Sunday, April 30, 2017

Magical May

This is my list of events in the greater Portland area and beyond for May 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:

May is the beginning of the spring minus tides on the Oregon Coast, terrific for tidepooling! To find the perfect spot, check here: To find a great low tide, check the tide tables here: Pure magic! Plan to explore the tidepools as the tide is still going out, and to be able to leave the beach soon after the tide begins to come in (at the low tide time). 

Bird Song Walks 2017”, Weekdays in 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.”

Hike with Friends”. Throughout the spring and summer, Friends of the Columbia River Gorge offers free hikes:

"Open Garden Days", Saturdays and Sundays in 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!

Family Fishing Events”. Throughout May. “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) invite you to introduce youth to the fun of fishing through Family Fishing Days. Family Fishing Events offer a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site ODFW staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids “reel in” their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn how to fish together and discover just how much fun it can be! Licenses are required for anyone 12 years and older, and are not available at the events.” Details here:

Registration for free Community Paddles with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership for the summer happening in May, 6 weeks before each event. Details here: “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.” 

Brooks Gardens Peonies”, now through June 10, 10AM-6PM daily, 6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR 97305. “Visit our Oregon peony farm and historic iris gardens this Bloom Season. Our farm is also home to a 3 acre conifer arboretum/display garden filled with over 1,000 varieties of historic bearded iris and a multitude of ornamentals/conifers. Potted peonies, bouquets and iris plants for sale at the farm.”

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.”

Broadway Rose Theatre Presents, “Beehive: A Hair-Raising Musical Review”, now 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.”

Theatre in the Grove Presents, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, now 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.”

“Classical Up Close”, now 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.”

Exhibit, “Focus on Book Arts”, now 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.”

“Homeless Not Hopeless: Art from Vancouver’s Downtown Community”, now 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.”

“Tai Chi and Qigong for Beginners”, Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, 12PM, Forest Grove Library. An introduction to centuries-old, related mind and body practices. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and improve balance, stability, and focus. Instructors Cheri Pang and Michael Burghardt are both instructors at Portland Community College. Cheri is a trained Chinese Medical Qigong Practitioner (MMQ) and Michael is a lifelong student of martial arts.”

“May Day Celebration”, Monday, May 1, 3PM-9PM with Maypole Dancers 4:30PM and 5:30PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. All ages. “Children skipping around the maypole has been a century-long tradition at Kennedy School on May Day. All ages are invited to come watch kids from local schools dance around our Maypole. Stay for dinner, more live music and maybe a movie in the theater.”

“Washington County Public Affairs Forum”, Mondays in May, 12PM, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha. May 1: Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland NAACP; “Racism in the Portland Area – Issues and Actions”; May 8: Election Forums: 1) Candidates for THPRD Board (Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District), 2) Candidates for PCC Board (Portland Community College); May 15: Former Governor John Kitzhaber, “A Look at Healthcare in Oregon 1989 to Present Day”; and May 22: Speaker: Anna Griffin (OPB) and Steve Duin (Oregonian), “Challenges to the News Media”. Lunch available for ordering from the menu.

Author Talk, “Emilie Wapnick”, Monday, May 1, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St., Pdx. Emilie Wapnick discusses her book, “How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up”. “What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't. Having a lot of different interests, projects and curiosities doesn't make you a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky. What you are is a multipotentialite: someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And that is actually your biggest strength. How to Be Everything helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Based on her popular TED talk, ‘Why some of us don't have one true calling’, Emilie Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice. Instead of suggesting that you specialize, choose a niche or accumulate 10,000 hours of practice in a single area, Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around ALL of your passions.”

May Day Morris Dancing”, Monday, May 1, 10:30AM, Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “The Portland Morris Dance Community keeps English ritual dance alive in Portland, with May Day representing the most important day in the Morris calendar. Join us at Director Park to enjoy this traditional dance ritual!”

“Beneath It All: A History of Underwear”, Monday, May 1, First City Central Marketplace and Bistro (at the train depot), 1757 Washington St., Oregon City. “In a first person presentation, using original garments, the secrets of the support and foundation of the Victorian woman are finally in the open. This light and sometimes humorous presentation is focused on all the underpinnings that were ‘required’ of a proper lady to wear, whether at home or walking the Oregon Trail. Ladies, come and join us to see what you have been missing and gentlemen, avert your eyes to prevent your lady’s embarrassment at such a display.”

“Law Day / Día de leyes 2017”, Monday, May 1, 5PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Bilingual. “Drop by a special tabling event hosted by the Washington County Law Library and Oregon Law Center to visit with legal experts* and learn how this Constitutional Amendment provides equal protection for all people living in the United States. Get information, ask questions, and pick up a free pocket Constitution! (English and Spanish versions available. *No individual legal advice will be provided.”

“Craft for a Cause for Teens”, 2 sessions, Monday, May 1, and Monday, August 28, 6PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Teen Council and friends are invited to work on a special service project crafting items to donate to those who need it most. Teens will be introduced to the basics of making hats, mittens, mitts and tote bags and will continue to make them all summer long. On August 28, 6-8 pm, we'll collect everything we made, celebrate our successes and donate the items to Rose Haven, a day shelter and community center serving homeless women and children of all ages.”

Paper Me for Homeschoolers”, Monday, May 1, 1PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Make a life-sized tracing of yourself and decorate it as you please!”

“Young at Heart Reader’s Theatre”, Tuesday, May 2, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Young at Heart Reader’s Theatre Presents a classic old-time radio drama with ‘Our Miss Brooks: Madison High is Cold’. Join us for a live performance of old-fashioned radio drama from the Golden Age of radio!”

“Tide Pool Clinics”, May 2, 13, 14, and 29, 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.”

“New Hikes in Southern Oregon with Bill Sullivan”, Tuesday, May 2, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Bill Sullivan, Oregon's hiking guru, will talk about new trails he discovered while researching the new fourth edition of his book, 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon and Northern California. We'll see hidden lakes in the Trinity Alps, relocated trails at Crater Lake, and wildflower meadows in the Siskiyous. As always, Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history.”

“An Evening with YA Author A. S. King”, Tuesday, May 2, 7PM, Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Printz honoree A.S. (Amy) King writes provocative novels that balance raw, unflinching depictions of trauma with magic realist elements, humor and hope. The New York Times has said of her work: ‘Maybe there are writers more adept than King at capturing the outrageous and outraged voice of teenagers, but it’s difficult to think of one.’ King’s work can be weird and unsettling, and those qualities encourage teens to question assumptions and come to terms with the weird, unsettling aspects of their own lives. A book sale and signing will follow King's talk.”

Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Composition, Interpretation, and Performance”, Tuesday, May 2, 7PM, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Pdx. $13 adults, $8 students. “Music not only soothes the soul, but it can enhance the brain as well. At this Science on Tap, explore the origins of music, why humans enjoy making and listening to music, and how the brain behaves when we create music. Also, learn how music practice might improve brain development and prevent or limit the effects of aging and brain injury. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman, an OHSU neuroscientist and accomplished pianist who studies normal brain development and neurodegenerative diseases, will combine musical performance, thought-provoking data, and lively discussion. Dr. Sherman is a Professor and Senior Scientist of Neuroscience at OHSU and President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.”

Black Holes, Pulsars, and Gravity Waves (Oh My!)”, With Will Blackmore Guest Speaker, Tuesday, May 2, 6PM and 7:15PM, and Friday, May 12, 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.”

“STEM Boats Challenge for Tweens”, Wednesday, May 3, 4PM, Cornelius Library. Ages 9-12. Bilingual. “Design and create your own boat out of a variety of material. Find out which one will float? Which can hold cargo and how much!”

“Helicopter Pilot for Presidents”, Wednesday, May 3, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Veteran and Tualatin resident Norb Murray shares anecdotes as Marine One helicopter pilot ferrying presidents and dignitaries to and from the White House.”

Author Talk, “Hope Nicholson, Sam Maggs and Ashley Poston”, Wednesday, May 3, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. “In Hope Nicholson’s The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. In Wonder Women, Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Ashley Poston’s Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Nicholson, Maggs, and Poston will discuss female representation in comics and video games.”

“Lunch with the Birds”, Wednesdays in May, 12PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Free. “Shorebirds, raptors, songbirds and herons!” “Join Jackson Bottom Staff and Volunteers for Lunch with the Birds! Every Wednesday 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.”

“Family Fab Lab: Rockets to Gliders”, Wednesday, May 3, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. For families with kids 6 and up. “Bring in the entire family for an evening of making. Design, build and test a basic rocket made from pipe insulation with Marlin Martin from Pearson Education Center. Then turn your rocket into a glider and watch it soar.”

“Poetry Reading with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall”, Wednesday, May 3, 6PM, Goldendale Library. “Everyone is invited to hear Tod Marshall talk about poetry, share other people’s poems and read a few of his own.”

“Military History Talk: The M1917 Army Ambulance”, Wednesday, May 3, 6:30PM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver. Free. RSVP requested; email “Presented by MSG Jack Giesen, USAR Retired. Over the past year, the Vancouver Barracks Military Association has constructed a replica of the Model 1917, US Army Ambulance, as part of their commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of World War I. This talk will be the public unveiling of the completed ambulance. Weather permitting, this talk will take place outside, where the audience can see the replica ambulance as well as uniforms and equipment. If the weather is bad, the talk will take place indoors, but with replica uniforms, and video footage of the ambulance construction.”

Know Your Rights​: ​​​Immigration ​Rights”, Wednesday, May 3, 6PM, Midland Library; Monday, May 8, 6PM, Gregory Heights Library; Sunday, May 21, 2:30PM, Gresham Library; and Monday, May 22, 6PM, North Portland Library. Bilingual. “There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the rights of immigrants. Everyone has rights that are protected by the Constitution of the United States. Come learn about these rights from an attorney from American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and get your questions answered.”

“Guided Walk: Ethnobotany”, Wednesday, May 3, 5:30PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. All ages. $5 per person suggested donation. Preregistration required; email “Join us for free urban nature adventures! Each guided walk will consist of an easy walk or tour with a theme, appropriate for all ages. Join us May 3 for a beginner-friendly discussion of traditional and medicinal uses of select Pacific Northwest native plants. You will learn about the natural history of the land, how to identify native plants, and how indigenous peoples used these plants for food, medicine, clothing and more!”

“Imani Milele Children Choir: A voice for Ugandan orphaned and vulnerable children”, Thursday, May 4, 10:30AM, North Portland Library; Saturday, May 6, 12PM, Midland Library; and Saturday, May 13, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Imani Milele is a Swahili phrase meaning “Always Believe”. This is the message we give to our children, encouraging them to never give up. Imani carries this motto with them as they perform for students across the United States. We believe that every child is special and we are dedicated to changing the world, one child at a time, through education.”

“Star Wars Hour of Code”, Thursday, May 4, 4:30PM, Troutdale Library. Grades 2-8. Preregistration required; register online: “Troutdale Library's Teen Council presents our Hour of Code celebrating Star Wars. Make crafts, create Lego structures, and use our laptops to create coding adventures in a galaxy far, far away using's introductory tutorials.”

“Poetry of the Muslim World with Tod Marshall, Washington State Poet Laureate”, Thursday, May 4, 6PM, White Salmon Library. “What colors do Muslims use to describe their world? What feelings? What struggles? Celebrate the power and beauty of poetry written by Muslims with us. Bring a poem to read for up to five minutes or just sit and listen to the Washington Poet Laureate and your neighbors read works from the Muslim diaspora.”

Latin American Music and Myths”, Thursday, May 4, 5PM, Gregory Heights Library; and Sunday, May 7, 3PM, Midland Library. “Inka Jam Band performs Huaynos, Cumbia, Salsa, Boleros, Trova and Afro-Peruvian music and dance with an Andean flare the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy an interactive performance while learning about the history of the represented cultures, how the instruments are made as well as content of the songs.”

Glaciers in the American West: A History of their Recent Past and a Glimpse into their Potential Future”, Thursday, May 4, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. Presented by Andrew Fountain, PhD, Professor of Geography and Geology at Portland State University. “Glaciers are amazing features, persistent formations of snow and ice even during the hottest of summers. For a long time the nature of their movement was controversial and in the continental US glaciers were unknown to science until 1871. We all know that glaciers are sensitive indicators of climate; they grow during cold snowy times and shrink during warm dry ones, although exceptions to this common sense rule do exist. The exploration of the glaciers in the American West and how have they changed since that time is a fascinating story that has roots in Portland. Dr. Andrew G. Fountain will explore the changing glaciers of Oregon and of the American West against the backdrop of glaciers globally including the two big ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica. The presentation will show how the glaciers have changed over the past century, discuss the relevancy of glaciers, and consider what the future might bring.”

