Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March Marvels

This is my list of events for the greater Portland area and beyond for March 2017. Please doublecheck anything you'd like to attend in case of typos, mistakes and cancellations. 

March is the beginning of wildflower season in Oregon, beginning with grass widows at Catherine Creek in the Columbia River Gorge and trilliums at Tryon Creek, followed by camas flowers at Camassia Natural Area. At Hoyt Arboretum, their spectacular magnolia collection will explode into bloom as well. Head to a pond, especially at dusk, and you will surely hear Pacific chorus frogs singing their unforgettable songs. Frog eggs are being laid and soon ponds will be teeming with tadpoles. Don't miss the magic! If you're planning a garden with your kids and would like some help getting started, be aware that there are a wealth of free classes available. Google your county OSU or WSU Extension, and check your local nursery and your library calendar. Portland Nursery is also a good place to check. For a list of regularly occurring homeschool activities, check here: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/p/portland-area-classes-and-drop-in.html.

Six Word Story Contest for All Ages”, March 1 through March 26, Sherwood Library. “There’s a literary legend that Ernest Hemingway, while having dinner with fellow writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table in New York City, bet he could write a story in just six words. They bet not. He grabbed a pen and a napkin and wrote: ‘For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.’ They paid up and Hemingway called it his best work. Now it’s your turn! Enter the Library’s fourth annual Six Word Story contest, between March 1 and 26, and you could win one of three great prizes. Who knows you might even win a place in literary history. We will have a special team of Six Word Story contest judges who will review all submitted stories. They will choose their favorite three who will be our winners. Winners will be announced during National Library Week, the second week in April. Send your Six Word Story in an email to askusSPL@wccls.org. Six Word Stories may also be left at the front desk of the Sherwood Public Library. You may also submit using our Facebook page, but please send us a Facebook message, rather than post entries on our wall. Please include your full name and either a telephone number or an email. Rules: Your story must have six words.
 You may only use one contraction, such as I’m, can’t, wasn’t, etc., per story.
 Your story must be your original work. 
You may submit up to two Six Word Stories per contestant. 
Your Six Word Story must be submitted by March 26, 2017. 
By entering the Six Word Story Contest, you give the Sherwood Public Library the rights to post your story and name in the Library and in our media outlets.”

The Art of the Brick”, now 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

“Portland Opera 2017 Season Preview”, Wednesday, March 1, 7PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B; Saturday, March 18, 2PM, Gresham Library; and Sunday, March 19, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Join us for a special preview of Portland Opera's 2017 season! This preview includes musical highlights of Puccini's La Bohème, Leigh's Man of La Mancha, Mozart's Così fan tutte, and Lang's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion. The preview is hosted by Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox, with performances by Portland Opera's Resident Artists. Free and open to the public; no registration required.”

Author Talk, “Ruth Tenzer Feldman”, Wednesday, March 1, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., 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

“Protests, Riots, and Social Movements, A Panel Discussion”, Wednesday, March 1, 4PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room 338, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. Panelists: David A. Horowitz (History Dept.), Shirley A. Jackson (Black Studies Dept.), and Cornel Pewewardy (Indigenous Nations Studies Program). Moderated by Patricia A. Schechter (History and Judaic Studies Dept.). https://www.pdx.edu/events/protests-riots-and-social-movements-panel-discussion?delta=0

The Surprising Adventures of George Gibbs on the Oregon Frontier, (1884-1861)”, Wednesday, March 1, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Dr. Stephen Beckham describes little-known George Gibbs who served as secretary and cartographer for the Willamette Valley Treaty Commission in 1851. In 1849 he rode horseback to Oregon and was heavily involved in Indian affairs. An artist and writer, he wrote fishing-rights treaties for Gov. I.I. Stevens and returned to the East in 1861 where he worked for the Hudsons Bay Claims Commission. Dr. Beckham is a retired history professor from Lewis and Clark College and a popular speaker.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

“Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in March, 12PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 Rood Bridge Road, Hillsboro. Free. “Waterfowl and songbirds.” “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

“Mason Bees Made Easy”, Wednesday, March 1, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop Vancouver; Thursday, March 2, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop Lake Oswego; Wednesday, March 8, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop, West Linn; and Thursday, March 9, 6:15PM, Backyard Bird Shop, NE Portland. $5 registration fee- attendees will be given a $5 in store coupon. Contact each store to register: http://backyardbirdshop.com/events/ “Join staffer Mark Fitzsimons for his fantastic Introduction to Mason Bees class. This is a popular class for good reason: Mark’s class offers a primer for those who are just getting started, and is also great as a refresher course on how to optimize colony growth and health.”

Author Talk, “Daniel Mathews”, Wednesday, March 1, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. “Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains is an engagingly written, portable history of the Cascade region identifying the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. This guide also includes information about the landscape and weather. Packed with 800 color photographs, this is the perfect overview of the region if you are looking for a simple way to discover the great outdoors.”

“Teen Tech Month Coding Academy: Robots”, Wednesday, March 1 though Wednesday, March 29, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. For ages 12-18. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/Teen%2BTech%2BMonth%2BCoding%2BAcademy%253A%2BRobots#/?i=2 “Teach a robot to do your bidding! Come and try your hand at coding our Arduino-based Wink Robots. No prior experience is necessary.”

“Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives”, Thursday, March 2, 6PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “From the moment we are born, gender shapes every aspect of our lives. What can these disparities tell us about society’s values and priorities? How can we better understand the complex ways gender affects our daily lives and identities? Jade Aguilar, an assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University, will lead participants in a conversation about these questions and examine ways of finding meaning within gender gaps.”

“Water Drop Photography”, Thursday, March 2, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Martin Waugh, Liquid Sculpture Photographer. “Water is fundamental. It comprises the majority of the Earth's surface and is present in all life. From our primordial beginnings to our prenatal environment to our very constitution, it is we. In this talk, Martin discusses the techniques, discoveries, and surprises he encountered in his ten-year obsession with photographing water drops. As with so many things, even if it appears simple, the closer you look the more complex and beautiful it becomes. Martin’s creative uses of high-speed photography make it possible to capture the smooth and effortless curves of liquid, eliciting a childlike sense of fun and whimsy. By varying the size, speed and position of drops, as well as the color, viscosity, and surface tension, Martin creates a panorama of color, movement and intrigue. His images are engaging metaphors for life and are as intriguing to the eye as they are thought provoking.” http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-water-drop-photography

Author Talk, “Amy Sutherland”, Thursday, March 2, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Amy Sutherland discusses her book, “Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes”. “What shelter dogs need is obvious—a home. But how do we find all those homes? That question sends bestselling writer and lifelong dog lover Amy Sutherland on a quest to find the answers in her own volunteer work and beyond. The result is an unforgettable and inspiring trip through the world of homeless dogs and the people who work so hard to save them.” http://amysutherland.com/Amy_Sutherland/Home.html

Author Talk, “L. A. Kauffman”, Thursday, March 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. L. A. Kauffman discusses her book, “Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism”. “A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now. As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effective today. This deeply researched account, twenty-five years in the making, traces the evolution of disruptive protest since the Sixties to tell a larger story about the reshaping of the American left. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer, examines how movements from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used disruptive tactics to catalyze change despite long odds.” https://www.versobooks.com/books/2331-direct-action

“Balloon Tying Class”, Thursday, March 2, 4:30PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “Learn how to tie fun balloon creations with local artist, Mike Gallagher!”

Results from Ciwicen, a 2800 yr old Lower Elwha Klallam Coastal Village, Washington State”, Thursday, March 2, 4PM, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “A group of us from PSU (Virginia Butler, Sarah Sterling, Laura Syvertson, and Pat Rennaker) will present: ‘Results from Ciwicen, a 2800 yr old Lower Elwha Klallam coastal village, Washington State’. The talk will summarize results from a multi-year project that studied the geo-zooarchaeological records from Čḯxwicən village, coastal Washington state. The project focused on remains from several houses excavated and associated midden with fine geo-stratigraphic control; over one million faunal remains (from shellfish, mammal, bird and fish) allow for detailed reconstruction of animal use. Researchers studied the dynamic interactions between humans and animals-- focusing especially on their response to several large-magnitude earthquakes, periods of climate change, and an increase in sheltered habitat. As usual the presentation is free and open to the public.” https://www.pdx.edu/events/first-thursday-results-ciwicen-2800-yr-old-lower-elwha-klallam-coastal-village-washington-state?delta=0

Screening, “Promised Land”, Thursday, March 2, 7PM, Washington State University, Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 129 and 130, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. Free and open to the public. “A social justice documentary, ‘Promised Land’ examines the Chinook and Duwamish fights for federal recognition and sovereignty while also exploring the nature of life, death and indigenous culture in the state of Washington. A Q/A session featuring filmmakers Vasant Samudre Salcedo and Sarah Samudre Salcedo, and Chinook Indian Nation tribal elders and citizens will follow the film.” http://www.promisedlanddoc.com

“Civil Disobedience Workshops”, Weekly on Thursdays through April 27, 5PM-6:30PM, Lewis and Clark College, Miller Hall, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Parking permits required on campus. Preregistration required; contact Chelsea Jackson at cjackson@lclark.edu or 503-768-7378. Details and each week’s topic here: http://www.lclark.edu/calendars/events/#event_id/223508/view/event 

Kin Killin' Kin Reception and Community Dialogue”, Thursday, March 2, 6PM, North Portland Library. Exhibit runs now through Sunday, April 2, Fri. 3-7pm and Sat. and Sun. 2-7pm, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. “Join artist James Pate for a reception and community dialogue to discuss the themes in his exhibition, Kin Killin' Kin. Kin Killin' Kin is one of the most powerful, thought-provoking art exhibitions on youth and gun violence in African American communities. Dubbed the "KKK Series," the exhibition is intended to incite controversy and critical thinking by juxtaposing scenes from civil rights history over images of urban infighting that is the reality today. This compelling collection will be a fully curated exhibition at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.” http://www.passinart.net/single-post/2017/01/29/“Kin-Killin’-Kin”-KKK-Art-Exhibit-by-artist-James-Pate-comes-to-Portland

Author Talk, “Carl Abbott”, Thursday, March 2, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. “Author, historian, and urban specialist Carl Abbott joins us to read from his newest book, ‘Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them’. After five decades teaching urban studies and urban planning, Abbott brings together urban studies and literary studies to examine fictional cities in works by authors as different as E.M. Forester, Isaac Asimov, Kim Stanley Robinson, and China Mieville, and how these fictional cities might help us to envision an urban future that is viable and resilient. In Imagining Urban Futures, Abbott examines how shifting weather patterns, rising sea levels, reduced access to resources, and a host of other issues will radically impact urban environments and what we can learn from futuristic, fictional cities to help address those issues.”

“Drop-In Makerspace”, Friday, March 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, and other Maker activities. We will be adding new equipment as time goes on.”

“James and the Giant Peach, Jr.”, Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 12, Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $16 adults, $14 seniors and youth (17 and under). “Theatre in the Grove is proud to present its ‘master-peach,’ a production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach. This is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.” http://theatreinthegrove.org/wp/

“Doctor Who Trivia Challenge”, Friday, March 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 Women of Vinland”, Friday, March 3, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall, Room 171, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Did you know several women were involved in the Viking Age voyages across the North Atlantic, and that they helped shape the destiny of the effort? In her talk, Dr. Ward will examine how history has remembered these women in the variable, and contradictory, depictions they receive in the Vinland Saga accounts. Dr. Ward has a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently the Director of the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University. She was the assistant curator on the Smithsonian exhibition, ‘Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga’ that toured North America between 2000 and 2003.” https://www.scanheritage.org/friday-night-lecture-series

Decorate Your Space for Teens”, Friday, March 3, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Bring your friends to make the coolest decorations and useful items for your room or locker! We will be making things like vinyl stickers for your wall or locker, door hangings, posters, laser cut room art, and more!”

Ukrainian Batik Egg Decorating”, Friday, March 3, 7PM, Estacada Library. Preregistration required; call: 503-630-8273 “This program will be taught by Daniela Mahoney. Ukrainian Batik Egg Decorating uses hot wax to create a design on the egg and then the egg is dyed to create a white pattern or design on top of the bright color. This class is taught by Daniela Mahoney, who was born in Prague. Daniela first experienced traditional egg decorating as a child during Easter. Under the guidance of her grandmother, she learned the basic wax resistant technique and practiced the craft as a seasonal hobby since childhood.”

Library Tour”, Saturdays in March, 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.”

Author Talk, “Don Nelson”, Saturday, March 4, 1:30PM, Garden Home Library. “Sons of Slabtown and Tales of Westside Sports, a history presentation by Portland author/historian Don Nelson. Copies will be available for sale.”

