EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Fun relief from summer heat
Portland Parks & Recreation provides free, cooling spray features in these area parks during regular park hours:
Earl Boyles Park, Southeast 112th Avenue and Boise Street.
Raymond Park, Southeast 118th Avenue and Raymond Street.
Stark Street Island, Southeast 106th Avenue and Stark Street.
Al Kader Cruise-In at Bob Brown Tire Center
Join the Al Kader Shriners Saturday, August 8 for their Classic Car Show at Bob Brown Tire Center in Parkrose. The guys that wear the funny red hats (A Fez) have exceptional classic cars and custom hot-rods. Bob Brown Tire Center is at the corner of Northeast 122nd Ave. and Sandy Boulevard.
Timberline Lodge Tours
Join a U.S. Forest Service Ranger for a 25-minute tour of historic Timberline Lodge. Explore the rich history of the Lodge and all it has to offer. Tours are free and available to everyone. Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Desk inside Timberline Lodge. Daily at 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Call 503-622-3191 for more information orgo to www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/
Free summer meals for kids
At Summer Meal Sites, you'll find free lunches and often free activities too for kids up to age 18. No proof of need is required. No one is turned away. Here is a list of sites in Memo Country. For a complete list go to www.summerfoodoregon.org.
Glenhaven Park; Northeast 80th Avenue and Siskiyou Street; Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 20. 503-916-3365.
Montavilla Park; Northeast 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street; Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. until Aug. 27. 503-823-0979.
Broadway Vantage Apartments; 8340 N.E. Broadway; Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 27. 503-762-3670.
Gateway Park Apartments; 510 N.E. 100th Ave.; Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Sept. 3. 503-762-3670.
Floyd Light Middle School; 10800 S.E. Washington St.; Monday through Friday, breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 27. 503-261-8233.
Earl Boyles Elementary School; 10822 S.E. Bush St.; Monday through Friday, breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 27. 503-261-8233.
Parkrose High School; 12003 N.E. Shaver St.; Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Sept. 3. 503-408-2105.
Alice Ott Middle School: 12500 S.E. Ramona St.; Monday through Friday, breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 27. 503-261-8233.
Lincoln Woods; 2333 S.E. 130th Ave.; Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Sept. 3; 503-762-3670.
Shaver Elementary School; 3701 N.E. 131st Place; Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 6. 503-408-2105.
Glenfair Elementary School; 15300 N.E. Glisan St.; Monday through Friday, breakfast is served from 9 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from noon to 1 p.m. until Aug. 20. 503-661-7200, ext. 3413.
Wilkes Park; 3655 N.E. 154th St.; Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. until Aug. 2. 503-661-7200, ext. 3413.
Adventures at Leach Botanical Garden
In addition to weekly free Honeybee Hikes for preschoolers on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and guided walks on Saturdays at 11 a.m., volunteers at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., offer the following special events this month.
Create a hypertufa trough at a hands on class set for Saturday, Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Trough mixture materials will be provided. Participants should bring a pair of rubber gloves and a small to medium sized, sturdy cardboard box, at least 8" deep and ideally no bigger than 12" x 18". There is a $25 fee for this class. $20 for members. Please register in advance with Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-1671.
There will be a Lovers' Sunset Walk on Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. After a guided stroll through the grounds, enjoy music and refreshments on the East Terrace. $10 for members. $15 for non-members. Please register in advance with Sarah at email@example.com or 503-823-1671.
On Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. birds of prey from the Audubon Wildlife Care Center will visit Leach. Get up close and personal and learn about the unique adaptations that make birds of prey such awesome predators. Discover which raptor species make the Portland area their home. Pre-registration is appreciated. Please call 503-292-6855. This is a free event.
If you questions or are looking for more information about events and activities at Leach Botanical Garden, call 503-823-1671.
Mountaineer trail guided hike
Accompany a U.S. Forest Service Ranger on a 2-mile round-trip hike on the Timberline Mountaineer Trail to Silcox Hut, the upper terminus of the original Magic Mile Chairlift. Explore the rich outdoor history of Timberline along with the natural history of the Mount Hood Area. Meet at the USFS Desk inside the Timberline Lodge lobby.
These free tours are conducted Wednesday through Sunday at 1:30 p.m., excluding Saturday, Aug. 7.
This hike is strenuous with an approximately 1000-foot elevation gain (climb from 6,000 to 7,000 feet in 1 mile).
Guided hikes to Mirror Lake and the Oregon Trail at SkiBowl are also available.
Please call 503-622-3191 for more information or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/.
