverages, raffle tickets and prizes make up an unforgettable, wonderful night for you and your family.”

One-Hour Cheese: Easy Cheeses for Complete Beginners”, Saturday, February 11, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/one-hour-cheese-easy-cheeses-complete-beginners “Join Claudia from Portland's own Urban Cheesecraft as she demonstrates the fun, easy and economical way to make cheese based on her popular book, One-Hour Cheese. No prior cheese-making experience is required. Attendees will see the process from beginning to end; from an average gallon of milk, to magical curd, to delicious cheese! In addition, you will learn how to flavor fresh cheese with herbs and other add-ins as well as how to shape cheese into wheels, small bites and more. This demonstration includes a tasting of the classic and flavored cheese variations made in class.”

Rocket Launch Demonstration”, Saturday, February 11, 11AM, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 1500 Greentree Rd., Lake Oswego. Free. “Oregon Rocketry will hold a demonstration model rocket launch. Launch pads and controllers will also be available for those who would like to fly their own model rockets (A and B motors only please, due to the size of the field). Oregon Rocketry is a Portland-based organization with about 150 members that is affiliated with the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association. It conducts model and high power rocketry events at several locations in Oregon throughout the year. Gary Goncher, president of Oregon Rocketry will lead the launch activities.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/rocket-launch-demonstration-211

Guided Historical Tour”, Saturday, February 11, 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.” http://www.friendsoflonefircemetery.org/get-involved/

“Fossil Fest”, Saturday, February 11, 10AM-4PM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. Donations requested. “Beachcombers and rock hounds won't want to miss this annual event! See fossil exhibits, unique displays from the North American Research Group (NARG), have your beachfinds identified, and join us for special presentations by Oregon experts!” http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center

Wild Gresham”, Saturday, February 11, 11AM, Gresham Library. “Come learn about all of the wildlife in Johnson Creek! Staff from Johnson Creek Watershed Council and a local wildlife photographer will be presenting on all of the exciting wildlife sightings along Johnson Creek. Bring the whole family for a morning of cool photographs, interactive activities, and family-friendly fun!” http://jcwc.org/events/community-talk-on-wildlife-in-johnson-creek/

Graphic Novel Release Party, “Trekker: Rites of Passage”, Saturday, February 11, 12PM, I Like Comics, 1715 Broadway St., Vancouver. “Come see the creator, writer and artist for Trekker, Ron Randall! Peerless bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair is enlisted to safeguard a vulnerable young woman en route to her home world, though exactly where she's going and why is a mystery. But her need for protection becomes apparent when cyborg assassins look to terminate Mercy's ward . . . and Mercy! An original graphic novel, never before published!” https://www.facebook.com/events/368312653551170/ http://trekkercomic.com/2016/09/27/trekker-rites-of-passage-in-previews-this-month/

“Hip Hop Soulsation”, Saturday, February 11, 4PM, Kenton Library. “Cykhyia was born and raised in New York and has been dancing since the age of 6 years old. Her dream is to always own a dance studio and bring the joy of dance to all walks of life. Now Cykhyia is in Oregon bringing her edgy and unique style to Portland. Join Cykhyia and Hip Hop Soulsation Academy as the bring an upbeat edgy interactive performance the whole family can enjoy.”

“Peter and the Wolf”, Saturday, February 11, 10:30AM, Albina Library. Presented by Portland Columbia Symphony. “Enjoy the sounds of the epic children's story, Peter and the Wolf. Musicians will play while the librarian reads the wonderful tale.”

Woodburned Box for Teens”, Saturday, February 11, 2:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/woodburned-box-teens “Try your hand at wood burning! No experience necessary. Leave with a small wood box or picture frame that shows off your new skills.”

Oregon’s 158th Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, February 11, through Friday, February 17, Oregon State Capital, 900 Court St. NE., Salem. See the full list of events here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/capitolhistorygateway/Pages/Events.aspx “Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Oregon's Birthday Celebration! A week of activities to celebrate the birthday of our great state. Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859. First event, Saturday 10-2: “Covered wagons on display. Live costumed interpreters from Champoeg State Park. Performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association. Photo ops with the Gold Pioneer, Dr. John McLoughlin, wagons and more. Birthday cake will be served. Kids gift bags and activities. Stake your Oregon Land Claim Game. Live music. Why I love Oregon essay contest.” 

“Animate Anything!” for Teens, Saturday, February 11, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/animate-anything Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Drop in and learn different techniques and styles of animation from zoetrope animation, flipbook animation, digital animation, paper-puppet stop-motion to claymation and much more. There are no limits to what your imagination can create! No experience necessary - open to all levels of experience.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

Who I Am - Celebrating Me: A Black History Retrospective”, Saturday, February 11, 2PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. “You are invited to join us on a journey through the African-American experience. Local playwright Shalanda Sims, with a community of youth and adult artists, will educate the audience about the hardships and triumphs of unsung African-American heroes with a masterful production that employs song, dance, imagery and spoken word. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the actors and the playwright. Free and open to the public; no registration required.”

Breaking Free From Stress”, Sunday, February 12, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library, Event Room; and Sunday, February 26, 1Pm, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. “Stress plays an almost constant role in our everyday lives—at work, at home, on the road, or in line at the grocery store. Join Reiko Cordeiro, LPC Intern, as she explains the ways chronic stress affects our brains and bodies. You’ll learn easy-to-use tools and techniques to break free from the clutches of stress and anxiety.”

Author Talk, “Bill Lascher”, Sunday, February 12, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Eve of a Hundred Midnights tells the true story of two newlywed war correspondents’ island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the fall of Manila. The book charts the career of Melville Jacoby, who covered China and the Philippines during World War II, and recounts how Mel’s love for China and journalism brought him into the orbit of MGM scriptwriter-turned-journalist Annalee Whitmore, who he married in Manila barely a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Portland-based Author Bill Lascher, a relative of Jacoby’s, will discuss the book and how journalists like Mel and Annalee brought the oft-neglected conflict in China and the Philippines to U.S. audiences. Lascher will also discuss how he used archival sources from private and institutional collections—including some in Oregon—to bring the Jacobys’ story to life.” http://www.ohs.org/events/eve-of-a-hundred-midnights.cfm http://eveofahundredmidnights.com

Wildlife Tracking Snowshoe Hike at Mt. Hood”, Sunday, February 12, 9AM-5PM. “This month Bark and Cascadia Wild are teaming up to lead a winter tracking hike in Mt. Hood National Forest. Learn the art of animal tracking and how to help protect our threatened local forests. Cascadia Wild is dedicated to teaching people about the natural world and inspiring personal connection to nature, while Bark is dedicated to protecting Mt. Hood National Forest.” Lots of details here: http://bark-out.org/event/february-bark-about-hike-wildlife-tracking

“Sellwood Storytelling Show”, Sunday, February 12, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every second Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Come listen, learn, laugh and leave with a story to tell!”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, February 12, 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.” 