"Hike in the Mist Zone", Thursdays in May, 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."

Warblers and Flycatchers”, Thursday, May 4, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14. Preregistration required; register online: “This class will focus on two groups notorious for giving birdwatchers a stiff neck and bewildered stare: warblers and flycatchers. Local author and guide John Rakestraw will show you how to identify these birds by sight and sound as well by as posture and performance. The field trip will visit a local migrant hotspot to solidify your new skills.”

Learning the Language of the Birds”, Thursday, May 4, 7PM, Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Pdx. Ages 12 and up. $10 for class only or $20 for class and optional field trip Saturday, May 6, 9AM. Preregistration required; register online: “Birds are the alarm system of the forest. Through their vocalizations and movement, birds broadcast the drama happening on the land. Come to the evening lecture for an introduction to bird language or sign up for the series to practice in the field. Field component involves a bird walk, a bird sit and introduction to bird language mapping. Participants need to join the lecture to attend the field class.”

Teen Zine Studio”, Thursday, May 4 and Thursday, May 18, 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.”

Discussing Vanport with Zita Podany”, Thursday, May 4, 7PM, Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Free with admission, $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children under 18. “Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. It was a city with many firsts. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time. On May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Zita Podany is a longtime resident of Portland and has for many years been fascinated with the story of a city that once thrived in an area full of marshes and sloughs. This lecture is part of our monthly First Thursday Museum After Hours Series.”

William Shakespeare's Star Wars”, Thursday, May 4, 6:30PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 6PM. “Celebrate Star Wars Day with Ian Doescher, author of the New York Times bestselling series William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Dress up like your favorite Star Wars character and participate in a reading of a scene from one of Doescher’s books. Meet and take pictures with some Star Wars characters from Outer Rim Collective.”

Drop-In Makerspace”, Friday, May 5, 1PM-5PM, Tualatin Library. “As a part of America’s Best Communities Competition, the Tualatin Mobile Makerspace has been created. To give homeschool students the opportunity to take advantage of the equipment available in the makerspace on the First Friday of each month during the Makerspace Drop-In. We will have a variety of equipment and activities available for self-directed learning with staff assistance available. Some of the equipment we currently have available includes a 3D printer demo, Little Bits circuitry kits, Squishy Circuits, and other Maker activities. We will be adding new equipment as time goes on. The Makerspace Drop-In is also available to any other students who would like to attend after school.”

33rd Annual Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 11AM-11PM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway, Pdx. $13 adults, $6 kids 6-12 and seniors, free for kids 5 and under. “Enjoy live entertainment, authentic food, Funtastic carnival rides, family fun, and much more!”

ISing Chior Presents, “Out of the Americas”, Friday, May 5, 7:30PM, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 SW Denney Rd., Beaverton; Saturday, May 6, 7:30PM, St. Peter Catholic Church, 5905 SE 87th Ave., Pdx; and Sunday, May 7, 3PM, Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 SW Watson Rd., Beaverton. Donations requested. “ISing Choir will present choral music by North and South American composers that will be performed on tour in Japan. Special guests, United by Music North America, will join us for this concert. This is a free event. 100% of donations collected will benefit United by Music North America.”

“HOMAGO”, Fridays in May, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. Grades 6-8. “Hang Out with other middle schoolers in a safe space. Mess Around with games, crafts, quizzes, science experiments and more. Geek Out about your favorite books, movies, anime, manga and video games. HOMAGO!”

An Evening with the Stars”, Friday, May 5, 7PM, White Salmon Library. “Join amateur astronomer Jim White for a family-friendly evening with the stars! White will talk about the August 21 total solar eclipse and other highlights of the summer night sky. If weather allows, there will be a telescope sky viewing.”

“Attracting Birds to Your Backyard”, Friday, May 5, 6:30PM, Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. $5 (registration fee will be refunded with a $5 store coupon). Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Join us in our Portland shop from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to hear naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy speak about how to brighten your yard with spring visitors! She will teach you how to improve your backyard habitat and the many ways you can attract birds by providing for their basic needs.”

Tom McCall Preserve Wildflower Hike with Adam Sawyer”, Friday, May 5, with carpools departing from Portland. Moderate, 3.4 miles, 1,100’ elevation gain. $10 suggested donation. Preregistration required; register online: “Join special guest hike leader Adam Sawyer on this beautiful spring wildflower hike in the 271-acre wonderland that is the Tom McCall Preserve. The plateau is in a transition zone between the moist, heavily forested west side of the Cascades, and the dry prairies of the east. This location provides an amazingly diverse array of plant life and geological features. In early spring wildflowers such as balsamroot, lupine, and red paintbrush wash over the landscape with Technicolor brilliance. The trail gently ascends through meadows of wildflowers before switchbacks steepen the final mile up to the peak. The reward at the top is a sprawling meadow, complete with open views of the gorge, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams.”

“Container Vegetable Gardens”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM, Garden Home Library Annex; and Saturday, May 20, 11AM, Monmouth 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!”

46th Annual PSU Naimuma Powwow”, Saturday, May 6, 12PM-10PM, Portland State University, Stott Center Gym, 930 SW Hall St., Pdx. Free and open to the public. “The United Indian Students in Higher Education host the PSU Naimuma Powwow on the Portland State University campus to pay tribute to the customs and traditions of Native Americans through food, dance and more. The powwow serves as an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to celebrate community and ceremony. People who are not of Indigenous heritage are welcome as well. Attending powwows can be an educational opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with Indigenous American culture and history. Naimuma means family. However, it covers the term in a way that is more than a Western idea of family; For Indigenous people the idea of family is expansive, including many more of the people in their lives. A testament to this expansive notion of family is on display in the PSU Naimuma Powwow’s impressively large and varied crowd, a feat that was made possible largely through volunteer work contributed by the PSU community.”

O.blivion Live Aerial Dance Showcase”, Saturday, May 6, 7:30PM, Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem. Tickets $5 cash or check only. “O.blivion Live is a showcase of aerial dance choreography featuring high-flying students on silks, ropes, as well as custom-built apparatuses.”

Champoeg Founder’s Day”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Champoeg State Park, St. Paul. Free with $5 per vehicle parking fee. “Champoeg State Heritage Area is hosting the 116 annual Founders Day Celebration honoring the 52 men who, in 1843, voted for the first territorial government west of the Rocky Mountains. As part of this celebration we ask that any descendants of these men gather with us for a reading of the names roll call. Founders Day has been held at Champoeg at the memorial pavilion since 1901. On hand will be a Boy Scout color guard, speakers, and a roll call of the names. Costumed reenactors will perform a rifle salute. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be available afterwards.”

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Lan Su”, Saturdays and Sundays in May at 1PM and 3PM, Lan Su Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Pdx. Free with admission; $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 students, $28 family pass, free for kids 5 and under. Clackamas County and Washington County Libraries have cultural passes available for the garden. Schedule here: “May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Lan Su this May with exciting cultural performances and activities each weekend. Lan Su hosts exciting performances every Saturday and Sunday in May from local cultural organizations and dance troupes. Performances will include groups representing the cultures of India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hawaii/Pacific Islands, and Japan.” 

Johnson Creek Wildlife Garden: Grand Opening”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Main City Park, 219 S. Main Ave., Gresham. “Join the City of Gresham and Johnson Creek Watershed Council for a guided tour of the public demonstration garden. We will meet near the Coho shelter. The Garden showcases the types of plants that are great for northwest gardens that also support our local wildlife and pollinators. Local resident and native bee expert, Celeste Ets-Hokin, will speak about the bees in our gardens and the myriad of benefits they provide and work that they do.”

Wildflowers of Jackson Bottom”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro. Ages 10 to adult. $15, or $10 for Hillsboro residents. Preregistration required; register online: “From low growing wild ginger and trillium up to the towering and flowering Pacific dogwood, come explore the world of wildflowers in early spring at the Preserve. No previous plant knowledge is required, just an appreciation for being outdoors in spring weather. Children with adults welcome.”

Make Your Own Comic!”, Saturday, May 6, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by making your own comic book! Bring your imagination and we’ll supply everything else.”

Mt. Tabor Park Bird Walk”, Saturday, May 6, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 1419 NE Fremont Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-445-2699. “Located in an extinct volcanic cinder cone, Mt. Tabor Park is an important place for birds in the city of Portland. It provides an island of green amid a sea of residential development and acts as a refuge for resident and migratory birds. Walk with naturalist Elaine Murphy and enjoy seeing the birds this Portland jewel hosts, plus expansive views of downtown Portland and outdoor reservoirs that once held the city’s drinking water.”

Poeming Pigeon Garden Issue Book Launch”, Saturday, May 6, 2PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “ Poets from the Garden issue will read their published poetry and answer questions. Featured poets include: Annie Lighthart, Barbara A. Meier, Brad G. Garber, Brittney Corrigan, Carolyn Martin, Cathy Cain, Eric le Fatte, John Davis, Linda Ferguson, Liz Nakazawa, Marilyn Johnston, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Sherry Wellborn, Stan Zumbiel, Suzanne Sigafoos, Suzy Harris, and Tricia Knoll. Light refreshments will be served.”

Early Morning Bird Walk”, Saturday, May 6, 8AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood. Free. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Walk out on the refuge with an experienced birder and discover the world of birds. Whether you are a first time birder or an expert, this walk is for you!”

Library Tours”, Saturdays in May, 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.”

Magical Journey to the Andes”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Holgate 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.”

GirlStrength Workshop”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM, Holgate Library. For girls age 12 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “What is GirlStrength? GirlStrength is a self-defense program for girls age 12 and older. It is a sister program of the Portland Police Bureau's WomenStrength program and shares the same philosophy that has been so important in the success of WomenStrength. For over 29 years, WomenStrength has offered free self-defense classes and workshops for women in the Portland area. This free workshop focuses on non-physical prevention strategies and confidence building for teen girls.”

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, 12PM-4:30PM, West Linn Library. “Join us for a day of celebrating comic books and graphic novels! Pick up your free exclusive comic book and stay for crafts!”

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM-8PM, Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. Bridge City Comics in Portland, OR is one of thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the comic book art form on Saturday, May 6. On Free Comic Book Day, close to 2 million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books! Close to 2 million comic books will be given away by participating stores, and visitors will find the traditional super-heroes, crime fighters and much more. ‘The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that readers of all ages - children, teens, and adults - can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations,’ said Michael Ring, owner of Bridge City Comics. Come by on May 6th and let us show you what's out there!"

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. Saturday, May 6th, 2017 is the 16th Annual Free Comic Book Day. We have decent quantities of all the published FCBD books. There is a limit of 5 books per person. Almost 1/2 the books we have are all ages friendly! This year we will be having: Mike Lawrence - Star Scouts, Muddy Max 11-2pm; Tadd Galusha - Backwoods, Godzilla 1-3pm; Mike, Celina and Ray Chibi - Chibi Comics 2-4pm; Charise Mericle Harper - Amazing Crafty Cat 3-5pm. We might have a few other special surprise guests also. We might also be having a Sidewalk Sale, weather permitting! Here's a link for this year’s books:”

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM-3PM, Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the oldest and coolest comic store in Portland! We'll be pairing exquisite comics with awesome creative guests. Justin Zimmerman will be signing the A Wave Blue World free comic book, featuring his new title The 27 Run. Celina Hernandez and Michael Murphy will be slinging beautiful art. And the Top Cow Productions, Inc. Marketing Director will be rounding out the fun with copies of hits Think Tank, Eden's Fall, Sunstone and Artifacts! When we're out, we're OUT... so get there early and get ready to READ!”

