Friday, March 31, 2017

Amazing April

This is my list of events in the greater Portland area and beyond for April 2017. Please be sure to doublecheck anything you plan to attend in case of mistakes, typos and cancellations. If you are looking for regularly occurring events in the homeschool community, they're listed on this page: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/p/portland-area-classes-and-drop-in.html

Wildflowers are where it's at this April! Some hot spots for wildflower peeping are Coyote Wall, Catherine Creek, Columbia Hills State Park, Tom McCall Preserve, Memaloose Hills, Dog Mountain and Lyle Cherry Orchard, all in the Columbia River Gorge, where fields of yellow balsamroot (in the sunflower family) and blue lupines will be the stars of the show at most spots. Also camas lilies will be creating an ocean of blue at Camassia Natural Area, Lacamas Lake Park, and Bridal Veil Overlook. Directions, detailed hike info and parking regulations for most of these spots can be found on the Oregon Hiker's Guide: https://www.oregonhikers.org/ If you are heading out near Hood River, you can combine wildflower peeping with checking out the spectacular cherry blossoms on the Fruit Loop: http://hoodriverfruitloop.com/travel-tips/fruit-loop-map and at Columbia Hills State Park you can also reserve a spot on a guided tour of the amazing petroglyphs: http://parks.state.wa.us/489/Columbia-Hills

Earth Day is April 22, and tons of local parks and nature preserves are hosting volunteer events this month to help beautify our public lands by planting native plants, picking up litter or pulling invasive weeds. Most are family friendly. (You may find it's a good idea to pick up a pair of gardening gloves in kids' sizes.) Check with one near you, or check the official Earth Day website: http://www.earthday.org; SOLVE: http://solveoregon.org/; or Hands On Greater Portland: http://www.handsonportland.org/.

Audubon Society of Portland offers year-round free guided birding walks, with tons in April during spring migration. Join in, or get tips on hot spots for birding from their locations: http://audubonportland.org/about/events In addition, see their Morning Bird Song Walks in April and May: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/Birdwalks

Registration for free Community Paddles with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership for the summer will begin to open in April, 6 weeks before each event. Details here: http://www.estuarypartnership.org/get-involved/canoe-paddles “The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership invites you to join us on our canoes. Come aboard and help paddle our 29-foot, 12-passenger canoes, led by Estuary Partnership Educators. Enjoy the wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective.” 

Teen Poetry Contest: List Poems”, Beaverton Libraries, now through April 15. “April is National Poetry Month - celebrate by writing poetry! Teens in grades 6-12, this year, write a List Poem - a poem with repetition, made up of a list of things, that may include rhyming. There will be cash prizes for three winners in middle and high school. Find full guidelines and an entry form at http://beavertonlibrary.org/index.aspx?NID=139. Entries are due April 15 at the main library or the Murray Scholls branch. While all ages are welcome for the announcement of winners at the Poetry Coffeehouse at Beaverton Main Library on April 27 at 6 p.m., only those in grades 6-12 may be present during the event. First place $100, second place $50, third place $25.” 

Oregon Ghost Conference”, now 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

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

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

Festival of Illusions”, now 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

Milagro Theatre presents, “Lydia”, now 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/

Rang Barse Holi Festival of Colors”, Saturday, April 1, 11AM-3PM, 490 NE 28th Ave., Hillsboro. $15, free for kids under 2. http://bollywoodmovez.weebly.com/

“Who’s Fooling Who?”, Saturday, April 1, 7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., Pdx. $10 adults, $8 students. “Five fabulous fools fashion facts, fiction and fabrications, fueling fantastically foolish fun. Join our 'Five Fabulous Fools', Anne Rutherford, Brian Rohr, Pearl Steinberg, Norm Brecke and Brianna Barrett for an evening of storytelling for adults and wiser children.” http://www.portlandstorytellers.org/calendar/?mc_id=38

“Oregon Rocketry Model Rocket Launch”, Saturday, April 1, 10AM-1PM, Garden Home Park, 8020 SW 83rd Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “No waiver. Class 1 rockets only. Launch times are Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1:30pm to 4:00pm for the final two launches due to youth soccer. All launches at Garden Home Park are sanctioned under NAR. Garden Home Park flights are limited to C impulse, due to the size of our flying field.” http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=54

"Art of the Story Festival", Washington County Libraries, Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 8.  Complete list here: https://www.wccls.org/art-story-13th-annual-storytelling-festival

Hood River Valley Blossom Time”, throughout April. “Starting in early April, the cherry, apple and pear trees in the Hood River valley welcome spring’s return by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers. They start in the lower elevations and, like a domino effect, move up the valley creating a patchwork of color. The area celebrates spring with the annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April. Visit Hood River in April and enjoy family-friendly farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, wine and cider tasting, and the Hood River County Hard- Pressed Cider Fest. One of the best ways to enjoy Blossom Time is to drive the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile drive that follows the county’s Scenic Tour Route and passes the valley’s plethora of orchards, wineries and farms. Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more. Download the Blossom Time Event Guide — you’ll see there’s something for everyone.” http://hoodriver.org/hood-river-valley-blossom-time/

"Open Garden Days", Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, 11AM-4PM, Cecil and Molly Smith Rhododendron Garden, 5055 Ray Bell Rd. NE, St. Paul. (near Champoeg State Park). $3 admission. This garden is absolutely stunning in the springtime and is not to be missed! http://smithgarden.org/smithgarden.org/Welcome.html

“Know Your City! Tour”, Saturday, April 1, 12PM, meeting outside Voodoo Doughnut, 22 SW 3rd Ave., Pdx. $12. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/know-your-city-tour-tickets-32944232085 “Know Your City! is a downtown walking tour that illustrates the origins of Portland and its journey to the present. While exploring downtown art, parks, buildings, and bridges, we cover the collective history of Portland, from pop culture to marginalized histories, including the thousands of Multnomah people native to the region to the lessons we’ve learned while transforming into a growing urban city. While there are a lot of “Beginners Guides to Portland” tours, KYC stands out with our emphasis on history about communities of color, Portland’s unique style of urban planning, and influential social movements that have been active.”

Quingming Festival”, Saturday, April 1 through Wednesday, April 5, 10AM-1PM, Lan Su Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, free for kids 5 and under, $28 family pass. Washington and Clackamas County Libraries have cultural passes available. “The Chinese Qingming Festival is a time to commemorate and honor family heritage. Respecting parents and ancestors is very important in Chinese culture. During Qingming, people visit cemeteries to sweep and clean the graves of loved ones. It is a tradition to show respect to those who have passed by leaving offerings of flowers, food and baskets of fruit. Families bow at the memorials and burn incense and Joss paper as a way to insure the blessings of prosperity from their ancestors. Take part in the custom of honoring family by writing a fond memory or wish for your ancestors and tying it to the branch of the special memory tree at Lan Su as an expression of remembrance.” http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/qingming-festival/

Portland Lindy Exchange Afternoon Dance”, Saturday, April 1, 1PM-4PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. The Portland Lindy Society is a non-profit organization promoting classic jazz music and dance from the 20's through the early 50's. This year we are providing the live, local music of Doug and Dee's Hot Lovin Jazz Bables and a free dance lesson!” http://pdxlx.com

Tree History in Humboldt”, Saturday, April 1, 9AM, UNITE Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/621800 “Join Portland historian Dave Hedberg and the Humboldt Tree Team to learn about the trees in your community and how history has shaped our urban forest. Using trees as historical anchors, we'll explore the history of Humboldt and how trees are inextricably intertwined with the neighborhood. Understanding and valuing trees historically leaves us better equipped to make future decisions and avoid unexpected consequences inherited from our past.” 

Plant Identification Made Easy”, Saturday, April 1, 9AM, Mt. Tabor Visitor Center, Pdx. Price and preregistration info here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/plant-identification-made-easy/ “Come join us learn about plants and their parts. It’s one thing to have a field guide, it is another thing to understand the descriptions and interpret photographs within the books. Learn how to look at plants and identify differences and uniqueness that allows a more positive identification when in the field. Learn the best field guides and attributes you should look for in a guide.”

Rhododendron and Daffodil Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, 5801 SE 28th Ave., Pdx. http://www.rhodies.org/chapter/sales-shows/early/flyers/earlyshow.pdf

Traditional Shed Raising”, Saturday, April 1, 8AM-4PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Students from Newberg's Anvil Academy will be on hand demonstrating crafts and building techniques of the 19th century. They will be getting building materials and roofing needs ready for a ‘shed’ raising to take place on Saturday April 1st. Come out and see what it takes to raise a building the old fashioned way. Work will begin Saturday Morning April 1st.” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=46481

Volunteer in Champoeg’s 1860s Kitchen Garden”, Saturday, April 1, 9AM-12PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Calling all volunteers to help out in the garden! Come experience what it might have been like to garden as the Pioneers did. Champoeg’s Kitchen Garden is representative of what was growing in a family’s garden on the farm in the late nineteenth century. Trellis structures are hand-built from trees cut locally and there is a white-washed fence line. All the vegetables, flowers and herbs are those that would have been available from the 1860s –1880s in the Willamette Valley. Garden volunteers help to maintain this beautiful garden similarly to the pioneer families. This involved lots of seed planting, weeding, edging, pruning, watering, harvesting and seed saving. Other opportunities may include pest management, historic gardening demonstrations during park events, and assistance with presentations on pioneer gardening. Contact the Park to be added to our email and phone list for monthly volunteer opportunities and events, generally held from 9-1 pm on Thursdays and 9-12pm on Saturdays. In your email specify what type of involvement you’d like to have!” http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45295

Protesting for Kiddos”, Saturday, April 1, 11AM, Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. Pdx. Free. “Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Police School Resource Officers, Greenpeace, and Resist! Portland have teamed up for this fun event! Craft station: make protest signs and learn fun chants based on nursery rhymes (in English and Russian). Compete to be the first to cross the gym against an attack of “rubber bullets” (Nerf blasters), “water canons” (supersoakers) and “tear gas” (silly string) while tipping over “cars” (our toddler ride-ons from indoor playground) and “looting” for goody bags filled with fun prizes! Families can pick up information from the George Soros Foundation on paid protest opportunities for the whole family!” Preregistration encouraged to reserve your spots; register online: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/60439

Animal Tracking 101”, Saturday, April 1, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Ages 10-adult. Preregistration details here: https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44558/796?curm=4&cury=2017 “What would it be like to be able to read the ground as if it were a newspaper, full of the comings and goings of the wildlife around you? This class shows you how to start understanding the many signs animals leave behind, telling us about the who, what, when, where and why of their secretive lives.”

“Guided Art and Epitaph Tour”, Saturday, April 1, 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/

Tide Pool Clinics”, April 1, 2, 29 and 30, 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/

“Waterfowl Watch”, Saturday, April 1, 10AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preegistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/event-2486640?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=4/26/2017 “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.” 

“Botanical Illustration with Watercolor”, Saturday, April 1, 11:30AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Whether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your botanical illustration skills, this class is for you! Instructor Ruth Williams will teach students the basics of botanical illustration so that they can complete one or two watercolors.”

History of Forest Park Hike”, Saturday, April 1, 9AM, Lower Mcleay Park entrance, NW Upshur St. at 29th Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=256128 “Join local historian and tour guide Tanya Lyn March on a walk up Balch Creek. You'll learn the about outrageous characters, villains, and benefactors who put their stamp on the history of Forest Park. And, Tanya will even add in a little extra info about the history and architecture of the neighborhood. We are very excited for this hike. Tayna is known locally for her popular historical tours of Slabtown and NW Portland, including a ghost tour she leads every Friday the 13th.”

Teen Short Story Contest”, April 1-29, Salem Library. Reading and Awards Event: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 in Anderson Rooms A and B. “Short form stories (250-1,500 words; fiction and non-fiction) written by middle and high school-aged youth will be considered for prizes in a Teen Short Story Contest coordinated by the Teen Scene at Salem Public Library. Entries are due no later than 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and can be submitted by email or in person. Prizes, sponsored by the Friends of Salem Public Library, will be awarded to the top three stories in each of two categories: Middle School (grade 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12).  Winning entries will be posted on the library’s website and read at the Reading and Awards Events at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 in Anderson Rooms A and B.” Complete details and entry forms here: http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/Library/EventsAndPrograms/teens/Pages/forteens.aspx

Video Game Design Workshop for Teens”, Saturday, April 1, 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.”

Trees of the Tillamook Forest Walk”, Saturday, April 1, 11:30AM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. Free. “Join us on a leisurely walk seeking some of the diverse tree species that comprise our Coast Range forests. Learn the many benefits of these forest giants and some crafty ways to spot them in the woods.”

Nature Store Spring Optics Fair”, Saturday, April 1, 10AM-4PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “The Nature Store is hosting its second annual free Spring Optics Fair! We've invited representatives from all of our optics lines to participate: Nikon, Swarovski, Carl Zeiss, Leupold, Opticron, Zen-ray, Novagrade, Manfrotto, and Vortex. Shopping for binoculars or spotting scopes can often seem like a daunting task. To make it easy, we are gathering experts from each of the quality lines carried by the Nature Store together for one day. You’ll be able to see, test out, and compare a huge range of optics and quickly get the answers you need to make a wise selection. See the newest models, latest features and innovative accessories. At 2 p.m. we’ll set up spotting scopes outdoors and try the new cell phone and camera digiscoping adapters for taking highly magnified pictures. Bring your own scope along and we’ll find a compatible adapter! You can also digiscope with your binoculars and those adapters start at only $23 ($20.70 for members). Learn more at the Spring Optics Fair!” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nature-store-spring-optics-fair

Trillium Festival”, Saturday, April 1 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, April 2, 10AM-2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Friends of Tryon Creek present Trillium Festival, April 1-2, 2017, where you can purchase native plants and speak with native plant enthusiasts and experts for advice. It only takes a few native plants to attract song birds, butterflies, bumblebees and insects. Planting natives can create habitat, conserve water and reduce or even eliminate the use of pesticides and fertilizers that eventually end up in our local streams and rivers.” http://www.tryonfriends.org

Family Arcade Fair”, Saturday, April 1, 1PM, Gresham Library. “Families are invited to come play teen-created arcade games made out of cardboard, circuits and more! Kids will play using pretend money, learn how to make simple transactions and will choose which games to spend their money on. The game with the most money will win a special prize.”

Concert, “Two Spirit Jazz”, Saturday, April 1, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. http://www.twospiritjazz.com/

Backyard Chickens”, Saturday, April 1, 10:30AM, Battle Ground Library. “Interested in keeping chickens in your backyard? Join us to learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping! Linda Smith of Wilco will cover different breeds, basic equipment, and the care and feeding of chickens.”

I’m No Fool! Hike”, Saturday, April 1, 6PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge. $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Enjoy a guided hike with a ranger and learn more about the park!” http://www.friendsofsilverfalls.net/Events.html

Beginning Cybersecurity”, Saturday, April 1, Capitol Hill Library; and Tuesday, April 18, 2PM, Midland 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.”

Library Tours”, Saturdays in April, 11AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “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.”

Art that Spark!”, Saturday, April 1, 2PM, Albina Library. “Combine paper, cardboard, copper tape, LED lights and batteries and you have the makings of amazing interactive paper art. Make origami birds with glowing eyes, a greeting card that turn on and off when you open it, or beautiful glowing paper collages. At the same time you'll learn a little something about electrical circuitry.”

Fused Glass Art”, Saturday, April 1, 1PM, 2:30PM or 4PM, Tigard Library Puett Room. Ages 5 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2656. “We're happy to welcome back artist and teacher Rae Campbell. Choose colors and shapes to design your own fused glass square, then pick up your masterpiece a few weeks later after Rae fires it at home.”

Color Your Own T-shirt for Teens”, Saturday, April 1, 2PM, Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Let your creativity be seen! Bring in your own plain, white t-shirt (or use one of the few provided by the library) and express yourself with colored permanent markers. Then, make the colors bleed for an even more unique design.”

Ice Cream Wars for Teens”, Saturday, April 1, 2PM, Forest Grove Library. Preregistration required; call 503-992-3247. “Create a unique ice cream flavor; try everyone else's; vote for the best ice cream!”

Raised Bed Gardening”, Saturday, April 1, 1PM, Oregon City Library. “Get out your rakes and trowels, its gardening season! Celebrate spring and join us for a free class on raised bed gardening hosted by Master Gardener Terri Hoffmann.”

Pacific NW Reptile and Exotic Animal Show”, Saturday, April 1, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 2, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro. $10 one day admission, $15 two day admission, $5 kids 6-10, free for ages 5 and under. “PACNWRS is a public trade show exhibiting over 100 vendor tables. In addition to animals and their related products for sale, PACNWRS hosts some of the best educational reptile and mammal displays in the Pacific Northwest.” http://www.pacnwrs.com/events.php

In Science We Trust?”, Saturday, April 1, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Why is our relationship with science often fraught with misunderstanding and mistrust? How can citizens use science to make better decisions? Gail Wells leads this discussion sponsored by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust.”
Competitive Rubik's Cubing Workshop for Teens”, Sunday, April 2, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. “This event is open to all teens who are interested in the Rubik's Cube, whether you don't know how to solve or you are interested in learning new puzzles or techniques. Come try out new puzzles, ask questions from other experienced cubers, and hang out with other puzzlers! We will have resources for those who would like to learn how to solve the cube for the first time, for those who would like to learn how to solve the cube blindfolded, or learn about theoretical aspects of the cube. Then join us on Sun, May 21, 2017 from 10:30 to 4:30 PM for the globally recognized World Cube Association's Rubik's Cube Competition.”

