by: COURTESY OF PCC PUBLIC AFFAIRS, Portland Community College hosts visitors from many tribes for Saturday’s Winter Powwow.


J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Celebration

The grandfather of modern, fantasy fiction turns 116 this year, and his fans have another reason to rejoice at this year's birthday party at McMenamins Kennedy School: Peter Jackson, director of the 'Lord of the Rings' series has signed on to produce and direct two films based on Tolkien's prequel, 'The Hobbit.'

You can show your enthusiasm for the impending return to Middle-earth by dressing up as Bilbo Baggins and taking in the entire trilogy (the admission price for all three is two cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank), the jugglers, balloon-makers and the Tolkien-tribute band, Sneakin' Elves.

Movies and festivities begin 11 a.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 19, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.W. 33rd Ave., 503-249-3983,, free


Magic the Gathering Prerelease: Morningtide

Casual play is the emphasis for Cascade Games' weekend prerelease event to help launch the newest deck in the phenomenally successful fantasy card game series Magic the Gathering.

Card game artist Val Mayerik fields fans and signs autographs.

9 a.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 19, Oregon Convention Center, Room B113, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-235-7575,, $30


Winter Powwow

More than a thousand visitors - American Indian and non-Indian alike - attend the winter convergence of Oregon's tribal communities.

Artist Andrew 'One'staa' Morrison of the Haida and Apache nations demonstrates the art of the mural at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a silent auction of Indian art from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food and dance round out the daylong festival.

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 19, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, HT Building, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., 503-977-4112, free


'Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse'

Kevin Henke's tale teaches children confidence and humility, the joy of friendships, and a little fashion sense, too.

Fashion-conscious and fun-lovin' kids are invited to don their favorite attire and take a turn on a runway set up in the lobby of the Keller.

2 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Jan. 19-20, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-228-9571,, $16-$24


Gem Faire

Sharpen your jeweler's eye and hone your crafting skills during this 19th annual exhibition of finished and unfinished jewelry, gemstones, beads and crystals.

The fair offers demonstrations and workshops in the basics of beading to creating coiled wire jewelry.

Noon to 7 p.m. FRIDAY, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. SATURDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 18-20, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro, 503-252-8300,, $5 for all three days


Winter Palm Tree Ride

The bodies behind Portland's intrepid Urban Adventure League launch a bike ride to recapture that summer feeling.

The route begins at the Portland Hawthorne Hostel and stops at tall palm trees and other reminders of warmer climates planted throughout the city.

Two-wheeled adventurers are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical-themed shirts, shorts and sunscreen to get in the mood.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 20, 3031 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd, 503-236-3380,, free

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