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, 9AM-7PM, Things From Another World, Portland, Beaverton and Milwaukie stores. “You know what's coming, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! 
Starting at 9am on May 6th, join us for free comics all day long! Choose up to 10 specially marked FCBD comics per person from the 40+ titles that we'll have available. You won’t find another comic shop in the area that lets you pick that many comics! Special Door Busting deals! Only available on May 6th. Plus the first 100 people through the door will receive a special gift bag! Make sure to visit all our stores for special creator signings! PORTLAND: David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Cyborg, Occupy Avengers) 5pm-7pm; Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men) 5pm-7pm; David Marquez (Invincible Iron Man, Civil War II, Defenders 5pm-7pm. MILWAUKIE Ben Dewey (Autumnlands) 11am-1pm; Kurt Busiek (Autumnlands, Astro City) 11am-1pm; Jeff Parker (Batman '66, Future Quest, Kings Watch) 11am-1pm; Keith Tucker (Storyboard artist for Animaniacs, GI Joe, He-Man) 1pm-3pm; Kalie Stanton (Local artist) 1pm-3pm. BEAVERTON Brian Churilla (Godzilla, Big Trouble in Little China, Hellbreak) 11am-1pm; Joshua Williamson (Flash, Birthright, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad) 1pm-3pm; Steve Lieber (The Fix, Whiteout, Underground) 1pm-3pm.

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, 10:30AM-5PM, Comic Cave PDX, 7315 N. Alta Ave., Pdx. 

Bicycle Maintenance Class”, Saturday, May 6, 12PM, Oregon City Library. “Break out your wheels and get ready to ride! Join us for a free class on how to adjust and maintain your bicycle. Bring your bike, and tools if you got them!”

Free Comic Book Day”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM-4PM, I Like Comics, 1715 Broadway St, Vancouver. The happiest time of the year is back folks, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Not only will we have FREE Comics for you (you know, while supplies last), but we’ll have some of your favorite creators in, and of course, the biggest sales of the year! 10 am – Noon: Leila Del Duca (Shutter) and Dan Schkade (The Spirit, Battlestar Galactica); Noon – 2 pm Chris Sebela (Welcome Back, Injustice: Ground Zero) and Jeremy Colwell (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); 2 pm – 4 pm Randy Emberlin (The Amazing Spider-Man, G.I. Joe) and Tony Parker (This Damned Band).”

Los Boricuas”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Rockwood Library; and Sunday, May 7, 2PM, Kenton Library. “Conjunto Alegré has been a staple on the Portland salsa scene since 1987 and has performed all over: Cinco de Mayo, Rose Festival, the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz – you name it, they’ve been there. To hear Conjunto Alegré perform is like grabbing your passport and taking a musical whirlwind tour of Latin America. The band plays salsa from all over: Bachata and Merengue from the Dominican Republic, Cumbia from Colombia, Salsa from Puerto Rico and Venezuela, and Cha-Cha-Cha and traditional Boleros from everywhere else.”

Early Outer Southwest Portland History”, Saturday, May 6, 2PM, Hillsdale Library. “Learn about the history of outer Southwest Portland, from donation land claims to the early 1900s, in a visual presentation by Tim Lyman from the Multnomah Historical Association.”

Guided Art and Epitaph Tour”, Saturday, May 6, 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.”

Mariachi Viva Mexico”, Saturday, May 6, 3PM, Troutdale Library. “This six-piece Mariachi band includes trumpets, violins, guitars, guitaron and vihuelas to create lively, spirited music.”

Video Game Design Workshop for Teens”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Mount Hood Community College and You”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM, Midland Library; and Saturday, May 13, 11AM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “What does Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) got to offer? Learn how you can use MHCC as a community educational resource. Find out about the two-year associates and transfer degrees, career technical degrees, professional certificates, and GED programs, as well as ASL (American Sign Language) and IECC (Intensive English for College and Careers). This program is designed for graduating high school students and their families, as well as anyone who is looking to go back to school, wanting to change career paths, pursue additional certifications, or simply enrich their lives with more education.”

Drumming in the Stacks: Taiko Workshop”, Saturday, May 6, 2PM, Midland Library. “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.”

Jane's Walk: Residences and Restaurants Along the Foster Road Corridor”, Saturday, May 6, 4PM, Holgate Library. “Jane’s Walk- a tribute to Jane Jacobs and her grassroots urban activism — is held yearly around the time of her birthday. Neighborhood resident Gus Kroll will lead a 90-minute walk along the Foster Road corridor where participants will have conversations about residences, restaurants and anything else in between.”

Vegetable Gardening: Tips and Tricks for Beginning Gardeners”, Saturday, May 6, 11AM, Hollywood Library; and Monday, May 15, 6PM, North Portland Library. “Start planning your vegetable garden with Master Gardener Athena McElrath. This entertaining and educational talk will take you through all of the routine tasks needed to produce a great vegetable garden, including bed and soil preparation, planting a wide variety of favorite vegetables, tried and true seed lists, tips and tricks to make your garden thrive, and more. The presentation is perfect for the beginning vegetable gardener or for those who have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from other regional gardening climates, or anyone who wants to become more familiar with methods for successful vegetable growing.”

Oregon Rocketry Model Rocket Launch”, Saturday, May 6, 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.”

Free Comic Book Day Mini-Con”, Saturday, May 6, 11AM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Meet with local comic creators and pick up your free comic book!”

Historic Downtown Gresham Tour”, Saturday, May 6, 11AM, and Sunday, May 14, 1:30PM, Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Follow an experienced tour guide on a walk through Historic Downtown Gresham. Learn about the famous (and obscure) people, events, and buildings that make up the fabric of our extraordinary town. This tour lasts for an hour and is wheelchair-friendly. We will meet inside the Gresham History Museum unless otherwise noted.”

Kumoricon Cosplay Contest”, Saturday, May 6, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. All ages. “Celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Wear your favorite costume - can be any fandom - and participate in a costume contest judged by Kumoricon! We'll also have snacks and video games. There will be a Kumoricon pass for the winner of the costume contest!”

Hiking from Portland to the Coast”, Saturday, May 6, 1PM, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. Free. “Author James D. Thayer will sign books and provide a presentation on his latest book, Hiking from Portland to the Coast. The book is an authoritative guide to hiking in the Pacific Northwest trails narrated with interpretive stories about the intriguing places the trails pass through.”

Squid Dissection”, Saturday, May 6, 10AM, OMSI, Life Science Lab. Preregistration required; register online: “Participants will look for clues in the squid anatomy to figure out how these fascinating animals live. One squid per ticket, maximum two people per squid.”

Lelooska Evening Performances”, Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, May 20, 7PM, Lelooska Foundation, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA. $12 Adults, $8 Children 12 and under. Preregistration required; register online: “Set in the fire-lit replica of a Kwa’kwaka’wakw ceremonial house, the living history performance consists of dramatic narration and dance presentations of traditional Northwest Coast ceremonial masks. Chief Tsungani and the Lelooska Family dancers bring each mask to life with its song, dance and story. The performance is designed to give the audience an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations culture, as well as a feeling of intimate participation in this living history. Approximately two hours in length.”

Marriage, Manners and Mincemeat”, Saturday, May 6, 2PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Teens and adults. “Take a trip to the Victorian era with Therese Oneill, author of the hilarious New York Times bestseller ‘Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners’. You will be stunned to hear how smelly, inconvenient and medically backward the 19th century actually was! Books will be available for sale and signing.”

Teatro Milagro Presents, “Mijita Fridita”, Sunday, May 7, 3PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. All ages. “Local bilingual theater company Teatro Milagro will present this play based on the life of young Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Presented in English and Spanish, this production is imaginative and powerful. Suitable for the whole family.”

“Wild Foods of Jessup Bluff”, Sunday, May 7, 1PM, 3105 N. Willamette Blvd., Pdx. Pricing and registration details here: “Explore edible and poisonous plants in one of Portland’s most diverse and unique landscapes. See and sample from plants you pass by everyday and others you’ll find regularly. Most of these plants can be found in your own neighborhoods, fields, and local woodlands. Learn identification, use, and processing of fennel, chicory, black mustard, knotweed, wild sweet pea, bull thistle and many others. Learn poison oak and poison hemlock.”

“Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration”, Sunday, May 7, 12:30PM, Jasmine Pearl Tea Co., 724 NE 22nd Ave., Pdx. $15. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

What We Want from the Wild”, Sunday, May 7, 1PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook (preregistration required; email with the names of all people attending); and Wednesday, May 31, 6PM, Base Camp Brewing Co., 930 SE Oak St., Pdx Free. “Oregonians across the political spectrum place a high value on the diverse natural resources of our state, but we are divided about how these resources should be used and talked about. What do we want from nature? What do we understand nature to be, and how do we see ourselves fitting in? This is the focus of ‘What We Want from the Wild,’ a free conversation with Adam Davis.”

What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps”, Sunday, May 7, 2PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Free. “Maggie Chula and Cathy Erickson make the internment experience come alive in their seven-year collaborative project joining poetry and quilts. Maggie’s original poems, diaries, and letters in the voices of people in the camps describe the hardships and emotions they experienced. Cathy has transformed personal stories into quilts through fabric, design, and color. Their presentation shows how two art forms can enhance and enrich each other.”

Pacific Northwest Live Steamers”, Sundays May 7 though October, 12PM-5PM, Molalla Train Park, 31803 S. Shady Dell Rd., Molalla. Donations requested. “The train park was founded in 1954 by Harry Harvey, who had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains. When he died he left the park, to the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers. The club acquired the other three acres over time for expansion. Today the park features 4,200 feet of 7½-inch track that loops around a picnic area, Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No fee is collected at the entrance or to ride the trains. All donations are graciously accepted your donations are vital in keeping the trains running. We thank you for your support.”

Oregon Guitar and Musical Instrument Expo”, Sunday, May 7, 10AM-4PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro. Admission $10 cash only for ages 11 and up, free for kids 10 and under. “This guitar show will feature over 8,000 square feet of vendors selling new and used, vintage and collectible acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, drums, and more! Come to buy, sell, or trade all instruments: Vintage, used, and new guitars, amps, pedals, drums, keyboards, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, harmonicas, P.A.'s, and accessories. You are welcome to bring your personal instruments with your paid admission to sell to dealers, and other show-goers!”

Maid Marian Coronation”, Monday, May 8, 6PM, Sherwood Library. “Join us for the annual coronation of the Robin Hood Festival Maid Marians, a live concert from the Renaissance Singers and a dessert reception.”

Concert, “Stumptown Stages Troupe”, Monday, May 8, 12PM, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Antionette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free. “Stumptown Stages Troupe is a volunteer arm of Stumptown Stages, the resident musical theatre company at the Portland'5 Brunish Theatre. The troupe consists of established local singers who perform songs from the Broadway stage at public and private events to help promote and profile Stumptown Stages and their productions. Join members of Stumptown Stages Troupe, a group of local singers and performers who will sing music from past and future Stumptown Stages’ productions including songs from Once On This Island, Into The Woods, Last Five Years, 110 in the Shade, Ruthless! The Musical, Rent, A Chorus Line and more.”

Transportation Town Hall with Representative Mark Meek”, Monday, May 8, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “Join Representative Mark Meek in a Town Hall discussion on transportation.”

Intro to 3D Printing and Modeling”, 3 sessions, Monday, May 8, Tuesday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 16, 6PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “This is a two-session class with an optional time to come back to 3D print your object. Please plan on attending both days of class. Want to learn how to use a 3D printer? How about designing a 3D model that you can print out on a 3D printer? This introductory class for adults, covers the basics of 3D modeling and 3D printing. You will learn how to create a simple 3D model using Fusion 360 and then how to print it out on one of the makerspace's 3D printers. This is a great opportunity to get hands on experience with this exciting new technology. No experience needed.”

Beginning Cybersecurity”, Monday, May 8, 5:30PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Saturday, May 13, 10:30AM, Central Library, Computer Learning Center. Preregistration required; register online: “Curious about the basics of staying safe online? Come to this class to learn what you can do to protect yourself. By the end of the session, you will be able to: create a secure password (and why to do it); recognize and avoid scam emails and identity theft; identify security concerns with mobile apps; and understand the basics of encryption. 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.”

Homeschoolers Ask the Experts: People Who Have Cool Jobs”, Monday, May 8, 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. May will feature a Farmer's Market Manager.”

Ukulele Jam at the Library”, Tuesday, May 9, 6PM, Silver Falls Library. “The evening will start with a beginner’s ukulele lesson and will be followed by a fun play and sing-along time. Everyone is welcome, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your ukulele, Daily Ukulele music book (yellow cover), and music stand. There will be a few ukuleles to try for the ukulele curious.”