Sex in the Stone Age: Our Hybrid DNA”, Sunday, April 2, 3PM, Northwest Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/sex-stone-age-our-hybrid-dna “In 2012, geneticists made yet another remarkable discovery. Not only do many modern humans contain anywhere from two to four percent Neanderthal DNA, whole groups also possess the DNA of at least one other species, the Denisovans. A fragment of a pinky bone and a tooth twice the size of today’s average molar are the only remnants of a species of humans that we know lived thousands of centuries ago at the same time and place as homo sapiens—and interbred with them. They are a part of us that we never knew existed. What did these fellow humans look like? And how do they fit into what we thought we knew about our biological development as a species? This program explores the long and winding road that leads to our being the only species of human out of at least 20 that is still standing—and helps explain why every one of us has a remnant of DNA from some of those other species still flowing in our blood.”

Author Talk, “Lawrence M. Krauss”, Sunday, April 2, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx., and Monday, April 10, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard. Lawrence Krauss presents his book, “The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here?”. “Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality—a grand poetic vision of nature—and how we find our place within it. In A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something—reality—is. And, reality is not what we think or sense—it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it’s hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workings seem even stranger than the idea that something can come from nothing. In a landmark, unprecedented work of scientific history, Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable, creative scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality—with reason rather than superstition and dogma. Krauss has himself been an active participant in this effort, and he knows many of them well. The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that “God” does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for The New Yorker, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken—to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction.” http://krauss.faculty.asu.edu

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration”, Sunday, April 2, 12:30PM, Jasmine Pearl Tea Co., 724 NE 22nd Ave., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.thejasminepearl.com/JPEVENTS_s/1541.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.”

“Bird Song Walks 2017”, Weekdays in April and May, 7AM, various locations. Free. “Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2017 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots. By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. Bird Song Walks begin at 7am and end around 9am. No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly.” http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/Birdwalks

Tech Challenge for Homeschoolers”, Monday, April 3, 1PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Homeschool families, see how many tech challenges you can complete. We'll have BeeBot, OsoBot, Makey Makey and more!”

Washington County Public Affairs Forum”, Mondays in April, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. April 3: A Panel of PCC (Rock Creek) Students, “Immigration and Sanctuary Issues”; April 10: Denny Doyle, Mayor of Beaverton, “State of the City”; April 17: Pat Garrett, Sheriff, Washington County, “Law Enforcement Levy and Department Updates”; and April 24: Speaker: Sarah Armstrong, American Civil Liberties Union, “Annexation in Washington County” and Jillian Schoenen, from Emerge, Oregon, “Issues of Freedom, Security and Safety”. Lunch available for ordering from the menu. http://www.washingtoncountyforum.org/meetings/

Tech Take Apart”, Monday, April 3, 4:30PM, Vancouver Library, Children’s Program Room, Level 3. Ages 9 and up. “Ever wonder what's inside electronic equipment? Satisfy your curiosity and take apart broken gadgets. All tools and equipment provided.”

Free Range Poetry”, Monday, April 3, 6:30PM, Northwest Library. “Open mic poetry readings the first 30 minutes, followed by Oregon poets reading from their works. This monthly program is organized by local poets to highlight two to three poets each reading. Formerly Verse in Person, now curated by volunteers Anthony Pfannenstiel and Dan Encarnacion.”

How to Help Children Deal with Bullying”, Monday, April 3, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. “Bullying is debilitating and pervasive. Identify tools to effectively eliminate it and empower your child. Presenter: Dr. Leeza Steindorf is an international speaker and expert in communication, conflict management, and teaching and parenting strategies. She is the author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, responsible Kids.”

"Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Project", Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 21, 8AM-5PM, Orenco Woods Nature Park,  7100 NE Birch St., Hillsboro. "Hillsboro’s newest park, Orenco Woods Nature Park, will be the site of an amazing new artwork by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty. His artwork often looks like nests, vessels or off-kilter playhouses woven from local saplings by a nimble fingered giant. Truckloads of willow branches, thinned from nearby woods, are arriving to prepare for construction. Come to the park April 3-21, 8 am – 5 pm, to watch Patrick and over 100 volunteers transform sticks into a fantastic creation."https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/living-here/cultural-arts/public-art-program/patrick-dougherty-stickwork-project

Author Talk, “Beckie Elgin”, Monday, April 3, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Oregon author Beckie Elgin will read from her middle grade book, “Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History”. “Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century. Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you'll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey's quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf. Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History was created for middle-grade readers but will be appreciated by everyone with an interest in wolves and a desire to better understand these complex and essential canines.” https://wolvesandwriting.com

"Spaghetti, Squids and Zombie Arms”, Tuesday, April 4, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 6 and up. “Famed storyteller, funnyman and music maker Norm Brecke visits CML to perform ‘Spaghetti, Squids and Zombie Arms.’ This free event for all ages is part of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services Art of the Story festival that features a number of renowned tellers. Norm is a regular at storytelling festivals and a local celebrity in Seattle where he has narrated with the Seattle Symphony. He brings his own twist to storytelling as well as a variety of instruments.”

Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World”, Tuesday, April 4, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Hear internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty speak about the unique artwork for Orenco Woods Nature Park in April 2017. His artworks often look like nests, vessels or off-kilter playhouses woven from local saplings by a nimble fingered giant. Dougherty speaks about his process, showing examples of past works; about his experiences working in different cultures at home and abroad and our shared human need to connect with the natural world. To see intriguing examples of Dougherty’s work, go to Stickwork.net.” https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44056/1098?curm=4&cury=2017

Microbes and the Human Gut”, Tuesday, April 4, 7PM, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Pdx. $8 advance tickets, or $10 suggested donation at the door. “The human body has trillions of cells, but only about 1/10th of those cells are actually human. The rest are microbes that live in and on our bodies, and collectively they’re called the “human microbiome,” and we couldn’t survive without them. They make vitamins for us, help us digest food, and battle disease-causing microbes, and they may influence our behavior, particularly in what and how much we eat. However, disturbances to the gut microbiome, perhaps through antibiotic overuse, have been associated with obesity, asthma, and autism. Understanding how a body’s microbiome is unbalanced or not functioning optimally may help lead to new and unusual treatments such as use of probiotics, prebiotics, and fecal transplants. (Really.) At this Science on Tap, Dr. Lisa Sardinia, associate professor of biology at Pacific University, will explain what the microbiome is, how it can get out of balance, and how we may be able to restore health by deliberately changing the kinds or numbers of microbes that share our bodies.” http://www.viaproductions.org/events/clinton_apr_4_microbes/

Author Talk, “Elaine Cogan”, Tuesday, April 4, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx. Elaine Cogan presents her book, ‘How to Talk to (Almost) Anyone about (Almost) Anything’. “Sweaty palms? Dry throat? General nervousness? Most of us have one or more of these symptoms when we have to give a speech, whether for two minutes or twenty. This update of Elaine Cogan's classic how-to for effective public presentations at a council meeting, a club lunch, or a professional event will show you how to overcome that worst of fears: The conviction that your knees will buckle, your throat will lock up, or that you'll make your audience miserable. Cogan has been a communications coach in Oregon for most of her adult life. She founded the planning and public affairs firm Cogan Owens Greene (then called Cogan and Associates) with her husband, Arnold in 1975. Cogan was named a 'Woman of Achievement' by the League of Women Voters of Oregon and is a past president of the Portland League. She has also been a host of a weekly radio show, a columnist for the Oregon Journal and The Oregonian, as well as a television political commentator. She was also the first woman chair of the Portland Development Commission and the first woman president of Congregation Neveh Shalom.”

Foundations of Movement: Yoga and Dance with Renee Sills”, Tuesday, April 4, 6PM, OMSI Classroom 1. $10. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.omsi.edu/calendar/movement-in-the-museum-1 “As humans, we start learning to move in our earliest days of development. Explore OMSI’s human development exhibit and learn how your body formed from the beginning to create the foundations for your adult movement patterns. Re-learning basic developmental patterns through movement is not only fun, it also integrates and strengthens your deep core stability and reflexes.”

Coding Academy for Teens- Fun with Robots”, Tuesday, April 4, 1:30PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver; and Wednesday, April 19, 3:30PM, Washougal Library. “Have you ever wanted to teach a robot to do your bidding? Are you curious about how computer programs work? Well, now is your chance to try your hand at coding. No prior experience is necessary and you can work at your own pace.”

Hubble Insights and Discoveries That Have Changed Astronomy”, Tuesday, April 4, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, April 14, 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/

Homeless Not Hopeless: Art from Vancouver’s Downtown Community”, Tuesday, April 4, through May 16, Vancouver Library. “Vancouver Community Library is proud to present artwork done by artists who have experienced homelessness, yet continue to bring joy and hope to others through the visual arts. The show will run from April 4 - May 16 in locations throughout the library. A reception is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, from 3:30 to 6 pm in the atrium near Thatcher’s Coffee. Artist Mandi Vee will be present to discuss her art and her personal story.”

Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year”, Tuesday, April 4, 7PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Donations requested. Presented by author Noah Strycker. “In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog, and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will give you a real appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.” https://noahstrycker.com/books/  http://www.vancouveraudubon.org

Intensive Gardening”, Tuesday, April 4, 7PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “Do you want to take your vegetable gardening to the next level? Bob Falconer, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, will introduce you to the techniques used in intensive gardening, which will help you to produce the most from the gardening space that you have. Topics include techniques to plant densely, vertical gardening, interplanting, succession planting, day length strategies, cultivar choices and more.”

Crack the Case”, Tuesdays in April, 4PM, Rockwood Library. Suggested for grades 3-6. “Be a science detective! Dust for fingerprints, hunt for clues, and decide what's real versus fake! Investigate tons of evidence--from dirt to powder to paint--and make chemicals react to solve a ‘crime’...then take stuff home to amaze your family and friends!” April 4: Digging for Clues; April 11: Real vs. Fake; April 18: Splatters and Spills; and April 25: Crack the Case!

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon”, Wednesday, April 5, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. “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.”

Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in April, 12PM, Dairy Creek Park, 515 SW 17th Ave., Hillsboro. Free. “Mixed woodland along Dairy Creek attracts migrating and nesting 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

Guided Walk”, Wednesday, April 5, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. All ages. $5 per person requested donation. “Join us for a free urban nature adventure! Each guided walk will consist of an easy walk or tour with a theme, appropriate for all ages. The theme for April will be native plants and enthnobotany. Learn to identify some of the common plants in our local area, and discover their many uses by native cultures, and how we can still use them today.” http://www.columbiasprings.org/events

The Rainforest Mind: Guiding the Well-Being of Gifted Youth”, Wednesday, April 5, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Paula Prober M.S., counselor, consultant, blogger, and author will explain the traits and needs of gifted children. She will present simple, effective strategies and resources that parents and educators can use to meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children at home and at school.” https://rainforestmind.wordpress.com

The History of Wilsonville”, Wednesday, April 5, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Wilsonville City Councilor and descendant of early homesteaders, Charlotte Lehan, shares and traces the story of our sister city to the south and our common roots.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Owl Prowl”, Wednesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 19, 6:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/maincal “Whooooo goes there? Join the refuge's owl enthusiast Seth Winkelhake and get to know this outstanding hunter. Owls remind us that nature is still very active after the sun goes down. During this night hike you'll learn about the different owls who call the Refuge home and their mysterious nocturnal lives. You'll explore their habitat and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night. Flashlights provided.” 

Wildlife Tracking: the Art and Science of Reading the Sign”, Wednesday, April 5, 6:30PM, Oregon Zoo Education Center. This free class has two optional field classes, April 22 and May 13, for $25. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/wildlife-tracking-art-and-science-reading-sign/2017-04-05 “Wild animals are all around, but where are they? Learn how to see and read the hidden stories etched into the landscape. A free evening workshop on April 5, followed by a series of two field outings April 22 and May 13, will awaken your ability to find and interpret tracks and signs. You can register and attend just the free workshop, both of the field classes, or the workshop and both field classes.”

Best of Funny Shakespeare”, Wednesday, April 5, 4PM, Hillsdale 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.”

Fossils from the Ediacaran Biota”, Wednesday, April 5, 7PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro. Meeting of fossil enthusiasts North American Research Group. Prospective members are welcome to attend a meeting. “Come and enjoy a talk from our guest speaker Dr. Greg Retallack from the University of Oregon. Dr. Retallack will be presenting some of his current research on the Ediacaran biota. These are fossils that lived between 635 - 541 million years ago.” https://www.facebook.com/nargpaleo

Storyteller Kevin Locke Presents, “Story of Standing Rock”, Wednesday, April 5, 7PM, Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St., Sherwood. “Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.” https://www.wccls.org/art-story-13th-annual-storytelling-festival

The Nocturnals Reader’s Theater with author Tracey Hecht”, Wednesday, April 5, 3:45PM, St. Johns Library; and Thursday, April 6, 3:45PM, Gresham Library. Suggested for ages 7-12. “Come and meet the three main characters in The Nocturnals— Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin and Bismark the sugar glider. Author Tracey Hecht will discuss the 3-2-1 development of Bismark, Tobin and Dawn, and which animals she researched to bring her characters to life. Kids will then have the opportunity to participate in a fun interactive play about the members of The Nocturnal Brigade from The Mysterious Abductions, book one in the series.” https://www.nocturnalsworld.com

Tween Council”, Wednesday, April 5, 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!"

Coding with Scratch for Teens”, Thursday, April 6, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library Computer Classroom. “See how many Scratch coding challenges you can complete! No experience necessary.”

"Hike in the Mist Zone", Thursdays in April, 2PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Lodge Porch. "Join Friends of Silver Falls guide Earl McCollum in this 2.5 mile, 2-hour hike exploring the natural beauty and plant life of the Silver Creek Canyon."http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=151
Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, History, and the Ghosts of Awat’ovi Pueblo”, Thursday, April 6, 7:30PM, Willamette University, Law School, Paulus Lecture Hall, 245 Winter St. SE., Salem. Presented by Dr. James F Brooks, Professor of History and Anthropology, UCSB. “The Hopi community of Awat’ovi existed peacefully on Arizona’s Antelope Mesa for generations until one bleak morning in the fall of 1700—raiders from nearby Hopi villages descended on Awat’ovi, slaughtering their neighboring men, women, and children. While little of the pueblo itself remains, five centuries of history lie beneath the low rises of sandstone masonry. Why did kinsmen target it for destruction? Drawing on oral traditions, archival accounts, and extensive archaeological research, James F. Brooks unravels the story, uncovering layer after layer of significance. Mesa of Sorrows is a probing exploration of how societies confront painful histories, and why communal violence still plagues us today.” https://cal.willamette.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=3/30/2017&todate=4/12/2017&display=&type=public&eventidn=10872&view=EventDetails&information_id=27168

"The Tombs of Scribes in Early Imperial China and Ancient Egypt", Thursday, April 6, 7PM, Reed College, Performing Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Building, Room 320, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Pdx. Free. Presented by Anthony Barbieri-Low, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “The officially-trained scribe played a pivotal role in the administration of early empires in both China and Egypt. Through his functions of resource and labor extraction, communication, and detailed accounting, the scribe ensured the day-to- day functioning of the state. Through his copying and embellishment of school texts and ancient literature, he also helped perpetuate and create the literate culture of the civilization. This talk focuses on the mortuary expression of the scribal class in China and Egypt as seen through the tombs and tomb chapels of scribes. The scribe and his descendants place items in the tomb to mark the profession and status of the scribe, including writing kits consisting of brushes, palettes, ink, and grinding stones. Several scribal tombs were also outfitted with entire libraries of texts, demonstrating the learned status of the scribe and possibly providing him with reading material for the afterlife. The eclectic nature of these scribal libraries demonstrates a wide range of expertise for the trained scribe in both civilizations, identifying him as an important locus of cultural production.” http://events.reed.edu/event/archaeological_institute_of_america_lecture_anthony_j_barbieri-low#.WN34EVKZOi4

Community Print Party”, Thursday, April 6, 4PM-6PM, Pacific NW College of Art, Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 NW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “This event will bring together local social justice activists, community members, Print Media students and visiting artists Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza of the Dignidad Rebelde art collective for a night of collaborative silkscreen printing and community building.” Details here: https://cal.pnca.edu/e/1955

Author Talk, “Amanda Hendrix”, Thursday, April 6, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Dr. Amanda Hendrix discusses her book, “Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets”. “From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable. We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs—Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos—are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel—realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger disaster. In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan—a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field—offers the most realistic and thrill¬ing prospect of life without support from Earth.”  https://www.psi.edu/about/staffpage/ahendrix

Mushroom Identification and Foraging”, Thursday, April 6, 5:30PM, Goldendale Library; Saturday, April 8, 2PM, Washougal Library; and Monday, April 17, 6PM, White Salmon Library. “Come and explore the world of mushrooms with Rachel Box! Learn the basics of the identification process, what it takes to forage on your own and how to pick the proper field guide for you. We study flowers, trees and other plants but miss out on an entire natural frontier - mushrooms. It’s time to look beyond the stigma of mushrooms as dirty decomposers and into the ways they inspire our curiosity, our culinary creativity and our inner forager. Question and conversation time to follow presentation.”