Grand Lodge 95th Birthday Celebration”, Saturday, March 4, 2PM-10PM, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. All ages welcome. “We're throwing ourselves a ragin' all-ages party, especially for turning 95! Live music, cake, a Passport Discovery Hunt, and tastings from area wineries and distilleries are all on the day's agenda. Weather permitting, we'll have an outdoor ‘tasting tent' that will include McMenamins spirits, beers, wine and coffee, as well as selections from: David Hill Winery, Sake One, Troon Winery and Appoloni Vineyards. We'll also have birthday cake, as well as facepainting and balloon-making from 2 p.m. ‘til 5 p.m.” https://www.mcmenamins.com/grand-lodge/grand-lodge-95th-birthday-celebration/165010

Portland Revels Tradition Days”, Saturday, March 4, 3PM-9PM, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave., Pdx. Full day participation $25 adult, $20 child; evening only dance participation $15 adult, $8 child. “Portland Revels is proud to introduce our new program of Tradition Days. Several times a year we’ll be partnering with local artists and ‘tradition bearers’ to teach us traditions from around the world. The focus of our first Tradition Day is on tango; both as a dance style and a South American cultural tradition. We’re bringing Liz Hutchinson and Yelizaveta Nersesova of Dos Minas (www.dosminas.com) in to teach us how the music of tango has changed throughout history and across culture. And, or course, to teach us to DANCE! We’ll have other afternoon offerings if you don’t feel like dancing all day. Betsy Branch, our associate music director, will be launching “Band of Fools”, a chance for you to make music in a group with whatever instrument (and skill level) you’d like to bring. And Leela Grace, a nationally-known singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and percussive dancer who was a wonderful part of the 2012 Appalachian Revels, will be teaching by-ear harmony singing. After dinner we’ll be hosting an all-ages Milonga, or Argentinian social dance, complete with additional dance instruction. A safe, comfortable, Revels way to step out into tango.” http://portlandrevels.org/event/tradition-days/

Concert, “Celtic Trill”, Monday, March 13, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall Rotunda, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “The two musical women of Celtic Trill, Doanne Brown and Nancy Jacobson, have been performing together on the Celtic Harp and Flute since 2003. Nancy and Doanne have both spent many years steeped in music, performing, teaching and even directing in settings as diverse as church choirs, local choruses, and handbell choirs. Their music sets the toes tapping, brings a tear to the eye, puts a smile on the lips and a song in the heart!” http://www.elderaudience.com/celtictrill/

Artist Talk, “Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress”, Saturday, March 4, 1PM, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. “For the entire month of March, women important in the history of the area will be honored in a special exhibit called Founding Mothers: Portraits of Progress by local artist Hilarie Couture. The exhibit will be on display at the Visitor Center. Couture is an accomplished portrait artist, and the exhibit will feature several portraits of local women, including the debut of new works honoring women of Fort Vancouver. The artist will give a short talk to open the exhibit at 1:00pm.” http://www.friendsfortvancouver.org/#/new-gallery-8/

“Luminescent Legos”, Saturday, March 4, 10AM, OMSI. $10. Ages: 8 –13 with an adult, 13+ without an adult. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/luminescent-legos “Lego structures looking a bit dim? Add some pizazz with LED lights! Learn the basics of electronic circuitry and power as we engineer a way to light up our Legos. Eager to continue your project at home? Each ticket holder leaves the lab with LEDs, wire, and a small battery – the building possibilities are endless!”

Citizen Activism Workshop”, Saturday, March 4, 1PM, Oregon City Library. “Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have concern about local, state, or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change, and more including topics: information and misinformation; examples of successful advocacy; choosing your battles; what matters to you?; who makes the rules?; getting heard: tools for change; tracking civic /political issues.”

“Tall Tales, Short Tales, and 'Porky Pies' (downright lies.)”, Saturday, March 4, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 students. “Join tongue-in-cheek storytellers Anne Penfound, Holly Robison and Thomas Schroyer for an evening of magical tales embroidered with a smattering of truth, wisdom, wondrous exaggeration and a good deal of humor.” http://www.portlandstorytellers.org

Video Game Design Workshop for Teens”, Saturday, March 4, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/video-game-design-workshop “Come explore art, animation, computer science, programming and design for video game design. Learn how to build a game from scratch, create your own animated characters, develop levels and add sound effects with Pixel Arts.”

Leatherwork”, Saturday, March 4, 11AM, St. Johns Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/leatherwork “Learn how to make a leather ball jar wrap. You will learn how to cut out a pattern, edge dye leather, wax edges, chisel stitching holes, and sew.”

“SE Artwalk”, Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 10AM-5PM, SE Pdx. Free. “Nearly 100 artists will provide a blaze of colors, shapes, textures, and visual stimuli in SE Portland neighborhoods for the annual SE Area ARTWalk on Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend of March. The ARTWalk map area includes the boundaries of SE 9th Ave to SE 41st and SE Powell to SE Hawthorne Blvd. Artists show in their own creative space or are hosted by local residents and businesses allowing you to visit indoor locations on the free, self-guided tour. The SE Area ARTWalk is a community-building event that has strengthened the connection between businesses, artists, and neighbors.” http://www.seportlandartwalk.com

Screening, “On the Ground”, Saturday, March 4, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Join Sisters Of The Road for a screening of On the Ground, an original documentary short about the realities and root causes of houselessness in Portland. This powerful, sensitive and truth-filled film explores the history, root causes and realities of homelessness in Portland from the perspective of community members with this lived experience. A discussion will follow.” Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb_teQxvhp8

“Sync02 Portland Synthesizer Festival”, Saturday, March 4, 10AM-8:30PM, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., Pdx. Free and all ages until 4:30PM. “Sync02, co-sponsored by Audio Damage and Control Voltage, features a free all-day exhibition from your favorite Eurorack manufacturers, plus an evening performance that showcases the best in experimental electronic music.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1747051345615093/

“Guided Art and Epitaph Tours”, Saturday, March 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/

World War II Child, Anneke Bloomfield”, Saturday, March 4, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “In this program Anneke discusses her childhood in The Hague; how her family adopted a very Christian lifestyle in an effort to escape Nazi extremism; and she details the three times her parents sent her away to live with gentile families outside of The Hague in an effort to save her from persecution.”

Waterfowl Watch”, Saturday, March 4, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/event-2462515?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=3/26/2017 “Join us for the how to’s of waterfowl watching. Build your skills with bird watching tools and tips, practice identifying waterfowl and then venture out on the Refuge to see them in the wild! Please bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. Loaners will be available. This event is open to all skill levels.”

Hands-On Chocolate Goodies”, Saturday, March 4, 3PM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/hands-chocolate-goodies “If you have a sweet tooth but know you shouldn’t have all the sugar, here's a fun way to still have your chocolate. Culinary historian Jean Johnson will show you how to make chocolate goodies which rely on raisins for the sweetness and an old-fashioned grinder to turn them into the perfect medium for holding chocolate.”

Wild in the City”, Saturday, March 4, 10:30AM- 3PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Free. “The community is invited to join us for this free event, as we bring the National Wildlife Refuge System to the city. Come learn about recreational opportunities and how to get involved at your local Portland/Vancouver Metro Area Refuges. Staff and volunteers will engage people of all ages in learning about local wildlife, ongoing projects, volunteering, and upcoming events at the Refuge. Hands-on activities, informational booths, brief presentations at 12PM, and 2PM, and light refreshments served.” https://ridgefieldfriends.org/calendar/wild-city-refuge-open-house/

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon”, Saturday, March 4, 4PM, Sherwood Library Community Room. “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. How might we build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities? This is the focus of ‘The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon,’ a free conversation with Manuel Padilla.”

POWfest: Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival”, Saturday, March 4 through Sunday, March 12, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. “POWFest provides a space where women can thrive as media makers—by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films. Festival events feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers. POWFest also provides space and support to strengthen the community of women in film. POWFest also produces the POWGirls Education Program, which offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing, and media literacy for girls ages 15-19. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at POWFest.” https://hollywoodtheatre.org/programs/series/pow-fest-portland-oregon-womens-film-festival/

Raising Mason Bees”, Saturday, March 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/44592/796?curm=3&cury=2017 “Mason bees are easy and interesting to raise. Nesting needs and options will be presented as well as the care of the bee during their life cycle. Following some simple guidelines you will be able to start, grow and maintain a mason bee population for pollinating your garden and landscape.”

The Uyghurs: History of A People at the Center of Asia (Part 1)”, Saturday, March 4, 9:30AM, Portland State University, Academic and Student Rec Center, Room 230, 1800 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Join First Saturday PDX for a special extended presentation, the first in a series of three programs to learn about a significant minority group in China: the Uyghur people and their culture. In Part 1, Dr. Tuerxun, a recently retired professor of History and Ethnology from Xinjiang University, will introduce the Uyghur people of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in northwest China. The ancient Silk Road traversed Xinjiang, enabling trade and the exchange of ideas from diverse cultures and tribes, and allowing them to flourish for centuries. Dr. Tuerxun will lead us through the complex history and development of the Uyghur people, exploring economic, religious, and political topics. Come and acquire insights about the identity and origins of the Uyghur people.” http://www.firstsaturdaypdx.com

Teen Maker Party”, Sunday, March 5, 1:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Event Room. “Use a Makey Makey to play a game. Create a stop-motion movie. Join us for these and other fun activities for Teen Tech Week.”

Bollywood Dance Workshop and Henna”, Sunday, March 5, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Teens and adults. “Party Bollywood style! Learn a few moves and dance. Then get your henna tattoo.”

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration”, Sunday, March 5, 12:30PM, Jasmine Pearl Tea Co., 724 NE 22nd Ave., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.thejasminepearl.com/Japanese_Tea_Ceremony_Demonstration_p/events2017-03.htm “Have you ever wanted to learn about Chado: the Japanese tea Ceremony? Join Margie Yap, Founder of the Issoan Tea School for a live demonstration of this elegant and meditative tea practice. Attendees will be able to watch a tea ceremony in-person and have their questions answered about this very special tradition.”

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Poetry Reading”, Sunday, March 5, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Join us for an afternoon of spoken poetry, presented in Arabic and in English, on the anniversary of the 2007 car bombing of Baghdad’s ancient literary and historic bookselling district on Al-Mutanabbi Street.”

Author Talk, “Peter McCoy”, Sunday, March 5, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Peter McCoy discusses his book, “Radical Mycology: A Treatise On Seeing And Working With Fungi”. “Fungi are found throughout the world, often playing critical roles at the center of all ecological webs. As culturally important foods and medicines, as well as instigators of religious practices, they have been intimately tied to the development and spread of human cultures. Shattering commonly held beliefs on the value of the Fungal Queendom, Peter McCoy’s ‘Radical Mycology’ is one of the most comprehensive books on mycology – the science of fungi – ever published.” https://radicalmycology.com/

What Are You? Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon's Past and Future”, Sunday, March 5, 2PM, Beaverton Library Cathy Stanton Conference Room. “The number of mixed-race people and interracial families in Oregon is growing. What are the challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race, raising mixed-race children, or being an interracial couple in a state that's historically been white? How can we openly discuss our own ethnic and racial heritage with each other without being regarded as off or unusual? How have the answers to ‘What are you’ changed through the decades? Dmae Roberts, who has written essays and produced film and radio documentaries about being a biracial Asian American in Oregon, leads a discussion of heritage that goes beyond checking one race on US Census forms.”

Graham Oaks Nature Park Bird Walk”, Sunday, March 5, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego. Free. Preregistration required, call 503-620-7454. “Discover the many treasures of this 250-acre, Metro-owned, natural area on a free expert-guided bird walk with Elaine Murphy. Metro staff and volunteers have planted over 150,000 trees and 100 million grass and flower seeds, to enhance existing oak savanna and Douglas fir forests at Graham Oaks Nature Park. The result is an area rich in wildlife and fauna. Espy blue birds, nuthatches, perhaps even kingfishers on the 3 miles of trails that meander through the park.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/graham-oaks-nature-park-bird-walk

Click Click Capture: Teen Perspective on Issues that Matter”, series of 5 Mondays, March 6-April 3, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/click-click-capture-teen-perspective-issues-matter-camp-teens “Click Click Capture is an ongoing, multi-session workshop that introduces teens to Photovoice -- an arts-based technique that combines photography with writing and social action. Taking cameras out into their neighborhoods, schools, homes, and places of work, youth participants are invited to document their lives in a creative and meaningful way. This project will be focused around a central theme that is pertinent to Portland teens—be it community, safety, literacy, bullying—and the photographic images will capture participant's points of view on the subject. Not only will the photographs be printed and displayed as a means of bringing our community together, but the images will be analyzed and coded as a data collection tool—resulting in concrete information that can be presented to policy makers and prompt next steps around community transformation.”

Presentation, “Chiflón, el Silencio del Carbón (The Silence of Coal)”, Monday, March 6. 6:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “Boom Arts presents an evening with internationally acclaimed Chilean puppet theatre company Silencio Blanco. Come watch a short documentary on how the puppet play was created and learn what inspired the artist to create this deeply moving, hauntingly gorgeous puppet play about a Chilean miner and his wife. Chiflón, el Silencio del Carbón (The Silence of Coal), based on a novella and developed through the company’s residency in the Chilean mining village of Lota, is a modern tragedy: a fable about hope, loss, and love, set in a contemporary context of poverty, risk, and exploitation. Silencio Blanco’s perfectly crafted, faceless white papier mâché puppets wordlessly navigate their tiny, simply and beautifully rendered world. The puppet play will be showing at Reed College on March 8 and 9.” (Unfortunately the play is sold out.)