History of Portland”, Tuesday, May 9, 7PM, Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Donations requested. “Oregon Historical Society’s Sharon Thorne will present the history of Portland from its early days. She will be presenting about the history of Portland from its early days as “the Clearing” which was not even home to the many Indian tribes who populated the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Using an interactive style with the audience Sharon will show how Portland developed into a major city and chief port on the Willamette. She will explore the role of the Oregonian, the Plank road, the impact of the California Gold Rush, and the roots of the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the city to this day. Sharon will be bringing historical artifacts for participants to look at and handle.”

The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival”, Tuesday, May 9 through Monday, May 15, Eugene. “Four days of juried films and videos on archaeological and indigenous topics.” Tickets for film screenings are free. Details here:

Intro to Edible Gardening Workshop”, Tuesday, May 9, 6PM, Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver. All ages. $5 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Learn how to grow your own food for (almost) free! You can grow food for cheap in your own backyard. Join us for an introduction to edible gardening, filled with tips, tricks, and interactive demonstrations to help take the expense out of getting started, and give you the confidence in your green thumb.”

Growing Great Tomatoes”, Tuesday, May 9, 3:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Master Gardener Bob Woods will show how to increase your odds of successfully growing delicious tomatoes, covering topics such as choosing varieties, starting seeds, planting, protecting and supporting vines, and overall maintenance.”

Food for Thought, a Cookbook Discussion Group”, Tuesday, May 9, 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 - Ethiopia!”

Misinformation and Political Propaganda”, Tuesday, May 9, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library; Sunday, May 21, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Wednesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Sherwood Library. “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”

The Singing Brain: The Fascinating Science of Birdsong”, Tuesday, May 9, 7PM, Chapman Elementary School, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Pdx. Free. “The evolution of our understanding of bird brains has grown dramatically since the time when ‘bird brain’ was used as an insult. The ability of these avian creatures to tell entire stories in a single dulcet phrase is not only captivating, but sonically fascinating. Neuroscientist, Dr. Claudio Mello, will bring us new research about birds, their songs, and how they learn them. Join us for a talk about these jewels of melodic expression, and truly understand the beauty of a bird brain. Only three groups of birds have the ability to learn their songs; namely songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds. We study their behavior, their brains and their genomes, looking for clues as to how these birds are capable of accomplishing this complex learned behavior. The way songbirds learn to sing is in many ways similar to how we humans learn to speak, and indeed birdsong research has contributed many insights into the evolution and mechanisms of human speech and language. Dr. Mello will present some of the latest updates in the neuroscience and genomics of birdsong learning. As we truly enter spring, this is a good time to talk about how the brain circuits in singing birds change in response to cues in the environment and in preparation for the breeding season.”

Managing Everyday Worries”, Wednesday, May 10, 7PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Preregistration required; call 503-718-2517. “Licensed counselor Angelie Karabatsos will lead a workshop focusing on coping strategies for everyday challenges. Learn how to acknowledge and turn worrisome concerns into positive actions.”

Northwest Animation Festival”, Wednesday, May 10 through Sunday, May 14. “The Northwest Animation Festival showcases visionary worlds of fantasy, unforgettable stories, and outlandish oddities from around the globe. See the year’s best short films, selected from over 1100 submissions. Explore special topics, talk with filmmakers, and play at late night parties. If you’re an animation-lover, this is the must-see event of 2017!”

Open Collage Night”, Wednesday, May 10, 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!”

Sunset Sit, Moonrise Smile”, Wednesday, May 10, 7:45PM, Rood Bridge Park, 4000 Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro. Free. “Once a month make time in your day to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the mood rises. This evening vivid colors paint the sky, the earth’s shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset at select City of Hillsboro park sites. A Parks and Recreation naturalist will be on hand to help you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend day passing into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a portable chair and something warm to drink if you like. Free. No pre-registration required.”

Chicks Dig Science: Girls, Goggles, and Blowing Stuff Up”, Wednesday, May 10, 7PM, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. $8 advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at the door. “Picture a scientist. What do you see? Beakers? Check. Lab coats? Check. Wild fuzzy hair? Check. Old white dude? Check. Girl? Not so much. Today, right now, girls are killing it in math and science. They are taking more science credits in high school than boys and earning higher grades. What they aren’t doing is choosing science careers. Why is that? What does science have to say about this persistent gender gap?”

Mosses, Lichens and Liverworts”, Wednesday, May 10, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Mosses, lichens and liverworts are very ecologically important in sustaining the web of life. This is an opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about mosses, lichens and liverworts. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the biology, evolution, ecology, ethnobotanical uses and cultural anthropology of mosses, lichens and liverworts, as well as their role in fighting global climate change, improving urban air quality and as an integral member of the temperate rainforest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn some of the primary species found in and around Portland and an opportunity to identify and experience many of these species in the field.”

Concert, “The Corner Children’s Choir of West Linn in Concert with Imani Milele African Children’s Choir”, Wednesday, May 10, 7PM, The Alpenrose Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Pdx. Free. “Ice cream party reception following the concert.”

Concert, “Three Pound Note”, Wednesday, May 10, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Three Pound Note presents Welsh and Cornish Folk Music. Welsh songs will be performed in the Welsh language. In addition to the music, the experience will be enhanced by relevant history, old tales and native wit.”

“Anime Movie Night”, Thursday, May 11, 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.”

“Wild Gresham: A Community Talk on Wildlife”, Thursday, May 11, 6PM, Gresham Council Chambers, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy. Free. “Meet your wildlife neighbors in Gresham! Staff from Johnson Creek Watershed Council, City of Gresham, and local wildlife photographer, Caz Zyvatkauskas, will be presenting beautiful photos of wildlife sightings along Johnson Creek. Bring the whole family for a morning of wildlife photographs, interactive activities, and family-friendly fun! This is an encore event.”

Anything Zines: A Middle Grade Zine Studio”, Thursday, May 11, and Thursday, May 25, 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.”

Screening, “Most Likely to Succeed”, Thursday, May 11, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, with a follow-up discussion Thursday, May 18 at 6PM. “Meaningful Movies presents Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary about education. The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago. The world has changed but our education system has not. Most Likely to Succeed tells the story of a school in San Diego that is completely rethinking what the educational experience should be. This documentary asks us the question: what educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?” Trailer here:

Prisoners at Home: Experiences of Japanese Internment during WWII”, Thursday, May 11, 7PM, Oregon City Library. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that forced 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans into internment camps. George Nakata grew up in Portland’s Nihonmachi and was incarcerated at Minidoka as a child. In his adulthood, Mr. Nakata has become a trusted story-teller, sharing many stories of incarceration from the community.”

Travel With a Mission”, Thursday, May 11, 7PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “What it is like to travel on a service mission with Habitat for Humanity? Andrew Rivinus, a lifetime world traveler, has led building trips with Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center for Housing around the world. Learn about Habitat’s Global Village program, see what the experience was like for teams that went to India and Malawi and find out how to get involved. Travel With a Mission combines travel, experiencing another culture and community service.”

Evening Canoe the Slough”, Thursday, May 11, 5PM-9PM, Whittaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Suggested donation $5-$10 per person or $25/family. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! We’ll have some canoes set up in a ‘bimaran’ configuration - this setup is safe for new paddlers, infants and grandparents alike. Families may also borrow regular canoes and kayaks (limited). We’ll provide the boat, lifejacket, paddle, - you provide the paddling muscle. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible!”

Tween CSI Club”, Thursday, May 11, and Thursday, May 25, 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!”

Silhouette Art for Teens”, Friday, May 12, 3:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “Draw your silhouette and fill it in with all the things that make you YOU!”

Thomas Condon's Fossil Collection: Talk by Dr. Bill Orr”, Friday, May 12, 7:30PM, Portland State University, Cramer Hall Room 53, 1721 SW Broadway, Pdx. Free and open to the public. “Collections made by paleontologists impart an enormous amount of information about the ideas and motives of the individual. Thomas Condon, Frontier Missionary and Oregon’s First State Geologist, came to the Oregon Territory in 1852 and soon became interested in its remarkable fossil assemblage. Condon's personal collection of Oregon plant and animal fossils reflect not only his science but his travels and associates as well. Dr. Orr will examine these aspects of his life as well as the nature of his work and achievements.”

Iris Bloom Season”, Friday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 31, Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, 3625 Quinaby Rd. NE, Salem. Free. Grounds open daily with special events on weekends: “During bloom season in the month of May, our display gardens are open from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. Our 10-acre display gardens is planted with over 500 named varieties and countless companion plants. This spring, treat yourself to a day at Schreiner's Iris Gardens. Marvel at the spectacle of color. Bring home fresh cut Iris blooms or order rhizomes for your friends and yourself.”

How to Succeed as an Independent Writer”, Friday, May 12, 7PM, Tigard Library Burgess Community Room. “Please join us for a panel discussion with members of the Northwest Independent Writers Association as they discuss having both artistic and business plans for your career as an independent writer.”

Tween DIY: Bath Bombs”, Friday, May 12, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. “”Calling all tweens! Come kickstart your creativity with our monthly tween gathering of creative minds. Start with our monthly project, or use supplies on hand to make your own project. This month's project is bath bombs.”

Makerspace 3D Design Experiments for Teens”, Friday, May 12, 5PM, Rockwood Library. “Join us as we play around with what we can design and print in 3D! We will work on making our own jewelry, fandom bling, functional objects like phone cases, game pieces, and we will even 3D scan and print ourselves!”

Tween Takeover at the Library”, Saturday, May 13, 10AM, Tualatin Library. Grades 4-7. Preregistration required; register online: “Love your library? Tualatin Public Library wants your help, energy, ideas, and opinions! Tween Take-Over is a monthly program of supervised learning projects at the library including a variety of tasks behind the scenes and in the stacks. Volunteers help staff keep books in order, prepare craft projects for programs, and other tasks.”

Lakota Sundance Songs and Percussion for Kids”, Saturday, May 13, 2:30PM, Woodburn Library. Preregistration required; call 503-982-5260. “Sundance Chief, Carries the Buffalo, visits Woodburn to share his family's culture and traditions.”

The League of Exceptional Writers”, Saturday, May 13, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. In ‘Words and Pictures,’ author/illustrator Kate Berube (Hannah and Sugar) and author Rosanne Parry (Written in Stone) show how authors and illustrators work together to make a book. 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!” 

CityFest”, Saturday, May 13, 10AM-2PM, City Hall Parking Lot, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham. Free. “How the City works for YOU can work for the City. Join us for a festival of fun at City Hall. Check out our big rigs, ride in a police car, meet Basco, Recon and Cash, the City’s Police K9 dogs, enjoy photo opportunities for the kiddos, tackle a bicycle obstacle course at the Bike Rodeo while learning about bike safety (bring your bikes, please), and having your bike helmet fitted properly. Plus, free popcorn and raffle drawing. Come build a future with us! At CityFest, talk to staff about their career paths, meet with local resources to help you prepare for the workforce and learn about paths you can take toward meaningful work at the City of Gresham.”

Author Talk, “Amy Goodman”, Saturday, May 13, 5PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Amy Goodman discusses her book, “Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America”. A celebration of the revolutionary change Amy and David Goodman have witnessed during the two decades of their acclaimed television and radio news program Democracy Now!—and how small individual acts from progressive heroes have produced lasting results. In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today it is the largest public media collaboration in the US. This important book looks back over the past twenty years of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes us along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson to Staten Island, Wall Street, and South Carolina to East Timor—and other places where people are rising up to demand justice. Giving voice to those who have been forgotten, forsaken, and beaten down by the powerful, Democracy Now! pays tribute to those progressive heroes—the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protestors—who have brought about remarkable, often invisible change over the last couple of decades in seismic ways.”

“Magenta Improv Theater”, Saturday, May 13, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. $10 advance tickets or $12 at the door. “Shake off April showers by joining MIT (Magenta Improv Theater) for some family friendly fun and hilarious comedy on Saturday, May 13th!”

39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival”, Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 10AM-4PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Day-use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle parking fee. “Activities for the entire family. Guided birding and wildflower walks, sketching classes, live raptor shows, native plant sale, kids crafts, bird nest box building, and birding presentation Saturday at 7PM.”

Anjali School of Dance Presents, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, Saturday, May 13, 2PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E Main St., Hillsboro. $10 advance tickets or $15 day of show. “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.”

“Guided Historical Tour”, Saturday, May 13, 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.”