"The Astronomical Evidence for Dark Matter", Thursday, April 6, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Alison Crocker, D. Phil, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Reed College. "On the Universal stage, dark matter runs the show. It’s over four times more abundant than the familiar normal matter and is necessary for forming galaxies, like our own Milky Way, but we can’t see it or feel it and don’t know exactly what it is! So how are we so sure it exists? In this talk, astrophysicist Alison Crocker will highlight the most convincing observations astronomers have made of dark matter. From the rotation of galaxies, to the motion of galaxies within clusters, to the bending of light through gravitational warping of space, many different observational data require dark matter for a good explanation. She will also explain how astronomical observations constrain some of the properties of dark matter - namely that it must move much slower than the speed of light and be very weakly interacting with normal matter and electromagnetic radiation."

“Project BudBurst Training”, Thursday, April 6, 10AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Preregistration required; volunteer@hotyarboretum.org or call (503) 823-1649. “Project BudBurst is a nationwide, citizen science-driven effort designed to study plant responses to changes in climate. Volunteers are needed to monitor the timing of specific events in a plant's life history known as phenophases (E.g., full bloom, fruiting, etc.) and report their observations to Project BudBurst. During this training, volunteers will learn about plant structures and phenology and choose a specific plant to monitor at Hoyt Arboretum. More information about this nationwide project is at www.budburst.org.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Magnolia Tree Tour”, Thursday, April 6, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Join Hoyt Arboretum's curator Martin Nicholson for the annual springtime tour through the arboretum's nationally-recognized Magnolia collection. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for walking on trails. Bring your camera to photograph one of Portland's best displays of spring blooms! Meet at noon at the Visitor Center for this family-friendly tour; advanced registration is not required.”

Start Here - Code Your Own Website”, Thursday, April 6, 5:30PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/start-here-code-your-own-website “Want to learn a little coding? This class will give you an understanding of how HTML, CSS and JavaScript work to make a webpage display and function. By the end of class, you will be able to: construct a simple, static web page; modify CSS files to change the appearance of your site; know what DOM is, and write very simple JavaScript to interact with the DOM of your browser.”

Anyone's Domain: A Poetry Workshop With Paulann Petersen”, Thursday, April 6, 6PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Join Paulann Petersen in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, you'll make an exhilarating plunge into language. All levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome. The only requirement is your willingness to spend a couple of hours writing as part of a supportive community of other writers. Limited to 30 participants.”

Author Talk, “Don Scarmuzzi”, Thursday, April 6, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Community Room. “Oregon travel writer and photographer Don Scarmuzzi will be discussing his latest travel guide, ‘Day Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge’, and showing off some of his fantastic photographs of the area. A book signing will follow the presentation.”

“What Parsifal Saw” Comic Release Party with Artist Ron Regé Jr.", Thursday, April 6, 6PM, Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Pdx. “What Parsifal Saw collects work produced by artist Ron Regé, Jr. following the release of 2012’s acclaimed opus, The Cartoon Utopia (which is being re-released in paperback this season). Regé’s interest in esoteric ideas and spirituality has permeated into all aspects of his work, as highlighted by “Cosmogenesis,” his adaptation of selections from the writings of 19th century occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. “Cosmogenesis” concerns the magical, alchemical, ancient, and mysterious ideas that strongly influenced The Cartoon Utopia as well. Regé’s work continues to a cosmic consciousness, psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.” http://floatingworldcomics.com/archives/7067

NWCT Kit’s Co. Presents “Welcome to Willoughby”, Thursday, April 6, 7PM, Tualatin Library hearth area. “ In ‘Welcome to Willoughby,’ a group of modern school kids finds themselves in a sticky situation! Join them as they travel back in time to mysterious Willoughby, a land where the sun always shines, everyone can sing and dance, and the citizens really want you to stay. Enjoy standards from the 1930s and 40s, such as ‘I Got Rhythm,’ ‘Summertime,’ and ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon,’ in this toe-tapping, Twilight Zone-themed musical!”

“Earthquake: Prepare for The Big One”, Thursday, April 6, 3PM and 6:30PM, Washington State University, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver. “Presenter Scott Johnson, emergency management division manager for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, will inform us on what to expect—and how to prepare—for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake A.K.A. ‘The Big One.’ The one-hour presentation will be offered at 3 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to browse emergency products and learn about local resources in Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 129 and 130 from 2 to 7 p.m. Raffle prizes and bookmarks will be given out.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/earthquake-prepare-“-big-one”

“Kevin Locke: Mni Wiconi (Water is Life)”, Thursday, April 6, 7PM, Garden Home Rec Center Gymnasium. “Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.”

Author Talk, “Robert Bresky”, Thursday, April 6, 7PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Robert Bresky is an award winning photographer and author of three books. His first book, Tales From the Trips: How I Grew to be a Father (2010) is a travel memoir. His second book, My Best Teachers: Father Time and Mother Nature (2014) is an autobiography. His third book The Papermakers: More Than Run of the Mill is a history book about the now closed Heron Paper Company in Oregon City; drawing on his interviews of over 30 former millworkers. Robert is an Oregon City resident.”

“Teen Zine Studio”, Thursday, April 6, and Thursday, April 20, 4PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale. “Join us for Teen Zine Studio taught by artist and zine maker Erika Rier at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Learn to make your own zines! Collaborate on group projects! Great for ages 12-16! Learn skills and techniques for zine making! First and third Thursday of every month.” http://www.iprc.org/event/teen-zine-studio-2017-02-16/all/

Life Behind Barbed Wires: A First-Hand Account of the Wartime Incarceration of Japanese Americans”, Thursday, April 6, 4PM, Lewis and Clark University, Miller Hall Room 105, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Free. “Please join us for a talk by Lewis and Clark alumnus George Nakata (class of ’57) about what it was like to be imprisoned as a Japanese American during World War II. Mr. Nakata will also speak about the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration and what it means to us today.”

Author Talk, “Faith Erin Hicks”, Thursday, April 6, 4PM, A Children’s Place Bookstore, 1423 NE Fremont St., Pdx. Faith Erin Hicks discusses her graphic novel, “The Stone Heart (The Nameless City book 2)”http://www.faitherinhicks.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

Starry, Starry Night by Ingrid Nixon”, Thursday, April 6, 7PM, Banks City Hall, 13690 NW Main St, Banks. Suggested for ages 12 and up. “Ingrid Nixon will whisk away listeners on a journey of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, lies, tall tales, traditional and personal stories- she tells them all! Everyone in the audience will have their names entered into a drawing, and some lucky person gets to take the finished container garden home.”

“Magnetic Goo”, Friday, April 7, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room B. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ “Tweens will use glue, starch and iron oxide to create magnetic goo. Then, we will do fun experiments with the magnetic goo!”

Magenta Theatre Presents, “The Rainmaker”, Friday, April 7 through Saturday, April 22, Magenta Theatre, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. “At a time of paralyzing drought in the West we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off, but without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat. When suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He claims to be a rainmaker. And he promises to bring rain, for $100. It’s a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and ingratiating that the family finally consent. Forthwith they begin banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky, while the rainmaker turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. And she believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. And rain does come, and so does love.” http://www.magentatheater.com/page/rainmaker-n-richard-nash

Wild About Nature VI: A Natural History Series”, Fridays in April, 6:30PM, White Salmon Library. “Come enjoy Wild About Nature VI: A Natural History Series, coordinated by Joy Markgraf, every Friday evening in April from 6:30-8:30 pm. April 7: Introduction by Bill Weiler; Michael Moore - "Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats"; Linda Steider - "Wildlife Photography". April 14: Susan Masta - "Spiders and Scorpions of the Columbia Gorge"; Ann Harris - "Oregon State University Master Naturalist Program". April 21: John Fleckenstein - "Vernal Pool Animals"; Joe Arnett - "Vernal Pool Plants”. April 28: Joe Rocchio - "Peatlands of the Mount Adams Region: Their Ecology and Vegetation"; Tynan Ramm-Granberg - "Wetland Workhorses: The Ecology of Sedges and Rushes".

Teen Author Visit With Fonda Lee”, Friday, April 7, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Fonda Lee--high-action sci-fi author of the award-winning Zeroboxer and the newly-released Exo--will talk about being a writer and her publishing experiences, and she will answer your questions. Free copies of Zeroboxer while supplies last; recipients must attend author visit.” http://fondalee.com

Cormorants on East Sand Island: Update and Next Steps”, Friday, April 7, 6PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. “The Army Corps of Engineers is set to continue its lethal-control management of Double-crested Cormorants on East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River. Attend this meeting to learn about Portland Audubon’s past campaigns to stop this slaughter, including litigation on the management plan, how larger environmental assessments on the Columbia River system could play into this management plan, and ways you can advocate to stop the unnecessary killing of cormorants in the future.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/cormorants-on-east-sand-island-update-and-next-steps

Zine Workshop”, Friday, April 7, 10:30AM, Vancouver Library, Meeting Room Level 4. Ages 12-20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/zine#/?i=1 “Have something to say? Make a zine! Zines are amateur publications (think DIY magazine) and can be about anything - lists, drawings, true stories, fiction, etc. Zines are a great way to showcase your passions. Join us for a workshop where we'll collaborate on a zine.”

“Daniel McGowan”, Friday, April 7, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Environmental and social justice activist and former political prisoner Daniel McGowan speaks about his experiences in the Earth Liberation Front, his time spent in federal prison, and the importance of standing in solidarity with prisoners while resisting the rise of the far right.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1640931592882690/

Storyteller Ingrid Nixon: Adventure Calls”, Friday, April 7, 7PM, Aloha Library. Ages 6 to adult. “Ingrid Nixon is a world-traveling storyteller, who loves nothing more than to whisk away listeners on journeys of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, lies, tall tales, traditional and personal stories—she tells them all, bringing characters to life using voices, gestures, and animated facial expressions. Her creative approaches to story crafting help make traditional tales relevant to modern audiences.” http://www.ingridnixon.com

Storyteller Kevin Locke Presents “Love Stories”, Friday, April 7, 6:30PM, North Plains Elementary School, 32030 NW North Ave., North Plains. Ages 6 to adult. “Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation 'First to Rise') is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. His instructions were received from his immediate family and community and from extended family in every part of the world. He has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each draw from the richness of our individual heritages. His role in life is to entertain, educate, engage, and empower the minds of both youth and adults in the North American Indian cultural arts and history of Native Americans. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.”

“Lichen Night”, Friday, April 7, 6:30PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “For our April Ecology Club, we will explore the unbelievable world of lichens! Lichens do everything from ‘fixing’ atmospheric nitrogen to providing key nesting material for birds. Are lichens organisms or ecosystems? Are they fungal greenhouses or algal farmsteads? Find out for yourself this month with knowledgeable Bark volunteers who will be sharing lichens we'll likely see on our Lichen hike on Sunday, April 9th. 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/april-ecology-club-lichen-night

“Selfie Stickers for Teens”, Friday, April 7, 3PM, Hollywood 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.”

“Gem Faire”, Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. $7 weekend pass for adults, free for kids11 and under. Lots of beads and jewelrymaking supplies, but also gems, fossils and crystals for discerning rockhounds. http://www.gemfaire.com/event/hillsboro-or-4/

“Decorate Your Space for Teens”, Friday, April 7, 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!”

“Container Vegetable Gardens”, Friday, April 7, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library; Saturday, April 15, 1PM, McMinnville Library; and Thursday, April 20, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “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!”

Spruce Up the Library Volunteer Event”, Saturday, April 8, 8AM-10AM, Tualatin Library lobby. “This is a fabulous opportunity to spend part of your morning 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!” 

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, April 8, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. In ‘Crunchy and Chewy,’ Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Honest Truth, shows how to balance the external plot (the crunch) and the internal character arc (the chew) to create compelling storytelling. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, the League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. Join us!”  http://dangemeinhart.com

Newberg Camillia Festival”, Saturday, April 8, 10AM-4PM, Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg. “The Newberg Camellia Festival, now in its ninth year, offers an exploration of Asian/Pacific Rim cultures through art, food, performances and horticulture. This full day free community festival starts with a 5k and 10k run/walk (register here) and features performances throughout the day by groups such as Monmouth Taiko, Lee's Lion and Dragon Dancers, and the Oregon Koto Kai Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. The Forecourt Tent features an Obukan Kendo performance, bonsai and origami demonstrations, and hands-on art-activities for kids. Trolley Tours will give visitors a look at Newberg's favorite historic sites. The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society's bloom show, highlighting the official Newberg city flower and its Asian origins. Plant sales will run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase unique plants and garden art. There's something for all ages and interests!” http://newbergcamelliafestival.com

Scouters Mountain Nature Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, April 8, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 22000 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-303-4653. “Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and the Backyard Bird Shop of West Linn Central Village for a free tour of this beautiful natural area that rises above Happy Valley! Scouters Mountain, which is actually an extinct lava dome, offers great views of Mount Hood and supports a shady forest that is home to a wide variety of feathered inhabitants.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/scouters-mountain-nature-park-bird-walk/

Cherry City Comic Con”, Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. “Salem, OR: The fourth annual Cherry City Comic Con will take place on the weekend of April 8th and 9th at the Oregon State Fair Grounds and Expo Center with over an acre of Funness! With a 48,000 sq. ft. venue, Cherry City Comic Con promises to come back this year bigger and better than ever. Focusing on more than just comics, Cherry City Comic Con is bringing in talent from the worlds of illustration, writing, science and acting!” http://www.cherrycitycomiccon.com

Repair Café”, Saturday, April 8, 1PM, White Salmon Library. “Celebrate Earth Day with us a little early, as volunteers try to fix, mend, solder, sharpen, tinker, tune up (etc.) YOUR broken items that need fixing. What will we repair? Bikes, small electronics (Think vacuums), clothes and other things, depending on the skills of the volunteers.”

Ukalaliens Pick and Play Party”, Saturday, April 8, 1PM, Happy Valley Library. “If you have never played an instrument, or don’t know anything about ukuleles (or you do and always wanted to try one), or would just like to try something new, here’s your chance! You will learn to tune, play chords, strum, pick and accompany yourself on songs! Ukuleles provided or bring your own.”

Animate Anything!” for Teens, Saturday, April 8, 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

Ride Day”, Saturday, April 8, 9AM-3PM, Portland Quarter Midget Racing Association at Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. $20 per child (includes safety gear, training, race car and insurance). “Kids 5-16 years old can drive a real quarter midget race car under the supervision of a trainer during any of our upcoming ride days!”  http://www.portlandqma.com/ride-day.html

Pride Forever: LGBTQ History Tour”, Saturday, April 8, 12PM, meeting outside Voodoo Doughnut, 22 SW 3rd Ave., Pdx. $12. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-forever-lgbtq-history-tour-tickets-33064321275 “Pride Forever examines the compelling stories of LGBTQ history in Portland, from pivotal spaces in which LGBTQ folks built community, to precious moments that galvanized the entire movement. This tour includes powerful in-person testimonials from local LGBTQ leaders and allies, as well as anecdotes from those who came before on topics such as 19th century cross dressing, the fight against AIDS, and violence against the trans community.”

World Health Day at Washington County Museum”, Saturday, April 8, 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E Main St. Hillsboro. Free. “To celebrate World Health Day and combat depression, the Washington County Museum invites the whole family to engage in physical activities and learn how exercise can reduce anxiety and improve mood. Students from the Health and Science School in Beaverton will host exciting demos and activities to help boost energy and morale. Experts have known that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain (Harvard Health, 2009). Every second Saturday of the month, we bring families together for truly engaging and unique learning experiences. Please join us on Saturday morning, April 8 to activate the body and mind.” http://www.washingtoncountymuseum.org/home/2017/03/21/free-family-morning-april-8/

The Write Place: A Writing Group for Teens”, Saturday, April 8, 1:30PM, Oregon City Library. “This is a writers’ group geared towards teens that are looking to better their writing, receive feedback from peers, work on essays and creative writing, and have some fun expressing themselves through literature!”

“Critter Count”, Saturday, April 8, 9AM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Discover the hidden world of amphibians and reptiles right here in Clark County and assist with field surveys at Critter Count, an annual springtime field exploration for people of all ages. Families are invited to a brief training session at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 8, at the Water Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Participants will then head to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes and lizards. Critter fun continues at the Water Center at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., when visitors have an opportunity to view snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close during the Water Center's special Second Saturday event.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/critter-count

Bollywood Family Dance Party!”, Saturday, April 8, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Make the world a better place, one move at a time. Come and have fun learning moves that will teleport you into a Bollywood world full of possibilities and big smiles, complete with the authentic Indian Head Shake. Everyone at every skill level is welcome!”

Herencia Mexicana Ballet Folclórico”, Saturday, April 8, 1PM, Gresham Library. “Enjoy traditional ballet folklorico from Veracruz, Jalisco, Chihuahua and many other Mexican states. Dancers wear beautiful colorful traditional Mexican costumes that correspond to the different dances and regions of Mexico.” http://www.miherenciamexicana.com

Guided Historical Tour”, Saturday, April 8, 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/

Indigenous Flute Workshop with Kevin Locke”, Saturday, April 8, 1PM, Garden Home Rec Center. Ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-245-9932 to register. “In this workshop you will handmake and take home an indigenous flute. Led by Kevin Locke (Lakota and Anishnabe), this workshop is part of the Art of the Story Festival.”

Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon”, Saturday, April 8, 3PM, Oregon City Library. “Although census data show Oregon's population becoming more racially diverse, the perception persists that we are one of the whitest states in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. What systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for? Knowing what we do, how do we act— as individuals and communities— to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon.”