Author Talk, “John R. Bruning”, Monday, March 6, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. John R. Bruning discusses his book, “Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII”. “In this remarkable WWII story by New York Times bestselling author John R. Bruning, a renegade American pilot fights against all odds to rescue his family--imprisoned by the Japanese--and revolutionizes modern warfare along the way. From the knife fights and smuggling runs of his youth to his fiery days as a pioneering naval aviator, Paul Irving "Pappy" Gunn played by his own set of rules and always survived on his wits and fists. But when he fell for a conservative Southern belle, her love transformed him from a wild and reckless airman to a cunning entrepreneur whose homespun engineering brilliance helped launch one of the first airlines in Asia. Pappy was drafted into MacArthur's air force when war came to the Philippines; and while he carried out a top-secret mission to Australia, the Japanese seized his family. Separated from his beloved wife, Polly, and their four children, Pappy reverted to his lawless ways. He carried out rescue missions with an almost suicidal desperation. Even after he was shot down twice and forced to withdraw to Australia, he waged a one-man war against his many enemies--including the American high command and the Japanese--and fought to return to the Philippines to find his family. Without adequate planes, supplies, or tactics, the U.S. Army Air Force suffered crushing defeats by the Japanese in the Pacific. Over the course of his three-year quest to find his family, Pappy became the renegade who changed all that. With a brace of pistols and small band of loyal followers, he robbed supply dumps, stole aircraft, invented new weapons, and modified bombers to hit harder, fly farther, and deliver more destruction than anything yet seen in the air. When Pappy's modified planes were finally unleashed during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, the United States scored one of the most decisive victories of World War II.” https://theamericanwarrior.com/indestructible/

Screening, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”, Monday, March 6, 7PM, Reed College, Performing Arts Building, Room 320, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Please join us for the free public screening of this documentary by acclaimed African American director Stanley Nelson.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lEp0bKzWMQ

A Conversation with EU Deputy Ambassador to USA Caroline Vicini”:, Monday, March 6, 5:30PM, Nordic House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-eu-deputy-ambassador-to-usa-caroline-vicini-tickets-32106325885 “Amid global challenges from refuges resettlement to transatlantic trade, the EU Delegation Deputy Ambassador to the United States Caroline Vicini will speak about the state of the EU-US relationship. Join us at Nordia House as Ms. Vicini kicks off a three-state tour in the American West. Deputy Ambassador Vicini oversees the daily management of the EU Delegation to the US. Prior to joining the EU Delegation, Ms. Vicini served as chief of protocol, with the rank of Ambassador, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden.”

Washington County Public Affairs Forum”, Mondays in March, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. March 6: Pat Welle, Mercy Corp Volunteer, “Introduction to Mercy Corps”; March 13: Salma Ahmad, President, Islamic Society of Greater Portland, “What’s happening within Washington County’s Islamic Community”; March 20: Mary Nolan, “Planned Parenthood – Issues and Solutions”; and March 27: Speaker: Richard Reid, Co Chair, Oregon Communities for a Voice in Annexation (OCVA), “Annexation in Washington County” and Jillian Schoenen, from Emerge, Oregon, “Encouraging Involvement in Politics for Women in Oregon”. Lunch available for ordering from the menu. http://www.washingtoncountyforum.org/meetings/

Brontë with Bag and Baggage”, Tuesday, March 7, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Community Room. “Join the cast and director of the current production of ‘Brontë’ at Bag and Baggage Productions for performances and discussion about the work of the three Bronte sisters. How was it possible that these spinster sisters were compelled to write with such iconic passion and power? What was the secret in their short, troubled lives? Get an introduction to the show that aims to answer these questions, and celebrate the lives of the women who brought us Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and so much more!”

The Internal Ecosystem: Yoga with Dr. Laura Washington”, Tuesday, March 7, 6PM, OMSI Classroom 1. $15. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/movement-in-the-museum-1 “Our bodies are fascinating and complex ecosystems that depend on rhythms, cycles, and structures of support. In this class we will learn about the ecosystem of a watershed and understand how our bodies function similarly. Through practicing yoga and breathing we will learn new and different ways to care for the health of our bodies and benefit their internal balance.”

Beachcombing Clinics”, Tuesday, March 7, 1PM; Wednesday, March 15, 9AM; Friday, March 24, 3PM; and Tuesday, March 28, 4PM; 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/

The Milky Way in All of Its Glory”, Tuesday, March 7, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, March 10, 1PM and 6PM, Mt. Hood Community College, 2600 SE Stark St., Gresham. $5 adults, $2 children 17 and under. “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/

Monkeys in Ancient Egypt’s Valley of the Kings: The Search for Three Unusual Tombs”, Tuesday, March 7, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Urban Center Building, 2nd Floor Gallery, 506 SW Mill St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Dr. Don Ryan, Pacific Lutheran University. “In past years. Pacific Lutheran University’s Valley of the Kings Project has examined and documented several of the smaller tombs found in Egypt's royal New Kingdom cemetery: the Valley of the Kings. Recently, the focus of the Project became three curious tombs which, when first encountered by the famous American excavator Theodore Davis in 1906, were found to contain the mummies of monkeys and a dog as well as other animals. The exact locations of these tombs were subsequently lost. The lecture will describe the latest research and Dr. Ryan’s quest to rediscover these enigmatic burials.” http://arce.org/events/arceevents/2017/03/u1113/lecture-monkeys-in-ancient-egypt-s-valley-of-the-kings-the-search-for-three-unusual-tombs

Face Time: Parenting in an Age of Digital Attachment”, Tuesday, March 7, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Technology is here to stay and is a part of all of our lives. Come for a far-from-anti-technology talk geared toward what your child is facing and how to help them face it with their health and wellbeing intact. Information on how technology impacts physiology, brain function, relationships, and sense of self will be center stage. Presenter: Doreen Dodgen-Magee is a psychologist and nationally recognized presenter and author in the area of technology and its impact on humans.”

Mrs. Pittock Returns”, Tuesday, March 7, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Step back in time once again with more reminiscences of Mrs. Pittock. Experience the Rose Festival, the Building of Pittock Mansion, her role in securing women’s rights to vote in Oregon, and more!”

The Great Columbus Day Storm”, Wednesday, March 8, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library upstairs Community Room. “The Columbus Day Storm was an extra-tropical cyclone (equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane) that struck the West Coast in October, 1962, causing incredible devastation. Author and historian Sig Unander explores what happened and what factors combined to produce the perfect storm. He will also share personal stories of people who lived through it and examine what changed as a result.”

Author Talk, “Troy Cummings”, Wednesday, March 8, 4:30PM, Union Ridge Elementary, School Library, 330 N. 5th Ave., Ridgefield. “Troy Cummings, author of the Notebook of Doom series, will draw, share his three secrets of writing and give a sneak peak of his next book during this highly interactive program that is open to the public.” http://www.troycummings.net/the-notebook-of-doom

YA Author Talk, “Whitney Gardner”, Wednesday, March 8, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Whitney Gardner discusses her YA novel that she wrote and illustrated, “You’re Welcome, Universe”. “Her debut novel, ‘You’re Welcome, Universe’ is an illustrated YA novel about a Deaf teen artist who must decide between being painted into obscurity or getting caught after she finds herself locked in a graffiti war with an opponent who takes it a step too far.” http://www.heywhitney.com/

Tween Council”, Wednesday, March 8, 4PM, Capitol Hill Library. Grades 6-8.
“Build leadership skills, work on creative projects, plan events, earn service hours, and have fun with other tweens and library staff. Snacks provided!”

Self Publish Your Book for Free! For Teens”, Wednesday, March 8, 4PM, Holgate Library. “If you have written anything that you would like published at no cost, come to this event. We will share resources and tools that you can use for free to become an author. No experience necessary!”

Wild Foods of the Pacific Northwest”, Wednesday, March 8, 7PM, Mazamas, 527 SE 43rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by Dr. John Kallas. “Enjoy an entertaining and educational slide presentation and lecture about Wild Foods of the Pacific Northwest. This presentation covers some of the plants and animals you will come across while traversing different habitats of the Pacific Northwest. From valleys to mountains, oceans to swamps; there are lots of things to eat out there. There will be a question and answer period and John will sell and sign copies of his book at the end of the presentation.” http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/wild-foods-of-the-pacific-northwest-presentation/

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, March 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/

Coding with Scratch”, Thursday, March 9, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom. Grades 6-8. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “See how many Scratch coding challenges you can complete! No experience necessary.”

Speaker Series: Senator Mae Yih”, Thursday, March 9, 12PM, Oregon Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem. Free. “Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Womens' History Month. Join Senator Mae Yih, who made history in 1976 when she became the first Chinese-American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States, for a short talk in hearing room C starting at noon. After her talk, she will be signing her new book, "East Meets West," in front of the Capitol Store.” https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/capitolhistorygateway/Pages/Events.aspx

Dido and Aeneas”, Thursday, March 9, through Sunday, March 12, Willamette University, Smith Auditorium, 900 State St., Salem. $5-$10. “Co-produced with the Willamette University Theatre Department. All is right with the world when Dido, the Queen of Carthage, finally plans to marry her true love, the Trojan hero Aeneas. However, when a sorceress plots Carthage’s demise, it is Dido and Aeneas who find themselves at the center of her master plan. Will their love—and they themselves—survive? This heart-rending romance carries the great tradition of tragic opera into the present day, exploring the eternal struggle between betrayal, power, duty, and love.” http://willamette.edu/arts/theatre/performances/dido-and-aeneas.html

Tide Pool Clinic”, Thursday, March 9, 3:30PM, Lincoln City, 15th Street Beach Access. Free. “Find colorful creatures along the rocky shores during Lincoln City’s Tide Pool Clinics. Explore our beach and learn about the colorful creatures that inhabit rocky intertidal pools from local experts. The clinics are free and open to the public. Each tide pool clinic begins with a lecture from local experts Fawn Custer, of CoastWatch, and Athena Crichton, of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Each clinic takes place on the beach at the 15th ST access. To get there, from Highway 101 turn west onto 15th street (at the Jasmine Thai Restaurant) and continue west towards the ocean. There is ample street parking as well as a public parking lot nearby. Parking is also available at the Sea Gull Beachfront Motel near the beach access. Following the lecture, Custer and Crichton will take you on a tour of the tide pools and help identify local marine life. Creatures that you may encounter at the tide pools include starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins, and mussels. Clinics last for approximately 2 hours. Questions and feedback are encouraged by all participants.” http://www.oregoncoast.org/tide-pool-clinics/

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

Screening, “The Homestretch”, Thursday, March 9, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Discussion will follow Thursday, March 16, 6PM. “Meaningful Movies presents The Homestretch, a documentary that follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.” Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubtydvJMEJ8

Anime Movie Night”, Thursday, March 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.”

Hanford: A Conversation”, Thursday, March 9, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Join us for an evening conversation between Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume and former Washington State Poet Laureate, and Patricia Hoover, Hanford downwinder and activist, as they share their insights, poems and personal experiences with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.”

YA Author Talk, “Catherine Alene”, Thursday, March 9, 7PM, Annie Bloom Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Catherine Alene will read from ‘The Sky Between You and Me’, her young adult novel about grief and striving for perfection. Lighter. Leaner. Faster. Raesha will to do whatever it takes to win Nationals. For her, competing isn't just about the speed of her horse or the thrill of the win. It's about honoring her mother's memory and holding onto a dream they once shared. Lighter. Leaner. Faster. For an athlete, every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in her saddle, make her horse lighter on his feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend. So she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...” https://catherinealene.com

Author Talk, “James Thayer”, Thursday, March 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.; and Wednesday, March 22, 7PM, Annie Bloom Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “A guidebook for both experienced and casual hikers, ‘Hiking From Portland to the Coast: An Interpretive Guide to 30 Trails’ explores the many trails and logging roads that crisscross the northern portion of Oregon's Coast Range. While showcasing convenient looped routes, it also describes complete throughways connecting Portland to the coastal communities of Seaside and Tillamook.” http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/hiking-from-portland-to-coast

Vancouver Community Library Travelogue: Five Secrets to Safe and Memorable World Travel”, Thursday, March 9, 7PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Learn how to make your travels memorable and safe with Dan and Shyla from Wild Spirit Travel, world travelers who are passionate about off-the-beaten-path locations and activities that really let them interact with people around the globe.”

Spruce Up the Library Volunteer Event”, Friday, March 10, 6PM, Tualatin Library, meeting by the fireplace. All ages. “This is a fabulous opportunity to spend part of your evening with us shelving books, dusting shelves and assisting in keeping the library at its best! Call Margaret, our Volunteer Specialist at: 503-691-3070 to sign up!”