“Sheep to Shawl Festival”, Saturday, May 13, 10AM-4PM, Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. Free. “First held in 1985, our Sheep to Shawl Festival is a classic family event, offering the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of wool fiber processing, from the shearing of animals- sheep, of course, but also alpacas, llamas, and the occasional rabbit- to the production of beautiful lace at the hands of expert fiber artists. Weaving, spinning, knitting, and rug-hooking are on display, as are blacksmith demonstrations in our operating forge.”

“Animation Workshop”, Saturday, May 13, 1PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Ages 10 and up. $30. Preregistration required; register online: “Students will learn how to use everyday school and office supplies to make comics and cartoons with artist Steven Christian. Steven will make a short digital cartoon with the students by the end of the workshop!”

Eco-Blitz at Fernhill Wetlands”, Saturday, May 13, 7AM-1PM, Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fern Hill Rd., Forest Grove. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “The Portland-Vancouver Regional Eco-Blitz Series continues on May 13 in Forest Grove. Local biologists need your help as they identify the diverse array of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and plants that call Fernhill home.”

Wonderful Wetlands”, Saturday, May 13, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Did you know that the Water Center manages nearly 50 acres of wetlands? Explore this beautiful habitat while on a short walk to view wetlands wildlife. Then, head inside for kid-friendly crafts, games and science experiments showcasing how wetlands protect and support our community.”

Animate Anything! for Teens", Saturday, May 13, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: 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.”

3D Saturdays”, Saturday, May 13, 12PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Come see the Library's 3D printer in action and learn about 3D printing and how the library can print an object for you. Main floor of the library and no sign up required.”

The Write Place: A Writing Group for Teens”, Saturday, May 13, 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!”

Keeping Tabs on America: Surveillance and You”, Saturday, May 13, 3PM, Oregon City Library. “Recent revelations about government surveillance, including Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents, have renewed worldwide attention to questions around privacy. Why is privacy important? What are the uses of surveillance? What are the dangers? Independent scholar and writer Kristian Williams will lead participants in a conversation about the scope and consequences of government surveillance, as well as ethical and legal limits of surveillance practices.”

Tuality Health Presents: Cancer Prevention”, Saturday, May 13, 10:30AM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “Join Heidi Petrowsky RD, LD for a discussion of how nutrition can help to build our immune system and decrease inflammation for cancer prevention. Ms. Petrowsky will bring samples of healthy dietary choices for all to try.”

Start Here - Code Your Own Website”, Saturday, May 13, 2PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Turn of the Century Fashion and Fun”, Saturday, May 13. 10AM-1PM, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “Come see us on Saturday, May 13 to learn about turn-of-the-century fashion and clothing in the Tualatin Valley! Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities such as designing historic costumes, sewing buttons, making paper dolls, and learning how to analyze historic photo documentation from the Victorian era. This event is provided in conjunction with our current exhibition, Ladies of the Valley, which is on view through September.”

Naturalist Lead Birding Hikes”, Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 27- Oaks to Wetlands Trail, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge; Saturday, May 20, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Sunday, May 21, Kiwa Trail, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. All hikes start at 8AM. Free hike ($3 vehicle fee at Ridgefield). Preregistration required; email Josie Finley at or call 360-887-4106. “Whether you are new to birding or have been watching them your whole life, Ron Escano offers easy and interesting ways to learn about this amazing world of our feathered friends. A retired USFWS biologist and life long birder, Ron has been leading these walks for over a decade at the Refuge and for the Audobon society. Join him on refuge trails at Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake this Spring to find out who might be flying in!”

Citizen Advocacy 101 — We Can Make Change Happen”, Saturday, May 13, 3PM, Woodstock Library. Preregistration required; register online:—-we-can-make-change-happen “Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more: information and misinformation; examples of successful advocacy; choosing your battles: What matters to you? Who makes the rules?; getting heard: tools for change; and “’racking’ civic/political issues.”

***Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day.  Here's to all you amazing moms! May you know how much you're appreciated this day and every day!***

Sellwood Storytelling Show”, Saturday, May 14, 1PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. “Join us every second Sunday for stories, songs and fun led by The Oregon Tellers, Sellwood’s own Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Come listen, learn, laugh and leave with a story to tell!”

Mother’s Day Hike”, Sunday, May 14, carpooling at 9AM from Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey St. Free. “Join us this Mother's day to explore the unique habitats of the Clackamas River! Hike leaders Kyla Zaret and Scottie Holland will guide us along the Clackamas River Trail, which includes beautiful spring flowers (including the endemic Clackamas Iris), breeding amphibians, and a recovering burn. We will not be hiking the entire length of the trail. This hike is flat, relaxed, and family friendly.” Details here:

Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms”, Sunday, May 14, 1PM, Canemah Bluff Nature Park, 815 4th Ave., Oregon City. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Instead of taking flowers to mom this Mother’s Day, why not take her to the wildflowers? Join Metro naturalist Dan Daly at Canemah Bluff Nature Park for a leisurely stroll to see and learn about common wildflowers. Enjoy the serenade of nesting songbirds and views of the Willamette River and Canemah Historic Pioneer Cemetery.”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers”, Sunday, May 14, 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.”

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Mother’s Day Celebration”, Sunday, May 14, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 28908 NW Main Ave., Ridgefield. $5 parking fee per vehicle. “Spring has arrived at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Along the Columbia River Indigenous women tended to plants important for food, medicine, and trade. This Mother’s Day, bring mom out to the Refuge to learn about these plants and about plants you can connect with in your neighborhood. Tours, Kids Activities, and Wild Tea Samples (while supplies last) 1 PM – Tending the Wild walk and talk – Discover ways women in Cathlapotle cared for their plant relatives; 2 PM – Family Nature Walk; 3 PM – Soothing Herbal Salve Making Demonstration.”

Folded Book Art”, Monday, May 15, 6PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. Preregistration required; register online. “Do you love the book art on display at the Brookwood library? Learn the art of folding books from our own Mary Kelly. No materials needed, adults and teens welcome.”

Screening, “The Hunting Ground”, Tuesday, May 16, 5:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. Program for older teens. “Join us for a showing of ‘The Hunting Ground,’ a documentary discussing sexual assault on college campuses. Representatives from the Sexual Assault Resource Center ( will lead a panel discussion following the film.” Trailer here:

YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Tuesday, May 16, 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 our group meets to discuss Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Join us!”

Climate Change”, Tuesday, May 16, 6PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Curious or concerned about the climate? Organizing for Action/Climate Reality Project volunteers are trained to educate our neighbors about climate change so that we can make more informed choices at home, at work, in the community, and in how we influence our political leaders.”

Mask and Mirror Theater Reading”, Tuesday, May 16, 6:30PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. “Actors from Mask and Mirror Community Theater, and selected audience volunteers, will read scenes in character and discuss the play.”

Museum of Curious Things for Teens”, Tuesday, May 16, 3:30PM, Gresham Library. “The Museum of Curious Things is a traveling collection of oddities and curiosities from around the world. Our exhibits of the strange and obscure leaves audiences intrigued, laughing, and talking about it for days afterward. The museum is loaded with bizarre inventions, crypto-zoological samples, anatomical oddities, unusual taxidermy, medical mishaps and historical mysteries. Our goal is to stimulate the brain’s natural curiosity and educate people of all ages on the wonders of the unknown with intent to preserve a part of American Culture that has been lost.”

Start Here - Learn Programming With Games”, Tuesday, May 16, 5:30PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Do you have no experience programming? Are you curious about what it’s like? This is the class for you. We will be learning some of the basics of programming by writing code for a game! After this class, you will have a basic understanding of: what is a program?; what programming languages exist?; what’s the difference?; what can you use computer applications for? What are the limits?; what is the basic syntax of JavaScript?; and how can you learn more?”

Author Talk, “Jane Kurtz”, Tuesday, May 16, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Jane Kurtz, who will read from her middle reader novel, ‘Planet Jupiter’. Jupiter is used to being a planet of one, and she likes it that way. But then a cousin, who Jupiter never even knew existed, comes from Ethiopia to stay for the summer, and Jupiter is put in charge of taking care of her. Jupiter and her family have spent their lives on the road, moving from town to town in a trusty old van and earning their living by playing music for tourists. But when their van breaks down, Jupiter's mother rents an actual house in Portland for the summer so Jupiter's annoying cousin Edom, recently adopted from Ethiopia, can stay with them. Luckily, Edom doesn't want to be in Portland any more than Jupiter wants her there, and the two hatch a Grand Plan to send Edom back to her mother. In the process, Jupiter learns that community and family aren't always what you expect them to be.”

“Wild and Wacky Weather for Tweens”, Wednesday, May 17, 4PM, Tualatin Library Community Room. Ages 8-12. Preregistration required; register online: “Brew up a storm and unleash the powers of nature! Join us for a series of fun and engaging experiments with the weather! Our May program looks at wind, and we will be making anemometers.”

Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front”, Wednesday, May 17, 7PM, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Pdx. Free. “Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen's right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.”

Soils, Nutrients and Composting”, Wednesday, May 17, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Kris LaMar will present things gardeners can do to improve the condition of your soil including its' nutrient make up. It is important to know what types of nutrients make your plants thrive and how to improve the amount nutrients they are getting. Techniques explored include home composting and its applications.”

Concert, “Seffarine”, Wednesday, May 17, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. “Seffarine is a duo formed by Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz. Seffarine takes its name from the ancient metalworking square in Lamiae's home city of Fes, Morocco. Her family is well known in the Seffarine as master metalworkers continuing the tradition today. The square dates back to the 9th century and is famous for the complex rhythms that can be heard from the blacksmiths' hammers.”

“Syttende Mai Celebration”, Wednesday, May 17, 4PM, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Syttende Mai Celebration: Norway’s Constitution Day! You are invited to celebrate with us!” Schedule here:

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon”, Wednesday, May 17, 6:30PM, West Slope Library. “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.”

Makerspace Night: Robotics Demo”, Wednesday, May 17, 6:30PM, West Linn Library.

Tall Ships in Newport”, Wednesday, May 17 through Sunday, May 28, offering a variety of cool educational programs, both dockside and sailing: “You’ve always wanted to stand on the deck of a real tall ship. You’ve seen them in the movies. Your friends have told you about them. Your kids and grandkids want to go. Now’s your chance to make your dream come true! Sail on the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Lady Washington the official tall ship of Washington State and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Newport, OR on May 17-28, 2017 and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.”

Know Your Rights: Rights of Immigrants and Refugees”, Wednesday, May 17, 4PM; and Wednesday, May 24, 6PM, Midland Library. “There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the rights of immigrants and refugees, especially for immigrants when traveling during the recent Executive Orders. Everyone has rights that are protected by the Constitution of the United States. Come learn about these rights for yourself or for your friends from an attorney from American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and get your questions answered.”

Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey”, Wednesday, May 17, 6PM, Central Library US Bank 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.”

Doctor Who Club”, Thursday, May 18, 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.”

New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens”, Thursday, May 18, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Donations requested. “The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history. Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.”

Armed Forces Day”, Thursday, May 18, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem. Free. “Armed Forces Day Ceremony (from Court to Center St). Static displays to include two helicopters (HH60 and UH72), 21 Volley Howitzer Salute, and F15 Flyover.”

The 1932 Mile Walk from Missouri to Oregon”, Thursday, May 18, 6:30PM, Sandy Library. “John Salisbury and Richard Matthews will cover the length of the Oregon Trail, from Independence to Oregon City, using slides of the trail. They will incorporate the importance of Dr. John McLoughlin, and his role in saving many Oregon Trail pioneers. Mr. Salisbury has walked the Oregon Trail in 5 different locations (Independence, Kearney, Casper, Boise, and Oregon City) for a total of 5 weeks as part of a federal history project in the 1990's. He walked in the dust of the footprints of those who came before us.”

Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry”, Thursday, May 18, 7PM, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. $5 suggested donation. “This special event, Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry, is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild. On May 18, 2017 Ed Carriere and Dale Croes will discuss their archaeology project that used both science and culture to replicate Native American cedar root baskets based on 2,000 year old fragments found near Duvall, Washington.”

Book Signing, “S.E. Hinton: The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition”, Thursday, May 18, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. If you don't know who S. E. Hinton is...drop everything and find out!