Farm Fest and Plowing Competition”, Saturday, April 8, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. “Largest plowing competition on the west coast! Watch 20 teams of draft horses and mules in a plowing competition, see demos and meet the teamsters. Sawmill demos, blacksmith demos, horseshoeing, wheel setting, and lots more!” http://www.yamhillcountyhistory.org/calendar?eventTitle=farm-fest-and-plowing-competition--1481916047--7

Independent Authors Program”, Saturday, April 8, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Please join us at the Oregon City Public Library for a reading and discussion about independent publishing with authors Lance Olsen, Lou Rowan and Ben Slotky.”

World War I Centennial”, Saturday, April 8, 10AM-3PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. Free. “Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I with a new exhibit, costumed volunteers, family-friendly crafts, and a ranger talk at 2 pm on the history of the DH-4 Liberty plane. During World War I, Vancouver Barracks was home to the headquarters of the Spruce Production Division, a U.S. Army division charged with producing spruce lumber for the war effort. The history of the division's massive Spruce Mill, which was located at the Army post from 1917 to 1918, is commemorated in the museum's ‘Straight Grained Soldiers’ exhibit. In honor of the centennial, the existing exhibit will be augmented by the addition of World War I U.S. Army uniforms and other historic artifacts from the national park's museum collection. The event will also feature costumed interpreters, family-friendly crafts and activities, and a presentation on the DH-4 Liberty plane, which will take place from 2 pm to 3 pm. The Liberty plane was the only American-made, American-piloted aircraft to fly in combat during the war. The lecture will focus on the history of the plane both during and after the war. A newly-restored DH-4 Liberty debuted at the museum last August, and is now on permanent exhibit.” https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=A50E3E01-1DD8-B71B-0B72E64DE2C31EEB

Racing Stories from the Archive”, Saturday, April 8, 2:30PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “A representative from the Motorsports Museum World of Speed will share stories of local racers and tracks through photos, videos and touchable objects from the heyday of local racing and its ascension to the national stage from the 1940s to 1980s. Enter a drawing for tickets to the museum.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, April 9, 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.”

All About Earthquakes”, Sunday, April 9, 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.” 

Lichen Hike”, Sunday, April 9, carpooling to Mt. Hood at 9AM in NE Portland. Free. “For our April Bark-About, we will explore the unbelievable world of lichens! Lichens do everything from ‘fixing’ atmospheric nitrogen to providing key nesting materials for birds. Are lichens organisms or ecosystems? Are they fungal greenhouses or algal farmsteads? Find out for yourself this month with hike leaders Maysa and Scottie, who will guide us through an enchanting part of the forest. Please consider bringing collection bags/scrap paper, a writing utensil, and a hand lens (if you have one).” http://bark-out.org/event/april-bark-about-lichen-hike

Author Talk, “Kelly Williams Brown”, Sunday, April 9, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Kelly Williams Brown discusses her book, “Gracious: Including instructions on being kind when you don’t feel like it, ignoring the internet and/or disarming trolls, and generally staying serene and sensible in a world that is neither”. https://www.kellywilliamsbrown.com

Mushroom Discovery Hikes”, Sunday, April 9, 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands; and Sunday, April 23, 9:30AM and 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park. $6 per person or $11 per family. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar/month “Discover the fascinating and weird world of mushrooms. Join mushroom enthusiast Leah Bendlin on this woodland hike to learn about the ecological roles of fungi and how they eat and reproduce. We'll have hands-on learning about the mushrooms we encounter, including learning basic identification processes. Field guides will be provided.”

Misinformation and Political Propaganda”, Sunday, April 9, 2:30PM, Central Library US Bank Room; Saturday, April 22, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library; and Sunday, April 30, 1PM and 3PM, West Linn Library (preregistration required; register online: https://westlinnoregon.gov/library/misinformation-and-political-propaganda). “We are overwhelmed with messages from politicians, news sources and other media. Join us for a timely workshop led by local librarian Donna Cohen. She 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 to teach you to distinguish truth from fiction and become your own fact-checker. Learn more at her Facebook page ‘Civics for Adults’ at http://bit.ly/2kY9rCv.”

Willamette Falls Symphony”, Sunday, April 9, 3PM, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Rd., Oregon City. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, free for kids 12 and under. Dvorak ‘Symphony No. 8’, Sticksel ‘Legions’. “Winners of our young Artists Competition will also perform.” http://www.willamettefallssymphony.org/WFS/Concerts.html

Night Sky at the Overlook”, Sunday, April 9, 8PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. Call (503) 865-8733 to make sure this event will happen in case of overcast skies. “Explore the night sky and April's full ‘Pink Moon’ with a telescope viewing at the arboretum's Overlook Viewpoint. The viewpoint is a short hike up the hill from the Visitor Center's parking lot. Participants can drop in anytime during the scheduled event. Hoyt Arboretum volunteer and astronomy enthusiast Mike Radov will set up his 6-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. He says, ‘The moon will be 98.8% full, Waxing Gibbons. Jupiter will be 5 degrees away from the Moon so will be easily visible in the night sky. The full moon that appears in April is called the Pink Moon. This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.’ This event is weather dependent; advanced registration is not required.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Delicious Homemade Soda”, Sunday, April 9, 2PM, North Portland Library. “Homemade sodas are refreshing, delicious and easy to make. Learn how to make your own sodas with the fresh ingredients that you choose. This class allows you to take back control of what you are drinking. No more high fructose corn syrup for you and your family! Join herbalist and home fermenter Saundra Kamman, of HerbN Tea, to learn two different methods for creating your own personal sodas. We will taste a few sodas made with fresh fruit, herbs and a variety of sweeteners (including honey, agave and turbinado or brown sugar). We will discuss the benefits of each and then make a soda to take home.” 

Arbor Week Celebration- Plant a Tree With Us!”, Sunday, April 9, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. Free. “Staff will guide participants to a tree planting site and provide native tree seedlings to be planted in the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will receive a tree planting certificate. This event is rain or shine so please consider: spending one half hour tree planting; wearing sturdy shoes - we will be planting on uneven ground; dressing in layers. Temperatures are usually 10 degrees cooler in the forest than in the valley. Family activities and special exhibits will also be available throughout the weekend. You will be able to: create tree arts and crafts; try your hand at a tree scavenger hunt to win a prize; plant a tree seed to take home! Step into the shoes of citizens who helped plant the Tillamook Burn and created the Tillamook State Forest! You are guaranteed to have a tree-mendous time!” http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/calendar/index.cfm?event=events.list

Leatherwork”, Sunday, April 9, 3PM, Northwest Library. “Make a leather jar wrap. Learn how to cut out a pattern, edge dye leather, wax edges, chisel stitching holes, and sew.”

Cooking Around the World: Phở (Asian Noodle Soup)”, Sunday, April 9, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/cooking-around-world-phở-asian-noodle-soup/69708 “Learn how to make Phở (Asian Noodle Soup). Samples and instructions will be provided.”

Money Smart Basics - What You Need to Know”, Monday, April 10, 7PM, Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room. “Are you ready to get smarter about your money? We'll discuss the basics of budgeting, retirement planning and investing. This workshop is designed to put you on the path of financial know-how. Walk away with a better understanding of money concepts, and be better prepared to start learning even more. Gain confidence and the knowledge you need to take control of your financial future. Topics covered include: budgeting, banking, debt andcredit, risk management, and investing.”

Sunset Sit, Moonrise Smile”, Monday, April 10, 7PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Once a month make time in your day to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the mood rises. This evening vivid colors paint the sky, the earth’s shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset at select City of Hillsboro park sites. A Parks and Recreation naturalist will be on hand to help you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend day passing into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a portable chair and something warm to drink if you like. Free. No pre-registration required.” https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/home/showdocument?id=11057

Homeschoolers Ask the Experts: People Who Have Cool Jobs”, Monday, April 10, 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 park ranger.”

Author Talk, “Mike Lankford”, Monday, April 10, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Mike Lankford discusses his book, “Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci”. “Why did Leonardo Da Vinci leave so many of his major works uncompleted? Why did this resolute pacifist build war machines for the notorious Borgias? Why did he carry the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went for decades, yet never quite finish it? Why did he write backwards, and was he really at war with Michelangelo? And was he gay? In a book unlike anything ever written about the Renaissance genius, Mike Lankford explodes every cliché about Da Vinci and then reconstructs him based on a rich trove of available evidence—bringing to life for the modern reader the man who has been studied by scholars for centuries, yet has remained as mysterious as ever. Seeking to envision Da Vinci without the obscuring residue of historical varnish, the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of Renaissance Italy—usually missing in other biographies—are all here, transporting readers back to a world of war and plague and court intrigue, of viciously competitive famous artists, of murderous tyrants with exquisite tastes in art …. Lankford brilliantly captures Da Vinci's life as the compelling and dangerous adventure it seems to have actually been—fleeing from one sanctuary to the next, somehow surviving in war zones beside his friend Machiavelli, struggling to make art his way or no way at all ... and often paying dearly for those decisions. It is a thrilling and absorbing journey into the life of a ferociously dedicated loner, whose artwork in one way or another represents his noble rebellion, providing inspiration that is timeless.” https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/becoming-leonardo/

Oregon Ballet Theatre 2”, Monday, April 10, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 (OBT2) is a group of 9 talented students from School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, who are on the fast track toward becoming professional dancers. These young performers share the stage with the dancers of Oregon Ballet Theatre in their large productions as well as dancing in their own shows. The OBT2 Program not only prepares dancers for a career in dance, it also allows Oregon Ballet Theatre to reach out into our community by bringing a high quality of classical and contemporary ballet to smaller venues such as schools, libraries and senior facilities. By doing this, we hope to inspire more people to enjoy our beautiful art form. OBT2 Program Director, Lisa Sundstrom, a native Oregonian and former ballerina with American Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet, will be presenting the dancers in these pieces: The Sleeping Beauty Wedding Pas de Duex – by the most influential choreographer of the 19th Century, Marius Petipa. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this is classical ballet at its purest – a dance performed the world over by some of the most celebrated dancers in history. Within – a new OBT2 Premiere, choreographed by former OBT Principal Dancer, Alison Roper. The ballet is set to classical contemporary music by Ludovico Einaudi and Yann Tiersen. Crush Pas de Deux – also by Alison Roper, to music by Brian Crane. Inspired by the energy and youth of the OBT2 dancers, Ms. Roper created this dance to celebrate OBT2’s premiere 2015/16 Season. It is about a young couple learning about real love. Flower Festival Pas de Deux – a charming and flirtatious dance for two, choreographed in 1858, by the great Danish choreographer, Auguste Bournonville.” http://www.portland5.com/antoinette-hatfield-hall/events/noontime-showcase-obt2-0

Dynamic Geology of Oregon”, Tuesday, April 11, 7PM, Montgomery Park Lower Ballroom, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “From the Painted Hills to Smith Rock to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon’s incredible geological history has shaped the beautiful and diverse terrain here at home. On this Nature Night, Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, will show you how the different provinces were formed and how they are all related in a dynamic presentation on the fascinating natural history of our state. Over 150 million years ago, Oregon was under water. Through time, the ocean floor and islands have been “stuck on” adhered onto the North American continent through the process of accretion, the gradual accumulation of layers. The Blue Mountains and the Klamath Mountains both have their origin in accretion and are the oldest rocks in Oregon. Many different volcanic events have covered Oregon with layers of different igneous rocks. The influence of the Juan de Fuca plate being pushed under Oregon from the west has led to uplift of marine rocks creating the Coast Range, the Cascade volcanoes and large subduction earthquakes. Recently, there have been exciting discoveries of many ancient large volcanoes in eastern Oregon, one being centered on Prineville. We hope you’ll join us to learn how the Oregon we know and love was formed, creating a multitude of habitats for the people and native wildlife who live here.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/nature-night-dynamic-geology-of-oregon

The Villains of Shakespeare”, Tuesday, April 11, 6:15PM, Albina Library; Saturday, April 22, 1PM, Hillsdale Library; Sunday, April 23, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, April 29, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/villains-shakespeare “April marks not only National Poetry Month, but also the anniversary of the birth and death of one of the world’s greatest poets: William Shakespeare. To celebrate the Bard, we’ll take a look at some of his greatest bad guys. Some of them, like Iago in Othello, are obvious -- but others, like Claudius in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing are often too complex to be easily labeled as villains. We’ll explore through sight and sound some of the great poetry of these troubled men and women and discuss whether there really are any pure villains in Shakespeare’s plays, for what makes his characters so endlessly interesting is that they are motivated by the things that motivate all human beings. Like us, they react to their circumstances and to people in different ways. Yes, some of Shakespeare’s characters behave in cruel and unpleasant ways. Some of them kill, deceive, and otherwise take advantage of their fellow men and women, but they are all only human -- meaning that beneath their cruelty lie reasons that might partially exonerate them in our eyes.”

Author Talk, “Timothy Zahn”, Tuesday, April 11, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Timothy Zahn presents his Star Wars novel, “Thrawn”. “One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.”

Food for Thought, a Cookbook Discussion Group: Featuring Author Rick Browne”, Tuesday, April 11, 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 - the southern United States! Rick Browne will join us at this meeting to talk about Southern barbecue. Rick Browne is a writer, photographer, pitmaster, restaurant critic and consultant. He is also the author of Grilling America and The Frequent Fryer Cookbook (Regan Books, NY) and coauthor of The Barbecue America Cookbook (The Lyons Press, 2002). As a renowned grilling and barbecue expert, Browne is one of only a few in the U.S. to receive an honorary Ph.B (Doctor of Barbecue Philosophy) bestowed upon him by the prestigious Kansas City Barbeque Society for his expertise and commitment to barbecue.”

US Refugee and Immigration Policy Update”, Tuesday, April 11, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join our speaker panel to learn the status of immigrants and refugees impacted by federal policy changes and how these orders effect their daily lives and future plans.” https://www.mcmenamins.com/events/163353-us-refugee-and-immigration-policy-update

Positivity, Self-esteem and Consequence: Helping Our Children Grow”, Wednesday, April 12, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. For parents. “Kids learn to value themselves, view the world positively and take ownership of their behavior. Preparing them with tools will set them on a positive strong path. Presenter: Dr. Leeza Steindorf is an international speaker and expert in communication, conflict management, and teaching and parenting strategies. She is the author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids.”

Inside the Feline Mind”, Wednesday, April 12, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets, or $10 suggested donation at the door. “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/kiggins_apr_12_cats/

Tween Tech: Robots”, Wednesday, April 12, 3:15PM, Goldendale Library; and Wednesday, April 26, 4PM, Vancouver Library. Ages 9-12. “Teach a robot to do your bidding! Come and try your hand at coding our Arduino-based Wink Robots.”

Author Talk, “Daniel Sharfstein”, Wednesday, April 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Daniel Sharfstein presents his book, “Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War”. “The epic clash of two American legends―their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction. “Oliver Otis Howard thought he was a man of destiny. Chosen to lead the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, the Union Army general was entrusted with the era’s most crucial task: helping millions of former slaves claim the rights of citizens. He was energized by the belief that abolition and Reconstruction, the country’s great struggles for liberty and equality, were God’s plan for himself and the nation. To honor his righteous commitment to a new American freedom, Howard University was named for him. But as the nation’s politics curdled in the 1870s, General Howard exiled himself from Washington, D.C., rejoined the army, and was sent across the continent to command forces in the Pacific Northwest. Shattered by Reconstruction’s collapse, he assumed a new mission: forcing Native Americans to become Christian farmers on government reservations. Howard’s plans for redemption in the West ran headlong into the resistance of Chief Joseph, a young Nez Perce leader in northeastern Oregon who refused to leave his ancestral land. Claiming equal rights for Native Americans, Joseph was determined to find his way to the center of American power and convince the government to acknowledge his people’s humanity and capacity for citizenship. Although his words echoed the very ideas about liberty and equality that Howard had championed during Reconstruction, in the summer of 1877 the general and his troops ruthlessly pursued hundreds of Nez Perce families through the stark and unforgiving Northern Rockies. An odyssey and a tragedy, their devastating war transfixed the nation and immortalized Chief Joseph as a hero to generations of Americans. Recreating the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors, Daniel J. Sharfstein’s visionary history of the West casts Howard’s turn away from civil rights alongside the nation’s rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people. The war that Howard and Joseph fought is one that Americans continue to fight today.” http://www.danieljsharfstein.com

Portland Audubon Book Club”, Wednesday, April 12, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Free. “Are trees social beings? Join us for April Book Club to discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, an international bestseller that draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. All are welcome to attend. Purchase this book at the Portland Audubon Nature Store for a special 20% discount. Meet in the interpretive center outside of the Nature Store.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/portland-audubon-birding-book-club-1

Sweet Crepe Making for Teens”, Wednesday, April 12, 5PM, Gresham 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.”

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon”, Wednesday, April 12, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Expand your knowledge of native conifers with Instructor Ken Denniston (author of nwconifers.com). Ken will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The workshop will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.”

Rabbit Advocates”, Wednesday, April 12, 6:30PM, Aloha Library. “Come and meet a bunny at the library! Mary Marvin and Karen Wilson from the PDX-based non-profit organization Rabbit Advocates will speak about the care and welfare of domestic rabbits. Children welcome if accompanied by adult(s). Join us to learn about these cuddly companions!”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, April 12, 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/

Free College and Career Planning for Teens”, Thursday, April 13, 4PM, St. Johns Library; Wednesday, April 26, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library; and Thursday, April 27, 4PM, St. Johns Library. “Drop-in anytime to speak with one of our career coaches. No appointment necessary, come and go as you please and get the help you need. We can help you with- Filling Community Service Hours: Do you need volunteer hours? We can help you find volunteer opportunities. Planning for College: Get help with the college search/application process. Career Exploration and Planning: Explore, plan for, and pursue your career path. Employability Skills and Job Placement: Practice interviewing and finish your resume or write a cover letter.”