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, March 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 Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.” http://stevesheinkin.com/books/bomb/

Passinart Theatre Co. presents, “The Gospel of Lovingkindness”, Friday, March 10 through Sunday, April 9, Internstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., Pdx. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. “Youth and gun violence has taken a tremendous toll on many of our communities, especially in low income neighborhoods and communities of color. This is true throughout the country, and Portland is no different. Marcus Gardley, an award-winning poet and playwright from West Oakland, California, was inspired by the tragic death of 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in her Chicago neighborhood after performing with her high school drill team at the Presidential Inauguration in 2013. In The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Gardley transforms Hadiya’s tragedy into the story of a teenage boy whose promising future is snuffed out by another young man. When Gardley talked to the people of Hadiya’s neighborhood about the play, they were very clear that it had to have a solution, not just be another representation of how bad their neighborhood was. They wanted to see a play that offered a way out, a path for the community to solve its own problems in partnership with others. Gardley took this to heart, and the resulting play is hard-hitting, but it also offers hope and redemption for its characters and audiences. This production features local artists Shelley B. Shelley and La' Tevin Alexander. At least two post-show discussions are scheduled for selected performances in March.” http://www.passinart.net/gospel-lovingkindness

59th Annual Tualatin Valley Gem Club Rock and Mineral Show”, Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, March 12, 10AM-5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro. $1 adults, free for kids 12 and under. “You'll find Rocks, Minerals, Gems, Jewelery, Fossils, Beads, Dealers, Suppliers, Door Prizes, a Silent Auction, demonstrations, exhibits, and fun at the Kids Corner.”

Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Friday, March 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.” 

Animate Anything!” for Teens, Saturday, March 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

“The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, March 11, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. In ‘From Senses to Setting,’ Elizabeth Rusch, author of Will It Blow? and Electrical Wizard, shows how to use all five senses to make the setting of your stories come to life. 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!” https://www.elizabethrusch.com/

Cheese Making”, Saturday, March 11, 10AM, OMSI. $18. Ages: 8 and up with an adult, 14 and up without. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/showing/cheese-making “Explore the wonderful world of cheese making! We’ll learn the art and science of making cow’s milk fresh mozzarella cheese in this class. Participants will sample a variety of cheeses, make their own mozzarella, and learn about several types of fresh cheeses to make at home. One batch of cheese per ticket. One ticket per batch of cheese, maximum three participants per ticket.”

Edible Wild Plants on the First Days of Spring”, Saturday, March 11, 9AM, Sauvie Island. Presented by Dr. John Kallas. Preregistration required; registration and fee details here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/edible-wild-plants-on-the-first-days-of-spring/ “We’ll explore several areas on Sauvie Island to inspect this spring’s early green delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. The earlier you start in the spring, the more foods you can harvest in the year. It also pays to see plants at different stages of growth. Many plants will have emerged, others we will identify where they are going to grow.”

Irish Festival”, Saturday, March 11, 12PM-6PM, and Sunday, March 12, 10AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland with booths selling Irish and Celtic products, Irish food and libations, Irish music, singing, dancing, the Irish Reels Film Festival, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish art exhibit, children’s contests and activities, etc. On Sunday afternoon, there’s a drawing for a Free vacation in Ireland. Have a ‘great craic’ (Gaelic for ‘a great time.’).” http://irishclub.org/irish-festival-seattle/

OHSU Brain Institute Brain Fair”, Saturday, March 11, 10AM-5PM, OMSI Auditorium. Free. “Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain at one of the largest brain fairs in the country. This year’s Brain Fair includes interactive exhibits, real human and animal brains, prizes and dozens of OHSU Brain Institute neuroscientists explaining and demonstrating their groundbreaking research in a way that will be fascinating for all ages.” http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/brain/in-community/brain-awareness/lectures-events/brain-fair.cfm

Standing Rock: Social Justice and Sacred Ground”, Saturday, March 11, 1PM, Lewis and Clark College, Templeton Campus Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. “A Lewis and Clark alumnus who volunteered at the Standing Rock prayer camps and two Native American activists and sustainable farmers will discuss Standing Rock, environmental activism, and indigenous understandings of sacred ground.” Details here: http://www.lclark.edu/calendars/events/#event_id/223631/view/event

Bricks Cascade”, Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. $10, or $36 for a family pack of 4 tickets. It’s a good idea to buy advance tickets to avoid long lines. “Please join us in Hall A during these dates to view thousands of artistic and ingenious marvels created by fans of LEGO® from around the world. Vendors will also be available for purchase of T-shirts, LEGO® Minifigs, Custom made LEGO® items, and old/vintage LEGO sets.” http://www.brickscascade.com

Celebrate World Water Day”, Water Resources Education Center, Saturday, March 11, 1PM, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Join us for a celebration of World Water Day! In 1992, the United Nations created World Water Day to celebrate and focus attention on the importance of our planet’s most important resource—water! We’ll ‘dive in’ with activities for the whole family focused on learning about where our water comes from, how communities around the globe get water and how we can all work together to promote clean and plentiful water.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/second-saturday-water-center

Dino Weekend”, Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, 10AM-5PM, Burke Museum, NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7.50 students and youth, free for ages 4 and under. Advance tickets recommended: http://www.burkemuseum.org/calendar/dino-day-2017 “Dig into the prehistoric past at Dino Weekend! See and touch fossils, meet Burke paleontologists and make your own discovery in a fossil dig pit!”

Spring Pottery Class”, 2 sessions, Saturday, March 11 and Saturday, March 18, 10AM-1PM, Washougal High School, Room 190, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Teens and adults. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/pottery#/?i=1 “Join us on March 11 to create your own envelope vase in this two-part pottery workshop led by Washougal High School art teacher Evan Rumble. Return to glaze your fired vase on March 18th. Both classes are 10 am-1 pm.”

Hillsboro St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, Saturday, March 11, beginning at 11AM, downtown Hillsboro. Details here: http://www.murphysfurniture.net/Events/index.shtm

Guided Historical Tour”, Saturday, March 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/

Owl Fest”, Saturday, March 11, 1PM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Portland is teaming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an afternoon and evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, owl crafts, owl presentations, guided hikes, and close-up encounters with the Audubon Education Owl Julio! Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling. This is a free event, no preregistration necessary.” Complete schedule here: http://www.tryonfriends.org/mc-events/owl-fest/?mc_id=20242

Champoeg Volunteer Fair”, Saturday, March 11, 11AM-1PM, Champoeg State Park. “Interested in volunteering at Champoeg State Park, but don’t know where to begin? Join us in the Visitor’s Center Auditorium to learn more about all the great volunteer opportunities that Champoeg has to offer! Boths will be set up with more information about volunteer prospects with Oregon State Parks, the Costumed Interpreter Program, FHC Board of Directors, the Historic Garden, and more!” https://www.facebook.com/events/1501024356597510/

Settings for Your Camera”, Saturday, March 11, 1PM, Happy Valley Library. “Learn all about the settings on your camera: This class is for those with a ‘fancy’ or a point-and-shoot camera. Find out what those icons on your camera do and when to use them.”

Lunar New Year Celebration”, Saturday, March 11, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Celebrate the year of the Rooster with traditional Chinese dance, martial arts demonstrations and the Lion Dancers.”

The Bug Chicks”, Saturday, March 11, 3PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “What's an entomologist? Come find out from the Bug Chicks!”

Meditation for Living in a Topsy Turvy World”, Saturday, March 11, 1:30PM, Oregon City Library. “So much that happens on a daily basis is beyond our direct control. As a result, we may feel bombarded, overwhelmed and stressed out. Mindfulness meditation is a proven technique for stress reduction by learning to focus the mind on breath and to observe thoughts that arise rather getting caught up in the drama of our life stories. In this way, we become free to choose more effective responses that make life less stressful.”

Concert, “The Recorder Orchestra of Oregon”, Saturday, March 11, 1:30PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “The Recorder Orchestra of Oregon performs on all sizes of recorders from the tiny sopranino to the very lowest contra bass. The program will highlight the variety of sounds of the recorder with the added accompaniment of voice and viola da gamba. Music from the Renaissance, Baroque and jazz selections, and a special piece commissioned by the Portland Recorder Society especially for the recorder orchestra will be featured.”

One-Hour Cheese: Easy Cheeses for Complete Beginners”, Saturday, March 11, 3PM, Holgate Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/one-hour-cheese-easy-cheeses-complete-beginners) and Saturday, March 18, 3PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library (ages 13 to adult- preregistration required; register online. “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.”

Concert, “Al Andalus”, Saturday, March 11, 2PM, Wilsonville Library. “Al Andalus Soulful merging of classical, jazz and contemporary music with musical traditions from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.” http://www.andalus.com

“Peter and the Wolf”, Saturday, March 11, 3PM, Northwest Library; Tuesday, March 21, 2PM, 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.”

“Ivy Basket Weaving Workshop”, Saturday, March 11, 10AM, Lower MacLeay Trailhead, 2960 NW Upshur St., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=256040  “Restore, reuse and re-purpose! Learn how to turn invasive ivy vines into beautiful, functional works of art at this family-friendly basket weaving workshop.”

Vegetable Gardening: Tips and Tricks for Beginning Gardeners”, Saturday, March 11, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/vegetable-gardening-tips-and-tricks-beginning-gardeners “Start planning your vegetable garden with Master Gardener Athena McElrath. This entertaining and educational talk will take you through all of the routine tasks needed to produce a great vegetable garden, including bed and soil preparation, planting a wide variety of favorite vegetables, tried and true seed lists, tips and tricks to make your garden thrive, and more. The presentation is perfect for the beginning vegetable gardener or for those who have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from other regional gardening climates, or anyone who wants to become more familiar with methods for successful vegetable growing.”

Oregon Cat Video Festival”, Saturday, March 11, 4PM-10PM, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. $20 adults, $10 kids 12 and under. $5 parking. “Submit your own videos and pictures to our best video and best picture contest, then enjoy top rated internet and vine videos, comedy, food, vendors, games, child and adult costume contests, plus adult and family areas! 20% of ticket sales benefits the Oregon Humane Society. Featuring Moshow the Cat Rapper, and MC and comedy set by Alex Elkin, champion of the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition.” http://www.oregoncatvideofestival.com/

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, March 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.” 

Concert of Remembrance— Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066”, Sunday, March 12, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “This concert commemorates the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066, which uprooted American citizens of Japanese descent all over the western United States and incarcerated them in camps. This concert is in collaboration with Cascadia Composers and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Along with premieres of new compositions honoring the occasion by Cascadia composers Daniel Brugh, Ted Clifford, Denis Floyd, Janet Mittelstaedt, and Greg A Steinke, the program will feature photographs by New Mexico photographer (and camp documenter) Joan Myers, poetry/recitation by former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada, and a video by the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. The Cascadia Composers are the Cascadia Chapter of the National Association of Composers/USA.” http://www.ohs.org/events/concert-of-remembrance.cfm

Hike: Place and Belonging”, Sunday, March 12, meeting at 9AM in Portland. Free. “Join Gradey Proctor, long time Bark volunteer and co-founder of the Arctos School, as we explore what it means to belong to the land and form a relationship with it. Informed by the work of groundtruthing, which entails returning to a timber sale over and over again, one gains an ecological meaning of the place. This, coupled with the opportunity to stop a timber sale, offers us an opportunity to give back to a unique place on earth. Learning from the land and then working to protect it opens a dialogue with place and the beginning of a relationship. On this hike we will explore a timber sale through the lens of ecology, wildcrafting and storytelling in our quest to re-inhabit the land as one way to make it through these troubling times.” http://bark-out.org/event/march-bark-about-hike-place-and-belonging

Probiotic and Fermented Veggies”, Sunday, March 12, 2PM, Kenton Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/probiotic-and-fermented-veggies “Probiotics are found in ‘live’ fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and delicious drinks such as beet kvass. Probiotics are a part of the fermentation process and can add beneficial by-products such as vitamin B, vitamin K and folic acid depending on the culture used. Introducing fermented foods and drinks into your diet can aid digestion, rebuild intestinal flora (particularly after an illness), support the immune system, and help you feel better. In class we will taste a few fermented veggies, sauerkraut, kimchi and beet kvass. Everyone will go home with a sauerkraut of their own, recipes and hopefully a new found passion.”

Making Lotions and Balms”, Sunday, March 12, 2PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/making-lotions-and-balms “Making your own lotions and balms is fun and easy. Best of all, by making them yourself you get to decide what goes in them. Most of the commercial lotions on the market contain low-cost, low-quality genetically modified oils, industrialized chemical stabilizers, and toxic preservatives and fragrances. Learn to make your own lotion and balm formulas easily and relatively inexpensively for friends and family with equipment you have around the house. You will leave with the confidence to make your own, along with written procedures, recipes, and lotions to take home. This is a hands on class taught by the owner of SELLWOOD bodycare and ENSO, two local body care companies in Portland.”

Sunset Sit, Moonrise Smile”, Sunday, March 12, 7PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd., 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

Homeschoolers Ask the Experts: People Who Have Cool Jobs”, Monday, March 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 construction worker.”

Stories of Place”, Monday, March 13, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Following on the heels of our day in the forest during this month's Bark About, we will come together to share stories of when we have had meaningful relationships with the land or felt a sense of place. One of the attributes of being human is ability to share stories with one another. Just as ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan discusses, if we want to have successful restoration, we also need to have meaningful re-story-ation. Come with your stories from Mt Hood and beyond as we use our words in gratitude and reconnection. At the close of the meeting we will leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood and browse the Bark library. Our library is more than a physical space; it is also intangible, represented by volunteers who are knowledgeable and accessible for people interested in learning more about our work, ecology, public lands management and advocacy. Come peruse our newly acquired selection of resources on everything from hiking to climate justice, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!” http://bark-out.org/event/march-ecology-club-stories-place

Coding with Edisons”, Monday, March 13, 4:30PM, Battle Ground Library. Ages 9-12. Preregistration required; call 360-906-4741. “Come try out the library's new Edison LEGO®-compatible robotics kits! Build your robots and program them to perform a simple task. No prior experience is necessary and you can work at your own pace.”

