Free Events in Portland: November 9–11, 2012

November 7th, 2012

Note: Admission is free for the following events, but you might be charged for activities or food and drink.

Events are sorted by start time.

All weekend

International Passive House DaysA collection of high-performance homes and offices will open their doors to the general public. Each location has a different schedule, and some locations require an appointment.

Friday, November 9

Stimson Lumber Tree Arrival: Welcome Portland’s 75-foot Douglas Fir to Pioneer Courthouse Square at noon. The lighting ceremony takes place on November 23.

“Things I Want to Punch in the Face”: Jennifer Worick talks about her humor book inspired by the blog of the same name. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7:00 pm.

Saturday, November 10

Safety Saturday at the Belmont Firehouse: Drop in between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family. 900 SE 35th Ave, Portland.

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is Ethnobotany. 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Lego Robots (Sherwood): Learn how to program Lego robots at the Sherwood Public Library from 10:00 am to noon. Recommended for children in grades 3-5.

Metro Parent’s 2012 Education & Enrichment Fair: Talk to educators from more than 35 private and public schools as well as before- and after-school programs. OMSI Auditorium (1945 SE Water Street, Portland), 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Fort Vancouver Veterans Day Parade: See one of the largest veterans parades on the West Coast. Fort Vancouver National Site, 11:00 am.

Gresham Veterans Day Parade: Downtown Gresham, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

“The Snowflake Man”: This puppet show tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the first person to capture the image of a single snow crystal. North Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth St, Portland), 11:00 am.

Artist and children’s book author, Nikki McClure, will talk about her new book at A Children’s Place Bookstore (4807 NE Fremont St, Portland), 1:00 pm.

Copper Wire Gifts: Learn how to create sculptures using copper wire, pipe cleaners, beads and ornaments. Albina Library (3605 NE 15th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

“The Onion Book of Known Knowledge”: Will Tracy, editor of the satirical news organization the Onion, presents this compendium of all things known. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 2:00 pm.

Portland Ballet Rehearsal of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: 6250 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, 3:00 pm.

Sunday, November 11

Free Workshops: As part of the Siren Nation Women’s Music and Arts Festival, Kennedy School will host free arts and crafts, fitness, and writing workshops. 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Veterans Day Service in Gresham: The event includes guest speakers, representatives of all branches of the military, personnel from fire and police, music and taps. Gresham Heroes Memorial (219 S. Main Ave, Gresham), 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Filmmaker Saul Levine: Fans of experimental cinema won’t want to miss Levine speak at the School of Film (934 SW Salmon Ave, Portland) at 4:00 pm.

“The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook”: Tom Douglas, Seattle chef and winner of the James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur award, will talk about his book at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 7:30 pm.

More free events

For more free and low-cost events, check Portland on the Cheap,  PDX Pipeline, Dave Knows Portland, and the Oregonian.

For kids events, check UrbanMamas and PDX Kids Calendar.

For free concerts, see Concert Co-op.

And please check out your local library!

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