18th Annual UFO Festival”, Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21, McMinnville. “Our 18th Annual UFO Festival lands on May 18, 2017 in McMinnville, and tickets to all speakers’ events are on sale now! The compelling lineup includes: Yvonne Smith - Hypnotherapist and alien abduction expert; David Shindele - Retired Air Force captain and UFO experiencer; Robert Hastings - UFO/nukes phenomenon expert; Robert Jacobs - Retired Air Force officer and UFO experiencer; Melanie Young - Starchild Project co-founder and former neonatal nurse. We’ll also have Breakfast with James Clarkson, Lunch with the Speakers and a (new!) Social Hour with the Speakers. And as always, we’ll have the alien costume parade, free live music indoors and out, a 5K run, a pet costume contest, live radio/podcasts and more out-of-this-world events – such as alien lasertag. Make plans to join in the fun!” This festival is a strange combo: both a celebration of the silly and a safe place for true believers to find kindred spirits. 

Recycled Paper Jewelry for Teens”, Friday, May 19, 3:30PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. “Do you love jewelry? Join us to learn how to make your own awesome jewelry out of recycled paper! We will show several different bead styles and all supplies will be provided.”

Home School Days: Model Rocketry”, Friday, May 19, 9:30AM-2PM, Evergreen Air and Space Museum, McMinnville. $20 youth, $10 adult. Preregistration required; register online: “Want to be a rocket scientist? Join us for a full day of model rocketry. Each student will build, learn the science behind and launch their very own model rocket!”

“YA Book Club at Powell’s”, Friday, May 19, 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 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Join us!”

Cascadia Cave Tour”, Friday, May 19, Sweet Home, OR. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “Follow the historic footsteps of the Kalapuya Indians along the lower floodplains of the South Santiam River. Includes traditional uses of plants. The trail may be muddy.” Cascadia Cave is an important site for prehistoric native rock art, and lies on private land which can be accessed only through guided tours. The tour is really neat! 

Children’s Cultural Parade”, Friday, May 19, 10AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Parade Ground and Great Meadow. “The annual Children's Cultural Parade brings third graders from Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to share their research projects on their family's heritage (or a culture in which they are interested), and celebrate our diverse community. The public is welcome to watch the parade, which begins at the national park’s Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth St.) and continues north on E. Reserve Street, turning west on Evergreen Boulevard, and finally turning south to follow the interior Park Road back down to E. Fifth Street. The parade will include school marching bands and over 1,600 third grade students celebrating the community’s diversity.”

Makerspace Stop Motion/Film Workshop for Teens”, Friday, May 19, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “We will explore various stop motion and film techniques like pixilation, where you use your body as a stop motion tool! Learn how to use iPads as video cameras and make your own film.”

Engineering Expo”, Friday, May 19, 11AM-4PM, Oregon State University, Kelley Engineering Center, Johnson Hall and Community Plaza, 2500 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Free and open to the public. “As a premier institution of higher education, the College of Engineering is leading the way in creating profession-ready graduates through transformational experiential learning opportunities. The Undergraduate Engineering Expo is one way we prepare students for responsible citizenship and global competitiveness. Our undergraduate students will share their work through the use of models, demonstrations, and posters with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, their peers, other academic institutions, and the general public. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact directly with individual students, ask questions, and exchange ideas. I invite you to join me at this event to experience firsthand the excitement, ingenuity, and resourcefulness of our diverse community of undergraduate students.”

Northwest Local: Beaverton City Library's Author Fair”, Saturday, May 20, 11AM-2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A and B. “Northwest Local, Beaverton City Library's Author Fair, offers the public an opportunity to meet authors from Beaverton and surrounding communities and a chance to purchase their books.”

“Aztec Codices on Matte Paper”, Saturday, May 20, 2:30PM, Woodburn Library. Preregistration required; call 503-982-5260. “Learn about the symbolism of the Aztec calendar and codices. Practice drawing and painting on authentic matte paper.”

“C. C. Stern Type Foundry Open House”, Saturday, May 20, 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.”

“Mount St. Helens: 37 Years of Ecosystem Development and Landscape Change”, Saturday, May 20, 1PM, Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver. Free. “Scientist Peter Frenzen will discuss his work at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled more than 200-square miles of forest and captured the imagination of volcano enthusiasts around the world. This summer, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will celebrate its 35th year of providing for the preservation and public enjoyment of one of North America’s youngest and most dynamic natural landscapes. The area surrounding the volcano has become an important laboratory for the study of volcanic processes and ecosystem response to large-scale disturbance. Peter will describe more than three decades of landscape change and lessons learned at one of the world’s most studied and accessible volcanoes. Repeat photographs will reveal amazing changes that have taken place in a matter of minutes, over decades, and during the volcano’s 2004-2008 dome-building eruption.”

“Dozer Days”, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 11AM-4PM, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield. $8 kids 2-12 and $10 adults. A charitable event that “puts kids in the driver’s seat of real heavy construction equipment, fire engines, an ambulance and much more while educating about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety.”

“Rare Plant Research Annual Open Nursery”, Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, 11AM-4PM, 11900 S Criteser Rd., Oregon City. Free admission. A very popular event where visitors can view and purchase unusual garden plants from around the world, as well as wander the grounds of Villa Catalana Cellars winery, a faux Italian villa that has to be seen to be believed.

“Planet Parade Star Party”, Saturday, May 20, 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: “On Saturday, May 20, join OMSI and Rose City Astronomers at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. ‘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 planet Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and more! Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.”

Black Chair Project Presents: "The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script", Saturday, May 20, 7:30PM, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. $10 advance tickets or $12 at the door. “On Sunday, October 30, 1938, millions of radio listeners were shocked when radio news alerts announced the arrival of Martians. They panicked when they learned of the Martians' ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Many ran out of their homes screaming while others packed up their cars and fled. Though what the radio listeners heard was a portion of Orson Welles' adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real. Hours after the program had ended and listeners had realized that the Martian invasion was not real, the public was outraged that Orson Welles had tried to fool them.”

“Fantastic Mosses and Where to Find Them”, Saturday, May 20, 10AM, Scouters Mountain Nature Park, SE Boyscout Lodge Rd. and SE 147th Ave, Happy Valley. All ages. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

“Urban Headwrapping”, Saturday, May 20, 10:30AM, Midland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Head wrapping engenders a spiritual state of centeredness and makes a cultural statement. It is also a fun and fashionable way to protect your hair from the rain and sun and also add a personal touch to any outfit. Whether you’re a novice or beginner, this interactive and practical workshop will guide you step-by-step to create different styles and techniques of head wrapping. Please bring your own head wrap to the workshop.”

Plant Identification Made Easy”, Saturday, May 20, 9AM, Mt. Tabor Park, SE Salmon Way Parking Lot. Pricing and preregistration details here: “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.”

“Tualatin River Bird Festival”, Saturday, May 20, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy., Sherwood. Free. “Join us for diverse family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places.” Complete list of cool activities happening all day:

“Asian and Pacific Islander Day”, Saturday, May 20, 10AM-2PM, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem. Free. “Celebration of culture. Festivities, booths, and entertainment.” Schedule here:

“Build Your Own Kit House”, Saturday, May 20, 2PM, Forest Grove Library. “Imagine ordering the home of your dreams from a Sears Catalog, waiting for the train car of supplies to arrive, then putting the pieces together yourself! Over 100,000 homes in the United States were built from Kit Houses - some here in Forest Grove! School-aged children and their families are invited to make their own miniature Kit House as we celebrate National Historic Preservation Month.”

“Earthquake Preparedness”, Saturday, May 20, 1PM, Hillsdale Library. Preregistration required; register online: “In this workshop, you will learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Discussions will include how to make a family plan, build an emergency kit and what items should be included and the proper way to store them.”

Introduction to Flowering Plant Identification: The Basics”, Saturday, May 20, 9AM, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

Let's Tinker Around for Teens”, Saturday, May 20, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Try. Learn. Try Again. Come and join Tinker Camp design, build and create. We'll use tools from the makerspace to design games, make costume, build spaceships and more. Each month will be a different theme.”

Winter Steelhead Release”, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 11:30AM and 1:30PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Hwy., Tillamook. Free. Doublecheck their Facebook page to make sure these dates are finalized: “Submerge yourself in the world of salmon! In the Tillamook State Forest, salmon live in the cool, clear rivers that run through the Coast Range. Join us to explore life cycles, habitat requirements, and the underwater oasis of these dynamic fish. After a short presentation, we will walk to Jones Creek and release tiny, wild fry that were raised in our visitor center fish tank. Watch our Facebook page for updates on their development. **Please Note** This is an estimated date. The release depends on when the fish are ready.”

Stencil Screen Print”, Saturday, May 20, 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Screen printing with stencils is a fun and easy way to make limited edition runs of prints while getting familiar with screen printing materials. Participants will learn the fundamentals of stencil making, how to use a silkscreen, and how to pull a print. Participants will leave with screen printed posters and fabric patches. Participants are welcome to bring a light color cotton T-shirt to print on.” 

Luminescent Legos”, Saturday, May 20, 10AM, OMSI. Ages 8 and up. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “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.”

The Reptile Man”, Saturday, May 20, 3PM, Northwest Library. “Join the Reptile Man, aka Richard Ritchey, in meeting his outstanding crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises! Richard has been winning the rapt attention of audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years and has assembled a traveling collection of scaled predators that is unrivaled in quality and reputation.”

Children’s Nature Fair”, Saturday, May 20, 10AM-2PM, Leach Botanical Garden, parking off SE 122nd Ave. and SE Claybourne St., Pdx. Donations requested. “This year’s theme — Traveling Seeds— will include learning about seeds of all kinds including those that disperse by "traveling". Also find interactive booths, arts/crafts, seed activities, nature walks, music, and 25 cent ice cream . . . AND there will be more! Visit our partners' booths: Zenger Farm, Portland Parks Environmental Education Program, Friends of Outdoor School, Zoo Teens, and Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Great for kids of all ages— including adults.”

Red Tail Angels: Legendary American Aviators”, Saturday, May 20, 4PM, Belmont Library. Preregistration required; register online: Presented by Sig Unander, Jr. “The first African American fighter pilots to fly and fight for their country, the Red Tail Angels blazed a trail of glory in the frozen skies over Germany in World War II. Led by Col. Benjamin Davis, they fought Nazi tyranny abroad and helped end segregation in the Armed Forces at home.”

Flamenco Performance”, Saturday, May 20, 6PM, Hood River Library.

Hubble Telescope”, Saturday, May 20, 1PM, Wilsonville Library. “Former Hubble design team engineer talks about the design, build, and testing of the Hubble Space Telescope with a focus on the challenges of servicing in space, particularly the first servicing mission that addressed the problem with the optics.”

House on the Metolius”, Saturday, May 20, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, May 21, 9AM-4PM, Sherman, OR. $8 adults, $5 seniors, students, and active military, free for kids 5 and under, or $25 per family, and $5 parking. “Civil War reenactment and living history. Come see the battles, tour the camps and visit with reenactors! There will be infantry, cavalry and artillery as well as civilian camps. Demonstrations may include Abraham Lincoln, music, food and souvenir vendors and more!”

Oregon Ballet Theatre 2”, Sunday, May 21, 2PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Rooms A and B. “Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 (OBT2) is group of 12 talented pre-professional dancers, chosen by national audition, who share the stage with dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre in large productions such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. The dancers, presented by former American Ballet Theatre ballerina and OBT2 Program Director Lisa Sundstrom, perform a mix of classical and contemporary work including: Le Grand Pas de Trios des Odalisques, by the most famous classical ballet choreographer of all time, Marius Petipa; Crush Pas de Deux, a contemporary duet by former OBT ballerina Alison Roper, with music by Brian Crane; and Bournonville Dances, excerpts of well-loved dances by 19th Century Danish choreographer, August Bournonville.”

Basic Embroidery”, Sunday, May 21, 3PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come and learn all the basic stitches you need to make your own embroidery projects. We will discuss how to use patterns and also how to make your own. Embroider everything from jeans to your screen door! It's an inexpensive hobby and the possibilities are endless.”

Cooking Around the World: Vietnamese Crepes”, Sunday, May 21, 3:30PM, Holgate Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come and make Vietnamese crepes with Kim Ha. Free samples and instructions included.”