Water to the weather
Learn to protect the watershed and keep outdoor plants healthy by watering to weather patterns at free Community Energy Project workshops this month. Participants will learn to calibrate irrigation systems, how to calculate plants' needs and receive a free kit of conservation materials including a soil probe, hose nozzle, rain gauges, bucket, and more.
The first workshop is Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Portland Nursery, 5050 S.E. Stark St. The next one is Thursday, Aug. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Whittaker Ponds, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave.
To register call 503-284-6827, ext. 109 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.communityenergyproject.org for more details.
Campfire programs at Mt. Hood campgrounds
Join a U.S. Forest Service Ranger for an evening interactive campfire program in beautiful Trillium Lake or Timothy Lake campground. These 30-minute programs will provide visitors with added insights into the Forest, its resources, and its rich history. Topics may vary but range from geologic examinations of Mount Hood and local history to the history of the Oregon Trail and the Barlow Road. Also, keep an eye out for Smokey Bear roving the Campground.
Presentations are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. in the campground amphitheaters.
Please call 503-622-3191 for more information or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/.
Junior Forest Ranger day
On Saturday, Aug. 7, the U S Forest Service will induct a new corps of Junior Forest Rangers. Be at Skibowl West on Mt. Hood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate in games, songs, prizes and activities with Smokey Bear to earn Junior Forest Ranger status. All this fun is free of charge.
Visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood or call 503-622-3191 for more information.
Free genealogy event
Tour the Genealogical Forum of Oregon genealogy society library, view resources available, check out Ancestry.com on its databases for free, shop its surplus books sale or attend a local history class about the historic Old Columbia Highway and Crown Point on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1505 SE Gideon St. The history class is at 10 a.m. There will be an appraisal fair for your family heirlooms items at 1 p.m.
Cake and coffee will be served. Call 503-963-1932 to learn more.
Smokey Bear is turning 66
Celebrate with Smokey Bear and his forest ranger friends on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Timberline Lodge. Join the fun for Smokey songs, games, prizes and of course, birthday cake. Call 503-622-3191 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood for more information. This is a free event.
Party in the park
Montavilla Park, Northeast 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street, will play host to kids and families on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at its Kids Summer Fest.
There will be carnival games; raffles; a bounce house; inflatable slide; a giveaway of school supplies, backpacks and bike helmets; free hot dogs, sno-cones and pizza, skits and live music followed by a screening of The Tale of Espereaux at 8 p.m.
This is a free event. Bring a picnic dinner and blankets for the movie. Parking is limited.
Star gazing at 6000 feet
The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with R.L.K. and Company to host a star party at the amphitheater outside historic Timberline Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. Professors of astronomy Doug McCarty and Todd Duncan, along with a number of amateur astronomers, will provide telescopes for the public to view galaxies, the moon, star clusters and planets from an elevation of 6,000 feet on the southern slope of Mount Hood.
Throughout the night, astronomers will answer questions about this unique tour of the night sky.
Children are encouraged to attend. A donation is suggested to help continue programs, but the event is free.
For more information please visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ or www.timberlinelodge.com.
Exploring our wide, wide outdoors
Below you will find a sampling of walks, activities and events offered by Metro. More are listed on the Metro Web site under Summer Green Scene. (Search: Metro Green Scene)
Driving directions and more complete information is available at www.oregonmetro.gov/parks. When advanced registration is requested, call 503-797-1650, option 2 unless otherwise noted.
Twilight Tuesdays at Smith and Bybee: Aug. 24 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
This relaxing walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area takes advantage of long summer days and provides a chance to unwind after work. Dusk is one of the best times to view wildlife, especially during summer. It is about the only time most mammals such as beaver, muskrat, otter, raccoon, deer and bats can be viewed. Metro naturalist James Davis teaches basic techniques of wildlife watching and identification. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site; suitable for adults and children age 10 and older. Participants must be able to be quiet, sneaky and patient. Registration and payment of $10 per adult is required in advance.
Lone Fir historic tour: Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Embark on a unique history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Metro's Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery. The tour highlights Portland's founders, early pioneers and nationally recognized figures, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Explore 30 acres of mature trees and a very special rose garden. Suitable for all ages. Meet at the Soldiers' Monument located in the park at Southeast 26th Avenue and Stark Street. Suggested donation of $10 goes to headstone restoration and educational programs. Registration not required.
Discovering Oxbow's ancient landscapes: Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ancient stories abound in the rock layers of the Sandy River Gorge, where millions of years of channel incision reveal some of Oregon's most dramatic geologic events. World-class lava floods, volcanic mudslides and inland lakes that were once home to the saber tooth salmon will be covered in this class with Metro naturalist Dan Daly. Suitable for age 10 and older. Registration and payment of $10 per adult required in advance; children admitted free.