Author Talk, “Daniel Mathews”, Thursday, April 13, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Daniel Mathews presents his book ‘Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains’. “For his presentation, Mathews will give us an overview of a work that describes more than 950 species of plants, animals, and mushrooms with helpful keys for easy identification. This is an engagingly written, portable history of the Cascade area identifying the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. It also includes information about the potential impact of climate change on the landscape. With both a scientist’s eye for detail and organization, and a novelist’s ear for the compelling stories of the region's plants, animals, and people, Mathews will bring the mountains alive. This is the essential trailside reference for naturalists, hikers, and campers.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/free-author-event-daniel-mathews-presents-natural-history-of-the-pacific-northwest-mountains

Folk Heroes of the Northwest: A Slideshow Presentation by William L. Sullivan”, Thursday, April 13, 1PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slideshow tour of legendary Northwest folk heroes from Sacajawea and D.B. Cooper to Bigfoot. Expect entertaining and educational tales about the historical figures that helped define the spirit of the Pacific Northwest -- as told by the author of the thriller, ‘The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute’.” http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/

Screening, “Racing Extinction”, Thursday, April 13, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. Discussion will follow Thursday, April 20, 6PM. Meaningful Movies presents the documentary Racing Extinction: Earth is facing another mass extinction of species and humans are the cause. What can we do to stop it? Return next week (April 20) for a meaningful conversation about the movie.” Trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwxyrLUdcss

Anything Zines: A Middle Grade Zine Studio”, Thursday, April 13, and Thursday, April 27, 2PM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Pdx. $5-$20 sliding scale. “You can make a Zine about Anything! Join the IPRC for a middle grade (ages 7-11) zine studio. Youth zinesters will collage, write, type, paste draw, fold staple, share and make buttons. Materials provided.” http://www.iprc.org/event/anything-zines-a-middle-grade-zine-studio/all/

“Anime Movie Night”, Thursday, April 13, 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.”

“Ukrainian Egg Decorating”, Thursday, April 13, 3PM, Molalla Library. Call 503-829-2593 to sign up. “Instructor Daniela Mahoney will teach us the Batiking technique for egg decorating.” http://www.danielam.com/ukrainian-eggs/

Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist”, Thursday, April 13, 6:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A; and Tuesday, April 18, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “History comes to life with this multimedia presentation by historian and author Sig Unander. Born to wealth and privilege, Theodore Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and populist reformer, taking on big oil, banks and railroads. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East. Learn more at this free program. No registration is required.”

Tween CSI Club”, Thursday, April 13, and Thursday, April 27, 4:30PM, West Linn Library. Grades 4-8. “Do you think you have what it takes to become a crime scene investigator? Learn how to take shoe impressions and fingerprints, and how to analyze handwriting. Put it all together at the end to solve a murder in the West Linn Public Library!”

Broadway Rose Theatre Presents, “Beehive: A Hair-Raising Musical Review”, Thursday, April 13 through May 14, Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. Ages 6 and up. “A fun, frothy flashback to the fabulous females of 1960s pop music, Beehive features non-stop hits from early decade bubble gum classics to the explosive late ‘60s soul sound. Paying tribute to performers such as Lesley Gore, The Shirelles, Brenda Lee, Tina Turner, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, this irresistible revue will fly you back in time to experience firsthand the music that thrilled a generation.” http://www.broadwayrose.org/beehive

Classical Up Close”, Thursday, April 13 through May 7. Free. “Classical Up Close is a cooperative effort by musicians of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and community partners to offer free chamber music concerts — performed by musicians from the OSO and select musician friends — in venues around the Portland metro area.” http://www.classicalupclose.org

Peeps Catapults”, Friday, April 14, 4:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. Grades 3-8. Preregistration required; register online: http://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Library/EventRegistration/ ‘Design and build a catapult to launch marshmallow peeps! Can you launch yours the furthest? The highest?”

Willamette University Presents, “Macbeth”, Friday, April 14 through 29, Willamette University, M. Lee Pelton Theatre, 900 State St., Salem. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students. “This play — Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy — is brutally quick, and is at once elemental and mercurial. It tells the story of a passionate couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, whose overwhelming will to power moves them to obliterate all obstacles, transgressing boundaries of fealty, family, and fundamental human kindness. Come experience the meteoric rise and tragic fall of one of theatre literature’s original power couples.” http://willamette.edu/arts/theatre/performances/macbeth.html

“Sakura-Con”, Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle. “Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2016 was over 23,000 individuals, with most members attending all three days! Please join us for Sakura-Con 2017 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary! All the excellent programming you’ve come to expect will be back in abundance. Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, art contests, AMV’s, industry guests, over 100,000 square feet of exhibits hall, guests of honor, and more!” http://sakuracon.org

Screening, “A River Between Us”, Friday, April 14, 6:30PM, End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St., Oregon City. "For over a century along the Klamath River, injustice has reigned. Native tribes, there since time immemorial have had their human rights, their spiritual traditions, and their habitat trampled by settlers and industry. A River Between Us tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today. The film’s primary focus is the struggle for justice on the Klamath River, where forty years of bad blood between the local farmers, ranchers, Native Tribes, members of the Tea Party, state politicians and federal government have created one of this country’s worst environmental crises. Most importantly, as part of the largest restoration project in American history, A River Between Us provides the solution to ending this generations-old conflict: in order to save a river, you must first heal a people." http://www.ariverbetweenus.com/trailer/

“Makerspace Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens”, Friday, April 14, 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.” 

Vancouver Community Passover Seder”, Friday, April 14, 7PM, Luepke Senior Center and Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Donations requested. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/passover-2017-tickets-32804541266 “Beit Shalom Balevav invites you to join in the celebration of one of the most important events in Jewish history—the Exodus. It is our hope that experiencing this ancient cultural tradition will draw our entire community together as we focus upon a time when the oppressed were set free and their needs were met in a mighty way.”

Escape Room for Teens”, Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Cedar Mill Library. Ages 11-18. Preregistration required; call 503-644-0043 x114 to register. “Can you solve the clues and unlock the Escape Room in time? See if you and your friends have what it takes to get out.”

Luminescent Legos”, Saturday, April 15, 10AM, OMSI. Ages 8 and up. $10. 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! Ages: 8 –13 with an adult, 13+ without an adult.”

Opening Day- Sandy Seed Library”, all day, Saturday, April 15, Sandy Library. “Join in the all day festivities at the Sandy Library. Learn about gardening and seed-saving. This is a great opportunity for families to play in the dirt together. The Sandy Seed Library: ‘It will grow on you!’. Members come to the library and "check out" seed for their garden. Members grow the plants in their garden and, at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’ From those plants, they collect seeds to return to the Library to replenish its inventory. All seeds are free to members. The seeds have been graciously donated to launch this program. These seeds are held in trust for the members of our library.”

Yuri's Night World Space Party”, Saturday, April 15, 5PM-9PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver. “Join us in celebrating Yuri’s Night World Space Party global event that commemorates the accomplishments of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth. Gagarin attended the “First Chkalov Air Force Pilot’s School”, named after Valeri Chkalov, who landed the world’s first transpolar flight at Pearson Field in 1937. At Yuri’s Night, there will be family-friendly activities, including the construction and launching of two-liter pressure bottle rockets. An information booth from the Oregon L5 Society (a division of the National Space Exploration Society) will discuss space exploration. Weather permitting, the evening will finish with an outdoor star gazing tour led by a national park ranger who is a certified star guide.” https://yurisnight.net/events/yuris-night-pearson-air-museum-2/

Introduction to Flowering Plant Identification: The Basics”, Saturday, April 15, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/events/upcoming-events1/ “Have you ever wondered how to identify native plants or common weeds? What characteristics should you look for, and how are plants sorted into groups? How are common and scientific names different? This 3-hour workshop on the basics of plant identification will introduce novices and plant enthusiasts to the wonderful world of plant identification! We will learn about plant parts, leaf shape and arrangements, flower parts, fruit types, etc. and will also examine those key characteristics that place a plant into a certain taxon (named group). We will also have a brief overview of plant classification (naming), examine the notable features of five or six plant families, and introduce participants to a few local field guides that can be used in our region. No prior experience with plant identification is necessary! We will also take a short walk in the arboretum to further look at plants and plant parts. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and bring a small snack and water for our walk.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, April 15, 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.” 

Champoeg History Cache”, Saturday, April 15, 12PM-3PM, Champoeg State Park Visitor Center, St. Paul. $5 per vehicle day use fee. Historical talks TBA. http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=79

Holland America Tulip Festival”, April 15, 16, 22 and 23, 10AM-4PM, Holland America Flower Gardens, 1066 S. Pekin Rd., Woodland, WA. “Free parking and admission, vendor market, gift shop, u-pick fields, show fields, bulb ordering, kid’s activities, food, music and contests.” They are also open daily throughout April to visit their fields and gift shop. http://hollandamericaflowergardens.com

C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, April 15, 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/

Pottery Workshop”, Two classes, Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, April 22, 1PM, Washougal High School, Room 190, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Ages 9 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events#/?i=18 “This is a 2-part workshop at a beginner/intermediate level. Learn from local instructors how to make a bowl or flower pot from textured and pieced together slab clay. First week (April 15), build your project. Second week (April 22), return to glaze your project for firing. You must attend the first week to participate in the second week.”

Make a Basic Website”, Saturday, April 15, 10:30AM, North Portland Library; and Tuesday, April 25, 9:30AM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/make-basic-website “Learn how to build a basic website using the Google Sites application. You must have a Google or Gmail account before coming to class in order to participate. Bring your user name and password to class; you will need to be able to log into your account.”

Washington State Parks Free Days”, Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, April 22. Discover pass not required at Washington State Parks. http://discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

Betacon Game Expo”, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. “BetaCon: Oregon's first major video game and technology expo. BetaCon's mission is to bring together gamers, technology fans, educators and innovators. Connect with developers, designers and artists, try new titles, meet studios and inventors, compete in contests and competitions and attend betaLIVE panels and conferences. Experience the future of gaming and technology at BetaCon.” http://betacon.org

Look Up to the Stars! Astronomy Program”, Saturday, April 15, 10:15AM, Molalla Library; and Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Hood River Library. “Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe Astronomer Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you! Over the next 1 ½ hours, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities.”

Digital Cardboard Creations for Teens”, Saturday, April 15, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/digital-cardboard-creations/65043 “Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your very own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches and even electric buzzers. Come prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit and leave with a hat, mask or arm band that you can use on your next adventure.”

Cowboy Poetry: Rhyme 'em Cowboy!” Saturday, April 15, 1PM, Wilsonville Library; and Tuesday, April 18, 7PM, Tigard Library, Houghton Room, 2nd Floor. “Join us for an entertaining introduction to the oral tradition of cowboy poetry. Inspired by his own saddle time, award-winning poet Tom Swearingen will share his reflective and humorous poems.”

Thunderegg Stravaganza”, Saturday, April 15, 10aM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. $5. “For a more geologically-minded interpretation of the Easter egg, this esteemed museum will offer thunder-eggs, as well as thunder-egg cutting, all day. Science lovers can learn about these marvels of nature with a curator-led discussion.” https://ricenorthwestmuseum.org/

Cultural Day: Traditional Lifeways of NW Oregon Tribes”, Saturday, April 15, 11AM-3PM, Tryon Creek State Park. “11:00am – Tribal Blessing and Keynote 
Presentation of Traditional Lifeways and the Natural History of Western Oregon, presented by Greg Archuleta, Grand Ronde tribal member, in outside Friends Circle. 12:00pm – Interpretive Stations; Tribal led demonstrations on trails and in Jackson Outdoor Shelter. Through demonstrations, exhibits, and sharing, tribal representatives will host activities related to the traditional lifeways of the Tribes of NW Oregon through carving, basketry, and other cultural arts; and native ethno-botany. 1:00pm – Cooking Demonstration Located in central parking area. Includes a fire pit demonstration of cooking salmon and lamprey.” http://www.tryonfriends.org/mc-events/cultural-day-traditional-lifeways-of-nw-oregon-tribes/?mc_id=20316

Hortlandia Plant and Art Sale”, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 10AM-3PM, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. Free admission. Parking $8, or $7 for carpools of 3 or more. “The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, commonly known as HPSO, is a non-profit volunteer organization for all gardeners: beginning or experienced, amateur or professional. Founded in 1985 and dedicated to the promotion of hardy herbaceous perennials, the Society now has nearly 2,000 members throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”

La Center Bottoms Bird Walk”, Saturday, April 15, meeting at 8AM at Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. Free. Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Get outside and enjoy our mild April weather with a birding adventure to Clark County, Washington! Join naturalist Elaine Murphy and the hosting Backyard Bird Shop of Vancouver for a free tour of La Center Bottoms, a 314-acre county-owned stewardship site consisting of wetlands, flood plain, shoreline and forested uplands. The East Fork of the Lewis River flows past the town of La Center. Originally a natural wetland, the river lowlands were diked in the early years on the 20th century to create cropland. Part of the dike has failed, recreating a habitat for waterfowl, otters and coyotes. It’s now one of three state-designated Watchable Wildlife spots in Clark County.” http://backyardbirdshop.com/event/la-center-bottoms-bird-walk/

Life after War”, Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Photographer Jim Lommasson has collected oral histories from returning soldiers and documented their struggles at home. In this conversation, participants will discuss the wars that not only veterans faced at home, but also communities at large.” http://www.lommassonpictures.com/#!/page/416936/exit-wounds

Coil Baskets”, Saturday, April 15, 1PM, Troutdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/coil-baskets “This workshop teaches participants how to create a handheld coil basket using a variety of re-purposed materials.”

Wild Foods of Forest Park”, Saturday, April 15, 9AM, Forest Park, Wildwood Trail off Germantown Rd., Pdx. Price and preregistration info here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/wild-foods-of-forest-park/ “Learn about the edible plants found in a pacific northwest forest. Spring is when wildflowers are blooming and wild greens are ripe for picking. See plants like wild violet, Solomon’s seal, fairly bells, licorice fern, various fiddleheads, wild ginger and more. Learn the many ways they can be used as food. Explore one of the more beautiful forests in Portland’s own backyard.”

Egg Decorating”, Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-655-8543. “Use traditional techniques from Slovakia and the Czech Republic to decorate up to 4 eggs using blue ink and straw methods.” http://www.danielam.com/

Mancala: An African Counting Game”, Saturday, April 15, 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.”

Junior Ranger Day”, Saturday, April 15, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, and McLoughlin House, Oregon City. Free. https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=0C4EA7EB-1DD8-B71B-0B6A8FA9D3A1A44E

Sun Catchers”, Saturday, April 15, 1PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/sun-catchers “Reflect beautiful rays of light with these easy to create sun catchers. They can be hung in windows or on plants.”

Drumming in the Stacks: Taiko Workshop”, Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/drumming-stacks-taiko-workshop “Each workshop will begin with a performance by Portland Taiko. Members of the ensemble will provide a brief explanation of the roots of taiko drumming in Japan and North America, followed by an introduction to kuchi shoga, rhythmic syllables that are sung for different drum strokes. Workshop participants will learn the basic hitting techniques by applying these patterns on the drums. The workshop will conclude with a Q/A session. All workshop participants are encouraged to wear loose-fitting clothing (suitable for a light work-out) and to bring water.” 

Cupfakes for Teens”, Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Holgate 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/

Graffiti Art on iPads”, Saturday, April 15, 2PM, Northwest Library; and Saturday, April 29, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Presented by artist Alex Chiu. “Teens learn how to create graffiti art using apps on iPads. Save the image and turn it into your wallpaper on your phone or computer, or print it out to hang up at home. No experience necessary to express yourself through art.” http://www.alexdoodles.com

Chayag música y danza tradicional Andina / Magical Journey to the Andes”, Saturday, April 15, 2:30PM, Gresham Library. “During the presentation Chayag musicians and dancers perform songs with a variety of folk instruments of the Andes. The presentation also includes a broad overview of the history, geography and Latin and South American culture. The narration of legends, anecdotes and stories are interwoven with traditional songs, dances and melodies of flutes, charango, drums and guitars. The program is bilingual (Spanish-English) suitable for all ages and the public is welcome to participate.”

Next Chapter of Life: Decluttering Workshop”, Sunday, April 16, 3PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “No matter how large or small, a clutter-free home brings peace of mind and other health benefits. Come hear tips and tricks for spring-cleaning your space!”