African American Read-In”, Sunday, February 12, 2PM, North Portland Library; and Saturday, February 18, 1PM, Midland Library. “Celebrate Black History Month with Black literature! Join us as community members and local celebrities read from their favorite works by African American writers. Fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults will be featured in a special gathering of good words from great writings.”

Concert, “From Africa to America”, Sunday, February 12, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Artist and educator Parfait Bassale shares his journey from West Africa to Portland, Oregon. Parfait's music has been described by many as inspirational and transformational. The depth of the lyrics and the emotional rawness won't leave you the same. You are in for a treat!” http://parfaitonline.com

Screening, “Missile to Moon”, Sunday, February 12, 2PM, Lewis and Clark College, Templeton Center, Council Chambers, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Campus map here: https://www.lclark.edu/live/files/7676-campus-map “The story of Wernher von Braun and Alabama’s significant contribution to the exploration of space. The movie tracks the evolution of Huntsville, Alabama from ‘The Watercress Capital of the World to ‘Rocket City USA.’ Wernher von Braun’s journey from German rocket engineer to American Hero thrust the United States into the forefront of the Space Age. Following the film, Mary Kaiser, a research scientist at NASA AMES Research Center for 30 years, will share her thoughts and answer questions.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/movie-missile-moon-212

"90-Second Newbery Film Festival", Sunday, February 12, 4:30PM, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. Free tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/90-second-newbery-film-festival-2017-portland-screening-tickets-29922034611 "The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival returns for its sixth year! This is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that creatively compress the stories of Newbery Award-winning books into 90 seconds or less. The Portland screening will be hosted by film festival founder and children's author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) with special co-hosts children's author Keir Graff (The Matchstick Castle) and Portland's own children's author Dale Basye (Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go). Don't miss out on your chance to see these quick, funny versions of your favorite classics!"

“Wildlife Care Center Open House”, Sunday, February 12, 11AM-4PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. RSVP Required: Make sure to schedule your Behind-the-scenes tour ahead of time by calling the Wildlife Care Center at 503-292-0304, Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Spaces fill fast so don’t delay! Once a year, the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center opens its doors to the public and gives visitors a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility. Meet our wildlife veterinarians, naturalists and volunteers, who will answer your questions about native wildlife and introduce you to the Wildlife Care Center.” http://audubonportland.org/wcc/openhouse

“Austrian Lebkuchen Valentine's Day Cookies”, Sunday, February 12, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/cooking-around-world-austrian-lebkuchen-valentines-day-cookies/69706 “Learn to make Austrian Lebkuchen cookies and have fun decorating them with Edurne Garcia-Andre.”

Homeschoolers Ask the Experts: People Who Have Cool Jobs”, Monday, February 13, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us for monthly special presentations from local community experts. Each month will be a new professional talking about their work from a police officer, a park ranger, a farmer, a hot air balloon pilot and more. A short Q/A and time for pictures will follow the presentation. Meet a neighborhood police officer.”

“Ancient America: Bones and Artifacts Under Our Feet”, Monday, February 13, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. Presented by Loren Davis, PhD, Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University. “Did the first people come to North America by land or by sea? Did they travel inland or along the coast? Where does the human story on this continent begin? At the February 13 Corvallis Science Pub, Loren Davis, anthropologist at Oregon State University, will share the latest evidence for early human occupation along the Pacific slope of the New World and the archaeological links between early sites situated around the Pacific Rim.” https://www.omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-corvallis-bones-and-artifacts

“Wildlife Tracking Talk”, Monday, February 13, 6:30PM, Bark Office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “This month we are excited to have the friendly folks from Cascadia Wild join us to discuss wildlife tracking and the amazing work that they do for the critters of Mt Hood! Cascadia Wild is a Portland-based non-profit dedicated to connecting local people with local ecosystems. They combine modern ecological methods with the ancient practices of living with nature. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the wild creatures that call Mt. Hood their home.” http://bark-out.org/event/february-ecology-club-wildlife-tracking-0

“Computer Science College Student Panel Discussion”, Monday, February 13, 5PM, Lakeridge High School Library, 1235 Overlook Dr., Lake Oswego. Free. “Join Professor Peter Drake and students from Lewis and Clark College for a panel discussion about the field of computer science. What is computer science? What exciting work can one do in this area? Why is there currently such a focus on getting more women into computing?” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/computer-science-college-student-panel-discussion-213

Concert, “Sacredflight”, Monday, February 13, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “SacredFlight is a not-for-profit charitable organization of certified music-thanatologists. We serve people who are terminally ill or dying, providing live music prescriptively with harp and voice in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and private residences in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area.” http://www.sacredflight.org

“Make Your Own Flashlight”, Tuesday, February 14, 6PM, and Wednesday, February 22, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Meeting Rooms Level 4. Suggested for ages 10 through adult. “Learn how to build your own flashlight in an Altoids tin. Learn to Solder workshop is highly recommended prior to this project.”

Romancing the Universe: An Exploration of Cosmic Beauty”, Tuesday, February 14, 6PM, Mt. Hood Community College, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “Presented by Will Blackmore. All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.” http://www.mhcc.edu/planetarium/

“Joining the Social Justice Movement: Pink Power, Politics and Race”, Tuesday, February 14, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/163355-Joining-the-Social-Justice-Movement-Pink-Power-Politics-Race

Author Talk, “Florence Williams”, Tuesday, February 14, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Florence Williams discusses her book, “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative”. “For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.” http://www.florencewilliams.com

“Experimental Printmaking for Teens”, Wednesday, February 15, 4PM, Kenton Library; and Wednesday, February 22, 4PM, Hollywood Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/experimental-printmaking “Printmaking is a process of art making in which an image is imprinted on a piece of paper or other surface. The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages. In this workshop, participants can explore unique forms of printmaking including leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, Rorschach inkblot monoprints, and more.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

“Parenting Wonderful Kids through Family Meetings”, Wednesday, February 15, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Family meetings provide the time and place to make vital connections, to build the family parents want and children need. They provide a way to talk about parents’ values, to learn what’s going on with your children and to follow through on decisions made together. Come and learn more about how to hold great family meetings. Presenter: Katherine Foldes has over 20 years of experience organizing Family Meetings and Family Meeting workshops. She is the author of The Family Meeting Handbook.”

“River of Hope: The Columbia – From Source to Sea”, Wednesday, February 15, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Photographer Peter Marbach will share stories and imagery from his current project documenting the landscapes and culture of the entire 1,250 Columbia, from its humble beginnings in Canal Flats, British Columbia, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific. Marbach will discuss the importance of the current Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations and its implications that may lead to the eventual return of Pacific Salmon all the way to the headwaters.” http://www.ohs.org/events/river-of-hope-the-columbia-from-source-to-sea.cfm http://petermarbach.com

Atlas Art: Title Pages and Frontispieces Illustrated Talk”, Wednesday, February 15, 6PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Longtime map collector and dealer Page Stockwell presents an illustrated talk on title pages and frontispieces. Light refreshment served. View items from his collection in the Atlas Art: Title Pages and Frontispieces, 1493-1852 exhibition in the Collins Gallery until February 27.”