Petals without poisons: Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Go organic in your rose garden and put tasty flower petals on your dinner plate. Horticulturist Weston Miller shows how to grow gorgeous flowers without chemicals, for cutting, munching or magnificent vistas. Metro's natural techniques garden, 6800 S.E .57th Ave. Free. Advance registration is encouraged. Drop-ins welcome if space is available. _
Oxbow Adventures: Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The edge of an ancient forest at Oxbow Regional Park is the setting for this series of nature programs led by a Metro naturalist. Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Meet at the Alder Shelter (group picnic area A); arrive at the park entrance by 10:15 a.m. to get to the area on time. $2 per participating child, payable at time of program for families (no charge for adults and infant siblings). For childcare centers and other organized groups, payment is required in advance. $5 park entry fee per car, or $7 per bus or 15-passenger vehicle. Advance registration is required.
Animal detectives: Aug. 3
Explore the forest like an animal detective with Metro naturalists, in search of clues left behind by mysterious wild animals. Handle plaster casts of real footprints and examine bones, bird nests and other items up close.
Ancient forest adventure: Aug. 10
Naturalist guides lead small teams through the deep shady forest on a fun scavenger hunt. But beware-the others might be sneaking up on you!
Oxbow Explorers: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ready for something wild? Adventure awaits, playing in the cool green waters of the Sandy River or climbing to new heights on Alder Ridge. Oxbow Explorers is for older kids who like to explore nature, meet new people and push the edge in challenging adventure games. Days are built for fun: exploring the hidden reaches of the ancient forest, learning how to survive in the wild, and camouflaging to stalk invisibly and win the game. Suitable for ages 12 to 16. $15 per student per day or $50 for the series of four outings. $5 park entry fee per car. Registration and payment required in advance.
Ridge runners: Aug. 4
Climb the forgotten trails of the ancient forest in search of bald eagle nests, elk trails and beautiful views of the Sandy River Gorge. Play invisibility games along the way and try to get close to deer as they graze in the high meadow.
Sandy River walkabout: Aug. 18
Scramble over rocks, learn tracking stories from river otter and coyote, and feast upon the blackberries of August in a day spent catching crayfish, dipping feet in the river and exploring the hidden beaches of Oxbow Park. River safety is a top priority.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors board members will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Parkrose Methodist Church, 11111 N. E. Knott St., at 7 p.m.
Library seeking storytellers
On Aug. 12, 13 and 14, StoryCorps-one of the largest oral history projects in the country-will visit Multnomah County Library's Central Library to record stories from area residents about the intersection of library and community.
The library is currently seeking people willing to share their oral histories, especially stories that capture the role libraries have played in their lives. Individuals or pairs interested in participating in the project can submit their story for consideration by calling 503-988-5402. A brief phone interview will follow. Additional information is available at multcolib.org/storycorps or by e-mailing email@example.com.
While in Portland, StoryCorps will record 18 interviews at the Central Library over a three-day span. Multnomah County Library will host the visit as a benefit of being a recipient of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries. The visit is made possible as a partnership between Institute of Museum and Library Services and StoryCorps.
StoryCorps is a national oral history project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening. The stories of participants, with their permission, will be archived for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Some make it onto National Public Radio for broadcast. Participants will receive a copy of their interview.
Gregory Heights Library, 7921 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.multcolib.org/agcy/grh.html, 503-988-5386
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Thursdays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Family Storytime: Storytime for children 6 years and younger with adult. Saturdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Bubble Painting: Learn painting techniques to create your own underwater pictures with artist Addie Boswell. These washable experiments are perfect for ages 4-8. Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Corn Husk Flowers: Local artist Maria Alvarado will show you how to create beautiful corn husk flowers often used in Latin American festivals and street fairs. For ages 8 and up; all materials provided. Friday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Make a Splash with Bend Magic's Bill Mitchell: Exciting, engaging, fast-paced and interactive, this show is the perfect blend of comedy, magic and, of course, books. Stories and characters are woven into an interactive magic show designed for children of all ages. Saturday, Aug. 21 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Teen Lounge and Homework Center: Use library computers, get homework help, or just do your homework and listen to music. For teens in grades six through 12. Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Freezer Paper Stenciling on Fabric: Use freezer paper, scissors, an iron, and fabric-friendly paint to stencil designs onto fabric. Choose from a selection of shapes, pictures and text, or make up your own designs, to print onto pieces of fabric, or print directly onto fabric items, like t-shirts, that you bring with you. Instruction by Lee Meredith of leethal.net. For teens in grades six through 12. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Saturday, Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Teen Council members work with library staff to make the library teen-friendly. Saturday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish and with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. There will be time for conversation in both languages. Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Knitting Club: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Pageturners Book Group: Read HeartSick by Chelsea Cain. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Recycled Plastic Bag Bag: Artist and author Diane Gilleland will show you how to use all those plastic grocery bags in your cupboard. Give them a new life as yarn-or, plarn, to be more exact. Learn the process to convert bags into yarn, and then crochet a simple wristlet bag. Registration is required. Register online, in the library or by calling 503-988-5234. Sunday, Aug. 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Lab instruction is in Vietnamese. Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Computer Lab: Lab assistants are available to help beginners practice their computer skills. Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., www.multcolib.org/agcy/mid.html, 503-988-5392
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except as noted.