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Spring Opening Celebration”, Sunday, April 16, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. $5 parking fee per vehicle. “Spring has arrived at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Join us for our annual opening of the Plankhouse. Learn more about springtime foods of the Chinookan Peoples and the seasonal round of Cathlapotle village life. Two guided hikes will be led by refuge naturalists. The first hike will be a family friendly hike about oak trees and wildlife (1:00 – 2:00 PM). The second is open to anyone interested in birding and will focus on bird language and identification by sound (3:00 – 5:00 PM). The Plankhouse will be open from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Explore hands-on displays inside the Plankhouse, sample stinging nettle tea, and enjoy children’s activities throughout the day.” https://ridgefieldfriends.org/calendar/cathlapotle-plankhouse-spring-opening/

“Let’s Play Holi!”, Sunday, April 16, 3:30PM, Rock Creek Park, 20107 NW Rock Creek Blvd., Hillsboro. “Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in the child in you, no matter how old you are, joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors! Holi is wonderful because it reflects exactly what is occurring in nature at that time – when all the ‎beautiful ‎flowers of different colors are blossoming. By celebrating this event we feel a greater oneness with ‎nature. The dominant idea behind this festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave. Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in the child in you, no matter how old you are, joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors! Holi is wonderful because it reflects exactly what is occurring in nature at that time – when all the ‎beautiful ‎flowers of different colors are blossoming. By celebrating this event we feel a greater oneness with ‎nature. The dominant idea behind this festival is that we should live more in harmony with nature instead of trying to destroy her and make her our slave. We will celebrate Holi on 16th April, 2017. We invite you to come and participate in the festivities on April 16th! Please RSVP through our website so that we have an accurate count of the participants. There will be Understanding Marriage retreat and Balavihar camp that day, this is the culmination of the camp. Holi celebration is open to all, please come with your family and friends!” https://www.cmportland.com/holi2017/

The U.S. Goes to the Great War: What Happened, Why It Matters Today”, Sunday, April 16, 2PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. Presented by Christopher McKnight Nichols, Associate Professor of History at Oregon State University and Director of the OSU Center for the Humanities. “World War I marked a turning point in world and U.S. history that is far too little understood today. The United States’ formal declaration of war and entry into the Great War in April 1917 represented a seismic shift for the nation, which to that point, had attempted to avoid larger scale entanglements in European power politics and conflicts. One hundred years later we are in a position to recognize the epochal changes heralded by the First World War and the U.S.’s role in the conflict as well as its aftermath. In his April 2, 1917 message to Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that “the world must be made safe for democracy.” These famous words set a crucial precedent for U.S. global leadership and for democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy that has been hotly contested, and yet, remains with us today. Nichols’s lecture will cover the key ideas and historical developments at stake in the World War era. His talk will touch on changing historical interpretions of the war and new findings as he explores U.S. commitments during the period of neutrality, debates over a declaration of war, the consequences of mobilization and joining the conflict, the fighting of the war, and the peace-making process at Versailles and beyond. Nichols will examine the world-wide as well as U.S. dynamics of the war, and global consequences, as he explains the postwar impact and the ways WWI continues to matter in terms of international relations and even U.S. domestic politics and society.” http://www.ohs.org/events/the-us-goes-to-the-great-war.cfm

Bat Appreciation Day”, Monday, April 17, 7PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. All ages. “April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. Staff from the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge will join us and share the role bats play in nature.”

Author Talk, “Marcia Lynn Miller”, Monday, April 17, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. Marcia Lynn Miller presents her book, “You Go Girls! The Woman's Guide to Great Travel”. “This comprehensive collection of road-tested tips, tricks, and hints will improve the travel experiences of any woman traveler. Whether you travel alone, with a friend, or in a group, there is something for you. From beginning to end and every step between, Marcia guides you with an easy, friendly manner that will leave you smiling as you absorb it. Marcia shares her travel secrets of navigating in today's world.” https://www.yougogirlstravel.com/copy-of-new-page

Book Signing, “Brandon Mull Presents Dragonwatch”, Monday, April 17, 6PM, Barnes and Noble, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley. “Brandon is here promoting his new book Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure, the first book in the new 'Dragonwatch Series’.” http://brandonmull.com

“Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey”, Monday, April 17, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Local author Carolyn Wood discusses her debut memoir about walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago in 2012 and rediscovering herself as the 14-year-old ‘Tough Girl’ who competed and medaled in swimming in the 1960 Rome Olympics.” http://www.toughgirlmemoir.com

“Xtreme Science Magic”, Tuesday, April 18, 6:30PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. All ages. “Check out this fast-moving, interactive, upbeat science show that combines entertainment with information. See first-hand the magic attached to science experiments, along with laser lighting and special effects!”

“YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Tuesday, April 18, 7PM, 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 Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Join us!” http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/before_i_fall.php

Beaverton Civic Theatre Sneak Preview: "Death by Design", Tuesday, April 18, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium. Free. “Come get a sneak preview of Beaverton Civic Theatre's production ‘Death by Design.’ See selected scenes from the play, interact with the performers, and more!”

“An Evening of Poetry Honoring William Stafford”, Tuesday, April 18, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. The Lake Oswego Public Library and the Friends of William Stafford present an evening of poetry in honor of William Stafford. Featuring former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen and Lake Oswego City Planner and Poet Scot Siegel. William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914, and later moved to Oregon where he taught English literature at Lewis and Clark College. Stafford published numerous volumes of poetry and prose during his lifetime including Traveling Through the Dark, for which he won the National Book Award in 1963.”

“Volunteer for Greater Sage Grouse”, Tuesday, April 18, 6:30PM, Columbia Sportswear, 911 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.myowf.org/events “The greater sage grouse is the largest grouse in North America. Its range is sagebrush country in the western United States. Population numbers are slowly rebounding after years of cyclical decline. However, sage grouse are especially difficult to count because of their large range, camouflage coloring and ability to hide in sagebrush. To try and effectively estimate populations, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife count visible sage grouse in leks - areas where sage grouse gather during the breeding season to attract mates. The Adopt-a-Lek program trains citizen volunteers to conduct lek attendance surveys in remote areas of SE Oregon. Now in its 12th year, 50 trained volunteers are expected to monitor more than 80 leks in 2017. The information collected by Adopt-a-Lek volunteers is entered into Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s long-term sage grouse database and are used to determine population trends and estimates that are needed for the on-going monitoring and conservation of the species. The Oregon Wildlife Foundation has supported this critically important program since 2007. Join us April 18th, and learn how you can help conserve Oregon’s greater sage grouse.”

“Growing the Best Tomatoes”, Tuesday, April 18, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Bob Woods will present on how to grow the best tomatoes including different varieties, starting plants from seed, garden site selection, planting instructions, cultural practices, and other tips.”

“Tech Salvage Jewelry”, Tuesday, April 18, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. Ages 9 and up. “Repurpose objects salvaged from broken electronics into jewelry, keychains or your own piece of art.”

“Wood Village Conflict Resolutions Skills Workshop”, Tuesday, April 18, 6PM, Wood Village City Hall, 2055 NE 238th Dr. Preregistration required; call East Metro Mediation to register at 503-618-3247. “From time to time we all experience tough situations with our neighbors, tenants, landlords, roommates or those we work with. If these situations aren’t resolved they can grow into really troublesome problems. This free training will teach conflict resolution skills through communication. Participants will be actively engaged throughout the training with the help of experts that will provide coaching through hands on practice.” https://greshamoregon.gov/Events/2017/Workshops/Wood-Village-Conflict-Resolutions-Skills-Workshop-April-2017/

"Designing Robots to Walk and Run", Tuesday, April 18, 7PM, OMSI Empirical Theater. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Jonathan Hurst, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. "Legged locomotion is a challenging physical interaction task: underactuation, unexpected impacts, and large and rapidly changing forces and velocities are commonplace. Designing passive dynamics, which are generated by the mechanical hardware, and software control algorithms together in tight integration can drastically improve the performance of a machine as measured by efficiency, agility, and robustness to disturbances. This design philosophy was recently demonstrated on ATRIAS, a bipedal spring-mass robot. The passive dynamics of the hardware match a simple biomechanically-derived spring-mass model, while the software control relies on these passive dynamics as an integrated aspect of the system behavior. ATRIAS walks using approximately 400W of power, accelerates to a run, handles large unexpected obstacles with no prior knowledge of the terrain, and is the first machine to reproduce the dynamics of a human walking gait. In this presentation, we explain our design philosophy, results with ATRIAS, current work on a successor robot Cassie, and plans for commercialization of this technology by Agility Robotics." https://www.omsi.edu/calendar/science-pub-portland-designing-robots

“Earth Day for Kids and Teens”, Tuesday, April 18, 3:30PM, Goldendale Library. “Recycle or Reuse! We'll watch a short film and discuss what to recycle and how to reuse. Then we'll take plastic bottles and turn them into beautiful bangles. All supplies provided.”

“Wild and Wacky Weather for Tweens”, Wednesday, April 19, 9AM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Ages 8-12. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/webforms/wild-and-wacky-weather-ages-8-12-0 “Brew up a storm and unleash the powers of nature! Join us for a series of fun and engaging experiments with the weather! Our April program looks at storms, and we will be making barometers.”

“Dissent and World War I in the United States and Oregon”, Wednesday, April 19, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918,” by Michael Kazin. The Americans who opposed World War I built the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in U.S. history. They came from a variety of backgrounds: wealthy and middle and working class, urban and rural, white and black, Christian and Jewish and atheist. They mounted street demonstrations and popular exhibitions, attracted prominent leaders from the labor and suffrage movements, ran peace candidates for local and federal office, and founded new organizations that endured beyond the cause. For almost three years, they helped prevent Congress from authorizing a massive increase in the size of the U.S. army—a step advocated by ex-president Theodore Roosevelt. Then many persevered, in the face of a concerted campaign by the government to silence them. Several anti-war activists founded the organization that became the ACLU to defend those whom the state prosecuted for refusing to change their minds. Soon after the end of the Great War, most Americans believed it had not been worth fighting. And when its bitter legacy led to the next world war, the warnings of these peace activists turned into a tragic prophecy—and the beginning of a surveillance state that still endures today.” http://www.ohs.org/events/dissent-and-world-war-i.cfm

Native Plants Workshop”, Wednesday, April 19, 6:30PM, Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., Pdx. Preregistration required; register online: https://www.columbiaslough.org/events/event/352/ “Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! This workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.”

Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers”, Wednesday, April 19, 7PM, Goldendale Library. “Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries. Thoughtful music selections and interesting historical tidbits reflect the evolution of these workers’ experiences.”

Teen Makerspace Night: Peepapalooza”, Wednesday, April 19, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Experience the whimsical side of the Makerspace as we create dioramas from teen books using the venerable marshmallow Peeps. The Battle For Hogwarts, anyone? Bring a shoebox if you have one.”

Teen LGBTQ Group”, Wednesday, April 19, 6PM, McMinnville Library. “A place where teens can feel free to be themselves. The Teen LGBTQ group is a safe place for local teens, to write, do art and craft projects, hear guest speakers, discuss books and movies, and participate in other relaxing activities decided by the group in an accepting, supportive environment. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month.” 

No-Sew Pillows for Teens”, Wednesday, April 19, 4PM, Troutdale Library. “Chill out and read your favorite book on your very own no-sew pillow! Making soft pillows is quick and easy. What's the secret? Knots! In this 2-hour workshop, teens will transform two flat pieces of fleece into 3-D super-soft pillows. Puppetkabob will show participants how to tie a variety of shapes making the pillows super unique, functional and gift worthy!”

Wild Chickens of the Pacific Northwest”, Wednesday, April 19, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for class only or $85 with additional field trip April 22. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/wildChickens “Among the most obscure and sought-after birds anywhere, there are several species of grouse, partridge and quail occurring in the Pacific Northwest. Some of them are pretty difficult to see, but others can relatively easily be observed in the wild if you do your research. Birding expert Stefan Schlick will give you an overview of all these species, what is special about each one and how/where to find them in the wild. On the field trip into the Oregon Coast Range we will look for Sooty Grouse.”

Lichens Guided Walk”, Thursday, April 20, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $5. Ages 14 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.leachgarden.org/event/ecology-walk-april-2017/?eID=4532 “Venture out with a volunteer guide for an opportunity to explore microclimates at the Garden and the wonders that inhabit these areas.” The 122nd Ave. bridge is currently closed. There is a map on their website to garden parking: http://www.leachgarden.org

Survivability of an Earthquake in the Lake Missoula Flood Deposits”, Thursday, April 20, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Geologist Bill Burgel describes what might happen to the soils beneath our feet in the Tualatin area.” http://tualatinhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.html

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Thursday, April 20, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, April 20, 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.” https://www.facebook.com/GPLDoctorWhoClub/

Teen Make It: Screen Printing”, 2 sessions, Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, 4PM, Oregon City Library. Grades 6-12. “Have you ever wanted to screen print your own designs on t-shirts, tote bags, and other cool stuff? It’s super easy to make your own silkscreens. We’ll make our screens on Thursday and print them onto a tote bag on Friday. All supplies provided by the library!”

Screening, “Black Girl in Suburbia”, Thursday, April 20, 4PM, Oregon City Library. “Black Girl In Suburbia is a documentary directed by local filmmaker, Melissa Lowery, that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSoF5p-otqY

Military History Talk: “C-4 Does Not Float”, Thursday, April 20, 6:30PM, Marshall House, 1301 Officer’s Row, Vancouver. Free. RSVP requested; email PRESIDENT@VBMA.US. Presented by MSG Timothy Shotwell, US Army (Ret.). “Topic related to period from Vietnam War to Global War on Terrorism. Retired Master Sergeant Timothy Shotwell served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for over 30 years, serving from the Vietnam War to the Global War on Terrorism. He will share many tales, some amusing, some not so amusing relating to his military experiences.” http://www.vbma.us/projectsTalks.html

YA Authors, “Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Amber Keyser”, Thursday, April 20, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Portland author Ruth Tenzer Feldman's third companion in the Oregon Book Award-winning Blue Thread series is ‘Seven Stitches’. http://ruthtenzerfeldman.com/books/ Oregon author Amber Keyser presents her YA novel, Pointe, Claw. http://amberjkeyser.com/my-books/pointe-claw/."

Coding with Robots for Teens”, Friday, April 21, 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!”

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, April 21, 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 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Join us!” http://www.nicolayoon.com/#welcome-new

Double Bind: Women on Ambition”, Friday, April 21, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. A collection of essays edited by Robin Romm, who will discuss the book in conversation with Camas Davis, founder of the Portland Meat Collective. “Even as toweringly successful women from Gloria Steinem to Beyoncé embrace the word "feminism," the word "ambition," for many, remains loaded with ambivalence. Women who are naturally driven and goal-oriented shy away from it. They’re loath to see themselves―or be seen by others―as aggressive or, worst of all, as a bitch. Double Bind could not come at a more urgent time, a necessary collection that explodes this conflict, examining the concept of female ambition from every angle in essays full of insight, wisdom, humor, and rage. Perceptively identifying a paradox at the very heart of feminism, editor Robin Romm has marshaled a stunning constellation of thinkers to examine their relationships with ambition with candor, intimacy, and wit. Roxane Gay discusses how race informs and feeds her ambition. Theresa Rebeck takes on Hollywood and confronts her own unquenchable thirst to overcome its sexism. Francine Prose considers the origins of the stigma; Nadia Manzoor discusses its cultural weight. Women who work in fields long-dominated by men―from butchery to tech to dogsledding―weigh in on what it takes to crack that ever-present glass ceiling, and the sometimes unexpected costs of shattering it. The eternally complex questions of aspiration and identity can be made even more treacherous at the dawn of motherhood; Allison Barrett Carter attempts leaning in at home, while Sarah Ruhl tries to uphold her feminist vision within motherhood’s infinite daily compromises. Taken together, these essays show women from a range of backgrounds and at all stages of their lives and careers grappling with aspiration, failure, achievement, guilt, and, yes, success. Forthright and empowering, Double Bindbreaks a long silence, reclaiming ‘ambition’ from the roster of dirty words at last.”

Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival”, Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Free. “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations. The Festival was founded 40 years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.” http://www.cherryblossomfest.org

A Gathering of the Guilds”, Friday, April 21, 10AM-7PM, Saturday, April 22, 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, April 23, 10AM-4PM, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Six Portland-area Guilds have joined forces to exhibit and sell art, fine craft, and gift items, all unique and of exceptional quality. The exhibit highlights artists who create with wood, glass, beads, metals, ceramics and fiber. Guilds include the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Oregon Glass Guild, Portland Bead Society, Creative Metal Arts Guild, Portland Handweavers Guild and returning this year is the Oregon Potters Association!” http://www.gotg-pdx.com

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Friday, April 21 through May 7, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $16 adults, $14 seniors and youths 17 and under. Theatre in the Grove is excited to bring the groundbreaking rock opera to Forest Grove! Jesus Christ Superstar takes place during the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ. As His radical teachings are embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in ultimate betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality.”  http://theatreinthegrove.org/wp/

“Birding and Blues Festival”, Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, Pacific City. Wildlife viewing excursions, talks on nature and birding, and blues music. http://birdingandblues.org

“Antique Paper Roundup: Annual Show and Sale”, Saturday, April 22. 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 23, 10AM-4PM, Portland Meadows Turf Club, 1001 N. Schmeer Rd., South Entrance, Pdx. Free parking and free admission. http://www.thewebfooters.com/html/annual_show_-_sale.html

Peep Diorama Contest for Teens”, Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 30, Beaverton Main Library and Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. Special “Build Your Peep Diorama” event with craft supplies provided on Sunday, April 23, 4PM at Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “Create a diorama based on a scene from your favorite book - using marshmallow Peeps! Use your own materials or pick up kit (shoebox and Peeps) at the Murray Scholls branch or the main library's Teen Room. Rules and entry forms will be available at both locations. Entries due 4/30. Winners will be announced May 3.”