Peace is Necessary: US Japan POW Friendship Program”, Monday, March 13, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Peace is Necessary! This is the message Maureen Cole brought home from a recent trip to Japan where she participated in the US/Japan POW Friendship Program. This 5 year program is a reconciliation effort; a collaboration between the US State Department and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the program is to explore the history of the US POW experience and ensure that it is not forgotten. The ultimate goal is to build peace and friendship between Japan and the US and to remind ourselves why war must be avoided. Maureen went to Japan with her mother to learn more about her own father’s POW experience. Join us for this opportunity to learn more about this program.”

Screening, “Screenagers”, Monday, March 13, 6PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $10. Tickets here: https://www.mcmenamins.com/venueevent.aspx?id=166350&venueid=63 “We are thrilled to present Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. Screenagers addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on-depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.” http://www.screenagersmovie.com/

Soft Robots: Machines Inspired by Snakes, Lizards and Other Squishy Things”, Monday, March 13, 6PM, Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. Free. Presented by With Yiğit Mengüç, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. “In the movies, the typical robot is as soft as a tin can. But, inspired by animals that slither, swim and crawl, engineers are designing new robotic systems as soft as skin and muscle. ‘Incredible biological mechanisms have emerged through evolution and can provide a wellspring of inspiration for roboticists,’ says Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. “One promising area emerging from biological inspiration is the design of devices and robots made of compliant materials, as part of a larger field of research in soft robotics." At the Corvallis Science Pub, Mengüç will present his research in soft active materials, bioinspired mechanisms and 3D printing. In his laboratory, called the mLab, he uses liquid metal alloys, biodegradable rubber, electroactive fluids and other materials that produce machines with the agility of geckos and the flexibility of snakes. ‘Bioinspired mechanisms include soft muscles, adhesives and soft wearable sensors,’ says Mengüç. ’The mLab fabricates these materials and mechanisms through our own innovations in 3D printing and rapid digital manufacturing. Though significant challenges remain to be solved in soft materials, exciting developments promise to bring robots more and more into our daily lives’.” http://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-corvallis-soft-robotics

YA Author Talk, “LeeAnn Elwood McLennan”, Monday, March 13, 7PM, Annie Bloom Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Portland author LeeAnn Elwood McLennan returns to Annie Bloom's for her YA novel ‘Root’, the second book in her Dormant Trilogy. It’s been four months since Olivia Woodson Brighthall accepted her supernormal heritage. Four months since her cousin Emma went dark side. Four months since Ben was forced into a prison coma. Now Olivia spends her days balancing supernormal life – training, hunting, and improving her fire and ice powers – with normal life – school, family time with Dad, and hiding her secret life from her dwindling group of normal friends. When Portland is flooded with more supernormal beasts than ever before, Olivia and her family are thrust into a fight to keep people safe. A warning from one beast suggests someone is deliberately sending the monsters. But who among the Brighthall’s enemies has the power to compel creatures? And then Olivia’s visions start…” http://leeannmclennan.com/books/

Author Talk, “Lizzy Shannon”, Tuesday, March 14, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Please join us for an evening with bestselling Sherwood author, Lizzy Shannon. Born in Belfast, Lizzy's latest novel ‘A Song of Bullets’ is largely autobiographical, set in the 1970s amidst the worst era of Northern Ireland's ethno-nationalist conflict known commonly as ‘The Troubles’. Lizzy will discuss her writing process and her published works which span many genres, including science fiction, Celtic nonfiction, fantasy, screenplays and stageplays.” http://www.lizzyshannon.com

“Food for Thought, a Cookbook Discussion Group”, Tuesday, March 14, 6PM, Ridgefield Library. “Travel the world through ethnic cookbooks! Prepare a recipe to share with others and join the discussion on the selected country's cuisine. This month - Thailand!”

“Make a Vinyl Decal”, Tuesday, March 14, and Wednesday, March 29, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Computer Classroom Level 1. “Learn how to use simple design software and a Silhouette electronic cutting machine to design and cut a simple vinyl decal or sticker.”

Eve of the Red Wednesday Party”, Tuesday, March 14, 6PM-11PM, Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $10. Free for kids 9 and under. Celebration of the Persian New Year! Andisheh Center invites you to celebrate Char-Shanbeh Soori. My yellow (pallor) is yours… Your red (energy) is mine! Please join us to say farewell to the cold of Winter and welcome the warmth of Spring on Char-Shanbeh Soori, eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian calendar year. Come and jump over fire outside and enjoy Chai (tea) Aajeel (mixed nuts) and Shirini (sweets) inside, with kid’s activities, DJ music, dance and more. Pasha Restaurant will be serving dinner ranging from $5 – $8.” http://www.andisheh.org/events/eve-of-the-red-wednesday-party-2017/ This is a secular New Year tradition that dates back to the time before Islam when Iran was primarily Zoroastrian. More here: http://www.iranchamber.com/culture/articles/norooz_iranian_new_year.php

Nature Night: Backyard Habitats and the Ecology of Their Impact”, Tuesday, March 14, 6PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. Preregistration requested; register online: http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nature-night-backyard-habitats-and-the-ecology-of-their-impact A panel discussion on the Backyard Habitat Certification program preceded by a seed and hardwood cutting exchange.

Pi Day Celebration”, Tuesday, March 14, 4PM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Proram Room, Level 3. For tweens, ages 9-14. “Get your geek on and come celebrate Pi Day at the library! We’ll be celebrating this useful, yet irrational, number with activities, crafts and a contest to see who can memorize the most digits.”

Inside the Feline Mind”, Tuesday, March 14, 7PM, Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $13 adults, $8 students with id. “Have you ever wondered what goes inside your cat’s furry little brain? Let Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, take you on a guided tour through the feline mind, from genetics to geriatrics. Learn answers to questions like: Why do cats hiss? Why bring me a dead mouse? Why head-butt people as affection? Why ask for stroking then attack a person for doing it? Why not just use the perfectly good litter box you provide for them? Come to this entertaining lecture to get an entirely new perspective on the semi-wild animal in your life.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/alberta_mar_14_feline/

Hummingbirds in Your Garden”, Tuesday, March 14, 3:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Master Gardener Jim Kronenberg shares his knowledge and love of hummingbirds, butterflies, and songbirds to teach you how to identify these fascinating creatures and attract them to your own backyard.”

Oregon’s Historical Achievements”, Tuesday, March 14, 7PM, Beaverton Lodge, 12900 SW 9th St., Beaverton. Donations requested. “Author Michael McCloskey will share some of Oregon’s historical achievements from his new book, ‘Oregon: A State that Stands Out’.” http://www.historicbeaverton.org/march-presentation-oregons-historical-achievements/

Kin Killin’ Kin: Resolving Gun Violence in America”, Tuesday, March 14, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “A collaboration between Portland Police and local non-for-profit organizations aiming to reduce gang violence saw some success last year. In 2016, the total number of incidents investigated by the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team dropped to 159, from 193 the year before, but it was still the second-highest year for instances of gang violence in Portland since recordkeeping of these figures began in 1999. This month's Race Talks will focus on the collaborative efforts of the PPB Gang Enforcement Team and several local non-for-profit organizations that work with gang-affected and gang member youth. We will conduct a speaker panel with representatives from those groups, in addition to a slide presentation of powerful anti-gun violence art by Ohio artist James Pate, whose Kin Killin' Kin series is currently on display at the National Civil Rights Museum. There will also be a drawing for tickets to attend the affiliated play, The Gospel of Loving Kindness, at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.” https://www.mcmenamins.com/gymnasium/kin-killin-kin-resolving-gun-violence-in-america/163354

Willamette Falls Legacy Project”, Tuesday, March 14, 7PM, Lake Theater, 106 N. State St., Lake Oswego. Free. “For the first time in more than a century, people will be able to see and experience Willamette Falls along the Willamette River from a world-class public space. Join us for an entertaining and informative local history presentation about this project. Laurie Matthews, Director of Preservation Planning and Design at MIG, will share the work she and her team are doing to understand the layers of history on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project site in support of the riverwalk design process.” http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/pints-past-rescheduled

Misinformation and Political Propaganda”, Tuesday, March 14, 6PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/misinformation-and-political-propaganda “We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources and other media. This workshop uses real world examples of political ads, news headlines, graphs and charts, the effect of word choice in messaging, statistical data and other types of information so you can learn to distinguish truth from fiction and become your own fact-checker.”

Creature Teachers”, Tuesday, March 14, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “The creature teachers are bringing the wild to the library with their assortment of scaly, feathery and furry exotic animals. Learn about these critters and stay afterward for the animal meet and greet!!”

Waterfowl I.D. for Beginners: Mallards to Wood Ducks”, Wednesday, March 15, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for the class only, or $75 for the class plus a field trip. http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/waterfowlbeg

A Sense of Honor: How Community Members Supported Japanese Americans during World War II”, Wednesday, March 15, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Donations requested. “Although Hood River garnered national notoriety for anti-Japanese American sentiments during World War II, it’s noteworthy that a small number of local citizens stepped forward on behalf of their neighbors. In individual acts of support for Japanese Americans and – in some cases – as members of the League for Liberty and Justice, they demonstrated courage and a respect for civil rights. Join Gorge Owned for this Sense of Place program as they welcome Linda Tamura to reflect on incidents of that time and place. She will be joined by community members who will recall stories of their families’ acts during and leading up to the Internment. We will reflect on the past while also recognizing lessons for our community’s future. Tamura will summarize the immigration, wartime incarceration, and return to the valley of local Japanese Americans. Integrated throughout will be remembrances of locals about their own family members. We also plan to invite and recognize family members of affected individuals during the program. This program will be appropriate for youth as well as adults.” https://www.columbiaarts.org/events/sense-of-place-13/

The McLoughlin Women”, Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center in Vancouver, Washington; and Friday, March 31, 1 pm, at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City, Oregon. “Discover the history behind two of Fort Vancouver's most notable women: Marguerite McLoughlin, the wife of the fort's chief factor, and her daughter, Eloisa. Assistant Curator Meagan Huff will discuss the fascinating lives of these women, who had front-row seats for the rise and fall of a fur trading empire.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/womenshistorymonth2017.htm

A Midsummer’s Night” Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 15, 9AM. Overnight camping at Wolf Haven International wolf sanctuary this summer. http://wolfhaven.org/a-midsummers-night/

Science Matters”, Thursday, March 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.” 

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, March 16, 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.”

Relive the Golden Age of Radio”, Thursday, March 16, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Military History Talk: “The Vancouver Barracks, Proving Ground for Generals”, Thursday, March 16, 6:30PM, Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. RSVP requested; email PRESIDENT@VBMA.US. Presented by Major Jefferson Davis, Usar (Ret.). “The Vancouver Barracks was established in 1849, and was open as a military post until the new millennium. In the 150+ years of history, many young officers served at the Vancouver Barracks, and later rose to the rank of general. Jeff Davis will focus on many young officers who served from the 1849 to the early 1860s, and became generals in the Civil War.” http://www.vbma.us/projectsTalks.html

“Lunafest: Short Films By, For, and About Women”, Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, 7PM-8:30PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. $15. “LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will again be hosted by Soroptimist International Hood River. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Soroptimist International Hood River. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised over $965,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and over $2,600,000 for other women’s non-profit organizations.” A list of films here: http://www.lunafest.org/the-films These films will also be included in the POWfest at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland: https://hollywoodtheatre.org/programs/series/pow-fest-portland-oregon-womens-film-festival/

Author Talk, “Michael Eric Dyson”, Tuesday, March 16, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Michael Eric Dyson discusses his book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America”. “As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece ‘Death in Black and White,’ Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Isabel Wilkerson called it "an unfiltered Marlboro of black pain" and "crushingly powerful," and Beyonce tweeted about it. Now he continues to speak out in ‘Tears We Cannot Stop’―a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. In the tradition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time―short, emotional, literary, powerful―this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.” http://www.michaelericdyson.com

Beyond the Duct Tape Wallet”, Thursday, March 16, 6PM, Lake Oswego Library. Grades 6 and up. “Our local duct tape artist will guide your through the process of creating an amazing duct tape superhero tile creation. For examples see: http://southpawpictures.wixsite.com/southpawpictures/duct-tape-art.”

Milagro Theatre presents, “Lydia”, Thursday, March 16 through April 8, Milago Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Pdx. “Milagro presents the 2008 Henry Award winner for Outstanding New Play. The play tells the story of a young girl, Ceci, disabled by a tragic accident, and her caretaker, Lydia, who is the only one with whom Ceci can communicate. An emotionally-charged play of family, secrets, and magical realism.” http://milagro.org/event/lydia/

“Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, March 16, 6PM, Gladstone Library. “Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Meet fellow fans, watch an episode, and share any show related news. All ages are welcome.”