Unit Souzou Taiko Drumming Workshop and Performance”, Sunday, May 21, workshop for adults and teens at 12:30PM ($25), performance at 3PM ($20 adults and $15 students and seniors), Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Preregistration required; register online:

Rubik's Cube Competition”, Sunday, May 21, 10:15AM- 4PM, Hillsdale Library. Registration info here: “Join us for a World Cube Association's Rubik's Cube Competition. There will be a number of Rubik's Cube competitors to take on a number of mentally challenging events. Competitors will be vying for the fastest time in solving the original 3x3x3 cube and 4x4x4 cube while blindfolded, and also solving the original 3x3x3 cube in the fewest moves possible. Results from this competition will be recognized and ranked globally by the World Cube Association.”

Koto Concert with Paired Teas”, Sunday, May 21, 12:30PM, Jasmine Pearl Tea Co., 724 NE 22nd Ave., Pdx. $20. Preregistration required; register online: “Koto produces unique and beautiful sounds. For those who identify with Japan or Japanese music, these sounds may bring back memories of childhood or cultural roots. For those unfamiliar with koto music, we invite you on an exciting musical journey.”

Concert, “The Times They Are A-Changin' ”, Sunday, May 21, 1PM, Central Library Collins Gallery. “Who would have thought that folk troubadour Bob Dylan could win the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016? In celebration, singer/songwriter Ronnie Robins will present a program of some of Dylan's most well-known songs as well as some hidden gems. Join Ronnie as he makes these timeless songs his own and pays tribute to one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Presents, “As You Like It”, Sunday, May 21, 1PM, Laurelhurst Park. Free. “We return to Portland's Sunday Parkways in May with "As You Like It." Join us at Laurelhurst Park for a kick-off to the Portland park and family-friendly Summer events.”

“Vanport the Musical”, Sunday, May 21, 2PM, North Portland Library; and Sunday, May 28, 2PM, Midland Library. “They came from all over the country: men, women, children, families. They came mostly by train during WWII to serve their country, not only to survive but to obtain the American Dream. After the war many left returning to their hometown of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and beyond but some stayed making the city their home until the flood of 1948 washed it away. In this musical for the whole family, members will smell the opportunity, touch the dream, hear the music, taste the victory and see the canvas of Vanport.”

“Attracting Birds to Your Backyard”, Sunday, May 21, 5:30PM, Backyard Bird Shop, 8101 NE Parkway Dr., Vancouver. $5 (registration fee will be refunded with a $5 store coupon). Preregistration required; call 360-253-5771. “Join us in our Portland shop from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to hear naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy speak about how to brighten your yard with spring visitors! She will teach you how to improve your backyard habitat and the many ways you can attract birds by providing for their basic needs.”

“Culinary Herbs”, Monday, May 22, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library. “Join Master Gardener Harriet Ottaviano to learn all you need to know about edible herbs!”

Portland’s Black Belt: Motives and Means in Albina Real Estate, 1940–1990”, Monday, May 22, 7PM, Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Pdx. Free. “In 1960, Portland was the second-most segregated city on the West Coast, behind Los Angeles. Four of five Black residents lived in the Albina District. This presentation explores how the real estate industry, public officials, and citizens justified that spatial segregation. It traces the private- and public-sector mechanisms utilized to confine and re-shape Black settlement within Albina. A major motive for segregation was to enable financial exploitation of Black homeowners and renters, allowing housing-industry manipulators to extract wealth from the Black community.”

“How to Plant Terrariums”, Monday, May 22, 2PM, Gresham Library. Preregistration required; register online: “The whole point of a terrarium is to keep plants healthy and happy in a modern home by planting them in a closed glass container. Whether it be a large Wardian Case full of tropical blooming plants and poison dart frogs, or a tiny little bottle with just a sprig of spike moss, terrariums make a fun and educational hobby. Come learn the history, the science and the art of high humidity, totally enclosed terrariums and leave with a beautiful terrarium of your own.”

Explosions, Inc. presents All About Chemistry”, Monday, May 22, 6:30PM, West Linn Library. Chemical reactions are everywhere. They surround us and bind the universe together. We'll present the five most common signs of a chemical reaction through exciting and explosive demonstrations. Don't try this at home! Come see it at your library! Suggested for ages 5 and older.”

Author Talk, “Scott Kloos”, Monday, May 22, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. Scott Kloos discusses his book, “Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness”.

Middle Grade Reading: Patricia Bailey, Janet Johnson and Heidi Schulz”, Monday, May 22, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. “Annie Bloom's welcomes three great Oregon Middle Grade authors on one night!”

Hula the Night Away”, Monday, May 22, 7PM, Beaverton Library Meeting Room A. Preregistration required; register online: “Have you ever wanted to learn how to hula? This is your chance! Join us for an evening of Hawaiian music and dance while learning something new, while having a blast and getting a little exercise. You'll learn basic hula steps, easy hand motions, some Hawaiian language and have fun participating in a simple hula dance. Wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to move!”

2D to 3D: Paper Star Lanterns”, 3 sessions, Monday, May 22, Tuesday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 30, 6PM, Rockwood Library. For adults and teens. Preregistration required; register online: “Explore the art of design by designing and laser cutting your own illuminated paper star lantern. Bring home an amazing craft to light up your house. This is a 2-session class with an optional workshop to finish your project.”

Know Your Rights Workshop”, Tuesday, May 23, 6PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library. “American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) presentation about your rights as an immigrant when interacting with the police and ICE officials. Information about creating a family safety plan as well as immigration resources will also be provided.”

Recycling/Waste Reduction”, Tuesday, May 23, 5:30PM, Goldendale Library. “The main focus will be the three R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Suggestions for reducing waste through purchasing strategies, reusing items, and recycling as much as possible.”

Screening, “Sonic Sea”, Tuesday, May 23, 6PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.” Trailer here:

“DIY Tie-Dye for Teens”, Tuesday, May 23, 6PM, Cascade Park Library, Vancouver. “We've got everything you'll need to create crazy wearable designs on white t-shirts! Nosh on snacks while your creations take shape. Bring your friends!”

“Foster Care 101”, Wednesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Cedar Mill Library. “About 7,500 children are in foster care in Oregon on any given day. Join experts from different organizations to discuss the current state of foster care in Oregon and the many different ways in which we can help kids in our community. Whether you just want a better understanding of how foster care works or whether you’re ready to help, National Foster Care Month is the perfect time to learn more!”

Author Talk, “James Kakalios”, Wednesday, May 24, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. James Kakalios discusses his book, “The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day”. “Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? How do we glide through tolls using an E-Z Pass, or find our way to new places using GPS? In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted. Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us. Through this ‘narrative physics,’ The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that—far from the abstractions conjured by terms like the Higgs Boson, black holes, and gravity waves—sophisticated science is also quite practical. With his signature clarity and inventiveness, Kakalios ignites our imaginations and enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives.”

Columbia Gorge Getaways”, Wednesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “
Author of Columbia Gorge Getaways, Laura O. Foster, explores the towns and lesser known attractions of the entire Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, with gorge history, geology, and culture woven in.”

Traditional Japanese Tattoo Presentation”, Wednesday, May 24, 6PM, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Free. “We are pleased to invite Horisuzu, of The Ryugendö Family’s United Arrows Tattoo Parlor, to discuss the art, tradition, history, and culture of Japanese Tattoo while displaying his breathtaking works. Horisuzu uses machine work for lines and mainly Tebori hand work for color and shading. Tebori is the traditional method of tattooing by hand—a method that has been practiced for over 400 years in Japan. Horisuzu works at United Arrows—Portland, Oregon, Ryugendo-Tokyo, Japan, and, on occasion, travels abroad.”

Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups”, Wednesday, May 24, 6:30PM, Albina Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Author Andy Fisher presents a talk and slide show about his book Big Hunger, followed by a discussion and book signing. The talk will center on how the connections between Big Food and anti-hunger groups have diminished our collective ability to end hunger while causing damage to the dignity and health of low income Americans. It will cover such topics as the effectiveness of food banks, whether soda should be allowed to be purchased through the SNAP program, and how the very term "hunger" leads us toward superficial approaches. The presentation discusses the rapidly changing anti-hunger field, identifying innovative community-based models.”

National Health Care – A Review: The Current Debate and What Needs To Change”, Wednesday, May 24, 6PM, Beaverton Library. Presented by former governor John Kitzhaber.

Hour of Code”, Thursday, May 25, 3:30PM, Capitol Hill Library. “Make friends, meet challenges, and get creative at Hour of Code! Anyone can code -- join us for fun, hour-long challenges using Code Studio.”

Repair Café”, Thursday, May 25, 5:30PM, Vancouver Library, Columbia Room, Level 1. “Help keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save money. The Repair Café is your opportunity to have a broken item fixed by skilled volunteers, or learn how to fix it yourself. Items that can be repaired at the cafe include small appliances, lamps or fans, jewelry, and clean clothing or textiles to be mended. Please check out the website for a complete list: You must be present during the repair. There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more. Limit one item per person, small enough to be carried easily by one person. Do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline or have a strong odor. Questions? Please email”

Felted May Flowers”, Thursday, May 25, 3:30PM, Happy Valley Library. Preregistration required; call 503-783-3455. “Learn to make felted flowers using dyed wool and hot soapy water. LeBrie Rich will teach you the basics of wet felting, and you'll come away from the class with felt blooms to brighten up hats, coats or hand-knits.”

Managing Slugs and Snails”, Thursday, May 25, 11AM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “Slugs and snails have tormented gardeners for generations. They are magnificently designed to deconstruct. If you battle these voracious consumers, you may benefit by learning more about these creatures. Many methods have been developed to control these slimy pests, and some methods work better than others. Learn how to better manage slugs and snails with OSU Master Gardener Laura Eyer.”

Garden Seed Saving”, Thursday, May 25, 6:30PM, Oak Lodge Library. “Local gardeners Curt and Kay help you learn how to harvest seeds from your best plants. Free of charge and open to all ages.”

Makerspace Crafting for a Cause for Teens”, Friday, May 26, 4PM, Rockwood Library. “Join us and craft for a cause! We will be crafting out of fabric and other material items like cat toys to give to local shelters, winter hats for women's shelters, book bags for library patrons, and we maybe even 3D print a prosthetic hand for someone who needs one! Have an idea? Let us know!”

Vanport Mosaic Festival”, Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29. “The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a four day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city, wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there. To honor the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Vanport, this year’s festival aims to engage Portlanders in an exploration of community histories around the themes of home, housing, migration, and displacement. Several of the events will consider the rippling effects of gentrification on affordable housing, and how unresolved issues with race-based displacement are addressed today. To understand the role gentrification has played in Portland, we must first understand the history of housing discrimination and displacement. Vanport is a critical chapter in this story.” Details here:

Exhibit, “Houseguest: You Are Here”, Friday, May 26, 4PM-10PM, Saturday, May 27, 11AM-10PM, and Sunday, May 28, 11AM-6PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “This May, Houseguest will activate Pioneer Courthouse Square with its fourth Artist in Residence of the 2016-2017 season. Portland Immersive Media Group (P.I.M.G.) will exhibit 'You Are Here,' an immersive and interactive virtual reality experience May 26-28, 2017. “You Are Here” will be free and open to the public, with viewing accessibility Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square. During the weekend, visitors to Pioneer Courthouse Square will be able to interact with Virtual Reality (VR) through multiple experiences. Audiences will be able to traverse the physical and digital world through 'Liminal Passage,' experience an idealized digital version of Pioneer Courthouse Square in VR, escape to anywhere in the world through Google Earth VR, and be transported by several experimental performances throughout the weekend. Join in throughout the weekend to hear from VR experts Kent Bye and Amber Case, and attend performances by Golden Retriever and EMS. Other acts to be announced soon.”

Repair Fair”, Saturday, May 27, 1PM, Hillsboro Brookwood Library Event Room. Preregistration required; register online. “Has your toaster stopped toasting? Your favorite jacket won't zip? What is that mystery gizmo, and why won't it latch? Bring your broken small appliances, clothing, and more to Hillsboro Public Library's 4th Repair Fair. Volunteers from the local Repair Fair team will be on hand to help you get them back in working order. When registering, please include any information about the broken items you will be bringing to assist our volunteers with planning.”

Bread and Butter Day”, Saturday, May 27, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd, Woodland, WA. Donations requested. “You'll be churning rich fresh cream into butter and spreading it on fresh made bread. Visitors will be greeted and given a ‘Working Tour’ of how this mill still works today. Huge pulleys and belts spinning above and below are turning and churning to produce flour, corn meal and even apple cider (the last Saturday in October). These samples are given to the visitors for take home and a first hand experience of the products. No gas or electricity are used, simply mother nature's water power. All that work here are volunteers and are more than happy to explain how this process works to any and all.”