Sharpie Art”, Wednesday, February 15, and Saturday, February 25, 4PM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Program Room, Level 3. “Grab a marker and your imagination! We'll give tie-dying with Sharpies a try and get started on a sticky note mural for the Tween Scene. Don't want to tie-dye? You're encouraged to design your own project with the supplies at hand.”

Malheur, One Year Later”, Wednesday, February 15, 7PM, Montgomery Park Lower Ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. $5 requested donation. “Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has been in the news for much of the past year for all the wrong reasons. However, much is also going right in this amazing landscape. Join us for a very special Nature Night, presented by Audubon Society of Portland and the High Desert Partnership, that will bring together representatives from a variety of interests, including conservation groups, ranchers, the Harney County Commission, and Malheur Refuge staff, who have been working to restore the refuge and surrounding landscape to health, and bridge divides that too often separate our urban and rural communities. Even at the height of the occupation, these groups were working together on a collaborative vision to light a path forward. Peter Harkema, director of Oregon Consensus Project, will moderate a discussion about the work occurring on and around the refuge and the challenging issues being addressed. Come get an inside look at how these disparate parties have come together to work on some of the most important restoration projects on one of the most challenging landscapes in the western United States.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/malheur-one-year-later

Rise of the Birds: 200 Million Years of Avian Evolution”, Wednesday, February 15, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14, Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/riseofbirds “Since birds first arose in the Jurassic Period, they have become incredibly diverse and successful, spreading to every part of the planet. In this class, Dr. Ivan Phillipsen will take you on a tour of bird evolution from their dinosaur origins to the present-day processes of hybridization and genetic divergence among populations. Topics introduced will include the origin of feathers, anatomical and physiological adaptations for flight, adaptive radiations, beak adaptations, flightlessness, phylogeny, and population genetics.”

Science Matters”, Thursday, February 16, 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.” 

New Planetary Discoveries”, Thursday, February 16, 2PM, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego. Free. “Jan Dabrowski’s visit to the Hayden Planetarium at the age of five ignited a lifelong passion for astronomy. Today, Dr. Dabrowski teaches science classes at Marylhurst University and serves as a popular museum consultant. Join a lively presentation on new planetary discoveries and technology that facilitates space exploration.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/new-planetary-discoveries-216

Hillsboro Storytelling Festival”, Thursday, February 16, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St.,, Hillsboro. Free. “There is a new storytelling festival in town and you are not going to want to miss it. Students at W L Henry Elementary School and local community members have been working hard crafting engaging stories to share with you. Please join us for An Evening of Story!” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/46763/1098?curm=2&cury=2017

Pioneer Women of Achievement in Science: Panel Discussion”, Thursday, February 16, 10:30AM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. $10 including lunch. Preregistration required; 503-620-9092 or email lakewoodcenterassociates@gmail.com . “Learn from this group of women pioneers in local science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields about their journey through their scientific careers in Oregon. Their enlightening perspective can inform women about the path to success in the STEM fields. Panelists: Michelle Girts, an environmental scientist and regional technology manager, formerly with CH2M Hill; Deanna Hotchkiss Agostinelli, an engineering manager designing microprocessors at Intel; Angela Wykoff, a former manager/engineer and contract negotiator at Bonneville Power Administration.” https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/news-item?r=RSAK8AFHUC&send_to=%2Fpages%2Fhome#sthash.ujiwVqut.dpuf

Tom McCall and the Beach Bill”, Thursday, February 16, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. “Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, ‘The Politics of Sand,’ and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past. This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort.” http://www.tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/heritagecenter.html http://cbhistory.org/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=58

Military History Talk: “When Tomorrow Means More Than Yesterday - Can We ‘Trump’ the Roots of Extremism?”, Thursday, February 16, 6:30PM, Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. RSVP requested; email PRESIDENT@VBMA.US. Presented by CW3 Daniel Sockle, US Army (Ret.). “Topic related to the Global War on Terrorism. When humans start caring more about tomorrow than yesterday, about the lives of our children and future generations more than ghosts of the past, conflict arising from vengeance will fade into history. We must find a way to extract our instincts for revenge from the human condition – particularly from the DNA of politicians, religious leaders, and a complicit media that perpetuates conflict and victimhood around the world, 365/24/7.”

Twin Lakes Snowshoe Hike with Adam Sawyer”, Friday, February 17, 9AM-5PM, with carpools departing from Portland. $10. Moderate, 4 miles, 800’ elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonwild.org/events/twin-lakes-snowshoe-hike-adam-sawyer Snowshoes are not provided. Rentals can be made at Next Adventure and REI. “Join special guest hike leader Adam Sawyer on this beautiful snowshoe hike. This segment of the Pacific Crest Trail has it all: old-growth forests, lakes, and spectacular straight-line views of the summit of Mount Hood. We'll snowshoe to two frozen lakes through the wintery backdrop of Mount Hood's forest Wilderness.”

The Great Backyard Bird Count”, Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20. “The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4-day count held each February with the goal of getting a snapshot of bird numbers and distribution across the globe. As a participant, you commit to count birds anywhere for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the four count days. Tally the number of individuals of each species you see and enter your totals into a free account you create through eBird. More here: http://gbbc.birdcount.org

Naturalization Ceremony”, Friday, February 17, 2PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Rooms A and B. “In celebration of the contributions of immigrants in our community, the library is proud to host a Naturalization Ceremony, during which participants from all over the world complete their path to citizenship and are sworn in as United States citizens. Join us in welcoming new Americans as they take their oath of citizenship. The ceremony will be led by representatives from the Portland office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Free and open to the public; no registration required.”

Book Club and Author Presentation: Pacific High by Tim Palmer”, Friday, February 17, book club at 6PM, presentation at 7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.tryonfriends.org/mc-events/book-club-author-presentation-pacific-high-by-tim-palmer/?mc_id=20298 Register for the book club; or come only to the author presentation. “Pacific High by Tim Palmer. Book Club discussion followed by a slideshow presentation for the general public at 7pm. Writer Tim Palmer and his wife travel the Pacific Coast Ranges – their route stretching from the Baja Peninsula to Kodiak Alaska.” http://www.timpalmer.org/books_by_tim

Wizard World – Portland Comic Con 2017”, Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/portland

3rd Annual Nepalese Cultural Festival”, Friday, February 17, 5PM-8PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free tickets available online: https://www.pdx.edu/events/psu-nepalese-culture-festival-2017?delta=0 “Enjoy an evening of traditional food, music, dance, and more.”

