World Animal Festival
Animals inspire reverence, fear, mythology, and good or bad luck. The World Animal Festival explores the significance of animals in a variety of cultures.
For example, several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes consider sea otters a representation of friendship. Indian Hindus consider elephants a symbol of the deity Ganesh, 'the remover of obstacles.'
Local ethnic groups will present their beliefs surrounding different animals in the form of crafts, such as Ukrainian egg decorating, songs and storytelling. African birds are the featured animal of this year's festival, particularly the 5-foot-tall saddle-billed stork.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, www.oregonzoo.org, $9.50 adults, $8 seniors, $6.50 kids ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under, $1 parking per car
'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'
Oregon Children's Theatre is on a mission to bring live theater to youths at an affordable price, including doing outreach performances for students.
Their hope is to instill a lifelong appreciation for the theater in kids who might otherwise grow up watching only television and movies.
It also runs an acting academy for young people ages 4 to 17. Most of the kids won't become professional actors, but almost all gain confidence in public speaking.
The theater's latest production, 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,' based on a popular kids' book, is a Seuss-esque physical comedy following the shenanigans of an adorable but overly energetic little rodent.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Sept. 30-Oct. 15 (2 p.m. show only Oct. 7), Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-9571, www.octc.org, $15.50-$27.50, advance tickets at PCPA box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787, www.ticketmaster.com), subject to service charges
The first Girl Scout meeting took place in 1912 in Savannah, Ga., in hopes of giving girls, especially those with isolated home or community environments, a chance to develop physically, mentally and spiritually.
The Girl Scout tradition of supporting young women has continued to evolve, and this weekend at least 10,000 girls are expected to gather at the Portland Expo Center to learn about local resources and opportunities, from computer classes and club sports to music camps and rock climbing.
There also will be some good old singing and dancing, as well as a main stage with live entertainment.
All girls and their families are welcome.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 30, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-620-4567, www.girlscoutscrc.org, free
Vancouver Volkssporters Church Walk
The Vancouver Volkssporters invite all interested walkers to join them on a strolling tour of the city's churches.
Three routes, a 5k, 7k and 11k, are available. The longest passes 15 churches.
Runner's World magazine has called the Portland Marathon 'the best people's marathon in the West.' The Ultimate Guide to Marathons said it's 'the best organized marathon in North America.' Prevention magazine deemed it one of the marathons to walk.
With kudos like these, and the fact that you can walk the course or do shorter 5k and 10k routes, it's no wonder that the marathon is accessible rather than intimidating. There's even a special course for kids, plus 70 entertainment groups performing along the route.
Spectators are welcome, and volunteer opportunities are listed on the Web site.
6:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 1, 503-226-1111, preregistration required, fees, forms, courses and a schedule at www.portlandmarathon.org
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, so across the country national and local organizations are gearing up with fundraising and awareness-building events.
Like many other chapters, the Northwest Down Syndrome Association will sponsor a Buddy Walk. Walkers are asked to donate money and/or find sponsors to make pledges. A portion of the funds raised goes to the National Down Syndrome Society, while the rest stays in the Northwest.
One of the goals of the walk is to remind the community that an open and positive attitude toward people with Down syndrome is critical to their success. Often, money is needed to adapt job sites or activities to make them more comfortable and accessible to people with Down syndrome.
Craft booths, live entertainment and plenty of snacks will bookend the actual walk.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 30, Rose Quarter Commons, 1 Center Court, 503-612-0424, www.nwdsa.org, donations encouraged
Irvington Classic Homes and Heritage Trees Walk
Over the spring and summer 10 Toes Express, a campaign sponsored by the city of Portland and Kaiser Permanente, led a series of guided walks through Northeast Portland neighborhoods.
The goal of the project is to encourage walking for both personal and environmental wellness.
The season ends this weekend with a 1.5-mile romp through Irvington, focusing on the classic architectural styles found in the neighborhood as well as some of the city's oldest trees.
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 30, meet at the corner of Northeast 15th Avenue and Broadway, 503-823-6051, www.portlandonline.com, free
Clinton Kelly's Style Workshop and Fashion Show
Clinton Kelly, the co-host of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' and author of 'Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body,' pays a visit to Macy's in Tigard for a workshop and mini-fashion show.
His focus will be on fall trends for women size 14W and up. He'll give practical dressing tips, answer questions and present some of the looks on live models. Afterward, one guest wins a $500 shopping spree with Kelly serving as a personal stylist.
Together they'll comb through racks of clothes by Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, Alfani, Jones New York and other lines.
2 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 30, Macy's Washington Square women's department, 9300 S.W. Washington Square Road, Tigard, 503-639-8860, www.shopwashingtonsquare.com, free