“Wildfire in the West”, Thursday, March 16, 6:30PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. Presented by Paul Hessburg, PhD, EFHR Team Leader and Research Ecologist at the USDA Forest Service. Lecture and screening of “Era of Megafires”. “Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke. The Wildfire Project is a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. “ https://www.omsi.edu/calendar/reel-science-era-of-megafires Trailer: https://vimeo.com/137188036

“Coding with Robots for Teens”, Friday, March 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!”

“Kells St. Patrick’s Day Festival”, Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave., Pdx; and Kell’s Irish Pub, 210 NW 21st Ave, Pdx. Music, dancing, and Irish food. See their website for details on which events can include minors and a complete schedule: http://www.kellsportland.com/st-patrick-s-festival

“Penguin Teen on Tour”, Friday, March 17, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “Penguin Random House is sending four exciting young adult authors on tour! Join us here for Penguin Teen on Tour featuring Renée Ahdieh (‘The Wrath and The Dawn’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’), Natalie C. Anderson (‘City of Saints and Thieves’), Alwyn Hamilton (‘Rebel of the Sands’ and ‘Traitor to the Throne’), and Lesley Livingston (‘The Valiant’)!” http://www.penguinteen.com/event/penguin-teen-on-tour/

Studio Theatre Presents, “Doctor Who and the Curse of Highclere Castle”, Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 7PM, and Sunday, March 18, 3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free and open to the public. All ages. The story is an original play in which Doctor Who pays a visit to Highclere Castle. Highclere Castle is the real life set for “Downton Abbey” and the onetime home of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who was the sponsor of Howard Carter when he discovered the tomb of King Tutankamun. Lord Carnarvon died in Cairo soon after the tomb was discovered, and was the first victim of the “mummy’s curse”. “Flappers and jet-setters from around the world have gathered to view King Tutankhamen’s mummy at Highclere Castle. But as one after another falls under the mummy’s spell, the Dowager Countess knows it’s time to call help. She’s hoping ‘The Doctor’ still makes house calls…” http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/events/

“St. Patrick’s Day at McMenamin’s”, Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. Most McMenamin’s locations will feature live music, dancing and other festivities on one or both days, and many celebrations are all ages. Check your nearest locations for details. https://www.mcmenamins.com

Portlanders Stand with Refugees and Immigrants - Community Event”, Friday, March 17, 6PM, East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave., Pdx. Free. “An evening to welcome and honor refugee and immigrant families to Portland. Join Portland Parks and Recreation for an evening of Bollywood, African, and Middle Eastern music and dances. Come together to heal, honor, and welcome refugee and immigrant families in Portland. 

We will extend a special welcome to immigrant and refugee leaders and families.” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/628601

“Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Friday, March 17, 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/2017/3/17/haggart-observatory-public-night

All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon presents 76th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration”, Friday, March 17, 4:30PM, Holy Rosary Hall, 375 NE Clackamas St., Pdx. $12 ages 19 and up, $4 ages 3-18, free for ages 2 and under. Lots of music, dance and good Irish food for purchase. Details here: http://oregonirishclub.org/annual-st-patricks-day-festival/

Tween Takeover at the Library”, Saturday, March 18, 10AM, Tualatin Library. 4th -7th grade. Preregistration required; Contact Margaret Gunther at mgunther@ci.tualatin.or.us. “Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, ideas, and opinions! Tween Take-Over is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks.”

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, March 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/

Ordinary and Extraordinary Heroes”, Saturday, March 18, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 students. “Listen to the Portland Storyteller Guilds’ own threesome of hero-worshippers as they delve into intriguing stories of the famous and the not famous, individuals of legend and people just like us. Ones who confronted a challenge and did what seemed impossible. Ones who made a difference for others. Join Patrick Gannon, Edward Hershey and Eric Foxman for an evening of tales about men and women who have inspired the three of them and who will inspire you, too. You’ll come away energized and feeling good about the world and those who inhabit it: people just like each one of us.” http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2614761

Opera Bend Presents “Puccini’s La Boheme”, Saturday, March 18, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. $20 adults, $5 students. “La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The original libretto is based on Henri Murger’s novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. Although usually called a novel, it has no unified plot. Opera Bend is a non-profit, performing arts organization in beautiful Bend, serving all of Central Oregon. They are dedicated to promoting vocal arts, supporting local singers, educating children and audiences, and presenting outstanding opera theatre performances. We are thrilled to have them tour this beautiful opera to CCA and the communities of the Gorge.” https://www.columbiaarts.org/events/operabend-presents-puccinis-la-boheme/

Cherry Blossom Day”, Saturday, March 18, 10AM-2PM, Oregon Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem. Free. “Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol celebrates the rich impact of the Japanese culture on Oregon and the history of the cherry industry. Come celebrate the day with exhibits, booths, music and more!”

Irish Music, Dance and Culture by Peter Yeates and the Molly Malone Irish Dancers”, Saturday, March 18, 11AM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “Learn the history of Irish music and dance and watch the Molly Malone Dancers demonstrate the intricate steps.”

“Welcome Back Vulture Day”, Saturday, March 18, 12PM-3PM, Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Church, 17405 NE Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “Did you notice you see Turkey Vultures in the metropolitan area only in the spring and summer? That’s because they migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but it’s time to welcome them back. We’re lucky to still have good populations of Turkey Vultures in Oregon. Around the world vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As “Nature’s Recyclers,” they play an important role in reducing disease — and it’s up to us to help save them. Welcome Back Vulture Day is filled with fun and educational activities.” http://audubonportland.org/sanctuaries/ep/welcome

“Papier Mâché Creatures”, 2 Saturdays, March 18 and 25, 10AM, Ridgefield Library. “Make the creature of your dreams (or nightmare) out of papier mâché. The first Saturday, March 18, you will build your creature out of wire hangers, newspaper, masking tape, and strips of sheet dipped in glue. You will finish your creature on March 25.”

Build a City of Dreams for Teens”, Saturday, March 18, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/build-city-dreams/65046 “Cities are built by big dreamers that have to work with the realities of the space that’s available and the challenges of meeting many different people’s needs. So let's grab some tools and work together to dream up - and build -a model city of the future. Then when we're done, we'll use our Go-Pros to get miniaturized-streets-eye view of what its like to live in our Dream City.”

All About Whole Grains”, Saturday, March 18, 10:30AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Community Room. “Whole grains can reduce risks of heart disease, help with weight control, manage diabetes and add flavor to your diet. Tuality’s Educator Heidi Petrowsky, RD, LD, discusses the benefits of whole grains and shows you new ways to prepare them.”

Slough 101”, Saturday, March 18, 9AM, meeting at McKinstry Co., 16790 NE Mason St., Pdx. Free. Ages 14 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.columbiaslough.org/events/event/149/ “Ever wonder about that slow-moving channel of water running through Gresham, Fairview, and NE and N Portland? This free hands-on workshop will explore the unique character, challenges and opportunities of the Columbia Slough and its Watershed. You’ll learn about soil and sediment in relation to water quality, how the Slough has changed over time, and what that means for fish, wildlife, people and businesses. Open to everyone interested in learning more about the Columbia Slough Watershed. Study macroinvertebrates (water bugs) that live in the Slough and learn about water quality. Simulate and predict aquifer conditions with an interactive groundwater model. Discover a beautiful hidden part of this unique waterway through a short tour.” 

Fly Gals: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II”, Saturday, March 18, 4PM, Oregon City Library. “Author and speaker, Sig Unander, will share the fascinating story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in World War II. The WASPs were the first American women military pilots in history. During the war they flew vital ferry, training and flight missions to free up men for combat operations. Led by famed aviators Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Love, more than a thousand women pilots from all parts of the country graduated from military flight training and flew difficult and often hazardous missions. Presentation will include rare period photographs and profiles of individual WASPs, including Portland's remarkable Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American woman pilot.”

Author Talk, “Richard Mcbee”, Saturday, March 18, 3PM, Hood River Library. “The library will host a reading and Q/A with Hood River author Richard Mcbee. He will read from and discuss his book ‘The Ghosts of Ukuthula’. The book, published in 2016, is an adventure novel about the struggle for Black African majority rule in The Republic of South Africa. It focuses on the historical time period of 1989-90.” https://www.createspace.com/6210014

“Wig Stylin’ for Teens”, Saturday, March 18, 3PM, Kenton Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/wig-stylin’) and Saturday, March 25, 1PM, Rockwood Library (preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/fashion-costumes-and-wig-design-teens). “Come make your own wigs for a costume party or cosplay with Theater Professional Jessica Carr! Learn, explore and create different characters from History to Cosplay and everything in between. This program will focus on wig design. Already have a wig? No worries. Bring it in and we'll jazz it up together.”

“Mancala: An African Counting Game”, Saturday, March 18, 1PM, Midland Library. “Join us in hosting a tournament for this African counting game believed to have originated in East Africa and the Arabic speaking world. A short presentation will be given describing the origins and rules of the game. Players will then have the opportunity to compete and learn strategies for winning Mancala. Best for big and little kids ages 8 and older.”

The Audacious Adventures of Nellie Bly”, Saturday, March 18, 2:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room; and Tuesday, March 21, 6PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/audacious-adventures-nellie-bly “To celebrate Women’s History Month, we look at the life and times of one of America’s trailblazing journalists, Nellie Bly. She became one of the most famous people in the world when, in late 1889, she set out to accomplish what others had only dreamed of -- to make the fantasy of Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days a reality. Seventy-two days after departing Hoboken, she arrived back in New Jersey on January 25, 1890 -- the first person to circle the globe with such speed. But Bly’s complete story is even more remarkable. As one of Joseph Pulitzer’s prize reporters, she spent years documenting the lives of America’s underclass. The first story to put her in the forefront was a remarkable account of her experience in a madhouse. Posing as a mentally unstable woman, Bly spent 10 harrowing days in the most infamous asylum in New York City. Her expose of the horrors she witnessed and experienced shook the city and America to the core. This would be the first of many stories Bly would write as a covert reporter, single-handedly creating a whole new genre of journalism: underground investigative reporting. What really made Bly a household name was that she spent a lifetime doing things a 'reserved' Victorian woman just wasn’t supposed to do.”

Washington State Parks Free Day”, Sunday, March 19. Discover pass not required at Washington State Parks in honor of State Park’s 104th Birthday. http://discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures”, Sunday, March 19, 11AM-6PM, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. http://www.fenpnw.org/events/french-fest/french-fest-2016/

Smith-Bybee Lakes Bird Walk”, Sunday, March 19, meeting at 8AM, Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Portland. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Stroll a remarkable Portland treasure on a free expert-guided walk with naturalist Elaine Murphy. Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is a public park and nature reserve between the Columbia Slough and the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. At about 2,000 acres, it is one of the largest urban freshwater wetlands in the United States. Watch for lots of birds and a variety of interesting wildlife, including beavers, river otters, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles. You’ll also see a water control structure that is restoring this network of sloughs, wetlands and forests.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/smith-bybee-lakes-bird-walk/

All About Earthquakes”, Sunday, March 19, 10AM< OMSI Watershed Lab. $10. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/showing/all-about-earthquakes “Why do earthquakes happen? Will we get a large earthquake in Oregon or Washington? Experiment with a simple earthquake model to see how well you can forecast an earthquake.”

Pixilation for Teens”, Monday, March 20, 5:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/pixilation-teensPixilation is one of the coolest types of animations to watch and it turns out they are pretty awesome to make as well. Use your body and stop motion techniques to make an amazing film. Bring your friends and come learn how at the library!”

Book Release and Signing, “Lorena Alvarez”, Monday, March 20, 5PM-7PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. All ages. “This March, we are proud to host a book signing with Colombian artist Lorena Alvarez for her new all ages book, Nightlights. Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in a little girl’s bedroom. Sandy catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room. One day, a mysterious pale girl called Morfie appears at school and is fascinated by Sandy’s drawings in a way that no one else has been before. But there is a price to pay for this new friendship … Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Gomez.” http://nobrow.net/creator/lorena-alvarez-gomez/

“Bookbinding Workshop”, Monday, March 20, 5PM, Goldendale Library. Teens and adults. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events#/?i=20 “Bind your own blank journal from a reused book cover! All supplies provided.”

“Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Tuesday, March 21, 7PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “Often, new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated with their lack of success. Don't let that be you! Tim Lanfri, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, will walk you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. He will talk about site selection, soil preparation, planting times, and water and fertilization needs, as well as general garden maintenance. Focus will be on spring and summer gardens.”

