Free Events in Portland: February 15–17, 2013

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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.

Friday, February 15

Cascade Festival of African Films: The festival runs now through March 2. All films are free. See the event website for schedule information.

“Portlandia” and More: Mission Theater will host two screenings of “Portlandia” (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm), plus music, bits and gags from Reeltime Live before, between and following. Live music by Afroknot.

Saturday, February 16

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is “The Art of Owling.” 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Music Millennium Kids Day: Everyone under the age of 18 gets a free goodie bag of music and more, while supplies last, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Free performance by ZZ Ward at 1:00 pm, and Cat Doorman at 3:00 pm.

Zwickelmania: Breweries all over the state will offer tours, samples, and more. Check the event website for locations and schedule.

Family Day at the Oregon Maritime Museum: Free to families with children under the age of 14. SW Naito Parkway and SW Pine St, Portland, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Oregon Historical Society Community Day: Today’s activities focus on black history in Oregon. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Rwanda: Emmanuel Habimana, Guellord Ndagijimana, and Matthew Rugamba share their stories of the genocide in Rwanda and their plans for the future. Afterward, Nike Foundation employee Teresa Schader will talk about the girl effect in Rwanda. Lake Oswego Library, 11:00 am.

The Incredible World of Bugs: Discover the magic of biodiversity, experience the life of an entomologist (bug scientist), and even pet all sorts of creatures. Gresham Library, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Love of Portland Art Opening: This art exhibit includes pieces by more than 300 artists; each piece pays tribute to our fair city. People’s Art of Portland (700 SW 5th Ave, Ste 4005, Portland), 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Cascade Festival of African Films: The festival runs now through March 2. All films are free. See the event website for schedule information.

“Cardiac arresting chamber music” is how sponsor Alitisa describes this concert, which features Miguel del Aguila’s “Seduction Dance,” Paul Dukas’ “Sonata,” and more. Community Music Center (3350 SE Francis, Portland), 8:00 pm.

Sunday, February 17

Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate the Lunar New Year traditions of China and Vietnam with a traditional lion dance, music, games, food and crafts. Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 4:00 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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Free Events in Portland: February 8–10, 2013

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Events are sorted by start time.

All weekend

The One Motorcycle Show: Looks to be an amazing exhibit of custom motorcycles and helmets. Live music, too. 420 NE 9th Ave, Portland.

Friday, February 8

Cascade Festival of African Films: The festival runs now through March 2. All films are free. See the event website for schedule information.

“Portlandia” and More: Mission Theater will host two screenings of “Portlandia” (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm), plus music, bits and gags from Reeltime Live before, between and following. Live music by Halfwhit Adlib.

Author George Saunders will talk about his latest book, “Tenth of December,” at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 7:30 pm.

Saturday, February 9

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is “Secrets of the Black-tailed Deer.” 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Cascade Festival of African Films: The festival runs now through March 2. All films are free. See the event website for schedule information.

Sunday, February 10

Oregon Zoo: To celebrate the Chinese “Year of the Snake,” the Oregon Zoo is offering free admission and up-close encounters with various snakes.

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival: Celebrate the beginning of the year of the snake with crafts and traditional food. Tigard Library, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Portland Taiko: Enjoy a performance by this award-winning Asian American drumming ensemble. Beaverton City Library, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate the Lunar New Year traditions of China and Vietnam with a traditional lion dance, a musical performance, and crafts. Woodstock Library (6008 SE 49th Ave, Portland), 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

“The Walking Dead”: Anyone else excited that “The Walking Dead” is back? You can see it at St. Johns Theater & Pub (8203 N. Ivanhoe, Portland), 7:00 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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Free Events in Portland: February 1–3, 2013

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.

Friday, February 1

Portland Children’s Museum: It’s the first Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Camas First Friday: This month’s theme is Chocolate and Wine. Downtown Camas, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Art shows:

Cascade Festival of African Films: The festival runs from February 1 through March 2. All films are free. See the event website for schedule information.

“Portlandia” and More: Mission Theater will host two screenings of “Portlandia” (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm), plus music, bits and gags from Reeltime Live before, between and following. Live music by Halfwhit Adlib.

Saturday, February 2

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

PDX African American Youth Film Festival: Screenings and discussions of three short films, plus screenings of films submitted by local young filmmakers. Mission Theater, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cascade Festival of African Films: The festival runs from February 1 through March 2. All films are free. See the event website for schedule information.