The Past and Present of Propulsion at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory”, Friday, February 17, 7PM, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. “Come join us as JPL propulsion engineer Todd J. Barber will highlight more than 50 years of propulsion experience at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it applies to solar system exploration and Rise of the Rocket Girls. Todd Barber is a JPL senior propulsion engineer, now working as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, Deep Impact mission, and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. Recently, Todd also began working on the Dawn mission, an ion propulsion mission to the two largest main-belt asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. Mr. Barber worked on the Galileo project for over seven years and his primary responsibility was getting Galileo into Jupiter orbit on December 7, 1995. Todd also worked part-time on the Space Infra-Red Telescope Facility (SIRTF) mission and on the Stardust mission, as well as the Mars Sample Return mission and a Mars airplane study. Todd received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award in 1996 for his work on Galileo. He also worked three years on the Deep Space One mission, the first NASA mission to use electric propulsion (a la Star Trek).” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/putting-p-jpl-past-and-present-propulsion-jpl-217

Coding with Robots for Teens”, Friday, February 17, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/coding-robots-teens “Robots are seriously cool no matter how old you are! Learn how to program cute and colorful robots in these awesome workshops featuring the makerspaces's Sphero robots. Workshops will feature activities like robot dance parties, obstacle courses, light painting, bridge building, chariot challenges and more!”

Piecing Me Together: An Evening with Renee Watson”, Friday, February 17, 6:30PM, North Portland Library. “Author Renée Watson returns to her hometown of Portland for the launch of her new book, ‘Piecing Me Together’, a timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success. Renee will read excerpts from her novel as well as share poems and short stories - all from her perspective and from the perspectives of her characters. Stay at the end of the program to talk to Renee and get your book signed.” http://www.reneewatson.net/books-draft/

Studio Ghibli Encore Screenings”, Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 21, OMSI Empirical Theater. More classic anime! https://www.omsi.edu/calendar?start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&end%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&keys=Studio+Ghibli+Encore+Screenings#

African Storytelling”, Saturday, February 18, 1:30PM, Troutdale Library; Saturday, February 25, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library; and Saturday, February 25, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Shute Park 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.” http://www.habibasvillage.com

Cranes and Eagles of Sauvie Island”, Saturday, February 18, 10AM, meeting at Fairgrounds MAX Station, Hillsboro. $45, or $30 for Hillsboro residents. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44593/796?curm=2&cury=2017 “Two of the largest birds around are plentiful and easy to observe on Sauvie Island, where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers meet. Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles congregate here during the winter, as do many species of waterfowl that we are also likely to see. Transportation is provided for this guided wildlife tour. We depart from the Fairgrounds MAX station where you can arrive by train, bus or park your car.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, February 18, 8PM, Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Always call 503-594-6044 Option 1 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event for a recorded announcement about the status of the night's event. Do not use flashlights. Be prepared in case there is a long wait for your turn to look through the big telescope. Get there early and bring snacks, books, etc. It will be worth it! “Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College, the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) maintain the Haggart Observatory located at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center on the CCC campus in Oregon City. To offer the public a unique opportunity to access this rare community resource, RCA opens the observatory on 'Public Nights' to members of the general public. On most Public Nights RCA members will also set telescopes up in a nearby parking lot for guests to look through before and after their trip up to the Observatory.” http://www.rosecityastronomers.net/calendar/2017/2/18/haggart-observatory-public-night

Fuzzy Felty Fun”, Saturday, February 18, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room. All ages. “Use soap, water and wool to create your own felted shapes, then make them into something cozy and delightful.”

Ukulele 101 with Aaron Canwell”, Saturday, February 18, 1PM, Wilsonville Library. “Come learn to play this fun and simple instrument! Ukuleles provided.”

1,000 Words: A Type and Share Event”, Saturday, February 18, writing 4-7PM, reading 7:30-9:30PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. Free. “Come to the IPRC Saturday, February 18th and get ready to get writing on a vintage manual typewriter. Curator Melissa Favara will provide 20 working machines and four writing prompts—with prescriptions and constraints—aimed at creating four fresh, fully-fleshed 250 word pieces on the theme of Uncertainty (the proverbial 1,000 words). The space and the machines will be open for writing during the 4-7 window. At 7:30, we will begin the show: four featured readers will join the day’s participants in reading responses to the prompts, and prompt-inspired intermission music will be provided. Join us for a literary rock show in analog: write, read, listen, and explore the IPRC.” http://www.iprc.org/event/1000-words-a-type-and-share-event/

Make a Folk Instrument”, Saturday, February 18, 2PM, Albina Library. “Make a musical instrument from common household items with musician Newel Briggs. Learn the history of your instrument and its musical family members from around the world.”

Light Painting for Teens”, Saturday, February 18, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Monday, February 27, 5PM, Rockwood Library. “Wear dark clothing and use a light source like a flash light or a bright phone and start painting! Paint your name or message using light as your brush. Capture a photograph of your own light paint image to take home and share. It’s super fun and easy. Simple to learn techniques you can do at home.”

Paper-Circuitry Art”, Saturday, February 18, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Combine paper, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries and you have the makings of amazing interactive paper art. Make origami birds with glowing eyes, make interactive greeting cards that turn on and off when you open them, and make beautiful glowing paper collages. At the same time you'll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

Let’s Tinker Around for Teens”, Saturday, February 18, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/lets-tinker-around “Try. Learn. Try Again. Come and join Tinker Camp design, build and create. We'll use tools from the makerspace to design games, make costume, build spaceships and more. Each month will be a different theme.”

The Paper Airplane Guy”, Saturday, February 18, 11AM, (members only program at 9AM), Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville. Free with Admission. Washington County and Clackamas County libraries have cultural passes to this museum. “You might think paper airplanes are fun, quick-to-make toys for kids, but there is a world of paper plane–makers who are dead serious about the creation of record-setting planes. John Collins, the ‘Paper Airplane Guy,’ studied origami and aerodynamics in a quest to design the world’s most sophisticated paper projectiles. His record-breaking plane flew 226 feet. To Collins, paper airplanes aren’t just for making a ruckus in class, they can teach us a lot about science. But...class disruption is an added bonus.” http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/events?eventTitle=membership-appreciation-the-paper-airplane-guy--1438013983--198

Chinese Lion Dance Performance and Chinese Music”, Saturday, February 18, 1PM, Hegewald Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson. “Join us at the Hegewald Center auditorium for a performance of the Lion Dance Team and a trio of musicians from the Chinese Music Ensemble at Wisdom Arts Academy, in honor of Lunar New Year. Thank you to the Friends of the Stevenson Library for helping sponsor this very special set of performances!”

Village Home Not so Formal Teen Dance”, Saturday, February 18, 7PM, Metzger Park Community Room, 8400 SW Hemlock St., Pdx. Advance tickets $12, $15 at the door. “The annual Village Home Not-So-Formal Teen Dance will be held at the Metzger Park Community Room. Created and organized by the teens of the Village Home Learner Council, the Red Carpet themed event is sure to be a night of fun for all. Homeschool Teens in the Portland Area are welcome! There will be a DJ for music, games, snacks, a photo booth and more!” http://www.villagehome.org/not-so-formal/

Powell Butte Bird Walk”, Saturday, February 18, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. “Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and the hosting Backyard Bird Shop in West Linn Central Village for a free tour of this unique Portland natural area and discover the birds and wildlife of Powell Butte! One of Portland’s extinct volcanoes, Powell Butte features meadows, wild hawthorns and cedar groves, that provide a home to a variety of species. This expert-guided walk amid the slopes of Powell Butte will cover slopes and meadows of Powell Butte so be prepared for some ascending to lofty views of several raptor species and on clear days, Mt Hood.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/powell-butte-nature-park-bird-walk/

Bug Appetit!”, Saturday, February 18, 10AM, OMSI. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/bug-appetit “Crickets, mealworms, and beetles, oh MY! Did you know that almost a third of the world’s population eats insects as part of their daily diet. The World Health Organization recently promoted the eating of insects, also known as entomophagy in the science world, as a more sustainable source of protein. Come learn all about the environmental and nutritional advantages of eating insects. We’ll try a variety of different bugs and even cook with them to create a bug buffet!”

