Portland Comes of Age: From One Century to the Next
How and when did Portland's first streetcars finally get up and running? Carl Abbott, a Portland State University professor of urban studies and planning, gives the answers, and a broader history of Stumptown's first generation of city services, infrastructure and transportation systems in his presentation at the Architectural Heritage Center.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 12, Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave., 503-231-7264, www.visitahc.org, $15, $10 AHC members
'Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse'
Lilly is no quiet dormouse: The title character of Kevin Henkes' popular stories, Lilly dons glamorous accessories (like glittery glasses and one fabu purple purse) and cuts her own original path in the world.
Henkes' children's tale teaches confidence and humility, the joy of friendships, and a little fashion sense, too.
2 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 13, and Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20, Oregon Children's Theatre, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-228-9571, www.octc.org, $13-$24
'My Little Pony Live!'
Unlike many showbiz success stories from the 1980s, the iconic, candy-colored toy horses from the My Little Pony series are alive and kicking, having avoided both rehab and a VH1 'Behind the Music'-style legacy (unlike a certain clan of cobalt-colored dwarves - is there not one Smurf whom we haven't seen emerge from the Betty Ford Center?).
The Little Ponies sing and dance on the stage beginning tonight.
7 p.m. FRIDAY, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. SATURDAY, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 11-13, Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335, www.mylittleponylive.net, $12-$25
Tree-Mendous Second Saturdays
Discover the world one tree at a time during the World Forestry Center's monthly event, which includes tackling the basics of tree identification and an afternoon hike through Hoyt Arboretum to test out what you've learned.
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 12, Discovery Museum, World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1367, www.worldforestry.org, $7, seniors $6, ages 3 to 18 $5