Lunar New Year Celebration: Traditional dance, food, games, and more from China and Vietnam. Gregory Heights Library (7921 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland), 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Japanese Doll Festival Craft: To celebrate Hinamatsuri, the Japanese Doll Festival, artist Yuki Martin will show how to make origami boxes to hold star-shaped Japanese candies. Northwest Library (2300 NW Thurman St, Portland), 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Native American Hoop Dance: Students from the Native American Youth & Family Center will perform a storytelling dance. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

WORD.VOICE. 2013, at the Fertile Ground Festival: Enjoy character sketches, plays, and new pieces by PlayWrite Inc.’s young writers. Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory (128 NW 11th Ave, Portland), 3:00 pm.

“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”: Author Ayana Mathis talks about her book, the newest selection in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 4:00 pm.

Sunday, February 3

Tribal Jewelry Workshop: Learn the history of Native American tribal jewelry and beadwork while creating pieces of your own. North Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth St, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Ukulele Lesson: Entertainer Cinda Tilgner will have 30 ukuleles and instructional books on hand to teach simple chords and songs. Capitol Hill Library (10723 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland), 3:00 pm to 4:00 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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Free Events in Portland: January 25–27, 2013

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Events are sorted by start time.

Friday, January 25

Portland Art Museum Free Night: It’s the fourth Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

“Portlandia” and More: Mission Theater will host two screenings of  “Portlandia” (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm), plus music, bits and gags from Reeltime Live before, between and following. Live music by Hello Lobster.

Saturday, January 26

Free Sealants for Kids (appointment needed): Portland Family Dentistry will offer free sealants for children ages 5 to 13. Call 503-284-3588 to schedule an appointment.

Fix-It Fair: Learn simple ways to save money. Free lunch, free childcare, free lead blood testing, and free bike tune-ups for students and families. Self Enhancement, Inc. (3920 N. Kerby Ave, Portland), 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Child’s Play Toys: Meet the Cat in the Hat at Child’s Play Toys (2305 NW Kearney, Portland), 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Model Train Exhibits: People of all ages are invited to view the trains, ask questions, and “drive” the trains. Children can bring their own trains to run on the tracks if they are HO. Lake Oswego Library, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Save Energy Fair: Learn ways to lower your home energy bill, and pick up a free Home Water Conservation Kit. Gresham Public Library (385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham), 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.

The Alphabeticians will perform their family-friendly rock-and-roll at Tualatin Public Library (18878 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin), 1:00 pm.

Blackbird Tribute to the Beatles: Blackbird covers the songs that made the Beatles the best-selling band in history. Tigard Library, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

The Incredible World of Bugs: Join the Bug Chicks in learning all about the lives of insects, spiders and other arthropods. Woodstock Library (6008 SE 49th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Sunday, January 27

Crystal Ballroom Birthday: Free music at Ringler’s, Al’s Den, and Lola’s Room. History tours. Check the event website for schedule.

Model Train Exhibits: People of all ages are invited to view the trains, ask questions, and “drive” the trains. Children can bring their own trains to run on the tracks if they are HO. Lake Oswego Library, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Portland Opera Preview: Historical background, composer information and musical selections from Puccini’s Tosca. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

William Stafford Birthday Celebrations in Portland and Tigard at 2:00 pm.

“The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking”: Oliver Burkeman talks 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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Free Events in Portland: January 18–20, 2013

Why a picture of the Sellwood Bridge? Because it’s moving on Saturday! For details, click here.

Otherwise, the weekend seems pretty quiet. Feel free to post more events in the comments.

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.

Friday, January 18

Iamdynamite will perform at Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside, Portland) at 6:00 pm.

Saturday, January 19

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is “Secrets of the Black-Tailed Deer.” 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Save Energy Fair: Learn ways to lower your home energy bill, and pick up a free Home Water Conservation Kit. Rockwood Public Library (17917 SE Stark St, Portland), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Oregon Maritime Museum: Free admission to families with children under the age of 14. SW Naito Parkway and SW Pine Street, Portland. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Palm Tree Ride: On this guided bike ride, you’ll see palm trees and other exotic vegetation growing in the city. Meet at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd, Portland), 11:00 am.