“Lilac Days 2017”, Saturday, April 22 to Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day), Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 S Pekin Rd, Woodland, WA. “Each year in the spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens hosts Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda’s Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop. Lilac Days are the 3 weeks up to and including Mothers’ Day. Lilac Sales, Hulda’s Farmhouse, and the Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days.” http://www.lilacgardens.com

“Lyrid Meteor Shower”. “In 2017, the peak of this shower is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, with little or no interference from the slender waning crescent moon. The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25. In 2017, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – is expected to fall on the morning of April 22, with little or no interference from the slender waning crescent moon. The greatest number of meteors usually fall during the few hours before dawn. All in all the Lyrid meteor shower prospects look pretty good for 2017, though meteor showers are notorious for their fickle and not totally predictable nature.” http://earthsky.org/?p=158735

Oregon Orchid Show”, Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, 10AM-5PM, Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Pdx. Advance tickets are $7. http://portlandorchidshow.com

Blogging with WordPress”, Saturday, April 22, 2PM, Capitol Hill Library; and Saturday, April 22, 3PM, Hollywood Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/blogging-wordpress “Blogging is a fun way to share information, ideas, projects, inspirations with people and can also be used for starting an online business. In this course you will: create a Wordpress account. Select a name and a theme for your blog; write and publish a post; learn how to find and add images; learn about pages, menus, categories, tags, and more!”

Arbor Day Festival 2017”, Saturday, April 22, 10AM-3PM, Mt. Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave. between Harold St. and Knight St. Free. “This year's celebration brings the event to Mt. Scott Park in Southeast Portland. Conveniently accessible by bus lines, bicycles and foot (plenty of parking, too), this event will feature multi-cultural performances, music and storytelling, to celebrate the many communities of Portland and our many wordly connections to trees. We will also present the Bill Naito Community Trees Award to one individual and one group for their volunteer work in support of Portland's urban forest. Beneath towering Douglas firs, enjoy food from local vendors Tierra del Sol and Sisters Fusion, and participate in activities for the whole family. Explore natural objects from burls to bee hives, participate in an ecological scavenger hunt, print botanical cards, learn about the history of Portland's Urban Forest and connect with out many community and environmental partners. Additionally, we will be giving away tree seedlings, offering bucket truck rides into the tree canopy and a demonstrating the art and science of tree climbing!” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61386

Eco-Blitz at Sandy River Delta”, Saturday, April 22, 9AM-3PM, Sandy River Delta Park, Crown Point Hwy, Troutdale. Free. All ages. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.theintertwine.org/calendar/eco-blitz-sandy-river-delta “The Portland-Vancouver Regional Eco-Blitz Series continues with this Earth Day event. Novice and accomplished community scientists will gather in thematic teams to map and document the hundreds of species living at the Delta alongside professional scientists, using field guides and the iNaturalist app. The Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz is part of a region wide, ongoing Eco-Blitz Series to find and collect data on the Portland-Vancouver metro area’s wildlife. This event is free, open to all ages, and no experience is necessary. Community members will be paired with identification specialists who will lead them on an outing to observe species of interest.” Parents: please note that this park is a very popular off-leash dog park. Don’t consider attending if you’re not pretty comfortable with that.

Wig Stylin’ for Teens”, Saturday, April 22, 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.”

Nez Perce Chief Redheart Ceremony”, Saturday, April 22, 10AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Great Meadow. Free. “Join us for the 20th Annual Memorial Ceremony to remember Chief Redheart's band, including singing in honor of Nez Perce ancestors, the Riderless Horse Ceremony, the Sacred Pipe Ceremony and recognition of our veterans. Each year Nez Perce tribal members travel to sites important in their history to conduct traditional memorials like this one. After the ceremony, the public is encouraged to attend a traditional Native American meal, prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association at the Artillery Barracks at 600 E. Hathaway Road. There is no charge for admission to this event but donations are welcome. Refreshments at the ceremony have been generously provided by Meals on Wheels People.” http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/chief-redheart-memorial-ceremony

Weaving Workshop”, Saturday, April 22, 2PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/weaving-workshop “Learn basic weaving techniques on a pre-made loom and create a small decorative wall hanging.”

Peppermint Lip Balm and Lavender Lotion”, Saturday, April 22, 2:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/peppermint-lip-balm-and-lavender-lotion “Peppermint and lavender are two great herbs for lifting the spirits and relieving the winter blahs. Not to mention ... their scents are marvelous. After discussing both herbs and their uses, we will use them and moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter to create our herbal treats. Everyone will go home with a luxurious lip balm to help lift the spirits and a calming, lavender lotion to soothe dry winter skin.”

Anneke Bloomfield, Hidden Child During WWII”, Saturday, April 22, 1PM, Happy Valley Library. “When Anneke’s father feared the Nazi invasion in the Netherlands, he determined that his family would not be exterminated. Anneke tells the story of her experiences and how it felt to be sent away, not knowing where her parents or brothers were or if anyone was indeed even alive.”

Earth Day at the Oregon Garden”, Saturday, April 22, 10AM-4PM, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. $5 suggested donation. Ecology themed activities, entertainment, and exhibitors, and food vendors. http://www.oregongarden.org/events/earth-day/

Anjali School of Dance Presents, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, Saturday, April 22, 2PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Experience Shakespeare as never before! The Anjali School of Dance will be presenting a teaser from their upcoming A Midsummer Night's Dream show. The singular vision of the dance school is to increase awareness of Indian classical dance as a refined story telling medium to audiences around the world.”

“Mariachi Viva Mexico”, Saturday, April 22, 2:30PM, St. Johns Library; and Saturday, April 29, 2:30PM, Midland Library. “This six-piece Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music.”

“Day of the Book/Day of the Rose for Teens”, Sunday, April 23, 12PM, Tigard Library Young Adult Room. “One day every year in the Catalonia region of Spain, people celebrate love by giving each other roses and books. That's an idea worth borrowing! Stop by the Young Adult Room, choose a book (while supplies last), wrap it and make a duct tape rose to give to a loved one.”

“8th Annual Portland Letterpress Printers Fair”, Sunday, April 23, 11AM-5PM, Redd Building, 831 SE Salmon St., Pdx. Free. “Letterpress printing is one of the few remaining craft industries where its practitioners are innovating contemporary applications using centuries’ old machines. Now in our 8th year, Portland’s annual Letterpress Printers Fair is a celebration of traditional printing and the community who sustains it. Browse an array of goods from local printers, book artists, designers, and lovers of type! Get your hands dirty with live book arts demonstrations and participate in interactive printmaking experiments. Enjoy libations and watch large-scale steamroller printing as you experience firsthand the historic significance of ink and iron. Event is family friendly. General admission is free.” https://www.designweekportland.com/events/letterpress-printers-fair-e1e272da-5032-40ce-b890-1e530a649274

Neighborhood Foraging of Spring Greens and Vegetables”, Sunday, April 23, 1PM, Wild Food Adventures, 422 SE 49th Ave., Pdx. Price and preregistration info here: http://wildfoodadventures.com/workshop/neighborhood-foraging-of-spring-greens-and-vegetables/ “We’ll bushwhack through Portland’s urban neighborhoods to find some of Spring’s best and diverse delectables. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday. You will later find most of this abundance in your own neighborhood.”

Origami Ornaments, Mobiles and Garlands”, Sunday, April 23, 2PM, Midland Library. Presented by artist Yuki Martin. “There are many simple but beautiful geometric shapes that you can fold out of pretty paper for room decoration or for a special event.”

“Latino Cultural Festival”, Sunday, April 23, 12PM-5PM, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Started in 2004, the annual Latino Cultural Festival was originally designed to help connect the Latino business community with other local businesses. It has now developed in to a very proud tradition, in which we celebrate the diversity in Hillsboro. Featuring Latino art, food, entertainment and so much more, the Latino Cultural festival offers a chance for our community to welcome and embrace the traditions of the areas largest minority. The festival, currently held annually in April is a free community event open to anyone interested in attending.” http://www.hillsborochamberor.com/latino-cultural-festiv.html

“Hip Hop Soulsation”, Sunday, April 23, 3PM, Hillsdale Library. “Cykhyia was born and raised in New York and has been dancing since the age of 6 years old. Her dream is to always own a dance studio and bring the joy of dance to all walks of life. Now Cykhyia is in Oregon bringing her edgy and unique style to Portland. Join Cykhyia and Hip Hop Soulsation Academy as they bring an upbeat edgy interactive performance the whole family can enjoy.”

“Photo Walk: Using Your Smartphone Camera”, Sunday, April 23, 3:30PM, Vancouver Library, Computer Classroom Level 1. Ages 9 and up. “Lace up your walking shoes, charge up your cell phone, and join us for an easy walk as we explore the library and surrounding areas from a photographer's point of view. Learn how to use all the different camera functions on your smartphone: time-lapse, slo-mo, panorama and more.”

Public tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial on the eve of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day”, Sunday, April 23, 12PM, Washington Park at SW Washington Way and Wright Ave. “Oregon Holocaust Memorial docents Jill Slansky and Evelyn Banko will lead a one-hour tour, sharing stories of survival and loss.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-events-2017-04-23-public-tour-of-the-oregon-holocaust-memorial

“Just Uke It! for Newbies”, Sunday, April 23, 3PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: https://multcolib.org/events/just-uke-it-newbies “Learn to play the ukulele with Aaron Canwell of Micah And Me. In this class for beginners, you'll focus on learning chords and new songs. The song selection includes the standard ukulele repertoire, children's music, American folk music, and pop and rock songs. Ukuleles provided; however you are welcome to bring your own.”

Nesting Birds of Jackson Bottom”, Sunday, April 23, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Ages 12-adult. $15, or $10 for Hillsboro residents. Registration details here: https://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/44470/796?curm=4&cury=2017 “Bald Eagle, Osprey and Great Blue Heron all nest and raise their young at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. This class introduces you to the life-styles of each of these species and includes a walk of about two miles to view the birds at their nest sites.”

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony”, Sunday, April 23, 7PM, Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Pdx. Candle lighting ceremony included. Please bring a yellow flower to symbolize life.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-events-2017-04-23-commemorative-service

Natural Disease and Pest Solutions for Edible Gardens”, Monday, April 24, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Join Master Gardener Bob Falconer and learn how to protect your garden's bounty the natural way!”

Creature Teachers present Live Animals!”, Monday, April 24, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Creature Teachers aims to foster an appreciation for all wildlife, including under-loved and misunderstood creatures like snakes and spiders. These events allow kids and adults alike to not only hear the facts, but to also experience the animals directly, to touch them, to come to know them as individuals, and to confront their own fears. Hopefully those who attend will look at their world with a renewed sense of caring and stewardship.”

The Natural History of the Cascades and Beyond”, Monday, April 24, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. “Hear about native animals and plants in relation to early scientific exploration, Native American uses, climate change, and simply how they work. This talk and slideshow is built around readings from Mathews's new book, Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains. Topics include pikas and wolverines-their changing present-day status and their dicey future; the arduous lives and brutal deaths of explorer-naturalists Georg Steller, Sir John Franklin, and David Douglas; and how shoestring root rot (sometimes considered the World's Largest Living Thing) may have saved life on earth. A tangential topic will be the history of the sea otter trade, which for a century was the main value European nations saw in the Pacific Northwest. Mathews will present and sign copies of his book.”

Electronic Music Concert”, Monday, April 24, 7:30PM, Lewis and Clark University, Evans Hall, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Lewis and Clark presents an evening of original student electronic music. This stylistically varied concert will include a variety of videos and live performance.” http://www.lclark.edu/calendars/events/#event_id/171406/view/event

Reading of the Names”, Monday, April 24, 10AM-5PM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. “Yom HaShoah, Jewish Remembrance Day, memorializes the millions of victims of persecution and mass murder during the Holocaust. On Yom HaShoah, in the nation of Israel, air raid sirens blow throughout the country, announcing two minutes of silence, during which Israeli Jews stand wordlessly in place – traffic stops, pedestrians stop, all join to remember the dead. Here in Portland – as in Jewish communities around the world – we gather to read the names of the men, women, and children murdered by Nazi Germany and its European collaborators between 1933 and 1945. On Yom HaShoah we read aloud names of those confirmed to have died in the Holocaust. There is no definitive list of those who perished. The list we read here in Portland is comprised of names archived at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance center in Jerusalem.” http://www.ojmche.org/experience/special-events-2017-04-24-reading-of-the-names

Nature History of the Cascades and Beyond”, Monday, April 24, 7PM, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. “Hear about native animals and plants in relation to early scientific exploration, Native American uses, climate change, and simply how they work. This talk and slideshow is built around readings from Mathews’s new book, Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains. Topics include pikas and wolverines—their changing present-day status and their dicey future; the arduous lives and brutal deaths of explorer-naturalists Georg Steller, Sir John Franklin, and David Douglas; and how shoestring root rot (sometimes considered the World’s Largest Living Thing) may have saved life on earth. A tangential topic will be the history of the sea otter trade, which for a century was the main value European nations saw in the Pacific Northwest. Mathews will present and sign copies of his book.” http://www.ohs.org/events/nature-history-of-the-cascades-and-beyond.cfm

“The King's Tomb in Ancient Egypt”, Monday, April 24, 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. Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. “The royal tombs of ancient Egypt include some of the most stupendous monuments of all time, containing some of the greatest treasures to survive from the ancient world. Explore the history of the burial places of the rulers of Egypt from the very dawn of history down to the country’s absorption into the Roman Empire, three millennia later. During this time, the tombs ranged from mudbrick-lined pits in the desert, through pyramid-topped labyrinths to superbly-decorated galleries penetrating deep into the rock of the Valley of the Kings. Venture from the heart of modern Sudan all the way down the Nile to its delta, with side-trips to remote locations, where foreign rulers of Egypt found rest. Along with famous necropolises such as Saqqara, Giza, Abydos and Thebes, examine obscure spots such as Mendes, site of the last known ancient royal tomb in Egypt.” http://www.arce.org/chapters/oregon/events/2017/04/u1123/lecture-the-king-s-tomb-in-ancient-egypt

Communication and Conflict Resolution with Children”, Monday, April 24, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library. For parents/educators. “Learn the myths and truths of conflict and how to deal with it, and dissolve it, effectively. Even elementary age children can participate in effective communication and conflict resolution. Presenter: Dr. Leeza Steindorf is an international speaker and expert in communication, conflict management, and teaching and parenting strategies. She is the author of Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids.”

Oregon Ghost Towns”, Tuesday, April 25, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Join writer and Oregon native Steve Arndt as he shares his fascinating experiences exploring the ghost towns of Oregon. Steve has written prolifically about the beauty and history of the state in his Roads Less Traveled series. More recently, he has focused on ghost towns with a series of three books. Enjoy a deep exploration of Oregon's fascinating and forgotten places.” https://www.roadslesstraveledoregon.com

Screening, “Reuse! Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet”, Tuesday, April 25, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Climate change and mass consumption is threatening our planet's existence. Excessive extraction of natural resources has created immeasurable waste and pollution. This issue is complicated and imminent. But traditional recycling is not enough. The reuse mission offers a more sustainable solution that everyone can be a part of. REUSE! Because You Can't Recycle The Planet follows Reuse Pro Alex Eaves' cross-country adventure where he finds endless reuse solutions for our waste problem that are not only sustainable, but many of which are easy and fun!” http://www.reusedocumentary.com

Parent to Parent: Social Skills and Game Time”, Tuesday, April 25, 6PM, Goldendale Library. For young adults 16-25 on the autism spectrum and their parents. “Parent to Parent of Klickitat County is presenting a three week social skills class and game time for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families. Parents are asked to attend so they can get to know one another and gain support from other parents and the coordinator of Parent to Parent, Donna Tiffan. Ages 16-25 only please. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Class will be on April 25, May 2 and May 9.”

Life as Primary Text with Hip Hop Theatre Artist Dahlak Brathwaite”, Tuesday, April 25, 6:30PM, North Portland Library. “Meet nationally acclaimed visiting hip hop theatre artist Dahlak Brathwaite and explore the role of personal narrative in writing for hip hop in this workshop for teens and adults. Hear significant examples of how some of hip-hop's most impactful artists have drawn on personal narratives to inspire their work. Re-imagine your own personal narrative in order to speak to their society with relevance. Free yourself from being ‘bound’ to the facts, and instead use your imagination to highlight or accent the parts of your story that can make your desired impact. This workshop is offered in conjunction with public performances of Mr. Brathwaite's Hip Hop theatre play Spiritrials, presented by Boom Arts, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center on April 21-22 and 27-30.”

Connecting to Place Along the Columbia River”, Tuesday, April 25, 6:30PM, Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. “Confluence connects people to place through art and education. Confluence Executive Director Colin Fogarty will explain how this community supported nonprofit tells the story of the Columbia River system through six art/landscape installations in collaboration with Northwest tribes, communities and the celebrated artist Maya Lin. This work is designed to connect people with a more inclusive history of our region, a history that stretches beyond the notion that Lewis and Clark discovered this region and the pioneers settled it.” https://www.mcmenamins.com/events/163383-connecting-to-place-along-the-columbia-river

“Meet the Authors: Hilary and Julian Wang”, Tuesday, April 25, 6:30PM, Albina Library. “Join Hilary and Julian Wang as they talk about their exciting new children's book, ‘The Enchanted Cello Case’. They'll read excerpts from the book and talk about their writing process and how they published the story.”

Poetry Group Hosts Sage Cohen”, Tuesday, April 25, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than by hosting inspirational local favorite Sage Cohen as she reads from her new title Fierce on the Page: Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms. Get signed up for a open mic time slot at the start of the event, then prepare to get great tips, tricks and more from Sage.”