The Art of the Brick”, Saturday, February 18 through May 29, OMSI. They are requiring a separate admission charge, even for members. “Named one of CNN's Top Ten "Global Must-See Exhibitions," The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO® bricks from child's toy to sophisticated art form and beyond. The world's largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces of inspiring artworks as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks.” https://www.omsi.edu/calendar/the-art-of-the-brick  http://www.brickartist.com

Repair and Recycling Fair”, Saturday, February 18, 1:30PM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room A. “The Repair and Recycling Fair is a free community event where skilled volunteers help people repair household items. Depending on the team of volunteers we have for the event day, attendees can generally bring the following for repair: small appliances, electronics, clothing, jewelry, computers, bikes, decor, and small furniture. Master Recyclers will also be on hand to answer questions about recycling.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, February 18, 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.” http://www.metaltype.org/ccstf/

Good Soil and Compost for a Great Spring Garden”, Sunday, February 19, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/good-soil-and-compost-great-spring-garden/69826 “Ready to get started on your spring garden? It's not too early to be thinking about getting your soil ready so your veggies get off to a great start and thrive all season. In this presentation, suitable for both beginning and more experienced gardeners, we'll discuss soil and how it can be improved. Then we'll focus on the best and easiest way to get to great soil: making and using compost at home!”

Owl Prowl”, Sunday, February 19, 5:30PM, starting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. $5 registration fee redeemable for $5 Backyard Bird Shop card. “We will meet at the Beaverton shop for an introductory slide show introduction to the appearance and behavior of owls. We’ll then carpool to Tualatin Hills Nature Park to look and listen for local owls.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/owl-prowl/

Book Talk, “Mae Yih”, Sunday, February 19, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Mae Yih, who made history in 1976 when she became the first Chinese American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States, and who would go on to serve twenty-six years in the Oregon House of Representatives and Oregon State Senate, will host a book talk and signing to discuss and sign her new autobiography, East Meets West: A Bridge to Understanding, Friendship, Trust, Peace and Prosperity Between My Mother and Adopted Countries.” http://www.ohs.org/events/east-meets-west.cfm

“Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home”, Sunday, February 19, 2PM, McMinnville Library. "When does a war end? Does it ever? Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield or firefight, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home. The trials of homecoming are vast and complex, often resonating with tales of Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca from the Trojan War. Photographer Jim Lommasson has collected oral histories from returning soldiers and documented their struggles at home. In this conversation, participants will consider the wars at home faced not only by returning veterans, but also by communities at large."

Willamette Falls Symphony Presents, “The Planets and Heavens”, Sunday, February 19, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adult, $10 student and senior, free for kids 11 and under. http://www.willamettefallssymphony.org/WFS/Concerts.html

The Ernest Harps Mystery: Haunted by Poltergeist, Possessed by the Devil, or a Telekinetic?”, Sunday, February 19, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “On October 28, 1909, the Harps' home became the epicenter of a force that wrecked 546 Marshall Street (pre 1930 address). For four hours that afternoon, witnesses watched furniture, kitchen items, brick-a-brack, books, framed pictures, a neighboring woodpile move as if they were ‘things of life.’ Every item in the living areas of the seven-room, two-story house ‘participated in the odd locomotion.’ Two thousand curious people (including reporters) apparently paraded into the house to watch. The unexplained phenomena followed the young boy from room to room. Police had to be called to clear the spectators out of the home. Theories for the occurrences included: occult powers, electrical storm, localized earthquake, ‘the devil in him,’ a funny power to defy gravity, levitation, poltergeist, hobgoblins, a medium... The owner of the house refused to let the boy stay another night in the home rented by his grandparents. Ernest moved in with his mother Annie at the hotel where she cleaned rooms only to be kidnapped a few days later by prominent local physicians and an alienist intent on harnessing or debunking the boy's skills. On April 10, 1910, 11-year-old Ernest was given into the hands of a spiritualist to be trained as a medium.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/162615-The-Ernest-Harps-Mystery-Haunted-by-Poltergeist-Possessed-by-the-Devil-or-a-Telekinetic

“The Cold War Era”, Wednesday, February 20, 7PM, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Free. “Dr. Ronald Tammen, professor of Political Science and International Affairs Counsellor at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University will review the Cold War Era. Prior to Portland State he was Department Chair and Associate Dean at the National War College in Washington, D.C. The National War College is the federal government’s premier educational institution for senior State Department, Defense Department and select international officials.” https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/news-item?r=RSAK8AFHUC&send_to=%2Fpages%2Fhome#sthash.ujiwVqut.dpuf

Author Talk, “Ruth Tenzer Feldman”, Monday, February 20, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses her 3rd YA novel in the “Blue Thread” series, “Seven Stitches”. “Welcome to Portland, Oregon, 2059. It’s been a year since the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake wreaked havoc with the city and devastated the Oregon coast. Meryem Einhorn Zarfati is still struggling to put her life back together and find her mother when a time-traveler insists that Meryem must save Izabel, a young girl enslaved in sixteenth century Istanbul. Freeing Izabel is not enough. She needs a home. Izabel thinks Meryem is magical, thanks to Meryem’s use of the Internet. But what works in Izabel’s world can’t help the destitute father and daughter living in a van in Meryem’s neighborhood. A story of hope, loss, and resilience, Seven Stitches joins The Ninth Day and Blue Thread in the Blue Thread Saga.” http://ruthtenzerfeldman.com

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, February 21, 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.”

Forest Restoration”, Tuesday, February 21, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Kerry Metlen, Forest Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy. “The safety of both nature and human health are at risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfires across the west. Climate change is increasing the likelihood and severity of wildfires while simultaneously making them more difficult to control. Fortunately, there is much that we can do to change the effects of fire in the forest, thereby protecting communities and nature. To this end, communities, conservation organizations and businesses have come together to approach forest restoration with a new, collaborative approach to protect the lands and waters on which they depend.” https://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-forest-restoration

Happily Ever After: LGBTQ Retellings of Classic Fairytales from Around the World”, Tuesday, February 21, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St.,, Hillsboro. Free. “All are welcome for an exciting and romantic evening of classic fairytales and myths from around the world! These tales are re-envisioned with queer perspectives to help modern audiences celebrate and rediscover some of the lost happily-ever-afters of those loving and living in the margins.” http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44052/1098?curm=2&cury=2017

“Block by Block with Minecraft for Teens”, 4 classes, Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/block-block-minecraft “It's not just a game! It's a world with infinite possibilities built by you one block at a time. Come and design, create, problem solve and explore the digital world you create yourself using Minecraft.”

“Sneak Preview of Beaverton Civic Theatre's Barefoot in the Park", Tuesday, February 21, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Free. “Come for a special sneak preview of Beaverton Civic Theatre's winter production "Barefoot in the Park," the romantic comedy by Neil Simon! See selected scenes from the play, interact with the performers, and more.”

“Learn to Solder”, Tuesday, February 21, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Meeting Rooms Floor 4. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/solder#/?i=1 “Sign up for this free workshop on simple electronics and soldering, which is the process of fusing metals together by melting solder between them. Participants will use a hot soldering iron to melt solder and then fuse LED lights to a robot badge. Presented by Eric Thompson from Low Voltage Labs.”

“Secrets of the Ness of Brodgar”, Tuesday, February 21, 7:30PM, Willamette University, Salem. Presented by Nick Card, University of the Highlands and Islands, for the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology. “Off the northernmost tip of Scotland lies the Orkney Islands where it is said that if you scratch its surface Orkney bleeds archaeology! This is nowhere truer than in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site that is renown for some of the most iconic prehistoric monuments of Atlantic Europe: the great stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness; Maeshowe the finest chambered tomb in northern Europe; and the exceptionally well preserved 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae. Recent research and excavation in this area is radicalizing our views of this period and providing a sharp contrast to the Stonehenge centric view of the Neolithic. In particular, the stunning discovery of a Neolithic complex at the Ness of Brodgar that was enclosed within a large walled precinct is changing our perceptions. The magnificence of the Ness structures with their refinement, scale, and symmetry decorated with color and artwork, bears comparison with the great temples of Malta. These excavations are revealing a 5,000 year old complex, socially stratified, and dynamic society.” https://cal.willamette.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=10871&information_id=27166&type=&syndicate=syndicate

“In Good Faith: Exploring Religious Difference in Oregon”, Wednesday, February 22, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Religion is a topic traditionally not discussed in mixed company. But what do we lose when we avoid exploring our religious differences? Oregon is among the states in the US where people are most likely to identify as religiously unaffiliated. Many Oregonians have spiritual practices that both align with and transcend institutional definitions. Others filter strongly held values through religious traditions and frameworks. What are the tools we use to talk about religion without dismissing others’ beliefs or flattening the beautiful and sometimes harrowing complexities of our experiences?”

“Fifty Years After: Recollections on the Six Day War”, Wednesday, February 22, 7:30PM, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “A conversation with Rabbi Joshua Stampfer and Rabbi Emanuel Rose, moderated by Rabbi Joshua Rose. Co-sponsored by Congregations Neveh Shalom, Beth Israel and Shaarie Torah, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Mittileman Jewish Community Center.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/talk-2-22-2017fifty-years-after-recollections-on-the-six-day-war

Our Community Can End Homelessness: Here's How!”, Wednesday, February 22, 6PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “The number of people experiencing homelessness in Portland and across the nation is increasing. What are the root causes of homelessness and what does someone experience when they become homeless? What services are available to people exiting homelessness and finding stable housing again? What is our community already doing to end homelessness and what do we still have to do? Local advocates Jes Larson, Israel Bayer and Shannon Singleton will talk about the history of homelessness, the present day work underway to address this community issue, and what we can do to change the future of our city by ending modern day homelessness. Marc Jolin of the new Joint Office of Homeless Services and the A Home for Everyone Coalition will be moderating the panel.”

Astro-Photography and Astronomy”, Wednesday, February 22, 7PM, 510 Museum and ARTspace, 520 1st St., Lake Oswego. “Come and enjoy an evening with Rose City Astronomers members Dr. Katherine Kornei and Greg Marshall. Dr. Kornei, who holds a B.S. in astrophysics, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in astronomy, will give a brief introduction including an audience participation exercise. Greg Marshall will share his amazing astro-photographs and describe how he captures and processes these images. His work with other local astro-photographers will be on display from 2/6-2/24.” http://artscouncillo.org/events

Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event”, Wednesday, February 22, 8PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Tickets start at $17. All ages. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the ACLU. “Twice a year in February and August The Crystal Ballroom plays host to a dynamic fashion show where each designer is encouraged to think outside the box regarding their runway presentation. Fade to Light aims to not just be a fashion show, but to be an experience that leaves the viewer with a solid understanding of each designer and the collections being shown.” http://www.fadetolight.net/current-show

Broadleaf Evergreen Identification”, Wednesday, February 22, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “It's very common for people to use the term ‘evergreen’ to refer to only conifers, but this distinction isn't exactly accurate. Many genera of broadleaves, too, have a species that have opted to retain their leaves year-round. Oaks, madrones, magnolias, hollies, and others all have examples of evergreen species. In this course, we're going to focus on identification of some of these broadleaf evergreen species, and discuss how this evolutionary strategy works and why these trees are becoming more and more important in the face of climate change and urbanization.”

“Living in Space”, Thursday, February 23, 7PM, Marylhurst University, Flavia Hall, 17600 Pacific Hwy., Marylhurst. Free. “Dr. Jan Dabrowski, Associate Professor, Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Marylhurst University, began his science career at the age of five with a visit to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He has maintained an avid interest in astronomy, physics and other sciences ever since. He’ll explain how astronauts live in space. Lecture will take place at Marylhurst University's Flavia Hall in the Flavia Salon.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/living-space-how-pee-poop-and-barf-223

A-Wol Dance Collective Presents, “Attention Everyone!”, Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, A-Wol, 513 NE Schuyler St., Pdx. $13- 23. Always family friendly. “Let us take notice of faces, hearts and energy of each breathing human - we all have something big inside us. We all ache to be known. We strive for more. We all can give and we all need. We are part of a greater picture, each one of us serving a purpose and we are knit together by one common thread.”

“Nature Book Club for Teens”, Thursday, February 23, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. Grades 6-8. Preregistration required; register online. “Join Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve staff and other middle school book enthusiasts for a group discussion of books based on nature and the environment. Explore Scotland, Hawaii, and the redwoods of northern California through this year's book selection. February's selection is ‘The Night of the Howling Dogs’ by Graham Salisbury. Explore survival topics in this tale of a group camping in a remote area on the big island of Hawaii when a natural disaster strikes.”

Author Talk, “Jessica Day George and Paul Tobin”, Thursday, February 23, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Jessica Day George discusses her children’s novel, “Saturdays at Sea”. http://www.jessicadaygeorge.com Paul Tobin discusses his children’s novel, “The Genius Factor: How To Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees”. http://www.paultobin.net George and Tobin will be joined in conversation by Sara Gundell of Novel Novice.

“Mason Bees in Your Garden”, Thursday, February 23, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd. Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/masonbees “Become a bee keeper with mason bees! Attract this gentle pollinator to your gardens and reap the benefits of its thorough early spring activity. The Blue Orchard Mason Bee, Osmia lignaria, is truly a gardener’s best friend. This Pacific Northwest native does not form a hive, is not aggressive, stays active in cool weather, is estimated to pollinate 95 percent of the flowers it visits, and it visits more than twice as many flowers every day as a honey bee! Join Mark Fitzsimons and learn how you can keep a population of these early spring pollinators close at hand when fruit trees and berries are blooming. We’ll discuss how to meet their needs, maintain healthy nests, and increase their numbers from year to year.”

“Black History in Action: Past, Present and Future”, Thursday, February 23, 5PM, Washington State University, Firstenburg Student Commons, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. “Celebrate Black History Month with a performance by Kukatonon African Children’s Dance Troupe from Portland, local music and a keynote address by Sky Wilson, instructor of English at WSU Vancouver. Food will be served and parking passes will be available at the entrance of Orange lots 1, 2 and 3. Please bring a donation to benefit the Cougar Food Pantry.” https://events.vancouver.wsu.edu/black-history-action-past-present-and-future

“Author Andra Watkins~Why I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory”, Thursday, February 23, 7PM, North Plains Library. “Join us as we are delighted to welcome bestselling author Andra Watkins. Andra Watkins New York Times bestselling memoir Not Without My Father is about making memories, about turning I wish I had into I’m glad I did. Andra’s presentation challenges audiences to evaluate their relationships. She gives attendees concrete ideas and strategies to leave inspired to make a memory of their own. In a one-hour, high-energy performance, Andra shows everyone, whatever their phase of life, how to make memories that matter.”

“Wood Carving Workshop”, Thursday, February 23, 3PM, Molalla Library. “Mick Yoder will give an introductory course on Wood Carving.”

Criminal Justice in Clark County: Anomaly or Reality?”, 2 part workshop, Thursday, February 23, and Thursday, March 2, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. Preregistration for each session required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/criminal%2Bjustice “Part 1, February 23: Listen as panelists represent a variety of viewpoints on our criminal justice system as it exists; what works and what doesn't work; and current reform initiatives underway. Part 2, March 2: Participate in a deliberative discussion in small groups. Explore various viewpoints by discussing a predetermined set of open-ended questions designed to raise awareness, broaden understanding, and identify any personal steps you might want to take.”

Organic Gardening in Spring”, Thursday, February 23, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Local gardener Arthur Moore will help you plan your spring harvest. Free of charge and open to all ages.”

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”, Friday, February 24, and Sunday, February 26, 4PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Teens from the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy will perform the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.”

"The Roots of Hip-Hop", Friday, February 24, 7:30PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St.,, Hillsboro. $5 in advance, $10 day of show. "Join us for this family friendly, all ages performance by virtuoso dancers as they transform the stage into a world of mystery, pathos and humor. The Roots of Hip Hop takes audiences on an exciting and high-energy adventure that traces the popular urban African-American dance style of Hip Hop back to its roots in African dancing and drumming and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of today's African-American community." http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/city-services-overview/cultural-arts/walters-cultural-arts-center-/concerts

Teen Murder Mystery”, Saturday, February 25, 5:30PM, Bethany Library. Preregistration required; call 503-617-7323. “Can you figure out whodunit? Or are you the culprit? Sign up for a role and get dressed up for the event based on your character.”

Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks”, Saturday, February 25, 7PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th St., Vancouver. $10 adults, $7 ages 15 and under. Preregistration required; call 360-816-6244. “These new ranger-led programs will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in in inclement conditions, including rain and mud.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/lantern-tour.htm

Portland’s Local Space Program” , Saturday, February 25, 10AM, Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. “The Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is a student aerospace project at Portland State University that designs, builds and launches intelligent amateur rockets in central Oregon. Since aerospace has been a traditionally male dominated field, PSAS has always been a strong advocate of minorities and women in aerospace. In honor of Rise of the Rocket Girls they will be having some of their women students describe PSAS rockets, technologies, and their experience in aerospace with displays. Event will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/loreads/portlands-local-space-program-portland-state-aerospace-society-225

Creating Your Own Graphic Novel for Kids”, Saturday, February 25, 2PM, Northwest Library. “A workshop for young writers and illustrators to create their own autobiographical comic.”

Stinging Nettles for Food and Craft”, Saturday, February 25, 3PM, Kelley Point Park, Picnic Area F, Pdx. $10-$20 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: https://commitchange.com/or/portland/rewild-portland/events/january-free-skills-series “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. In late winter and early spring, nettles and many other edible greens begin to emerge. Let's celebrate them by learning about them, how to encourage their growth, what roles they play in ecology, how to process and prepare them, and of course, how to eat them and what nutritional value they bring! We'll also talk about using stinging nettle to make cordage and nets (it's namesake comes from the plant fibers use as a "net"). Come to learn and share what you know. Find us at Picnic Area F, furthest parking lot, on the bike path just passed the bathrooms on the Columbia River side.”

Steelhead Fishing 101”, Saturday, February 25, 9AM-4PM, Glenn Otto Park, Troutdale. $52 adults, $22 youth age 9 and up. Preregistration required; register online and get all the details here: http://www.odfwcalendar.com/?tribe_events=steelhead-fishing-101-2

Monster Jam”, Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, Moda Center. Monster trucks! https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/portland-or-0

Introduction to Watercolor Florals”, Saturday, February 25, 2PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/introduction-watercolor-florals “Join Kaitlyn Van Cleef of Seek Paper Co. for a watercolor florals workshop. In this introductory class, you will learn the art of watercolor through detailed and abstract florals. We will cover painting techniques, color palette curation, and floral composition to create a beautiful piece for your home.”

Grow Your Vegetable Garden in Containers”, Saturday, February 25, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Maggie Stuckey, author of The Bountiful Container, explains what you need to know to grow a delicious garden of vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers in containers.”

Lichen Loop: Exploring Lichens As Indicators Of Air Quality”, Saturday, February 25, 9AM, meeting at Upper MacLeahy Trailhead on Cornell Rd., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=255586 “Join us for a walk in Forest Park with PSU Biology PhD Student Hannah Prather. Hannah will be sharing her research from the Portland Metro area including her tree canopy lichen studies and what those studies are telling us about our regional air quality. Because many people missed the first walk with Hannah in December due to the snow-storm, we are so excited that Hannah offered to lead another hike! Hannah will also teach us the basics of understanding lichens and how to identify a few of the more common macrolichen species in the field, including species which can be used as bioindicators of air quality. “

Patternmaking for Costumes/Cosplay for Teens”, Saturday, February 25, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/fashion-costumes-and-wig-design-teens

Mystery Mineral Day”, Saturday, February 25, 10AM-2PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Adults $10, seniors $9, students 5-17, veterans and military $7, free or ages 4 and under. “A panel of experts will be ready and waiting for you to bring your unknown rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, and potential meteorites for identification! Have you always wondered what to call that cool crystal you picked up on a hike that one day? Did you inherit a collection, but it’s missing some labels? Do you think you may have found a fossil bone or a rock from outer space? Our experts are volunteering at this event just for you, so don’t be shy. Come on by!” https://ricenorthwestmuseum.org

Storytellers Symposium”, Saturday, February 25, 12PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “A winter series of live demonstrations, presentations and exhibits of the history, people and crafts of early Champoeg. Storytellers Symposium: As old as History itself, stories have been handed down from generation to generation. They are used to teach and to entertain. In the early Pioneer Northwest Storytelling was an important medium for news and entertainment. Join us as three local Story tellers spin us a yarn or two in this very American Art form.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45089

Bird Language for Beginners”, Saturday, February 25, 9:30AM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $10 per person. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-629-6350. “February marks the beginning of a rapid increase in daylight. Experience how the birds react to the expanding daylight by ramping up their vocal activity and learn how to recognize many of their distinct songs and alarm patterns. Expect an indoor intro to bird language followed by a bird walk in the park.” http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/bird-language-beginners/2017-02-25-0

“Owl Prowl”, Sunday, February 26, 5:30PM, starting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. $5 registration fee redeemable for $5 Backyard Bird Shop card. “We will meet at the north Portland shop on N.E. Fremont Street, for an introductory slide show introduction to the appearance and behaviors of owls. We’ll then carpool to Whitaker Ponds to look and listen for local owls.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/owl-prowl-2/

Electricity and Magnetism”, Sunday, February 26, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.ticketing.omsi.edu/ItemList.aspx?node_id=112744 “How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Students look at magnets, motors and generators, including the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. One ticket per person. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.” 

“Fastelavn: Danish Carnival”, Sunday, February 26, 4PM, Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. $5. “Fastelavn is the name for Carnival in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe islands which is either the Sunday or Monday before Ash Wednesday. The holiday is generally considered to be a time for children's fun and family games. Throw on your favorite costumes, bring your whole family, and join us for an afternoon of crafts, costume contests, barrel bashing, games, photo booth, fastelavnsboller, and snakcs for all ages!” Advance tickets: http://www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events

Tracking Club”, Sunday, February 26, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

Author Talk, “Warren W. Aney and Alisha Hamel”, Sunday, February 26, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Warren W. Aney and Alisha Hamel’s ‘Oregon Military’ explores the state’s military history. “Oregon's military heritage goes back thousands of years, including native people's warrior traditions. Most of the cultures in this region were relatively peaceful, even welcoming visiting strangers, such as the Lewis and Clark overland Army expedition in 1805-1806. Then, overwhelming numbers of fur trappers, merchants, settlers, and miners began taking over traditional native grounds. From 1847 to 1880, native peoples experienced eight major conflicts with Army and volunteer forces. Army units built several forts from Oregon's coast to the Great Basin. Oregonians adopted militia laws, served in volunteer units, and organized the Oregon State Militia, which became the Oregon National Guard in 1887. The Guard benefited the state in many civil-support actions and served the nation in major overseas conflicts from the Spanish-American War to the current Operation Enduring Freedom.” https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467116589

University of Portland Orchestra Presents, “The Music of William Grant Still”, Sunday, February 26, University of Portland, Buckley Center, 5000 N. Willamette Dr., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “As Black History month draws to a close for 2017, join us in a celebration of the music of William Grant Still, the first African-American composer to achieve international renown. The program will feature his best-known work, the Afro-American Symphony, which draws heavily on jazz and the blues, and also his contemplative Serenade for Orchestra, which will be conducted by Undergraduate Student Conducting Associate Shelby Covington. Opening the program will be the 2016 Student Concerto Contest winner Tram Bui, playing the first movement of Camille Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor.” https://www.facebook.com/UPOrchestra

Improving Your Soil”, Monday, February 27, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Join OSU Master Gardener Deb Jones as she explains the methods for making your soil healthier and generating stronger plants and better yields.”

“Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living”, February 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors—from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen—on the realities of making a living in the writing world. In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It’s an endless, confusing, and often controversial conversation that, despite our bare-it-all culture, still remains taboo. In Scratch, Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: how do creative people make money? Martin will be joined for a panel discussion by authors Cheryl Strayed, Cari Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and A. M. O’Malley.” https://manjulamartin.com

“Women in Aviation”, Monday, February 27, 5PM, Lake Oswego Library. For 5th -8th grade girls. Preregistration required; call 503-675-2538. “Hilda Pereyo from Evergreen Aviation will present a program that blends aviation and history with fun activities. Participants will learn about key women mentors and pioneers in the fields of aviation and aerospace — from engineers to shuttle pilots. This program will engage, inspire, and educate anyone interested in aviation and beyond.”

Perch Wildlife Education”, Monday, February 27. 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Get close up to native owls, hawks and falcons while learning about their unique physiology and ecology. Perch Wildlife Education and Aid is a non-profit which provides education, encounters and support for rehabilitation in the Portland, Oregon area.” http://www.isavewildlife.com/programs.html

Organic Gardening in Summer”, Monday, February 27, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Local gardener Arthur Moore will help you plan your summer harvest. Free of charge and open to all ages.”

Music of West Africa”, Tuesday, February 28, 6PM, North Portland Library. “Will Dudley plays the kora, a 21-stringed African harp. He studied under ethnomusicologist, Ryan Skinner, at Ohio State University, and under a kora master, Moriba Kuyateh, in Gambia, West Africa. Ben Finley, a classically trained guitarist, has delved into African and South American musical styles. Together, Will and Ben weave intricate rhythms and exciting melodies into authentic, uplifting music.” http://willdudleykora.com

“The Music and Life of Prince”, Tuesday, February 28, 6:15PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/music-and-life-prince “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.”

Screening, “Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of the Digital Addiction”, Tuesday, February 28, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. New devices pour endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. Filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. Enjoy a different film in this series presented by the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance on the fourth Tuesday of each month through June. This popular event features provocative documentaries spotlighting relevant environmental topics facing the planet today. Complimentary pizza provided.” http://deathbydesignfilm.com

“Following Amelia: The Legacy of Oregon’s 99s”, Tuesday, February 28, 6:30PM, McMenamins Old Church, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville. Free. “Oregon women have been taking to the skies since the early days of aviation. In 1929, twenty women entered the first women's cross-country air race, including Oregonian Edith Foltz and Amelia Earhart. Later that year, 99 of the 117 women pilots at the time formed "The Ninety-Nines," for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Amelia Earhart became the 99s' first president. Learn about Amelia Earhart's visit to Oregon, the 99s who hosted her, and those who joined the group from the 1930s on. There is a rich legacy of achievement and contributions to aviation by Oregon women in the 99s. Debra Plymate, herself a 99 and native Oregonian, will relive the adventures of notable 99s.” http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/162265-Following-Amelia-The-Legacy-of-Oregons-99s

Eat Smart, Waste Less”, Tuesday, February 28, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “Did you know that 40% of food produced for humans to eat in the US is wasted? Learn how to waste less, and save money and resources in the process.”
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