Multnomah County Fair”, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, 12PM-7PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free parking and admission. “The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 111th annual Multnomah county fair! Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings of the Fair, including great food, entertainment, activities, and attractions!”

Chinese Lion Dance”, Saturday, May 27, 2PM, Sherwood Library. “Chinese lions will dance throughout the library and perform ‘Choi Cheng’ or ‘Plucking the Greens’, a special blessing by the lions. All ages are welcome to drop by and dance with the lions! This special performance is sponsored by Stan and Diana Stanley and is being held in memory of Theresa Kaishin Stanley. Performance by Portland Lee's Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team.”

Ledding Seed Swap”, Saturday, May 27, 11AM, Ledding Library Fiction Room, Milwaukie. “Farming and gardening is part of Milwaukie’s history, make it part of yours today and into the future with seeds from the Ledding Seed Swap. This seed swap provides a time and place where community members can offer seeds for trade or simply giveaway surplus seeds. Items for sale are not permitted. Bring seeds to offer at the swap and select some new ones to take home with you. Bring seeds in their original packages or labeled envelopes with the following information: name botanical or common cultivation information (sun, shade, wet, dry, hardy) variety (open-pollinated, hybrid, organic, heirloom) Please don't bring unknown seeds or seeds that are too old to germinate reliably. No GMO or fumigated seeds, please!”

Meteorite and Family Fun Day”, Saturday, May 27, 10AM-5PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr, Hillsboro. $5 admission all ages. “
Meteorite talks are great for families and people of all ages. Kids’ activities will also be taking place throughout the day.”

Paper Word Beads Jewelry”, Saturday, May 27, 1PM, Troutdale Library. “Come make paper beads with words on them. You can make a fun bracelet or necklace with them.”

Memorial Day and Soldiers’ Bivouac”, Saturday, May 27, 10AM, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver. “Join us for a special community ceremony honoring Memorial Day, then tour Civil War-era camps and talk with costumed re-enactors about the history of Vancouver Barracks.”

Theatrical Makeup for Teens”, Saturday, May 27, 1PM, Rockwood Library. Preregistration required; register online: “Come play with costumes, wigs, makeup and costume accessories with Theater Professional Jessica Carr! Learn, explore and create different characters from History to Cosplay and everything in between. These workshops will explore the many areas of theatrical costume design including costume and fashion rendering, wig styling, makeup application and small prosthetic making. Classes can be taken in sequence or separately, all skill levels are welcome!”

Fernhill Wetlands Bird Walk”, Saturday, May 27, 8AM, meeting at Backyard Bird Shop, 11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free. Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949. “Join naturalist and educator Elaine Murphy for a free educational bird walk around Fernhill Wetlands! This local treasure has undergone a large-scale wetland restoration project to enhance wildlife habitat. Waterfowl populations are daily in the thousands from November through March. Spring through fall, see many birds including up to 17 species of shorebirds. Viewing stands and trails at this birding hotspot are ideal for watching the thousands of migratory and wintering birds that use this wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Our expert-guided free bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds!”

Battle of Deep Creek”, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, Deep Creek Farms, 811 North Deep Creek Rd., Medical Lake, WA. 3-day admission $10 adults, $5 youth 13-17, free for ages 12 and under, or $25 per family. Free for active duty military and family. “Come and see for yourself the most turbulent times our country has ever endured — the Civil War. Hear the crash and boom of the artillery. Feel the weight of the rifles and packs that the soldiers carried. Meet the fine ladies in their gorgeous dresses. Watch as battles are reenacted, and honor the 700,000 men who died for their beliefs. All this at the Deep Creek Civil War Reenactment just outside Spokane, WA, this Memorial Day weekend!”

Statement on a Shirt”, Saturday, May 27, 2PM, Holgate Library (preregistration required; register online:, and Wednesday, May 31, 3:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Express yourself on your very own personalized tee-shirt. We’ll cut designs out of freezer paper to make stencils that iron onto fabric, customizing your shirt by painting them with your own custom images or statement. We’ll provide shirts in different sizes or bring your own plain cotton tee.”

Refugee Dreams Revisited”, Sunday, May 28, North Portland Library. “Join MediaRites for a special performance of Refugee Dreams Revisited, true local stories of sacrifice and resiliency, presented by our local Asian/Pacific Islander youth as they honor the historical struggle and preserve the powerful stories of their elders in this powerful reading performance. Starting with the fall of Saigon in April 1975, refugees from Vietnam awaited approval to move to the US and other countries. By 1979, there were almost 62,000 Vietnamese in refugee camps, with more than 140,000 people displaced from Cambodia and Laos. Portland, Oregon, was one of the medium-sized US cities that dealt with the relatively sudden influx of every major ethnic group (Vietnamese, Lao, Hmong, Mein and Cambodian) from Southeast Asia. More than 25 former refugees were interviewed for the Refugee Dreams Revisited project, which was created for the Peabody award-wining series Crossing East that ran on 230 public radio stations.”

What 20 Years as an Alien Close Encounter Therapist Taught Me”, Sunday, May 28, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free.

Tracking Club”, Sunday, May 28, 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.

Nature Through a Different Lens”, Monday, May 29, 6:30PM, Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton. $6 per person or $11 per family. Preregistration required; register online: “Interested in nature photography? Gain an understanding of basic photography composition while learning about the birds that live at Cooper Mountain Nature Park. Class will start prior to golden hour in order to capture the best light of the day. Cell phones, point-and-shoot cameras and all skill levels are welcome.”

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. For a list of observations in Washington State, check here: Oregon DVA provides an annual list as well, which should be added soon. Check here:

Memorial Day at Lone Fir Cemetery”, Monday, May 29, 10AM-5PM, SE 26th Ave and SE Washington St., Pdx. Free. “Visit Lone Fir Cemetery to learn about and honor those who served in America’s armed forces and in Portland Fire and Rescue. Guided tours will be led by Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery.” Schedule and complete details here:

A World Without Secrets: Privacy and Expectations in the Unites States”, Tuesday, May 30, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Wendy Willis leads a free discussion about privacy in America as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asserted that privacy is no longer a “social norm,” and yet Chief Justice John Roberts—writing for a unanimous Supreme Court—concluded last summer that the police must obtain a warrant to search individual cell phones because they “hold for many Americans the privacies of life.” How do our principles about privacy hold up in the world of corporate information gathering and government surveillance? What are the costs and benefits to living in a society where almost everything about us is discoverable and discussed?”

Clean Water Services Tour”, Tuesday, May 30, 2PM, Rock Creek Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, 3235 SE River Rd, Hillsboro. Free. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; details and contact info here: “Ever wonder what happens to the water you send down the drain from the sink, toilet and shower? If so, join us on one of several upcoming tours.” They will probably offer you a free sample of their “organic fertilizer” to put on your garden. Before going on the tour, I suggest learning about the questions surrounding sewage sludge; this article explains some of the issues: 

Camping in Oregon”, Wednesday, May 31, 6:30PM, Happy Valley Library. “Paul Gerald, co-author of Best Tent Camping in Oregon, presents a guide to many of the state’s best camping areas, and what to do around each one.”

Worm Composting”, Wednesday, May 31, 6:30PM, Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie. “What's small, quiet, voracious, easy, cheap to maintain, and creates the best fertilizer for your plants? No; that would NOT be a chemist from Monsanto! It would be worms! They can live in your spare bathroom, eat your garbage, and pay for their keep by just eating and eliminating. Come hear how you can use your kitchen scraps and cuttings and save lots of money! Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardener Kris LaMar.”

Concert, “Hiroya Tsukamoto”, Wednesday, May 31, 6:30PM, Vancouver Library. “Originally from Kyoto, Japan and now based in New York City, Hiroya is an eclectic guitarist/composer who blends jazz, folk, and poetry into cinematic compositions. Come hear his enchanting original music, as well as Japanese folk songs and stories.”

“Weird Washington with author Jeff Davis”, Wednesday, May 31, 6:30PM, Stevenson Library. “Ah, Washington: evergreens, coffee, rock, and rain. That’s pretty much it, right? Well, no. There is a whole lot of weird going on in our state. Washington is home to some of the weirdest travel destinations, scariest legends, and most colorful folks in the United States. Because there are so many odd and unusual tales, cemeteries, beasts, and people here, it took two authors to traverse the state to document it all. With cameras and notepads, and apples (of course) in hand, Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio boldly ventured the highways and byways, back roads and forests, shorelines and mountaintops to investigate all the state has to offer. Jeff Davis will provide you with highlights from the book, and some behind the scenes reminiscences. Copies of Weird Washington will be available for purchase and signing.”

Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest”, Wednesday, May 31, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $14 for class only or $115 for class plus optional field trip. Preregistration required; register online: “Over 30 species of frogs and salamanders inhabit the Pacific Northwest, and Dr. Ivan Phillipsen will introduce you to the basics of their fascinating world.”

A Note to Readers

I'm currently not planning to make any more of these lists.

I've been posting them every month since February 2010, and they've become the  backbone of my son's education. Yes, of course we do many other things; he does math problems, reads a lot, writes a lot, participates in sports, and spends time with friends. But our foundation is this list. I work hard to find the most terrific educational opportunities out there, share all of them. and choose the ones we think are the coolest to attend ourselves. My son has benefited from this enormously. Instead of learning mainly from curriculum and books while sitting in a classroom, he's learned mainly from things like experiencing living history programs with the sights and sounds of bygone eras, participating in citizen science projects where he's made a genuine contribution to science and seen firsthand how science is done, gone to archeological digs here in Oregon to see artifacts being uncovered and cataloged, heard people talk about their research and discoveries; such as astronauts telling what it's like to be on the International Space Station, Egyptologists showing pictures from their latest excavations, marine biologists describing new species they've found in the deepest parts of the ocean, etc. It's been invaluable for him to meet people on a regular basis who are passionate about what they do and excited to share it.

A vision of my high school biology teacher just sprang to mind: the wrestling coach, and a man who didn't know anything about biology and clearly couldn't have cared less, but who knew how to read aloud from a textbook. Until I started homeschooling my son, I thought biology was the Dullest. Thing. Ever. After many years of spending time with naturalists, conservationists, professional nature photographers, wildlife trackers and biologists seeing animals up close, in the wild and through spotting scopes and microscopes, we couldn't be more convinced otherwise. My son's never had the experience of trying to learn from anyone who is utterly disinterested in what they are required to teach. Imagine that! But...when we go to the events we think are most terrific, usually there are few if any kids there with us. The reality is that few families value having this information. 

My son is 12 now, and his interests are becoming more focused. I have a very good working knowledge at this point of where I ought to be looking every month for things that will interest him specifically or help fill gaps in his knowledge, and it will take far less time to compile a list just for him.

I've also had another motive in creating and sharing this list, I'll admit. Homeschooling can be a lonely business. I was used to bosses, coworkers and clients giving me daily feedback on the hard work I was doing. When I started homeschooling, suddenly I was putting a huge amount of effort into something without receiving much feedback from other adults. No one was really validating the choices I was making, agreeing with me that yes, I was giving my son a great education. 

Sometimes other homeschooling moms have told me that they really admire that we do so many neat things. But since they aren't choosing to educate their kids the same way, I have to assume that they simply have very different priorities. I have a friend who has been working for years with her family to get a ship in perfect condition to begin sailing around the world, and she's almost there (hooray!!!). Of course I admire that; who wouldn't? And I have to admit that the biggest reason she's doing it and I'm not, is because she's  the one who is willing to work very hard for this particular dream.  In my case, I've been working hard for mine.  My son has been able to do some really cool things to surpass much of what they offer in the best private schools (which are completely out of our reach). I believe I should be justifiably proud of that.

I hoped that if I shared my research with others, I'd learn that others also found these opportunities to be a vital part of their children's education. Actually, as my son gets older, I'm hearing more and more often that they're not. Hearing that a great deal of the events on my list aren't really useful to people because they're skeptical their child would get anything much out of them, or these events are too much effort to attend for too little benefit, is the opposite of the encouragement I had hoped for. Hearing that it's really too much trouble even to look through the list in its entirety is even worse. 

Farewell friends!