Chinese Storytime: Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages newborn to 6 years with adult. Sundays from 1:15 to 2 p.m.
Tiny Tots: Storytime for children 12 to 24 months with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Toddler Storytime: Storytime for children 24 to 36 months with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 a.m. to noon.
Preschool Storytime: Storytime for children 3 to 6 years with adult. Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Book Babies: Storytime for children newborn to 12 months with adult. Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon
Vietnamese Storytime: Storytime presented in Vietnamese for children ages newborn to 6 with adult. Saturdays, Aug. 14 and 28 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Yoga Storytime: This class introduces children to the benefits of yoga through stories, music and simple movements. For ages 3 to 6 years and their caregivers; one child per adult. We encourage you to bring your own mat. Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon
Yarn Club: Whether your interest is knitting or crocheting, come join the fun and learn together. All experience levels and ages welcome. Please bring your own supplies. Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Deepsy Diver: The Mudeye Puppet Company presents the adventures of underwater heroine Deepsy Diver. Join Deepsy and a colorful cast of aquatic characters as she journeys from the darkest depths of the oceans to the wondrous Willamette River. Interactive games and music abound in this educational tale of how we can protect and preserve our local watershed. Stick around after the show to meet Deepsy, Wesley Water Strider and many other marine puppets, all of which are made entirely out of recycled materials. Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Vietnamese Family Playgroup: This playgroup is a wonderful opportunity for both children and parents from the community to meet and network with each other. It is also a gathering place for children to practice and learn Vietnamese. Saturdays, Aug. 7 and 21 from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Mz. Pearl: The Under Water Revue: A solo clown show filled with physical comedy, circus skills and clever-or at least odd-solutions to bizarre problems. Mz. Pearl is a skilled performer and captivates her audiences; a family favorite. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392. Thursday, Aug. 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mad Science-What Do You Know About H2O?: Did you know that of the vast amount of water on our planet, only one percent is fresh and drinkable? Did you know that a silent toilet leak can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month? Come and shake it up with the Mad Scientist as you learn all about the amazing attributes of water while focusing on the importance of conserving this precious resource. Sponsored by the Portland Water Bureau. Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
ZAP Team-Zoo Animal Presenters: Meet some animals and learn about them with the Oregon Zoo ZAP Team. Saturday, Aug. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Border Collies International Performing Canine Team: This four-dog, four-kid team entertains and educates audiences with sports demonstrations such as Frisbee, soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Chess Club for Children and Teens: Have fun playing chess. Beginning, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Bring your own set or use one of ours. Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Teen Council: Meet new friends, learn new skills, help the library, eat snacks and have fun. Wednesday, Aug. 4 and 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Read to the Dogs: Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog from the DoveLewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education Program. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392. Monday, Aug. 16 and 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The Princeton Review Assessment: The Princeton Review Assessment was created to help you decide what test will allow you to shine: the ACT or the SAT. Consider the PRA your first step on the road toward college admissions nirvana. Registration is required. Call 503-988-5392. Saturdays, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Language Exchange: Engage in conversation with native English speakers who want to practice their Spanish, as well as with native Spanish speakers who want to practice their English. Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Talk Time: Talk Time is an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. This is not a class, but an opportunity to meet new people, share your culture, and have fun. Only English will be spoken. Saturdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Latin Dance, Music and Culture: Have fun learning dances such as salsa, bachata, cumbia, merengue, cha-cha or samba while learning about the origins of these musical styles, the musicians and their culture. Tuesdays, Aug. 3, 17 and 31 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Bilingual Book Discussion Group: Have fun reading and discussing the Spanish short stories from the book La culpa es de la vaca (The Cow is to blame). These stories tell anecdotes and fables with reflections on life and leadership. The discussion will be bilingual. Sundays, Aug. 8 and 22 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Ten Steps to Starting a Business: This presentation is designed for individuals in the thinking stage of starting a business. Presented by the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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