Snow Globes: Make a snow globe with artist Addie Boswell. Supplies provided. Personalize your globe by bringing a favorite tiny toy or treasure to hide inside. Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave, Portland), 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Sunday, January 20

William Stafford Birthday Celebrations in Portland and Lake Oswego.

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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Free Events in Portland: January 11–13, 2013

As the holidays wind down, the free events pick up. A nice assortment this weekend, including a birthday bash for one “precious” author.

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.

Friday, January 11

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Celebrate the new year with free admission. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Big Ass Boombox: A two-day pop music and literary festival featuring 40 bands and 15 writers.

“Portlandia” Season 3 Premiere: Showings at the Mission Theatre (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm) and Bagdad Theatre (10:00 pm).

Saturday, January 12

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Celebrate the new year with free admission. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is “The Art of Owling.” 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Washington County Museum Free Family Day: Learn how different cultures celebrate the new year. Games, crafts, and more. 120 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Gearing Up for Space: Learn about the environment of space and how a space suit functions. Sherwood Public Library, 10:30 am to 11:15 pm.

Annual J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Bash (donation): Films all day beginning at 11:00 am, costume contest, and more. Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland). Free, with a donation for the Oregon Food Bank.

“And They’re Off . . .”: Penny’s Puppet Productions presents a show for kids about the animals of the Chinese calendar. Lake Oswego Library (706 Fourth St, Lake Oswego), 11:00 am to 11:45 am.

Snow Globes: Make a snow globe with artist Addie Boswell. Supplies provided. Personalize your globe by bringing a favorite tiny toy or treasure to hide inside. North Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth St, Portland), 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Fresh Winter Salads: Join Portland Farmers Market for a cooking demonstration of hearty winter salads. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

William Stafford Birthday Celebrations in Milwaukie, West Linn, and Vancouver.

Big Ass Boombox: A pop music and literary festival featuring 40 bands and 15 writers.

Sunday, January 13

Slavic New Year Celebration: Enjoy an afternoon of Russian plays and music. Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham), 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

William Stafford Birthday Celebrations in Milwaukie, Portland, and Hillsboro.

The Winter Blues: A Guide to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Psychologists Jason Luoma and Brian Thompson will share the latest information about Seasonal Affective Disorder, including the available treatments and behavioral changes that can lessen its effects. Capitol Hill Library (10723 SW Capitol Highway, Portland), 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

“Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade”: Thomas Norman DeWolf, a descendant of slaveholders, and Sharon Leslie Morgan, a descendant of slaves, openly discuss how slavery and racism has impacted their lives. 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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Free Events in Portland: January 4–6, 2013

Happy New Year!

One of this weekend’s highlights is free admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, starting on Saturday and running through January 12. A great start to 2013.

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.

Friday, January 4

Portland Children’s Museum: It’s the first Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Camas First Friday: This month’s theme is Game, Craft and Cocoa Night. Downtown Camas, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

“Portlandia” Season 3 Premiere: Showings at the Mission Theatre (7:00 pm and 10:00 pm) and Bagdad Theatre (10:00 pm).

“The Mighty Gastropolis: Portland: A Journey through the Center of America’s Food Revolution”: Author Karen Brooks will talk about her new book, which takes you inside the kitchens, lives, and recipes of Portland’s celebrated cooks. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 7:30 pm.

Saturday, January 5

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Celebrate the new year with free admission. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“And They’re Off . . .”: Penny’s Puppet Productions presents a show for kids about the animals of the Chinese calendar. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 10:30 am to 11:15 am.

“Papagayo”: Tears of Joy Theatre presents an  interactive, bilingual performance for kids about Papagayo the parrot. Northwest Library (2300 NW Thurman St, Portland), 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Sunday, January 6

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Free admission continues through January 12. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Documentary Film: “Sharkwater”: This film follows renegade conservationist Paul Watson in his efforts to prevent an imminent mass extinction of sharks. Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland), 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

William Stafford Birthday Celebration: Enjoy readings by local poets and share your favorite Stafford poem. Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton), 2:00 pm.

Grow Your Garden from Seed: Melissa Richmond, aka the Garden Lady, offers valuable tips for planning next season’s harvest. Woodstock Library (6008 S.E. 49th Ave, Portland), 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Ursula K. Le Guin will talk about “The Unreal and the Real,” a two-volume selection of her best short stories. 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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Free Events in Portland: December 28–31, 2012

Here’s to the final days (and final post) of 2012. Have fun, be safe, see you on the other side.