“Hansel and Gretel”, Tuesday, March 21, 10AM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Pianists, Maria Antonia Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu will perform a four-hand concert arrangement of Engelbert Humperdinck’s popular opera. Returning to the “Little Ears” stage is Multnomah Youth Librarian Susan Smallsreed.” http://theoldchurch.org/calendar/?mc_id=2328

“Wolfways: Wolf Education”, Tuesday, March 21, 3:30PM, Gladstone Library. “Through lively interactive multi-media presentations – including video and audio clips, a replica wolf skull and track, wolf fur, a life size wolf and bull elk cut outs, and lots of pictures and wolf stories from the field – children will enter the world of wolves.” http://www.oregonwild.org/wildlife/wolves/wolfways-wolf-education

Author Talk, “Patricia Kullberg”, Tuesday, March 21, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. “Broadway Books is pleased to welcome author Patricia Kullberg, who will read from her newly published book, ‘On the Ragged Edge of Medicine’. The book offers a unique and personal glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland. Told through fifteen patient vignettes and drawn from the author’s decades of experience on the front lines, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Kullberg’s stories show the direct and sometimes devastating effects of poverty on personal health, poignantly demonstrating that medicine is as much a social enterprise as a scientific one.” http://patriciakullberg.com

“Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean”, Tuesday, March 21, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jonathan White, Author, Founder and Former Director of the Resource Institute. “After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide. He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly? He read a book, then two. Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and crisscrossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. In China he confronted the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that races eighty miles up the Qiantang River; at London’s Royal Society, he dug into the earliest Western tide science, which preoccupied thinkers from Da Vinci to Galileo to Newton; and in the Arctic he followed an Inuit elder down a small hole through thick winter ice to gather fresh blue mussels in the cavities left by low tide. With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.” https://omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-ocean-tides

“Sweet Crepe Making for Teens”, Wednesday, March 22, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/sweet-crepe-making-teens “Come see a demonstration and learn how to make fresh French crepes with sweet filling.”

“Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden”, Wednesday, March 22, 6:30PM, Lao Buddhist Center NW, 17676 SE Foster Rd., Gresham. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://jcwc.org/events/pollinatorsworkshop/ “Join JCWC at this free workshop from EMSWCD, and check out the riparian restoration taking place at Lao Buddhist Center! Gardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit and vegetable plants produce an edible harvest.
Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us realize the numerous flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that might literally be at our doorsteps, providing critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.”

Lichens, Mosses and Ferns”, Wednesday, March 22, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14, or $65 for class plus a field trip. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/lichensferns. “The forests of Oregon are famous for being carpeted in lush layers of lichens, mosses, and ferns. Indeed, these primitive organisms are both diverse and abundant in our region. They play crucial roles in forest ecosystems, such as providing food and shelter for animals, as well as nutrients for the soil. Naturalist Ivan Phillipsen will introduce you to the fascinating microcosm of local lichens and simple plants. You’ll learn the key differences among the groups and how to recognize our most common species.”

Crafternoon: Mondrian Art”, Wednesday, March 22, 3PM, West Linn Library. “Learn how to make a work of art in the style of artist Piet Mondrian! Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who was born in 1872. At one time, Mondrian painted realistic landscapes, but as he painted more and more, his style began to change. He started to create abstract images. How did he come to paint this way? Well, the more Mondrian looked at trees, buildings and vases, the more he saw their basic shapes and colors. You can try this too... just squint your eyes while you are looking at something and all the details will start to disappear. You will see only shapes and color... no real objects. This is what Mondrian did. Eventually, Mondrian's style consisted of geometric shapes and primary colors. After all, every shape can be created from the basic geometric shapes and every color can be created from the primaries - red, yellow and blue. Join us as we create our own works of art in this fun and simple abstract style!”

Container Gardens”, Thursday, March 23, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library 16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Oak Grove. “Learn all about planning, planting and harvesting plants in containers. Free of charge and open to all ages.”

Navigating Adolescence”, Thursday, March 23, 7PM, Sellwood Middle School Library, 8300 SE 15th Ave., Pdx. Donations requested. “Sellwood resident Peter Mortola, PhD, is a parent of sixth and third graders, and is a Professor of Counseling and School Psychology at Lewis and Clark College’s School of Education and Counseling. He is also co-author of ‘The Bear Inside’, a children’s book on the effects of childhood aggressive energy. He’ll be giving a free talk for parents called Navigating Adolescence – ‘helping our teens find a line through three crucial passages’ – this evening, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Sellwood Middle School Library. It’s free, but donations can be made to the PTA and the school foundation at the door.” http://www.readthebee.com/community.html

Speaker Series: Governor Barbara Roberts”, Thursday, March 23, 12PM, Oregon Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem. Free. “Exploring Oregon's Heritage -- Womens' History Month. Join Governor Barbara Roberts who served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995 as she discusses her journey to Capitol. She was the first woman to serve as Oregon governor, and the only woman elected to that office until 2016. Roberts, a democrat, was also the first woman to serve as majority leader in the Oregon House of Representative. She also won two terms as Oregon Secretary of State, and served in local and county government in Portland. She will be speaking at noon in hearing room C and signing her book, ‘Up the Capitol Steps,’ in front of the Capitol Store directly after.” https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/capitolhistorygateway/Pages/Events.aspx

Author Talk, “John Shewey presents Birds of the Pacific Northwest”, Thursday, March 23, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “Highlighting the breadth of this beautiful new book, he’ll present a special program on Birding the Border Country: Lake, Harney, Washoe and Humboldt Counties. Among the remotest regions in the Western United States, Northwestern Nevada and adjacent Southeast Oregon—the border country—offers outstanding and largely unheralded birding opportunities. Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge (Oregon) and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (Nevada) alone offer excellent bird-watching, but these sprawling preserves barely scratch the surface of what this area offers to people who love wild lands and wildlife.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/free-author-event-john-shewey-presents-birds-of-the-pacific-northwest

Nature Book Club for Teens”, Thursday, March 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. March's selection is ‘Operation Redwood’ by S. Terrell French. Learn about threats to our old growth forests and examine how far we might go to protect them in this story about a group of kids who band together to save a redwood grove in California.”

Selfie Stickers for Teens”, Friday, March 24, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Who doesn’t love a selfie? What if you could print them out as stickers? Come learn how to edit your selfie using an iPad and print it out as a sticker.”

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest”, Friday, March 24 through April 30, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn. On weekends, get there early! http://www.woodenshoe.com/events/tulip-fest/

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, March 24, 7PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’re fans of strong stories, diverse characters, and Rainbow Rowell (of course!). This month our group meets to discuss The Program by Suzanne Young. Join us!” http://www.authorsuzanneyoung.com/

Container Vegetable Gardens”, Saturday, March 25, 1PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Multipurpose Room. “For all those gardeners and aspiring gardeners, who want to grow their own healthy food, but have little or no outdoor garden space, here’s the answer: Do your vegetable gardening in containers. Join Award-winning writer Maggie Stuckey, author of The Bountiful Container, which Sunset magazine calls ‘the definitive work’ on the subject, as she explains all the how-tos!”

Spring Whale Watch Week”, Saturday, March 25 through Friday, March 31. “People come from all over the world to learn about the gray whales that travel along the Oregon coast each year. Whales are visible from Oregon's shores all year long although some months are better than others. Spring watching begins in late March as the gray whales travel north on their way towards Alaska. The first surge swims by around the end of March and we watch the north-bound whales all the way until June. The Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during the two official watch weeks. Our official Whale Watch Weeks typically take place between the Christmas Holiday and New Year's day and during the last week in March. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay year round, or join us at any of our locations during the Whale Watch Weeks for an amazing display of ocean life!” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_whaleWatching

Koll Creekside Marsh Bird Walk”, Saturday, March 25, meeting at 8AM, Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Escape the winter doldrums with a Westside birding adventure to Koll Creekside Marsh! .Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and the hosting Backyard Bird Shop of Beaverton for a free tour of this unique area, a wildlife refuge as well as a high tech industrial site. There is the possibility of seeing river otters. Belted Kingfishers, and abundant waterfowl. In the winter you might see a Great Blue Heron, Great Egret in addition to Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, and Northern Shoveler. In warmer seasons there is the likelihood for seeing up to four types of swallows as they fly about catching insects: Cliff, Barn, Violet-green and Tree Swallows.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/koll-creekside-marsh-bird-walk/

Author Talk, “Leif Whittaker”, Saturday, March 25, 7PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Free. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.columbiaarts.org/events/old-man-mountain-book-discussion/ Leif Whittaker discusses his book, “My Old Man and the Mountain”. “In 1963, the world followed the first American Mount Everest Expedition, and watched as “Big Jim” Whittaker became the first American to stand on top of the world. He returned a hero. My Old Man and the Mountain, published by Mountaineers Books, is author Leif Whittaker’s engaging and humorous story of what it was like to “grow up Whittaker,” as the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts and in an extended family of accomplished climbers. In this presentation at the Columbia Art Center, Leif will share glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early in his young life. He talk about his first adventures with the family in the Olympic Mountains and on Mount Rainier, his close (yet at times competitive) relationship with his brother Joss, his battle with a serious back injury, and his efforts to stand apart from his father’s legacy. With wry honesty he discusses being a recent college grad, still living in his parents’ home and trying to find purpose in life—digging ditches, building houses, selling t-shirts to tourists—until a chance encounter lead to the opportunity to climb Everest, just like his father did. This unique coming-of-age tale moves to the steep slopes of Everest and a climbing adventure that lights the imagination and fills an emotional human endeavor with universal meaning.”

Homeless in the Land of Plenty”, Saturday, March 25, 3PM, Oregon City Library. “Home is one of the most intimate places we know. It’s a place that provides for and shapes our expression of security, identity, and even play. But an estimated 100 million people around the world lack shelter altogether, and as many as one billion lack adequate permanent housing. Join us for a conversation about how homelessness affects all people within a community and what it means for there to be masses of people not adequately housed. The conversation will be led by Ryan Stroud, founder and director of Communitalks, an applied storytelling project that leverages personal narrative to empower individual and social change.”

Emergency Preparedness”, Saturday, March 25, 3PM, Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, Pdx. $10-$20 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: https://commitchange.com/or/portland/rewild-portland/events/march-2017-free-skills-series-emergency-preparedness “We would like to invite you to this month's Rewilding Skill Series. The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a class and networking event that happens monthly, that usually (but not always) occurs on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends, learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. We ask for a $10–$20 suggested donation with no one turned away. This month's theme is Emergency Preparedness, brought to us by Sharon Ross of Afrovivalist. Are you and/or your family prepared for the big earthquake? What can we do right now that would get us more prepared? Rewilding is a long term plan, but what about the short term? How can we feel more prepared and confident? Come down and check out this class and learn to be better prepared. Or come down and share what you know and what you do to prepare yourself and your loved ones. “

Introduction to Wild Foods”, Saturday, March 25, 9AM, Mt. Tabor Park, Portland. Preregistration required; registration and fee details here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/introduction-to-wild-foods/ Presented by Dr. John Kallas. “In a walk through several habitats within Mt Tabor Park, learn essentials of wild food use and study, the best books, resources, and field guides. Be a successful forager early on, sample plants, get expert advice. This core workshop provides a deeper understanding for all other workshops. Anyone genuinely serious about wild foods will benefit from this event.”

Beyond Fight or Flight: Coping with Conflict”, Saturday, March 25, 3PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/beyond-fight-or-flight-coping-conflict “When conflict comes up - with neighbors, family members, community, or co-workers - what do you do? Would you like to be more effective? Conflict, squabble, friction, disagreement: however you describe it, the feeling is awkward for many, invigorating for some, and always an opportunity. In this interactive workshop, we will introduce and practice a couple of key skills you can apply right away to engage with conflict in ways that often work better ... for everyone involved.”

Spring Gardening Workshop: Red Worm Composting”, Saturday, March 25, 1PM, Washougal Library. “Learn how to do red worm composting in your own yard, and why it's beneficial to maintain a worm bin. Presented by Clark County Master Composter Pete DuBois.”

Author Talk, “Roger Shipman”, Saturday, March 25, 1PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Visitor Center, Vancouver. Free. “Author Roger Shipman will discuss his new book, Into the Eye of the Setting Sun, a publication of the memoir of his great-great-grandmother, who crossed the continent on the first Oregon Trail wagon train in 1843.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=A7F173FB-1DD8-B71B-0B4DC30AE2441405

“Egg to Fledgling: The Life Cycle of Birds”, Saturday, March 25, 2PM, Battle Ground Library. “Come learn about bird watching and our fascinating feathered friends. Guest speaker Kiana Rose will talk about her experiences birding and journaling, and members of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge will also be present. Afterwards, we will make a seed treat for the birds!”

“Ecoblitz: Salamanders”, Saturday, March 25, 1PM-4PM, Powell Butte Nature Park, 16160 SE Powell Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Survey areas on Powell Butte for signs of Oregon Slender Salamanders! No training or materials required.” http://jcwc.org/events/ecoblitz-salamanders/

“Vernal Equinox Celebration”, Saturday, March 25, 7PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park. Free with $5 parking fee. Be sure to check their website to make sure that this event is not cancelled due to overcast skies: https://www.omsi.edu/calendar/star-party-vernal-equinox-celebration “On Saturday March 25, OMSI and Rose City Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park! From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planet Jupiter, waxing gibbous Moon, Orion Nebula, and more! Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Author Talk, “Julie Scelfo”, Sunday, March 26, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Julie Scelfo discusses her book, “The Women Who Made New York”. “The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. Paired with striking, contemporary illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual sensation—one that reinvigorates not just New York City’s history but its very identity.” http://www.juliescelfo.com/the-women-who-made-new-york/

“Sweet Crepes for Families”, Sunday, March 26, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/sweet-crepes-families-crepes-dulces-para-familias “Come see a demonstration and learn how to make fresh French crepes with sweet filling.”

