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by: ©2005 FIR POINT FARMS, At last year’s pumpkin weigh-off at Fir Point Farms in Aurora, festivalgoers get up close and personal with the contestants.

Portland-area happenings

HALLOWEEN

Canby Giant Pumpkin Festival and Fall Festival

Canby's event gets off to a smashing start as a 700-pound pumpkin drops 14 stories from a crane, crushing a car below.

After the excitement wears off, roughly 80 pumpkins - from 700 to 1,400 pounds each - will be weighed as part of a contest to anoint the largest pumpkin in the Northwest, if not the world.

The pumpkin festival itself is a Saturday-only event that also marks the beginning of the 24th season of the Fall Festival at Fir Point Farms, open to the public every weekend this month.

The Fall Festival offers hayrides, corn and hay mazes, a hay slide, pony rides, a pumpkin slingshot and a 15-acre U-pick pumpkin patch. Don't miss the farm's tree-climbing goats and Myrtle, the 600-pound pig.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, through Oct. 29, Fir Point Farms, 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora, 503-678-2455, www.firpointfarms.com, free admission, $3 parking, giant pumpkin event is free, small fees for some events

Pumpkin Funland

Rasmussen Farms ushers in fall with the annual Pumpkin Funland.

This year's theme, 'Then and Now, A Look Back and Today,' is reflected in colorful and imaginative displays, such as Wagons Versus Hybrid Cars, created from farm products, old clothing, recycled materials, gourds and pumpkins.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the corn maze, billed as an 'Adventure With the Three Little Pigs'; the spooky Halloween Hut; a U-pick pumpkin patch; and the always-entertaining pumpkin bowling.

Gourd Central has 20 different varieties for sale, including swan, caveman and birdhouse gourds. Freshly harvested fruit, produce and gourmet food are available for purchase in the sales barn. No pets allowed.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Nov. 11, Rasmussen Farms, 3020 Thomsen Road, Hood River, 800-548-2243, www.rasmussenfarms.com, free

Pumpkin Festival

The Pomeroy Living History Farm, an interactive educational museum, will open its doors this weekend only for a celebration of fall bounty.

Visitors can take hayrides down Pumpkin Lane, with stops at the pumpkin patch, as well as enjoy making a scarecrow, a hay-bale maze, pumpkin painting and an animal petting area.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 7-8, Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt, Wash., 1-360-686-3537, www.pomeroyfarm.org, donations accepted, small fees for some activities

SHOP

Night Owl Record Show

Vinyl fanatics rejoice!

The Night Owl Record Show, a benefit for KBOO (90.7 FM), is back for its twice-yearly buy, sell and swap extravaganza.

The East Portland Eagles Lodge has the feel of a decked-out '70s basement rec room and offers all of the important accouterments to buying retro vinyl: beer, pool and burgers.

Record junkies flock from all over the country, and as far away as Japan, for this event that features tables well-stocked by a variety of vinyl vendors. All ages are welcome, but only those 21 and older may enter the lounge.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. SATURDAY, Oct. 7, 4904 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-284-4828, www.nightowlrecordshow.com, $1, $15 for 3 p.m. early entry

ANIMALS

World Animal Festival

This weekend, the Oregon Zoo will demonstrate how different cultures celebrate animals around the world, focusing on sea otters, cougars, warty pigs, ocelots and African birds.

Animal folklore will be presented through art, educational activities from local groups and hands-on crafts such as bracelet beading, mosaic crafts, animal mask making and face painting.

Live performances will include Chinese zodiac stories, world music groups and animal demonstrations.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY-SUNDAY, Oct. 7-8, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, www.oregonzoo.org, $6.50-$9.50, free for children under 2, $1 parking

FESTIVALS

Greek Festival

Enjoy the 54th annual big, fat Greek festival this weekend with delicious and authentic baklava, gyros, souvlaki and spanakopita, as well as traditional dancing, folk music, cooking demonstrations, children's activities and sanctuary tours.

The Children's Corner will offer face painting, storytelling, crafts, photos, balloons and games.

Items imported from Greece, including food, clothing and textiles as well as fine silver and gold jewelry, will be available for purchase.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, noon to 8 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 6-8, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3131 N.E. Glisan St., 503-234-0468, www.goholytrinity.org/festival, free

Hood River Hops Festival

Showcasing 'fresh hop' beers, the festival features 21 breweries, including Full Sail Brewing, Big Horse Brewing, Elliot Glacier Public House and Rogue Ales.

Despite the emphasis on beer, locally made hard apple cider from Bad Seed Cider will be available along with wine from Pheasant Valley Winery, Mount Hood Winery, Erin Glenn Vineyards and Wind River Cellars.

Food options include bratwurst, barbecue and panini. Seven bands - from blues to Bavarian oompah - will add to the festivities, and a kids' area will keep the wee ones entertained with a soda station, arts and crafts, games and puzzles.

Noon to 9 p.m. SATURDAY, Oct. 7, downtown Hood River, corner of Columbia and Fifth streets, 541-490-0022, www.hood-river-hops.com, free

FAMILY THEATER

'The Witches!'

Northwest Children's Theater presents a spooky Halloween play by British children's author Roald Dahl.

The play follows a young boy and his grandmother as they come into contact with the Grand High Witch and her entourage, who are determined to turn all children into little white mice.

The play is best enjoyed by children ages 6 and older.

This month's Family Date Night, aptly named The Witches Brew-Ha-Ha, will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 13, and includes a family-style dinner before the show for an additional fee.

7 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, through Oct. 29, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-222-4480, www.nwcts.org, $20 adults, $16 youth (14 and under)

'The Blue-Eyed Hare'

Play After Play at Brooklyn Bay offers hourlong plays, with audience interaction encouraged during and after the show.

This month's multicultural selection, 'The Blue-Eyed Hare,' tells the Scottish tale of a beekeeper and his attempt to free his new friend, a hare, from an enchantment on Allhallows' eve. The show is appropriate for all ages.

10 a.m. SATURDAY, through Oct. 28, Brooklyn Bay Theatre, 1825 S.E. Franklin St., Bay K (call for directions), 503-772-4005, www.brooklynbay.org, $6, $20 maximum family rate, reservations recommended