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.

This month

Lights on Peacock Lane: See the lights every evening today through December 31.

Friday, December 28

Portland Art Museum Free Night: It’s the fourth Friday of the month, which means admission is free from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Saturday, December 29

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is “Lichen: The Odd Couple.” 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Monday, December 31

Happy New Year’s Eve!

According to The Portland Mercury, Valentine’s and Star Bar are hosting free NYE parties. Click here for more information.

Some McMenamins locations are hosting free music. Click here.

And according to PDX Pipeline, Swift Lounge is hosting a free night of music called, “It’s Not New Year’s Eve: It’s Just Monday Nights.” Click here.

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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Free Events in Portland: December 21–23, 2012

A relatively quiet weekend. Hope you’ll take the opportunity to relax and snuggle your loved ones a little bit more. Happy Holidays! – Amy

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.

This month

Lights on Peacock Lane: See the lights every evening today through December 31.

Christmas Ship Parade: Friday is the final day to see this parade of boats on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Musical performances at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Friday and Saturday. Check the event website for more information.

All weekend

“Princess and the Pea” Performance (reserve tickets): Your last chance to see a live performance of “Princess and the Pea” at Theater!Theatre! (3430 SE Belmont, Portland). Go to the event website for information about reserving free tickets.

Saturday, December 22

“Arthur Christmas”: See this movie and enjoy festive snacks at the Tigard Library (13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard), 2:00 pm.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (Free to Seniors): Hollywood Theatre will show this classic holiday film at 2:00 pm, and seniors get in free.

“The Mighty Gastropolis: Portland: A Journey Through the Center of America’s New Food Revolution”: Author Karen Brooks’ new book takes you inside the kitchens, lives, and recipes of Portland’s celebrated cooks. She will do a signing at Tasty n Sons, 3:00 pm to 5:00 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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Free Events in Portland: December 14–16, 2012

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Events are sorted by start time.

This month

Lights on Peacock Lane: Residents of this SE Portland street have been decorating their homes for nearly a century. See what they’ve come up with this year. Every evening from December 15–31.

Christmas Ship Parade: This parade of boats, each one decorated with holiday lights, sets sail almost every evening through December 21 on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Milwaukie is having a special event on Saturday: read about it here.

All weekend

Sacred Tibetan Art, The Sand Mandala Project: Watch six monks from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Khangsten in South India construct a Tibetan sand mandala. On Sunday, they will destroy the mandala, amidst music, chanting, and prayer. Some sand will be available to audience members. The remaining sand will be carried in a procession to the Willamette River (weather permitting). Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland).

“Princess and the Pea” Performance (reserve tickets): Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 23, see a live performance of “Princess and the Pea” at Theater!Theatre! (3430 SE Belmont, Portland). Go to the event website for information about reserving free tickets.

Musical performances each day at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Check the event website for more information.

Friday, December 14

Write Around Portland 40th Book Release & Public Reading: This anthology includes writing by adults with disabilities, sexual assault survivors, low-income housing residents, burn survivors, teen parents, and others. Donations are accepted. Collins Hall at the back of the First United Methodist Church (1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland), 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Saturday, December 15

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

Oregon Historical Society Free Day: KGW meteorologist Rod Hill, a model train exhibit, carolers, journal making, and more. Check the event website for schedule information. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Oregon Maritime Museum Free Day: Families enjoy free admission to the main exhibit space on the third Saturday of each month. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Newbery Award-winning author Jennifer Holm will present her latest book at A Children’s Place Bookstore (4807 NE Fremont St, Portland) at 2:00 pm.

“Tales of Two Tricksters”: Penny’s Puppet Productions  presents the adventures of Raven and Coyote, two very sneaky tricksters. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.

Holiday Bike Rides: Check the event website for details on the caroling ride and the Peacock Lane ride.

Sunday, December 16

Posada Milagro: Performances of an original pastorela, live music, arts and crafts, storytelling, and more. Admission to the event is free, but performances are limited to ticket-holders only. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the theatre beginning at 1:00 pm. El Centro Milagro (537 SE Stark St, Portland).

Decorative Wrapping Paper: Make your own wrapping paper, decorative gift bags, and cards to take home.  All materials provided. Capitol Hill Library (10723 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland),  2:00 pm to 3:30 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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