“Mediumship in the 21st Century”, Sunday, March 26, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “Are you curious how psychic mediums connect with the "other side?" Join us for an exclusive evening with professional psychic medium, speaker, and media personality Ankhasha Amenti, who will give a unique view into the history of mediumship and how the process works. She will give a demonstration of her abilities by offering readings to members of the audience and will also answer your burning questions. Don't miss this exciting evening of discovery and messages from the other side. (Not all attendees are guaranteed a reading.) https://www.mcmenamins.com/mission-theater/mediumship-in-the-21st-century/venue/163405

The Man. The Music. A 500th year Celebration of Heinrich Isaac”, Sunday, March 26, 3PM, Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Pdx. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. “The Oregon Renaissance Band, directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman, presents a performance of music by the renowned renaissance composer Heinrich Isaac on the date of the 500th anniversary of his passing on March 26th, 1517. A variety of songs, motets, and instrumental works from his vast repertoire performed, by 11 of the northwest’s finest renaissance music specialists. There will be an audience sing-a-long on Isaac’s much beloved “Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen” with music provided. Lieder, motets, chansons, dances and instrumental music for voices, viola da braccio, viols, recorders, racketts, shawms, sackbutts, spinettino, bagpipes and much more.” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/467901

Physics Phenomena”, Sunday, March 26, 10AM, OMSI Physics Lab. $10. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/physics-phenomena “View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.”

Wild Foods of Oxbow’s Old Growth Forest”, Sunday, March 26, 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham. Preregistration required; registration and fee details here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/wild-foods-of-oxbows-old-growth-forest/ “Come join us to learn about trees, shrubs, and herbs of North America that are found at Oxbow Regional Park, Metro, off the Sandy River Gorge. Find a diversity of edible wild plants including fiddlehead fern, elderberries, Solomon’s seal, fairly bells, nettles, red huckleberries, salmonberry, and more. Explore one of the more beautiful habitats just east of Gresham.”

Festival of Illusions”, Sunday, March 26 through April 4, Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NW U.S. 101, Lincoln City. “Lincoln City is magic during Spring Break! Visit the Lincoln City Cultural Center from March 26 through April 4, 2017 for a week full of amazing performances and learn from the pros at a one-of-a-kind magic camp for kids during the Festival of Illusions.” http://www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org/festival-of-illusions

Storyteller Will Hornyak”, Sunday, March 26, 2PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Join storyteller William Kennedy Hornyak as he retells one of the oldest Irish myths as well as poems, songs, stories and lore in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish oral tradition in The First Irishman: the Legend of the Tuan MacCairill.”

Cooking Around the World: Russian Pelmeni”, Sunday, March 26, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/cooking-around-world-russian-pelmeni/69707https://multcolib.org/events/cooking-around-world-russian-pelmeni/69707 “Learn to make traditional Russian pelmeni: meat dumplings. Discover the history and tradition behind this immensely popular dish and enjoy some pelmeni samples.”

MakeIt! Smartphone Projectors for Teens”, Monday, March 27, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Got a smartphone? Bring it in and we'll provide the materials to make your very own projector!”

Author Talk, “Jon Morris”, Monday, March 27, 7PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Jon Morris discusses his book, “The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History”. “Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous—some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird. In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics.” 

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Monday, March 27, 12PM, Rockwood Library. “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as Loop de Loo, Miss Mary Mac, Ham Bone and Shortnin’ Bread. Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Monday, March 27, Forest Grove Library. “Join Master Gardener Sal Bianco and learn how to get your garden ready to yield delicious vegetables this year!”

Stories of Resistance to Japanese American Incarceration and Discrimination”, Monday, March 27, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. Presented by George Nakata and Linda Tamura. “In recognition of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps until after the conclusion of World War II, and the second annual Minoru Yasui Day, this program offers stories of those who stood against the incarceration and the racism faced by many Japanese Americans after the war. George Nakata grew up in Portland’s Nihonmachi and was incarcerated at Minidoka as a child. In his adulthood, Mr. Nakata has become a trusted story-teller, sharing many stories of incarceration from the community. Linda Tamura will highlight some of the Hood River, Oregon, residents who supported their Japanese American neighbors in the face of aggressive discrimination they faced after the war. We will read personal letters and proclamations from Oregonians to Governor Sprague in 1941 and 1942, both advocating for and resisting the exclusion and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans. On view will be Architecture of Internment: The Buildup to Wartime Incarceration, a traveling exhibit about the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II curated by Anne Galisky (Graham Street Productions).” http://www.ohs.org/events/stories-of-resistance-to-japanese-american-incarceration-and-discrimination.cfm

Arcade Camp for Teens”, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 27-April 1, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/arcade-camp-teens “Have fun making arcade games out of cardboard and circuits! Work with friends and mentors to make your own playable skeeball game, bowling alley, ball toss, or another game of your invention using art supplies, cardboard, recycled materials and electronic components such as LED lights and motors. Build a business plan, work on money management and marketing skills to see who makes the most profit at the fair. On Saturday, April 1, teens will host an arcade fair for families, using fake money to pay for game use. There will be special prize for whoever sells the most game plays. Snacks provided during the camp with a special pizza party celebration for all of the proud teen inventors on Saturday.”

Rock Out and Write Music Camp for Teens”, Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31, 1PM-3PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/rock-out-and-write-music-camp-teens/72308 “Rock out and write music with Peter McCoid, lead performer of Andromeda Sun and solo musician. Peter learned music in youth programs just like you. He has been playing musical instruments and performing since grade school and now has his own band and just recently released a new CD. Come join the fun with other teens and learn basic principles of music and song writing. No experience necessary. Music equipment available or bring your own.”

“Hands on Henna Workshop”, Tuesday, March 28, 2PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Event Room. For grade 6- adult. Preregistration required; register online. “Wendy from Roving Horse Henna will lead a henna workshop featuring the history of henna, a hands-on mixing demonstration, books, artifacts and hennaed objects to explore.”

Oregon Bird Man”, Tuesday, March 28, 2PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. All ages. “Bird Man Karl Anderson will take families on an amazing avian adventure, featuring more than a dozen live birds! You’ll learn all about our feathered friends in this family-friendly event.” http://oregonbirdman.com

Author Talk, “Annie Jacobsen”, Tuesday, March 28, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Annie Jacobsen discusses her book, “Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis”. “This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances. For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army-and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never before seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than fifty of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers, as well as the government psychics themselves. Who did the U.S. government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.” http://anniejacobsen.com/

Screening, “Seed: The Untold Story”, Tuesday, March 28, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.” http://www.seedthemovie.com

“Beginning Cybersecurity”, Tuesday, March 28, 9:30AM, Albina 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.”

Collage and Assemblage”, Tuesday, March 28, 11AM, Capitol Hill Library. “Create a collage with exciting and unexpected materials from SCRAP! Participants will have access to a wide variety of paper and small objects to re-purpose into a work of art, such as sheet music, vintage book pages, maps, magazines, wrapping paper, playing cards, paint samples, puzzle pieces, jewelry bits, bottle caps, buttons and much more! SCRAP provides an exciting introduction to creative reuse art with every workshop by sharing examples of projects to inspire reuse!”

Cowgirls and Ranch Women: Pioneers Pushing Gender Boundaries”, Tuesday, March 28, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “Cowgirls appeared on the American frontier in the mid-1800's. In an era when women were expected to act ladylike, sew, serve tea in the parlor, and care for her husband and family, these determined and spirited female pioneers lived on the fringes of society working stock alongside the cowboys. Lynne McKee will present stories and images of the early cowgirls of the American West who worked on ranches, performed in Wild West shows and competed in rodeos, while discussing their impact on re-defining gender roles.” https://www.mcmenamins.com/blackberry-hall/cowgirls-and-ranch-women-pioneers-pushing-gender-boundaries/163384

Creating Your Own Graphic Novel for Kids”, Tuesday, March 28, 1:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room. “A workshop for young writers and illustrators to create their own autobiographical comic.”

Create and Design Your Own Skateboard for Teens”, Tuesday, March 28 through Friday, March 31, 1PM-4PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/create-and-design-your-own-skateboard “Have you ever wanted to create your own skateboard? Come to the makerspace and assemble your very own board to take home. You can paint and design your own stickers to give your board your own unique flair.”

Oregon Trail Retro Game Competition for Teens”, Wednesday, March 29, 2PM, Beaverton Library. “You have cholera! Play the retro Oregon Trail video game in the Teen Room. Be the first to reach the Willamette Valley alive and win a prize! Practice online at bit.ly/1HGcOAu.”

Best of Funny Shakespeare”, Wednesday, March 29, 1PM, Gresham Library. “Join the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival for an interactive, improvisational, fun and funny performance of the best of Shakespeare’s comedies. OPS Fest brings a new style of Shakespearean performance to the Portland area by reviving the old. First Folio editions of Shakespeare's plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal. OPS Fest performs using the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. This lends a much more immediate, organic and improvisational feel to the performances.”

Experimental Printmaking for Teens”, Wednesday, March 29, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/experimental-printmaking Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Printmaking is a process of art making in which an image is imprinted on a piece of paper or other surface. The interactive and immediate process of printmaking is a great way to develop creativity for all ages. In this workshop, participants can explore unique forms of printmaking including leaf rubbings, fruit stamps, Rorschach inkblot monoprints, and more.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

Classical Up Close Kids Concert”, Wednesday, March 29, 2:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Classical Up Close offers free chamber music performed by members of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy special performances just for children and families.”

Writer and Naturalist Jack Nisbet”, Wednesday, March 29, 7PM, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. “The presentation highlights a section from his recent book, 'Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest', focusing on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods shaping our current landscape, mining, tribal rights, and land use issues. Signed copies of Nisbet's books will be available for purchase that evening at the Visitor Center Bookstore, managed by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.” https://www.flashalert.net/id/FVNHS

Breakout Box”, Wednesday, March 29, 3PM, Tigard Library. Ages 10 and up. “There's a mystery prize trapped in a box. Only you can solve the puzzles to unlock it. Working in teams, hunt for clues around the library until the last lock is opened and the final mystery is revealed.”

Babysitter Training for Teens”, Wednesday, March 29, 12PM, Hollywood Library; Thursday, March 30, 10AM, North Portland Library; and Friday, March 31, 10:30AM, Gregory Heights Library. “This KidProof babysitter course provides interactive discussion, activities and hands-on practice to increase your confidence and give you the skills you need to be the best sitter possible. This popular program geared toward 10 year-olds and older is packed full of advice, guides, tips, and information based on real life experiences from kids and experts in the know.”

My Piñata”, Wednesday, March 29, 2PM, Tualatin Library. Grades 2 and up. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/piñata-workshop-grades-2-and-taller-de-piñata-de-2o-grado-y-adelante “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican Piñata tradition, its meaning and its role in other Mexican celebrations. Participants will craft their own piñata in the traditional form, with cardboard and glue made out of flour and water and decorate them with color paper shaped in various forms. Finally they will learn the traditional piñata song and lyrics.”

Mammals of Oregon 2: Carnivores and Hoofed Mammals”, Wednesday, March 29, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14, or $65 for class plus field trip. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/Mammals2 “Large mammals still roam the forests, mountains, and open country of Oregon. We are sometimes luck enough to encounter these fascinating animals in the wild but mammals can be surprisingly elusive, making them less familiar to many of us than birds or other animals. In this class, you'll learn about the diversity of Oregon's cats, bears, canines, weasels, deer, sheep, and more. Your instructor, Dr. Ivan Phillipsen, will introduce you to the habitats, behaviors, and identification of numerous species that you might encounter in wild places. The field trip will be to a local wildlife refuge or similar location, where mammals and their sign might be observed.”

Bob Eaton, Magician”, Thursday, March 30, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. 

Author Talk, “Paul Watson”, Thursday, March 30, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Paul Watson discusses his book, “Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition”. “The true story of the greatest mystery of Arctic exploration―and the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge that led to the shipwreck’s recent discovery. Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845―whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice―with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones―until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.” http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Author.aspx?id=4294992705

Cupfakes for Teens”, Thursday, March 30, 2PM, Capitol Hill 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.” http://penfelt.com/libraries/

The Living Roots of Music”, Thursday, March 30, 6PM, McMinnville Library. “Join us for an evening with internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon as she traces the story of music and performs music from around the world on a variety of instruments. Lauren Pelon's current program melds her own original compositions with her arrangements of music from ancient Greece, medieval Europe, and contemporary Africa and Middle East.” http://home.earthlink.net/~laurenpelon/

Zombie Cannibal Asylum for Teens”, Friday, March 31, 6PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/zombie-cannibal-asylum “A murder has taken place at the Penderghast Asylum. Only zombies witnessed the crime and they are irredeemably insane! Solve the clues and figure out who done it!”

Oregon Ghost Conference”, Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 First Ave., Seaside, OR. “The 6th Annual Oregon Ghost Conference will take place March 31st - April 2nd, 2017 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. The Oregon Ghost Conference is the Northwest's largest paranormal convention and attracts visitors from all across the west coast and beyond. We have a jam packed weekend filled with speakers, courses, tours, parties, and so much more. Join us for a weekend of ghosts at the coast! Attendees will connect with and learn from some of the top paranormal experts in our area. Do not miss this great event!” http://www.oregonghostconference.com

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