Teen Sushi Making with Benihana”, Tuesday, April 25, 3:30PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Chefs from Benihana will teach you how to make California rolls and candy sushi. You will also learn about proper etiquette for Japanese dining. All participants must turn in a waiver form, please download it here and bring it with you to the event: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/teens/teen-sushi-making-wbenihana.”

Felted Flowers”, Wednesday, April 26, 6PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Preregistration required and begins Wednesday, April 5; please call 503-718-2517. “Learn to make 3D flowers using the wet-felted method. Artist Kim Steffgen will show you how to make a flower with petals, stamens and stem. Students will create one completed flower and gain the know-how to make more.”

Lava Flows and Missoula Floods: Geology of the Columbia Gorge”, Wednesday, April 26, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for class or $115 for class plus optional field trip on April 29. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/lavaFlows17 “The beautiful Columbia River Gorge has been shaped by violent natural forces over millions of years. Lava flows, volcanoes, giant floods, and landslides have all played their parts. Join Dr. Ivan Phillipsen to learn about the origins of the cliffs and waterfalls of this awe-inspiring region.”

Poetry Reading, “Amy Minato”, Wednesday, April 26, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Portland writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection, 'Hermit Thrush'http://www.josephminato.com/amyminato/

“Fly Gals: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II”, Wednesday, April 26, 6:30PM, Sherwood 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 that 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.”

“Poet Laureate Tod Marshall”, Wednesday, April 26, 7PM, Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal. “Join Tod and local poets to celebrate the release of WA 129, the state-wide poetry anthology with a poem for each year of Washington statehood. Copies of WA 129 will be available for sale and signing.” http://www.fvrl.org/events#/?i=27

Re-Imagined Radio Presents, “City of Weird: Otherworldly Tales Presented for your Listening Pleasure”, Wednesday, April 26, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $5. “Otherworldly tales reinterpreted and performed as short radio dramas for a live audience. These Weird stories set in the Pacific Northwest capture the bizarre, fringe spirit of the region.” http://www.kigginstheatre.net/events/re-imagined-radio/

(Young) Adulting: Money, Money, Money! For Teens”, Thursday, April 27, 4:30PM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library. “Are you worried about what the money situation will look like when you're older? Get an early start by discovering your dream job, learning about ways to donate to help people in need, and learning how to make a few items that you can potentially sell to your friends and family.”

“Organic Gardening for Summer”, Thursday, April 27, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. All ages. “Local gardener Arthur Moore will help you plan your summer planting for a late harvest.”

“Spring Shorebirds”, Thursday, April 27, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for class or $115 for class plus optional field trip on April 29. Preregistration required; register online: http://audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/classes/spring_shorebirds “Unlike the steady trickle of southbound birds in the fall, shorebird migration in the spring is fast and furious, with massive numbers of migrants passing through Oregon on their way to arctic nesting grounds. Local author John Rakestraw will teach you to recognize all the common shorebird species by color, shape, and behavior. On Saturday we will travel to the coast to see these birds in person (transportation provided).”

“Poetry Workshop with Poet Laureate Tod Marshall”, Thursday, April 27, 4PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Join Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall for a hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage your imagination through language. The class will include the chance to explore energies that can bring new directions to your writing as we gather in a supportive community to make compelling and fresh metaphors.”

“Native Plants and Pollinators of Mt Hood”, Thursday, April 27, 7PM, Bark office, 351 NE 18th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Bark will be co-sponsoring this event with the Portland Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO-PDX) as part of Portland's Native Plant Appreciation Week to delve into the wonderful world of the pollinators and their plants. Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world's flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn't have much to eat or look at! Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, as well as other unusual animals. This event will include a presentation by David Lebo, Lead Botanist for the Mt. Hood National Forest, who is collaborating on a project with Bark and NPSO-PDX for the collection of seeds of plants which promote pollinators in our backyard forest. Come learn about what types of habitats and plant species these important creatures need to continue to function within their critical roles. And then learn how to get involved with Bark's upcoming work to restore pollinator habitat on Mt. Hood!” http://bark-out.org/event/native-plants-and-pollinators-mt-hood

From Wastewater to Wetlands: A Stunning Story of Restoration for Birds”, Thursday, April 27, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Station, 13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley. “Fernhill Wetlands is a beautiful example of habitat restoration that benefits wildlife and also provides a vital service to the community by treating wastewater naturally. This 600 acre wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River contains essential marsh, lake, and riparian habitat and is host to thousands of migrant and resident bird species. Join Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager Joe Liebezeit to learn more about the innovative Natural Treatment Systems (NTS)/Habitat Enhancement Project at the Fernhill Wetlands site in Forest Grove, and learn how Portland Audubon and its team of community scientists are learning how the bird community is responding to the habitat enhancement efforts. An experienced wildlife biologist and conservationist, Joe has been studying birds and other wildlife in diverse habitats for over 20 years. He leads Portland Audubon’s community science program which includes projects ranging from songbird surveys in Portland greenspaces to seabird and oystercatcher monitoring on the coast. Joe also manages Portland Audubon’s Ocean Conservation Program which focuses on helping implement Oregon’s new system of marine reserves and increasing protections of forage fish species important to seabirds.” http://audubonportland.org/about/events/from-wastewater-to-wetlands-a-stunning-story-of-restoration-for-birds

“Engineer in a Box, for Teens”, Friday, April 28, 1:30PM, Bethany Community Room, 15160 NW Laidlaw Rd., Ste 120. Ages 11-18. “Using only the supplies found in a box, teens will create a structure that can withstand an earthquake. Work as a team or an individual.”

“Gorge Artists Open Studios”, Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, 10AM-5PM. http://www.gorgeartists.org

“Rainspout 2017”, Friday, April 28 though Sunday, April 30, Yachats. “Music will reign over the bucolic Oregon Coast village of Yachats Oregon April 28, 29, and 30, at the Rainspout 2017 Music Festival. Rainspout 2017 offers a diverse, exciting, eclectic collection of world class musical acts, workshops, dining, dancing, hosted jam sessions, plus a children’s show and an all ages sing-a-long. Spend a wonderful music-filled weekend in the coastal village travel guru Arthur Frommer named as one of his ten favorite travel destinations in the world!” http://rainspout.org

“Egg Drop Competition”, Drop-in Build and Test Session Friday, April 28, 4PM, Clark College STEM Building Lobby and Drop Tower, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver; and Competition Saturday, April 29, 8:30AM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room. Ages 5 and up. “Here’s the challenge: can you engineer a carrier that will keep an egg safe in a 5-story drop? The library provides the materials, the Clark College NERD Girls provide the expertise, and YOU save an egg from going the way of Humpty Dumpty.” http://www.fvrl.org/events#/?i=29

“DIY Book Art”, Friday, April 28, 4PM, Three Creeks Library. Ages 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.fvrl.org/events/search/book%20art#/?i=1 “Join us for an afternoon of Do-It-Yourself Book Art! All materials are provided; just bring your creativity.”

“Portland Music Video Festival Showcase”, Friday, April 28, 8PM-10PM, North Plains Library. “Join us for The Portland Music Video Festival. It's an exciting showcase of the work of musicians and filmmakers from Portland and around the world. Founded and directed by Portland State University professor Dustin Morrow, the festival focuses on widely varying approaches to interpreting music for the visual medium. Many of the videos showcased at the Festival come from local artists and filmmakers. Other videos come from as far away as Korea, Sweden, Denmark, and Japan. The Portland Music Video Festival is one of only a handful of festivals in the world dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of music video production.”

Beat Making with iPads for Teens”, Friday, April 28, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Become a beatmaker easy by coming to this awesome workshop for teens! Work with other teens in a fun game and the iPad app DM1 to create collaborative beats.”

Mt. Hood Rock Club Rock and Gem Show”, Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, April 30, 10AM-4PM, W.D. Jackson Armory, 6255 NE Cornfoot Rd., Pdx. Free admission, one free rock for each child. https://mthoodrockclub.wordpress.com/annual-rock-show/

Starting Your Vegetable Garden”, Saturday, April 29, 2:30PM, Sherwood Library. “Often new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated with their lack of success. Don’t let that be you! OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, Tim Lanfri, will walk you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. He will talk about site selection, soil preparation, planting times, water and fertilization needs as well as general garden maintenance. Focus will be on the spring and summer gardens.”

Spring Color Tour”, Saturday, April 29, 12PM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. Free. “Take a guided tour through Hoyt Arboretum to see and smell the spring season’s colorful blooms. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for walking on trails. Bring your camera to photograph the beautiful displays of spring color! Meet at noon at the Visitor Center for this family-friendly tour; advanced registration is not required.”

Fantastic Mosses and Where to Find Them”, Saturday, April 29, 10AM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/fantastic-mosses-and-where-find-them/2017-04-29 “Diminutive but darling, Northwest mosses are renowned for their abundance. Grab your hand lens and take a closer look into the enchanting world of mosses. Learn about their ecology and how to identify them.”

Exhibit, “Focus on Book Arts”, Saturday, April 29 through Saturday, June 10, Central Library Collins Gallery. “As a prelude to the biannual Focus on Book Arts conference at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon on June 20-25, Multnomah County Library will host a display of book art from the very best in the fields of bookbinding, printing, decorating papers, paper making, books design and publishing. Join us for an artists reception with live music and light refreshments on May 3 at 6-7:30pm, and a more intimate panel discussion with the artists on May 7 at 2-4pm.”

Ten Graphic Novel Book Club”, Saturday, April 29, 12PM, Sandy Library. Registration info and more details here: http://www.ci.sandy.or.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=77161&typeID=40312

Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of our Female Ancestors”, Saturday, April 29, 2PM, Oregon City Library. “Names, dates, and places are the stock-in-trade of genealogy, but they often conjure up little more than the skeletal framework of an ancestor, and when it comes to our female ancestors, even those details are often missing. For most of recorded time, women didn't leave much of a paper trail. Nonetheless, these ancestors led rich, full lives, and it is up to us to find ways to tell their stories. We'll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories and other resources can help.”

Columbia Gorge 2.0: Beyond the Hiking Trails”, Saturday, April 29, 3PM, Hollywood Library. “Meet author Laura O. Foster and learn about the history of the Columbia River Gorge. She’ll also share travel options for no or low-cost adventures, in the water, on the trails, in the towns, and in the museums and historic neighborhoods.”

Astronomy Day Celebration”, Saturday, April 29, 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. http://www.omsi.edu/calendar?start[value][date]=&end[value][date]=&keywords[0]=345&keys=&page=1#nodeid-9380 “Astronomy Day wouldn't be complete without a free Star Party on Saturday, April 29 at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. 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 include Mars and Jupiter, waxing crescent Moon, and more! Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Oregon Ag Fest”, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. $9 admission ($2 off coupon on website), free for kids 12 and under, free parking. “Agriculture is one of the few industries that affects us all. It involves the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and many of the materials we use in our daily lives. Though agriculture is such a major part of our everyday lives, most folks don’t know much more than where to buy the products they need. Oregon Ag Fest was created to help better educate the public about the importance of agriculture. We demonstrate how important ag’s economic impact, logistics and practices are: showing folks, especially kids, such things as where the food they eat comes from, how sheep are raised for the wool to make clothing, to the importance of our forests for ecology and human survival. Each April, Ag Fest is presented as a two-day, hands-on, activity-filled festival. It’s held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Our goal is to provide an educational experience for the whole family that is really fun. And, we keep it affordable! Kids age 12 and under are FREE! Nearly 17,000 people attend Ag Fest each year to touch, taste and experience the incredible world of Oregon agriculture. Visitors come from all over the state eager to have fun while learning about Oregon’s largest industry.” http://oragfest.com

“2017 Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit”, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 12PM-5PM, Marylhurst University campus. $3 admission, free for kids 11 and under. “Welcome to the Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit. This year marks the 42nd year of the exhibit, an event highly anticipated by makers, musicians, suppliers, and lovers of music and craft, of all ages. The Exhibition will be held on the lovely campus of Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon, and features musical instrument makers and performers of the Pacific Northwest.” http://www.nwmusicalinstrumentshow.org

“New Year in the Park”, Saturday, April 29, 10AM-6PM, Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd Ave. and Siskiyou St., Pdx. Free. “New Year in the Park is a community organized event that celebrates Cambodian, Laos, Thai, and Burmese New Year traditions. These cultural groups celebrate the New Year each April, but Portland’s communities have always held separate celebrations. Now, the different but equally fascinating languages and cultural perspectives are coming together. Many of us came to Oregon as immigrants or refugees, but as we’ve grown roots in Oregon, we’ve decided it’s time for CLT New Year in the Park to share our cultures with everyone,” says Chom Sou, Sponsorship Chair for the CLT New Year in the Park. “This is an amazing achievement, and it’s very exciting to bring our vibrant cultures together for the first time!” https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/525901

“Portland Opera Preview: La Bohéme”, Sunday, April 30, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “Join us for a special preview of Portland Opera's upcoming production of Puccini's La Bohème. The preview is hosted by Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox with musical highlights performed by Portland Opera's Resident Artists.”

“Tracking Club”, Sunday, April 30, 9AM- 12PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Meet at the Flood Plain parking area. “The Tracking Club is a non formal gathering of people interested in the art of Tracking and Nature Awareness. Open to all skill levels.” The Tracking Club meets at Oxbow on the last Sunday morning of each month. They are very welcoming to newcomers and Oxbow is a perfect place to learn the art of animal tracking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117827544940736/

Author Talk, “Jami Curl”, Sunday, April 30, 2PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Local candymaker and owner of Portland candy company Quin, Jami Curl presents her book, “Candy Is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes”. “This game-changing candy cookbook offers more than 200 achievable recipes using real, natural ingredients for everything from flavor-packed fruit lollipops to light-as-air marshmallows.” http://quincandy.com/sweetstuff2/candy-is-magic-book

Author Talk, “Vanessa Van Edwards”, Sunday, April 30, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Vanessa Van Edwards presents her book, “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People”. “Do you feel awkward at networking events? Do you wonder what your date really thinks of you? Do you wish you could decode people? You need to learn the science of people. As a human behavior hacker, Vanessa Van Edwards created a research lab to study the hidden forces that drive us. And she’s cracked the code. In Captivate, she shares shortcuts, systems, and secrets for taking charge of your interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation. These aren’t the people skills you learned in school. This is the first comprehensive, science backed, real life manual on how to captivate anyone—and a completely new approach to building connections. When you understand the laws of human behavior, your influence, impact, and income will increase significantly. What’s more, you will improve your interpersonal intelligence, make a killer first impression, and build rapport quickly and authentically in any situation—negotiations, interviews, parties, and pitches. You’ll never interact the same way again.” http://www.scienceofpeople.com/captivate/

2017 Portland Dutch King's Day Celebration”, Sunday, April 30, 4PM-7PM, Oaks Park Dance Pavillion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. $5 per family admission. All are invited to come, and we do recommend you wear Orange apparel, the official color of the house of Orange Dutch Royal family. Official opening by Dutch Honorary Consul in Oregon Hans van Alebeek. Live Portland Band: 7 Bridges Row led by Waldo Wolrabe... bring your dancing shoes. Watch a Klompenmaker demonstration. Once again we will have a Silent Auction, where you can bid on cool stuff. Free coffee, tea and water at the beverage counter. Bar will have Heineken on tap and Grolsch beer in bottles, white and red wine and misc. soft drinks available using concession tickets. Foods will include: patat met mayonnaise, broodje kroket, kip of pork sate, Hollandse pannekoeken en zoute haring. Boterkoek available using concession tickets. Afke Wierstra will be selling freshly baked Boterkoek and Gevulde koek and krentebollen Numerous Dutch products will be for sale such as: Tulips by Oregon Flowers, ontbijtkoek, drop and other goodies sold by PDS. Kid's games such as: koekhappen, zaklopen, spijkerpoepen, etc. Vrijmarkt (limited space available sign up early). Sjoelen by Dutch GamesTony's Chocolonely will have a fun display where you can win free delicious Dutch chocolate. You can buy food and drinks by using concession tickets, which we sell at the event and on line. This event will be a highlight of your spring! Last year we had close to 500 people and we look forward to celebrate this Dutch holiday again with you.” http://portlanddutch.ning.com/events/portland-dutch-king-s-day-celebration

The Orbs Phenomenon”, Sunday, April 30, 7PM, Mission Theatre, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. “Have you heard about the orb phenomena? Why are light spheres suddenly appearing in so many of our digital photographs? Are they just dust or is there really something deeper and more profound to be learned? Why are there so many different colors? Are the orbs friendly? Nancy Myers is an orb medium and photographer and has been capturing orbs for over 7 years. She will share with you her journey of how this phenomena came into her life and what the orbs have taught her - not only why they are here but also what they are and why they are appearing now in masse. During her presentation, Nancy will take a few photos of some audience members and share them on the spot. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to have your picture taken by Nancy as she asks your loved ones to surround you and show themselves.” https://www.mcmenamins.com/events/163404-the-orbs-phenomenon

Screening, “Just Eat It”, Sunday, April 30, 3PM, Ledding Library. “Part of the Eat Smart, Waste Less campaign, Kayla Scheafer, Confluence Americorps Member, will present the film, facilitate a discussion and offer free resources to people regarding food waste and how they can save money by wasting less food. An effort to make people aware of how much food is wasted every day and the negative impact this has on our environment.” Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkASAZGIuu0